Hi, I’m Jen – the Founder and Editor of JenSwiss.com, a wellness lifestyle destination supporting modern (and exhausted women) to incorporate health, balance, and well-being into everyday life.
I always dreamt of living in New York City. And after college, I was lucky to call Manhattan home…
… But the unhealthy habits I’d picked up in college like staying up late, eating crappy food and partying in between didn’t come to an end when I graduated.
I was working hard and playing harder.
Without realizing it, my new normal became:
The kicker? I thought running in Central Park in my free time would somehow erase all my poor decision making. That’s what happens when we glorify being on the go.
I was too ill to continue living this way. I was forced to figure out how to navigate my health while balancing a demanding job working on a lean team recruiting talent for a global company. If I was ever going to get better, I knew I needed to start with changing my way of life!
Between doctors appointments and detoxing everything (from food to cosmetics), I finally traded in my late nights for sleep.I read every book on nutrition, holistic health and integrative medicine I could get my hands on. Whole Foods became my best friend!
And through the support of doctors, self-education and lifestyle changes I was thankfully able to slowly regain my health over the course of 4 years. This was no easy task – and I’m grateful to have had the ability to do so.
Eventually, my career began to take over my life and my health started to suffer. I was constantly feeling stressed, burned-out and anxious. After all the work it took to recover from chronic illness, I didn’t want to jeopardize my health again.
Now, my health is at the center of every decision I make – from the food I eat to the places I work. I continue to explore high-quality, low maintenance ways to support my health and well-being. I love writing about my latest wellness discoveries here and coaching others on how to improve their quality of life.
I’ve learned it’s possible to strike a balance, even in a New York minute!