No Such Thing As Failure

Well, the better part of the first month of 2014 is closing in on itself. It’s been quite a month and we are only 22 days into the year. I have truly been networking and working on living the life I love living. That includes, of course, my study and application of nutrition and wellbeing. I am one of those who believe that if you are going to talk the talk, you better walk the walk. ¬†I feel that I have always lived, with the best of intentions, a life that would allow me to feel good in my body. However, I have noticed that the measures I have taken have truly only allowed me to feel good for the time being.

Healing is never a one step process. There is no magical pill, diet, or program that can possibly FIX everything that is going on with you. Our physical health does not rely on food and fitness exclusively. Yet I too tend to fall prey to the latest ground breaking nutritional information only to find that yet it’s another program that in and of itself is ground breaking…..however, I am me and this diet/plan was not designed solely for me. So things need to be tweaked.

Earlier this month I embarked upon my experiment, if you will, with a Ketogenic Diet, which for the record, I happen to love. I have tweaked my diet ever so slightly. It wasn’t a dramatic change for me because I’ve been gluten free for years and have never really adhered to a high carb lifestyle. So the adjustments were not so earth shattering to me. Some of the benefits that I have experienced with my new style of eating and supplementation include longer periods of satiation due to the high amount of healthy fats I’m consuming, better sleep, more energy, weight stabilization (meaning not losing any weight which I am very prone to), consistency in my skin (although I am still not 100% there yet, improved mood, and the kicker for me is better bowel habits. I was one who had to team up with magnesium and aloe to keep my system going. The aloe has been completely eliminated and the the dose of magnesium goes lower and lower every week.

I believe that these past 3 weeks have taken a huge burden off of my digestive system with the diet being completely starch free. I have been MEGA-DOSING on over 300 billion units of bifido bacterium tagged with 20,000 mg of L-Glutamine a day to to help heal leaky gut. By healing the gut, everything else falls into place. The amount of fats that I am consuming is pushing the liver into a NATURAL state of detoxification which will ultimately improve bowel habits. ūüôā !!

I still have not completely rid myself of what would appear to be some sort of an allergy on my skin. And so I keep on trying to see what’s up with that. Hopefully in time that will work its way out as my gut continues to heal. ¬†I have eliminated the make up that I was once using to see if that could be a potential trigger. We shall see. I have however, felt the need to change things up. I am not bored at all with the diet. Don’t get me wrong. I just am feeling that I am at the place where I can bring in a couple cycles a week of starch and see how I do with it. I will start off with some gluten and grain free pancakes which I’m totally excited about, as well as some sweet potato and kabocha squash. I plan on staying on plan 5 days a week and 2 days playing around a bit.

I think we all jump into a program feeling that this is the be all end all of nutrition not realizing that just like the Midwest homes, many of these diets are cookie cutter. They come in the form of books, websites, online coaching, etc. They are all wonderful in and of themselves, however, they are not customized for YOUR specific needs. And that gets frustrating. Because we rely on these “experts” to FIX us.

There is no such thing as being FIXED. Even when you have achieved your goal there will always be another goal to achieve. So by tweaking these programs and making them personal to you, you can have your perfect program. And it will change as you go along.The foods you once ate you may no longer be able to eat and you will see that as you heal, the foods that you were once not able to eat you will be able to eat in small portions or it may not be an issue for you at all. The supplements you once took may no longer serve you. So be aware of what you are spending your money on. Pay attention to the signs your body is giving you. Are you bloated, constipated, having diarrhea, headaches, fatigued, irritable?? Make adjustments as you go along.

Our bodies, like the Universe, are ever changing. It wouldn’t be much fun if we were always the same day in and day out. And so we need to change things, perhaps not daily, but as we move along in life. For me it actually comes in waves. I see it either in my skin, my digestion, and my sleep. We need to experiment little by little and find what works. And when it stops working or slows down a bit, make adjustments as we go along.

The most important thing to remember is that no doctor, coach, or other “expert/professional” knows what it feels like to live inside your body. And so even with all the amazing information out there, it is our responsibility to listen to the signs and symptoms our body is sending us.

I have worked with my body for almost 40 years. I think I know myself better than anyone does. And so I think it’s my resonsiblity to honor how it feels and listen to what it tells me. So this next week, starting today actually, will be the implementation of customization. We will see how it goes.

What diets, products, and programs have you implemented into your lifestyle that you have had success with after you tweaked it to your specific needs? That customization can make all the difference in the world.

To your health,



Week One Follow Up And Getting More Rest

Well, this past week has been an interesting one with wrapping my brain around this new commitment to myself to health and wellness. I often think of New Year’s Resolutions and Monday mornings as a clean slate to start off your year/week slamming it out in the gym at 5:00 am. Yet, it is 6:08 am and I’m sitting here in my bathrobe with my fluffy slippers on doing some oil pulling. Ya, the cleanse continues. Or should I say since it’s Monday morning that it is just beginning.

I received my health assessment from Maria this past weekend and was pretty much not shocked at all at her review of my symptoms and health issues I’ve experienced over the years. I have always been one who is extremely in touch with my body and so it was of little surprise to me. Having gone through the list of dos and don’ts, I finally made a little bit of sense of what it is that I need to zero in on and then follow up with the other recommendations. ¬†Clearly there are some hormonal, adrenal, and obviously thyroid issues. I had mentioned before that I am on a rather high dose of Armour Thyroid which hopefully will not need any adjusting other than to LOWER it. In Maria’s assessment of me, there are some digestive health issues that need addressing. But this is really not about cleansing. It’s about repairing and keeping the natural channels of cleansing and detoxing open and moving. Keeping the elimination cycle regular and restoring natural and normal bowel function. We are addressing that with high doses of probiotics, L-Glutamine, and Magnesium. All of which have been on my program but just manipulating the timing and dosage. I also will be back on my digestive enzymes that include a simple dose of HCl and Pepsin at each meal. ¬†There were a ton of other recommendations that I am still mulling over and will slowly implement into my program bit by bit. But the two areas that definitely need addressing are digestion and sleep.

Resting the body is so critical in our healing process. Although I always go to bed very early, I am waking up way before the crack of dawn, hitting the floor running, and then feeling extremely burnt out and extremely irritable by the end of the day. My body and my mind have been taxed beyond my own recognition of myself. The amount and kind of sleep you get is imperative to your overall health and wellbeing. Many people will say that they do fine on 4-6 hours of sleep. But truly your body is not getting that deep restorative rest that it needs to go all those hours you spend awake…..especially if you are involved in fitness and need to expend that extra energy on your workouts. ¬†So part of my program is making sure that I get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. I am taking some supplements such as GABA, 5-HTP, and Magnesium to help make sure I go down and stay down. The hard part for me is keeping myself in bed when my eyes go BING at 4 am. Really for me there is no need to wake up that early. It’s all about retraining myself.

Speaking of retraining myself and rest….I am working on my mind structure as to how I look at my life and fitness. Like I said, I hit the floor running and normally first thing on a Monday morning I’m pounding it out at the gym. Well, this Monday morning I’m pounding it out on my keyboard. In the past 5 days I went to the gym one time and that was just for a stroll on the treadmill. I am not feeling my usual super fit self right now due to all the changes my body is experiencing; however, the changes that needed to take place were in other areas of my life and truly involved cutting back on the intense working out I’ve done for over 24 years now. My new routine involves truly letting my body rest……but let’s be clear, I will never give up working out and when I do, it will be full of heart and muscle.

How am I feeling physically??? It’s different from day to day. This past weekend was horrible. I experienced some pretty insane Herxheimer’s reaction (die off) from the Candida Cleansing herbs I am taking. YUCK!!! Intense migraines and nausea which were alleviated by eating and resting. So I rested a lot on Saturday and Sunday. I am definitely noticing a difference in how my mind is thinking lately. I had started on some of the neurotransmitters long before working with Maria. I am very optimistic that working together and adjusting the timing and dosage will help me in that department even more. The power of the mind over the body is so intense that simply by balancing your brain chemistry—NATURALLY—you will see a huge difference in your gut which leads to all other areas of your body. So for that I am really excited.

Since there is adjustment with my digestive process, the day to day process is different. Between the cleansing herbs, the probiotics, L-glutamine, and other add ins, one day I feel amazing, the next day I feel not so amazing. There is a healing process going on and I am adjusting to the changes. I know that over the course of the next month, months rather, there will be amazing changes especially as I continue to increase the recommendations and go further into my Keto-Adapted lifestyle.

The food is amazing. I’m feeling satisfied for the most part and know that when I’m feeling off, it’s generally because I am dehydrated or didn’t get enough fats in my diet that day. That’s the part about this program I love the most. I love the low carb higher fat lifestyle. Always have. So it works for me.

What works for you?

What programs, dietary lifestlyes, and fitness programs have you worked with that have actually cured/healed you from that tie that binds you in life? True healing doesn’t leave scars. True healing allows you to move forward and know that what you once experienced is in the past and no longer leaves you in fear of your condition. Truly it is called a transformation. It may not be easy, but then again, anything worth having is worth fighting for. Especially your health.

To your health,


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I’ve Got A Gut Feeling

Time For Change

So New Years has come and gone. I’ve read so many posts on Facebook, Twitter, the internet in general, and yes, personal emails, texts, and other messages about how this is going to be the best year ever, like so many years in the past. ¬†2013 was actually a very hard year for me. But that’s not what this is about. I’m actually not into making New Year’s Resolutions. My philosophy is why wait for a timeline to start being happy, being healthy, being fit, finding the love of your life, making more money, or forgiving someone for a misdeed. ¬†We can make a resolution each and every moment to conquer our demons, lose those 10 — heck 110 pounds if need be, and move on into a life that we specifically carve out for ourselves. Just because the calendar says January 1st, doesn’t mean that these resolutions magically come true. And that’s why, in my humble opinion, come February we are back on to whatever it was we were doing in years past.

My life has always been about being healthy and feeling good. I always put it out there that I knew what I was doing. And I do. But not really when it applies to my life in particular. I mean, again, I do. However, it’s the application that really matters. You can be a wealth of knowledge, but if you lack the discipline or the actual know how of how to apply this information to your life, it’s useless. Go ahead and listen to a Tony Robbins CD, nod your head in agreement, get excited. But if you don’t follow up with his tips and tools, well, you will not see results in your life.

That’s me. A wealth of knowledge. I have all of this information, and very little application… my life anyway. But that, here and now changes. I have tried every program in the book to get healthy, feel well, and be more energized. I have gone on medication for my thyroid, have had that medication adjusted more times than I care to count. I have gone on adrenal support supplements, taken this, that, and the other thing. I have gone on a VERY STRICT food allergy elimination diet and the only thing I had to show for it was an unnecessary 8 pound weight loss. ¬†But what I have not tried, something completely radical for me, is giving up the experimenting and trying to figure it out on my own. ¬†No….I have always done my own research which obviously brought me very little results as it was applied to my specific life and health.

This time it’s different. After years of fluctuating in and out of programs, between a very good friend of mine and I, we together discovered a program that not only is really starting to work on a physical level, but it is helping in the mental and emotional capacity as well. Many of you may not agree with this style of eating or living; however, I am going to be that cliche that says, “If it works for me, it can work for anybody.”

The program I am speaking of comes from a woman I have been following on Facebook and through her blog page. Maria Emmerich of Maria Mind Body came into my life several months ago and I have been completely fascinated by the information I have received. ¬†For the first time I can say that I feel I can eat and live in a way that literally has made a difference for me. First off, the difference I am feeling is in my brain. I feel calmer, I feel more satiated with the foods I’m eating, and I feel less drama/trauma in my belly. ¬†The Keto-Adaptation program that Maria has developed is the first program that,¬†¬†and I’ve only just begun, not only is making a difference, but it makes sense. If you have been following the USDA recommendations or a high carb/low fat diet, it takes some time to get past the idea of high fats and low to no carbs actually being good for you. But I am seeing a difference….and again, I have only just begun.

Through the month of January and well into February, I will be doing little mini blogs on my updates, how I am feeling, the improvement in my health, and photos of some of these Keto-Adapted meals that come along with the meal plans. I have started off with the Maintenance Plan which is what I needed for my specific goals since I do not want to lose any weight. The program offers a plethora of books, menus, and educational videos to not only tell you what to do, but to inform you and empower you as to why you are doing this. I think that that is the key to success. Understanding WHY you are doing a specific program. To understand WHY and HOW food affects our bodies. WHAT a specific nutrient or macronutrient does to our hormones, our tissues, and our organs.

Irritable bowel syndrome has been a huge issue for me since my late teens. It’s been drama/trauma trying to manage it and figure out how to fix it. This year I will turn 40 years old. And I simply refuse to spend the rest of my life in anymore pain, discomfort, or fear of food, travel, or dining out experiences. I want to enjoy my life, enjoy my body, and enjoy my well-being. I trust Maria because she is the only one with the information that truly resonates with ME. Many of you may not agree….and that is your prerogative. We have to follow what is best for us. But I have got a gut feeling about this and I’m all in.

Today will be day 3 of my Keto-Adaptation program. This afternoon I will do my full Health Assessment with Maria online to kick my program into high gear.  This is my version of really healing. By giving the body what it NEEDS. Healing the digestive system which leads to every single other area of our body, is where it is at for me. I am focused, determined, and ready to push on. For this is my resolution here today.

So in the spirit of the New Year, I wish you all health, happiness, love, and prosperity.

To find out more about Maria Emmerich and Maria Mind Body, follow her on Facebook and on her AMAZING website which is chock full  of recipes and information to help feed your mind, body, and spirit.

Best in health in 2014!!

Tracy Lynn