Got your attention, didn’t I? I recently made the wacky connection between health and a game I used to listen to on morning radio, “Dead Guy in the Envelope.” In this game, the DJs would pick a male celebrity who had passed away and award a prize to the caller who correctly ID-ed the dead guy. Each caller was allowed to ask one question and then make their guess. The game was much harder than you would think because the human brain seems to be programmed to come up with ONLY ONE solution to a problem. So, if the answer to the question asked was a “no,” callers would be stumped to come up with an alternative to their original guess.
What does this have to do with health? I think there is the temptation to do the same thing – to think that there is only one solution – the right doctor, the right medication, the right diet, the right supplement. But when we are talking about something as complex as IBS, best results are achieved when multiple things are tried all at once.
That is the beauty of holistic health. And that is the beauty of working with a health coach. Someone to prompt you to think of, and attempt, multiple solutions to your health problem. And to make sure that you don’t just try things for a short while, but that they become what you do all the time, without even having to think about it. To make it fun, easy and do-able.
And to make sure it is a long time before you find yourself in any kind of envelope…
I am writing to share with you an extremely well-written article by Chris Kresser that completely echoes and validates my own approach for helping my clients to free their lives up from IBS.
I am a huge fan of Chris’s work – and have a bit of a science geek crush on him. I may have deep knowledge of IBS, but he takes the science to a whole other level. And as he digs into the science, he takes it beyond the party of line of the conventional medical establishment.
As you read his article on ways to treat IBS without drugs, you will notice SO many similarities to my free workshop “Freedom From IBS 101.” And if you haven’t listened to that, shame on you! (Just kidding, but seriously, click here and you can listen today.)
I hope that between my workshop and Chris’s article, you walk away today knowing that there is hope – that IBS is treatable – and that there are things that you can do – beyond what your doctor offers you – to enjoy a life that is free from IBS. And that is what I am here for.
Because “just live with it” is not an option.
Last week, a woman on the mat next to me in yoga class said “The current recommendations are to eat ten servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Is that even possible?”
My answer, “It is not only possible, it is essential!!!!”
Getting in all those servings when you have IBS is challenging, but it is the BEST thing you could be doing for your IBS. Why? Because all that plant food will nourish the bacteria within your gut and help to put your belly on a path for healing.
I am not saying to go out today and eat ten servings if yesterday you only ate one or two servings. Fruits and vegetables may be what is needed for healing, but in the short-run they can set off symptoms. Many healthy plant foods are high in FODMAPs and some IBS bellies don’t do well with raw vegetables.
So what can you do? You can start by counting up how many different types of fruits and vegetables you ate yesterday. And then today try to get that number up by one. Start with low-FODMAP options (the Monash Low-FODMAP app can be SO helpful with this process). Then next Monday try to increase the number by one more. And do this weekly until you are getting in your daily ten.
How to get those ten servings in? Green smoothies and vegetables soups are both WONDERFUL for getting in all those health-promoting veggies and fruits.
How much is a serving? You can look up the government guidelines, look on the Monash app, or listen to your body!! When you eat clean – meaning no processed, chemical-filled, sugar-filled, food – you enhance your ability to tap into your body’s own wisdom as to how much food is just right for your unique body.