Reduce Stress

I was stuck in the bathroom… again.

My stomach was cramping and churning.

I was racking my brain – “What did I eat that I shouldn’t have??”

I just wanted to know what I had eaten wrong so I could NEVER MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN!

But no matter how carefully I logged my food journal, no matter how many questions I asked – even when I gave up eating out altogether and prepared 100% of my own food – I was still having symptoms.

Does this happen to you too?

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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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3 months ago, I was having panic attacks so intense I was debating whether I should go to the emergency room. We had some very aggressive deadlines for finishing Solving Leaky Gut and I was ruining my health.

As I decompressed in March, after the project completion, I talked with Jordan. There was a much scarier reality headed towards us like a 100 foot tsunami. In 3 months, we were going to pull off our most ambitious project yet – much more complex and unknown than just building the program, a full scale product launch of it.

We had just given back a large chunk of our health by overworking, stressing and neglecting ourselves. And now, with minimal rest, we were going to shoot for a project that was about 3 times larger.

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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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