Jamie Nicole, The Natural HEALing Coach, is an expert who empowers busy professionals to make healthier choices that promote healing for the body, soul, and spirit.
In her triumph over autoimmune diseases, Jamie’s journey of healing led her to create empowerment coaching platforms, fitness and wellness forums, and health advocacy publications. Jamie has shared her story of success as an expert on Vinyl Draught Radio and as featured in Voyager Houston Magazine.
Jamie, a leader in innovative coaching methods, is a certified Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Holistic Health Coach, host of the Groovy Beet Podcast, and creator of the Village Fitness brand. She is the recipient of the Lifted Lifestyle’s 2019 Houston Health and Fitness Professional of the Year, the Houston 40 Under 40 to Watch 2018 Amazing Woman Award, and the 2019 Fitness Professional. Through Jamie Nicole, the Natural HEALing Coach Healthy Eating Active Living (H.E.A.L.) Workshops, Seasonal Detox Program, and coaching services, her clients experienced life-changing results.
Jamie believes healthy habits lead to a better-balanced life! With a corporate career, being a business owner, and being a single mother, Jamie’s philosophy of health centers around sharing an understanding of wellness that improves energy, balance, health, and happiness.
Fancy: Please tell us a little bit about where you are from (try to be a little descriptive about your city or state as we focus on the beauty of living in the South).
Jamie: I am fortunate enough to have been born and raised in one of the most diverse cities in the country, Houston, TX. The amazing state where everything is bigger, better, and bolder. In Houston, you will find both southern charm and international flare with over 145 different languages spoken here. There is no wonder as to why people from all around the country are flocking here in droves! It’s a city that has everything and is welcoming to everyone. From excellent award-winning food, world-class entertainment district, various sports teams, and low cost of living, Houston is the city is the epitome of Swag.
Fancy: What inspired your work?
Jamie: Overcoming my own health complications associated with food sensitivities and autoimmune diseases provided me with hard-won and extremely valuable first-hand knowledge on integrative wellness solutions. In a way, I was my own first client.
I know first-hand the difficulties of living with, getting diagnosed with, and then finding the root cause of autoimmune disease. But I also know the freedom felt and the burden that is lifted when you are able to find solutions that lead you to better health.
Once I was able to move from surviving to thriving with autoimmune disease, I became passionate about sharing what I learned with others. This passion led me to become a certified health coach and to subsequently become certified as an autoimmune coach to help others with autoimmune diseases who are on the verge of losing faith in healthcare and cookie-cutter wellness solutions.
Fancy: So what exactly does a certified holistic health and autoimmune strategist do?
Jamie: All coaches have different methodologies. However, what sets me apart is my signature Health Restoration Program which is comprised of three distinct stages of progression:
Recognize, Evaluate, Survey: A signature assessment designed to recognize wellness inefficiencies that interrupt daily functionality, evaluates client wellness behaviors, and surveys the effectiveness of previous wellness efforts.
Train, Optimize, Regulate, & Amend: The client and I then implement a four-step holistic approach that trains the client to recognize optimal health versus deficiencies, optimizes behaviors that demonstrate positive reform, and leverages my experience in the health and wellness industry to regulate and amend lifestyle management techniques that impede optimal health (e.g., Review medical history, examine stress levels, monitor diet, evaluate fitness routines, etc.)
Transform, Inspire, Operate, & Nurture: Finally, I support my clients in transforming their old habits to a newly cultivated formula, which in-turn inspires my clients to operate with healthy intentions, not lose hope despite chronic health conditions, move forward, and nurture a lifestyle that produces lasting results by way of healthy eating and active living.
My vast sum of progressive health coach training, innovative teaching methods, and integrative experiences allow me to provide a highly formulated and valuable training via my signature program for those with an autoimmune disease at any stage of their autoimmune wellness journey.
Fancy: Why might someone be in need of your services?
Jamie: Autoimmune diseases are a family of more than 80 chronic, often incapacitating, and, in many cases, life-threatening illnesses including Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, just to name a few.
According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 23.5 million Americans (more than seven percent of the population) suffer from an autoimmune disease—and the prevalence is rising.
Autoimmune disease often takes years to be properly diagnosed and even after diagnosis, without the proper nutrition and lifestyle support, sufferers often fail to find wellness solutions that help mitigate their flares without proper support.
Everyone with autoimmune disease has different factors that trigger it, which makes it difficult to pinpoint the root cause for each person. Without knowing the root cause or causes, it makes it that much harder to live with the disease.
Because I understand from personal experience the challenges faced with autoimmune disease, I am able to guide others like me, create a customized holistic plan that unlocks their freedom from being shackled to their disease despite the associated challenges of fatigue, joint pain, concentration blocks, inflammation, hair loss, anxiety, and depression.
