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My name is Jessica Groff, and I'm the gal behind Groff Nation.

In 1991, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Back then, not much was known about the illness, and my psychiatrist at the time recommended that my mother put me on lithium. My mother refused — and so the 7 year trial and error period of my life began. From Prozac to Zoloft to Ritalin, we tried everything we could to stabilize my moods. But nothing seemed to work and I felt like I was in a constant fog.

My journey with nutrition and wellness began when I was a 17 year old kid who didn't know any better. I ate like crap and drank like a fish, but I noticed something — the worse I ate, the worse my mood swings were, and the harder it was to bring myself to an upswing. I started dabbling in the kitchen, making my own salad dressings and English muffin pizzas.

By the time I was 24 years old and living on my own, I understood the complexity of how nutrition and exercise were a part of my mental wellbeing. I dabbled in a few different diets before I found that eliminating meat from my diet gave me the mental clarity that I had been craving for almost 15 years. My moods leveled out and I dropped some weight, and then I met the love of my life.

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In 2013, Hershey and I welcomed twin baby girls into our little family, 8 weeks early. Soon after their birth, I found myself unraveling. I was struggling with postpartum depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and I was not the same woman who I once was. I felt SO out of control. I felt like I was standing in the middle of a crowded room screaming at the top of my lungs...but no one could hear me.

As I learned how to feed my children organic food, and spent a TON of time researching and making baby foods from scratch, I allowed my health and my husband's health to fall to the wayside. After long days at work, we ordered in more than not, and since we were living in a tiny apartment with our baby girls, making nutritious, home cooked meals fell to the back burner.

Three years ago, I was suffering. My energy was so low that I found myself falling asleep on the couch when we got home from work. My kids would run circles around me, which would just irritate me. I was covered in hives from head to toe, and my eyes were dull and surrounded by dark circles. I felt swollen and puffy, and my gut hung over every pair of pants that I owned. I felt like most of my clothes were going to bust open at the seams. I spent a lot of time aggravated and feeling like I was drowning, and my mood swings were so severe that I drove most of the people I loved away from me. I looked at a woman in the mirror who I did not recognize. And then something clicked.

I joined a clean eating and wellness challenge. And then I joined another. And then I signed up for a weight loss and exercise program and dropped ALL OF THE WEIGHT. I was back to what I weighed before I got married! I had energy. Clarity. I started learning about whole foods and how the foods we eat can fix EVERYTHING.

Today, I work with mamas who are ready to get focused on their own health and wellness so that they can get out of survival mode and start THRIVING {and stop feeling guilty and self-conscious about it!}. 

I’m an educator at heart. I am always researching and asking questions, trying to find a simpler, more straightforward way of living life. I thrive in an uncomplicated lifestyle, and I take steps towards that every single day. The steps are small, but they are there, and they give me some sense of control over my world.

I started implementing good habits one at a time. I am a thorough researcher of self-care, wellness, good eating, and organization. The RESULTS that I’ve gotten from implementing all that I’ve learned are astonishing.

  •  I lost 30 pounds.

  • I felt the fog lifting.

  • I gained back my independence.

  • My mood swings stabilized.

  • I successfully taught my kids healthy eating habits (even my husband has jumped on the bandwagon!).

When my clients started to see similar results, I knew that I had found something that I had to pay forward. There seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel. And I want to help you to see it, too.

I believe that we have the power to heal ourselves from the inside out, through simple but powerful nutrition and lifestyle changes. I empower my clients to take control of their lives, and we work side-by-side to create steps towards the life that they truly want to lead.

We look at the WHOLE picture — from nutrition, to personal development, to leisure and fun (imagine that!).

Are you ready to get started on your own wellness journey? Great...

Education and Credentials

  • Graduate Certification in Holistic Nutrition, American College of Healthcare Sciences (Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Program)

  • [2nd Year] Master of Science in Health and Wellness, American College of Healthcare Sciences, Portland, OR (Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Program)

  • Master of Arts in Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ

    Specialties

    • Nutrition and Lifestyle for Mental Health Support

    • Low-FODMAP protocol

    • AIP lifestyle

    • Stress Management Design

    • Routine Development and Implementation

    • Clean Eating

    • Reading Food Labels

    • Deciphering Fad Diets

    • Mindful Eating

    • Menu Planning

    • Farmers' Markets

    The purpose of nutritional counselling is to improve the overall health, vitality and well-being of the body through nutritional education and the use of natural foods and non-medicinal nutritional supplements. The Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, Jessica Groff, does not diagnose diseases, disorders or conditions.

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