My first public interview about choosing to quit drinking!
In 2016 I emailed Holly and Laura and I said, I love your podcast. I discovered it in December 2015 when you interviewed Sarah Hepola, the author of Blackout.
I’m a functional nutritionist and I quit drinking in 2014 and I believe there are so many missing pieces that have been grossly overlooked in traditional recovery programs i.e. neurotransmitter (GABA, serotonin, dopamine) and blood sugar imbalance, nutrient deficiencies like B6 and zinc (pyroluria). Under exposed and rarely talked about developmental and shock trauma, along with abandonment and attachment issues which wreaks physiological havoc on the polyvagal nerve, psoas muscle, amygdala, or in layman’s terms: significantly disrupts the gut/brain connection.
Plus, we need a better roadmap of healing (for everyone) beyond just eating right and exercise. Of course, good food and movement are important but relaxation, fun and leisure, healthy relationships, spiritual connection, emotional regulation, purpose, etc are also vital nutrients.
I honestly didn’t think Holly and Laura would reply, but I sent the email anyway…
Holly immediately replied and said, they’d love to have me on their podcast.
OMG, the same podcast that Sarah Hepola was interviewed on!
We recorded the 1.5 hour interview about all the things above and then…I fretted, I worried, I ruminated.
I emailed Holly again and I said I feel like I left out a crucial piece. I side stepped talking about WHY I finally decided to quit drinking.
Holly replied and said, “this is good, this is important. Let’s record an addendum. Our listeners need to hear this!”
Then I cried.
I sat with my best friend and I said, I don’t know if I can do this? It’s too vulnerable.”
My friend said, “That’s okay, do it anyway, even if you cry. You need to tell this part of your story.”
Now, 3-years later, tens of thousands of people have listened to that podcast and I still cry when I get notes from women saying they relate to my story and how impactful that interview was for them.