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About Me

That's me on the left! In July 2020, I was diagnosed with an unspecified eating disorder, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder after battling in silence for more than 15 years. I was blinded by the stigmas, stereotypes, and diet culture. I didn't think it could happen to me. Guys don't battle eating disorders, right?! Further, I thought I was just doing the right thing by eating healthy. However, my pursuit for physical perfection came at the cost of my mental, emotional, and social well-being. In fact, it nearly cost me my life.

I've now turned my battle with orthorexia into a mission to break the stigma around men's mental health and eating disorders by launching this blog in 2021 and publishing my memoir Starving for Survival in 2022. Through numerous podcast appearances, speaking engagements, and my writing, I aim to start an important conversation that encourages everyone--especially men-- on how important it is to speak up and get the help they deserve.

In my spare time, I love exploring Colorado with my husband Matt, chasing storms, cheering on the Hawkeyes, and giving plenty of belly rubs to our pups, Arnie and Walter.  And in case you're wondering which one is me, I'm on the left! 

Ortho-what?

Never heard of orthorexia before? Don't worry, you're not alone. I was months into treatment before I heard the term for the first time. Here are some common signs according to the National Eating Disorder Association website:

  • Compulsive checking of ingredient lists and nutritional labels

  • An increase in concern about the health of ingredients

  • Cutting out an increasing number of food groups (all sugar, all carbs, all dairy, all meat, all animal products)

  • An inability to eat anything but a narrow group of foods that are deemed ‘healthy’ or ‘pure’

  • Unusual interest in the health of what others are eating

  • Spending hours per day thinking about what food might be served at upcoming events

  • Showing high levels of distress when ‘safe’ or ‘healthy’ foods aren’t available

  • Obsessive following of food and ‘healthy lifestyle’ blogs on Twitter and Instagram

  • Body image concerns may or may not be present