Q: What does Sankalpa mean?

A: By definition, Sankalpa is Sanskrit for a “conception or idea or notion formed in the heart or mind, solemn vow or determination to perform, desire, definite intention, volition or will” At the beginning of your yoga practice, it is common to set an intention for your time on and off of the mat. I believe that everything we put in our bodies should be done with an intention, to nourish with intention.

Q: What is Gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis is a disease that affects the Vagus nerve, immobilizing the digestive system. Gastroparesis symptoms include severe nausea, bloating, heartburn, indigestion, and vomiting. It’s important to understand that not everyone with Gastroparesis experiences all of the same symptoms. While someone may have a severely slow digestion, they may not experience the same amount of nausea. At the same time, it is possible for someone else to have almost normal digestion, but severe nausea.

Q: Do I have Gastroparesis and how is it diagnosed?

A: If you think you might have Gastroparesis, you should ask your doctor about getting a gastric emptying scan done! The test is fairly simple. There are different forms, but the most common is an egg test that takes about 2 hours. The specialist will give you an egg sandwich to eat that has been injected with radioactive dye visible by a CAT scan. The dye is then monitored throughout your system for the next 2 hours. A normal system will have at least 90% of food digested, so if you have more than 10% still left in there, you will be diagnosed with Gastroparesis.

Q: Why should everyone care about gut health?

A: 80% of your overall immune system is located in your gut. Eighty percent! Understanding digestive health impacts so much more than just your stomach. Skin problems, depression, anxiety, sleep issues, chronic fatigue, allergies, autoimmune disorders, and so much more can be rooted in your gut. To heal external problems, we should always be in touch with our inner bodies.

Q: Should I follow your recipes exactly the way they are?

A: Of course not! Again, Gastroparesis and other GI disorders affect everyone differently. If there is something in one of my recipes you know upsets your body, please avoid it. These are only suggestions that I have found to help me, and I want to pass the information on!

Q: What is Ayurveda?

A: Being over 3,000 years old, Ayurveda is India’s oldest holistic healthcare system. It takes an in-depth look at one’s body type, referred to as your Dosha, to treat the mind, body, and spirit together. It is believed when all three sectors are balanced, the body will heal itself as a whole.

Q: Are you a registered MD?

A: I am not a registered Medical Doctor nor can I technically treat, diagnose, or cure. What I can do is provide advice from my own experiences to help you. Every day I spend time researching old and new holistic remedies for gut-healing and over-all well-being. If you have any questions or concerns, I will always tell you whether I think my advice will be beneficial. If for some reason I do not believe I can help you, I will absolutely recommend someone who can.