Happy birthday to me! A great gift was all of the advice you guys shared with me. I was surprised by how varying, practical, and yet contradictory the tips were! I love that they are from people both younger and older than 27, too. They are a great way to get me thinking a little deeper about my life and how I want to live it. Enjoy! You may feel like an adult, you may think you know who you are and what you stand for, but you are only just beginning. Be open and understand that . . .
The Bourbon Chase this past weekend was my first experience with an overnight relay race, though I've read about them a ton from other bloggers doing Ragnar or Hood to Coast. I had no idea what to expect, and they are SO different than normal 5ks or half marathons. I thought I'd share my tips for anyone new or considering doing one. Note that my experience is for a 12-person, 2 van, 200-mile relay race through Kentucky. Each person had three legs to run and the distances varied. Other relays . . .
WE DID IT! After so much anticipation, I cannot believe the weekend is over. There were definitely highs and lows, but overall it was an awesome experience and I can totally see why people do it every year. You definitely feel like a crazy idiot when you're running at 3am in the cold, but the camaraderie and all the other teams out there make it feel pretty cool. I'm probably just going to write a rambling post trying to recap all the emotions and memories, so brace yourself. It's amazing . . .
The question I get most often when I say that I'm applying to medical school is, "What type of doctor do you want to be?" It's a funny question to me because I have no idea. Most students don't, and if they do on average 80% of them will change their mind before they graduate. I tend to say some sort of primary care, likely family medicine or pediatrics, because I want to have a relationship with my patients and care for the whole person. I think that my holistic approach to medicine fits in . . .
I haven't discussed last year's weight gain and recovery from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea recently. I can't believe it's been a whole year at this higher weight and healthier mindset that brought so much freedom and happiness. This post has a lot of moving parts, so bear with me. In the car on the way to one of my interviews last week, I got sick of country music and podcasts so I put on one of my Christian music stations on Pandora. I don't do this all that often anymore, but when I . . .
Y'all, these antibiotics rock. (For those of you just tuning in, I was prescribed antibiotics for SIBO. Read about that here.) This is a perfect example of how I absolutely believe in and promote lifestyle and more holistic approaches to wellness, but also know that western medicine is powerful and wonderful and has a hugely important place in our healthcare system. Yesterday was my last day of taking the Xifaxin my GI doctor prescribed for my SIBO, and they've been GREAT. I haven't had . . .
I'd been waiting to get the results of all of my tests to update you all on my "IBS". (Read about my initial doctor's appointment here.) As expected, my celiac test came back negative, but I do have one of the genetic markers that makes me susceptible to the disease. My thyroid was also normal. Then last Friday my doctor's office called me and told me that my SIBO test (that one I had to fast 12 hours for -- read about it here) was positive. I have Small Intestine Bacterial . . .
Since I was "diagnosed" with IBS a few weeks ago, I've been doing a lot of reading and research to try to figure out what's going on and how to fix it. The tests the doctor ordered are still coming back, and I've made some progress with eliminating a few foods, but I haven't done anything drastic yet to solve the problem. I got some requests to share what I've been reading, so I thought I'd put together this list. I should preface this by saying that I think nutrition is fascinating because . . .
I've always hated my legs. They are long, yes, their one redeeming quality. But my calves don't have shapely muscles, my ankels slant inward, and my thighs hold most of my weight. I've said some pretty nasty things to myself about my legs, and been envious of others for years and years. A Bikram yoga class was the first time I can remember looking at my legs in the mirror and thinking they looked strong. The first time I can ever remember thinking something positive about my legs . . .
Hi friends! This morning I take my Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth Test. My doctor gave it to me to do at home at my appointment last week, but the dietary requirements the day before are pretty strict so I put off doing it until now. Yesterday I could only eat plan meat and fish, bacon, white rice, eggs, coffee or tea, and minimal olive oil. No sugar of any kind, vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts, etc. BLAH. It's a 12 hour restricted diet and then a 12 hour fast prior to the . . .