Jared Vaughn, HHC
Jared Vaughn, founder, holistic health coach and managing partner of Helios Health and Wellness, graduated with a degree in Business Management with an emphasis in finance. Since 2001, Jared has been working as a registered financial advisor counseling individuals, and small businesses with their personal financial goals.
In 2005, Jared was enjoying a highly successful career, but noticed that his life was significantly out of balance. He went from being active in numerous sports and activities to solely focusing his time on his career. At the time, he weighed 225 pounds, his cholesterol levels were well over 250, and he was only sleeping two to four hours a night. He had no energy and found it impossible to exercise. Working in a fast paced industry, he would often find himself eating whatever and whenever he could, only to exacerbate the situation. Something had to change!
Jared took the advice of his family to seek help and he did so in the manner in which they knew; he called his doctor, who prescribed various medications. Jared spent the next 18 months on various medications to help him sleep. However, he would wake up in a haze and unable to function until after drinking a couple of energy drinks just to feel “normal” again. Finally, after a year and a half of this, he had an epiphany while reading a book called the Omega-3 Connection by Dr. Andrew L. Stoll, and realized that his imbalance could be healed naturally. He immediately stopped taking medication, and the journey towards natural healing began.
Jared’s decision to stop taking medication was the spark that helped him reclaim his life! He began to seek answers to his own health concerns. Jared consumed numerous books on healing using whole foods and started to use his own body, as what he called “a chemistry lab,” testing various food, herbs, and supplements.
While on his quest for knowledge, Jared started working with a naturopath in Northern California, Renee Young, who determined that Jared had significant dairy allergies and intolerances to wheat and gluten that required dramatic lifestyle changes. It took Jared another year to modify his diet and learn to create healthy substitutes in many of his recipes.
Jared began his transformation around his mindset. He focused on maintaining a positive attitude with a belief that the answers could be found in reconnecting to nature. He then began changing his nutrition with an emphasis on a plant based diet of organic whole foods. With these simple changes, Jared soon lost 75 pounds over 8 months and found that he was sleeping again without the need for medication. His cholesterol dropped as a result as well and he once again became actively engaged in various activities physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Jared’s passion didn’t stop there. He continued to read and consume information and support his friends and family who began seeking his advice. He elected to return to school in order to better understand how he could create programs that would positively change the lives of those around him.
Jared graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. He studied with many experts in the field of holistic nutrition including; Andrew Weil, Mark Hyman, Deepak Chopra, David Wolfe, and Walter Willet, the head of Nutrition for Harvard.