Hi! I’m Jamie and welcome to I Don’t Eat That.
I grew up in CT on the Long Island Sound, where I attended the University of Connecticut and graduated with a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. After graduation I moved to Philadelphia where I got a Masters in Biochemistry and Pharmacology.
In Philly I began to learn how to cook. Learning exactly what I was putting into my body was fascinating to me. I eventually became vegetarian, then vegan (only for 8 months…I feel like that’s normal), but I am now back to eating a balanced, vegetarian/plant based diet. And there began my picky eating habits.
I also decided to run my first marathon in Philadelphia. Training for a marathon and balancing a full course load was a challenge. But in November of 2011, I crossed the finish line just under that infamous 4:00 hour mark. It wasn’t until I hit the 40 mile mark in my training that I fully understood the term “runger” = the feeling of constantly being hungry due to a run earlier in the day.
I have run a total of five marathons (Philadelphia 2011 & 2012, Hartford 2013, Chicago 2014, and Boston Marathon 2015).
After graduation I moved back home and worked in clinical oncology research in NYC. After a year plus of commuting I quit my job to work closer to home so I could pursue running more aggressively.
Last summer (2014) after years of digestive and GI distress, I found myself getting ill almost immediately after I ate. It seemed as though the only thing my body could handle was simple foods (think Cheerios and plain oatmeal) in very minimal portions. After a weight loss of 20 pounds in less than three weeks and a trip to the Emergency Department, I began to further push towards finding answers. Many doctors and tests later, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. It has been a constant struggle between balancing a healthy diet and active lifestyle with my disease. I currently receive treatment infusions every 6 weeks to help manage my flares, however I have found that focusing on meaningful and purposeful nutrition, the frequency of my flares has decreased. This disease is humbling. It is a continual learning experience and I cannot say thank you enough to all my loved ones who have struggled with me on this journey.
Besides running, I live for a good SoulCycle class, Cashew Butter (way butter than Almond Butter), Frozen Yogurt (because I’m basic), my yellow lab, and being an extremely picky eater. I also pride myself on being a phenomenal baker… cook.. not so much.
I am so excited to see where this blog takes me, and I can’t wait to share my running and runger journey with this little corner of the internet.
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org !