When life threw her a curveball, Jamie Heenan chose to face it all head on and implement some drastic changes. At what had been the lowest point of her life, Heenan’s personal and professional stresses turned to distress from migraines to heightened autoimmune (skin), colitis and IBS symptoms. She was the definition of unhealthy; a smoker, an overeater, coping with alcohol and completely lacking mindfulness. Realizing this was not the example to set for her daughter, she set out on a health journey that has literally changed her life.
Over the course of two years Heenan had quit smoking, researched food, minerals and herbs and their correlation to feeding disease and the link between mind & gut, grew her own fruits, herbs and vegetables, juiced, fasted, followed an alkaline diet, trained with a professional boxer and lost 35 pounds.
Through those two years, Heenan realized that most people have a programmed idea of what “healthy” is and she became passionate about sharing her experiences and knowledge.
Although things were progressing professionally, she had a desire to find an alternative to the corporate world. She sought out the Small Business Development Center at the University of Scranton, her alma mater, and took the Women’s Entrepreneurial Center course and set out to open her own cafe/shop. Upon a random stroll through Steamtown, she spoke with an associate whom she had bought food from in the past and organically, her business idea became reality.
The Kimchi Dude who served vegan meals was in the market to sell his restaurant equipment. Within 6 months, Keep Well was birthed, supplies were purchased and Heenan moved into the space at the Marketplace at Steamtown. Heenan’s intent is to keep those well and influence others to make healthier choices in fueling themselves.
Keep Well is her passion and she hopes to expand to her outreach, equipment, hours, menu options and staff as well as your mindfulness.