This week’s guest is Michelle Shapiro is an incredible functional and integrative, nutritionist and dietitian. She helps people to heal holistically from anxiety disorders and those who are suffering from gastrointestinal issues and looks for the root cause of things.
Today she shares her own struggles with anxiety issues while growing up which led to her passion for helping people find relief from all types of anxiety issues.
Michelle Shapiro’s story
Before going to college, Michelle wanted to lose weight so she can have the same experience as everyone else which she thought needed a smaller body. She lost 100 pounds in 3 months and started having panic attacks.
She made a battle plan and listed the physical, mental, and spiritual ways she can do to deal with anxiety. And then put them into place and got around 75% to 80% better.
A while later she went to a naturopathic physician and found that her body was in a survival state and that she’s still feeling the effects years later. They decided to make a program together called Anxiety Proof – now he is her colleague and business partner, and they are now spreading the message of anxiety healing in a holistic way.
Michelle works with people who:
- Are looking to lose weight but in a way that feels authentic, in alignment and body neutral and positive
- Want to change their body while respecting it
- Want to heal holistically from anxiety disorders and who are suffering from gastrointestinal issues
The difference between anxiety and stress
Michelle puts anxiety and stress on a scale. Stress is the first step which can build up and then you get into the category of anxiety.
Stress can be anything from when you get an upset stomach and when something’s not right. We can have too much stress and not notice it.
Anxiety is the sensation that comes when you ignore other pains and when you ignore other stressors for a long period of time.
Panic is the last step on the level, is when you do not acknowledge your stress or anxiety, and then becomes a physical reality which is a panic attack.
Root causes of anxiety
You have a stress bucket in your body, and if you fill it up and it overflows, anything over that amount is going to cause you to have a panic attack and cause you to have psychological stressors. This bucket can be filled up with physical or mental stressors.
Your body responds to all stressors the same way. Our bodies are trained to run from what causes us stress since the ancient times. It’s a fight or flight response. If you’re doing something like a low carb diet, the reason you have a panic attack is because your body is protecting you from starvation.
This is your body’s way of communicating with you. Stress is our alarm system to let us know that something’s going on.
Anxiety is a messenger and needs to be heard. The most powerful thing you can do when you’re stressed is listen and accept your anxiety in the moment. You can’t just keep pushing and diminishing it.
The more stress you have, the less able to handle stress you are.
Nutrient deficiencies that can also cause anxiety
- Magnesium deficiency
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Carbohydrate deficiency
- Protein deficiency
Hormones and anxiety
Cortisol, the stress hormone, blocks the production of a lot of hormones.
You need a professional help you make a battle plan for anxiety. It’s not about eating healthy or getting exercise. It’s about listening to what your body truly needs.
What are your tigers? What are the things that cause your body to feel threatened? And how do we get you to feel not threatened?
The micro-trauma effect
A micro-trauma is anything that is incurred by an event or a person that causes subtle harmful behavior. It could be something as simple as your mom telling you not to eat anymore, or a stranger commenting about your body.
You body is brilliant, resilient, and smart, and our brain is listening very carefully.
Therapy is the gold standard. Also working with an energy worker is also very powerful in solving micro-traumas.
The 4 – 7 – 8 breathing
This is very helpful for people who are uncomfortable with meditating.
You breathe in for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and then exhale for 8 seconds. It’s a perfect balance to get your 02 and CO2 feel really safe and in rhythm.
Thinking of something positive can also get your brain flow with your heart.
This is a really easy breathwork that you can do.
Tackling stress and anxiety
- Balancing your blood sugar
- Making sure you have a good night time snack so you don’t go hungry throughout the night
- Shaking your body (feels good!)
- Tolerating discomfort (anxiety smells your fear)
- Doing tapping
- Assess your anxiety so you can make your battle plan
- Be mindful, eat slowly and mindfully
- Grounding – going out in nature and putting your feet on the grass
- Get a variety of foods for your diet
- Pay attention to what kind of conversations you are having with your body
- Adding Celtic sea salt to your water in the morning might also make a big difference
- Having electrolytes to help combat stress, especially if you exercise
Herbs for anxiety
- Be careful with adding too many adaptogens
- You can mix glycine powder with passion flower but make sure to check with your doctor first because you can build tolerance to passion flower
- Supplement to block cortisol at night
- CBD oil can also help you sleep – make sure to use a high quality brand
- Reishi mushroom
- Magnolia bark
- Make sure to consult your doctor first before using them
- You don’t need to be holistic for the sake of being holistic
Taking medication for anxiety
It’s never wrong to take medication. You have to work with your health provider and see if medication is good for you. You are the expert of your body and have your own journey. If you feel confidently that you want to take something, the ball is always in your court.
There is always hope for you in overcoming anxiety and medication is a part of that journey then don’t be afraid to go with it.
There’s nothing healthier in the world than listening to your body.
Michelle’s program – Anxiety Proof
Learn what anxiety is and to heal anxiety for good. No matter where you are at, you can heal and they will help you have the power to access it.
They bring messages of true healing, friendship and true health through this program. They have sold out the first program but they are going to open it back soon for new enrollees.
Check – getanxietyproof.com
If you join the waitlist, you also receive a free guided hypnotherapy video training from Dr. Robert Kachko to help you reduce anxiety and increase feelings of peace and calm.
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