We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Martinsen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
That I offered something real & relatable, that truly helped women for the better.
So many women are doing all the right things like eating healthy, going to the doctor when they notice things are off, and asking important questions. But still, they’re often left with more questions than answers when told “you’re fine,” “your blood work is normal,” or “it’s a normal part of getting older.”
In some ways, I believe functional nutrition is viewed as an alternative, however I see it as a compliment to what’s already working for women. It’s about tailoring the approach for each individual woman, to help it all start to fit together.
I work with many clients that have a similar story of hormonal imbalance dating back to their teens, digestion that’s been “off” for a decade or more, or constantly feeling exhausted, even after a full night’s sleep. And eventually, usually sometime in their 30’s or 40’s, new symptoms or changes begin, and that’s when they start looking for answers. More and more women want natural ways to change how they feel.
I want my legacy to be that functional nutrition & the Nutrition Bliss approach was finally something that made sense, improved how women felt, and was just the beginning of relating to their bodies in a whole new way.
What should our readers know about your business?
That my practice focuses exclusively on women. This allows me to develop in-depth resources and support in the areas women need most like hormone balance, thyroid health, auto-immune conditions, endometriosis, cyclic acne, anxiety, infertility, and more.
My favorite part of my job is helping women finally put all the pieces together. Most of my clients have tried more than one thing before coming to me. From sugar detoxes, elimination diets, to blood tests, to seeing their doctor many times and still not getting the answers they need. I’m not suggesting these don’t work. Doctors have an incredibly important role in ruling out disease(s). But when a disease isn’t found, generally there isn’t much more traditional medicine can offer. Plus, I will actually use elimination diets as a form of healing for some clients. But it always has a purpose to take us to the next step. You don’t want to have a limited diet forever, if you don’t need to! It’s about looking at the whole woman, and putting together a plan that will help her, as an individual.
Another thing that is important to know is that as a client, you’re a big part of the process. It’s all about collaboration to find what works best. And it’s a great fit, because it’s also what women want! Not another fad, but real answers that will work with her lifestyle and goals in mind.
I know the field of functional nutrition & medicine will continue to grow, and will eventually become a part of how everyone approaches their health. We are now just in the beginning stages, and I’m excited to continue to be a part of growing it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since we’re all staying more local these days, I actually got to live out this question about a month ago! We live in North County, and for my girlfriend’s birthday, we rented a AirBNB in South Mission Beach.
We brought our bikes with us and didn’t need a car all weekend, which was wonderful! After staying so close to home for so many months, it was nice to be somewhere that felt totally different for a few days. All of the miles of boardwalks in Pacific and Mission Beach on both the ocean and bayside are like nowhere else. We ate at Miss B’s Coconut Club for dinner, and loved our breakfast & coffees every morning at The Olive Cafe. I was impressed that everything was outside, distanced, and clean. We felt very safe.
We rode our bikes up to La Jolla on Saturday, and stopped by Windansea beach. It almost felt like normal life again! The entire costal community is great to ride bikes, walk around, and explore.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For me, there isn’t just one person, book, or moment, but dozens that when all added together have brought me here. I whole-heartedly believe that you’re drawn to particular people, experiences, and ideas when you need them most.
The book I’ll Shoutout because it completely changed how I viewed my life 7 years ago, is The Alchemist. It’s a beautiful fable that had a profound influence on me. It opened my perspective. It helped me realize the importance of pursuing my purpose… or at least being open to discovering my purpose!
Just a few months later, I met my next Shoutout, a woman named Lindsay Sherry, a clinical nutritionist, who was speaking at an event my company was hosting. That one conversation lasted an hour, and ignited something new for me. I decided to go back to school, initially just to find answers to help my son. And of course, it ended up to be the beginning of so much more for me. Lindsay was a constant advocate and support for me as I completely turned my life upside down, went back to school, quit my job, and eventually started my own business. I can’t thank her enough.
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