Concentration camp

This weekend, I started re-reading A Man’s Search For Meaning, by Victor Frankl.  I’ve read it at least twice a year for the past 3 years.  When I start to feel lost, burnt out or confused about life it always helps.

One of the themes that hit me hard today: “It’s never about what happens to us, it’s always about what our reaction to it is.”

This is coming from a man who’s lived through Nazi hell.  One who arguably lived through the worst that man can do to another.  Having everything taken from him and almost worked till death.  I love the perspective the book gives to me.  If he can keep going in those conditions, what do I really have to complain about?

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hourglass

One year ago, at Paleo f(X), most of the speakers and attendees didn’t know us.  The first question was always, “What do you do?”  It was a vastly different experience compared to this year.

You see, a year ago Jordan and I both still had day jobs, we were just starting our full consulting practice.  Not to mention, we didn’t have any staff in the business as we had to lay all of them off at the end of 2012.

This year, I didn’t need business cards, we were speaking on stage, and we were on a first-name basis with most of the presenters.  Our new staff held down the business for us so we could be away.

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Close-up of microorganism

We’ve been talking about gut infections a lot lately.  Why?

Because it’s the first place to look if you’ve done everything with diet and STILL don’t feel better.

Like 5 years ago, when I followed a STRICT diet of 7 foods and still struggled with diarrhea… until my stool test result came back with the words: “Strongyloides stercoralis

That’s the parasitic roundworm infection I had.

Once I treated the infection everything about my health changed.  It’s almost like I’d been driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the break the whole time, and now my health was going 100 mph toward a beautiful horizon.

The parasite was there the whole time, wreaking havoc on my gut and preventing me from fully healing.  It was a big step in my healing journey… not the only one of course, but a huge leap forward.

And once we started working with 1-on-1 clients, I knew proper stool testing would be one of the most important steps toward helping our clients get healthy.

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Man with face smashed against glass

Each week there is a theme in our consulting practice.  This past week the theme was loud and clear and I hope you can learn from it.  Here’s how almost all of my consults started.

Me:  “How have you been feeling?”

Becky:  “I’m frustrated and sad.  This last week has been awful.  My skin is breaking out, I can’t sleep and my energy is gone.  Not to mention my stools are super loose again.  I’m not sure what’s going on.  I think we need to make some changes…”

Me:  “Really, well how were you feeling the week before?”

Becky:  “I was feeling amazing!  Seriously, what we were doing was working so well.  It’s just not working now.  Well, I mean it was working until…”

What follows the until is a very common set of mistakes that leads to what I like to call the ‘Glass Wall Mistake’ of Healing.

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Berry-Apple-Pork-Chop-Bake

Okay… so I mean you won’t actually want to die, because then you could never eat this again (which you will want to).  But seriously these pork chops are going to knock your socks off.

This recipe came about because it’s springtime and I wanted to add more fruit into my life as it comes back into season.  (And it’s what was on sale at the market.)

These pork chops pair great with a side dish of cauliflower, Brussels sprouts or kale.  (At least those are the sides I’ve made with them.)  I’m sure they will taste great next to any costar you choose.

Jordan and I are in the thick of preparing the Solving Leaky Gut course for the public and these chops hit the spot at the end of a long day.

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