My 15-year career as a Physician Assistant was stressful, and with two young children in elementary school and a long commute, I was constantly exhausted. My unhealthy eating habits slowly became routine and led to a 25lb weight gain. Running was my way (or so I thought) to keep my weight down, but it never budged. I had always been an athlete, but I avoided pictures when possible due to the weight, didn’t have the energy to play soccer with my kids, and was simply miserable.
Eventually, I landed a job that I thought would be a great fit. The one downside was that, for the first time in my career, I had to “take call,” which meant I had to respond to patients at any hour. I don’t exactly know when the lack of sleep started to affect me, but I eventually had trouble with memory, concentration and quickly became depressed. My life was spiraling out of control with exhaustion, no joy and no idea how to get out of this viscous cycle. I had hit rock bottom and knew something had to give.
At that pivotal moment, I figured out how to change our eating habits, cut out junk food, and eliminated my IBS. As a family, we were able to eliminate two other medical problems: asthma and heartburn. I fell in love with mountain biking, became certified as a high school mountain bike coach, and started racing!
My family’s transformation inspired me to become certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and share my strategy for successfully eliminating IBS and losing weight with other women.