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𝙉𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙨 𝙖𝙜𝙤 𝙄 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙜𝙜𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙗𝙚𝙙.
I had zero energy.
My joints hurt.
My skin hurt.
I was dealing with a three-month migraine.
My gut was constantly bloated, crampy and my IBS was out of control.
I was exhausted but I couldn’t sleep.
It was extremely difficult to think and process information.
My weight had ballooned up.
My emotional and mental health was terrible.
I had lost the ability to deal with even minor stressors.
I was impatient with my kids and my husband.
It was difficult for me to even climb in and out of the top bunk to tuck my oldest into bed.
I woke each morning with a sense of impending doom that never left.
I just wanted to run away and disappear and never have to talk to anyone again.
Every. Little. Thing. Made me angry.
I was like a ticking time bomb.
Burning the candle at both ends for years created serious health consequences for me.
Last week I awoke at 6 am to go to the river to mow and weed eat.
𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆.
I mowed for three hours on flat areas and hill sides and felt amazing.
I came home to the chaos and noise of three kids and didn’t want to just crumble.
I’ve found joy and peace again.
My chronic pain has greatly diminished.
I sleep better.
The weight is starting to fall off.
My relationship with my family and friends has improved immensely.
𝗠𝘆 𝗵𝘂𝘀𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗮𝗶𝗱, “𝗕𝗲𝗰𝗰𝗮’𝘀 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸.”
So what changed in the past nine months?
I started practicing extravagant self-care.
No, not spa trips and vacations.
I started taking my health seriously.
I decided to not keep putting my health issues off for another day and began to truly make needed foundational lifestyle changes in my diet, rest, exercise and stress reduction categories.
I slowed down and gave myself grace.
Purposeful rest and relaxation were worked into every day.
I invested in my health with functional labs and assessments and found areas of deep dysfunction and healing opportunities.
I consistently worked my health rebuilding protocol.
I replaced “too stressed and busy to have fun and enjoy life” with “fun is not a luxury and when I take the time to slow down and step back, I’m more productive during work time”.
To put it simply, I stopped prioritizing money and busyness over my health.
And the funny thing is that once I started getting my health back, I started making so much more money!
How long have you been putting off major decisions for your health for later?
What if you could your health complaints handled?
What would your schedule look like?
How much more productive/efficient would you be?
Would this free up time in your schedule?
How would your relationships change?
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵?
What’s stopping you from going after that vision?
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𝙄 𝙫𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙡𝙮 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙛 𝙄 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙨𝙖𝙛𝙚 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣.
No, not from monsters or creepy people.
My IBS had gotten so bad over the years that not having access to a bathroom (especially between waking and lunch) would make me panic.
Would I ever again be able to feel safe if I wasn’t in close proximity to a bathroom?
(Disclaimer…do not read further if poop talk makes you uncomfortable. It’s gonna get real.)
My near accidents driving to find the closest bathroom and “pit stops” in the middle of a public park behind a tree were extremely stressful and embarrassing.
Even at home sometimes I’d be in the bathroom six or seven times before lunch.
My happy place is the river and we lost our family home there in 2015 during a flood.
I used to spend full days, weekends and weeks there during the summer absorbing the peace and solitude.
It was the place I would go to mentally and physically recharge.
Family time was especially precious there.
All that changed once there was no longer a bathroom available.
Even though the house was no longer there, my kids still wanted to go swim.
For someone without IBS, being somewhere without a bathroom for a couple of hours would not be a big deal.
But for me, it was a constant stress and struggle, not knowing when I would have a gut attack.
I even got one of those camping toilet seats that fit on top of a bucket, and at the very least always packed toilet paper and plastic bags.
My happy place had turned into a stressful place.
Over the last four months I’ve made great strides in my gut health through functional lab work, pathogen eradication, gut healing, liver support and gallbladder support.
This morning I got up at 6 am to go to the river for the morning and had a lovely “regular” bowel movement before I left.
I spent three hours mowing the bottom and mid-levels of the property and then went for a swim.
I got back into the car to come home and came across my roll of toilet paper and plastic bags.
And it hit me like a ton of bricks.
I had a glorious 3 hours of morning time (was always the worse symptom wise) without issue, and most importantly without panic.
I didn’t think about the possibility of needing a bathroom once.
And that my friends is HUGE.
The obvious physical improvements I’ve made in my gut health have been incredible.
But the mental health aspect of living with IBS is just as big.
I got my happy place back.
My peace, my relaxation, my solitude.
My kids asking to go swim and me saying yes without hesitation or angst.
I’ve made some kick butt improvements with other aspects of my health that I realized this morning after mowing for three hours without fatigue or pain, but that’s for another post.
It didn’t happen overnight, and I still have work to do, but this morning meant everything to me.
