The Medicine Cabinet Series was created to give you a unique look at the everyday lives and wellness routines of a diverse group of women from around the country. Dive in for a candid approach to wellness unlike any other.

Meet Jacq, a Mentality Coach based in Chicago. After battling eating disorders and lack of self-confidence in her adolescence, she started Your Inner Babe to help girls overcome their inner struggles. She lives to inspire self-connection and prides herself on being able to transform people’s mindsets around self-worth and self-acceptance. You can read more about her experiences on her website, and her Instagram, @jacqgould.

BINTO: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Cuddle with my puppy Mercer. Literally roll over and she is staring at me the second I open my eyes waiting for a good morning smooch.

BINTO: What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

Put my eye mask on and think of three things I’m grateful for to quiet my mind. 

BINTO: What are some of your favorite healthy foods?

I seriously love vegetables. I love raw vegetables, beets, red peppers, carrots, cucumbers. I love olives and homemade hummus. Roasted eggplant!  I am so into olive oil and avocado. Walnuts. Pineapple. I have vivid memories of watching my mom eat raw spinach out of the container when I was a little kid. I always wanted to be like her, so it must have started there!

BINTO: Tell us about your fitness routine. 

I do strength training and Pilates two times a week and I love hot power yoga!

BINTO: What was the defining moment when you realized you could take your health into your own hands?

I battled an eating disorder all throughout my younger years. Come junior year of college, I couldn’t go one full minute without thinking about how ugly or overweight I was, and was living in a pool of self-hate. I thought I was never going to be successful because I didn’t “look like” the size 0’s in the media. I was so lost, and I had completely fallen out of love with my passion for the arts (I was a drama major at NYU). I stopped going to class and began failing out of school. I started wanting success for all the wrong reasons; I thought if I became famous, I would suddenly not feel so alone. What I didn’t realize though was that if I didn’t believe in myself, no one else was ever going to believe in me either. I knew I had to ask for help if I was ever going to come out of the battle with myself alive and I had finally reached the place where I didn’t simply just want or need it, but I was brave enough to do it. That was the day I took my life into my own hands and I haven’t looked back since.

BINTO: How do you define wellness?

To me, wellness is the continuous process of becoming. It’s messy, it’s extremely individual. There is no one size fits all and it’s most definitely never ever perfect. It’s not about expensive treatments. It’s not about going vegan or keto or doing intermittent fasting. It’s not about over training with every exercise you see on social media. Wellness to me, is all about embracing the uncertainty of life and trying your best to show up for yourself every single day. Living a life of true wellness might cost you people, opportunities, material things. But I define true wellness as the state of always being true to YOU.

BINTO: What do you consider to be the most important step of your wellness routine?

Meditation, without a doubt. If I give myself even just 5 minutes of space to connect to my breath, either at the beginning of my day or in the middle of my day, I feel an overarching sense of peace within me. If I don’t give myself the time during the day? Well, let’s just say you do NOT want to be in my husband’s shoes come dinner time!

BINTO: How has your wellness routine evolved over the years? 

I used to strength train five times a week and equated how “well my wellness was” to how much I worked out. Throughout the years I have realized that wellness is about so much more than the calories that you burn or pushing your body to extreme limits. For me, it’s more about giving myself the necessary time to refuel. Maybe I don’t workout five times one week because I choose to sing for an extra hour, or I choose to sleep in a little. To me now, my “wellness routine” centers completely around listening to myself. To my body, my soul, and my spirit. It’s about honoring what I need at any given moment and just showing up for myself to the extent that I can and trusting that I am my best self-expert on any given day.

BINTO: What is one product you absolutely cannot live without?

Probably my butterfly shaped Gua Sha or I randomly have an obsession with reusable bendy straws. I prefer to drink everything out of a straw.

BINTO: How do you take your health and wellness routine on the go?

I love Insight Timer, because it allows me to meditate for any amount of time wherever I am and whenever I need it. I always pack snacks that I know will keep me feeling fueled and I make it a point to move as much as I feel pulled to move my body. I mainly just make sure I give myself alone time and space. I can really go a little nuts without any alone time!

BINTO: What is your biggest challenge in terms of health and wellness right now?

I’d say my biggest challenge is just not getting health fatigue. What I mean by that is, the health and wellness space on social media can get extremely crowded. I see so and so using this supplement and someone else trying that natural skincare line. I’m pretty good at tuning it all out and staying in my own lane, but I’m also a human. Sometimes I feel like I NEED to do whatever everyone else is doing to keep up. That can get exhausting!!

BINTO: What is your favorite part about being a Mentality Coach?

Sitting with a client or sitting in group coaching, watching the work, work and feeling like I’m making a difference in their mindsets. Making a difference in how she feels about herself, watching the micro-shifts happen right in front of me. Helping their confidence grow deeply within themselves.

BINTO: How do you channel your own ideas about wellness into your work with Your Inner Babe?

I believe that our personal suffering tends to come from being disconnected from ourselves. In my past, the times that were the toughest of times, I think back to them now and realize how far away from my Inner Babe I truly was -- how disconnected I was from my true essence. Outsourcing for answers, not trusting in my intuition to guide me. But once I took ownership over the part that I was personally playing in all the chaos and I took the time and did the work, I suddenly reconnected. I realized, everything I needed to come home to myself, I already had. What the Your Inner Babe Method Programs do, are truly create an opportunity for us to reconnect to that part of you. To recognize that nothing is outside of you. Your own kingdom of self-love and "enough-ness" is already within. We just have to find it, ignite and listen. It always ties back into loving and listening to ourselves. 

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