3.8.2015 | 17:43

Rainbow-DragonDispatches from the Divine Dragon

Gut Feelings


I’m starting something new.  I’m approaching it with excitement and a little trepidation….

I’ve been enrolled in an online gut-healing program created by an amazing friend of mine, Stephanie Jackson.

I met her at an event in Austin, TX, I attended this spring, and got to know her a little.  And then, when faced with a diagnosis of “leaky gut” (potentially SIBO) and trying to figure out my next (first?) step, Steph came highly recommended.

Steph knows so much about “gut bugs” and our microbiome that I stand (kneel?) in awe of her vast knowledge on this subject.

I watched her webinar and pretty much signed up on the spot….

I’m now part of the inaugural group for her Core Reset Home Learning program, and it has been phenomenal.

We’ve had the option to order various lab tests, filled out our assessments — and now we’re starting the hard part.

We learned how to stop feeding the bad guys, and now it’s time to send them on their way with two months of herbal protocols.

Ironically, it isn’t creating a personalized plan that’s tough — for me, it’s figuring out the timing.  I’m “all in” — as always — but I’ve got a cross-country trip coming up in several weeks, which threw me into a panic.

How as I going to make elixirs on a 4 & 1/2 hour flight?  How would I fit everything in when I lost three hours changing time zones?  How would I avoid any problems with security, and restrictions on liquids, and ….

You get the picture.

Enter the peaceful calm of the “Gut Whisperer.”

Steph asked me which herbs I’d chosen.

I sent her my list.

She sent me her recommendations for which components to pack, suggestions (with relevant links) for how to pack them — and a link to a perfect travel tool:  a battery-powered hand blender.

‘Cause the Nutri-Bullet may weigh less and be less bulky than the Vitamix, but still…I didn’t want to lug the thing from one concourse of Atlanta’s airport to the one farthest away.

(Because my connecting flights never seem to be in the same terminal….)

I looked at her neat, tidy list of suggestions, and said, “Damn, I can do this!”

I thought I was going to have to wait for at least a month before getting started, and I was ready now.

As a matter of fact, I am kind of beyond ready to get my gut sorted out….

Between this program and the information I’m learning about herbs from a Plant Medicine course taught by David Crow, L. Ac., I have so many gut-healing tools at my disposal that I can’t help but see results.

(More on that course in a later installment, I suspect….)

So even though the Whole 30 program didn’t work out — I still think it’s a great program; it just wasn’t right for me at this particular time — I think I’m moving in the right direction again.

I am so lucky to have this opportunity to learn from and work with so many people at the top of their fields.  I’m getting mentorship from Alex Jamieson, the “Cravings Whisperer,” and my ailing gut is in the hands (so to speak) of a woman we’ve dubbed the “Gut Whisperer.”

I have a sneaking suspicion that David Crow is the “Plant (or Herb, or Essential Oil) Whisperer.”  He’s definitely a “Modern Merlin” in my book….

I am really ready to embark on this phase of my healing journey.

Since I consider myself to be “pronoid” — the Universe is conspiring in my best interests — I truly feel as though I am meant to be here, learning from all of these extraordinary people, at this particular time of my life.

If I hadn’t been facing these specific challenges, at this specific moment in time, I might not have found my way to these opportunities.

I am learning so much — from Steph, from David, from Alex — that, regardless of my personal path, I will be able to share so much wisdom with others.

Is there anything more amazing — or more humbling — than that?

I am so grateful for this “challenge” — it has helped me find my life’s path.  What a gift….

Thanks, too, to Demetria Clark, Trevor Justice, Cynthia Pasquella, Dr. Tom O’Bryan, Dr. Srinivasan Pillay, Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, Sean Croxton and Marie Forleo — and the respective communities they’ve created:  I continue to learn so much from each and every one of you.

Wow, I feel like I’ve just delivered my Oscar acceptance speech….

And I’m sure I left someone out.

I can feel it in my gut.

Then again, maybe that’s just a few bugs getting nervous about being kicked to curb….

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  1. Steph
    August 5, 2015 | 5:26 am

    Thank you Diane for your kind words. It has really been a pleasure to get to know you and support you the little bit that I have. Re the nutribullet… I just travelled with mine for the first time and Ay! that thing is heavier than it seems like it should be. Must be gold plated or something 🙂 I love the battery powered “mixers” as long as they are not mixing anything too too thick especially when dealing with power conversions and planes and stuff. I commend you for your open-ness and willingness. This mind set is so difficult for so many of us. I have no doubt that you will find the source of your struggles and “kick it”.

    • daletchworth
      August 5, 2015 | 3:30 pm

      Hearing that about traveling with the Nutri-Bullet just confirms that decision to get the battery powered mixer you recommended. Thanks, Steph!

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  3. Kathleen Scheps
    August 11, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Which battery powered mixer did you get?

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