Yellow Brick Road to Wellness

School is back. Routine is taking form (again). Basically, fall is a season of shifting, maybe a little chaos, and usually a lot of newness. To me, it always a season of fresh starts – new beginnings and possibilities. This fall is no different.

With the “killing phase” of SIBO coming to an end this week, it is a time to shift to healing phase of SIBO recovery. As well, I wanted to make sure I have actually killed the SIBO, so I’ve opted to take another lactulose breath test. Until those results come back, I’ll be starting in on the introduction phase of GAPS (Gut and Physiology/Psychology Syndrome) diet by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride. Additionally, I’ll be including whole foods that are low in FODMAPs (an acronym derived from “Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols”), which are short chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. In a later blog post, I’ll go into more detail about both “types” of diets that make up the SIBO diet recommended by Dr. Allison Siebecker, the SIBO specialist.

Tweetable: Wellness is not a ‘medical fix’ but a way of living. -Greg Anderson Tweet!

With a new diet and September being my “January,” I am looking to improve my movement routine too. Notice I called it movement, not exercise. Exercise conjures up images of “must do” activities that I may or may not like. Movement, on the other hand, makes me think of fun, joyful activities that make me smile and want to participate. I know semantics, but it works for me. With my body in healing mode, my movement needs to be kinder and gentler than my normal over-the-top intense cardio. So, I’ve invested in a Jump Sport fitness trampoline, aka rebounder. You can learn more about rebounding by checking out Suzanne’s blog post, “3 Reasons I Chose Jump Sport and How Rebounding Can Shake Up Your Workouts.” And I’ve pulled up a high-backed chair to participate in Suzanne Bowen’s barre and strength and stretching DVDs. Of course, I’ll continue to walk my standard poodles at least 2.5K in the mornings — that’s one routine, Samson and Shadoe don’t let me miss!

I love Gretchen Rubin’s description of the foundation of movement — “Physical activity is the magical elixir of practically everything.” [1] Why? Moving your body relieves excess cortisol and anxiety, boosts your energy levels and with that your mood, improves circulation so your nervous system and brain are firing on all cylinders and helps with maintaining a healthy weight. Simply put, moving your body is able to energize and calm you. Who doesn’t want that!

Tweetable: Imperfect movement is better than imperfect inaction. Tweet!

The hardest part about making regular movement a part of your habits is making it stick by choosing a routine that suits your temperament and schedule. Rubin suggests answering eight questions to consider before deciding whether the exercise you’ve chosen will work for you [2]:

  • Do you like to do things in the morning or at night?
  • Do you enjoy the great outdoors, or do you prefer to not leave the weather as your deciding factor about activity or clothing choice?
  • What motivates you — competition or not?
  • Do you enjoy moving to a strong driving beat like Zumba or do you prefer a quiet background like in yoga studios?
  • Do you work better with external accountability like group participation or hiring a trainer? Perhaps you find internal accountability sufficient.
  • Do you like to challenge your limits with your exercise? Or do you like habitual familiar activities and locations?
  • Do you thrive as an individual or as a team player? Sports or games?
  • Is it inconvenient to take a shower after sweating it out? Do you prefer to head home for that shower?

ACTION NEEDED: What’s your next step, literally? Do you need accountability or motivation?  Are you ready to start your journey of wellness? Stop! And connect with Brenda at 403.801.5698 or email to schedule your free no-obligation Discovery Chat.  I know how difficult this journey to wellness is because I’m still on it.  Let’s talk.


[1] Gretchen Rubin, Better Than Before: Mastering Habits of Our Everyday Lives. (Canada: Doubleday Canada, 2015) 61.
[2] Rubin, 62-63.

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