About Jessica Espinoza, Certified Yoga Teacher, Nutritional Therapist & Mind-Body-Soul Health Coach
Hello, beautiful friends! Welcome to my site. I so appreciate you stopping by! My name is Jessica and I am an anti-diet Nutritional Therapist, Mind-Body-Soul Health Coach, and Certified Yoga Teacher. My mission in life is to help women like you cultivate healthy relationships with food and their body, while managing chronic illness so you can live a fulfilled, peaceful, and joyful life.
Deeply Nourished You was born out of my own struggles with an eating disorder and body shame, while also trying to manage multiple chronic illnesses naturally. As a health coach, I work to bridge the gap between unhealthy behaviors/beliefs around food and body and managing chronic illness. Throughout the site, you will find a heart-centered, compassionate approach to concerns like body shame, disordered eating, compulsive exercise, and so much more, all expressed in the light of chronic health problems.
As I have gone through my own healing journey, I found there to be a void in information about how to cultivate a healthy relationship with food and my body while still needing to have strict boundaries around my food choices. I see how many years and how much life I lost to these struggles and now I want nothing more than to help other women reclaim their health, their life, and their happiness in a world that constantly bombards us with messages that we are not enough as we are.
I have been working in the real food and natural living world since 2010 when I founded the popular Delicious Obsessions website. I started that site a way to help share my love of real food and natural living (and to help keep my recipes organized!). Over the last decade, Delicious Obsessions has evolved into a lively community focused on helping one another live the healthiest lives possible. I am so honored to have helped hundreds of thousands of people across the world eat better and live better via the recipes and articles on that site. Over the years, I have also authored or co-authored a number of popular informational eBooks and courses, which can all be found here.
Today, I spend less time in the kitchen developing recipes and more time helping women find peace and healing in their relationships with food and body. The lack of heart in my own healing journey is what led me to the place I am today and to say I am passionate about my work is a vast understatement. My goal is to help you cultivate a deeply nourished life where you can experience everything you’ve wanted to experience but have felt paralyzed to pursue. If you’ve been struggling with unwanted behaviors around food and poor body image and feel stuck or don’t know where to start, I can help.
If you’d like to learn more about me and my journey, keep reading. Otherwise, feel free to download your FREE “Cultivating a Deeply Nourished Life” workbook here, contact me with any questions here, check out my blog here, and learn more about my services here.
My Personal Healing Journey
I have been on my own healing journey for multiple chronic illnesses since 2012. I have worked with more practitioners than I can count, tried countless strategies, and have spent more time and money being stressed out about my health than I would care to admit. You can read some of my healing journey on Delicious Obsessions here. I have dealt with everything from leaky gut and blood sugar imbalance, to autoimmune and environmental toxin issues, to nutritional deficiencies and insomnia, to depression and an eating disorder.
I have been your typical, Type-A overachiever perfectionist my entire life. I’m pretty sure I came out of the womb that way. For the last 30+ years, I have been fighting a constant internal battle of not feeling worthy, good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, etc. I was a constant project that had to be improved. I look back at all the life I missed out on and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have some regret about this.
That said, I have also learned to appreciate it because it was my journey. And it is what led me to the place I am in today. Without these experiences, I would not be who I am now.
In 2015, I found myself feeling depressed, lost, overwhelmed, and at a crossroads in my life. I knew it was time to take my life in a whole new direction. I knew my health, business, and life had plateaued and I could either continue on as I had been, or I could take action and make a drastic shift. I had no idea how I was going to do this. The thought of challenging my deepest, darkest beliefs was terrifying. But I knew it had to be done.
After months of reflection and working with a coach, I discovered that one of the primary reasons I had lost my way is there was a real lack of heart in my own healing journey. Not just a lack of heart in my health, but in my life. I had become completely disconnected from God and myself. I was moving through life in a stressed out, frenzied haze. Not truly living, only surviving. This realization transformed my life and I’ll never forget when it all hit me. It was literally one of those moments out of a movie and nothing has been the same since.
