Jennifer FugoGreat to meet you!

My name is Jennifer Fugo and I’m a clinical nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition as well as a trained wellness coach and yoga instructor. I’m also a wife, cat mama, and aunt to two beautiful little girls.

In my early 20s, I had no clue about what it meant to live a purpose-driven, health-conscious life. Instead, I pushed myself too hard trying to keep up in fast-paced NYC before eventually moving home (Philadelphia).

And my perspective shifted while working by my dad’s side (he’s an MD and eye surgeon) with people who were so so sick.

Despite having a personal pharmacy of daily drugs, these patients had no clue how big of a role food actually played in their life. I couldn’t understand how doctors could allow their patients to end up like this!

Instead, they’d go blind, lose toes (and eventually legs), lose their kidney function, have serious heart complications and strokes…

All the while wondering “how did this happen to me?

In my unique position, I started asking patients what they ate. The answers were surprising at the time (yet not so much anymore).

Doctors had given them permission to keep on eating whatever they wanted no matter how sick they became.

A few years of this went by, and then I got sick.

My Health… Unraveled

I’m not exactly sure when my health problems started.

I had symptoms that I can recall as early as in my teenage years.

I come from a 100% Italian family and my diet was loaded with bread, pasta, and pizza. I literally couldn’t stop myself from eating breadbasket after breadbasket at restaurants — I was a total addict!

All I can tell you is that by 27 years old, I felt decades older (and not is a wiser sort of way).

Unable to wake up in the morning (even after 11 hours of sleep), I was completely exhausted all day and popped Tylenol to manage constant headaches.

I had a slew of “bathroom problems” which I thought (for some reason) were normal. The reality was that my digestive system was a mess. I had constant horrible-smelling gas, bloating to the point where I looked pregnant, chronic diarrhea and “stomach pain.”

Round, scaly rashes covered my arms and legs. I’d get sick every four to six weeks from whatever was going around, and I’d gained almost 20 lbs that I could not exercise nor diet off.

I went to doctors looking for help, but no one had any answers for me. Some doctors even laughed and told that my symptoms were all in my head.

Do you know what that’s like?

But the thing is… my health issues were very real.

Eventually, I found a nutritionist who listened to me. I was able to discover my root causes — leaky gut and food sensitivities to gluten, dairy, eggs, cruciferous veggies, and the cashew family.

Here’s my Before & After photo — you can see all the puffiness in my face!

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After getting well again, I developed Candida and Adrenal Fatigue about a year later from eating the Standard Gluten-Free Diet. I was so completely bummed, but I kept on digging for a solution that was practical and wouldn’t leave me starving!

With consistent action, I was able to overthrow my inner sugar addict and reboot my body! This protocol became what’s known as the Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse that’s been helping women for the past 7 years.

And more recently, I overcame chronic dyshidrotic eczema that I’d suffered with for about 3 years. My unique approach to figuring out the WHY underneath the symptoms has put the eczema 90% into remission. {Check out my 7 Eczema-Soothing Smoothies HERE}

Putting It All Together

I’ve spent a lot of time and energy on my own healing. What I’ve learned along the way has informed my mission in life — to help other women like me figure out their own health puzzle so they can get back to feeling like a whole, healthy, active person again.

I am so passionate about this work that I got my Master’s in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. I wanted a deeper understanding of how to support clients with chronic health issues that are typically go beyond just changing your diet.

jennifer fugoNow I’m the director of my own virtual clinical nutrition practice. Working with clients all over the world, my team and I work alongside you every step of the way acting as your copilot!

My clients typically start working with me to address:

  • Gut imbalances and Hidden Infections
  • Chronic Diarrhea and Constipation
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Gluten Sensitivity (and other food intolerances)
  • Thyroid Dysfunction (Hashimoto’s)
  • Chronic Skin Rashes (ie. Eczema, Psoriasis)
  • Constant Brain Fog
  • Never-ending Fatigue
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Autoimmunity (ie. Celiac Disease, Lupus)

The ultimate goal is to resolve your health issues that doctors love to medicate away. We use a toolbox that includes food, micronutrient supplements, herbs, lifestyle changes, and stress management.

It’s important to me that I never assume that I KNOW what’s wrong with you. You are not like someone else, nor do you necessarily have the same issue(s) as someone else simply because you have similar symptoms.

I’m always looking for clues that you might not even know are clues. That’s why I listen, ask questions, and dig deeper to find those hidden root causes.

Together we make a plan by finding creative, practical, doable solutions to your ongoing health complaints that you’re comfortable with.

At the end of the day, every client I work with wants to get back to the more important things in life like taking care of and playing with your kids (or grandkids), going on vacations without being scared to death of getting sick, volunteering, having the energy to take care of their home and family, wearing a bathing suit (without all the stares at embarrassing rashes)…

You get the picture.

