"I was sick and tired of being sick and tired", Jeanne Ricks says. "My entrance into the field of Health and Wellness came, like so many others, after a sustained bout with illness myself. After 5 surgeries ~ the realization that there were alternatives to the expensive fistful of meds, which were having little if any positive benefits on my illness ~ was an epiphany! " So began a quest for wellness which would lead her to earn certificates in Health Counseling through Columbia University’s Teacher’s College in NY and as a Holistic Health Practitioner through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She's also certified as a Clinical Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists. In addition, she has training in Herbalism covering Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic and Native American traditions. For over a decade, Ricks has helped numerous people surmount challenges to optimal health through her Centered Eating for Restoration™ Program. Her outreach not only empowers the average person, but also reaches those battling obesity, diabetes, alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, mental illness and the isolation that is often experienced by the elderly.
Jeanne’s new book, “The Biology of Beating Stress,” and her companion workbook “Be More Stress-less,” recently became available in bookstores everywhere. Her lucid insights, signature warmth, and disarming humor are quite literally on display: Her book has been featured in Barnes and Nobles’ self-improvement section. Stress-Management is one area where Ricks has made a considerable impact. Her idea is provocative, but her prescription is surprisingly straightforward: incremental, easy-to-understand exercises done in real-time rather than the “lump sum” approach of reacting and responding to your life as a series of small fires that must be immediately stamped out. And the results have been significant: her approach has generated a ripple effect that has helped countless people overcome a litany of stress-related afflictions including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, weight gain, headaches, poor digestion, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, high cholesterol and insomnia.
"I love light-bulb moments. I enjoy seeing that light come on in peoples' faces when they get a better understanding of just how their bodies work and realize that they can take a little bit more control back over their condition. It’s the realization that they don’t have to be bullied by anxious thoughts. It changes their whole outlook about achieving better energy, fitness, health and well-being," says Ricks.