Jackie's Journey: Adventure to Wellness


 After so much inspiration and deliberation I've decided to enter into the 2016 Natural Iowa bikini competition on May 14th, 2016. This choice is a goal for myself as I love meeting goals and working towards something that pushes myself. For me it is not about the looks but about a learning process of myself and helping others learn as well.

My intention is to show that this can be attained by eating a plant-based diet, by using young living products for muscles, aches and pains and more, and the process will greatly aided with regular float tank sessions. 

Foods will be blogged, oils will be listed and explained, and, of course, some awesome vlogs when using the float tank! What is the float tank? Check out www.honestfloating.com

The plant based foods naturally keep a body at lower weights and easier to get into competition mode. Our meals at home are already plant based with the exception of 1 local small chicken every other week and eggs. There is some learning to do with the meal plans, however I do intend to eat more intuitively vs very restricted. The float tank will help me recover while soaking in the Epsom salts in 60 minute sessions and help maintain low stress and excellent focus during this busy time. Finally, by adding essential oils for muscle care, energy, aches and pains and more I can continue to be chemical free and feeling great. 

This journey started September 7th and will be updating social media such as Instagram, Pinterest and this blog! My motivation comes from helping others and any feedback you have is always accepted!! I have amazing coaches and support. Thank you all for being a part of this journey!!

Thank you Dusty Swehla, Lisa Barta and Ernestine Shepherd for this area of inspiration!!! I've made excuses long enough. Time to pony up and just do it!!

Shero Experience Keynote Speaker Announced!!



We are incredibly excited to announce that Ernestine Shepherd will be joining us September 3rd, with a visit to The MAC, through the 4th, teaching a morning activity at Shero! 

Get to know this years keynote speaker by watching this short video!

"Feeling better than she did at 40, bodybuilding champion Ernestine Shepherd shows us that ”being out of shape” as we age truly is merely an option — NOT a mandate! She is a role model not just for senior women everywhere, but for every one of us." excerpt taken from her website

Push-up challenge video!

Do you have a video of you doing something awesome? 10 push-ups might not be a record but it's a fun start to get people involved!  

Tag me in your videos or photos and we will give you a shout out! Team work!

#honestliving #jackiefetter #pushupchallenge #cedarrapids #iowa 



Ft80 Polar Watch- My FAVORITE Training Tool

If you know me you know that I like to be active, I love to organize and I love to be efficient! 

Chakra says she likes it too ;)

Chakra says she likes it too ;)

The Polar Personal Trainer watch FT80 is a must have for anyone wanting to track their fitness, improve their performance or just have fun seeing what their heart can do. I wear mine each time I workout and then sync it up to my online program especially for me. It gives me goals, tracks where I am in them and will suggest things to gain progress. 

This sweet device comes with a heart monitor, I am a small person and it even works on me! The syncing device is easy to use, you just put your watch on it and it syncs! The online personal trainer will show you your workouts and track them. 

Each person takes their initial resting heart-rate, they call this the fitness test. Then it advises 3 ranges your heart should be in and for how long. It typically suggests being in 1, which is low, for a small amount of time, 2, which is your medium heart-rate, and 3, for a little bit longer than 1. OR it gives you a completely different length and intensity of a workout that keeps you out of a plateau. It was so interesting to see my heart-rate during my workouts. Sometimes when I was sure a specific thing like a squat would push me into level 3 actually had me in 1 or 2. But then when I did things like push-ups I was in 3 the whole time! I LOVE my FT80, cheesy or not!  

FT80 gets FIVE Stars!! It is durable, comfortable, and works great. Most important of all, it is helping me improve my fitness levels!

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My Online Store to order the FT80, this makes a great Christmas gift!!!! 

Polar Fitness Facebook Page

Product Review! Neocell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Complex (Protein Powder)

Ok Honest Friends, I have been searching for a protein powder my body and mind can make peace with. This seems to be the best I can find. Neocell is so awesome for sending me this to review. So here goes!


This protein is easy to mix, it is not as thick as other protein drinks but I have come to like this. I tried the Belgian Chocolate variety and I believe this will be my protein powder of choice from now on. I mix it with filtered water and drink it right after my workouts. There is no after taste or gag effect like some proteins. For as clean as it is I am very impressed with the flavors and the effect I can feel on my body after each workout and follow up with Neocell. I like that it hits more than just the protein aspect but also cares for my joints. That is HUGE for me, I enjoy high impact activities as well as your usual light activities. 

