Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
I take you back to a time in my life where it was filled with thoughts of how unfair this was or how unfair that was and just how close I came many times to saying the hell with it, I am done here! Well I am glad that I didn’t and that I fully realized that there was so much to be alive and present for in this life.
This disease has often taken on a life of its own and quite honestly it did from the very split second that I was told that I had Ulcerative Colitis in that cold sterile room back in 2003. The next ten years, plus a lot of ups and downs for the years after became a contest. It became a battle of will against the universe. How could I possibly be in this fucking place that I am now! I hate this! I hate where I am at! I hate that I have to watch others succeed with their health! If I have to watch another damn fast food commercial to remind me of what I can’t eat, I am going to scream!
Ultimately I had a choice to either put together in my mind just how good life is and how much I wanted it or to keep bathing in this pity and sorrow until it ended me. I remember the morning when I felt something new and I don’t know where it came from really. It felt too clear. It felt like I had finally made a decision to put away all of the thoughts of just how unfair this shit is and embrace the things around me. Love more than I have ever loved. Just be with it and fully traverse through all of the grief steps.
You see I thought I had passed through all of those awful stages many years ago, but I hadn’t. I had so much ambition and motivation to heal when I first started this in 2015 that I really seemed to skip over all of it and move right to what I thought was acceptance. But it wasn’t acceptance. It was something that looked like acceptance, but it was just denial, anger, bargaining and depression all buried so deep that it took a jack hammer to get it out. This jack hammer ultimately uncovered where I was really at and it’s like all of those emotions just faded away, all at once one morning while I was in the trenches dealing with yet another down.
What I realized is that while food makes life enjoyable, it’s not life. It’s not the food that defines my life. It was how I chose to really see the things around me. To really breathe in the mountain air around me. To really love the people in my life. To really be in tune and sync with life…finally! What an amazing feeling to feel re-born through all of this! I can’t explain it and where it came from, but I think it’s there for everyone to feel! You just have to be patient on this and keep working on aligning yourself with the true meaning of it all and that’s to stop trying to control it. Really uncover the things around you that are waiting there to just be seen! It will happen, just keep the faith and lose the “how’s” and “when’s” of it all and just know that it will come!
Good morning everyone! I am writing from my home office this morning and have been up since 4 AM. The fire alarm batteries needed to be changed so I didn’t need my alarm clock this morning. Yeah!!
Actually, I feel wonderful despite getting up a few hours earlier and have jumped on a number of things already today. Maybe I will make some changes.
Speaking of changes, why do we feel this obsessive need to go 1000% into something new? In my health coaching course, we talk about setting too lofty goals. Most of us are way too aggressive and unrealistic with setting new endeavors and ultimately what happens is that we fizzle out which leaves us drained. There is actually a concept called the false-hope syndrome which labels this over-zealous approach to goal setting. Furthermore, we setup ourselves for failures by underestimating how long and how much effort something will take. This is called the planning fallacy. Its great to have enthusiasm, but to make an impact it needs some structure.
I think most people deal with some degree of this and for me this has always been an issue. I have gotten much better with this myself, but I still have to keep this contained. Typically it has gone like this for me: Have a wild thought>Visualize the act>Go 1000% toward it>Road Block>Frustration>Stoppage
The main reason for this evolution is that I didnt always apply the SMART approach to goals. When you break down your goals this way it forces you to define them in such a way to promotes success.
S – Specific – Goals must be specific. (i.e I will accomplish this task by 7/1 or I want to finish this entire course by such and such a date)
M – Measurable – In order to see progress, we need to be able to measure them (Two workouts a week, I will use healthy cooking oils ½ of the time this week, etc)
A – Attainable – This must be a realistic goal and something that can be achieved. A lot of what holds us back is our lack of faith that we can accomplish something. When we prove we can do something, our self-efficacy improves which is the key to long lasting behavior change. The real key here is to be able to motivate yourself and rely on your own internal processes to motivate yourself to do something rather and external motivator.
