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Intestinal Health Newsletter January 2014
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Discipline and Exercise

I do think that exercise and movement come easier for some people than others. However, exercise is not an optional behavior; exercise is a foundational behavior. We are designed to move. We are being more who we are and meant to be when we move, workout, improve in a sport, garden and get outdoors to hike or kayak. I think that's where the discipline comes into play. I pencil my workout into my daily schedule.


We feel differently every day. Some days we are high energy, sometimes low and yet we still work out. I once asked my ballet professor at UA how she handles feeling different every day she comes into the dance studio or performance stage. She said 'that is the dance', to give it our all no matter how we feel. We still do the dance. That's a metaphor.


I've heard top 10 men's tennis players like Raphael Nadal say things like, some days I would just like to rest however I do my workout and practice. According to a Rolling Stone article on Serena Williams she hates practicing so much that she has someone move her feet on the pedals. I would call that resistance to discipline.


Sometimes when I come into a yoga class I start very slow, I feel stiff. I think I'll go at that pace forever. Then the cobwebs leave and I am working full out. I persist through various states taking care of myself as I go.


I had my best most natural elimination when I was backpacking. Think of it: miles of hiking, a broad hip belt holding the pack and a cross crawl motion with my arms or hiking poles. That kind of motion works the contents of the gut through the system.


Why is it important that we move?

To improve elimination and circulation

To reduce blood glucose levels

To improve mitochondrial strength


Persistence and perseverance are 2 qualities that are part of developing discipline around working out. I think my parents were good role models for working out. They worked out almost daily. We would also do activities together like ocean swimming. I had a long period where I forgot myself around physical movement from about 16 to 28 years old. I have been consistent since then working out 5-7 days a week.


The Buddhists have a special definition for 'discipline'. Discipline is a practice in stages of spiritual development. Discipline is one of 10 practices that allow us to attain enlightenment. According to one text, practicing discipline can liberate us from suffering. And in another text, discipline relates to not indulging in excessive emotions or too many thoughts.


How does that apply to your workout? Start with focusing on the present moment and your breath. Suspend judgmental states of mind. Tune into your body. Who knows, you might become enlightened or you might end your suffering! Anyway, enjoy. The magic happens when you show up.


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Upcoming Events 


Raw Food Tapas Class 

January 9, Thursday, 5:30 - 7:30 PM


Kathy Kirchner and I will teach a fun raw food tapas class. You will learn to prepare pesto stuffed mushrooms, olive tapenade, wraps, eggless egg salad and savory dehydrated crackers. Enjoy preparing and sampling the delicious tapas. Bring in the New Year with some gourmet nutrient-dense recipes!


Location central near Ft Lowell/Columbus


Class price is $15


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GAPS™ Group  

January 31, Friday, 5:30-7:30PM 


Another wonderful evening exploring the GAPS™ diet and program. We will show powerpoint #4, share our stories and sample some delicious GAPS
™ dishes. This diet restricts complex sugars, heals the gut walls and helps to reseed the good microbes.

RSVP Sheila Shea 520-325-9686



Stepping Stones to Health 

February 7 Friday 5:30- 8:00 PM

February 8 Saturday 9:00 - 4:00 PM


Ann Baldwin and I have a new name for our workshop - Stepping Stones to Health. Health progress is one step at a time. We've added 1.5 hours to our original 8-hour workshop to give more time for discussion, processing and practice. You will have more time to play the computer games for relaxation and prepare delicious natural food dishes.


Friday, February 7, 5:30-8 PM

  • 7-minute workout
  • Solutions for Sugar Overload Power Point
  • The Skinny on Obesity: A Fast-Paced Fast Food Life
  • Food Demo & Tasting
  • Stress & Overeating
  • Stress Reduction Exercise

Saturday, February 8, 9-4 PM

  • Nature Walk
  • Guidelines for Good Eating
  • Biofeedback: Watching Your Heart Relax
  • Food Demo & Tasting
  • Hands on Practice Time: Em Wave & Food Prep
  • How to Unload Toxins
  • Yoga Hour
  • Lunch - Sheila's Own Recipes
  • Games to Control Your Stress Levels
  • Setting Up the Natural Kitchen
  • Positive Emotions & Intuitive Eating
  • Dessert, Q&A, Evaluation, Meditation

Workshop Price $149


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GAPS™ Eating & Gathering


I held my 3rd GAPS™ Group December 30, Monday. Nancy Funke came up from her farm in St David and a few others joined us. Nancy prepared a delicious turkey soup. I offered some grain-free pumpernickel bread and some raw food dessert 'balls' -- 'cinnamon girls' and 'carob-coconut haystacks'. I presented the third power point and we got into some great discussions and tips on our health, the diet and program.


BTW, the initial stages of the diet are the bone broth and stocks. They help rebuild the epithelium of the gut wall. Fermented vegetables and dairy are also a big part of the diet as they reseed the good microbes.


I felt I learned so much from the group and Nancy. Each person comes to this diet in his or her own way and motivation. I learned a few lessons about how to make changes in diet and nutrition. Plus a few of us have been on the diet for some time, and we had longevity insights to share.


On GAPS™, I might eat lighter some days and more heavily on others. The 3 meals a day or continuous snacking syndrome is over. Eating and hunger are in a flow not a compulsion or obsession. Sometimes, I will have long periods of no hunger. That state is so different from former states of continuous hunger, compulsive eating, binge eating and conditioned hyper eating.


Taste is dynamic not static. My taste can change over time. Taste on the GAPS™ diet evolves over time. I remember when I first saw bottles of tahini (sesame butter basis of hummus, baba ganoush) I thought it was disgusting. Then I found myself years later eating it by the jar. Now I have no taste for it except occasionally. Point yourself in the right direction and the magic happens.


How do I recover from a binge? Take lots of probiotics, enzymes, bone broth and raw juices. For people on the GAPS™ diet, going off the diet for a moment can cause a lot of pain or the recurrence of serious symptoms like diarrhea, intestinal bleeding, migraines, muscle and joint pain, hives, itching and other skin reactions.


How do I begin? Jump in the river exactly where you are and follow it long enough to know if you are on the right track. Elaine Gottschall says give it 30 days of religion. Campbell-McBride knows it takes about 2 years to turn difficult situations around. However, you've got to follow it 'religiously' for minimum 30 days. The diet and program have 6 stages and you can jump in at the top and work yourself into the beginning levels or begin wherever you are capable of maintaining and figuring it out at that level.


One of the women who attended the Group has a history of lifelong constipation, has had severe intestinal pain and has lost weight. She is doing the introductory levels. She is also doing colon hydrotherapy. Colon hydrotherapy is the detoxification component of the GAPS™ diet that is healing and reseeding the gut wall. Colon hydrotherapy also addresses the lifelong constipation issue.


FODMAP (Fermentable oligosacchides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols)


The subject of the FODMAP diet also came up. A woman who initially presented at her doctor with thyroid and fibroids then said she was so tired of her chronic, bloated belly that went from 3 to 6 months pregnant in size on any given day. What was causing it? How could she get rid of it? And what the @#$% are polyols, fructans, galactans and oligosaccharides? Her NMD recommended the FODMAP diet.


I find the subject fascinating. I believe it is a subset of the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and GAPS™. FODMAP restricts short chain sugars and sugar alcohols (erithritol, sorbitol, maltilol, manitol, xylitol). The only difference is that SCD allows fruit and vegetable monosaccharides whereas FODMAP restricts some fruit and vegetable monosaccharides such as onions, cauliflower, mangoes and figs that are high in short chain fructose molecules.


Shifting your diet to a higher ground by initiating and practicing the GAPS™ diet is a form of detoxification and rebuilding. Be prepared to take care of yourself, gain insight into how foods are affecting you and be in the moment interpreting internal changes.


As one woman said Monday night, you really have to wrap your head around it. Yes, that's right. Planning, preparing, thinking, contemplating and visualizing are part of the process and the practice of any change to higher ground.


For Colon Hydrotherapy or GAPS™ counseling, please email/text or call/text 520-325-9686.

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Student Clinic -- Colonics $50 Each 


I am having 3 new students at the office studying Colon Hydrotherapy. We will be offering colonics to those who wish to receive colon hydrotherapy from the students for $50 each. Please let me know if you would like to be one of the guinea pigs and sign up now.  


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Unlimited Annual Pass for $1500


For those of you who would like to make this your 'year of intestinal health' I am offering you an unlimited number of colon hydrotherapy sessions for one year from the date of purchase. This gives you unlimited opportunity to work on GI, liver, gall bladder, kidney and parasite cleansing. Some use this to have a breakthrough with very challenging personal health issues. The Colon Hydrotherapy is a perfect adjunct for many other therapies you may be using for your health improvement program!


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January 9  -- Thursday
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Raw Food Tapas Class  


January 31 -- Friday

5:30 - 7:30 PM

GAPS™ Group


February 7 --  Friday
5:30 -- 8 PM
February 8, Saturday
9 -- 4 PM

Stepping Stones to Health
Ann Baldwin & Sheila Shea 

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