Flavors:  Belgian Chocolate, French Vanilla

Sizes: 1.5lb & 3lb


It helps the muscles, joints, energy and nutrients. Free of gluten, sugar, artificial flavors, lactose or synthetic ingredients. It has a refuel and recovery aspect with pure ion-exchange whey protein isolate (no concentrates or blends), an amino acid blend, and L-glutamine. The replenish and regenerate formula uses super collagen bioavailable peptides (connective tissue support) with multi-vitamins and protective antioxidants. 

15g bioactive collagen + 15g whey isolate = 30g protein per serving 

Where to find this? It is sold at Frontier Coop, I have not found anyone with it for sale in Cedar Rapids. I order mine in bulk. If you'd like to try it I will surely order you some! 

Prices: 1.5lb $34.95, 3lb $57.95

Email me at mail@jackie-fetter.com 

New Sponsors and Activities Announced for Shero!

New Sponsors & Activity Directors Named! Click their links!


The Shero Experience


Friday, September 5, 2014 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Shero- pronounciation: \'shir-(.)ō\, noun 1. A woman or man who supports women's rights and respects women's issues 2. Female hero 3. blend of she and hero 


This is a women's focused day with leadership, career success, personal development and health based experiences. We will start the day out with activities consisting of canoeing, Zumba, kayaking, climbing, yoga and zip-lining. We will then break for lunch and hear from Lydia Brown of Ascent andDenise Stapley, winner of Survivor 2012 and LMHC.  The afternoon will consist of breakout sessions to connect and a guest speaker Kinzie Farmer founder of SuccessSHE. 

When you leave this event you will have had some fun, felt exhilarated, met some great women from your Corridor, have made some possible business connections and most importantly, you will have a better understanding and appreciation for YOU. 


Each guest can choose 2 activities for about an hour each. If you prefer to use both hours for just Zumba or yoga you are welcome to do so. Please advise your top 3 choices at check-out. Toula Yoga will be sponsoring the yoga for the day. Ashley Grabe will be dancing the day away at Zumba! 


The lunch menu is being developed now and will be something that everyone can enjoy. Water and beverages will be available as well. Fresh fruit and snacks will be available throughout the day. Please keep in mind the venue is casual and the purpose of the day is to leave feeling refreshed. Please message for any allergies or dietary restrictions. 


The afternoon will consist of guest speakers, connections in the Corridor and  breakout sessions. This will function as a way to move forward feeling your best and making the most out of your community. These will be long lasting connections to help you grow your social, business and health areas of life.  Materials for notes will be handed out as most guests will want to leave purses or belongings in their car.  Please feel free to bring your phone for fun Tweeting and Instagram fun throughout the day. We will also have a key valet for anyone wanting to leave keys at the front during check in.  

Swag & Sponsors

Swag bags are being donated by Back in Line Chiropractic and Wellness PCBracelets are coming to you from {made} communitygoodies from Warehouse Salon and much more! Van Meter Inc is a local ESOP, employee stock ownership plan (employee owned), which means they have MANY women owners. They are graciously supporting Shero with multiples in ticket sales. 

Promoting & Helping

We are honored and cannot thank our supporters enough. From the individuals that are helping to the businesses that are sponsoring. Please help the women you know become of a Shero! Tweet us at @SheroExperience and #sheroexperience. Visit our Facebook page and share the event. 

Individuals are suggested to purchase their ticket and one for a friend. The "bring a friend" moto goes so far!! We have also been grateful to have Van Meter Inc lead the way promoting a healthy day to their staff. 

Cocktail Hour

Lion Bridge Brewery! Everyone gets a free drink ticket! 


Summer Volunteer Opportunity

Do you want to do something fun this sumer? 

Check out the open volunteer spots for the Downtown Farmers Market! Follow this link to sign up! http://www.cedarrapids.org/Content/Community-Development/Quality-of-Life/Downtown-Farmers-Market/Volunteers.aspx

I will be there to shop then start my shift 11:30-1:30 June 7th! Come say HI!

