I am now making wiser choices when it comes to both food and mindset so that I can decrease stress levels and create hormonal balance.
After returning from a month trip through Austria where I lived off of bread and dairy, it was no wonder my respiratory issues went from seasonal allergies and a persistent cough to a severe case of walking pneumonia, where I was hospitalized with stabbing chest pain, fever, and nausea which continued for weeks even after a round of antibiotics. With the antibiotics killing my gut flora, which I learned can take up to a year to recover, I was left with a vaginal yeast infection, chronic fatigue, and a low to practically no libido. With weekly visits to my general practitioner and almost 2 dozen blood tests, all I was told was that my inflammation level was high. I had been told by a homeopathic doctor that I should not be eating wheat, but it was never explained why, until one day, I was listening to sex therapist Dr. Cat Meyer and Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist Diane Kazer's podcast, Eat, Play, Sex, where they interviewed Dr. Tom O'Bryan, world renown expert on gluten-related disorders and author of "The Auto-Immune Fix".
Listening to Eat Play Sex Podcast Episode 24: The Gluten Sensitivity, Leaky Gut, and Infertility with Dr. Tom O'Bryan explained the effects of gluten on the body SO well that I have no desire to touch it. Dr. Tom was also interviewed on the Wellness Mama's Podcast, which goes even deeper!
Since I have cut gluten out of my diet, inflammation has decreased, my energy level has gone up, and I am feeling better than I have ever felt. It also helps that I sought out help from Diane Kazer and her powerful 8-week coaching program CHI: Hormone Warrior Transformation Program.
About the writer:
Marisa loves hoop dancing, riding her bicycle, playing, hosting gatherings, practicing yoga, traveling, meeting people, eating, and savoring dark chocolate covered strawberries and coconut ice cream. She strives to be fully present, compassionate, and act and connect from a place of love.