R – Relevant – Purpose is everything and when we are not clear on what we want and why we want it, the goal loses steam. Define goals that are totally relevant for you
T – Time Bound – This one is kind of tricky because we often don’t know how long something will take, but in order to be successful you will want to set a time line on when you want to achieve something
Sounds simple right? Not so fast my friend! We ALL have issues with moving forward on things, but to feel fulfilled in life we have to challenge ourselves. Don’t get in the trap though of setting goals that are out of scope of the SMART approach or another similar convention. You may bounce around a bit, but when you apply some methodology, your goals can and will become a reality.
Hope you find this useful! I know full well how difficult implementing lasting change can be, but I have found quite a bit of success using these methods. I would love to help you, just shoot us an email at email@example.com or our contact page @ https://www.hearttohealthwellness.com/contact.html. Have a wonderful day!
Comparison. What is the deal with comparing ourselves with everything and everyone in this life? I personally feel that chronically over measuring myself is at the top of the list of things that contributed to disease for me.
You see one main area that has always troubled me is my body image. I have been a skinny dude my entire life. So much so that I can seriously empathize with those that deal with any body image issue and the internal pain that is involved with thoughts of lacking what is really wanted. Whether you are trying to lose it or put it on, the drive all comes from the same place internally and will leave the same mark on your life if you let it.
During the years that I was absolutely annihilating myself in the gym, I thought I had found something to make me whole finally. This was the first time in my entire life that I actually had people that I didnt know admiring the body that I had created of myself. It was truly special at first and I admired myself for the amount of dedication that I was pouring into this and the results. It was truly making a difference. I was looking stronger, getting stronger and feeling stronger and this fueled my ambition...at least for a while.
Anyone who works out, knows that plateaus are a part of the process. This is why its so easy to relapse into old behavior for some, especially people new to working out. But for me this became an unhealty obsession. It consumed way too much of my time and thoughts. Being a trainer, coach and nutritional therapist I know the value of exercise. I also know what happens to the adrenal glands when you workout beyond your own capacity too.
Essentially, I was using supplements that I knew nothing about really. Piling on loads of food, most of which caused me digestive issue all to grow my appearance. Working out way too hard and never really being able to recover. And the kicker is I never got fully satisfied with the outcome!
Every damn mirror became like a magnet for me. The reflection in the glass would catch my eye. The bathroom mirror I am sure got tired of me. And the scale was not my friend either! I was officially addicted to this whole process.
The funny thing is that I had to get really ill and flare up badly from the Ulcerative Colitis to really understand this whole thing. I weigh significantly less than I did back in those days and the simple truth is for the most part I really am not all that focused on it anymore. I weigh myself maybe once a month now. What I really value is how I feel. How I truly feel! My energy level and vitality are the only measurements I need to go by now. When I feel tired, I rest. When my thoughts are not sharp, I rest my mind. When I start to pick at myself and compare every little facet, I try to rest. Notice I said "try". I say try, because I still deal with this like we all do.
Comparing ourselves is a one way ticket to miserableville. For me the comparisons come and go, but the difference is the duration to which I do it anymore. I think this success comes with mind calming practice. My baseline has also changed and I allow myself so much more freedom to just be me dammit! Thats its...just be yourself!!
This is what I bring to you! I bring humility and empathy and a knowingness of how to bring the mind and body into alignment through the right nutritional, physical and life plan that is right for you. I dont have it all figured out and that is actually a comforting thing knowing that your therapist or trainer is humble to admit that they dont. It doesnt matter where we are at in life, we all can learn from everyone and everything in our lives and I love to surround myself with people and things I can learn from! This is of great value to someone on a quest to find peace!
There is so much that we don't know yet about this magnificent creation we call the human body. Until just recently, our emotions were deemed as separate from our body by most. Since the 17th century, any connection between the brain/psychological & health/disease has been really been off limits. This stems from an agreement between Rene Descartes, the founder of modern medicine and the Pope at the time. Descartes wished to obtain body's for study and in return it was agreed upon that there would be NO involvement of the soul, mind or the emotions. This has been the norm for many centuries now. We are now just starting to make correlations between mind and body and the concept of our emotions impacting our health is quite real.
The emotions that we feel at any one time are not isolated and are not just thoughts. They impact the internal chemistry of the body. Thoughts and emotions match up with receptors in the brain and also to other specific receptors scattered throughout the body. The various hormones communicate with one another and other cells & receptors throughout the body. So an emotion is not isolated to just the brain, it impacts other cells throughout the body in turn impacting the health of the cell and systems of the body. Its all interconnected. This is a very simplistic view, but science has been able to demonstrate the interconnections of our emotions, cells and bodily systems.
