Photo Credit: Jillian Harris



withinUs is included in the Spring 2020 edition of the Jilly Box.


Jillian Harris has been a supportive, loyal withinUs friend and customer since 2015. 

Over the past 5 years, Jill has helped us spread the word about our products and has shared them with her family (even Nacho), friends, and of course, Team Jilly. We feel extremely fortunate to have had her love and support (organically) all these years, and were excited when Jill, Shay, and Tyler reached out to us asking if there would be interest to include withinUs in the next Jilly box.  

Jillian is a great supporter of small businesses and has a great platform to help small, local businesses gain exposure by introducing them to a large audience. This makes such an impact on small businesses as it helps them flourish and grow. When withinUs first started as a small business in 2013, our CEO and founder, Tami Nasu, worked tirelessly to get our products into the hands of retailers, customers, and influencers. withinUs was setting the path as TruMarine™ Collagen as the very first premium-grade marine collagen available in North America. When Jillian heard about us through a mutual friend and started taking the product herself, she surprised all of us with a post about TruMarine™ Collagen on her Instagram feed in 2015. It was a game-changer for withinUs. 

We are extremely grateful for our connection with Jill and praise her for giving other small businesses a platform to be recognized through the Jilly Box.    

Jillian and her team appreciate QUALITY and sustainability, and withinUs is a reflection of both.  We do not mass produce our products, which is why you will not see them in retail locations such as Costco or Walmart. Each and every ingredient in our products are carefully researched and sourced to ensure it is high quality, sustainable, and functional. 

TruMarine™ Collagen is sourced exclusively from the scales of wild-caught, sustainable fish, and is NEVER sourced from land animals or fish skin. 

After going back and forth with some ideas, it became very clear that our TruOrganic™ MCT (keep reading below for all the details on what it is, why it's beneficial for you and why withinUs makes a premium product ) was one that would be a great fit for this upcoming Jilly Box. 

Working together to organize the Jilly Box was seamless and we are very proud and excited to introduce our 100% compostable pouch of TruOrganic™ MCT powder.

Some of our milestones with Jill:

  • Dec 2015 - Jillian posted about withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen (a total surprise to us) on her Instagram feed. At this point, we had been in touch with Jill for a few months, and knew she was using the product and purchasing it at The Juicery in North Vancouver. This post was a wonderful surprise and brought a lot of attention to our product.

  • May 2016 - Jillian released her ‘Summer Prep List’ blog in May 2016 featuring the 5 steps she focuses on to prep her body for summer. ‘Drink Collagen’ was step #3 on this list, where she talked about TruMarine™ Collagen and why she adds this to her daily regime.
  • June 2016 - Bachelorette Party Guide. 
    In 2016 Jill asked us to be part of her cousin, Sammy’s bachelorette party swag bags. Jill also featured us in her Bachelorette gift guide, featuring weekend getaway essentials.


Photo Credit: Jillian Harris 

  • November 2016 - During the holiday period in 2016 Jill featured TruMarine™ Collagen on her holiday gift guide. 

    “My parents have both been taking it for a while and my dad calls it ‘“the magic stuff’” because he has noticed such HUGE improvements with his joints. If you’re looking for something unique, healthy, that helps with bones, joints & hair … this stuff is for you!! This is also my go-to option for the person that has everything on your list … you can never have too much collagen!!!” - Jillian Harris


    Photo Credit: Jillian Harris

    • December 2016 - Jill loves gift guides and featured a withinUs product in her Beauty Buff gift guide in December 2016. TruOrganic™ Matcha is packed with antioxidants and is a great product for promoting healthy and glowing skin.

    Photo Credit: Jillian Harris

    • January 2017 - To start off 2017, Jill created a guide of foods to help kickstart her year (and new year’s resolutions). She featured TruOrganic™ Matcha in this guide and highlighted its benefits, including jitter-free energy boosts, and high levels of antioxidants. 

    Photo Credit: Kate Horsman

    • May 2017 - Jillian, mother to sweet Leo and Annie featured TruMarine™ Collagen in her annual Mother’s Day Gift Guide in 2017. withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is a great product for new mothers (postpartum) as it helps with tissue repair and hair growth.

    Photo Credit: Jillian Harris

    • November 2017 - Jillian’s amazing recipe creation in 2017 is still one of the withinUs Team’s favourite recipes to make with our TruOrhganic™ Matcha. Jilly’s Coconut Almond Milk Matcha Latte is a must-try!
    Photo Credit: Jillian Harris

    • April 2018 - Jilly shared “10 Recipes to Indulge in This Summer”, and included the Coconut Almond Milk Matcha Latte as one of her favourite recipes (hint, you can make this iced in the summer).

    Photo Credit: Jillian Harris

    • June 2019 -Jill is closely connected with Mamas for Mamas, a local organization in Kelowna that helps mamas in need. Jilly and her wonderful team organized a VIP lunch this past summer to raise funds for Mamas for Mamas. Each guest received a gift bag that included withinUs products, and as a team, we had the amazing opportunity to meet the Mamas for Mamas team and hand-deliver donations for their wellness section. During Jillian’s event, $140,000 was raised to help support mamas in need.

    Photo Credit: JIllian Harris
    • November 2019 - Jillian was in Vancouver for an event called Life After Birth hosted by Knix. This event featured Jillian Harris, Sarah Nicole Landry on the panel, and Joanna Griffiths as the emcee/hostess for the evening. This event shed light on the real struggles of motherhood, and brought a group of women together to empower and bond. To learn more about KNIX visit their page HERE

    • February 2020 -  JILLY BOX! 

      We are excited that we finally get to announce this as it has been in the works for months. Jillian, a big withinUs fan, was excited to include a withinUs product in her Spring 2020 Jilly box. We agreed to include an exclusive 100% compostable pouch of TruOrganic™ MCT in this box. This is one of Jill’s favourite withinUs products and makes a great addition to your morning coffee or smoothie. 

      withinUs MCT is in powder form to maximize absorption within your body, as well as mixing into your beverage without creating an ‘oil slick’ on top. TruOrganic™ MCT is 100% organic, clean, vegan, keto-friendly, and is neutral in taste.


    • MCT stands for “Medium-Chain Triglyceride” and is most commonly sourced from coconut oil. withinUs TruOrganic™ MCT is ethically sourced from organic coconuts. 
    • MCTs are healthy fats that are used immediately by the body and brain for quick energy - they are NOT stored as fat within the body


    • Your brain does not store energy and requires a consistent amount of fuel (often sourced from sugar in your diet)
    • MCTs are unique as they can quickly be converted into ketones and have the ability to be used as instant energy for the brain


    ENERGY: MCTs effortlessly enter your cells without being broken down and can be used as an immediate source of energy. A great way to kickstart your morning without the use of sugar. 

    BRAIN HEALTH: Your brain is made up primarily of fatty acids. Given the role of ketones (in MCT) in providing energy to the brain, MCTs can be very beneficial for cognitive function. There has been initial research on the benefits of healthy fats, particularly MCTs, on Alzheimer’s disease. While these studies are still new, there is some evidence that MCTs might help to improve brain and memory problems, including Alzheimer’s, in seniors.

    REDUCE MUSCLE SORENESS: It can be beneficial for athletic performance because the medium-chain triglycerides can be used as a fuel source and therefore spare muscle glycogen. It can also help to reduce lactate buildup which results in a reduction of muscle soreness.

    Fear not if you weren’t able to snag a sold-out Jilly Box, withinUs TruOrganic MCT in a compostable pouch is now available on our online shop. ⁠

    Want to learn more about MCTs? Click HERE.

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