As previously mentioned, I spent a long time working in the corporate world. I worked long hours and maintained an active social life, eating out at least 4-5 nights a week and not really thinking about what I ate. In my 30s, bloating, constipation and gastrointestinal pain that I had experienced regularly since childhood suddenly became much worse. I went to a GI doctor who did some tests and diagnosed me with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). She told me to drink Miralax and eat more soluble fiber and sent me on my way. Basically, I left thinking I was just going to have to live with this discomfort forever.
A few years later, a friend talked me into training for a half marathon with her. That was also the same year I lost my dad to type 1 diabetes complications and my grandmother to heart disease. I didn’t realize it at the time, but distance running and extreme stress created the perfect storm for worsening GI issues and, with the loss of my father and grandmother, I started thinking more than ever about diet and health. After running multiple half marathons, 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 will spare you the details, but I will say that I needed to make changes quickly if I wanted to finish any of my long training runs, much less the race itself. I took a deep dive into online research. I was reading about nutrition when I should have been working, and talking about what I had discovered with whoever would listen. I had found my passion, but the more I read the more confused I was with all of the conflicting advice and “facts” out there. I was working long hours, training, and spending time with friends. I didn’t have time to figure out the truth about what I was reading, and I came to the realization through talking with friends that I was not alone. So, after a lot of contemplation and self reflection, I made the decision to follow my passion.
After years of school, internship, and working with patients with a wide range of medical conditions, I am helping other busy active professionals 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, including preferences, culture, health conditions, work and life stressors, fitness level and goals, family influences, etc.
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.
Follow along on the blog for science-backed information, tips, and recipes. If you have questions, 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