For me knowing this has been a game changer in how I view my emotions. When I get mad, stress, depressed or anxious for an extended period of time, I know there is so much more going on then I first thought. Neurons that fire together wire together. Ultimately an extended period of mental anguish will eventually turn from chronic thoughts to chronic illness and disease. I had an absolutely terrible three years or maybe I could turn that around and say because I had a rough three years it led me to an entirely different place. But during these three years it felt like my world was crumbling and I know that it was at the heart of my health decline. These thoughts ultimately created neural circuitry that in turn created genetic transformations. For example, my ability to manufacture certain things in my own body to protect my cells was ultimately turned off.
Chicken or the egg?
I often wonder about the progression of it all. Was it my chronic negative thoughts that led to disease? Or was it disease that just came about that impacted my thoughts? I mean I have been around some pretty negative people and they didn't have disease? So what gives? Personally though, my stress levels were a 10 out of 10 for many many years. I didn't really understand how to get a handle on this and looking back I am so surprised that my body lasted as long as it did before giving out to colitis. But there is always a trigger to autoimmune disease and illness and it starts in the gut! Always! 75% of autoimmune disease stems from our environment. So things like wheat, inflammation, diet, allergies, food sensitivities, toxins, mental/physical and spiritual stress and many more things lead to illness. What really happens at this point is you get stuck in a current and can't get out. A viscous cycle of illness. The inability to digest proteins specifically leads to an inability to break them down into the precursors that are used to build brain neurotransmitters that make us happy and give us vitality. So the stress and emotional turmoil just gets worse and worse until digestion dysfunction is supported. So it really starts with things in our environment and for some of us (actually probably most of us) it starts from birth as the health of BOTH parents will put us in a negative deficit that we are continually trying to balance as we grow up. Throw in the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the million and one toxins in our environment + the genetics and you are a prime candidate to land on the autoimmune spectrum. None of us are immune from autoimmunity!
I hope this post helps you to understand some of the key core events that are going on in our bodies that lead to illness. Thoughts are not just thoughts and benign. Dark and negative thoughts do become cancerous if they persist for too long. On the flip side, positive thoughts are indeed life building. Fortunately we do have a level of control over this and it starts with changing our environment. Remove the things that stress the body and ultimately stress the mind as they all work in harmony together and the body is only as strong as its weakest link. Take care of yourself and thanks for reading!
We have an epidemic of fatty acid deficiency in this country! Ratios of Omega 6:Omega 3 should be anywhere from 1:1 to 4:1, but we sit somewhere around 20:1. Way too high and unbalanced and this will create inflammation in the body. Inflammation is at the heart of all conditions in the body. What problems pop up with a diet low in fat or the wrong fats?
One main thing is that when our fat ratios are too high in favor of Omega 6 fatty acids, it will shunt the Omega 6 prostaglandin pathway to the pro-inflammatory pathway. Essentially this will create a condition of too much insulin production and we know that insulin is a storage hormone. So what do you think happens next? That's right, it will get stored as fat and eventually create inflammation. Also eventually will spill over into the blood stream as triglycerides creating high small LDL cholesterol.
Why are fats so important? Well number one, they provide a very stable long burning form of energy. This is the preferred energy source and can sustain for hours. In contrast when using carbs/sugar for fuel you get the perpetual case of crankiness in between meals. Another important aspect is one of hormones. If we dont get good fats, we cant build quality hormones. This causes all kinds of issues in the endocrine system and very likely will cascade throughout all glands. The last one here is that fats actually help absorb the all important fat soluble vitamins A, D, E & K. What we can do is balance our fatty acids through the things we eat by adding in a mix of oils.
Our starting lineup of good fats and oils is key to making it to the ninth inning fresh and healthy. My lineup has a good mix of offense & defense that allows my body to stay in harmony. We all need a good balance of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to keep a balance between inflammation & anti-inflammation in the body. We need both! So we need a mix of all kinds of oils to maintain this.
My starting lineup
Cod liver oil
Black currant seed
Hemp seed oil
Try to shoot for a mix of about 60% Monounsaturated 30% Saturated and 10% Polyunsaturated oils daily. Individual needs vary so these numbers are not set in stone. Just a guideline to shoot for a mixture.
