Welcome to part 3 of this 3-part gut healing blog series! Now that you’ve read part 1 and part 2, we are going to finish strong with one of my favorite topics: what NOT to do in your gut healing journey.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 mistakes I see people making all the time (and you guessed it, I made them too). While it’s natural and common to make mistakes, being aware of these top 5 will ensure they don’t prolong the time it takes for you to feel better while saving you lots of money and getting you on the right path fast.
Watch my live video training on these mistakes or read on for the recap:
Mistake #1: Boiling the ocean and trying to do it ALL at once!
If you’re anything like me, you want to cut to the chase by doing everything at once in hopes that you’ll feel better quicker. I see almost every one of my clients trying to do this, and I totally did it myself at one point, but the trouble here is it’s:
- Not realistic
… and your body can’t handle many new changes all at once, especially if your digestion is quite compromised. In this way, it’s actually more beneficial to start slow, not fast.
What to do instead:
- Pick 1-2 new things to try at a time (we cover all of these tools methodically in the Love Your Gut group program – join us!)
- Determine where your biggest need is health-wise (constipation, acid reflux, cramping, etc.) and address it with something specific (more fiber, aloe juice, apple cider vinegar, etc.)
- Only when you feel you’ve got a hang of those things, feel good doing them, and have time and budget to add on more, should you add in another step
Mistake #2: Doing what others are doing, not what your body needs
How many times have you purchased the latest trendy supplement because your fav celebrity was endorsing it? I think we’re all guilty of this at some point, but just because a celebrity slaps their face on a supplement doesn’t mean it’s good or right for you.
It’s easy to follow in someone else’s footsteps, perhaps even a friend or family member’s, but you have to stop and find what’s right for YOU. (Not sure what that is? Join Love Your Gut and we’ll help you!)
Fun fact: You already have the know-how and information you need to heal your body. It’s called innate intelligence. But it’s the ability to tap into it and implement those changes that we often lack. Once you learn how to do this, you can REALLY tune into what foods your body needs, supplements that would be truly useful, and lifestyle habits that will benefit you (and ones to stay away from). Again, this is a core part of the work we do in Love Your Gut, on top of doing a stool test to find out what is imbalanced in the gut. Learn more and enroll here.
Mistake #3: DIY’ing it with the help of your good ole’ friend Google
Look, if you’ve been Googl’ing your symptoms for months now, stop. How many times have you wound up on WedMD, Yahoo! Answers or another doom-and-gloom article that only discouraged you further? So by doing that, is it really helping you? Or did you find yourself searching for supplements to slap onto symptoms, only to end up with an expensive supplement cabinet, less money in the bank, and still not feeling as good as you hoped?
This is the trouble with Google, and something I ran into myself early on in my health journey. It’s time consuming, fear-inducing, expensive, and disheartening.
All that with no real answer as to if those things right for YOU. Find the right practitioner to support you who understands gut health and what you’re going through so you can cut to the chase, get real answers relevant to you, and a custom plan.
Mistake #4: Not testing
Testing is vital because when you have REAL data based on what’s going on for YOUR body, you have the right information to make a plan. In functional nutrition, we practice from the “test don’t guess” methodology, meaning rather than aimlessly guessing what’s going on, we test to actually find out! All of the tests I run with clients can be done right at home (with the exception of blood testing) so it’s incredibly easy to do this. And the moment my clients see on paper results that finally line up with how they’ve been feeling, that’s motivation and information we can use to fuel and inform your exact journey forward. How neat is that?!
Food sensitivity testing is one test that is quite important. This kind of test tells you exactly what foods aren’t working for your body and which are. This information allows you to go far beyond a dietary theory like paleo or keto and truly customize a diet for your own body. And the stool testing that just about every client who works one-on-one and in a group program does with me shows us if there is a pathogenic infection (parasite, bacteria, virus, fungus, yeast), inflammation, lack of enzymes, or gluten sensitivity that are behind complex and troubling symptoms. By addressing these hidden triggers to digestive illness, you’ll be on the fast-track to balancing your gut health, moving beyond daily symptoms, and feeling noticeably better.
The more data you have, the more informed and strategic decisions you can make about your health.
Mistake #5: Putting off doing something until you’ve hit rock bottom!
Most of us wait until we see symptoms and they become unbearable before we actually do something about it. This is the wrong approach considering how symptoms work: Symptoms are:
- Last to show up in the process of dis-ease
- Only a signal that something much deeper is going on (and has been going on for awhile)
- An indicator that issues have already progressed
Once you have multiple chronic symptoms, it’s going to take that much longer to heal. So, the earlier you take action, the faster and cheaper it’ll be to address the root cause. That meant the first sign that something doesn’t feel right, whether you’re a little more tired than usual, you feel a little burning sensation when you eat certain foods, you get stuffy and itchy from certain foods, etc., take action.
I admire that you’re learning this NOW. I waited until I literally hit rock bottom. I was in the ER facing getting my colon REMOVED and having a bag attached to me for life that my lightbulb went off. I could have taken action about 2 years earlier when my issues first started to become obvious, but I kept pushing them aside, hoping they’d resolve on their own, or that this was simply my “new normal”. I saved addressing them for another day, and another day, and another day, until I was staring at the lights in the ER.
And you can bet that it took me a whole heck of a lot longer to heal, and a lot of money. Ultimately I did it, but I sure wish I took action sooner.
Through applying the tips in this 3 part blog series, you are sure to get on a better foot and on your way to digestive ease! Please know I am here as your gut-friendly advocate and ally in your journey to optimal health and wellness!
After all, you were born to thrive!
Start your journey by booking a FREE introductory session with me to learn how my programs can help put you in control of your digestive health issues and get you on the fast track to feeling better — naturally.