Fancy: Are clients able to work with you virtually?
Jamie: Of course. Through 2021, I saw individual clients virtually. However, in order to serve more clients for a longer period of time, I now primarily work with clients in a group program. This also makes it more affordable for those who cannot afford one-on-one sessions and are the ones who need my services the most. My online program is virtual as well.
Fancy: What has your wellness journey been like?
Jamie: My own personal health journey started over twenty years ago. I was tired, frustrated, and confused. I was putting in the work. I was eating the right things (so I thought). I was working out daily (as we had been told to do). My calories in were less than my calories out, yet the movement on the scale was not commensurate with the effort that I was putting in. I wanted to GIVE UP.
At the time, I had managed to be promoted to upper management at my corporate job. I prided myself on my capacity to get the job done at work with excellence. However, over time, my ability to perform at a high level declined. The symptoms that I had, that at that time I didn’t know were related to autoimmune disease, started to take over my life.
I had a hard time with memory recall. I would space out. It took three times as long to do things that I used to do with ease. I had become accustomed to downing coffee to help get me through projects and deadlines. However, the effectiveness of this caffeinated “drug” began to lose its effectiveness, much like a band-aid that loses its grip on the wound you are trying to cover up until it is healed.
At night, I would have a hard time getting to sleep. My brain just wouldn’t cut off. When I finally did fall off to sleep, I would often be awakened by debilitating acid reflux that would choke me awake out of my sleep. I would then be exhausted when I woke. After multiple alarms and sometimes a few tears, I managed to gather myself enough to fake through my day yet again like everything was ok.
As would be expected, my personal life started to be affected. I didn't have the time or the energy to go out and do things that were fun. I was working later because it took longer for me complete tasks during the day due to the brain fog and excessive daytime sleepiness. On weekends, I would still be in catch-up mode... and just exhausted. I got cranky. I would snap at my family, my friends, or anyone that caught me at the wrong time on the wrong day.
This was one of the most frustrating periods of my life. I had hit a dead end with my attempts at getting better. I felt as though my symptoms were holding me back from achieving my dreams and aspirations. I would often mourn the person that I thought I could have been if I did not have these debilitating symptoms holding me back.
Luckily, I didn’t give up on myself. It took me at least ten doctors, fifteen years, and thousands of dollars to receive an initial diagnosis of an autoimmune thyroid disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and then four additional years until I was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that is also immune-related.
After tons of research, lots of journaling and finally getting the right diagnosis, I was able to find the root cause of my health issues and create a plan of action for myself to reverse the symptoms. I regained control of my body by learning how what is needed in order for it to thrive.
Fancy: I see you host a supermarket tour. Can you tell us more about that?
Jamie: With the Healthy Grocery Store Tour, I teach clients how to wisely navigate the grocery store aisles. They learn how to prepare a shopping list, so they buy only what they need and always have a well-stocked pantry. I teach how to read and compare food labels and accurately interpret product health claims, so they can feel confident that they are choosing the healthiest foods for themselves and their families.
Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes Jamie, Jamie?
Jamie: My swagher is derived from my unwavering and unrelenting pursuit to become my best self despite the unfathomable and persistent obstacles that have plagued me for the past 20 years, both in life and with my health.
I have always believed that no one and nothing would stop me from achieving my destiny…..not even my own body. You have to have a resolute and steadfast type of swagher to fight with boldness and authority when your body is literally trying to attack you from the inside out. My swagher, what makes Jamie, Jamie is not only to go through the fire for myself, but also be willing to go through the fire with others during their fight for better health and better quality of life.
Fancy: What does it mean to you to be a Black woman in business?
Jamie: Being a black woman in business means taking ownership of my own destiny, life, and health. It means that I am able to make a bigger impact on society locally, nationally, and globally through innovation, leadership, stewardship. It means that I am able to create generational health and wealth for my family for generations to come.
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Francheska “Fancy” Felder is a quiet Southern, media mogul in the making. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the progressive Black community.
Fancy’s passion for all things creative combined with her love for writing, Black culture, and business guided her to also offer her public relations, creative, and branding services, making the magazine more of a media boutique having its own subscription clients as well as advertisers, hence why the name changed to SwagHer Magazine & Media.
SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black people, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead. Fancy executes campaigns for Black women-led businesses, coaches, authors, and girl bosses so that they receive more visibility and establish themselves as an authority.
The Mississippi native is also one half of Theories & Thoughts Podcast, a discussion-driven show that tackles Black issues and taboo subjects with a kitchen table talk feel, which she hosts with Arnya T.M. Davis. The two also co-produce and host Theories & Thoughts Deep Dive, a millennial talk show.
The former teen mom graduated from Southwest Mississippi Community College with her associate’s in marketing management and studied mass communications with a focus in public relations from Southern University A&M College.