If you would like to work with me one on one please shoot me an email to setup a free 30 min consultation.
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"Quality is not an act, it is a habit"
Quality and not quantity in life!👌🏻
This is such a problem for a lot of us in our fast💨 paced multi-tasking digital environments where the amount of things we collect seems like it should bring us happiness. Happiness by brute force doesn't work so well. It makes our lives more chaotic I think.
I was thinking about the quantity thing this morning as I was caught in the middle of doing ten things. I used to put a lot of stock in multi-tasking, mostly because my job at one point seemed to require a level or ability to work on many things at once. In the end this only made me more frustrated 😣and my life more chaotic. As a result, I would end up having a bunch of unfinished projects. Does this sound common to anyone? What a bad habit to get into and its constantly something that needs to be put in timeout🛑 as it comes up! This picture here was from a trip to Hawaii, where there is so much quantity of beauty, but so much quality too.
Take the time to focus 👈on one thing at a time. Don't miss the sunrise! Give the people around you the attention they deserve and really focus on quality life experiences rather than quantity! I think this is one of the main keys to life happiness!!😁
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How many pieces is your puzzle missing?
My personal nine point recovery toolkit!
Recovery is complicated. The body is complicated, so it makes sense that recovery can be like a puzzle. How many pieces is your puzzle missing?
Your puzzle may be missing some key digestive pieces. Actually, thats where most of us probably sit. Or You may be missing a few blood sugar pieces to that puzzle! Or like most of us in this country, we are missing a whole lot of essential fatty pieces. Very quickly we are left with just a fraction of that once complete beautiful thousand piece puzzle!
Whatever your challenge, you will want to have a plan and a toolbox of foods and or supplements to help to create and rebuild some of those pieces. I say both because depending on where you are at, you may need to throw the kitchen sink at the issue or maybe you have just started to hear the cries of the body and take swift action. If that is you, you may not need to invest in supplementation so much and can resolve issue with diet corrections.
When I first embarked on taking more care of myself and taking more responsiblity for my health journey it was an adjustment! I love that I had a good team of people working with me though as it made it less daunting and I highly suggest finding a qualified therapist or resource to help guide you! I strive now to learn from my challenges and try to simplify things based on what I have learned and apply to my clients where we can. These are the high level things in my toolkit!
#1 Rebalance gut bacteria (Find a good probiotic and consume as many ferments as you can)
#2 Whole food nutrient dense diet (i.e no refined sugars is essential, avoid junky toxic foods)
#2 Digestive support (We are chronically low on HCL in this country, not the other way around)
#3 Support anti-inflammatory pathways (our Standard American Diets have shifted the balance toward the pro-flammatory pathway)
#4 Tissue Support (degredation of tissue from inflammation and eating foods that fuel the inflammatory fire cause damage that needs repair)
#5 Additional nutritional Support (In disease cases, nutrient absorption is an issue so finding a good quality multi is key)
#6 Toxin avoidance and removal (They are everywhere. Support the elimintation pathways first and try to avoid as many toxins as possible --think skin care, cleaning supplies)
#7 Vitamin S (Sleep/rest)
#7 Knowledge, determination and hope (Without these things you are a pinball getting bounced around aimlessly)
The important caveat here is that you absolutely need to make life long changes with this stuff. Reducing the overhead in the body is priority #1. If you continue to consume things devoid of nutrition without supporting the body, it will fail eventually. The body is a masterpiece creation, but will succumb to these things if you dont balance & support. It may not happen today, tomorrow, next week or next month. But it will happen in some way, shape or form in your lifetime. Pay now or pay later is how I like to look at it. I make sacrifices now so I can get healthier as I get older and not the other way around. How are you supporting your body these days?
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"There are no mistakes if you learn something from everything"
What are the biggest deterrents to health recovery? Sustained change is at the heart of it all, but its not the only game in town! What do you think deters you from making changes?
Is it fear?
Maybe being inflexible?
How about limiting beliefs?
Or could it be stubbornness?
Many other self defeating behaviors could fit snug anywhere in between fear and stubborness, but I think these are pretty high level. The one thing that limits us everywhere in life is fear though. Other behaviors seem to kind of stem from fear. I think fear drives us more than we want to acknowledge. Its always been at the heart of my recovery for sure.
