Hello and welcome! I’m Kathy a Registered Dietitian on a mission to help active women over 40 find sustainable nutrition solutions to optimize energy, performance, and metabolism so you can stay active for life.
I’m also a marathoner, hiker, and avid dog lover (I don’t currently have any, so offers to come play with your dogs are welcome). And I love food…so much so that, after a long career in corporate America, I decided to go back to school to study food and nutrition.
My Path to Becoming a Dietitian
Actually, to tell the truth, my decision to make nutrition a career was a bit more complex and was a long time in the making.
I spent many years working long hours and maintaining an active social life. Eating out at least 4-5 nights a week, not sleeping well, and not taking care of myself began to take a toll. I began running to get some exercise, then one day a friend talked me into training for a half marathon with her.
After my first half marathon, I was hooked. Over the next few years, I ran multiple half marathons, and then I got the urge to try my hand at running a full marathon. I thought I was doing pretty well with my nutrition for half marathons, but training for the full marathon was a whole different ballgame!
I had always had a “sensitive stomach”, but it became much worse as I tackled longer distances. After being diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I began researching how to manage my symptoms with diet. I took a deep dive into the online rabbit hole of nutrition information, and it was not pretty! The amount of conflicting nutrition advice and “facts” really drove my desire to learn the truth and help others sort through it all.
Finding My “Tribe”
Now that I’m in my 40s, things are a little more complicated. Changing hormones means my body doesn’t respond the same way to the same old diet and exercise routine. While studies on women in this phase of life are lacking, I’ve dug deep into this growing area of research to sort out how we can work with our hormones. I’m living proof that diet and lifestyle really do make a difference during this time.
I’ve also worked with 100s women over 40 who are also struggling to adapt to their changing bodies as they get closer to the dreaded menopause. This is a critical time to develop sustainable habits that help us maintain our health so we can stay active for the rest of our lives!
It is now my mission to help as many active women over 40 as I can to find what works for you.
I don’t believe that there is any one right way to eat, and I don’t believe in restrictive diets. So many individual factors influence the ideal diet for you, and together we’ll develop a plan that fits your life.
Whether you’re looking for a fueling plan to optimize performance for your next race or simply trying to maintain energy and focus to get you through juggling work, life, and exercise, you’ve come to the right place! Eating well should be enjoyable and it shouldn’t be confusing or stressful. I’ve been in your shoes and found what works for me, and I’ve helped many clients find balance as well.
Connect With Me
Join my Facebook Group, Fit, Fearless, and Fed Women Run the World to connect with me and other active women over 40. Follow along on the blog for more nutrition information, tips, and recipes. And if you have topics you’d like to learn more about or if you’re interested in working with me, please send me a message. I look forward to getting to know you and hopefully helping to make your life a little bit easier!
Kathy Brown, MS, RDN
All content published on this website is created by Kathy Brown, MS, RDN unless otherwise noted. Kathy has a master of science degree in nutrition, completed 1200 hours of supervised practice in an accredited dietetic internship, and passed a national registration examination in order to obtain her credential as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. To maintain this credential, she must complete 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years.
The purpose of content on this site is to provide you accurate, current information to help you make decisions for nutrition that works for you. Factual information provided on this site is based on current peer-reviewed research, and any recommendation made based on professional experience will be noted as such. Content is reviewed regularly and updated to reflect new research and guidelines as they change.
If a guest authors a post on this site, Kathy reviews and edits all content prior to publication.
Please note, all information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as personalized nutrition or medical advice. Please speak with your healthcare provider before making any diet or lifestyle changes.