Check out how my clients’ have gotten back to truly living after working together!

And I feel incredibly honored and grateful that I have the privilege to work with these clients to finally find that “normal” life again.

10 Things You Should Know About Me…

I believe that…

1. …it’s my purpose to make the road ahead easier for you. I’m your copilot 🙂

2. …“golden rules” are more meaningful than ever (yes… like treating others how you’d want to be treated)

3. …you should run in the direction of what makes you feel good and powerful in your life.

4. …you are a steward of this precious body that you call home.

5. …it’s wrong to make people afraid of food. I have ZERO interest in giving you food fear.

6. …you should focus on what you CAN do (or CAN eat) so that excuses no longer have any power over you.

7. …really good food doesn’t have to be complicated. You do not have to be a professional chef in order to make food that tastes good.

8. …if you REALLY intend on changing things, you’ve got to be an active participant open to opportunities that make your life better.

9. …what you do should be as simple as possible, efficient, AND effective.

10. …you don’t have to do all of the heavy lifting yourself (I mean… that’s why you’re here, right?)

Jennifer Fugo — Professional Bio

Jennifer Fugo, MS, CHC is a functional clinical nutritionist and the founder of Gluten Free School. She received her Master’s in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.

In her clinical practice, she helps women with never-ending IBS problems, chronic skin rashes, brain fog, chronic fatigue, and autoimmunity find a way back to their best health. Jennifer listens to her clients and looks for missed or dismissed clues that ultimately point towards the root causes that underlie their nagging physical symptoms.

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Jennifer also has extensive experience inspiring gluten-sensitive women to take simple, savvy and empowering steps necessary to become 100% gluten-free. Due to her own gluten sensitivity diagnosis in 2008, she can empathize with her clients who often feel overwhelmed at the complicated and confusing aspects of going gluten-free.

As a sought-after expert, advocate & speaker, Jennifer has been featured on Dr. Oz, Yahoo! News, CNN, Paleo Magazine, and Philadelphia Magazine. (See more press HERE.)

She is the author behind the best-selling book “The Savvy Gluten-Free Shopper: How to Eat Healthy without Breaking the Bank“, the host of the Gluten Free School Podcast, and the creator of the online programs called the Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse and Kick Gluten for Good.”

Honors, Speaking & Collaborations

Jennifer is a board member of The Rachel’s Way Food Pantry, dedicated to serving those who must eat gluten-free and dairy-free diets, but struggle to do so because of the cost. The pantry is located in Plymouth Meeting, PA and open to anyone in true need of help.

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2014

  • #8 on Dr. Mark Hyman‘s Top 12 Must-Follow Facebook pages
  • Amazon Best-Selling Author in the Gluten-Free, Food Allergies and Allergies Categories
  • 2014 Natural Products Expo East Speaker for Retailer’s Workshop
  • Host of the Women’s Gluten-Free Health Summit 2014
  • Williams-Sonoma (King of Prussia Mall) Booking Signing & Cooking Demo
  • Williams-Sonoma (The Bellevue) Booking Signing & Cooking Demo
  • Gluten-Free Food Fair – Headline Speaker & Chef (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Fearless Parent Food Event – Featured Panelist (Cranford, NJ)
  • GIG of Southeastern PA – Speaker (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Paleo f(x) Annual Conference – Speaker/Panelist (Austin, TX)
  • Gluten-Free for Life Expo – Lecturer (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Gluten & Allergen-Free Wellness Expo – Lecturer (Raleigh, NC)
  • Health Warrior Summit – Featured Speaker
  • Gluten & Allergen-Free Wellness Expo – Lecturer (Austin, TX)
  • GlutenAway Gluten-Free Online Expo – Featured Speaker (Oct. 2014 event)
  • BODY TALK World Health Summit – Featured Speaker
  • Ultimate Women’s Health Summit – Featured Speaker
  • So Delicious Brand Inspirer for Gluten-Free Diets

 

2013

  • So Delicious Brand Ambassador for Gluten-Free Diets
  • Philadelphia Magazine “Be Well Philly Bootcamp” Gluten-Free Panelist
  • Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo Lecturer (Secuacus, NJ)
  • Truce with Food program – Guest Teacher
  • “Guest Chef” teaching a class in the Primal Cooking Online Workshop series

 

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Fun Facts!

