Hi there! I’m Jeannette Fair, the voice behind Living Fairly Whole. I run this site in my spare time, in between hours spent at my “day job”, watching Marvel Movies with my husband, playing with my nephews and nieces, and making delicious food (ask me about my sourdough!).
My story starts like many others: I grew up in the 90’s when fat was the devil and everyone’s mom was on the latest diet fad. I’m sure when I was very young I was more or less a normal sized kid, but I only ever remember thinking that I was overweight, especially as I hit puberty. I watched my mom try diet after diet (with no success) so naturally I thought that’s what I was supposed to do as well. I actually remember bringing Slimfast meal bars for lunch in the 6th grade because I wanted to lose weight so that I could fit in.
Fast forward to college and the “freshman 15” hits me hard. I follow Weight Watchers (for the first time as an adult) and lose around 50lbs – yay, right? I hovered around that size for a few years, then I got married and moved out on my own for the first time and gained all 50lbs back with interest. I was depressed for a variety of reasons, and didn’t know what to do anymore. I tried to follow a few different diets, and discovered the Paleo/Whole30 crowd, but nothing worked; I kept eating and growing.
In 2016 I fell and shattered my ankle so severely that I couldn’t walk for 3 months – I had no control over what I ate and felt lost and frustrated as I healed and learned how to walk all over again. About a year later, I stumbled across a Facebook ad for a local therapist who specialized in helping woman heal their relationship with food. I joined a group program and made huge first steps towards healing my mind.
Another year later, and I was motivated to make changes in my life, so I decided to enroll in the Nutritional Therapy Associations online program. I graduated as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in August, 2019.
Today, I’m working on using the skills I learned in therapy and at the NTA to continue to heal my relationship with food, and my body. I’m also helping others learn the power of real, whole foods and how to use them to get off the diet train and live a life (fairly) whole.