Fear will come in many sizes, shapes and flavors in our lives. It will keep us in our comfort zone. Motionless. Sick and sicker. What I mean by this is that we most likely get ill as a big part of what we tell ourselves over and over. In the book Molecules of Emotion, Candace Pert describes how what we think really does have an impact on our cells. An impact on our ability to be healthy. In my personal experience, the more I resisted something or the more that I didn't do something out of fear, the more ill I became.
Fast forward many years later and fear still played a large part after diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis. It dictated what I did and what I dint do. I was extremely rigid in my thinking which made me very inflexible to change and fed right into the limiting beliefs. This stubbornness to change was rooted in fear. It was controlling my health.
What ultimately made me healthy I think was to open my mind. To read more. To study this awful condition. To become a student of life. Learn or relearn how to live better with my emotions. I locked myself into one treatment many years ago. Unfortunately, thats how we are led. Its either black or white. Off or on. Right or wrong. We as a culture latch on to an ideal and it catches like wild fire. From a food perspective a good example is how suddenly everyone was eating low fat diets because its what was passed down. Suddenly fats became wrong. Being someone who took the conventional approach with my healthcare, I did feel that this one treatment was my only option.
I guess what I am saying is that when you become more flexible and stop telling yourself that something isn't possible, you greatly increase the chances of healing. I think I realized the value in using multiple methods to getting healthy. Autoimmune disease in itself is stubborn. Very stubborn. For most, it goes into remission and comes back quite often. But I know my success increases with how much I open my mind to different methods of healing. I am not suggesting that you select something from the flavor of the week therapy. I am suggesting to be a student. Yes, sometimes you may need to go down a dead end path to realize that you should be somewhere else. Nothing to be ashamed of. There are no mistakes if you learn something from everything. I often think we plateau in anything we do, so its good to re-evaluate often and make course corrections. Maybe you are at a point of re-evaluation? If so, good for you!! Keep pushing forward and learn as much as you can. Wishing you the best of health!!
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"You can take a step back and realize something in your own environment (food intolerances/allergy, gluten, toxins, bad water, stress and so on) is making you sick"
This quote about change resonates with me. I think back to when I was first diagnosed with colitis and how helpless and powerless I felt. Quite honestly I have felt this way through the entire duration of this disease until the last three years. Mostly because medications were the main thing in my doctors toolkit and for me numerous approaches didnt seem to help. I tried to educate myself some, but back when I was diagnosed all I read was that, yes this disease is what it is. You are stuck with it my friend! Colitis and autoimmune diseases are very stubborn diseases and go into remission and come back. For some this may happen over and over, but I know for myself and others that I have worked with, there is typically a trigger that causes the flare and ultimately with some very methodical things, we are not helpless to impact to stop or reverse this.
Each person that has an autoimmune disease has to go through their own hell to find peace. For me something just clicked in 2015. I was going through my umpteenth flare and this was a bad one. I had just went through the worst two years imaginable and everything came crashing down on me. The bleeding just would not stop! Remicade was the next cocktail on the menu, but something inside me said NO. I think it was the last interaction with my doctor that left a very sour taste and I found myself in new territory. Something inside me wanted something different. Something where I was in the drivers seat. The alternative care team that I found helped me to realize some very key things about this disease. They helped me to understand that I am not powerless, that I can make some course corrections that can give me the upper hand with this. I believe that absolutely anything is possible in this life if you fully believe it. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve right.
