Best Holistic Life Magazine Fall 2021

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FROM PANIC TO POSSIBILITY B Y S H A R O N H O L A N D - G E L F A N D

Don’t worry about food. The medicine will help. I was at the doctor’s office with my then 12-year- old son, listening to the results of his colonos- copy and endoscopy. “Your son has Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Ileitis.” I was trying to wrap my head around this diagnosis and what it meant for my son and our family. I asked about food and what he should eat. The doctor said not to worry about the food because the medicine would help. Hmn…something about that statement created a knot in my gut, which I shrugged off at the time. That knot increased when a few days later my son started complaining that the medi- cine was making him worse. I called the doctor who insisted it was the disease, not the medi- cine. I started to feel that something was off but couldn’t put my finger on it. It took a few more days of my son’s pleas to stop and listen, and thankfully I did, because he was right…the medi-

we are being fed marketing messages and believ- ing what experts are telling us to believe. Our second reality is owning our ability to wake up and take our power back, listening to our bodies and being our own health experts. It takes a shift in perspective and a trust in ourselves that we know. Our intuition, our inner knowing knows, and you have a choice. 3 Steps to Wholeness and Wellness: The G.U.T. Method ® Get Connected The first place to start is within you. Everything starts with your two brains: your mind and your gut. You don’t know what you don’t know and uncovering your story begins with connecting to your body, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Your body talks to you through your symptoms and it’s time to look under the hood. Get a journal and scan your body daily. Are you experiencing headaches, gas, bloating, eczema, anxiety? Write it all down. Start connecting the dots. For example, let’s say you develop gas or bloating after a meal. Write down what you ate and pay attention to how often that happens when you eat a particular food. Maybe you wake up with anxiety. Write down what comes to mind when you’re feeling it: ie. Clutter around the house. Trying to live up to someone’s expectations of what you should be doing instead of what you want to do. Expecta- tions exist around food, dieting, relationships, careers, families, and if you can focus on your perspective, you’ll have the power to make those shifts. Spend a week writing it all down so that you can become aware of the patterns.

cine was making him worse. A shift in perspective

This created a crack in my belief system which led me down the rabbit hole of research and grad school. What I discovered through my son’s diagnosis was that I had health and nutri- tion completely wrong...that most of us do. We, as a society have been taught and conditioned to focus on counting calories, diet, exercise, get eight hours of sleep, pop pills, and to expect our bodies to fall apart as we get older. We’ve been taught to deprive ourselves, and when we ‘cheat’ to then fill our void with self-loathing. We’ve become so used to this that we don’t even know what feeling good feels like anymore. We’ve been living in two realities, one in which

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