It's finally here….the ONE and only recipe you can’t live without.
I am sharing it here exclusively for YOU.
Now, before you get too excited, I am going to give you a dose of honesty.
It is NOT a recipe for brownies (paleo or not) nor ice cream nor some alternative version of your favorite pasta dish (you would only be disappointed with anyways since you didn’t want to give up gluten in the first place until I suggested you should give it a try). It is NOT a free pass to throw all caution to the wind and just “enjoy” life frivolously eating candy bars and drinking alcohol because you can. Technically, it isn’t really a complete recipe, only partial.
This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I have been hesitant to share this condition because it honestly scared me to death when I first learned about it. In time, not only have I healed, but the more I understand the condition the more empowered I become to prevent it from coming back.
This is a lengthy research report, so bear with me as the details are important. I will describe the condition leaky gut (or increased intestinal permeability), how it is linked to your immune system, why it matters, causes and solutions.
***You have been warned***
Leaky gut is more specifically described as increased intestinal permeability. It is a descriptive term related to the small intestines having a reduced barrier function. This condition is not a diagnosis alone, but has been linked to many illness and symptomology.
Detoxification, how does it work and how to support it naturally using the SOAR principles
In today’s world, illness has become common and health is a rarity. Many degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, atherosclerosis, asthma, cancer, chronic liver disease, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and obesity are all considered lifestyle diseases. (Wikipedia.com) Meaning, that diet and lifestyle factors have strong links to causation of these conditions, and thereby treatment and prevention.
Diet and lifestyle factors associated with disease or poor health 1:
Recently I completed my first CrossFit Open…Scaled of course at 39 years old, mother of three young kids, married and small business owner/entrepreneur. It was pretty awesome. I ranked 43,615 (0f 56,166) worldwide and 2,551 (0f 3,233) regionally. That’s not super, but I do get bragging rights now. Best part is, I am proud that I completed the five workouts without injury. See I only crossfit officially twice a week, other days I live my life. Don’t believe me search me on the leaderboard.
When I started SOAR, I wanted to identify myself with a word that encompasses what I do. Given my allopathic training in physical therapy and bioengineering and my personal experiences, alternative training in Holistic Nutrition and coaching, what word encompasses all of that? I thought Integrative Physical Therapist was a good start.
Integration has many meanings in the world of sociology, economy, mathematics, electronics, and even genetics. Here are some subsets of the definition, “unification” “entering an agreement in order to enhance cooperation”, “computing areas together”, “assembling large and complicated systems from less-complicated units” and “bringing different races together.” I like that. Integration is bringing the allopathic and alternative healthcare ideas TOGETHER.
In bringing them together, where does that put you, the patient?
This is a book review written last year by Ty Jones - owner and coach at Crossfit Initiative here in Reno, NV
So I just finished reading "SOAR INTO HEALTH" by our very own Dr. Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT. And while it's very fresh in my mind, I thought I'd share my thoughts and how it inspired me. But first, let me say a couple things. Soupha and I feel very blessed to have such a great group of people in the CFI community. We have several health care providers from several different educational backgrounds and disciplines. And every one of them is the type of conscientious professional that I would want treating me when I need it. I deeply appreciate that Carolyn took the time to compose this book and share from her heart, tempered with a high level of classical education. She draws from her personal life throughout the book. And even if you haven't met her, you will feel like she's an old friend by the time you finish reading it. You'll also probably imagine her husband, Dr. Chris Dolan, as a wise old sage with a long beard that periodically pops in to give very insightful advice (perhaps wearing a robe like Gandalf). Ironically, Chris' super power is the ability to rapidly grow very long and bushy beards.... Coincidence?
Rather than try to reiterate the 4 KISS principles that Carolyn makes a case for in the book, and fail to do the material justice, I thought I'd talk about how she approaches the writing of this book and why I enjoyed it so much.
It's Real Life
Like I said, she draws from her own life a lot. This creates a personal connection and you realize that she isn't just offering advice. She's successfully living it. And just like real life, she regularly concedes her failures in her journey to health. She voluntarily puts herself into a glass house and so the reader doesn't feel shamed. And although Carolyn has a PhD, she writes with humility and in language that anyone and everyone can understand and relate to.
It's About Truth
I am a big believer in absolute truth. I believe that there is an absolute truth regardless of what we choose to believe. Carolyn makes a great case that our culture, health care (sick care) system, and worldview on health is pretty dysfunctional. And if something remains dysfunctional long enough, it becomes accepted as "normal". What's more, she points out that absolutely nothing in her book is new information (other than her personal experiences). And that the truth has been known for a very long time. But we have moved away from it. Regardless of what society deems "normal", we are not a healthy people. And the truth is that health is very much in reach. And most of us simply don't know what we're missing.
