Become the master of your life

I spent last week hanging out with Pedram Shojai, Dr. Sara Gottfried, Able James, Tom O’Bryan, Alex Jamieson, Dave Asprey, JJ Virgin, and many other alternative wellness online practitioners. We connected deeply and got a chance to learn more about each others’ businesses and healing work.

This week we are all getting geared up for the 100-day GONG challengeWatch this video to learn what Gong is!!!
 
The things I’m going to show you help me sleep deeper, sit up straighter, and feel the energy flowing freely in my body. 

I want you to experience this too! 
 
In fact, let’s do it together. Pedram has an inexpensive program that will give you all the basics you need to get started on this challenge with amazingly talented healers. 
 
Because I’m friends with these folks they’ve given me a really special deal – they’re letting us in on the beta program for a fraction of the price. There are limited spots in the beta program and there are thousands of people reading this email right now – so hurry up and register so we can do this amazing self-healing work together. 
 

Let’s raise our vibration, free up blockages, and ground ourselves so we can be more clear, more productive, and more present in our lives over the next 100 days. 


Did I mention that Pedram will be hosting live Q&A calls each week? I’m going to be there. This man is an inspiring wealth of knowledge. Last week we were hiking through the mountains of Palm Springs and he kept blowing my mind with his ideas. 
 
I am committed to sharing the resources with you that I myself use. Let’s do this together. Dr. Sara, Abel James – The Fat Burning Man, and a bunch of other high-level practitioners will be doing this with us!  
 
 
Probiotically,

Summer

P.S. Here’s the link to register and learn how to master your life with an amazing group of people.

How to be self-honoring (How I got over my blocks to being my best)

A month ago I went to my home state of Tennessee because my younger sister was going to have a baby and she’d asked me to be her doula. (I was hoping this would happen since we were very wee kids…)

Plane tickets were bought, I got someone to water my plants for seven weeks, and I was all set to stay in the guest room at my dad’s house.

“You can stay as long as you like!” said Dad.

It wasn’t more than a few days into my trip when it became clear that staying at my dad’s wasn’t going to work out so hot.

Now, I love my Pa, I wouldn’t have attempted such a marathon hang-out if I didn’t think that it was a good idea, but when it came down to it, it wasn’t a good idea.

What’s a fermentationist to do?

I found me an apartment to rent for a month and a half.

In my younger days it might have been a bigger deal. I may have hemmed and hawed, dragged it out longer, and possibly even toughed it out for the whole time to try and save money.

(Glad those days are over.)

Here, I really am grateful that I made a decision to take care of myself on all different levels. This apartment thing–it felt like an indulgence. Here I had a perfectly good place to stay. There was a bed, my own room…but it didn’t serve me.

I felt really good about the fact that I realized so quickly that this was how it was going to work out the best for everyone. I chalk that up to the fact that I’m committed to taking care of myself and giving myself the things that make me happy, not just keep me squeaking by and subsisting on “good enough.”

When I decided to do radical self-care I got to spend really wonderful times with my father instead of trying to make something forced happen. I would spend hours on his couch watching NASCAR and chatting it up instead of getting annoyed at the TV blaring.

We got to go motorcycle riding and enjoy each other’s company. I even invited him over for dinner and he made KALE! (This is still going to take some getting used to–since he did The Gut Rebuilding Program he has really changed his eating habits!)

And once I sat down in that apartment and locked the doors – I had a huge emotional detox session. I had been holding up my walls for months (maybe years) living with other people and I just needed the safety of being totally alone to let those guards down.

My meditation and yoga practice flourished. My personal training hit a new level. I knew where everything was in the house and the fridge was stocked with exactly the right foods.

It was delightful.

And everything in my life went better for it.

I’m so happy I made that decision to take care of myself fully even though it was a leap to rent a fully furnished condo for 6 weeks! It was worth it in every way to shift my mentality fromto one of deprivation to self-honoring who I am TODAY.

Are there things in your life that you deny yourself because they might be a stretch, financially or otherwise?

And how long do you wait, pining for the right time, when the right time is right in front of you with loving open arms (and maybe even has some really cool surprises for you if you decide to tango)?

When it comes to the things that you really want, the things that will plant the seeds of long term growth, do you say yes to them?

Getting in touch with self love is invaluable, and it looks different for different people.

Could The Fermentationist Certification Program be exactly one of those things for you?

The FCP gives you much more than just the tools to make the most healing foods possible, but also brings with it something deeper that your soul’s been itching for (however unnoticed & unrequited) for years?

