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Healing your gut is no small task…

It involves re-engineering your entire life, everything from the food you eat, to the supplements you take, all the way to how much sleep you get.

But no matter what gut-healing “diet” you’re on, or whatever gut-repair supplements you’re taking, there’s one more critical piece of the puzzle.

And if you don’t incorporate this into your healing journey, you’ll never fully recover.

That tool?

The powerful connection between your gut and your mind.

This is why I’m so excited I got to sit down with my friend, Robyn Youkilis, and chat about this with her.

I love Robyn for her slightly-sassy, no-nonsense tips and her amazing recipes. Plus, she makes this whole healthy living thing look like a total party. (Don’t believe me? Go check out her Instagram – this girl bounces from workouts to TV appearances to Coachella to Turkey, all while having FUN.)

We talked about this ‘missing gut-health tool’ in-depth, including the what, why, and (the seemingly-elusive) how of creating a truly healthy connection with your gut.

Robyn shared the simple, yet effective, lessons that are the core of this missing tool, such as “Breathe,” “Chew,” “Eat,” “Drink,” “Shop,” and “Shed.”

By the end of this podcast, you’ll have specific tips to improve your mind-body connection and change the relationship you have with your gut…

And hopefully incorporate this missing tool along with everything else you’re already doing to heal your gut. [click to continue…]

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Camping, hiking, and backpacking adventures…

Those words used to send fear ripping through my chest when I was sick with Celiac disease and just starting SCD.

I never thought I would be able to do things like that on a diet like SCD or GAPS. I felt trapped, like I couldn’t eat anything unless it was cooked right here in my own kitchen.

I thought traveling and camping adventures were something that I’d never do again – that it was just part of being someone healing on the SCD diet.

It only took me a few more years to realize it was ENTIRELY possible, and the only thing standing in the way was ME.

All I needed was a plan and the right checklist of travel foods and I could do anything I wanted… go anywhere I wanted.

And that’s exactly what we have for you today… a step-by-step guide for camping and backpacking on SCD or GAPS.

But this isn’t just the usual guide…

It was put together by one of our community members, Dana, who absolutely blew us away with the detailed guide she put together from her trip into the Canadian wilderness.

Dana went ABOVE and BEYOND to share her best tips for camping and backpacking on SCD/GAPS after successfully hiking and backpacking miles each day (without getting sick or losing more weight).

This was no ordinary road trip. Dana was going deep in the backcountry in Canada, hundreds of miles away from any Whole Foods grocery stores.

NOW, you might not be planning a backpacking trip into Canada, but if Dana can survive in the backcountry with this plan, then I know you can use it when you fly for a few hours to spend time with your in-laws or go camping for a night in the woods nearby. It is my hope that at least one of Dana’s ideas will be useful in your life, and I’ve included a table of contents for quick searching and future reference here… [click to continue…]

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There are 3 truths that most sick people just hate to admit… but they are typically the fastest way back to health.

Because acknowledging them means a lot.

It means that you’ll likely take responsibility for them…

Which means you’ll be changing big cornerstones of how you do life.

And that’s scary. Because this degree of change is scary — for all of us.

Not to mention, some people make admitting these truths mean they are “wrong” for what they’ve been doing…

Which doubles the pain and makes taking new actions even harder.

I’d like to give you a new perspective on that. You are always doing exactly what you think is best for you right now – meaning there is no wrong.

Your actions may seem “wrong” in light of new information I’m about to share with you, but you were just doing your best until now. And that’s not wrong. That’s EXACTLY RIGHT.

You are doing it right.

And with that said, here are 3 new truths and a couple case studies I hope will help you get even better results.

3 Hard Truths of Getting Healthy

Here’s the part that you probably either have heard before and don’t want to acknowledge or maybe you’ve never been exposed to:

  • Truth 1 – Most People Need the Tough Case Diet
  • Truth 2 – Small Tweaks Can Create Massive Wins
  • Truth 3 – Stress Is More Important Than We All Want it to Be

You’ll see these 3 truths play out in the 2 success stories below.

But if you don’t, it’s likely because you don’t want to admit them. Maybe you will in a few months. Maybe never… but if you do, things will likely get better.