A coaching principle I really try to stick to is the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle. The more complex the subject, the more important this principle is. Personally, this is a struggle for me because I'm a huge nerd, and the details are often what fascinate me. But using simple core concepts as your home base, and always referring back to them when in doubt, is the best way to stay on track. Throughout the book, Carolyn is a stickler for this concept. Sure, she could completely nerd out on cortisol levels or systemic inflammation, but she doesn't. That's a different book for a different audience. But all of that information is present in this book, invisibly guiding the actual writing of the text. Because she wrote the book this way, it is not just an academic read. Rather, it's a book that you can use right now to dramatically improve your quality of life and extend the expected life spans of you and your children. As a side note, Carolyn can't actually say things like that in the book. But I'm a rebel and I'm saying it for her ;-)
I've stifled my boredom through a lot of books, especially in school. This book was actually fun to read. I looked forward to sitting down and reading it each time I got a chance. I repeatedly chuckled to myself as Carolyn used the term FUBAR and struggled to write comfortably using the queen-mother of dirty words to get a point across early in the book. It was clear that she was very uncomfortable with the language, but felt strongly that it was the best strategy to get her point across. I think you'll find that a bit funny too. Throughout the book, I found her anecdotes entertaining. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always captivating.
I'll admit, I started reading the book because Carolyn is a friend. She took the time to write the book, I felt like I should take the time to read it. But it grabbed me and pulled me in right off the bat. It's a very good book. It has made it on my list of books all human beings should be required to read. I'll list the others below :-)
It's not very long. And you can finish it in just a few sessions. It's very insightful, it's from the heart, and it could change your life!
Modern Books Every Human Should Be Required To Read
Mistakes were made but not by me
The power of habit
Soar Into Health
If you don’t start somewhere, you’re gonna go nowhere.
I have laid out four KISS principles to health and wellness. At no point have I said any of these was easy to do. The point really is to provide a framework of reference in order for you to make decisions in your life, simple as that. Should you find yourself stuck and not feeling your best, but you don’t know why, then simply start somewhere. For me, my start was actually movement, and then that flowed into eating, then sleeping, and then thriving. It doesn’t have to go in that order. But all components are important.
In life, it’s human to fall down; the magic happens when we get back up.
—Grant Korgan, founder of Choose Positivity Now
Purpose and Connection
This principle is probably my most open-ended and flexible. In order to soar in life, you must have connections to people in your life and a purpose that drives you. For me, my connections are to my husband, my children, my patients, and even my community. I’ve only recently discovered my purpose to help others gain health and wellness, even through illness and injury. You really must discover what your own purpose and connection is. There is no scientific data set that can measure what this is or should be and what it means to you.
Often, discovering what makes you soar requires effort, self-exploration, connecting with new people, trial and error, and often an adverse life event. You don’t have to have tragedy to find purpose and connection, but if you don’t look for it, you will never find it. If you are lucky, your job may be, in part, how you find purpose and connection, but it doesn’t have to be that either. Most of the people in my life who I see soaring have, in fact, found a way to find purpose and connection in the job they do.
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in
the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
Rest and Recovery
I remember in college when my husband and I were dating, after basketball practice and dinner at the dining commons, we would ride our bikes to the library to study. He was a premed double major in history and human physiology, and I was majoring in bioengineering. We would often start strong in our studying, and then we’d literally take a nap—at the table. At the time, I thought it was weird. Now it makes more sense. As we were challenging our brains with different problems, not to mention after a hard practice and high-glycemic food, we would just need some recovery time. After a nap lasting less than thirty minutes usually, we would feel rejuvenated, restored, and ready for more studying until closing time. As I mentioned before, we have been boring for a long time.
Life requires movement.
What Is Movement?
Movement is defined as an act of changing physical location or position. For me as a physical therapist, the movement you do throughout the day must include full range of motion of the joints. Our standard American life tends toward spine flexion in the form of sitting in front of a computer, in a car, on a couch watching TV, and lifting, which is all flexion. It is not that sitting alone is a problem as much as chronic sitting means you are not moving your joints through their full range of motion.
A healthy joint is a flexible joint. When you stop moving joints, the tendency is for them to get stiff, soft tissue shortens, and you lose range of motion. Once the motion is lost, the strength of the muscle supporting that joint begins to weaken. It is a vicious cycle.
Cooking (from scratch) is the single most important thing we could do as a
family to improve our health and general well being.
What Is Real Food?
To put it simply, to eat well, you must eat real food, not something that only looks like food. Most of the food you eat must be in its natural or whole form, free of contamination, in order to maximize nutrient-richness and absorption. However, in today’s world, understanding what real food is has become a bit confusing.
Real food is as close to its natural state as possible. It is simple. It is in its whole form and merely needs to be eaten or cooked for consumption and for the nutrients to be absorbed by the body. An example of real food would be broccoli. Broccoli can be safely eaten raw, or it can be gently cooked. An apple can also be eaten raw or cooked. The bioavailability of nutrients in a whole food is optimal for natural absorption.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
Where physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle meet, because how you live your life determines whether or not you soar. Inspiring action with information so you can reduce pain, optimize healing and improve function naturally during recovery from injury, surgery or painful condition. This is a website for the open-minded; obstinate need not apply.