Which of Your Brains is Leading You?
Guest Post by Lindsey Goldwasser, Holistic Health Coach and Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Owner, wholesOMe health, LLC
Edited by Sara L. Allen, Founder and Principal, waterstoneGLOBAL
Lindsey Goldwasser is a Holistic Health Coach and Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor in the Washington, DC metro region who offers accountability and guidance to individuals seeking a more holistic, integrative approach to wellness. I met Lindsey after attending Discover Arlington’s Fitness + Wellness Festival last fall and was impressed by the ease with which she shared her knowledge, insights and simple tools for attuning to what your body needs. As she notes on her website, she can help you find your way back to you!
In her article below, we are delighted to share her thoughts on the connections between what we eat and how we feel. Also, as a special gift to you, you can receive Lindsey’s guide to essential oils to relieve emotions that lead to overeating here.
Be well and enjoy.
Did you know you actually have TWO brains? Of course, there is that big guy between your ears – fully functioning, made up of the temporal, frontal, and parietal lobes, cerebellum… (neuroscience nerd here!), but I’ll spare you those details.
Today, I’d like to share with you more about your SECOND brain… your GUT!
As stated best by Hippocrates thousands of years ago, “All disease begins in the gut.” Yes, your gut digests your food, but it also is responsible for most of the other functions in your body. If your gut is out of balance or unhealthy, all other aspects of health suffer. Have you ever heard of leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? How about adrenal fatigue, Hashimoto’s or Crohn’s disease? What if I told you that ALL of these are related to the health of your gut?!
Here’s a little background on me and how I got here to share all of this information. Growing up, you could always find me outside playing with my neighbors or swimming, and in my high school years, running and playing soccer. While physically fit, I suffered from at least five to seven sinus infections each year, as well as a case or two of the stomach bug or bronchitis. I thought it just ran in my family (my dad suffers respiratory issues), but as I grew older, I also developed food allergies to dairy and gluten (like everyone else, right?!). However, when I thought I had these food intolerances under control, my body started rejecting more foods.
Before I knew it, it seemed that everything except fruit and peanut butter was making sick!
You can imagine the relief I felt when things started to shift for the better. I will never forget the day that I stumbled into a yoga studio. As I learned to connect my movement with my breath, I suddenly became more aware of my body, which in turn made me discover that I have the ability to listen to my gut – with my decisions, with my food choices, with my life. In fact, I was so compelled by the positive effects of this shift that I became certified as a yoga instructor so that I could lead others in their own journey toward greater awareness.
Intrigued by the nutritional aspect of what I was experiencing, I also became certified as a health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Equipped with knowledge of my physical body, nutrition and eventually essential oils, I slowly healed my gut. As time went on, I discovered that the more I experienced mind-body connection through yoga, the more capacity I had to make healthy, thoughtful food choices. I succumbed less to emotional eating, and ate more for wellness. I felt so much better, and the better I felt, the more stamina I had for more yoga. As I mindfully twisted and balanced my body, I discovered that my calling is to help others heal their guts, and ultimately, heal their lives.
Am I suggesting you get certified in yoga and integrative nutrition? No! My story simply sheds light on the fact that the more in touch we are with our bodies and emotions, the more capacity we have to make good choices and be well.
It is simple, and it can start with your gut.
Do you wonder if you are due for a similar physical, emotional or mental tune up? How many of these characteristics apply to your everyday life?
- Exhaustion despite caffeine
- Undeniable food cravings
- Mid-day energy slumps that just won’t quite
- Never-ending hunger
- Difficulty Sleeping
Good news – your body can heal and thrive, if given the chance. What would it take to empower yourself with decisions that actually give your body the chance to be its best?
I recommend these three simple tips as a starting point to become more aware of your mind-body connection (whether you practice yoga, or the thought of yoga makes you sweat!).
- Extend your meal time: Do you usually gulf down your salad in 5 minutes? Every week, try extending the time you take to finish your meal by 3 minutes until it takes you at least 20 minutes to finish. Chew your food slowly, set down your utensils between each bite, limit your distractions, and enjoy your food.
- Break your routine: You know that chocolate/coffee/treat you must have at 3:00pm every day (or else!)? What if you take a walk around the block or schedule a call at that time? Distracting yourself with a new activity can soon become a new healthier habit, one day at a time.
- Make time for YOU: Just as you might schedule a happy hour or dinner with a friend, take a moment to schedule time for your own self-care on your calendar. Make time for #1 (you!), whether it is a massage, a great television show, or your workout of choice.
I hope that my story and these tools are an encouragement to you. If you’d like to chat with me about where you are in your health journey, let’s hop on the phone for a 20-minute Clarify Call, which you can schedule here, or sign up for informative emails here. I can’t wait to hear how things are going for you!
Learn more about Lindsey Goldwasser at www.novawholesomehealth.com
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