“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, functional nutrition practitioner
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?
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“I’d go into auditions… and I would find it hard to breathe and it felt like~Brooke Seiz
kind of this rapid heartbeat, and I just felt like, Oh my gosh, I feel like I can’t breathe, and it definitely affected my performance. I had a bacterial infection in my gut that was producing more histamine. And histamine can make people kind of feel anxious. And so when I addressed that within like 30 days, of course, I still got nervous at an audition sometimes, but I didn’t feel like my body was running away from me.”
Full disclosure: Brooke offered her services to the show after hearing me discuss my recent health journey. The mind-body connection is incredibly important to me; how understanding the gut-brain interaction can improve the function of both. By sharing a full spectrum of options for coping with imposter syndrome, my hope is that listeners will find the techniques that resonate with them.
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. She breaks down these and other terms as a composer might with a new concerto; each measure (or lab test) building on the last to form the whole. The result is a bridge between the conventionally established approach of chasing symptoms and a more therapeutic investigation of root causes. Once identified, informed food choices and lifestyle adjustments are suggested.
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.
When was the last time you played at something?
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. I’ve also begun unravelling my own issues around gut health and you’ll hear some of my findings in this episode as well.
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.
P.S. If you’re curious about your own gut health OR even why you might be feeling so super sluggish… go to Brooke’s website right now for free articles that will get the wheels turning on everything from gluten, to hormones, to sleep.
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Also sharing your insights, wins, fears, major failures, resilience, discoveries can be SO liberating and affirming. (truthfully, this is one of the main reasons I podcast.)
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