Be happy and be mindful

When I woke up this morning, I was in a great mood. Had I not done this self-reflection before going to sleep, I know I would have been in a bad headspace today given the spiral of negative thoughts I was having.

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Had wine, bread and avocado. Oops!

Almost immediately after my first few sips of wine, I could feel my stomach begin to turn. An avocado toast I used to eat regularly (sometimes 2 orders in 1 sitting), I was barely able to stomach half and the BLT, only a few bites. It’s only been a few days of low-FODMAP and my body is already rejecting some of the high-FODMAP foods I love.

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Perception in business + mental health

Even after being open with my boss (and her boss) about everything, there’s still a lack of understanding. Often times when I talk to my boss (or her boss) about it, they ask when I’ll be better. There’s no way to put a timeline on becoming healthy. Each person’s journey is unique and it’s important for leaders in business to advocate for health over the business needs.

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First low-FODMAP meal

I just made my first low-FODMAP meal at home and I have to say it’s pretty darn good. It took me twice as long to shop at the grocery store to buy a third of the amount of food. In addition to having to read all the ingredients on the package, I kept having to look ingredients up on my phone to see if they were low-FODMAP.

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Drinking as a pastime

This past weekend I was at Splash House in Palm Springs, CA and someone asked me (after I told them I don’t drink) what a guy is supposed to offer me if they can’t offer to buy me a drink.  No one had asked me that before, and I didn’t really know what to answer. Even as I’m writing this, I don’t know.

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Change is hard and uncomfortable

In the past few years, I’ve become more open about my health issues with those around me but this is something I’ve been dealing with pretty much since I can remember. Growing up, I thought everyone’s body was like mine. It wasn’t until a few months before my 27th birthday that I realized something was wrong and I needed to put in work to fix it.

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About me

Hi! My name is Katie and I have mixed IBS (both types of irritable bowel syndrome), severe acid reflux, hyper-acute anxiety, and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).  I also have a great career that I’m constantly striving to do more in and I have great friends that I like to have a lot of fun with (maybe too much fun). It gets challenging to manage everyday life with these health problems and they’re not easy to talk about.

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