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Dr. Jaye Houston

HeartMath™ Practitioner, Coach of Spirituality, & Embodied Self-Awareness. 

Jaye's Philosophy

My philosophy is everyone is entitled to living the very best life they were meant to live. 

Oftentimes, our early life experiences leave us with thoughts and beliefs we were not allowed to question or didn't know to question. As a result, the unquestioned thoughts and beliefs spill over into adulthood.


One of the ways of managing the past is suppressing the thoughts with food. Then, we get distracted with managing the body image through dieting. Thus the root cause of overeating and emotional eating is lost. Things pile on: work stresses, finances, and relationships. We grow further away from ourselves and what it means to embrace our own being.  We end up carrying weighty burdens and pains within us and on our bodies. 


I've learned that love and fear are two main thoughts needing to be addressed.  Love replaces fear somewhat like light brightens a dark room. Soul Centered Eating shines light on the dark places in your emotional eating patterns. It's a soulful sacred journey that honors your hunger in its many forms and sheds light in new ways of respecting your mind, body, and soul. 


Taking this journey with folks ready to discover love's place in their life emerges from the heart of my being.  Let's walk this journey together. Let's turn on your light of self-awareness, so your light shines bright and you eat with soul-satisfaction!


Jaye's Story

Jaye Houston, Ph.D.

Do you remember the phrase, “It’s like riding two horses at the same time and the horses are going in opposite directions"? Where would you begin to make sense of living out this scenario? This was the message I was given starting at age six up to age seventeen. Let me explain. 


Think with me here: I was a tiny kid with the nickname Chigger. Yes, one of those tiny insects.  Each Saturday, my dad and I drove about 30 miles to my maternal grandparents’ home, where we worked in their grocery store. I stood on a box to stock fruit, cereal and even check out customers' groceries. My granddad continually smiled saying ,“She is so smart!” At home, my Mom asked, "You don’t want to go to college, do you?" Given the negative framework of her question and the tone of her voice, I knew the only right answer was “No!” She looked relieved.  I felt confused. I was smart to one family member and not college material to the other. Two horses going in different directions at the same time. Just imagine what that would feel like and the mixed wiring in my brain!

Fast forward to age 15. My 39 -year-old dad had passed, Mom had remarried, I’d been moved from my childhood hometown, had a strict step-dad and a hell-raiser of a step-brother. Mom was busy building a relationship with them. I was left to fend for myself.  It appeared to be a new horse going in a new direction; however, I was still riding the childhood horse,  and believing I was not college material.  The only thing I knew to do to fix my feelings of grief and loneliness was to feed myself. I sought a relationship with the only comforting thing I could find, chocolate fudge brownies and iced cinnamon rolls! Now, not only was I not college material to my mom, but I was also fat. I certainly didn’t fit into the new family. At this point, life felt like there was only one horse and it was going nowhere fast.

What do you see looking at me today? Yes, after decades of yo-yo dieting, I’ve conquered  the diet mentality.  I now coach individuals who suffer with emotional eating. Yes, after years of blood, sweat, and a few student loans, I earned a PhD.  What happened? I got curious about who I was.  What I could actually accomplish in life? I felt a wave of self-love permeating my being. I gained self-integrity and a soulful, blissful sense of well-being.


Introducing HeartMath Tools 

As you bring your physical, mental and emotional systems into coherent alignment, you begin to experience increased access to your heart’s intuitive guidance.

Tuning into your heart’s wisdom creates a profound shift within that helps you approach situations with more emotional balance, compassion, clarity and personal confidence. Instead of eating your heart out, she invites you to practice heart-brain coherence. 

As a HeartMath™ practitioner, Dr. Houston offers a means of connecting deeply with yourself. This is a meaningful way of life that empowers you to know yourself, inquire into what’s eating at you, and rise beyond moods and habits that have led to excessive weight.  

A Neuro-Spiritual Approach

Soul-Centered Eating is a neuro-spiritual approach. The program decreases stress, anxiety, anger, and grief.  It sets you up for success by addressing the root causes of those over-indulging moments.  Intuitively, you will find the right balance in your eating, relationships, and daily activities.  


Research shows that seventy-five percent of the U.S. population are emotional eaters. Diets set the emotional eater up for failure.  Your diet failure mind-set keeps you stuck in a body that you know is not the true you. 

With practice, you can break inhibiting emotional eating and stress-eating. First,  reach for the courage to inquire what’s happening in the moment. Second, leaving the last two or three bites rewires the brain from over-eating. In just a few weeks it gets easier to question eating patterns. Self-inquiry is a major step to rewiring the brain.  These steps lead to a neuro-sacred space connecting with soul centered eating and soulful, blissful living. 


  • Heart Math™, Certified Practitioner

  • Women and Spirituality, Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University

  • Religion, Masters of Arts, Certificate in Women’s Studies, Florida State University 

  • Religion, Bachelor of Arts, University of California Santa Barbara 

  • Diet Center, Franchise Owner, Riverside California

  • Diet Directions, Creator/Owner, Ojai, California

  • Women on the Move Network, Advisory Board, Upland, California

  • Research Associate: Institute of Metapsychiatry, New York

  • Publication: Thy Children’s Children: Survivor-grandmothers and Third Generation Granddaughters. In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and Third Generation, Vallentine Mitchell Publications 

Your Sacred Space is Where You Find Yourself Over and Over Again. Joseph Campbell.