Volunteering has always been very important to me. We, my brother and I, always volunteered with my dad growing up. We would go to United Way for UPS and pick up bags of food with UPS and the Boy Scouts. There were always countless times we helped a friend, neighbor or random person (yes dad would be "that guy") if they needed it. 

What ways do you help volunteer for your community? 

Where to get Tyrosine and Iodine? Essential to a healthy thyroid!

*I have included links on the major parts of this blog post to ease learning about your body and health!

As I am continuing into 2014 I do need to eat diligently to keep a healthy thyroid, which is fueled by the adrenal glands. Today I'm focusing on tyrosine and iodine as it seems I may be low. I had very enlightening visit with Dr. Gray at Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic to get a clear picture of my labs that state these 2 things being low are affecting my thyroid and adrenals. How do they relate? Why are they low? How can a person eat to fuel their thyroid and adrenals? How can a person LIVE in 2014 and keep a healthy thyroid and adrenals? Let's check it out! 

What does tyrosine have to do with the thyroid and adrenals? The article by Naturalendocrinesolutions.com says it best when it says, “What’s important to understand is that in most cases, the malfunctioning thyroid gland isn’t the actual cause of the problem. Other areas of the body are usually responsible for the thyroid condition, and while different areas of the body can be affected, in many cases it’s the weakened adrenal glands that lead to the development of the thyroid condition. The reason this is important to understand is because when the adrenal glands are causing the thyroid gland to malfunction, if a healthcare professional aims their treatment directly at the thyroid gland and ignores the adrenals, there is absolutely no chance of restoring the patient’s health back to normal.” Know your labs and where the symptoms originate. I go into more information about where my case comes from later.

How does iodine tie in to this? I wondered the same thing! Isn’t iodine something to do with salt? What does that mean for my thyroid and adrenals? Well a LOT actually! Iodine-Resource.com advises, “The thyroid gland, which uses iodine, is considered the master gland for metabolism.” And “There are many factors which work against us in our quest for foods high in iodine: nutritional depletion of the soil, crop land naturally deficient around the mid-west and the Great Lake region of the U.S.; and, chemical additives to our food including bromate, bromide and halogens which displace iodine in our system. The high prevalence of sugar, refined carbohydrates and rancid vegetable oils prevent the absorption of iodine in the body. We have all invariably ingested these toxins into our systems - knowingly or unknowingly in one way or another.” This is just another reason to know your grower and eat local foods from credible sources. Being winter we are all low on local produce but we can learn to make foods from what is available.

How did my adrenals take a dive? Personally, I had the sudden passing of my dad, Gordon, due to suicide in May of 2013. I also took ownership of a catering business, Katering Kitchen, and opened Honest Living by Jackie Fetter in May 2013. It was a wild month! Any stressful event, either big or small, can create a hazard on a body's nervous system. As Adrenalfatigue.org explains it, "Adrenal fatigue occurs when adrenal gland function becomes less than optimal—usually as a result of stress. It can affect anyone who undergoes frequent, persistent or severe mental, emotional or physical stress. Adrenal function can also be an important factor in health issues ranging from allergies to obesity." My low iodine I believe is from no longer consuming table salt but rather pink Himalayan salt and filtered water (removes radioactive iodine which in turn removes all iodine). I chose the pink salt at home due to it is unprocessed and table salt is stripped of minerals and additives to prevent clumping and caking. So many foods have been fortified to contain things they don't naturally poses...but that comes with a price, highly processed "foods" and not natural to work in the human body! I prefer to eat things as they are grown; whole foods, natural and unaltered. I do eat snacks and a cookie from time to time but I try to make sure it is made with quality ingredients. Sometimes I do eat something unnatural, I am not perfect nor do I claim to be. 

