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It was 2008 and I was crying in a bathroom stall at work again. My boss was calling me on the walkie-talkie, angry that I wasn’t helping them fix a critical machine breakdown in the manufacturing plant. I didn’t have the heart to tell him I was stuck on the toilet with Diarrhea… again; he was tired of hearing it.

My job was in jeopardy because of my digestive problems.

The next morning I called Steve… it was one of my lowest moments. He picked me up off the floor and dusted me off. We were going to beat this thing. We were going to Google until we found a way.

I believed him… for some reason I knew he was right. Eventually, a stool test confirmed I had a parasite causing my cyclical diarrhea (another breakthrough in my health). Without Steve there to support me, I probably would have given up.

And what I know after helping thousands of people since:

The people that fail are the ones who give up…

There have been so many times I’ve wanted to give up and just BE SICK… but in some way, shape, or form, my community always saved me. I’m humbled more and more with this simple truth:

I wouldn’t be healthy, and for that matter I might not be alive today, if it wasn’t for the community that got me through it all.

Now we’re here together as part of this amazing Digestive Health community… going through this crazy healing journey with others who know what it’s like.

Today, no matter what you’re going through, no matter how much you want to give up, this post will support you in a way that you’ve never been supported… the same way Steve supported me through these same moments over the years.

This Community Won’t Let You Give Up!

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I looked in the fridge again – 3 cupcakes left. My body was filled with anxiety; I felt like I was powerless to resist, I’d been on SCD for 5 months and didn’t want to cheat… again.

As I paced the room, I knew I should throw them away but didn’t. 30 minutes later I caved and ate them all one right after another. And 4 minutes later, when they were gone, I felt awful –  full of shame, guilt and dreading how my stomach would feel later that day.

Have you ever been there? Have you ever cheated on your diet? I’ll be honest with you; I have many times. I wanted better health but I kept sabotaging my progress. It drove me crazy and I wanted to understand why. Was it psychological? Physiological? Environmental? Habit? Over the years, I’ve gone pretty deep into this and I’m excited to share some of what I’ve learned.

The Odds Are Stacked Against New Habits

Anyone who has attempted to make a healthy habit change knows that the odds are stacked against them. We humans are built for routine and deviations from it, especially healthy ones, are notoriously hard to stick to.

There are so many ways we can fall off the wagon and fail.  But there are 4 traps that seem to get most people:

  1. Forgetting the Goal
  2. The “No Progress” Syndrome
  3. The “It’s Only For Me” Complex
  4. The “I’ll Never Make it, No Fun” Loop

If you’ve ever failed at making healthy changes, I’m sure you’ll recognize the 4 traps as soon as I explain them.  All four jump and grab us – sometimes every single day.

If you’re cheating and ready for something different, the following suggestions will help you eliminate these common mind traps.

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Struggling with Ulcerative Colitis and desperate, Carrie spent countless hours scouring the internet in hopes of finding answers from people she could relate to, hoping to find others who had successfully overcome digestive disease. When she discovered SCD’ers were becoming healthy and regaining their lives, she knew what she had to do…

Carrie is a Personal Trainer and the body she worked so hard to sculpt was literally wasting away. She told us that reading stories like How Jen Used Food to Overcome UC (in just 6 months) and Gabriel is a Med-Free Teenager After a Long Battle with Crohn’s Disease (and other similar stories) filled her with the hope she needed when she was at her lowest point… the point where she desperately needed to know she wasn’t going to wither away and die.  If you’re not yet familiar with my story, I was in the same place back when my doctor told me to start SCD because he didn’t know what else to do. Sometimes, all it takes is one book or one other person’s success story to catapult us to new heights of health we never even dreamed of.

Instilling a sense of hope in others is the biggest reason we share these amazing stories with you and it’s an absolute honor to share Carrie’s with you today. Sometimes all we need is someone that has been where we are and succeeded, someone who’s been in our shoes and did it, to inspire us to take control of our health.

Today, I hope Carrie can be that inspiration for you…

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It Wasn’t Too Pretty Just Over a Year Ago

In April 2013, I lay in a hospital bed hooked up to IVs with drugs running through me to help slow down the bleeding, pain and the excessive amount of bowel movements (diarrhea) I would have per day.

For about 12 years, I have dealt with stomach problems but never this bad. In my early twenties, I began to have bad pains and urgency to go to the bathroom, but with the elimination of dairy and wheat I felt great for a few years. Then, I had a baby and all hell broke loose.

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“I thought you said this would work! I’ve spent a lot of money and time and my energy still isn’t great, skin is not perfect and the cortisol test results aren’t improving. I thought you said this was the best protocol?” – Jim

Jim is not alone. He’s just one guy who represents a whole lot of other people who feel the same way. They’re motivated, trying hard and not seeing results.  How frustrating is that?!

Adrenal Fatigue (or Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Dysfunction) is real and very common – especially for anyone with a digestive complaint or autoimmune disease. In fact, it’s been my experience that if you want a healthy gut you need healthy hormones and the adrenals tend to be the easiest to damage.

The problem is healing this issue can get tricky because there’s not a lot of solid info out there about what can go wrong as you try to heal.

3 Simple Reasons Your Adrenal Program Isn’t Working

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If you want to skip ahead, we’re hosting a 2.5-hour live event on the gut-hormone connection and why hormones are THE MOST critical step toward healing your gut. RSVP here.

In the past, we’ve shared a sample of this material to a small group of people and got such incredible feedback we decided to make it into a full class.

Here are a few insights from the people that attended the sample material:

“I enjoyed hearing the actual cortisol number crunches, since I had the results of my tests in front of me…now knowing why I am so tired all the time. Just the progression of hormonal exhaustion & how it can creep up on us was so interesting”

“The role of cortisol in relieving inflammation; the possibility that my constant hot flashes (every 40 minutes or so, for the last 20+ years) could be related to my gut health.”

“I finally learned how Jordon gained weight!! Both my husband and I were on SCD and ended up really, really skinny. I more fully grasped how hormones and gut issues are linked. I also found it interesting that you use sublingual drops for treatment, which makes a lot of sense for people who cannot digest well.”

“The adrenal connection to the cortisol levels in body and how it affects the body. Also the antibiotic affects, because I went thru a year of battling a severe sinus infection and suffering with U. C. At the same time.”

Back when I was sick, I was massively fatigued, scary skinny and stuck eating only 8 foods. If only I had known that my hormones were the reason I was stuck, life could have been so different.

It’s so frustrating to be doing so many things right and not really get better.

If you’ve been in and out of the doctor’s office treating symptoms as much as I was… but never getting to the root cause, you know how frustrating it is.

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