What is the Gut-Brain AXIS?
The Enteric Nervous System in your belly houses 100 million neurons that connect you to feeling your inner world. Known as the second brain, your GI tract actually has the most contact with the outer world than any other organ. It is a constant source of primal feedback to your body’s needs. The signals originating in the belly are full of relevant information to help you attend to appetite, emotions, and stress.
Have you ever experienced butterflies in your stomach? Gut instinct reveals how you feel about something instantaneously, without mental processing. Your body physically communicates to you through sensation and somehow you just KNOW what to do. According to neurobiological research Gut-Brain crosstalk is a bidirectional communication system, “ensuring proper maintenance of GI health and digestion, as well as regulating mood, motivation and higher cognitive functions, including intuitive decision making”. What we eat affects our mood, and what we think affects our bellies. A vicious or enlightening cycle, depending on how we approach the system.
Gut-Brain connection is the backdoor to your nervous system. It is a direct interface to improving digestion, ridding toxins, and managing stress. It’s also a fascinating tool that can elevate how you feel about yourself, your day, and the world around you. Clarifying the channel between belly and mind gets to the HEART of our health.
Have you talked to your belly lately?
Do you experience Bloating or Indigestion on a regular basis?
When you breathe, is your belly soft and relaxed? Tight and constricted?
When you glance at your calendar, do any of these words come to mind… Over-obligated, Overwhelmed, Pressured, Not in control?
Is your calendar so tied up that you’re not even sure where to look for emotions? Do they sometimes bubble up at inappropriate and unexpected moments?
Maintaining gut health helps optimize metabolism and clarifies internal desires. In my opinion, it is the most important physical component to achieving longevity, mental wellbeing, and a rocking body. The neurotransmitters in your gut lining play a huge role in how you feel emotionally. Neuroscience has proven that gut inflammation down-regulates mood and increases anxiety. An Anti-inflammatory Nutrition Plan and Stress-Release Practices are crucial to enhancing cellular communication and regulating emotional well-being. We need both to achieve lasting results.
What are people saying about our Nutrition Programs?
"I am no longer that mom, wife, sister, friend that feels like all I do is give, feel resentful because I come last...I've waited for this time."
"...what a gift to take time to reconnect with our bodies, to find our essence, to nurture, to know that it serves us well regardless of life's switch ups."
"Knowing that life happens, we get distracted, beat ourselves up when things don't go as planned; yet knowing we can pause, reset, forgive ourselves, and not give up — knowing we are held by each other."
Why I care SO much about Gut Health!
I am SO excited to finally share what I've been working on all summer... and honestly, most of my life! I was a chronic sufferer of inflammation, adrenal fatigue, insomnia, and gut issues. I had my first bleeding ulcer at age 10, which has become a blessing in disguise. At that age, I had no idea how much belly issues were connected to anxiety and mood swings. As an angsty teenager, I'm sure it seemed normal to most adults...at first.
My "symptoms" grew worse - I became intensely sad, angry, alone, and self-destructive in dangerous ways. I began to gain weight and my stomach always hurt. By age 15, I was diagnosed with depression. I began studying nutrition to learn how I could take better care of my health. This is also the same year I introduced myself to yoga, started powerlifting with the football coach, regularly went to cognitive behavioral therapy, and reconnected to a spiritual practice. The mental, emotional, and physical layers of our body are intrinsically connected. I suppose it was my gut intuition, as I was naturally called to cover all of these bases! I began discovering tools that could help the mind and body heal early-on and continue to evolve how this looks in my own life.
Looking back, I understand how my reactive gut played a role in my emotional and mental wellbeing. I also experienced my first dose of powerful human medicine: quality movement, good food, healthy thoughts...and they work better together! I can finally honor the gift a so-called suffering has become. Through 20 years of seeking, learning, experimenting and healing, I have pared it all down into digestible pieces to share with the world. This program is my baby. It is a genuine reconnection within your WHOLE SYSTEM - body, brain, emotions, nervous system. It can be a gateway to losing any weight your body doesn't really need or want. It is your absolute deservingness to feel good. The program is 35 days, and the tools are forever. You will continue to transform long after the program, as you keep the practices activated in your life.
About me. About your program.