I invite you to find out.

http://www.fermentationist.com/

xoxo,

Summer

P.S. The FCP is like SCHOOL! This is a high level training that I’ve spent years developing. When you join the FCP, it’s an investment in who you are and where you’re going. It’s not for everyone, I’ll say that. I’ll also say that I’m committed to people being healthy, and that includes being financially healthy as well. That’s why I offer to coach participants on how to use the FCP concepts in their business, with the end goal that they get a return on their investment in a remarkably short amount of time. I love talking about business and coming up with creative ideas that really work!

 

How I saved my Southern family’s Thanksgiving (and my dad only complained once!)

I want to tell you a wild story about my family’s Thanksgiving dinner that changed everything. It’s how I found a way to be different AND healthy in my family.
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There’s work to be done in the food system. It starts at the plate, with your family and those you share meals with.

So many people tell me about the fear they have about changing the way they eat. They think it means they’re going to become social outcasts, that they won’t have a life, and they won’t be able to connect with others like they used to.

The need to belong is one of the most powerful human needs. People will go to drastic lengths to meet this need.

When a person who has been struggling with their health finally starts to change that, they often realize that the changes they are making are about WAY more than health.

It’s about being who you are. Expressing who you are. Sharing it with people. Holidays are a big deal for those trying to eat differently.

So let me tell you about my Southern Family Thanksgiving, Bock-Style.

For years, I had been unable to eat the most big to-do meal of the year. My family’s traditions included dairy, wheat, and sugar galore. There was no way I could even eat around that stuff, so I would bring my own food.

Although it had been years since I became confident in what I needed to do to eat in a way that didn’t mess me up for weeks, this year, I decided I wanted something more. I wanted to actually share this day with my family in a different way.

“Dammit,” I said. I said, “Family. . .this year I’m organizing Thanksgiving.”

To my astonishment, they agreed.

I wanted to share this meal with them. This Thanksgiving. It was a big day for a few reasons. One, my parents, who had been divorced hadn’t been back in the same room for many years. So that was happening. Recipe for disaster? Possibly.

Another thing: Grandma had always been the one to cook the whole meal. Very sadly, she’d since passed away, and my family continued to cook in her style…her turkey, her mashed potatoes, her stuffing, and her glorious, almighty pumpkin pie.

Beyond wanting to share this meal with my family, I wanted to impress them! I wanted to show them that healthy food didn’t mean deprivation.

So I assigned everyone a dish – this was key in getting everyone on board. We made a delicious bountiful meal. Steam from the stove poured out from the kitchen as my parents existed in the same room for the first time in years. Nothing broke!

We ate. It was outstanding. Everyone loved it, and my father only complained once!

“It’s not Grandma’s pumpkin pie,” he said.

True enough, Dad, true enough.

But what is was is something that I’d been craving for years–to feel supported by my family in this specific way. I took a big risk (can you imagine ruining Thanksgiving?!) and at the end I felt more in tune with who I am. I realized that by being who I am, by including others in my life, I don’t have to feel like the black sheep.

I still might be different from my whole family, but the negative association I once had for that difference just isn’t there. It vanished somewhere in between the dairy and gluten-free miso gravy and the moist gluten-free stuffing.

So what I want to you to think about is how you can stop living in fear of being the black sheep, and how to start embracing it. Being true to who you are, what you eat, and what’s important to you is a recipe for being powerful.

For many of us, we HAVE to be true to ourselves.

You might just decide that you want to find others who see things your way. When you let go of the struggle, of who you are NOT, you find out who you ARE. That’s where the cool shit starts.

If you’re interested in how we can spread these ideas on a large scale, I invite you to check out the The Fermentationist Certification Program. It’s a chance to embrace who you are, to find your people, to make a real change in the food system. Registration is open!

Meet me over here to check out the FCP
http://www.fermentationist.com/

Love, Gravy & Probiotics,

Summer

PS – Want the recipes for that meal? You can find that here.

The most important thing I learned about healing with food came from a French scientist’s deathbed.

When I was in school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, I learned something that absolutely floored me. It was what Louis Pasteur, the scientist who influenced everything about the current food system, said on his deathbed:

“Bernard was right…the pathogen is nothing; the terrain is everything.”

Damn. Pasteur invented pasteurization and shifted worldwide understanding of what makes people sick, and here he was, recounting his life’s work. (Bernard was his contemporary who argued for a healthy biological terrain—we’ll get into that more below.)

Before Pasteur, we didn’t know bacteria existed. When people got food poisoning they were treated by extreme measures such as bloodletting. Yup–let the evil spirits out.

