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About Dr. Penny L. Wilson and Eating for Performance

My goal is help you take control of your triggers so you can lead a normal life. I’ve had Irritable Bowel Syndrome for over 14 years. I’ve been told, “It’s all in your head.” And, “You just need to figure out what’s causing your symptoms” without being provided any help to figure it out. I’ve finally gotten my symptoms under control. I want to help you do the same thing. I want to help you get your life back.

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About Penny

Penny Wilson

I am Penny Wilson, PhD, RDN, and the owner of Eating for Performance. I have a PhD in Kinesiology, am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. This combination provides me a deep knowledge of nutrition and how the human body works.

I began my journey into integrative and functional medicine in the Fall of 2014. However, I had been moving towards this path for years. A few years ago I was diagnosed with IBS. To me, this is a useless diagnosis because all it says is that “we know your gut is unhappy but we don’t know why”. Most GI docs give the diagnosis of IBS or IBD or some other GI-related diagnosis, but then don’t give any guidance in how to eat other than “follow an elimination diet.” I’ve seen multiple GI doctors trying to figure out why my gut is unhappy. Sometimes I could eat and be fine. Others, I’d end up having to lay down on the couch for a few hours until the bloating and pain in my stomach subsided enough so I could sit and do my work. The problems seemed random. It was so frustrating!

After IBS struck, my thyroid also decided to quit working full-time. I had to take at least a two to three hour nap each afternoon. It didn’t matter how much I slept, I always needed more. My hair started to fall out. I started to gain weight. My IBS got worse. I went to the doctor and was told that since my lab values were within the normal range (even though they were on the very low end), that I was fine. What?!?!?! I finally found a doctor who would treat me because, even though I was “normal”, I had all the classic symptoms of hypothyroid.

As I continued experimenting on myself, and working with my clients on various issues, I realized what I’d been taught in school wasn’t the whole story. The traditional approaches to healing the gut, losing weight, etc. didn’t always work. This led me to start investigating moving into an integrative and functional nutrition approach. Once I found out how this paradigm worked, I knew it was the path for me. This approach has changed my life and helped me change the lives of my clients.

By working with an Integrative and Functional Doctor and completing functional testing, I’ve finally begun to heal my gut, get my thyroid hormones balanced, get my energy back, clear my brain fog, improve my memory and feel better than I have in years! I see and feel the power of this approach personally. Every single day. I’m not totally healed, but am on my way to reclaiming my health!

I want to help you feel better, too. If you are interested in talking with me, just head over to the Contact page and send me a note. I’ll get back with you quickly. We can talk about what you want, what I offer, and be sure it’s a good fit.

Before transitioning into integrative and functional medicine I worked with a lot of, primarily, endurance athletes. My sports nutrition clients include a wide variety of athletes including those walking their first marathon to experienced professional triathletes completing Ironman distance events. I was the dietitian for the Houston Rockets and the Sugar Land Skeeters (an independent, minor league baseball team).

I’m also an athlete. I raced bicycles on both the road and velodrome (a bike track) in the mid-1990s, ran five marathons including Houston, the Marine Corps Marathon in DC, the Paris Marathon, the New York Marathon and the Goofy Challenge at Disney World. I also completed numerous triathlons including a 70.3 distance race. Now, I’m transitioning to trail running with my dog Baker, hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing.

Penny is a member of the Vail Rotary Club and has volunteered with Child Advocates, Small Paws Rescue and with Interfaith Ministries and Meals on Wheels.

For more information on the difference between a “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist” and “Nutritionist” or learn more about Integrative and Functional Medicine, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.