Do this, Don’t Do That

In June of 2018, I did a food sensitivity test through Everlywell – you know the one where they send you a kit, you draw some blood, and then send it back? The results were shocking, but crystal clear: I was going to have to change my diet. After seeing I had a HIGH intolerance for Brewers Yeast, Gluten, and Dairy, among things, it was recommended I try a Paleo Diet. I can do anything for 30 days, right? Right!

I quickly did a google search and found a great 2-week meal plan sample, and got started on my Paleo journey. It wasn’t too difficult, however it was time-consuming and expensive. The meals were packed with protein (which my husband loved) and pretty tasty too. I gave up all sugar and though it was hard at first, my meals were so large, I wasn’t feeling hungry, so I didn’t feel the need to eat the sweets I craved. Did the Paleo diet work? Truthfully, I’m not sure. I was feeling full, however, I was still extremely bloated and constipated. Something had to be causing this right?

Enter @lilsipper on Instagram. She was tagged in a Paleo story I was following, and shared her horror stories with IBS and how she overcame it. She openly shares what works for her and why, in her blog and IG posts. I started doing what she was doing: L-Glutamine, Slippery Elm, Bone Broth, Collagen, Nuzest Protein Powder, eliminated Stevia, stopped using probiotics, stopped eating raw veggies … BUT I was still playing a guessing game and spending more money than I probably needed.

Enter Dr. Smith, a functional doctor. Dr. Smith was able to run some blood and urine tests, which actually proved I was pretty healthy. What it showed was that I could use a little more Vitamin B and Magnesium. Because of my leaky gut, he upped the amount of L-Glutamine I was taking and added Colostrum, and a digestive aid. He also recommended Omega-3s. After 6 months, I continue to meet with Dr. Smith once a week, so he can check in on my gut, and also educate me on the supplements that work for me and why. We are still trying to figure out the constipation that just doesn’t seem to want to go away, but I do feel like I am digesting much better than I used to. I am no longer taking prescription drugs, which also helped my gut.

I will figure my body out, but it takes time. Baby steps.

Quit Your Job?

It was the day of my cousin’s wedding. I was so sick I couldn’t even get myself out of bed. I had severe indigestion, was sick to my stomach, and was even running a fever. I may never forgive myself for missing the event that evening.

As I go back and think about the events of this day, I realize there was a lot that happened leading up to it. My week looked as follows:

  • Sunday: Rehearsal for the show I was involved in
  • Monday: Louisiana State Music Festival Competition
  • Tuesday: Orchestra Concert & General Music Program
  • Thursday: Sang at my Aunt and Uncles wedding vow renewal
  • Friday: Spring Choir Concert

Not to mention, I was teaching both General Music AND Choir by day, serving on the Leadership Team at school, was Chair of the Music Department, and coming home to teach 14 private voice lessons by night.

The following week, after missing the wedding, I decided to visit a GI Doctor. After describing to her the way I was feeling: HORRIBLE, she checked a few things and determined most of what was causing the pain was stress. Her solution: giving me a prescription med to settle my stomach, a peppermint supplement to alleviate pain, and her parting words: “When are you going to quit your job?”

Wait. What?!?!?!!? Quit my job?!?!?! Was she really serious?!?!?! The job that supports me and allows to me even afford to visit a GI Doctor and she wants to me to quit my job?!?!?!!?

Well, guess what? It turns out, the doctor was right. I eventually quit my day job (stressed-out Music Teacher), and pursued my night job (fun-loving Singing Teacher) full-time. More on that in a later post, promise.

My point (sorry this post was not as short as I would have liked): STRESS is one of the main causes of leaky gut. If you are having stomach trouble, perhaps to need to relook at your schedule and your daily routine and change it around a bit. I know for me it made a world of difference.

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” 

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! As many of you have shown an interest in my career and health, I decided the best place to share my experiences would be in a blog. In time, as I get more comfortable, this might convert into a YouTube channel of sorts.

The goal is to keep my posts short and simple. I fear if I babble too much, I might lose my readers. So for those of you who do not know me, let’s start with an introduction, shall we?

My name is Phyllis and I am the owner of Singing Lessons with Phyllis, LLC. A private music studio catering to all ages for voice, acting, piano, and sometimes even guitar. This however was not my full-time gig until August of this year, but that story will have to come in a later blog post, as it is much too long for just an introduction.

I am also a self-proclaimed wellness coach, which is what inspired me to start this blog. You see, to put it nicely, I have a leaky gut. This is something I have been brushing off for years, but recently decided to do something about. It has been a long few months, and is far from being over. At 40 years old, I have finally learned about my health and well-being. So much so, I want to share what has worked for me and what hasn’t through this blog.

So welcome. I am happy you stopped by.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton