So Much on My Mind

Hello! I hope you are doing well!

After walking with a friend this morning, it was clear to me that it was time to get back to my blog! Whenever she and I get together, we touch on SO many topics usually related to health and wellness as she is a Nutrition Coach. Today, we talked about where I am at with my health, and we talked about Henry’s health. The reason Henry’s health came up is because I am listening to The Thriving Child Summit. I need to point out that Henry is thriving and doing well, BUT after listening to the first few interviews I am feeling totally empowered but also a little sad (which I will get into).

A quick update on my health…I recently found out that I have leaky gut and possibly SIBO. I also found out that my liver is not doing a great job of detoxing. Fortunately, I am working with amazing providers at CentreSpringMD who are dedicated to helping me to feel my best. I am on a slightly different protocol that before including glutamine, probiotics, and a natural antibiotic to heal my gut. I know I have a long road ahead of me, but I am willing to do the work. I feel so fortunate to have access to such amazing healthcare. EVERYONE deserves to have access to this type of healthcare. Overall, I am feeling better. I am going to keep plugging along, and I will let you know more as time goes on. The reason I am sharing my health journey on the blog is because I don’t want other people to suffer like I did for so long.

I heard Dr. Elisa Song being interviewed by the Wellness Mama, and I immediately went to her website. She is awesome! She is a holistic pediatrician based out of California. She is so passionate about helping our kids thrive that she decided to put together a summit of amazing people who are also passionate about helping our kids thrive. We are only on day 2, but I can’t believe how much I have learned! I feel totally inspired to keep doing what I am doing to support Henry’s gut health and immunity like giving him probiotics, fish oil, vitamin D, and elderberry when he starts to get a cold. I can’t believe how well elderberry works, and Henry loves it! We also have a very calm household, so I am hoping that Henry’s stress level is relatively low. All of this matters. I am also a little sad because I didn’t breastfeed him for a year. I made it 7.5 months, but we could have kept going. I had it in my mind that I would do it for 6 months which I did, but we could have gone longer. Breastmilk is sooooo good for babies (if you can breastfeed). I realize that many women can’t. Your baby needs to eat. We need to do what we need to do. The other thing that I wish I didn’t do was introduce grains so early. Apparently, babies don’t have the enzymes needed to break down grains.

I texted/messaged a few fellow holistic mamas today in my moments of frustration, and they told me that I am doing a great job. I know I am, but it is still hard. Just being honest.

The good news is that now I have new knowledge to help my family thrive. I only want the best for them so we can be free of disease and pain. Some people might think I am a crazy mama, but I believe that food is medicine. I must admit, though, there are times where I just want to move to a deserted island and live in a bubble. šŸ™‚

As you can see, we are pretty laid back. Love my boys. šŸ™‚


Thanks for listening!



4 thoughts on “So Much on My Mind

  1. Kathy Dowling

    What test did you have that showed you have SIBO and what foods did you cut out for the time being?
    Also you did so many Right things with Henry, just look at him and with your great home environment, he and all of you are Thriving. It’s your mind being sad, not your spirit so cancel out what you could have done and just focus on today and smile.


    1. Thank you, Kathy!

      The GI Effects test and the results from the food sensitivity blood test they run at the center that tests 15 or so foods as well as the IgG test all point to me having leaky gut. I also don’t do well with high dose probiotics or fermented foods except for coconut kefir. For now, I am only taking out the major ones that showed up like dairy, wheat, and soy (which I never ate). It is going to take a while to heal my gut, but I am trusting the process.

      How are you feeling?


      1. Kathy Dowling

        Thank you Stephanie. I have done all of those with the exception of the GI test. I will ask about that and trust, you will heal as you are in great hands. I have reintroduced some limited dairy and organic coffee and may have to eliminate dairy. I take VSL3 but it is a high dose probiotic and eliminated fermented foods and never did soy and been GF for 3 years now. Great bog as always. So honest and informative. Kathy


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