The message here is this, dont ever allow yourself to be caught on the side of majority if it doesn't feel good to you. Over the years while I was in a state of just being "good with accepting the disease", something just felt off inside. I felt restless. I think like anything in life, when you feel like you have no choices or options, it makes you depressed. Negative thinking and autoimmune disease is a bad combo. Even if you dont realize it fully, we as human beings always want something better. Thats the stirring inside that you feel. What I felt. You have it inside yourself to reform. To make changes that can give you back some power to take control of your own situation. I really enjoyed the post by @mybodymysoul_co about Choice + willpower = individuality! This is brilliant and really made me reflect on my own path today. It makes me think how I am grateful that I realized I had a choice and proud that I mustered up the willpower to stand out from the crowd on this one. I now always read one off stories about people who found some new and controversial ways to heal from their autoimmune diseases. I was limited in my thinking back then that I couldn't progress past where I was at. In fact, it felt like the people I trusted (doctors) were telling me to expect the worst. Maybe it was just these specific doctors, but I began to read about others that experienced the same things. Were told the same things. Were left hopeless! I know we are bio-individuals and that what works for one, may not work for another. But the core reason for autoimmune disease is the same regardless. 25% genetic. 75% environmental. That says to me that a good part of this disease can be something that we can change. Just think about that for minute. Try to relate it to your own situation. You can take a step back and realize something in your own environment (food intolerances/allergy, gluten, toxins, bad water, stress and so on) is making you sick. There are so many success stories out there. What do you have to lose? Hope this helps someone out there that is at the same point I was at years ago. You can do this! If you do feel lost, please do reach out for guidance. Someone that can help you make course corrections whether it be a friend, family, functional medicine doc or someone like myself who looks outside of the box about healing. Take care!
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Possibly you set another New Years goal of losing weight? Has January come and gone and you are off to a horrible start and ready to give it all up? It may be a good opportunity to start to look at other things that you may have not of thought of. I know, it seems like you have not left any stone un-turned between what you put on your plate and exercise. It may be something that you were totally not aware of however, like wheats impact on the body for example. We want to help to guide you in the right direction with this.
I sincerely applaud your efforts to take the initiative to want to change things! Most of us eat the way we do not by accident, but rather due to how big food companies manufacture products. Essentially the products on our store shelves and in our restaurants are all loaded with wheat. Just take a look at any products ingredient list and you will most undoubtedly find wheat contained within. To get a handle on the obesity epidemic in this country, fat consumption suggestions were lowered and consumption of grains were increased as part of the daily recommendations in the mid 1980's. Now the recommendation is to consume 6-11 servings per day of grains and its not hard to do considering that most of our products contain wheat.
But here are the main issues. Wheat is very unique! It has a few qualities that pose problems. First is that wheat is actually addictive in that the gluten polypeptides can penetrate the blood/brain barrier. This is important because it allows these components of gluten to bind to the opiate receptors in the brain. These morphine like compounds act on the brain and essentially giving us a "high" from consuming them. The absence of gluten will create cravings. So those obsessive cravings are not your fault. You are setup to fail unfortunately. Wheat has a quality that increases appetite so if you are trying to slim down, wheat can seriously derail your efforts. The convenience food industry is thriving with this model where they see massive profits with very low cost of production. The other main point is that wheat gives you that "wheat belly". As described in the book @wheatbelly, wheat has a tendency to trigger a cycle of insulin driven satiety and hunger. We go through this cycle all day long as we are exposed to wheat continuously through the day and the main thing that happens is that fat deposits around the belly region in the body. The reason why is that wheat and wheat containing products spike the blood sugar more than just about any other foods. Its glycemic index is higher than most foods except for the types of starches that are actually used in "gluten free" products. Insulin is released to deal with the glucose and since it is a storage hormone, it will store excess glucose as fat. Ultimately the massive overload of wheat in our daily diets and the reaction our body has to it, it is no wonder that a lot of our health goals fall short.
I firmly believe that when wheat is cut out of the diet, you will see benefits in the direction of your weight loss goals. This is a tricky slope though and in order to promote success you will want to make good substitutions along with your diligence to cut out wheat. And since wheat is so wound into our current menu, it will be challenging, but rewarding however in my experience to cut it out. The key is to change your fat to carbohydrate ratios or at least carbohydrates that drive blood sugar up quickly. There is one other important fact that I didn't mention here and thats that a lot of us have gluten sensitivities and don't even know it. This is a topic for another post, but you may be accomplishing multiple things with one goal essentially. We can help with these goals from a nutritional aspect as well as from a drive/determination standpoint. It will be challenging, but ultimately this is a protocol that will stick and is a life long change. We focus on supporting the foundations of the body while tailoring a very specific protocol for you. If you are stuck in a rut with this whole thing, please do reach out to us and setup a free 30 minute consultation to discuss a strategy to get you to where you want to be. You don't have to do this alone. Make an investment in yourself and take this step!
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Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey