Hi and welcome!
My name is Anna and I am the “brains” behind The Gut Nerd.
How My Fascination For “All Things Gut” Began
It all began when my youngest daughter was born with Trisomy 21 aka Down Syndrome. I knew I wanted to help her in any way I could. As she grew, her immune system was very weak. She got sick very often and VERY easily.
This was all considered “normal for Down Syndrome” in the mainstream medical community. However, 2 years of battling one infection after another had me questioning this “normal for DS” mindset.
I knew there had to be something more that I could do to help my daughter’s immune system. It was suggested to me by a fellow mom who had a child with Down Syndrome, to read the book Naturally Better Kids by Kristen Morrison. Reading this book changed the whole trajectory of how I saw health and Down Syndrome.
The progression was slow, but my daughter’s diet was changed, vitamins were introduced and improvements were seen.
Around 2016, I found a doctor in the US who specializes in helping kids with Down Syndrome through vitamin therapy and diet. It was through this doctor that I learned about the importance of a healthy gut. Whatever is going on in the gut directly affects the brain. This is especially true and important to know for those individuals with Down Syndrome.
I also began doing my own research on gut health. My research led me to two books:
Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gloria Gottschall
Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD
These two books explain in detail how the small and large intestines work. The books also explain how a damaged small and large intestine can’t absorb and break down food properly.
This leads to gut inflammation – hence “gut issues”
These two books made me realize that I needed to incorporate this information into a lifestyle, not just for my youngest daughter, but for my whole family.
However, I wasn’t 100% sure how to go about doing this as I didn’t want to eliminate EVERYTHING.
Then I Found the 131 Method Book
As I was doing this research for my youngest, I was also listening to podcasts for myself. One of my favorite podcast was The Chalene Show. Chalene Johnson is a well-known fitness trainer who has done multiple fitness DVDs. I started listening to her podcast because I used her videos to work out at home and I LOVED her! So when I found her podcast, I was stoked.
One day I was listening to her podcast and she began talking about her journey to discovering how much damage she had inflicted on her gut and in turn brain, from years of dieting and trying to maintain a certain look for the fitness industry.
She researched and worked with some of the best integrative experts and registered dietitians and found a way of eating that worked to help heal her gut and in turn helped her brain as well.
She was so excited about the results she got that with the help of these same expert registered dietitians and integrative doctors, Chalene created an online program and a book called the 131 Method.
For me, my main issue was stopping the insatiable NEED for something sweet after lunch and dinner. No matter how well I ate, I just couldn’t kick the sugar habit. I knew I was missing something, but I just didn’t know what. The 131 Method Book helped me to figure that out and I was able to stop my sugar cravings one week after I began implementing the 131 Method program into my lifestyle.
The awesome thing about this book, was that I can learn even more by signing up for the 131 Method Online Program!
It feels great to have all the tools and information to not only help me but to help my entire family!
Now I Want to Pass What I Have Learned On To You
I created The Gut Nerd to help you figure out what is healthy for your gut and what is not. Keep in mind that this will vary from person to person. I pledge to do my best to pass on all the information I have and or discover regarding gut health! Lets get gut healthy together!
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,