Meet Tamara Jacobi
"The Jungle Girl"
I’m known by my friends as “the jungle girl” but I was actually born in VT and raised in Quebec. How did I end up living and working in the Mexican jungle? Well, I wrote up a business plan for a jungle lodge during my final semester of college in VT 2007 and have been working in the jungle ever since! In the words of my father “I’ve never been one for the status quo!” A few more tidbits about me:
Born in Newport, Vermont
Raised on Lake Memphremagog, Quebec, Canada
Home now: San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico (Oct - May), Ridgway, Colorado (May - Aug), Lake George, Adirondacks NY & Lake Memphremagog, Quebec (Aug - Oct.)
Nationality: North American!!!
Student of life
Middlebury College (VT), Degree in Environmental Economics, class of 2006.5. Wrote up a business plan for the Tailwind Jungle Lodge in a class called “Entrepreneurship 101.” Skied down the Middlebury Snow Bowl in my cap and gown.
Institute for Integrative Nutrition, 2009 - 2011
Inspiration (the most powerful medicine)
I seek inspiration from the jungle, the ocean, the forest, the lakes, high peaks, rivers
My yellow lab, Paris, offers me gentle yet profound wisdom/inspiration daily
Crazy inspired by my fellow wildpreneurs! So excited to support each other on our life adventures!
Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.- Howard Thurman
Oh the places you will go! - Dr. Seuss
For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn’t give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have. - Oliver Wendell Homes
50/50 introvert extrovert
"Precrastinator" (precastinator = opposite of procrastinator). Working on finding a balance here!
Endorphins = oh yeah...think beach bootcamp, long trail runs, distance swimming and road biking up mountain passes
Ayurvedic Dosha: Pitta (most of the time)
On my plate: kale (from my friends organic farm) + avocado (collected in the jungle)+ salmon (frozen from my recent Alaska adventure) + sweet potato (my favorite food!)
Special occasion: Carrot cake (healthy recipe coming soon!)
On-the-go: Green superfood bars & green smoothies (recipe coming soon!)
Change is inevitable, struggle is optional.
Go with the flow.
Release tension, set intention.
My Health Journey
Just a few years ago, I was struggling. I had moved to raw canvas of jungle to build an eco-lodge. Not exactly a traditional career choice . . . but I was pursuing the life of my dreams! Unfortunately my stress levels were tremendous. New culture, new climate, new business; I found myself was eating emotionally, yo yo dieting and making poor food choices. I was unhealthy and imbalanced as I struggled with crazy sugar cravings, insecurity, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, low energy and more. Frankly, I was a bit of a mess. To top it off, I discovered that I had only one functioning kidney.
Things were not going well. All I wanted to do was hide and sleep.
I knew that needed help. Luckily, a guest of my in the jungle pointed me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. After checking out the website I knew this was exactly the program that I needed. I could study from the jungle! I thrilled to discover the concept holistic nutrition--nourishment from food, lifestyle, fitness and from the world around you.
Through a distance learning program, I was able to study holistic nutrition while continuing to grow my eco-lodge. Within a few weeks my health was back on track and inspiration was flowing through my veins. I learned to listen to my unique body and take care of myself! Holistic nutrition changed my life.
Today I'm loving life! I feel balanced, happy, healthy and inspired! I'm happy to report that my jungle lodge is thriving (please come and visit!). Turning my heath around has allowed me to do everything that I love. Now I'm ready to support YOU with feeling your best, looking your best and creating the business and life of your dreams.