I have spent more time at the doctor’s office in the last year for non routine check ups than I have in my entire life. I was struggling to sleep and constantly fighting illness. After a while, I had enough of the antibiotic prescriptions to treat nothing in particular and decided to go the route truest to myself. I went holistic.
I knew my immune system was in need of repair but with everything going on in my life I didn’t know where to start, so I enlisted the help of my friend and health coach Elizabeth. She has always been the level headed friend who shoots straight, and sees right through your B.S. She also converted to veganism (lol) which was a major lifestyle change for her. Seeing her dedication has been inspiring to me and now she spreads the wealth of knowledge and health to others.
When she asked me if I wanted to kickstart my program with a 7 day cleanse I told her yes before I had the chance to chicken out. And so it began. We started a six month journey to clean my gut with a 7 day cleanse. The cleanse consists of 3 smoothies a day with a gallon of water and a detox tea in the evening. So how was it?
It was rough y’all. Not flavor wise. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste.No problem there. The mental battle was the hardest. As great as my body felt, my mind wanted to chew. I wanted a burger and Mexican food, and a pizookie from BJ’s. And I don’t want to front so I have to be honest and say that sometimes I chewed. And not just my raw fruits and veggies. Sometimes I chewed a couple french fries or a bite of chicken. My spirit was willing but my flesh was weak.
I didn’t expect perfection from myself. I had a stressful week and was thrown off my schedule during the weekend. Even though I didn’t stick to it 100%, I still feel better. I still feel lighter. I still made healthier than usual decisions, and I’m still boosting my immune system from the inside out. That’s what matters. Not perfection, but persistence.
One thing I’ve learned so far on this journey is the importance of gut health. The English language is full of euphemisms pointing at how intuitive the stomach is. I had a gut feeling. You make me sick. You give me butterflies. My stomach dropped. We know it’s important but we aren’t cognizant of how we treat our guts. I’m excited to be on this journey of taking care of my second brain. I’ll be sure to bring you along.
My bloating has gone down, I have so much more energy and my mind is quieter. If you’re looking for a first step on you’re looking for a first step on your journey to gut health, check out Elizabeth and her services at Rooted Wellness.