Over the last few years, I have shared more about my own health journey and how I truly had to figure out my own individualized approach to health. I saw benefits from other systems — paleo, AIP, keto — but it wasn’t until I found a personalized approach that everything started to change.
It can be hard to know how to take your own best path to health, and I could think of no one better than Sarah Kay Hoffman of A Gutsy Girl to help break it down. She’s created a new online health-documenting journal (and a written journal too) that will help so many women (and men) track and optimize their diet and lifestyle patterns in an extremely personalized way. This tool was super helpful to me in figuring out the factors to finally get my Hashimoto’s into remission and to lose weight.
We go deep on some of these factors today, including mindset, rest, and food, as well as some more specific 80/20 things that seem to help a lot of people.
Episode Highlights With Sarah Kay Hoffman of A Gutsy Girl
- Why Sarah started a journal when trying to solve her own health issues
- The journal system Sarah created to record her daily habits, diet, and symptoms in a meaningful way
- What worked and what didn’t when it came to tracking her health
- How to use your health journal with your doctor
- Key areas of your life to track (you may not have thought of)
- How to become more conscious of your unconscious habits (for example, sleeping)
- The surprising connection between mindset and gut health
- Pros and cons of “Dr. Google”
- Signs you’re living in fight-or-flight mode (and how to switch it off)
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Sarah Kay Hoffman Website | Instagram
- A Gutsy Girl 90-Day Health Journal
- A Gutsy Girl 90-Day Health E-Journal
- Book: A Leaky Gut Meal Plan: 4 Weeks to Detox and Improve Digestive Health by Sarah Kay Hoffman
- Podcast 258: Beating SIBO, IBS, and Histamine Intolerance With A Gutsy Girl Sarah Kay Hoffman
- Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care by Maria Noel Groves
- Creatix Sauna
- Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
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- 356: How to Improve Your Health Based on Genetics With Joe Cohen From SelfDecode
- 136: How to Unzip Your Genes to Understand Your Health with Dr. Jennifer Stagg
- How to Lose Weight: What Worked for Me to Lose 80+ Pounds
- My Favorite Health Apps for Mind, Body and Hormones
- Why Personalized Concierge Medicine Is the Future of Health
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