Feb 2, 2020
Episode 091. "So, that work all the time productivity approach, it is very much embedded in our culture and our society. But it’s not really how our nervous system is going to operate and be healthy. So, what can we do about that?" ~Brooke Seiz
OK. I’m asking you to take a leap of faith with me in this episode. Don’t worry, it’s more an easy skip rather than a broad jump over shark-infested waters.
Creative imposter syndrome begins in the gut.
Wut? The gut??
I’ve got back-up on this one. Brooke Seiz, a board-certified functional nutrition practitioner, believes that an unhealthy gut not only affects our physical health but also taxes our mental well-being.
Symptoms of a gut imbalance manifest in complex ailments – think leaky gut, chronic fatigue, adrenal dysfunction, IBS. Even low-grade instances of these diseases have the power to curtail our natural affinity toward play and exploration, self-expression and (managed) risk. The result is a diminished ability to work and create to our fullest potential and truest nature, the happy, healthy opposite of an imposter.
Whew. That’s a lot to digest (I couldn’t resist!)
Like, what even IS functional nutrition?
Brooke’s expertise and background in the arts come in handy when we’re defining functional nutrition and discussing big concepts like the parasympathetic nervous system or the microbiome.
But Brooke isn’t advocating for nutritional change only. Play is a natural component of healing, that child-like desire to engage in an activity with no structured outcome other than to have fun.
There’s a lot to learn from Brooke’s personal story of thwarted play, crippling stomach issues, and the realization that her authentic self was physically and emotionally impacted by her gut health.
The biggest take-away from our discussion is this: there really is something to our gut feelings and butterflies in the stomach and queasy tummies. When and how we choose to listen to these warnings could mean the difference between the impostor and our happy, healthy authentic selves.
Get the full show notes including all things Brooke Seiz at http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/091
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