My fault because I was racing from work to pick up my kids, worried that I would be late. But I did turn and moments later an oncoming car going 75 mph punched into mine. My car began a terrifying spin across the intersection — there was a loud thump as it hit the divider and ended up back in the middle of the road. All of my poor decisions exploded in my face, much like the airbags when they deployed. Thank God, I emerged from the accident okay physically, but not okay in most every other way. The accident was the perfect metaphor for my life at the time. I felt like I was out of control.
My kids were desperate for my attention and I was studying for my medical boards — all while trying to build a thriving medical practice from scratch. Earlier that day, I had committed to a meeting knowing it would be tight — I had to pick up my kids from karate class and I couldn’t be late. It was typical behavior for me at the time: My mind was always racing just trying to prioritize my “To Do” list. To top it all off, I was starting to gain fat in my midsection despite doing everything right with my diet. I was cranky because I couldn’t exercise regularly; exercise had traditionally been my release. In the background of all that, I was fuming — angry, resentful — at my husband because he seemed so breezy about work and responsibilities while I was killing myself to try and balance it all. What was wrong? Why was I doing everything seemingly right but struggling with weight gain, low energy, and uneven moods? My most obvious strengths through childhood, college and medical training had been knowledge of nutrition, anatomy and health and — ironically — I was the one struggling. It was embarrassing.
That car accident would end up jolting me in a good way. I started to read a lot of books about health and nutrition again. I listened to health podcasts. I examined my daily food and exercise regimen. After months of fruitlessly trying every method, diet, and shortcut I could get my hands on, I began to recognize some troubling themes in my life. I realized that having an “adrenalin rush” a few times every day was bad for my brain and body. I realized that my mind, emotions, and spirit were all out of whack. I realized I needed a full-on overhaul — a mental, hormonal, and inflammatory reset. Most importantly: I realized the strong mind body connection. The whole experience is why I started this journey of writing and wellness. I want to share with you the lessons I’ve learned, the trials I’ve faced, and the mistakes I’ve made, so that you can avoid them. I know who you are: You already know the basics; you are successful, passionate and busy. You don’t have 3 hours a day to exercise, and don’t want to be on a permanent liquid or bar-based diet. You want real, honest methods and tools to move forward in your health and life — and I am obsessed with helping you get there. That’s my story.