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Gut Health & Stress, Anxiety & Depression Connection

When we are stressed or anxious or depressed, we often turn to ‘fun-buttons’. Everybody’s fun buttons are different – sugar, overeating, junk food, salty food, baked goods, coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.

The irony is that the things we turn to as fun buttons often disrupt the balance in our gut or damage our gut.

Why is this important?

Well…because your gut affects your seratonin levels. I’m going to share this excerpt from Kris Carr’s book “Crazy, Sexy Diet.” It about blew my damn mind:

S^*&T for Brains Excerpted from “Crazy Sexy Diet” by Kris Carr

Ever heard of the brain-gut connection? Dr. Michael Gershon, a researcher at Columbia University, calls the gut the “second brain.” The gut has its very own nervous system—the small intestine alone has as many neurons as your spinal cord. Neurotransmitters are natural chemicals that that transmit signals from one part of your brain to another. Guess what? They’re also found in your intestines. In fact, a whopping 95 percent of all serotonin, one of the most important neurotransmitters, is made by nerve cells in your gut. And get this – the gut has at least seven different kinds of serotonin receptors. An imbalance in serotonin levels can be an underlying, cause of depression. If one brain is out of balance, it stands to reason that the other one (the one you’re using to read this) might be out of balance, too.

Here’s the FB live I did on it.

 

Much peace, Sarah

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6 Step Relaxation Practice

  1. Get Comfortable.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Relax your muscles from toe to head.
  4. Breathe in and breathe out a word that feels ‘right’ for you. (ie. Breathe in ‘ease’ – Breathe out ‘flow’.)
  5. 10-20 minutes. Sense and feel your process of relaxation.
  6. No judgement. Let your process occur at it’s own pace.

And practice. You’ll find the more you do it, the more familiar you get with your process – and it may come quicker and quicker. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FB LIVE ON THIS TOPIC.

Let me know how it goes.

Click in the sidebar for the Holiday Survival Guide – lots of free tools to help your body, mind and spirit.

Happy Holidays. May they be peaceful.

Peace, Sarah


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Stress – Stress Response & Chronic Stress

Your soma – body, mind and spirit – reacts beautifully to stress. The problem is, it doesn’t hold up well when we don’t come down from the stressor. It adapts for a time, but wasn’t designed to handle it long-term.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR STRESS RESPONSE & ABOUT CHRONIC STRESS

 

Peace, Sarah


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Stress & The Body

There are physical effects of stress in the body that go along with fight or flight. In our multi-part series on stress during the holidays, learn first what happens to the body when stress starts. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO ON THIS TOPIC.

Click in the sidebar for the Holiday Survival Guide – lots of free tools to help your body, mind and spirit.

Happy Holidays. May they be peaceful.

Peace, Sarah


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Depression – Part One

IMG_20171205_140309945It’s hard for me to look back there. My divorce was a painful time that involved a great deal of shame. I didn’t just end my marriage, I took an Uzi and some explosives to it.

The shame sat on the back of my neck like a coiled snake. It whispered things like, “you are no good. you aren’t a nice person. you are terrible. you are bad.”

So I drank…a lot. My roommate at the time when asked for the 15th consecutive night in a row to go out, “Sarah…I can’t keep up with you.”

You have to understand – I was on tv. I faked EVERYTHING. I was sunny and happy – maybe noone saw? I’m not really sure. I want to ask my people, “Did you know? Did you know how bad it was? Did you know how bad I was?”

I moved to Minneapolis at the end of November – new sparkly job, new apartment, new city, new people. It kept me occupied – busied me from my depression.

But not really.

I functioned, but maybe not well? I have no idea. I got up. I went to work. I partied a lot. And I did it again and again and again.
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Are you depressed? Anxious? Sitting with trauma? Living with chronic stress? Dear one – you aren’t alone. And there are tools to help.

If you or someone you love is living with depression, please reach out. There is help. Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or text ‘NAMI’ to 741741 or e-mail info@nami.org.

Peace, Sarah

 


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About that time I slipped into disordered eating.

triathlon1Sometimes, when I look back at the pictures from this summer, I get a little mmm… confused. I don’t recognize that woman in the picture.

And it’s not just because I was 25 pounds lighter (I don’t have a scale, so it could be more.) It’s because the way she was in the world is SO different than the way I am in the world now.

I want to hug her and tell her that her worth isn’t determined by her size, her fitness level, her ability to conquer long distances, or by anything on the outside.
Her worth is determined simply because she is. Simply is. She is a gift. An essential part of the whole. Loved. Cherished. Seen.

If you are wrestling with your size in relation to your worth. I want to tell you something important. Feeling well in my soul helped me to feel good in my skin. And it didn’t, doesn’t, have ONE THING to do with having cellulite or not having cellulite, being cut or being soft, being fit or out of shape.

Feeling well in my soul came from simply loving the gift that is me. My body is just the shell that holds me. I take care of it because it is a beautiful gift. Taking care of myself springs from my self love.
But there are no expectations on treating myself to wellness anymore. No limitations either.

I eat whole food.
I drink a lot of water.
I move my machine in a way that pleases me.
And my body – my spirit – my mind has found balance.

Join me for The Eat Whole Foods, Drink More Water, Move Your Body Month. And invite your friends. Because you, they, WE are worth it.