Happy New Year! The holidays have come to past, the cold is here, and a new year is upon us. April 2019 will mark my 2 year mark on this healing journey! As the new year starts, I feel both hopeful and discouraged. I’m hopeful that these next few months will bring big changes to my gut health and I will receive good news at my 2 year visit. I feel discouraged though that after making it this far along on the journey, I’m still having frequent symptoms and some occasional rough times.
As I continue to learn about gut health and the body, the importance of the connection between the brain and our gut has been stressed. The gut is often called the second brain and studies continue to find the importance of the microbiome in the functionings of our body, brain, and emotions. Our emotions such as stress can impact our gut’s ability to digest, but also imbalances in our microbiome and inflammation in the gut can lead to brain fog, anxiety, depression, and autism (and studies continue to expand this list). (https://draxe.com/gut-brain-connection/ and https://drwillcole.com/is-your-mood-suffering-because-your-brain-is-inflamed/).
It continues to amaze how intricate God has made our bodies and the importance of learning to be present in my body (listening to it, feeling the emotions, caring for it). This presence in the body not only aids in my healing, but matures my faith. God has designed my body and given it limitations. Understanding my body better, draws me nearer to my Creator and Savior and is teaching me to understand and love others better as well. It’s a learning process as my tendency still is to constantly go, so I have to be intentional about slowing down and being present. I’m excited to participate in a social justice yoga practice tomorrow!
Below are a couple pictures of meals from the holidays – (from left to right and top to bottom) Savory Winter Cobbler, Apple Crisp, Green Bean Casserole, Turkey Thighs, and a seafood feast. I’m including the recipe for the Savory Winter Cobbler which is my most recent favorite recipe. http://aipsisterhood.com/savory-winter-cobbler-aippaleo/
Enjoy and take some time this week to work on the practice of presence!