What can I do about my iodine, thyroid and adrenal glands? Your FORK! I purchase my produce from local farmers at the outdoor section of NewBo City Market, Downtown Cedar Rapids Market, Hiawatha Market and Iowa Valley Food Coop! To find one that fits your schedule check here. Robert and I have not been available to garden due to the time demands of our jobs but hope to soon once we have more land. What I have come to know is that nutritional content is not the same across the board, it depends on the soil in which the produce has grown. Each meal you eat decides whether you will be healthy or ill, choose wisely! Your STRESS! The way a person, rather their body, reacts to stress will dictate how their body uses things like their adrenals. A person can train their body to react differently than their initial knee jerk reaction. Relax, meditate, go to yoga or take a walk! Learn what your body feels like in a relaxed state and try to keep your mind at a calm level when you are approached with something stressful. Do some sort of regular exercise, running, swimming, dancing, bicycling, anything! I go to J&S Total Fit and will even be giving some nutritional talks starting April 5th! If you need additional help always feel free to reach out to a friend, spiritual guidance or a mental health professional, I use Kalleen at KRP Therapy to process through the loss of my dad.  Your DOWNTIME! Try a new hobby; get your creative juices flowing. Join a new group to make friends! Meetup.com is very helpful; my group is Cedar Rapids Meet and Eat.  Your SUPPLEMENTS - Make sure you get them from a credible source! IHHC, Institute for Health and Hormone Clinic, offers some very great quality brands. I have some in my Essentials page also and hopefully some soon from Frontier! 

How to add IODINE – asparagus, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, egg yolks, garlic, lettuce, lima beans, miso, mushrooms, onions, peas, potatoes, rhubarb, sea vegetables, sesame seeds, spinach, soybeans, strawberries, spinach, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnip greens. There is also a salt alternative noted on Iodine-Resource.com called Season's Sea Seasonings, Organic Dulse Granules. “This dried seaweed can be used as a condiment. It provides a rich source of iron, potassium, iodine, Vitamin B-6, Riboflavin, and fiber.” It is said that an adult needs 150 mcg per day. There are also liquid drops (Zeolite) or iodine oral pills. An appointment with Dr Gray would be beneficial before beginning any additional vitamin or mineral regimen. I also may be able to sell dulse through my Frontier Coop membership. I am reviewing this now. Dulse granules contain 57 mcg per serving size of 1/4 tsp, and leaf flakes contain the same.   

How to increase TYROSINE – almonds, avocados, bananas, kidney beans, legumes, lima beans, mustard greens, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, soy products, sesame seeds, tofu. Livestrong.com states, “When you consume protein foods, amino acids released from protein enter your bloodstream. The amino acids that make it to the brain can determine your moods and behavior. When tyrosine crosses the barrier from the bloodstream to the brain, it increases production of dopamine and other energy-inducing neurotransmitters, the Franklin Institute explains.” Because I choose an 80/20 plant based diet, something like a flexitarian, I look for plant based foods. 

Hopefully this post helps someone and they can benefit from what I'm learning! Follow my posts, like my Facebook page and don't be shy to send me a question or comment! THANK YOU!

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What I learned at my first group for survivors of suicide.

From the series - Learning to Live 

Before my first group meeting I thought a few things about the situation at hand. My dad took his life May 3rd, 2013. I thought I was too busy with work to go to groups, I thought I was too busy to give this notion that it happened a moment of my time, I thought I was angry, I thought I was fine with it, I thought I was alone, I thought he didn't love me, I thought he did, I thought I would never heal, I thought there was no reason to carry on, I thought I was going to retire because life is precious and I can't waste a second working, I thought, "I'm a health coach, surely I should have all of this together and not be weak right now." I thought I couldn't express sadness or pain because I am supposed to be helping people get healthier and how can they trust me when they see me struggle. I thought my broken heart would make my coaching ineffective. I thought friends were always there for each other. I thought both genders committed suicide equally. I thought I didn't need group. I thought wrong. 

What I have learned from Dads passing is that it truly is making me stronger, happier, healthier and a better coach. I knew all of these things before but now my sense of purpose and life is more vibrant and thriving. "Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." Buddha. Each moment is a chance to make it the best moment ever and by remembering that I have began to build myself again. 

The reason I say I am becoming more happy is because the initial reaction is to be sad, blue, depressed, distant, or any number of melancholy things. To follow the path of being depressed would be to let my mind decide my fate. Since I operate my mind I choose my mood. By deciding to see that life is beautiful and precious I choose to make it happier each second, each hour and each day. When a person makes choices to be happy, then a healthy life is hopefully close behind. 

