"I realised what it was like to live with a chronic health problem and above all, the importance of the right diet and having balance in life."
I'm a qualified lawyer. I'm at a desk for at least 12 hours a day. Coming from a traditional Chinese family, being a lawyer seemed like "the right thing to do". It was practical. Sensible.
During my second year as an associate, I was diagnosed with IBS; to put this simply, it means that I cannot properly digest gluten, dairy, fructose and the list goes on. According to the doctor, it is stress induced and a high percentage of women in Hong Kong suffer from it.
I became my own guinea pig - first eliminating all those foods from my diet and then slowly testing which ones I could tolerate. I realised what it was like to live with a chronic health problem and above all, the importance of the right diet and having balance in life. So my goal this year is to live my life with health and fitness at the top of the priority list.
With #TEAMBUSYWOMAN, I hope to inspire other women in the community to do the same. I am looking to obtain a certificate in nutrition and finally turn my passion for health and wellness into a profession. I have also started training for obstacle races later in the year.
I'm up at 5:00 am Monday to Friday; I make a smoothie bowl then I'm headed off for a run. A few times a week I’ll hit a two a day: post-work, I'll also head to the gym or the pool. Yes, there's very little room for a social life. Yes, there's very little sleep. But this drive to be stronger, faster and healthier gets me through each day with renewed hope and purpose!
Amelia Boone - an obstacle racer and endurance athlete, who's an attorney by day is a person I look up to.
My favorite instagram for smoothie bowls and vegan bowls: @stephanie.h.park