Food is one thing we all have in common – we need to eat to survive. One thing we don’t share though, is what we choose to eat. There are so many different diets out there, and ways of eating that sometimes it’s hard to keep up! I don’t know about you, but I’m always curious about other people’s diets. How are they fueling the bodies that make them do all the amazing things they do? In our new series, we take a look inside the fridges of the women we admire. This week, it’s Meghan Maupin, CEO of Atolla, an MIT-founded skincare company for customised skin products….

 

My Food Journey to Finding a Diet That Works For Me…

 “I’ve had a long journey finding a diet that works for me! I was vegetarian in high school and was vegan all throughout college (mainly for environmental reasons). Going vegan really helped me manage my anxiety. However, when I started grad school at MIT, I also began experiencing immune issues and food sensitivities. I suspect I was managing many of the sensitivities already with my vegan diet, but the stress of grad school made these issues more acute. I started noticing how foods I was eating would cause my skin to get rashes or bumps (mostly on my forehead), which was part of the origin story for starting my custom skincare company, Atolla.” “Through allergy testing and working with a few dieticians, I discovered that I had developed food allergies (like almonds) and some sensitivities to other “healthy” foods (like cauliflower and Brussel sprouts) that were harder to digest. Doing an elimination diet helped me narrow down what foods were causing my inflammation and reactions. I took a similar elimination approach to my skincare routine as well.”

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