Hi, My name is Jill Anne Molchan. My journey with celiac began 10 years ago, after receiving my Exercise Physiology degree from the University of Utah. Age, stress and genetics caught up with me all at once and I felt like a prisoner in my own body. Everything came to a head at once, and I couldn't find a doctor to come to a proper diagnosis. Hives would cover my body before bed, so I was prescribed an anti-histamine. Boils grew on my back, so large that I couldn't sleep on my back for 2 years. I was prescribed an antibiotic. Constipation would strike for weeks on end, so I was prescribed massive doses of Vitamin C to produce diahrrea, then weekly home enemas. I developed an auto-immune disorder called iritis, usually found in patients with lupus which feels like smashing glass every time your eyes hit light. For two months, I dilated my pupils every night and used steroid drops. My stomach became so distended and swollen that you could knock on my abdomen. I gained 20 pounds on my 5 foot frame and no amount of exercise could help my cause. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and depression. My daily activities became more of a fatiguing hassle than a joy, and I felt like my lust for life was fading. My eyes became crusty and puffy, not just in the morning, but all day long. The headaches were becoming commonplace. My skin was patchy and red. As if this wasn't paralyzing enough for a typical 24 year old, I was forced to hold my head high at work in the health and fitness industry, wondering if this was life's way of challenging everything I had learned about the human body and proper lifestyle techniques. Medications weren't helping and I refused to take an anti-depressant. My thoughts became convoluted and I remember sleepless nights of praying for some clarity.
Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease was foreign to me until I was approached by an acquaintance on a camping trip who had recently been diagnosed. A simple blood test weeks later would change my life forever.
Born in an Italian-American family from outside of Boston, I spent my childhood with a hand-rolled ravioli in one hand and a fresh slice of pizza in the other. My entire life has been spent in large family gatherings, centered around the practice of 'love by food' and 'passion by kitchen creation'. I was a good student, always keeping a close eye on how things were prepared and delighted in the fact that I was welcome in the kitchen to watch, learn and sample. Whether it was a feast created by my 4ft 9in tall Italian grandmother of rigatoni with meatballs, or a banquet served by my Jewish grandfather of pot roast and Yorkshire pudding, I learned at an early age to never be afraid of a fork, because the receiving end was pure bliss. Who would have thought that 35 years later, I would have to be afraid of the fork and ask for an ingredient list before sitting with my family to enjoy Sunday dinner? Today, not much has changed in my personal household, where I show my love for people via their stomachs. People delight in coming to my house for dinner parties to sample my latest creations. I was born a foodie, and will die a foodie, but in my own way that food will have a new twist.
By trade, I am a fitness, health and wellness coach and gluten-free lifestyle specialist. Working in the industry for the past 10 years has allowed me to help more than 1,000 women, children and men become better versions of themselves through simple and effective lifestyle modification techniques. Successful, long-term behavior changes first begin with exploring the individual and their habits, then customizing realistic changes that lay the foundation for reaching the desired goal. Coaching is the glue that holds it all together. Coaching keeps you on the right path and takes the solidarity out of seeking change. Gluten free living can seem very lonesome in the beginning, but with proper knowledge and coaching all goals are attainable!
Contact Jill at 435-962-3010 or JillMolchan@goglutenfreegracefully for a no obligation FREE 15 minute consultation