A bit more about me (personally)…

  • I live outside of Philadelphia with my husband and 4 (yes FOUR) cats.
  • I volunteer with a cat rescue to help stray or abandoned cats to find loving homes.
  • I love to garden (even though I’m not always successful every year). I also have two pear trees, an apple tree, a fig tree, and two mulberry trees.
  • I love to crochet and can design and make my own patterns! I’ve even made clothing too! However, I honestly really don’t like to knit.
  • I didn’t learn to cook until after I was diagnosed with food sensitivities (and have no formal training with the exception of taking a knife skills class).
  • I lived in Costa Rica for almost 3 months and then Italy for almost 2 months when I was 25.
  • I’ve since traveled back to Italy and had an amazing time… they REALLY know how to do gluten-free right!
  • I love British murder mysteries and Burn Notice.
  • I moved to NYC when I was 19 and then moved home at 24. I still love the pace and liveliness of the city to this day and enjoy visiting whenever I get a chance.
  • My younger sister is an acupuncturist and herbalist who founded The Luma Center in Petaluma, CA. She’s amazing and brilliant!
  • I do not like shellfish or raw fish.
  • I enjoy being active in my local community as much as I can.
  • I apparently have a knack for renovating homes… it’s a long story. 🙂

As Seen On

PaleoHacks
Z Living TV
Living without Gluten Free More Magazine
Paleo Magazine
Dr. Oz
CNN
Philadelphia Magazine
Yahoo
eHow

The perfect marriage between nutritional coaching and chatting with your best friend. Jennifer’s way of teaching people about eating healthfully is the perfect marriage between nutritional coaching and chatting with your best friend. Her down-to-earth personality and willingness to share her personal health hurdles makes changing the way you think about food feel like you have a true comrade along for the ride.

Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Author & recipe creator at The G-Spot Revolution.com

I was instructed by my doctors to become gluten free… I was totally lost! Jennifer Fugo truly IS the gluten-free guru! At NibMor, we do everything gluten free so that consumers with this sensitivity can enjoy our product. Making our product lines gluten free was a no brainer for us, even though no one at the company was gluten free at the time.

Recently due to a health concern, I was instructed by my doctors to become gluten free to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process. Other than my own product, I was totally lost!

Jen happily provided me with a wealth of information (believe it or not- just cause it says gluten free does not mean you can eat a boat load of it!). She gave me the tools I needed to start my journey and I am eternally grateful. Though I still have so much to learn for myself and my company, Jennifer Fugo is the expert I look to for all my gluten free know-how. Thanks, Jen, for a job well done and your willingness to provide information and resources to companies and each individual you deal with daily.

Heather K. Terry
co-founder of NibMor Chocolates

If you are looking for an integrated approach to nutrition, Jennifer is the right fit! Jennifer came along at the right time in my life. We focused on creating an eating plan that fit into my schedule that was not overwhelming. I learned how to prepare foods to provide the right energy at the right times, whether I am recovering from a workout or preparing a meal mid-week.

I definitely received the support and encouragement I needed to experiment more in the kitchen, and ‘play’ with my desires to remove dairy and gluten from my diet. Plus, I experimented with and tried more fruits and vegetables than I had in 10 years!

Sylvia, Philadelphia PA
Financial Consultant & Triathlete

Jennifer is THE person to turn to offering a wealth of knowledge on your healthy gluten free journey. When switching to a gluten free diet, it is crucial to have the help of an expert. Jennifer is THE person you want to turn to. She offers a wealth of knowledge to help guide you on your healthy gluten free journey. At Purely Elizabeth, all of our products our certified gluten free and we love turning to Jennifer to offer tips and recipes to our customers.

Elizabeth Stein
Founder, Purely Elizabeth

I simply FEEL better in a way I never would have expected, lost weight and feel less bloated. Since going gluten-free, I have discovered what it feels like to have lasting energy throughout the day! I’ve decreased my uncomfortable digestive problems and increased my alertness at work. I simply FEEL better in a way I never would have expected, lost weight and feel less bloated. At first, I thought gluten-free was simply a fad diet that I would never be able to maintain, but with Jennifer’s help, I have discovered how easy a gluten-free lifestyle can be and how essential an anti-inflammatory diet can be to both my short and long term health.

I would highly recommend Jennifer’s services as she’s wonderfully compassionate, easy to work with & extremely knowledgeable about a variety of health topics beyond those relating to a gluten-free diet. I felt at-ease and completely trusting when speaking with her about sensitive (and sometimes personal) health issues. By working with her, I was better able to understand what gluten is, how if effects me individually, and what steps I can take to incorporate a gluten-free diet into my somewhat hectic lifestyle. All in all, Jennifer’s advice is priceless!

Mary Jane Frisbee
Wellness Blogger

I’ve been gluten-free for almost three weeks now! WOOT! Feeling pretty good. With weight training, bike riding, and good eating, I’ve steadily dropped a pound and a bit per week. I’ll be making some changes to my diet for weight loss purposes, so I expect that to accelerate. I’m definitely enjoying a LACK of stomach issues – cramps, bloat, and general ick. Thanks so much Jen for your encouragement and information in this area. It’s making life SO much better!

Dan
Writer, Photographer & World Traveler