A Tale of Two Women

04 Jun 2013, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, wellness

This is my first post for ONE.org, an organization I’m honored to work with not only because of their humanitarian efforts, but also for the use of “hard-headed” in their tagline. The photo above is courtesy of my dear friend C.C. Chapman, who toured Ghana with ONE last year. *** I’ve had two women on my mind lately. They are counterpoints; polar ends of a spectrum whose very existence is difficult to reconcile. Each woman is fighting a battle — to the death — on her own end of the spectrum. And though one of them faces a matter of…

Gluten-Free: One Year Later

14 May 2011, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in wellness

Interestingly enough, celiac, fibromyalgia and food allergy awareness all happen in May, so I could technically do a trifecta post and cover all bases. However, as one of the bloggers contributing to A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, I’ll stick with the gluten today. I know. Pun. One year ago I went gluten-free in an effort to get my fibromyalgia symptoms under a semblance of control. After asking my online community for holistic approaches, I’ve received tremendous support from NFCA and the gluten-free community at large. What a wonderful, loving group of…

Zenfully Delicious is Live!

27 Oct 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in wellness

Yes, darlings, at long last, Zenfully Delicious is up and running! I’m so excited about this project, and extremely encouraged by the response we’ve gotten since our soft launch on Sunday during the Appetite for Awareness event presented by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in Philadelphia. It has really struck me how many people there are in search of answers and relief, and I’ve pulled together a fantastic team to take on that mission. We are addressing a range of chronic illnesses, from Fibromyalgia and Celiac to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diabetes and all of their siblings. We love that…

My Transformation to Wellness

14 Aug 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in wellness

Four months ago I was in misery. My fibromyalgia pain had reached epic proportions, I couldn’t think straight, and I was attempting to put on a brave face so the rest of the world would not know there was something “broken” within me. After all, I was an entrepreneur and world traveler — a connoisseur of life’s decadent pleasures. But that facade was crumbling before me, and I knew I could not accept another invitation to travel until I got this situation under control, because my body simply could not handle it. So I outed myself. It was the best…

Zenfully Delicious

08 Jul 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in wellness

When I wrote my last post, I was dealing with the consequences of detoxing from the foods that were giving me trouble, trying to fully, powerfully accept my new circumstances. I was wrestling with it, hoping things would change…soon. Little did I know that just one day later, the clouds would break. Now I feel fantastic. I’m thinking clearly. My body is no longer creaking and aching with every movement. Given how good I feel, no piece of bread or glass of wine seems important enough to worry about. So now I can focus on the next part of my…

Tears for Toast

30 Jun 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in wellness

Though each day seems to get a bit easier, there are times when my new lifestyle catches me off guard, and if I’m not 100% on my game, a wave of misery can knock me right on my ass.

My New Mission

28 Jun 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in wellness

Yes, I’ve got a new one. And it involves you, darlings. Come on in and take a look at what I’ve got up my sleeve.

Food as Foe

09 Jun 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in travel, wellness

Yes, I’ve been pretty quiet. As my body has adjusted the past few weeks to living gluten-free, my mind and emotions have been on a pretty steep roller coaster. I’ve also been traveling, which involves a lot of dining out, so by Day 2 of my latest trip, the most familiar words out of my mouth were “I can’t have that.”

Cue meltdown.

Touring Ireland!

07 May 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in travel, wellness

Greetings from the Emerald Isle! Chef Mark and I are once again running amok throughout the countryside to bring you our favorite flavors, colors and delights from the other side of the pond.