This was not that long ago. Less than 150 years is a mere blip in the 10,000 year history of food cultivation.

Pasteur contributed a lot to our world, but his method for dealing with bacteria using heat kills off both the good and the bad, and the practice has drastically altered our food system and our bodies. The process uses heat high enough to damage the food’s nutrient availability, enzymes, and natural antibacterial properties, but that temperature is not high enough to kill typhoid, E. coli, TB, or Salmonella. (Dr Ghislaine Lanctôt, The Medical Mafia)

I’m not trying to *dis* Pasteur. He was the forerunner to the work I do now. Like me, he was a seeker of knowledge who set out to fix a problem that was affecting the entire world.

‘The terrain is everything’ means that harmful bacteria can’t survive in a healthy gut. If you don’t have the right probiotics your terrain is shot. This is why some people eat super healthy and still have health problems stemming from poor digestion, and live in a state of constant exhaustion.

It’s now clear that the terrain is the key to everything else. It’s not the only component to being healthy, but it is absolutely the foundation.

So how do you create a healthy terrain? When I found the answer to this question it became the seat of my personal theory of healing. Creating a healthy biological terrain is a new methodology of healing.

I also jumped for joy. That understanding led me from getting sick 4-6 times a year to getting sick only once every 4-6 years.

Are you the kind of person who LOVES making food and being in the kitchen and the concept of using food as medicine ignites sparks for you? I’ve got a free training coming up–Sign up and we’ll send the first one over shortly!

Register for the Healing With Fermented Foods Video Series.

http://www.fermentationist.com/

It’s designed to give you tools to improve your health, the health of other people, and revolutionize your local food system. Enjoy!

Comment below to let me know your epiphanies…

Tempeh-Reuben Salad (Video Cooking Show)

My dear friend, Robyn Youkalis and I combined forces and created a delicious new recipe that totally blew our minds.

Check out this amazing recipe for Tempeh-Reuben Salad and comment below the video to let us know what you think!!!

http://well.org/simple-tempeh-reuben-salad/

 

 

Watch here and comment below the video!

 

http://well.org/simple-tempeh-reuben-salad/

My Father: A Case Study

I am over-the-top excited about this round of Gut Rebuilding!

Yes, more people signed up than ever before.

Yee-Haw!

Yes, those people have been experiencing shifts RIGHT NOW, in the middle of the program.

Sha-zam!

I have to say that watching people heal their guts in such a short time is one of my absolute favorite parts in a lot of favorite parts.

But the real zinger? The part that I’m bursting with a mix of pride and borderline Just. Damn. Floored. by?

My father, Tom Bock, is doing Gut Rebuilding.

And? He’s my biggest fan. Sure, the whole proud papa paternal factor has something to do about it…but check this out:

Daddy Bock is diabetic. Has been for decades. The docs have had him on a whole cocktail of medications to manage, and he’s struggled with his blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight gain for years (actually for much longer than when he was first diagnosed).

Since starting Gut Rebuilding, he’s taking one third of his diabetes medications and has discontinued his hypertension meds – in just a few weeks of following my program.

He’s lost 13 pounds.

He’s cutting off the end of his belt and punching new holes in them to make them fit.

He’s had noticeable attitude changes and is feeling more positive than ever.

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I just got back from seven weeks spent visiting my family in Tennessee because my outrageously wonderful sister just had this genius gorgeous baby—

The most hilarious thing about all this is that my father couldn’t stop following me and my sister around with his camera. Seriously, I had to tell him to stop! (And then he was still taking just as many photos but just trying to be sly about it!)

He is happier than I have ever seen him.

This here? The goods…

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I also want to announce that I’ve got something special coming up here in the next few weeks. I’m doing a live webinar training call, free of charge, and I want YOU to be there!

It’s called “End Your Digestive Woes: 3 Steps to Rebuild Your Gut & Boost Your Energy Simultaneously,”. Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 3rd at 3pm PT/6pm ET to listen LIVE.

Keep your eyeballs open! It’s gonna be hot!

Probiotically,
Summer

PS – Want to learn how you could start experiencing what my Dad did? Gut Rebuilding is open for registration.

Share and post your comments below…

 

The recipe that won an award–check out the video! (and announcing an exciting new podcast)

My friend and colleague Pedram Shojai runs the website well.org and asked if I would be on his show! Of course I said Ha-aaay!

This is a big deal! This is cause for celebration!

If you don’t know who Pedram is, you need to! He’s 100% incredible.

