What Do You Really Mean When You Say You're Too Busy?

Have you put tasks on the back burner with the excuse of being "too busy?" Of course, you have! We've all done it!

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I invite you to explore something new. What would your life look like if you wiped "busy" from your vocabulary? 

When you consistently use the phrase, "I'm so busy" what you're really saying is one of the following:

  1. "I'm important" - Do you wear "busy" like a badge of honor? Staying "busy" helps people feel needed and significant, but there is no reward or scholarship for burning yourself out. Eventually, you won't feel well and life will force you to slow down one way or another. Sure, there are natural seasons of life when we have more or less to do. However, if you're spread thin across the board and you can't remember the last time you had a minute to do anything you really wanted then it may be time for a shift. "High achievers" tend to get stuck here. 
  2. "I'm afraid" - Busy is a fabulous hiding spot. When there's fear about whatever you are too busy to be doing, you can use the excuse of busy to get out of it. Consciously or subconsciously we stay busy to avoid those uncomfortable silent moments that may reveal a truth we are afraid to hear. Maybe you aren't ready to shift your priorities, and that's OK, but you can't hide forever. 
  3. "I'm just not that into it!" - Busy is the most common excuse for getting out of doing the things we don't want to be doing. Practice being honest with yourself and others. Life's too short for lame excuses! Not to mention the guilt we feel for not doing stuff we never wanted to do in the first place. Just say no.
  4. I'm physically and/or emotionally overwhelmed and need more time and space for myself. - Sometimes you really do have too much on your plate and busy is a form of personal protection. If this is the case reconsider #1-3 and see about letting go of something on your long to-do list. If that's not possible see if you can delegate. If that's not possible then it is even MORE important to allow yourself to carve out some space to reset and fiercely protect that time for your sanity. This is also about being honest with yourself and setting healthy boundaries. 
Hannah on Girls (HBO)

Hannah on Girls (HBO)

So which is it? Setting boundaries, facing fears, and speaking your truth is NOT EASY. It's juicy life changing stuff. Anytime you hear yourself use the word "busy" try and notice if any of these other meanings have more value to you. This may drive you to figure out what you really want to be doing with your time, and what you don't. Whatever it is you want to do you, you will make it happen. 

Repair & Restore Your Gut Health

Gut Health is Total Health

Why is Gut Health Important?

Up to 90% of disease can be traced in some way back to your gut. You have over 10,000 species of bacteria living in your gut and on your body.  We all have "good" and "bad" bacteria. However, your lifestyle determines the balance of your flora, thus your overall health. You can support your gut by feeding and restoring your beneficial bacteria. 

Food sensitivities, constipation, diarrhea, auto-immune conditions, and low immune system status have a lot to do with with the health of your gut.  Most of what we are talking about in gut health is the small intestine and the large intestine.  There are microbial and other mechanisms to ensure your stomach, liver, pancreas are operating at their best too, but mainly we focus on the large and small intestine when we address repairing and restoring the gut.

Ways to Repair & Restore Gut Lining Without Supplements

Increase Microbial Diversity

  • Intake adequate fiber and fiber diversity.  Bacteria uses fiber to breakdown, ferment and use for fuel. This protects our immune system, hormone balance and more.  Rotate new plant fibers/resistant starches weekly. For example, try rotating Japanese sweet potato, lentils, then al dente rice, etc in your diet. Rotate your fiber sources for maximum diversity. 
  • Intake a diversity of foods in general: Our ancestors ate about 600-800 different foods per year, the average western diet is 15-30 different foods annually. Rotate through your foods and try new things. For example, if you usually buy baby spinach for your salads, try arugula, then romaine. If you typically only eat black beans, try pinto and white beans too. Buy a variety of proteins, don't just have chicken with every meal. Your body will love you for mixing it up.
  • Try natural fasting breaks: 10-16 hrs is a good fast time, if you do not have blood sugar problems. Start with 10 hours of fasting - that would look like not eating anything after 8pm and then eating breakfast at 6am. Longer intermittent fasting should be supervised, especially if you suspect blood sugar imbalances.
  • Eat organic and non-GMO foods as much as you possibly can to reduce your exposure to pesticides like glyphosate. Glyphosate kills gut bacteria, bind minerals and alter the way we naturally detoxify, and use Vitamins A and D - which are critical to immune health

