WellBe Founder Adrienne Nolan-Smith sat down with chef and author Phoebe Lapine to discuss Lapine’s wellness journey after her diagnosis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid, leading to chronic inflammation. The thyroid makes hormones that regulate the body’s energy use, temperature, and organ function. Lapine’s doctor told her she’d be on synthetic thyroid medication for the rest of her life (she was 22 at the time).
When she was diagnosed, Lapine was a recent college graduate trying to move from a corporate job to a culinary career, so she attributed symptoms like fatigue to that period of transition, but when digestive issues hit, she really started paying attention. She met with functional medicine doctors, who were the first to talk to her about changing her diet. Her first change: cutting gluten. Then, she took on one change per month for a yearlong project she went on to detail in her book, “The Wellness Project.”
Listen to their conversation to learn more and share this with friends you think may benefit from learning about Lapine’s story. Fun fact: Nolan-Smith and Lapine have known each other since grade school!