I am a movement and embodiment practitioner, facilitating change in both the inner and outer landscapes of the body-mind-spirit through nutrition counseling, strength training, empowerment coaching, and energy work. The guidance I share is a fusion of modern nutrition/body science and ancient wisdom principles. When put into daily practice, profound health changes can be made at the physical and emotional level.
Our bodies are not only how we show up in the world but also our Greatest Messenger. I think this is a deserving title for the highest care and attention! Getting the food “right” is paramount for successful weight-loss and is also a determinant for how you feel in your body at every moment— not just when you step on a scale! Our eating habits, food choices, and even food fears are a window into our emotional environment.
That being said, food is about nourishment, not restriction. You will be introduced to different habits, body/food focuses, meal planning techniques, belief system guidance, and education on all the “why’s” throughout our time together. In my experience, connecting to the fullness of your intention and understanding the roadmap are the keys to sustainable change. That is why this is not a “calorie counting program”. We will check in with caloric intake, but maintaining your new physique after this program will be based on two things:
1) increased level of awareness and self-care/love
2) improved hormonal environment
Think of metabolism as the SUM of hormonal communication. Our aim each week is to continue shifting your internal environment so that your outer/physical world expresses what you desire!
This is ALL about YOU. Become a witness to what holds you back, what overpowers you, where you over-control, where you need structure. Then connect to what you REALLY want to feel, believe, and be. As you explore the inherent wisdom of your body, you’ll likely find physical-YOU to be a very poignant messenger. Being receptive to your body-messages is always a healthy choice. Establishing a healthier relationship with food and body can be an incredible gateway to accessing true freedom in your life.
35 day health elevation
1/4/20 - 2/8/20
Are you ready for a RESET?
Do you experience bouts of bloating, indigestion, irritability, brain fog, anxiety, or heightened stress?
Are you feeling disconnected from yourSelf?
Maybe you’ve settled for good enough only to contend with a deeper, unshakeable KNOWING…
I DESERVE to feel Sexier, Happier, Leaner and Stronger…
You always are.
It’s time to start listening to your GUT!
The way you FEEL in your body affects how you show up everywhere else in your life. And the way you FEEL about your life shows up in – and on – your body. Reconnecting Gut-Brain communication is a gateway for accessing your body intelligence and lasting wellness!
Work with a cutting-edge Nutrition Plan and Detox Protocols to clear out all the muck. The Gut-Brain Detox delivers a lifelong practice to reduce inflammation, navigate anxiety, clarify your mindset, and experience radiant wellness. Your body inherently knows the foods you should be eating, the movement it craves, the stillness it hopes for. This program shows us how to interpret the cues. Oh, and if you want to lose weight, you’ll do that, too. But this time, you’ll keep it off!
How we communicate
Private Facebook Forum (live coaching, topic discussion, community support)
4 LIVE CALLS (recorded)
Downloadable PDFs - Nutrition Guidance, Life Practices, Body Education
Videos - Nutrition Prep, Awareness Practices, and Program Support
What TO expect
Easy-to-follow Nutrition Templates
DIY Digestive Teas, Detox Soups, and Green Juices
Clean Out Toxic Build-up (Physical, Mental, and Emotional)
RESET Your Metabolism
Reduce Inflammation and Restore Gut Health
Transform neurological STRESS patterns
Reconnect Body Intuition
Early Bird $333 (until August 31) - OR - $444 (until September 10)
Eliminate toxins *Home, Body, Mind*
Detox Juices, Soups and Teas (DIY or purchased)
*LIVE ZOOM CALL - SAT 9/14 - 12:30pm*
Embody Healthy Digestion
Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan
BioHack Bloating, Inflammation, Cravings
Upgrade Sensational Awareness
*LIVE ZOOM CALL - SAT 9/21- 4:00pm*
Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan
Digestive Reset Strategies
Clarify Gut-Brain Signaling
Unwire stress-energy patterns
Keto-ish Meal Plan
Activate Cellular Repair
Increase Metabolic Flexibility
Tune into Thought Patterns
*LIVE ZOOM CALL - SAT 10/5- TBD*
Hybrid Meal Plan - Releasing STRUCTURE
Body RESET Tool Box
Trusting your GUT