Here’s to many more mornings at the river, or a park, or driving, or anywhere without a bathroom close by.
𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝘆 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸.
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𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐓𝐇: 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐝-𝐚𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐝.
Are you chasing health or simply treating symptoms?
Something my clients all have in common is that they have tried, often for years, to simply manage their symptoms.
Most people don't do anything about their health until they get a symptom.
Perhaps it starts with needing an extra cup of coffee to get through the day.
Maybe you give into sugar cravings to feel a temporary boost (and inevitable crash).
Do you find yourself popping ibuprofen to help with weekly headaches?
Or maybe you need something nightly to help you sleep.
It could even be constant meds for indigestion, reflux or heartburn.
Do you try to numb anxiety or depression with alcohol, shopping or food?
Is this something that sounds familiar in your own health journey?
You might shrug it off or attempt to treat the symptom.
You might get back to state of no symptoms, but they often come back with a vengeance.
You might even go back and forth between having symptoms and treating them over and over until something chronic and degenerative happens.
You may seek and try many methods for symptom relief, but eventually symptoms come back and new ones may also appear if that’s all you’re doing.
Eventually you can end up with a diagnosed condition, possibly severe disease, and even death.
That's what sickness care leads to.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is good health and not just chasing symptoms.
This includes high energy, a strong immune system and cell protection.
My goal for myself and my clients is 100% function in every cell, tissue and organ.
This happens with the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition opt-in model of self-care.
I work at the underlying causal level versus just caring about symptoms.
To be honest, symptoms don’t really matter because they aren’t the problem.
They are simply the result of the problem.
Connecting health dots of underlying dysfunction within the hormone, immune, digestive, detoxification, energy and nervous systems enables me to create an extremely personalized health rebuilding protocol for each individual client.
It’s time to ask yourself an important question.
𝘼𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝 𝙤𝙧 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙮𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙨?
Comment with the word “symptoms” if you’re ready to make a change.
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If I had a dime for every time a client asked,“𝙄𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙮𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙨 𝙭𝙮𝙯?”, I’d be living on a private island by now.
This is what I always say.
“I don’t recommend a supplement unless I see lab work that warrants it.
Targeted self-treatment may be necessary to jump start the body back into function and provide intelligent relief while modifying lifestyle choices.
Nutritional supplements have their place and can 𝙨𝙪𝙗𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙩𝙚 for missing elements, 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙚 function and 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 weak organs and tissues.
But here’s the deal.
You can’t supplement your way out of an unhealthy lifestyle.
If you’re not willing to change the behaviors that got you into your current health situation, you’re never going to get long-term, consistent results no matter what supplements you take.
Anyone who tries to sell you on a supplement that takes the work out of making lifestyle changes is actually selling you a line of BS.
Diet, rest, exercise, and stress reduction all come into play when creating health rebuilding protocols for my clients.
Long-term, positive results come from an opt-in model of self-care, not popping supplements.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝗳 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀, 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀.”
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Even health coaches have bad habits.
I vividly remember staring up at the ceiling awake for hours in the middle of the night.
I wondered if I would ever get a decent night's sleep again.
It was that same night I declared that I was done.
Done with the same lifestyle choices that kept me trapped in a cycle of exhaustion, anxiety and insomnia.
See, even though I had the training and education to know what I needed to do, I was still holding onto the last few bad habits I hadn't been ready to change.
Negative coping mechanisms. Easy, but unhealthy stress relief.
That next day, I made a list of lifestyle changes I had been putting off making.
If I was going to finally make the health strides I wanted, I had to be honest with myself.
And I knew that if I was going to ask a client to do something to better his or her health, I had to be willing to do it myself.
It was soooooo much easier to help other people with their health problems, than to admit that I still had changes to make.
The funny thing is that when I 100% committed to kicking those bad habits to the curb, I found freedom in that choice.
No more feeling like a failure.
My energy levels skyrocketed, mental clarity boosted, and anxiety dropped.
My work hours became more productive.
And most importantly my relationships with my kids and husband greatly improved.
My biggest unhealthy coping mechanism was alcohol.
I enjoyed it when I was happy and wanted to have fun.
I also frequently used it to numb myself when stressed.
But all my old friend booze was making me chubby and anxious, ruining my sleep, adding tension to my relationships, and keeping me in a cycle of regret, guilt and shame.
I'm not saying I won't have a glass of wine with a friend every now and then or on a special occasion out and about, but I don't keep it in the house anymore.
I feel FREE without the temptation.
I'm happier and healthier because of it.
Do you have a bad habit you'd like to kick to the curb?
I'd love to hear about your struggles and victories.
I want you to know that I've been there.
You aren't alone in your struggles.
Just focus on making the next right choice.
I believe in you.
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