About Deborah Rankin, RD.

Stress Relief–How and Why

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking we just have to endure a challenging season of life, and when it’s over, we’ll do things differently! Have you ever thought “I’ll take better care of myself after [x.y.z current challenge] is over? I have been there, done that.

Once upon a time I lived what looked like the good life. I enjoyed my medical sales job managing a multimillion dollar territory and leading a team of ten. I traveled half the time, and when at home I LOVED my house on a hill, on the edge of Tennessee’s largest natural area, with a gorgeous saltwater pool. I crammed as much activity into each day as possible, whether it was work, exercise, going to hear live music with friends, or writing the great American novel.

Then one day my beloved father was diagnosed with a fast-growing, untreatable cancer. I took on management of his affairs and healthcare. A couple of people I cared about drifted away, because I was always upset. My employer eliminated my job. I got high blood pressure, vertigo, and double vision.

Within months the good life vanished. I was grieving, unemployed, and sick.

I sold my dream house and moved into a garage. I searched for work, but stayed unemployed for two years. My circle of friends got smaller, but the ones left were super kind, caring, and fun. 

I went back to the basics, things I learned from my studies as a registered dietitian (RDN) with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences, plus years of working as a health educator and coach.

I remembered that what we eat, how we move, and the stories we tell ourselves and others point us either toward exuberant energy, or drained exhaustion. Through my rock-bottom experiences I learned how to reduce stress, simplify life, and do self care beyond candles and massages. (Though I like both!)

Until finally, I got my health back, and went back to work in great jobs.  I dialed down my stress and dialed up my vitality. I’m grateful for what I learned when I crashed and burned. 

I’d love to have you walk with me as I continue on this  journey! Sign up for my blog and get monthly updates with food, movement, and connection ideas that help you reduce stress and prevent burnout. I wrap medical evidence in practical ideas that will make sense for you!

You work hard, and have an important mission to accomplish with your one, beautiful life. Don’t try to do everything alone. Give yourself a guide that will support and encourage you!

Deborah Rankin, RD Scientific Publications

Hunt, Deborah R. Selenium status during recovery from extensive thermal injury. University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 1982.

Hunt, Deborah R, et al. Selenium depletion in burn patients. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 8(6):695-699, 1984.

Hunt, Deborah R, et al. Hand grip strength-a simple prognostic indicator in surgical patients. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 9(6):701-704, 1985.

Hunt, Deborah R, et al. A simple nutrition screening method for hospital patients. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 85(3): 332, 1985.


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