A little bit about how I got to where I am today: about a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with both hydrogen SIBO and an overgrowth of Candida. I couldn’t figure out why, no matter what I ate, I felt sick all the time. As someone who studied nutrition, I was dumbfounded because I was eating well. I researched and consistently ate foods known to help create a healthy microbiome. I ate fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchee, and kombucha (supposed to deliver health-promoting bacteria to the GI tract). I cooked with and swallowed garlic cloves whole (an prebiotic infection fighter with antibacterial properties). I took probiotics, in hopes that they would help heal my gut from the times in my life when I had been on antibiotics. Despite doing all these “healthy” things, I was unknowingly feeding the bacteria in my system. When I was finally diagnosed (shout out to the brilliant and amazing team at Capital Integrative Health!), I learned all about what foods I needed to eliminate in order to heal my gut. It wasn’t an easy journey, but I’ve come so far and learned so much. I am grateful for this experience because now I am able to help my clients navigate their journey to wellness and healing.