The point is that, in the last 7 years, these truths have become increasingly clear to me. [click to continue…]

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Celiac disease has many unspoken horrible truths…

One of them is this: It takes on average 4 years to get a Celiac disease diagnosis, and the research often shows that over 2 years later most patients are still not healed and typically suffering, even though they’re eating a strict gluten-free diet. This article is an attempt to change that, to give you your power back and actually help you get back to a healthy life.

This guide was written for you, the diagnosed Celiac disease sufferer, to explain what’s happening in your body, what this means for your future, and how you can heal from this disease.

It’s intended to fill in the gaps your doctor likely didn’t tell you (and beware… there’s so many it’s almost criminal).

I wrote this because Jordan Reasoner, my best friend, had to fight for 3 years to get a diagnosis, and afterwards all he received was a small package telling him to eat a gluten-free diet and he’d be okay.

But he wasn’t…

Two years after following the gluten-free diet with cult-like strictness… he was even closer to dying. It wasn’t working and the doctors threw up their hands and said:

“You’re obviously cheating on the diet and we can’t help you any more.”

Sadly, this is now the norm in our current medical system – undereducated and under-resourced doctors blaming and misinforming patients about what it actually takes to heal from Celiac disease and what the risks of this disease mean for your life.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Jordan’s healed and happy now, and we’ve since helped thousands of other Celiac disease victims who’ve gone through the same struggle – and helped them recover their health just like him.

But I’m still pissed off, so I’m writing this…

My goal is to help you avoid ongoing pain – to understand your health risks – and to learn how to return to a normal healthy life if you choose.

Spoiler Alert! Another horrible truth most people with Celiac disease discover too late: the gluten-free diet on its own isn’t enough to heal — more specifics on this later.

How to Use This Comprehensive Celiac Disease Guide

This guide is all-inclusive, which means this will take you about 15 minutes to read. And since I don’t know how educated you are, we’ve put together a table of contents so you can skip to the most important parts for you:

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I was ready to give up hope…

Years of diarrhea…

Chronic Fatigue…

Depression…

Anxiety…

Acne…

I was slowly dying…

And things just kept getting worse.

The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me.

Until one appointment, when I finally convinced my Gastroenterologist to order an endoscopy. A few weeks after the procedure, I got a pamphlet in the mail from her called, “Living Gluten-Free,” with a hand-written note that said:

Jordan, Tests showed you have Celiac disease. Follow a Gluten-Free Diet and you’ll be just fine.”

Ummm, what? What’s Celiac disease and what’s gluten?!? How could gluten be causing all these problems in my life? I’ll really be just fine if I change my diet?

I can’t help but wonder how many people around the world get the same prescription I did.

Some call it Gluten Free…

But I have a different nickname for it: The Celiac Disease Diet. Why? Because of a very important reason – a reason that almost killed me.

The Celiac Disease Diet Isn’t Working (and Is Making Celiacs Sicker)

It’s widely accepted that the first step in treating Celiac disease is removing gluten from the diet with 100% strictness. In fact, this is the treatment plan copied right from the National Library of Medicine and typical of most doctor-patient conversations after a diagnosis: [1]

Celiac disease cannot be cured. However, your symptoms will go away and the villi in the lining of the intestines will heal if you follow a lifelong gluten-free diet. Do not eat foods, beverages, and medications that contain wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.

You must read food and medication labels carefully to look for hidden sources of these grains and ingredients related to them. Because wheat and barley grains are common in the American diet, sticking with this diet is challenging. With education and planning, you will heal.

While removing gluten exposure is critical to the treatment of the disease… it isn’t THE only treatment. It’s just part of it. The danger lies in the promise that people with Celiac disease, who follow a strict gluten-free diet for life, will fully heal.

When I followed a strict Gluten-Free diet for 2 years, believing I would be “just fine” and STILL had diarrhea 5-10 times a day, I came face-to-face with insanity.

In fact, things got a little scary when I was absolutely convinced I was getting “gluten contamination” from everything (like the dishwasher, cooking pans, silverware, water, air, kissing, breathing, whatever). It reached the lowest point when I thought I couldn’t eat anywhere but my own kitchen without getting “glutened.” But the reality is: it wasn’t gluten contamination at all.

The Celiac Disease Diet wasn’t working for me…

It turns out I wasn’t alone.

The latest Celiac disease research is painting a scary picture…

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