What makes me happy is going snowboarding, rock climbing, being active and seeing friends and family. In order to do this I must use preventative measures to keep myself healthy to increase my longevity and at a level in fitness that will let me enjoy all life has to offer. A person can have "treats" as much as they like. For myself I feel like those treats are exactly what stands between a faster mile and me. The treats stand between someone with high cholesterol and the operating table. The treat or the insulin. The treat or playing in the yard with kids or pets. The treat or the slopes! The treat or RAGBRAI. The treat or the grave before 60. These are not absolutes but for myself I don't want to look back and say, "Why did I do that?" To live with no regrets means to me to live exactly how I feel is best for myself. What I think is best for me is to give my all to make this the most wholesome, healthy and fun life there is available. Dad's passing has opened my eyes to a healthier life, if that's possible, because now I don't just do it to hopefully live longer, but I do it because I don't want to waste time on the sidelines. We just don't know how much time we have here. 

“The Master said, “A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.” (Analects 2.11)” ― Confucius.  Most things that a person encounters in their early years will eventually play out in a negative or positive manner in their life. These feelings can then manifest into their life in a number of ways, that's where I come in as a health coach. Having an outside perspective helps clarify and heal those feelings while taking into account the present situation at hand. The addition to my coaching that has come about since Dads passing is that I am now more fully equipped to reach out to my clients that have had someone pass by either natural causes, accidents, suicide or any way. I had existing patients that after it happened I had a heightened awareness to the topic of death and we were able to determine that a great deal of pain was lingering from a past death. We discussed it at length and now today (well not today but last fall), they were able to go back out to the garden again, reconnected with their spouse and increased their frequency at the gym. I miss dad more than anything in the world but I feel this gift of connecting with clients on a deeper level has made me a better coach. 

The last two things I learned at my first group meeting were shocking. Many people have become distant from or lost all together their friends after their loved one took their own life. I can admit that it has been bizarre for myself but I also have businesses and a family at home (Rob and Chakra). What always seems to come up is that the friend seems to not know what to say. My friends have been amazing. They offer help or comfort. They call, text or visit. Pretty much my friends have stayed the same as they were before it happened. For anyone that is not sure how to approach or react I have included a link at the bottom of the page for helpful information provided by the Survivors of Suicide website. Personally I like talking about Dad. I think many people are shy or not sure what they should or shouldn't stay. To me I reference him like a best friend that has moved away. It's not like he didn't exist! I don't want to lament over the topic but I also do not want to hide it.

The final part that was shocking is the difference in ratio of suicides between men and women, and also the age of those that take their life.  Middle aged men commit suicide 4 times more than women. That figure is shocking and scary. Last night at a table of 10 people ALL of them were there because a male in their life committed suicide. They were a husband, a brother, fathers, friends and in a few absolutely tearful instances, sons. I had once thought it was a "kids" thing, a disgruntled teen or upset college student. 

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of deaths in the US as of 2010. In 2010 someone took his or her life every 13.7 minutes. In the world all-together someone dies every 40 seconds. More people die from suicide than any war or murder. Between 10% to 14% of the general population have suicidal thinking at some point. Suicide is the 2nd biggest cause of death amongst age’s 15-19 year olds. One hundred THOUSAND adolescents die by their own hand each year. The highest rate is the age 45-64. Demographically by race Caucasians have the highest and second being American Indians. MidWest (Iowa) has one of the highest rates. Over 50% use a firearm. 

"Suicidal behavior is a complex phenomenon that usually occurs along a continuum, progressing from suicidal thoughts, to planning, to attempting suicide, and finally dying by suicide." Source: International Associate for Suicide Prevention

We as people were not meant to travel the world alone. Yes we come in and we leave alone, but we are social creatures. Learn from what I learned last night. Review the websites and follow up blogs. Share this on FB, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social media to help everyone avoid this situation at all costs. What I learned in my first group meeting was that I was wrong. I thought I knew it all and that I didn't need a group. I was wrong. I hope we can help others be right. 


Statistics brought to you by http://www.samaritans.org/

How to help a survivor - http://www.survivorsofsuicide.com/help_heal.shtml

Article by NY Times regarding the spike in suicides - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/03/health/suicide-rate-rises-sharply-in-us.html?_r=0