We had the good fortune of connecting with Jackie Ganz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jackie, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I found functional medicine through my own health and healing journey — being my own advocate and trusting that what I was feeling wasn’t “normal.” I’ve always been a healthy eater and working out has always been part of my routine. When I started working with a functional medicine practitioner, I implemented an anti inflammatory diet (essentially paleo), hydrated optimally, added more variety into my movement, listened to my body (especially during my cycle), took a variety of gut healing supplements, and really started to commit to sleeping more and building a mindfulness practice (sleep and stress were always areas I let slide for myself). I’m a real all-in kind of person, so once I committed I really started to reap the rewards. This was over 10 years ago, before I became a health coach, and while it hasn’t been linear, the principles of functional medicine have always served me well. It’s being consistent with the small habits daily, weekly, over time, that produce the big results. I walk the talk. I’ve seen it work with myself, my family and friends who come to me for advice and my clients.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I struggled for years professionally. Unhappy, full of fear and riddled with anxiety. This thing I loved and always wanted to pursue since I was little was no longer fulfilling me, and I was scared to admit it. I had just gotten married and then my world got flipped upside down a few months later. My dad suffered a massive stroke that almost took him from us. As I sat day in and day out in his hospital room and rehab sessions, the answer was so simple and clear. Life is short and unpredictable and time is a gift. And so without hesitation my path as a functional medicine health coach began. I was always passionate about health and nutrition. I just never thought I’d make it my career. It’s been over five years, and I’m as fired up now as ever. This is just the beginning! I work with clients on implementing diet and lifestyle changes — nutrition, movement, sleep, stress resilience, gut health, and creating a clean and supportive environment. I love watching their transformation and discoveries both while working together and months after when they might reach out to let me know they’ve hit a goal, or a biomarker is lower than ever before or something clicked way after our time together. It gives me so much joy. In my previous career, I heard the word “no” so regularly that it stopped phasing me. It did however make me incredibly resilient, persistent, and strengthened my intuition. In my practice, I work with primarily women to regain their energy and free themselves from the constant food chatter and yoyo dieting. I’m also a mom, and I know the importance of nourishing myself through pregnancy and my growing family. I love helping new moms do the same. Making changes can feel daunting in this busy life with work and family obligations. I help break it down and support my clients through each step helping them realize and build the life they want for themselves.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love when my friends visit LA. It forces me to go to all of my favorite places and switch up my routine. Morning matcha lattes at Alfred Coffee. We’d definitely get in a couple of hikes at Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park. Smoothies or smoothie bowls for sure at Sun Life Organics and Erewhon (my happy place — I’ll need to peek through all the aisles). Maybe a yoga class or meditation at the Den followed by a farmer’s market run at either Larchmont, Melrose Place or Studio City farmers market. There would definitely be a Malibu day, a walk and lunch on the Malibu Pier and then stroll on the beach or head to El Matador beach for a scenic sunset. Calabra rooftop at the Santa Monica Proper is fun for a rooftop drink. Some favorite dinner spots include Majordomo, Factory Kitchen, Osteria La Buca, Sugar Fish, Connie & Ted’s, Gracias Madre, AOC. I love trying new places too and since Covid, I’m a little out of the loop, but Mother Wolf is on the list. Some fun night activities are movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with a picnic dinner, a comedy show or the Hollywood Bowl. One of the best parts of living in LA are all of the quick trips you can do within 2 hrs of the city. So, if my bestie is coming for a whole week we’re definitely headed up to Santa Ynez for some wine tasting or Ojai for lots of good eats and gorgeous sunset at meditation mount. The spa at the Four Seasons Westlake Village feels like such a getaway, or I hear Westlake Village Inn just reopened their renovated spa and it’s not to miss.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Matt, is my number one cheerleader. We’ve been together for over 16 years, and he’s always believed in and encouraged me when I questioned everything I was doing. It took me a long time to find my “thing” and really go for it. He’s never doubted me. He’s supported me during my lows and celebrated me during my highs. His confidence is inspiring and I continue to learn from and strive towards it. He also makes me laugh everyday, reminding me to not take myself too seriously. I’m grateful for his patience and unconditional love.

My son, Levi also deserves a shoutout. He has given me more purpose than I ever knew possible. I struggled with loving my body my whole life and the miracle of growing him and birthing him really healed that relationship. Then, after my dad passed away, I had no choice but to get out of bed everyday and take care of this beautiful silly boy who made me laugh and sparked joy during the hardest, saddest time in my life. I’m the most grateful he chose me.

Lastly my mom, dad and sister have supported my dreams and been on my team my whole life. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without their love, guidance, support and encouragement. My dad lived life to its fullest — present, a zest for life, always instilling the Golden Rule. I try to emulate this in my own life, relationships and work. After his stroke, he had a total change in mobility and my mom and sister became the strongest most solid team caring for him. This experience changed my life, my career path, and built a strength and resilience I didn’t know I had.

Website: www.thepurepractice.com

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Marie Buck Photography Paige Jones

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