From Disordered Eating to Freedom

Working with Jackie Mulligan honestly changed my life. I struggled with multiple eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and exercise obsession. I had been in and out of rehabs, hospitals, and treatments for six years and nothing worked. I had horrible self-image issues, unhealthy eating habits, and damaging physical effects from my disorders including daily anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication, osteopenia, and long-term amenorrhea. A friend recommended Jackie to me and I agreed to start working with her as a last effort to try to overcome my issues.

Right away Jackie was open and honest with me about what work I needed to do in order to achieve my health goals. She was the first person that was able to understand my background and the struggles that came along with it. She was flexible and was able to work at a pace that made me feel comfortable, yet challenged me. I immediately built a strong trusting bond with Jackie.

Jackie helped eliminate my nighttime snacking, sugar cravings, binging/purging and restricting behaviors, and exercise obsession. Within a short time, I no longer felt the need to emotionally eat or workout. Jackie taught me to eat to fuel my body in a healthy way.

Because I no longer had a fearful relationship with food, my personal relationships flourished. I was able to do many things I would have never dreamed of doing before without having anxiety. I can now eat out and pick healthy options and still enjoy dinner with friends. I can go to a dinner party or wedding and navigate the food choices and stay stress-free. Overall, I’m a more confident, happy, and healthy person. This has enabled me to maintain a strong romantic relationship without the insecurity about self-image and food. My boyfriend has even commented on how much happier I seem to be after working with Jackie. I was able to decrease the dosage of my anti-depressant medication and I am working on eliminating them all together. Jackie’s program drastically improved my anxiety and mood.

The most rewarding outcome of working with Jackie is the change in my physical health. Within 30 days of following her nutrition and exercise planning, I had improved bone density. In less than 90 days I had stabilized my hormones and my menstrual cycle had returned. This is something that I never thought would happen for me. I am overjoyed that working with Jackie helped get my fertility back.

I can’t express how grateful I am that I worked with Jackie. I am the healthiest and happiest I have ever been in my life, and I owe it all to the support Jackie gave me. Jackie was able to help me create positive habits that I can use for the rest of my life. She didn’t just fix my nutrition; she saw me as a big picture and was able to identify lifestyle changes that I will forever be grateful for. I look and feel fantastic thanks to Jackie!

- Anna

San Diego, California