• Fitness,  Health,  Life

    What College Running Did to My Body Image

    While my experience was as a female collegiate runner, everyone faces different external standards, that often become internal standards, as to what their body should look like. I’m sharing my story in hopes to create greater awareness around what messages we promote, and inspire change in both the world of athletics and as a culture overall.  Bliss I never had any issues with my body growing up. I hardly noticed it honestly. It was just my body and it let me do a lot of fun things. Even in high school, though I probably didn’t eat the healthiest and was slightly heavier than I am now, I was really active and never wasted…

  • Health,  Life

    From Nutrition to Intuition

    The science behind nutrition is very important and a powerful healing mechanism. Yet we often forget another crucial piece – our own intuition and body’s innate ability to heal itself. Both have a place and purpose. Too much of a good thing is too much For 6 months, working with a functional medicine doctor, I focused on the nutrition component. This was largely centered around a limited diet (to reduce inflammation, balance bacteria, etc) and lots of supplements to support the process. In the beginning it was good and I seemed to respond well. However, over time my body began to backlash from the rigidity of the program and quantity…

  • Health,  Life

    Pelvic Health and Reconnecting with My Root

    One day, my roommate Laura sent me a Facebook event invite to a Yoga for Pelvic Health Retreat on Facebook. Yoga, pelvic health, and retreat all-in-one?? I was instantly intrigued. It was led by Casie Danenhauer, a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist in LA, so I wandered over to her website to learn more. After reading her experience and holistic philosophy (including the mental/emotional impact on the pelvic bowl and health), I had a strong feeling she was the perfect fit for me. I wasn’t too familiar with pelvic floor rehab except that I was supposed to go to a program at Mayo Clinic for pelvic floor dysfunction, as diagnosed by…

  • Health,  Life

    It’s Called a Journey for a Reason

    Life’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint It can be easy to forget that life is a journey and not see the beauty in the process. Whether it’s health – overcoming chronic illness, career – identifying and achieving your dream job, fitness – getting that first pull-up or running that first race, relationship – meeting your dream guy or girl, personal – self-love and discovery, it is not a quick “fix”. In today’s world of instant gratification, with deadlines and pressure to produce, that can be a hard thing to deal with. It often leads to unrealistic expectations, short-term focus, disappointment in lack of immediate change, thinking that success or happiness…

  • Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part IV: The Overhaul

    I was the Midwest good girl, straight A student, Division I athlete, MBA graduate, corporate business woman…I did everything that was asked of me and more, and look where it got me. Sick. I think sick for a reason though…I had more to learn, more to grow and more to give. My life needed a change of course. Commitment, Changes and a Support System Deciding to take a leave from work to focus 100% of my time and energy on my health was scary, but a major turning point in my life. Luckily I was building a support system around me, including incredible roommates who were so supportive of all the weird things I…

  • Food,  Health

    8 Simple Ways to Eat Mindfully and Improve Your Digestion

    Did you know that HOW you eat can have just as much of an impact (if not more) on your digestion as WHAT you eat? In today’s crazy society, especially America, we are rushing rushing everywhere. I am all too guilty of eating at my desk to get some extra work done (yay for peace and quiet), snacking on the go, and having dinner while on my laptop or watching tv. I was always focused on eating the “right” foods rather than the right way. My stomach hurt all the time, especially if I was stressed, yet I didn’t really think anything of it at the time. Now, on the other hand, I…

  • Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part III: California Dreaming

    California Dreamin’ on Such a Winter’s Day My next move was westward to L.A. – the land of kale, avocado, juice cleanses, yoga, canyon hikes, holistic healers, entrepreneurial hustlers, aspiring actors, Hollywood glamour and more. I had always dreamed of living in California, not knowing much about it besides being really far, expensive, and quite intriguing. But finally I was making it happen! I could hardly believe it. Santa Monica / Venice beach walks I was taking on another new position – this time in Sales, where my primary focus would be account management and developing a strategy for Delta’s presence in the music industry. It was exactly where I wanted to…

  • Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part II: New Beginnings

    Taking more steps forward, my health journey continued! The Surgery and Move Following my celiac diagnosis and the end of my collegiate running days, I continued on with the last year of my MBA. From there I was blessed with the opportunity to join Delta Air Lines down in Atlanta. However, not before a surgery on my colon to repair a colorectal prolapse (from prior health complications), which left me with a 4″ scar across my lower abdomen. Anyone who has had surgery probably knows it’s not fun and leaves you never quite the same! After my surgery, they gave instructions to rest (not carry anything over 5 lbs or run) for six…

  • Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part I: College Days and Running Ways

    I’ve come a long way in my journey towards health and well-being, I figured it was time to start sharing my story 🙂 Every day has its new set of challenges, as I continue to learn and grow. But no matter the bumps on the road, the overall progress has been so positive, because I am finally taking my life and OWNING it. Feels amazing. So here it goes… I grew up with a dream to be a Hawkeye, just like my role models – my parents, and run in the Olympics. They never pushed running on me or my four siblings, rather let us come to it on our own. And I think that is…

  • Health

    The Best Coffee Alternative

    I love the taste of coffee, but my body is really sensitive to substances of any kind, including caffeine:/ So there are days when I will treat myself to a hot cup of coffee and deal with the jitters, but I can only handle so much before it starts affecting my sleep! And I need my sleep haha. So I started looking into coffee alternatives and first learned about “herbal coffee”, generally composed of dandelion root and/or chicory root. They are both rich in vitamins and minerals, non-acidic, contain antioxidants, boost your digestive and liver functions, and are supposed to taste similar to coffee. Sounds good right?! So I bought some already ground…