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Hi, I’m Julia!

Since I was a teenager, I’ve had a deep passion for nutrition, sports, and health. Yet, what I thought was conventionally healthy led me to frustrating injuries and fatigue, despite being a National Champion and Hall of Fame athlete at Grand Valley State University.

When I married my now husband, Kyle, and moved to Europe for his 8-year professional basketball career, illness and frustration with diet dogma launched me on a quest to pursue the “nutritional truth” through Hawthorn University’s Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition (MSHN) program. {Note: Kyle was a willing participant in my real food experiments and reaped major athletic and health benefits!}

Along the way, I married my passions – business, sports, and nutrition – and Jules’ Fuel® was born!

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From speaking to coaching groups and individuals, I’m a nutritional junkie on fire for drastically changing the way that people fuel for:

  • Peak performance
  • Ideal body composition
  • Quicker recovery
  • Injury prevention
  • Boosting the immune system

Jules’ Fuel is about gaining the “nutritional edge” on competition, along with the tools for lifelong health and vitality along the way.

Contact me at jules@julesfuel.com to learn more about gaining the nutritional edge!

14 responses on “About / Services

  1. Hi, Tania! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! It is a lifelong journey of wellness, isn’t it? I don’t know if I’ll ever arrive, but that’s a part of the fun process, in my opinion. :)

  2. Hi Julia,
    I have posted several comments on your main blog, but wanted to stop here and say that this is such a great idea. I have contemplated doing something like this for years…but I am not as dedicated to this subject as you so passionately are. As I stated on your latest blog, I love your style, insight, humor and delivery of much needed info on food and health. The balance of “the two edged sword” is crucial as is exercise and you do not pull punches on either, which is great. Keep up the good work!
    Sharon

    • Lots of love from you! It means a lot, thanks :) If you have any specific topics on food, exercise, etc. that you’re especially interested in, I’m always open for post ideas!

  3. I like your thoughts on food and health! I’m glad I found your blog through Freshly Pressed! I will stop by again to read more–but I have a toddler about to wake up who still needs to have lunch before picking up her brother from school!

  4. Hey Julia! Congrats on the Fresh Pressed! Otherwise I wouldnt have discovered your blog. I am just beginning to get back into shape after a life of laziness and lousy eating, followed by a ten year period of over training and bad nutritional habits.I then sat down for 7 years, ate and drank what ever I wanted, gained 50 lbs and put me back to where I was before I became obsessed with exercise and starvation diets. I have just commited to ride 660 km for charity next summer and have decided to get healthy the right way this time. I know that most of the effects come from what we eat and how much, and less on deprivation and endless cardio and weight sessions at the gym. I’ve spent the last month focusing just on what I put in my mouth and by staying away from processed anything I’ve lost 14 pounds and this while eating an average of 2500 to 3000 calories a day and not increasing my activity level. I experimented before when I was doing too much cardio, and discovered with moderate resistance training and little cardio I recieved better results. No more endless bouts of cardio for me. (at this point I was certified as a fitness instructor and teaching about 15 classes a day, as well as training on my own time)I was a Diet Coke junky and and always looked for diet versions of anything and now I just drink water and decaf green tea, and the occasional glass of wine and I can’t believe the difference just that makes. I noticed you mention the “anything that comes from the ground or has a mother” and that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing. I’ve got more energy,and a better state of mind now that I’m not eating sugar,caffiene,lactose,soy,gluten and I’m not looking to chew of my own arm because I’m so hungry! I look forward to following your blog and having you do the searching and researching. Cheers! (that was with a glass of wine by the way:))

    • Thanks for reading! I’m so glad that you’ve had such a wonderful journey with whole foods! Good for you for your rigorous biking, too!

  5. Julia, I stumbled upon your blog by googling “gluten free athlete”. I was pleasantly surprised to see that you are from GR. I also live in Grand Rapids area, Hudsonville, just minutes from GVSU. So surprised by this connection. I am a 43 year old mother of 4, feel very unhealthy want to start a gluten free lifestyle due to constant bloat and irritability. I am also wanting to begin running again, I feel it is an activity to achieve for many more years to come and like the challenge of races in the future. I am currently 40 lbs over weight and really need some help. Hoping you are back in the area and offer some type of service besides your blog?

    • Hi! Thanks so much for writing and reading! I would love to help you, but unfortunately, my plate is full right now. Perhaps, next summer I might be able to help when I’m back in the GR area? My email is julesfuelhealth@gmail.com. I wish you the best on your journey! Thanks again for writing!

  6. You are missed! I hope you plan to restart your wellness blog.
    Hope you, the baby, and the basketball player are all well.

    Dan

  7. Really jiving with your site, I too have had similar issues and life paths-lots of flights and the long distance relationship thing and am starting to experiment with a diet shift similar to yours.

    I am really keen on learning more about the fueling for fitness recovery. I am confused in your post about what to eat/drink regarding protein for balancing the pH as it indicates dairy and meat in both the what to consume and what to avoid. Also regarding the protein powder you recommend conatins grains, although sprouted so maybe that makes it okay? Also, I heard recently that grasses such as wheat grass (and others) which as listed as ingredients are actually bad for humans.

    Just trying to find what I should consume for recovery as I have been suffering with immunity issues as well.

    Cheers,
    Sarah

    • Hi Sarah!

      Thanks so much. Sorry for the confusing comment – I mean it in a context of processed meat (i.e. fried chicken) and processed dairy (pasteurized, homogenized, non-organic). Of course, dairy and meat are acidic, but when eaten in the highest quality forms and in moderation with a well-balanced, whole foods diet, it should all even out.

      Other good protein powders include Vega Sport Protein & Greens and Vega Sport Performance Protein. EXOS also makes good plant-based options as well. Yes – sprouted grains are the “whole” / best form of grains, and non-glutinous grains like rice, quinoa, etc. are fine if you can tolerate grains.

      As for the wheat grass comment; I haven’t heard this. Do you have information you can send?

      For immunity, up your vitamin C, make sure you’re taking adequate vitamin D3 (esp. if you’re inside a lot, wear sunscreen all the time, or it’s winter) – which is a potent immune modulator. You can also look into taking zinc gluconate or acetate, elderberry syrup, mycelial mushroom extract, drinking bone broth, and making teas with ginger root, lemon, and turmeric, for example. Also note – if your immune system is down, more training = more harm than good! Let your body rest and listen to its needs, because hard exercise also depresses the immune system. :)

      Cheers!

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