After 10 years in this field, I know the digestive system very well - how it affects and influences every other aspect of our mental, emotional and physical health, as well as our dependance upon it to avoid or recover from disease.
The Wonder of Our Body
Every once and a while, its important to shine the light on the wonder of the human body - how it knows what to do - especially when we are not well!
Yes, you may not have eaten the best foods this week/month/year.
Yes, you may have serious health challenges to manage.
Yes, you may have too much stress to deal with.
BUT that doesn't mean you're done for, or that your body doesn't know how to rebuild, rebalance, renew right now.
For example, we know now that good digestion and nourishment depends on our microbiome,
(a unique-to-you combination of over 3 trillion bacteria). Yes, this microbiome is under attack from chemicals and drugs in our food, air and water - but it is also always changing and can be easily rejuvenated with probiotic foods or supplements, and a natural plant-based diet.
If you're suffering dis-ease in any way, it is a call for attention and assistance, not fear and worry.
Know your body is well equipped to heal.
All it needs is for you is to be attentive and willing to learn how to support it's natural capacity to rebuild and renew itself.
Many years ago - when I still had gut issues - I started playing with fermented foods as a way to obtain the benefits of probiotics in a more natural and affordable way.
The outcome was better than I could have imagined. Not only did my food intolerances and allergies gradually disappear, but I had a new way to preserve the harvest from my garden, and many different delicious foods to add to my plate!
The FERMENTED FOODIES CULTURE CLUB is/was a social event where everyone could share and learn about fermenting together. I ran it every last Friday of the month in Whitehorse, YT.
Eventually I started a Facebook group too (that you can join HERE) for sharing recipes, resources, experiments, questions and, of course, live cultures for fermenting (locally).
And now, with COVID19 social restrictions still in place, we are running the Fermented Foodies Culture Club LIVE and ONLINE throug Zoom! (Link is in the Facebook Group)
No matter where you are in the world, you are invited! Come share your knowledge and/or learn more about how fermented foods add pizazz to your diet, help preserve and nutritionally enhance your food, bring joy to your day, and support gut and immune health!
We'll see you there!
I don’t know about you, but this time of year is always weird for me... especially now with the COVID19 restrictions keeping us from making any sort of "normal" plans this spring.
As a "recovering Type-A", I'm not prone to worry or anxiety as much anymore, but the local and global effects of COVID are concerning and putting us all under varying degrees of strain.
For me, I'm working more hours at the computer than ever before, and I find myself wandering into the kitchen frequently out of boredom, loneliness or just to procrastinate!
My body is starting to feel heavy/yucky while my mind is very active. The imbalance between the two feels odd, like a bird tethered to an anchor.
When the body is tired and the mind is bright, we aren't making progress. It's our inner spirit and creative passions that propel us forward, especially in hard times - but if our body lags behind, it needs some TLC!
That's when I know it's time to reboot my gut! Every spring and fall, I offer the 7 Day Gut Reboot as a way to gently cleanse your digestive system, reduce bloating and inflammation, and put a bounce back in your step!
It comes with a meal plan, recipes, grocery list, daily instructions, 24-7 support and - new this year - live coaching with me, to keep you motivated and on track!
Participants say that within three days, gas and bloating were greatly improved, they were waking with more energy, feeling great through the day, and not wanting to eat extra.
You can read a little more about it here and if you'd like to join in, let me know.
If you're up to a challenge, I'd love to leave you with some of my resources to read or try
1) 20 Surprising Symptoms that your Gut Needs TLC If you know you've got problems, but you're not sure what to focus on, this chart can help.
2) Beat the Bloat Starter Guide Bloating is the most common symptom associated with digestive problems and usually linked to poor acid production in the stomach which leads to many, many other problems. Take a read and try one or more of these 5 easy steps to resolve bloating without changing what you eat!
3) Guts-Come-First COVID19 Survival Guide Lots of great tips to understand and boost your digestive and immune systems. There is a list of 12 Top Foods to Stock Up On, and a a COVID's Day Menu to try at the end of the guide. Check it out.
If you have any questions, just shoot me an email and I'll respond right away.
With love for your gut,
It Takes Guts Nutrition
Katanne Belisle RHN
Gut Health Specialist
Whitehorse, YT, CAN
What Clients Are Saying
"I was plagued by a myriad of digestive and inflammatory issues and after months of discomfort I was fortunate enough to meet Katanne. Her insight, intuition, knowledge and caring attention has made it possible for me to heal and thrive with a new understanding of the food I eat. I am now healthier, happier and have more energy than I have had in quite some time. " ~ Steve T.
"Katanne gives well balanced information versed in first hand experience and research. After seeing various health professionals over the years, doing my own research, trials and tribulations, I can (say) that this is the real deal, and that what she provides people is a holistic, realistic approach to healing oneself through food" ~ Elizabeth G.