In today’s post, we’re going to dive into one of the most important hormones in your body… and why it’s usually depleted in people with gut health problems.

But first, we’re doing a ’2.5 Hour Gut-Hormone LIVE Event’ next month to help you get ‘unstuck’ from the one thing that’s probably preventing your gut from healing.  Click here to reserve your seat.

Now, it’s important for you to know this:

Low cortisol is the most common pattern we’ve seen in 100’s of labs from people with digestive problems.

It’s almost like an epidemic.  We have yet to work with someone suffering from digestive problems that doesn’t have varying degrees of low cortisol.

You might know about cortisol… many people call it the “The Stress Hormone,” saying it shouldn’t get too high.  And that is true, chronically elevated cortisol has its fair share of negative effects on the body.

But while everyone is pointing fingers at high cortisol for causing health problems, it’s becoming apparent to us that someone needs to look at the opposite side of this problem.

Because chronically low cortisol can be worse…

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We’re looking for a Virtual Office Manager to help us manage the day-to-day details of the practitioners we work with.  We currently have a wonderful team member in this role who has been promoted to a new position with us.

This is a paid contract position that you can do from home and would start at around 10 hours per week, with room for growth as we grow :-)

We’re looking for someone who:

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Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions along the lines of: “When am I going to get better?”

I get emails like this all the time:

“Hi guys, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 5 years ago and I started SCD 2 weeks ago.  So far my energy is better and my diarrhea’s been cut in half.  My only question is: when am I going to heal?   Do you think I even will be able to?  Right now I can only eat 8 foods.” – Christina

I love this question.  Mostly because when I was sick 7 years ago I spent endless hours trolling Google trying to find the answer myself.  So I’m going to share some of the writing I’ve done about this before… because I could reply back with any number of cliché inspirational sayings we have, like:

  • “It took a long time to get sick and it takes a long time to get better”
  • “This healing process is a marathon, not a sprint – you’re doing great!”
  • “Everyone has a custom diet that works for them… you just have to keep testing until you find yours”

Each of these reassuring clichés is completely true, but what I love about Christina is: she already started the diet.  She already accomplished the most difficult part of taking control of her health by overcoming thoughts in her head like “What if it doesn’t work for me?” or “I don’t have time to cook all this food.

Starting the diet is not only the first step, but it’s the most important one.  Christina is going to be just fine.

How do I know? 

She cut her BM’s by 50% in two weeks.

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Thai Fish Cakes

If you’re familiar with any of our her other recipes (like this one), then you’ll know that Angela (from likes to create new and exciting dishes.  Well, she’s back at it and has come up with yet another unique one this time around.  The cool thing about it is the choice for the main ingredient (fish) is totally up to you.  As long as it’s boneless, you’re good to go.

So, let your creative juices flow and play around with the versatility of this fun and delicious recipe.  If you can tolerate them, you can really spice the cakes up with some freshly chopped peppers.

REMEMBER: If you don’t tolerate certain ingredients, such as the spices, or haven’t graduated to be able to eat sweet potatoes yet, please don’t let that deter you.  We always encourage you to create your custom diet… and so we know that publishing any recipe won’t work for everyone.  Take this as a blueprint and create your own custom version of it with spices and other ingredients you can tolerate.

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These fish cakes are simply divine!  Have fun mixing these up in the kitchen.

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Man banging head against wall

Earlier this week I was reading through some Facebook comments from one of our book readers, who wrote in:

“Hey guys, I’ve been following the SCD diet for the last 30-days… but I’m not feeling better yet.  I still have bloating and constipation that feels like it hasn’t changed since I started eating SCD, what am I supposed to do now? Do you think I should ditch SCD and start WAPF or Paleo?” – Lucy M.

In this post, I’ll explain why some people get worse on Paleo, SCD, or GAPS before they can get better, and in this case, what Lucy should do next.

“I Tried This Diet and it Made me Feel Worse!”

Maybe you’re following a diet like Paleo, GAPS, or SCD… but you’re still having problems, even though you’re avoiding all those “bad toxic foods.”  Or maybe you’re like Lucy and you feel even worse after eating this new way.

The good news is: you’re not alone!

You’ve cut out grains, refined sugar, fake sugar, industrial seed oils, processed foods like pop or soy, and you’re now eating anti-inflammatory nutrient-dense food.  That’s a HUGE step toward getting healthy.

But there are three common problems that people run into with a new diet like Paleo, GAPS, or SCD that can make them feel worse or seem like they’re not getting better.

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