“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs
warm lemon water w/pinch of sea salt
morning Delight Tea/Smoothie ish (coconut milk, mct, collagen protein, cacao butter/poweder/stevia, longevity tea)
handful of olives
big salad (the usual) except I added some primal mayo in the mashed goodness – #bestever – with/ some coconut wraps
*40 minute walk with my son around town. When he stopped to explore I did some yoga and stretching.
*20 minute light yoga
Affirmation/Intention: Turn up the volume of my inner voice and increase the courage to follow my heart and intuition even more.
Today I’m learning: I am researching about intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut). There are tests you can do to see if it’s something you’re working with but I haven’t done them yet. I do know that I’ve had a lot of the the leaky gut triggers over the years like: cesarean birth, gut dysobiosis, hormone imbalance, chronic antibiotic use or NSAID, stress, sugar, sleep deprivation (especially as a new mama).
I had strep throat almost every year when I was a kid and took tons of antibiotics. When I was 17 I had my tonsils and adenoids removed. Sweet, something is inflamed, let’s just cut it out. Then, I went on to college and played Div I volleyball and was stressed and ate a diet full of junk/processed foods and completely addicted to sugar. And, I played for 3 years with a stress fracture in my foot and took 4-8 advils before most games. Hello, recipe for ripping holes in the gut. Sad face. Then, there is motherhood…a whole different level of stress and fatigue and my son didn’t sleep through the night until he was almost 2.
So…there is no doubt I’ve had intestinal permeability for a lot of my life. I’ve done a lot of nutritional healing over the years but I am feeling inspired to look deeper into what it takes to truly heal the gut.Which leads me too…
Mind/Heart Goodness: There have been people that have said/thought that I’ve been a bit too intense and strict with my nutrition over the years. Or they think that it has been super easy for me to eat healthfully. It hasn’t been so called easy. I have had ups and downs and had to learn how to cook and have spent thousands of hours researching and studying and it’s been a HUGE learning curve.
The more research I do the more grateful I am that I’ve been so vigilant in this area of my life. I wasn’t born with a super strong immune system. When you are born c-section your gut isn’t healed properly which can lead to a lifetime of issues unless you heal it. I am stoked I haven’t ignored my symptoms and that I am so committed to not letting “other’s opinions drown out my own inner voice.”
I usually feel excited about my discoveries with nutrition/health and also a twinge of sadness that so many go through health challenges that can so easily be prevented. I can (sometimes) wish that things were different in my life and that I knew better back then. But, I didn’t. It’s all part of the process. Now, I feel grateful that a big part of my work is to help others along the path as I continue to learn.
Gratitude + Appreciation: I am grateful for all the people who are researching how we can heal our bodies from nutrition to spirituality. I wouldn’t be where I am without so many people choosing to listen to their inner voice and knowing there was a better way. I am grateful for the sweet day I had with my son. Today was our last RIE class. It was bitter sweet. I am a better Mama Goddess because of the last 2 1/2 years of our weekly class. I was so filled with gratitude today as we walked out of class. Tears in my eyes. It was another reminder that things change. My son is growing into a little boy. I am so grateful that I’ve invested the time in our relationship so that it can be as joyful as it is. I love him more every day. ❤