I first started to experience severe digestive pain when I was in college. After college, my digestive issues seemed to develop more severely, and I started developing even more problems—chronic migraines, inflammation, anxiety, and newly developed food allergies.
After tons of tests, I was diagnosed with gastroparesis, IBS, and distention of the abdomen. I also showed symptoms of leaky gut and small bacterial overgrowth, causing me to develop a high sensitivity to fructans.
Each doctor and dietitian had a different path for me. Different prescriptions to try out and new diets to explore. It only caused my paranoia and anxieties toward food to deepen. Being forced to keep a food journal for every single meal was not only overwhelming but extremely time-consuming and mentally unhealthy.
Then, I found yoga. For so many years, my mind and body were disconnected. My mind was willingly accepting whatever information was giving to me, yet my body was rejecting it all in ways of feeling overworked, sluggish, anxious, severely bloated, and just completely run down. Yoga was the missing link that helped me piece the two to work together in sync and harmony once I began to depend on my practice and consistently show up to my mat every single day. When I started doing this, I was less stressed, happier, and felt lighter. I had this mental clarity and confidence in myself that I hadn't experienced before. Best of all, my digestive issues began to alleviate and were improving week after week.