Wellness Makers: For Jackie Justice, ‘Food is Medicine’

Jackie Justice is a functional nutritionist. If you don’t know what this is, that’s okay. Justice, 59, is used to it. Most people don’t understand what you do for a living.

A functional dietitian gets to the root of a person’s wellness issues, and prevents diseases from developing in the future. So, if someone has blood sugar issues, you don’t just say, ‘Okay, take this drug,’ says Justice, who lives in Stamford, Connecticut, and has a son and daughter in their 20s. Do you have blood sugar issues? How is your diet? What is your family history? What can we do to help solve this root problem so that your blood sugar is stable, and you don’t have to take any medication?”

“Functional medicine doctors are great. They do the right tests, they know how to interpret them, but almost one hundred percent never work with a person’s food,” she says. “They would honestly say, ‘Oh, don’t eat sugar.’ But they don’t actually offer a meal plan that anyone can take home. We do.”

Through specific tests, Justices will look at her client’s blood chemistry and food sensitivities, then develop a specific diet and lifestyle plan based on their individual needs. She also teaches many of the most popular courses on the DailyOM wellness site, including “Live the Sweet Life Without Sugar” and “Break Midmenopause in 10 Days.”

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