Happy-Gut Tip #10


Tender Loving Care for Your Belly



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In It Takes Guts to Be Happy!, I refer to a list I made when I was really sick, reminding me of simple things to do each day to make myself feel better. In such a fog, I could not remember these things any other way. Today, I was working with a client who understandably panicked at the onset of yet another migraine which landed her in the ER. She told me that she completely forgot that coffee enemas can, and have, shifted her migraines in only 30 minutes. She said, “Oh, I was so scared, I just kind of left my body and went on automatic!” Exactly. That’s what we all do when we’re in fight-or-flight, or are so fatigued we can’t remember which way is up. That’s the moment for which lifeline lists are made.

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Lifeline Lists are the Foundation of a Healthy Life

Here’s my lifeline list from a time when I had a bad case of parasites, and the gut pain, brain fog, depression, and fatigue that accompanies it. (I did not have kids then, or this list would have been interrupted by the other ninety things that parents are always doing.)

Julia’s List

1. Get up. Hooray, you made it. Thank you, God!
2. Drink water with lemon.
3. Don’t talk to anyone until you have done everything on this list.
4. Go for a walk. Force yourself.  Twenty minutes.
5. Drink your smoothie.
6. Take grapefruit seed extract. 70 drops.
7. Do a coffee enema. Remember your electrolytes.
8. Eat food. Chew. Slowly.
9. Write down ten things for which you are grateful.
10. OK, now you can talk.


You can add these things to your lifeline list:

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Holding onto Goals for Healthy Eating & Living

• The friends who remind you that you are loved.
• Professionals—counselors, doctors, healers—who keep you on your path.
• Activities that lift you up—playing the piano, swimming, hugging your dog, reading to your child, going to a support group, making soup, kneading clay.
• Pray … whatever that means to you. And be kind, especially to yourself. And remind yourself, this too shall pass.