The Start of Something New (and then a crash…)
I didn’t know exactly what my path was, but I did know I desperately needed to reconnect with my spirituality and my trust and faith in God. While I was raised in a faith-centric household, as a young adult I lost sight of the deeper spiritual side of myself. Over time found myself feeling a great sense of disconnection from the Lord and the role He needed to play in my life. I came back to my spirituality and each day I continue to strengthen my faith and trust in God to guide my actions, hopes, and dreams.
I let go of the need to fix myself. I started learning that I was OK, just as I was. I began praying and reading my Bible. I began cultivating daily self-care practices that brought joy to my life. I started to let go of the idea that I had to be perfect and that all things in my life had to be controlled.
Between 2015 and 2017, I really went through a re-awakening. I got more clarity on what I wanted for my life (both personally and professionally) than I ever had before. It was a really amazing feeling — being really connected to your dreams and taking action on them is life-changing. But then, my journey hit the skids and left me spinning again.
At the beginning of 2017, my brother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. That was the beginning of a very difficult season in my life. Between 2017 and 2019, I experienced pretty much every life stressor you could imagine. The loss of my brother, a career transition, an extremely stressful move, marital challenges, severe mental and emotional trauma, and then the death of my father.
Those two years were the most difficult of my life. I went through a bout with depression, a relapse of my eating disorder, and some pretty serious health flares that made me feel like a complete and utter failure. I withdrew from everyone and really struggled to be honest and vulnerable with those closest to me about what I was going through. I had moments where I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it through in one piece.
But I did. I survived. And then I started to feel as though beginning to thrive once again. I thank the Lord every day that he has given me another day on this Earth and an abundance of blessings and goodness, even in my darkest days.
This challenging season also reminded me that without constant faith, we are lost. For the first time in possibly my whole life, I have been able to start surrendering to God and allowing him to guide me where he wants me to go. I don’t always know where he’s steering me, but I do my best every day and remember that I don’t have to be in control of everything, because He is.
Out of Darkness Comes Light
My journey has been full of twists and ups and downs. But it has been a beautiful experience and I am honored that I am now able to assist women on their own healing journeys and help them find the peace they are seeking around food and body. My whole life has reflected a very negative outlook towards my own body and my relationship with food as I discuss in my “You’re So Fat” blog post.
Finding peace in these areas is one of the most important things I’ve ever done and it transformed my life and my health in a way that I never knew possible.
Struggles with food, body, and chronic illness often leave us feeling exhausted and alone. All of our creative energy gets sucked into these issues and we are left with nothing extra to devote to serving our families, communities, or world on a higher level. My goal now is to help as many women as possible find peace around food, body, and chronic illness. In doing so, we can free up an immense amount of energy that can be used for incredible things in the world.
Another thing I have found is that for those dealing with these types of issues, there is often a disconnect between the clinical practitioners we work with and where we are emotionally and mentally in our journey. In my personal experience, I have worked with some incredible practitioners who have helped me learn more about my chronic illnesses and how to manage them on a clinical level…but there was little, if any, focus on the deeper healing that needed to happen. The healing around our emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It wasn’t until I took a dive into those areas of my health that things really started to shift in a big way for me. Not to mention that no one caught my severely disordered behaviors around food and I was too ashamed to speak up and ask for help.
It is now my hope that I can help you bridge that gap between where you are where you want to be by cultivating a deeply nourished life. If you would like help doing this, I’d love for you to learn more about how I work with women just like you here and also download my “Cultivating a Deeply Nourished Life” workbook here. When we get really clear about what it is we want, it gives us more confidence to go after it. One big thing that I see holding women (myself included) back, is this disconnection from what we truly want for our lives. This is going to be different for everyone, but at the core, we need clarity around our goals and we need structure and strategy to get there in a heart-centered way.
I want to thank you again for stopping by and reading. Here’s to a DEEPLY NOURISHED YOU!