For starters, he is a brilliant doctor of Oriental Medicine.

He also made the acclaimed documentary Vitality, which I can’t recommend highly enough.

Pedram invests all his resources getting super smart people on video and showcasing their unique contributions that make the world a healthier place. This is a truly noble way that he’s devoted to improving the world. You must check him out!

Pedram can be found on well.org and on his podcast The Health Bridge.

In the video we did together I go through the exact steps to make the healthiest, most gut rebuilding sauerkraut. Head on over there to see a quick video of me demonstrating my chops (and my chopping skills!)

http://well.org/fixing-gut-with-sauerkraut/

You’ll get to see the different stages of sauerkraut and hear about the gut rebuilding benefits of this truly super food. Learn the traditional spices, as well as a little known ingredient that adds a boatload of immune boosting probiotics to every bite of kraut!

AND. . .

If that wasn’t exciting enough, on June 18th I am going to be on his live podcast, The Health Bridge, with his co-host, Dr. Sara Gottfried, the Harvard-trained MD with 20+ years of experience and the author of the forthcoming book, The Hormone Cure.

You HAVE to check out this podcast, ya’ll! You can even make comments live online if you show up at 11am PT (2pm ET).

Probiotically,
Summer

P.S. Don’t forget to check out me sharing my award winning recipe:

http://well.org/fixing-gut-with-sauerkraut/

P.P.S. You can catch the Vitality trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAoYqKmjR_E

P.P.P.S. Please comment under the video letting us know you watched! Even a quick ‘thanks’ is appreciated.

I trust your body

Integrity is one of my favorite words. To me it means your thoughts lining up with your actions.

I’m an observer.

I’m a listener.

I watch your words and see if they line up with your actions.

I trust bodies.

I read bodies.

The way you carry yourself, where you store fat, how you hold your limbs, the lines, stretch marks, your eyes, the muscles – they all ended up there from a story. Those stories started as thoughts and beliefs. I know what you think and what you believe about yourself when I look at you.

It sometimes feels like I’m psychic. But it’s not that at all. It is all there. Visible. It makes logical sense. It’s undeniable. We are our own stories. Healing is about processing the old stories until they end. Healing is about changing your beliefs and thoughts so your emotions can flow freely through you.

Now how will you let go of the stories and beliefs that are making you sick, pulling on your body, keeping you in pain, and worst of all – keeping you from experiencing the brightest best you possible?

 

The MOST RADICAL food you need to be eating isn’t even on the food pyramid!

I’m going to get radical here for a minute. Hold onto your horses, but consider letting go of what you already know and hear me out.

rad·i·cal

adjective

1. (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.
“a radical overhaul of the existing regulatory framework”

2. of or going to the root or origin.

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What led me to do the work I do?

It’s because I have a fundamental belief that the food system is broken. A hefty claim, a bold assertion—I know.

And what led me to believe—to know with all my being—that the food system was broken?

It was because my own body was destroyed after decades of eating even a marginally “healthy” modern American diet. In order to fix my body, I had to examine the source of my problems. I had to get radical—down to the root.

In doing so I discovered some huge, capital ’T’ Truths that weren’t so pretty. In fact, I denied them for as long as I could stand because they challenged everything I knew and thought about myself, how healthy I believed myself to be, how my mom fed me, and even what everyone around me took for granted.

These new ideas weren’t widely accepted.

The thing that floors me the most about the food system is completely absurd, and I mean this in the looniest, most nonsensical kind of way. (As opposed to some avant guard art that pushes the status quo.) I’m talking about how the food system is straight up bonkers here.

The #1 thing that needs to shift to have a healthier society and a non-busted food system? The thing that if we fix, EVERYONE gets healthier?

It’s simply this:

Focus on getting the right nutrients.

What do people focus on instead?

Cheap fuel and fillers.

The price people pay for just filling their bellies so they stop growling is enormous. They’re missing the biggest opportunity to supercharge their nutritional content with solid, beneficial gut flora.

How, you ask? With fermented foods.

We want this! We need this boomin’ bellyful of healthy bacteria most of all. A healthy gut flora will help digest and extract more nutrients from food.

This is where we need to be focusing—not on trying to get through lunchtime as fast as we can so we can go back to work, but on truly nourishing our bodies. If that’s the priority, then everything else is…well, ok—maybe this isn’t the best metaphor—but everything else is gravy.

The reason people have to work so hard right now to figure out what they need to eat for their body is because the food system is broken. People are (still) being told to eat in a way that doesn’t work.

