Jordan Reasoner

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 in suit wearing gas mask reading newspaper on the toilet

You wouldn’t believe some of the poop pictures people email us.

I’ll spare you the details, but I’ve seen more poop selfie’s from people to last a lifetime.  Our team started putting disclaimers on these emails so we didn’t open them while eating ha ha.

But in all seriousness, I’m very happy these people are actually using their poop as a troubleshooting tool.  Many people don’t (or won’t), because talking about poop can be very weird in today’s culture.

But if we’re honest about it we can learn a lot from our poop.  If we actually stop and take a look in the toilet bowl, our poop can be a very real indication of our health on a regular basis.

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Stress uninstalling...

There’s a cortisol-inflammation epidemic going on… and if you don’t know about it please watch this video.

The bottom line: Cortisol is extremely good for you, but it’s bad if your cortisol levels are too high and it’s even worse if your cortisol levels are too low.

The worst part?

Once we know this information, most of us are so focused on “reducing our stress,” it makes us even more stressed out!  Like when I used to think I was “doing it wrong” because I didn’t feel better after meditating or I kept forgetting to do Yoga.

Instead, I like to focus on doing things that counteract the negative effects of stress without even thinking about it.

Which brings me to today’s post.  I originally published this research in 2011.  It’s a good time to bring it back out and talk about stealthy ways to counteract chronic stress and have more fun.

It Starts With a Story About Cancer

“Sue, I’m sorry.  I don’t know how to tell you this, but you have Cancer… maybe 18-months to live.”

Once the news hit, Sue signed early retirement papers and sold the house.

She moved to Florida to be closer to her kids and grand-babies…

She started mentoring inner city kids and helping them get into college… something she never had time for in the past.

Friends and family made it a point to spend more time with her… taking road trips and weekend getaways.

12 months later, she was back in the Doctor’s office…

“Sue I can’t explain it, but you’re in complete remission.”

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 Close-up of Banana Carob "Un-oreos"

Before we get to the yummy dessert in front of us… I need to tell you this is not “SCD Legal” due to the Carob Powder. If you’re on a Paleo type diet or you’ve already healed quite a bit, this recipe is for you.  If not, please don’t ignore the recipe.  Instead, think about something you do tolerate that can go in its place :-)

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s party!  (My kids are going to love this one from our friend Angela.)

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I think that you’ll love this cute and easy dessert that is nut-free and chocolate-free. It is really simple to make, too!

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Limiting-Factors-Car-Analogy

Recently I was having a difficult conversation with a private 1-on-1 client about her diet… a conversation I hate to have, but many times it’s necessary.

She had started eating strict SCD, followed the meal plans to a “T”, and didn’t experience a reduction in her symptoms at all.  BUT… it almost drove her crazy when she passed on the same material to her 12-year old nephew with Crohn’s Disease who was bleeding during really bad flare.  Within three days the blood was gone and his Mom (her sister) was raving about the diet.

So why didn’t she see any benefit, but her nephew had a complete turnaround?

By the end of this article, you’re going to find out why (and get the entire difficult conversation we had that day).

While SCD seems to create incredible health improvements for certain types of people overnight, others find changing their diet doesn’t help at all, or maybe just a little.

So if you’re pouring time, energy, and money into this new way of eating and you’re not seeing results, I want to honor you for that.  While you’re not getting the results you hoped for, you’re also not making yourself sicker with food.  You’re laying the foundational support required to heal and the diet is working, just not how you expected.

So let’s go deeper into why you aren’t getting results and what’s holding you back.  Let’s answer the question: why does diet matter so much for some people and not so much for others?

It has everything to do with finding your ‘Limiting Factor’

The difficult conversation with my client started with the ‘Limiting Factor Analogy’ about cars.
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