Jessica Oram, Dallas, TX
“I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. A few years after graduating high school, I moved to Denver, Colorado to finish my college degree. I received my Bachelor of Arts in History from Colorado Christian University in 2002. I met my husband, Dave, while in “Intro to Outdoor Recreation” class at college and we married in the summer of 2002.
In 2007, my job transferred me from Denver to Austin, Texas . Then two years later in 2009, we moved back to Dallas. It’s been wonderful to be near my family, but I miss Colorado like a sickness. I still try to visit when I can.
We have a five year old daughter who always keeps our lives interesting. She has Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDD-NOS), and while she is very high functioning, she still struggles with social interaction and appropriate communication, and she has some sensory and fine motor issues. She is incredibly smart and energetic, and always keeps things amusing around our house.
In 2010, I got really sick and started having a long list of neurological issues that really scared me. I went for 18 months with no answers and no diagnosis, but I’d been doing a lot of research about the connection between diet and neurological problems. A friend told me about the Whole30, so I decided to jump in. My symptoms began to subside within days, and I’ve been an advocate for Whole9 ever since.
Now that I’ve become a walking billboard for the Whole30, it’s meant some pretty cool opportunities to share my story about treating illness with food. I pretty much share my story with anyone who will listen, but I am especially passionate about helping others with my chronic hair pulling disorder called trichotillomania. I suffered from this terrible affliction from the age of 9, but finally after 23 years of struggle and isolation, I found relief last year through the Whole30 and have been pull-free ever since.
Because so little is known or understood about trichotillomania, suffering with it can be quite lonely and very isolating. It’s my greatest mission to help others know relief and recovery are possible, and to bring more awareness to the general public so people have a better understanding of the disorder.
I am now convinced that food is what is at the core of so much illness, but it’s also at the core of what will make us well. Sometimes it’s frustrating, but, in a way, I’m thankful that my health depends on healthy eating. I’d rather spend my money on grass-fed beef than seizure and anxiety medications any day.
You can read my health recovery story here.”