About Me

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by StudioEats! I’m Jamie, a Health Coach living in New York City.

About Me: I worked full time in Finance up until September of 2012. After finally coming to terms with the fact that I was not completely fulfilled at my job, I said my goodbyes and quit. You can read about my Career Change Part 1 here. I finally had the courage to pursue a career in health and nutrition, an idea I had been toying with for years.

I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010 with a degree as a Health Coach. While there, I studied every major dietary theory and learned not only about how our bodies work, but how every component of our lives influences our health. I can say that my experience at IIN really changed my life and my own view of my body and my health. I started Health Coaching on the side while still keeping up my job in Finance, and saw a lot of success with it. However, it wasn’t until this past year that I decided to pursue Health Coaching as a full time career. I focus on Intuitive Eating, a process that helped me heal my own relationship to my body and to food. In a nutshell, it is all about learning to listen to our own bodies for guidance, allowing ourselves to eat what we truly crave and what makes us feel good, and honoring signs of hunger and fullness. Please see more about this on my Health Coaching page here and sign up for an initial consultation at the bottom of that page if you’re interested in working with me.

I’ve had a long history with emotional eating, weight and body image issues, and I am dedicated to helping others free themselves of this burden and live a happier and healthier life. 

For more information about my Health Journey and Ups and Downs with Weight, see this post where I lay it all out there. 

While not working, I love hanging out with my siblings who both live in the city, doing just about anything with my friends, going to good restaurants, exploring Central Park, shopping, reading, traveling, creating concoctions in the kitchen, and doing anything outdoors.

About the Studio: I live in the madness that is NYC and have been here for about 3.5 years now. In June of 2011 I moved into my own place which, to me, feels plenty spacious, but to outsiders probably still looks like a shoebox. My kitchen currently has a somewhat broken oven, no toaster, and very very little counter space. However, I am not letting that stop me from pursuing my goal of cooking more and finally working up the courage to seek out recipes and create real meals.

Check out the Video Blog Tour of my lil’ NYC studio here. 

I hope you enjoy this and please email me at jamiemendell@gmail.com with any questions!

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5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey Jamie, I just wanted to come and say hi after you left a lovely comment on my blog 🙂 We do indeed have quite a bit in common so I will be interested to see how you progress with the big changes in your life.

    I was interested to read that you studied with the INN, that’s a course i had been looking into but i wasn’t sure how well it would work for an overseas student. i have just enrolled into the eCornell Plant Based Nutrition course which should be exciting.

    One question I did have, you mentioned you went back to school to do a Masters and also become a registered Dietitian, but then had a change of heart to pursue coaching instead. What was you reason for that decision? Health coaching is another thing i’m currently investigating to it’s really useful to hear other experiences.

    Have a lovely day!

  2. Hi there! I’m SO glad you stopped by, and and also glad you asked about IIN and my path. Regarding IIN, it was an AMAZING program and definitely changed my life. We actually had people fly in from all over the world on the weekends that we met, so it definitely brings a huge overseas audience. However, I did it during the last Live class; now, because of all of the global demand, it is all virtual. I’ve had a few friends go through it since it’s been virtual, and they said it’s implemented really well. So now, it is even easier for overseas students. If you have questions about IIN at all, just email me (jamiemendell@gmail.com) and I’d love to talk to you about it more. As for your question about Health Coaching vs Masters/RD, there are two main reasons I decided not to pursue my Masters/RD:
    1) I feel 100% ready to start helping people and working with people. I found myself practically bursting to just start, instead of waiting 3.5 more years before I have a degree. I knew I couldn’t focus on both at once, so I made the choice to just start NOW.
    2) As I took some of the pre-req’s this Fall and got a whole lot more information about the Masters/RD track, I realized that there is a big distinction between the two paths. Masters/RD is more science based and clinical, and health coaching focuses on your health from a more holistic point of view (i.e. how your career, relationships, amount of play in your life, etc. affect your health and well being). Although both professions are important, my heart lies more with the “life” stuff. Make sense? I’ll have a much longer post on this coming in the next few weeks.

    Thanks for asking!! 🙂
    Good luck in your own journey and definitely keep in touch… would love to offer any help I can.

  3. Hi Jamie, Thank you, that’s really useful info! I totally understand what you mean about the holistic side of things, that is much more ‘me ‘ too. Though I feel as though i want to get a little more nutritional knowledge in my area of interest (plant based) hence why i’ve enrolled on the Plant Based Nutrition course. It’s only 6 weeks but the reviews are very good so I hope it will give me more grounding in my understanding. I will be in touch if I look into the IIN course in further depth. Many thanks again 🙂

  4. Hi Jamie, Thank you, that’s really useful info! I totally understand what you mean about the holistic side of things, that is much more ‘me ‘ too. Though I feel as though i want to get a little more nutritional knowledge in my area of interest (plant based) hence why i’ve enrolled on the Plant Based Nutrition course. It’s only 6 weeks but the reviews are very good so I hope it will give me more grounding in my understanding. I will be in touch if I look into the IIN course in further depth. Many thanks again 🙂

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