Alumni Highlight: Holistic Nutrition and Energy Work |

Jan 22, 2021 12:00:00 PM | holistic nutrition Alumni Highlight: Holistic Nutrition and Energy Work |

ACHS MS in Holistic Nutrition alumni Jessica Milner talks about her work experience, future plans, and gives business advice for entrepreneurs.

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Jessica Milner graduated from ACHS with a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition. She runs her own business, Life Glorious Life, and also works at a holistic health practice in New Jersey.

Holistic health makes a difference

Jessica first became interested in holistic nutrition when she and her husband were having fertility issues. "I was a walking pharmacy for years. All the things that could be wrong were going wrong," she says. "I was hearing things from doctors like 'Oh, it doesn’t matter what you eat. You can eat whatever you want' and I thought that was strange."

Despite the confusing advice from doctors, Jessica began to take a closer look at what she and her husband were eating. The first thing they removed from their diet was high fructose corn syrup. "We started to pay more and more attention to things like that," she says.

Some time later, Jessica and her husband were on their fifth round of IVF when they decided to also do some acupuncture. "I don’t know that acupuncture works, but I can tell you that acupuncture works, by my two daughters from that pregnancy," she says. "It fixed me up so well that I also have two sons that were conceived naturally." Because of the health improvements from the acupuncture and the diet changes, Jessica became more interested in holistic health.

Jessica Milner family 2Pictured: Jessica with her family

Choosing a college

While pregnant, Jessica began researching holistic ways to raise her children. "I knew I wanted to go into something in the holistic realm to get a Master's degree, but wasn’t really sure what," she says. In the end, Jessica ended up choosing holistic nutrition because it best aligned with her previous culinary degree.

Once she decided to get a Master's degree, Jessica began to search for schools online. "I started reading about accreditation and wanted to choose a school that was actually going to give me some credentials that were decent," she says. In the end, she chose the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition at ACHS.

Natural Health Improvement Center

"When I started at ACHS, I really just wanted to do an online blog and online nutrition program and wasn’t really interested in working in a clinical setting," Jessica says. Then she went to visit the Natural Health Improvement Center (NHIC) while she was pregnant with her fourth child. "I went to see my now-colleague who is the lead practitioner," she says.

The visit completely changed Jessica's mind. "I didn’t know what to expect, but I’ll tell you when I left there, I was so blown away and called everyone and said 'This is what I’m going to do. This is how I’m going to practice nutrition,'" she says. Jessica started training at the center while studying at ACHS and is now a staff member.

At NHIC, the practitioners use Nutrition Response Testing.  The website explains how this type of testing works: "Through an analysis of your body’s reflexes, we help you to determine the exact nutrients you need to supplement your diet in order to bring about balance and better health." "It’s pretty amazing, pretty accurate testing so I’ve been doing now for a couple of years is training for that and working there," Jessica says.

Jessica Milner NHIC-43Pictured: Jessica working with a client at the Natural Health Improvement Center

Life Glorious Life

Life Glorious Life started as a nutrition blog while Jessica was in college at ACHS, but has evolved since then. "I don’t really blog too much any more but on the site I do offer my energy work," she says. Jessica is a Certified Emotion Code Practitioner. "I identify and help release emotions that have become trapped and lodged in people’s bodies," she says. She is also working on taking some courses so that she can offer dream interpretation. 

Jessica was already offering sessions online before the pandemic began so she was well prepared to continue doing so. She explains how she does energy work with clients online through video software: "I make space in my energy to pull in some of their energy. It makes me tired and it makes me very hungry, but it works very well and it’s very rewarding to hear that the clients are doing so much better after a couple of sessions."

Jessica Milner NHIC-27-1Pictured: Jessica working with clients at the Natural Health Improvement Center.

Advice for entrepreneurs

Starting your own business can feel daunting. As a business owner, Jessica has some advice to help:

"You kind of just have to jump off the ledge and find your wings on the way down. There’s never really going to be a right time, so to speak. I would recommend getting yourself out there, even before you open your business. Introduce yourself to other holistic practitioners in the area. That’s who you’re going to network with. Don’t look at everybody else as competition, look at them as your allies."

Jessica also emphasizes the importance of working on yourself even as you are working on your business:

"Don’t forget to work on yourself too. It’s really easy to focus on your patients and helping them get well and ignore yourself. You need to practice what you preach and be the example, because you’re going to attract the type of person that you are. If I'm not staying on my own program, then I'm going to attract people that just stop doing their program."

Looking forward

Soon, Jessica will be making a life change and moving with her family from New Jersey to Northern Idaho. "I will be opening my own practice out there," she says. I will be doing the same thing that I’m doing here, but I'm going to combine the Natural Health Improvement Center work with what I do through Life Glorious Life so it’ll all just be one thing. I’m really excited about it."

You can follow along with Jessica's journey on her Life Glorious Life Facebook page here and with her NHIC Facebook page here.

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Gillian Turner

Written By: Gillian Turner

Gillian joined ACHS after graduating from Linfield College with a BA in Mass Communication and a minor in visual studies. She grew up off the grid in rural southern Oregon and spent time exploring the forest surrounding her house and teaching gardening classes to other children in her garden. While at Linfield, Gillian gained valuable experience in public relations, social media management, and digital art. She was awarded a strategic communication scholarship and inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, a national college honor society “that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.” When not at work, Gillian can most often be found making art, enjoying nature or drinking coffee with her husband, Preston. Her interests include sustainability, mental wellness, and trying to stay connected to nature while living in the city. She studied abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and has traveled to over ten different countries. Her favorite place that she has visited is the Scottish Highlands, and she hopes to visit many more countries in the future.