Change Exposures to Your Environment

  • Get DIRTY! 
    • Don’t be afraid to get dirty, work in the garden, go for a walk - preferably in nature
    • STOP using hand sanitizers all day every day. 
  • Filter your drinking water.  Chlorine in city drinking water is killing off bacteria and decreasing diversity
  • Eliminate Chlorine Cleaners - Again, chlorine is killing off too much bacteria and is not supporting our total health
    • Replace with: water and essential oils or white distilled vinegar or some commercial natural brands
    • Eliminate anti-bacterial soaps, sanitizers, etc. 
  • Be around animals
  • Protect yourself from EMF’s from cell phones, laptops, wifi as much as possible - these too are having an impact on gut microbial health and our ability to restore and repair at night (try turning your phone on airplane mode at night or leaving it outside your bedroom as you sleep).
  • Stress reduction - Stress increases gut permeability which leads to leaky gut.  Find ways to calm and reduce stress. Try yoga, walking after dinner, body work, reading, therapy, whatever you gotta do to increase your relaxation response.
Image representing protective barriers of normal (on the left) and disturbed barriers (on the right). With healthy gut diversity and overallGI health then we are able to keep bacteria, pathogens and large food proteins away from the lining.  When these are too close then the immune system mounts an attack and increases inflammation pathways. These can also enter the blood stream and cause problems in the body - skin, headaches, muscle and joint aches, and auto-immunity

Image representing protective barriers of normal (on the left) and disturbed barriers (on the right). With healthy gut diversity and overallGI health then we are able to keep bacteria, pathogens and large food proteins away from the lining.  When these are too close then the immune system mounts an attack and increases inflammation pathways. These can also enter the blood stream and cause problems in the body - skin, headaches, muscle and joint aches, and auto-immunity

Dig Deeper with Targeted Protocols & Supplements

Become a Detective

  • Find the foods and food chemicals that are causing the most problems for you.

    • One way we do that is with the MRT food sensitivity test and LEAP protocol (a customized elimination diet plan) combined with a supplement protocol.
    • Reduces inflammation and symptoms in 6-12 weeks for many people. 
  • Additional lab testing
    • Beth may determine another test is right for you such as a comprehensive stool test. 

Increase Beneficial Bacteria

  • Increase strains of akkermansia and faecalibacterium with these foods: apples, cranberries, pomegranate, grapes (purple), navy beans.  These bacteria are very important to gut but are diminished in most Western cultures.  If you can’t tolerate these foods, there are other ways to support their growth.
  • Take a high quality pro-biotic - we like MegaSpore and Saccromyces Bouillardi. It's always important to eat fiber with probiotics. 

Build a Personalized Supplement Plan that Repairs and Restores Gut Lining

Supplements we often use for gut repair are:

  • Butyrate/Short Chain Fatty Acids
  • Zinc Carnosine
  • L-Glutamine
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Anti-Oxidant Support with Glutathione, L-carnitine, lipoic acid, CoQ10
  • Colostrum/Lactoferrin
  • Choline
  • Amino Acids that Repair: L-theonine, L-Serine, L-proline, L-cysteine

We highly recommend working with a Functional Medicine Dietitian or Doctor to develop a plan and supplement protocol that's right for you. Guessing is usually not a good idea and often wastes your time and money. It is also very important to know the source of your supplements. It's not a great idea to buy cheap in this case. 

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If this message resonates with you in any way, or you want to learn more, please check out our upcoming e-course. It's the place to be for getting empowered and building a better relationship with food, your body, and life.