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We’ve all been there—uncomfortable bloat and gas after what seems like every meal. Acid reflux that keeps you up at night, or consistent stomach issues that keep you in the bathroom when you’d rather be enjoying life! It is likely that your digestive woes are caused by food intolerances and sensitivities that have gone unidentified.
Do you know the difference between food allergies and food intolerances/sensitivities? Food allergies will cause a histamine response in your system that will typically reveal itself on your skin in the form of a rash or hives, and in extreme cases, by anaphylactic response. (If this is the case, please consult your physician). Food intolerances and sensitivities will result in digestive symptoms—heartburn, acid reflux, stomach aches, bloat, gas, constipation/diarrhea.
The good news is that your food intolerances can be identified by following these five simple steps to become empowered by your food choices to heal your gut:
Keeping a daily food journal, for a minimum of one week, will give you great insight into which foods are causing any digestive symptoms. For each day, write down what you had to eat and drink for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Take note of your digestive symptoms that day. Pay attention to what you eat or drink on the days that you have symptoms. Start circling the food and beverages that you believe are linked to digestive symptoms caused by food intolerances.
For the next three to five days, remove the foods from your diet that you circled in your food journal. If after that time your digestive symptoms still persist, move to Step 3. If your digestive symptoms subside, continue to remove these specific foods for a total of 10 days before moving to Step 4.
Eliminate all common allergens. These include gluten, dairy, eggs, shellfish, and soy. You can also remove other foods that commonly cause digestive symptoms. These include nightshades, chocolate, sugar, coffee, alcohol, and processed foods. It is recommended to eliminate these foods for a total of 10-14 days until digestive symptoms subside completely before you reintroduce.
For each day following the 10-to 14-day elimination period, reintroduce the foods you eliminated one by one. Isolate these foods for reintroduction. For example, you may be craving a bagel and cream cheese but you would be reintroducing gluten and dairy at the same time, making it difficult to identify which one may be causing digestive symptoms.
Once you identify your food intolerance triggers, continue to keep these out of your diet for four to six weeks while you heal your gut. To rebuild and repopulate healthy gut bacteria, I recommend taking a daily probiotic supplement with at least 5 billion strains. You can also eat your probiotics by trying fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, coconut kefir, goat milk kefir, and whole milk plain yogurt (if ok with dairy).
*It is recommended that you work with a Certified Health Coach Professional to help you identify what foods should be removed from your diet, for how long, and to create a structured reintroduction plan specifically for you.
Molly offers her 10-day Balance Cleanse and elimination diet with her full support to help you identify food intolerances. She also offers one, three, and six-month programs to better help you with food intolerances, gut healing and to accomplish your health goals.
For more information about her cleanse, programs, and pricing check out www.balancebymolly.com/ and use code MINDBODY for $20 off the Balance Cleanse!
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.