My Personal Health Journey
I’ve told you a lot about my education and medical experience, but my own health journey is just as important. I have been in your shoes. I’ve felt the frustration of being told I was “fine,” “normal,” and “healthy” despite feeling anything but.
Like many in the Sandwich Generation, I cared for my elderly parents who both had dementia – at the same time – had a baby, worked a stressful job, and tried to be a good wife. After 13 years of chronic stress, losing both parents, and starting a private practice (my dream for 10+ years), my body said: “no more!!”.
I started gaining weight, despite eating right and exercising 4 days a week. No matter how much I slept, I felt tired and fatigued. Brain fog clouded my thoughts and emotions, and I was having difficulty focusing on my work. My swollen joints ached, and severe headaches started happening at least once a week. I was withdrawing from friends and family. Overall, I felt depressed and angry – what was happening to me???
Luckily, I know a dietitian ? that could help me. I found I was severely deficient in iron, protein, and 10 (yes, 10!) other nutrients, including vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, and B12. I had developed a leaky gut, as evidenced by severe gluten intolerance. This caused my body to hate my thyroid, producing antibodies against it and nodules on it. After starting a gluten-free diet, supplements to correct the nutrient deficiencies, and changing to low-intensity exercise, I slowly got better – no more headaches or body aches, no more brain fog – and had more energy and focus.
I have found unmanaged stress to be a major cause of trouble for me. After 4 years in private practice, I was busier than ever and focusing more on my work than myself. I few blood clots in my leg and lungs, and a hospital admission later, my body once again said “uh uh!!”. Again, my body was attacking itself and making its displeasure known. But luckily, I know a dietitian to help me with that. ?
Life happens to all of us. My goal is to help you build a toolbox ready to fix YOU when things get crazy and learn how bad things in life can teach us the most valuable lessons. As Steven Tyler of Aerosmith says in the song, Dream On, “you got to lose to know how to win.”