You and This Resource
If you're an athlete, you're here because you have a problem you want to fix.
It might be that your health and performance is stuck in a rut and you can’t seem to find a way out. Maybe you’ve been having difficulty adapting to training, feel generally fatigued or just aren’t too happy with your weight…Perhaps, if you're a female, your period has been missing for a while now (or being masked by the Contraceptive Pill) and at first you were okay with that. Except recently, you can’t shake the feeling that somethings just ‘not quite right’. If that’s the case then you’re right – it isn’t – and I've created this resource to help you fix it.
Why? Because I’ve been there.
I know what it’s like to be the one searching for answers. I remember the sense of isolation, the frustration, the sheer confusion over what was happening to my previously well-trained athletic body. I was the one analysing my own blood tests, sourcing the expensive supplements and trawling the internet in the hopes of finding something seriously scientific that accounted for the way I was feeling. I want to help save you the time by explaining how a magic pill, a new fad diet or a different diagnosis wont fix your RED-S problem. Neither will more training, pushing through fatigue or remaining in denial about your issue. You’re here because something in you knows you need to make a change and now is the time to do so.
If you’re not quite at this stage then I hope to make sure you never are. Maybe you’ve never even heard of RED-S. You might be wondering where on earth your period comes into it. It could just be that doing more is becoming slightly harder or you don't seem to recovering from it as well as you once were. Perhaps you don’t think your problem is that serious; you don’t identify with the words ‘eating disorder’ or ‘stress fracture’, but be assured that neither of these things are a requirement for suffering the significant health and performance consequences of RED-S. Now is your chance to avoid them.
Whilst I am by no means a medical professional, I’ve spent enough time researching, writing about, and mentoring others through RED-S to know that sometimes, the closest you can get to a solution is simply the support and advice from someone who's been through it too. This resource shares my perspective on what it takes to recover from RED-S; the honest truth about my experience and the research I used to make sense of it. While I will never be able to fix your problem for you, I'm here to guide you towards the resources you need to do so for yourself.
My only ask is that you keep an open mind to everything you read. The fact that you’re here is a positive step, but in order to get you where you want to be, you might have to roll with some uncomfortable truths. You may find information and advice on this site that fills you with doubt or resistance. You might not think you're ready to face the challenges that may lie ahead but if you are able to set aside any fear or denial at this point, you’re in with a far better chance of avoiding further damage and recovering from RED-S in the way you need to. This process may involve being brutally honest with yourself, identifying any mistakes you have made and taking action to overcome them, repeatedly. This resource is here to support you in this—to show you that you are not alone, you are not the first person to feel the way you do and you certainly wont be the last. So, what have you got to lose by exploring it?
Experience aside, wherever possible the information and advice I offer on this site is based on the leading scientific research to date. Although the aim is to provide you with the tools and support you may need from a fellow athlete’s perspective, this resource is no substitute for the diagnosis or treatment from a medical professional. For suggestions on where to find medical support, head here. To talk to me in a mentoring capacity, head here.