My name is Riley Wimminger and I am the author of this blog. This blog is dedicated to helping individuals navigate through SIBO with hope, inspired by my own journey. Please read my first post, My Journey with SIBO, to learn about my experience and why I am so passionate about helping others.
I am a 23-year old health-conscious, world-bettering, aspiring nutritionist and educator.
In January 2014, I graduated summa cum laude from Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a concentration in accounting. I accepted a full-time position after graduation at a well-respected Portland accounting firm and was well on my way to becoming a CPA and rising through the corporate ladder. As my start date approached, I became sicker and sicker and could tolerate fewer and fewer foods. My skin became so itchy that my legs would bleed on a daily basis from the scratching. At night, I had to numb my legs with ice packs and take a Benadryl to sleep. At this point, I had already eliminated gluten, dairy, soy, legumes, and fruit from my diet. It helped temporarily, but the symptoms would slowly begin to creep back. I continued to get sicker.
As my start date at the accounting firm approached, I found myself spending every remaining free second learning all that I could about SIBO, health, and nutrition. The idea of working 60-80 hours per week at a job in this state of health was daunting and depressing.
When I began to experience dramatic benefits from my research and experimentation, I felt a strong desire to help others turn their health around as well. I eventually decided to take a leap of faith. I took prerequisite courses in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Anatomy & Physiology and applied to the Master of Science in Nutrition program at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR. I was accepted into the program and will graduate June 2016.
In addition to learning all there is to know about SIBO and nutrition, I enjoy organic whole-foods cooking, various forms of yoga, biking to reduce pollution and protect my heart, taking walks around the neighborhood or to the grocery store, soaking up the sunshine (with adequate sun protection), and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) in tropical climates.
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