So rather than get all weepy and just curl up on the couch with gluten-free microwavable TV dinner, here’s the BEST thing we can do about this busted food system that we’ve inherited. (Yes, find solace in the fact that we didn’t make it, but we have a choice over what to do with it.)

We need to get as educated as possible about how humans eat, what makes us healthy, and what we need in our lives to feel good.

Here’s the other capital ’T’ Truth that knocked me over. It was when I realized—midway through my winding road to what’s now exceptional health—that no one was going to save me.

And the hard-knock truth when I started my health coaching practice? I can’t save anyone else either. But here’s what I could do.

I could learn how to be healthy. I also saw an opportunity to learn how to help other people be healthy. My friend Stella likes to call this being a ‘Classy Ambassador.’ It’s when you lead by example in so graceful and non-pushy a way that other people can’t help but be intrigued with what you’re up to.

At first it appeared that I stumbled into this leadership discovery, but I was clear-headed enough that I saw an opportunity to become a leader in this field, both on a small and large scale. I’m not saying my path is for everyone. But when I realized that:

1) I could heal my own broken body

2) I could teach other people they steps I took to heal their broken bodies

3) that with each broken body healed, one brick of the broken food system was dismantled

I couldn’t see doing it any other way.

Why? Because there’s grandparents in nursing homes, children in schools, people in hospitals who are the most negatively affected by this faulty food system we’ve inherited. Ironically, they’re the people that need nutrition the MOST.

So I write this knowing that I’m more than just a little bit of an upstart. I write this knowing that I might alienate some people who disagree, or who aren’t ready to hear what I’m saying, or who just don’t like me for what ever reason. I HAD to make a decision to be okay with that. Because to be radical means that you are willing to stand by your beliefs, no matter how it affects your popularity.

Whatever you believe at your core, I hope you’re willing to choose your Truth over the status quo. I hope that when it comes down to living with integrity that you’re willing to shift your whole previous belief system, if that’s what it takes. I hope that you’re even ready to push aside what your family taught you in the past or what they think now.

This is how change happens. This is how we fix the food system and learn how to nourish our bodies first, and up next, the world.

The best tool for diagnosing your digestion on a daily basis

You have at your disposal one of the best methods for self to know how your gut is doing. People are always asking me which tests they should take to find out how their intestinal bacteria are faring. Even though tests are useful in some situations, the most important skill set you can develop is daily self-diagnosis. This means paying attention to your skin, tongue, eyes, and digestion.

The most important signal of your health is being swept away everyday down those darned automatic flush toilets. Too bad, tragically sad! You can’t know how your body is doing if you don’t get the chance to study. (The other annoying thing about those toilets is they flush like 6 times before you even sit down!)

Every time you drop your kids off at the pool, look at what you left behind.

Here are some basic guidelines for telling if your gut is f***ed or filled with the friendly flora and fauna that keeps you feeling good.

You should go 1-2 times per day, no less.

Your BM should be between a 3 and 5 on the Bristol Stool Chart.

A healthy deuce should be torpedo-shaped and easy to pass. A minute or two tops. No floating, no little deer pellets – you aren’t a kibble factory – time to drink more delicious H-2-O. You want your stool to be Crayola-brown color. Little thin poops could be an indication of serious health problem. Soft serve is an indication of lactose intolerance, artificial sweeteners (sorbitol and Splenda) doing their evil magic in your body, or a reaction to fructose or gluten.

Check out Dr. Mercola’s explanation of all the different factors that influence your bowels. What a darling man for laying it all out for everybody else!

In Gut Rebuilding we fondly call the highest achievement in poopdom, the ‘Golden Doodle’. This number two has a clean break – meaning there is a clean wipe, and the entire elimination is under a minute. No straining, no rocking back and forth, no groaning or grunting, no magazine-reading.

The benefits of healthy poops like this are that you have less digestive problems and no struggle with hemorrhoids because there is no straining.

When you eat new foods, try new supplements, and take better care of yourself – you should see this reflected in your feces. Take a look. Gauge your progress. I strongly recommend that you limit the amount of new supplements you start taking at once in order to understand how each thing is affecting you.

Within two weeks of my Gut Rebuilding program, most of my clients experience a positive change in their number twos. They notice it’s more digested. This is due to the increased bacteria in their guts digesting their food more fully. The good gut bugs are happy, you’re happy. Win-win.

I help my clients achieve is the Golden Doodle through Gut Rebuilding. Speaking of – I have a whole series of videos that talks all about this. Check out the Gut Rebuilding Video Series here.