The digestive track is over 30 feet from start to finish! That is a lot to untangle. With so many diets claiming to be ‘the way,’ how do you decide? And even if you do pick one, how picky do you need to be? If they say you can only have .1 ounce of cherries, is that before or after you take the pit out?

There is so much to sift through, and in the end, there seems to be no one size fits all. It’s all about you, what makes you feel vibrant, what fuels your body and mind the most efficiently. It’s a process, but taking the time to get to know your guts (and their bacteria) can make for a happy healthy relationship that will nourish you in every sense of the word.

“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine… or the slowest form of poison.” -Ann Wigmore

Identifying Food Intolerances

Food Allergen testing is one of the least effective tests used in clinics. The Journal of Pediatrics published a report stating 84-93% of the foods that tested as an allergen in a blood test were introduced to children in a clinical setting without reaction… meaning they were safe to eat after all. The only way to know what foods do to you is to test the food itself, through elimination, conscious reintroduction and then listen to what your body’s signals have to say.

What to Expect: One to Three months of focused, intentional eating to find out what works and doesn’t work for your individual body. We will establish a time line for the Elimination/ Detox period, food lists, and recipes and tips to thrive during this period. This limited ingredient diet can last 3 – 6 weeks and gives the body a chance to detox and reset. Then we will work together through customized re-introduction phases using symptom trackers, and weekly check ins. In the end you’ll have a Do As Much As You Want list, a Don’t Always Do list, and a Should Never Pass your Lips Again list. With this information you will eat with confidence. It will be invaluable information going forward and can be applied to ALL the other therapeutic diets (ie: Vegan, Ketogenic, Paleo, Auto Immune Protocol, GAPS)

Healing the Gut Protocol

If you already know your stomach’s particular do’s and don’ts, Congrats! You’ve come a long way! (If you don’t know what to eat, scroll back up and let’s start looking at the food you eat as means to heal.) It is not easy, but you did it! Now it’s time to repair the damage of poor eating, long term use of medications, toxic environments, alcohol, sugar, and of course, the unavoidable stress. Leaky gut syndrome may be at the root of common health issues such as: digestive issues including bloating, constipation, irritable bowel, skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema, poor immune health, cognitive dysfunction like brain fog and memory loss, inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, and general nutritional deficiencies and fatigue.

To heal all that you need to give all 30 feet of the digestive tract all the love and attention it deserves. With a combination of herbs and supplements (along with your dietary adjustments) things can get better! Cellular junctions have been shown to tighten up decreasing the bodies inflammatory response and the mucosal lining of the gut can become healthy environments for digestive enzymes and positive bacteria.

With focused therapeutics maybe having that slice of cheesecake (at least on special occasions) will be possible and guilt free!

What to Expect: Initial Intake will be 1-2 hours with follow ups and adjustments as needed. This program can be taken along side or after completing a Food Intolerance Identification program. It is typically a rigorous protocol of nutritional supplements, specific vitamins and herbs in order to heal the gut.  To get to that cheesecake can be anywhere from 3 months of support to a year, with the number typically falling somewhere in the middle.