by Mojica Photography
Hi there! Let me introduce myself- my name is Gabrielle Rowe. The last name is where the fun and somewhat cheesy name of this blog comes from. I am a 20 something year old- married to my best friend, Derek. Hubs is the youth pastor at the local church we attend and I teach 1st grade at one of the best schools imaginable. Between learning what it means to be Derek’s helpmate, youth events, a class of 18 spunky 6-7 year olds and family- life is full and busy!
With a humming life, I don’t have time to NOT be healthy! Which is where I have found myself- needing to feel great, have energy, and a normal functioning body all in order to keep up with the tasks that have been put before me. That is where it gets tricky. I have IBS; which leaves me in a constant state of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea or constipation on a daily basis (yep we’re getting personal😉 but there’s a reason for being so transparent!). As if that’s not enough, I also have hormone imbalance issues. Leaving the window to having children pretty unclear right now. But my God is good, and He can bring good and further His glory through all of this.
After doing my research and talking with many others who are in a similar boat, I now know that gut and hormone issues are closely linked. A healthy gut keeps the body humming. When our guts become off-kilter, it not only affects our digestion but can lead to diseases and other ailments, or in my case: hormone imbalance.
Tired of the discomfort and letting these issues govern a huge majority of my day to day life, (literally, at times having to cancel plans because of feeling so awful!) I am taking a closer look at what I eat. Eating, to heal my gut. God has brought some great mentors into my life, that have helped me see that the food we eat has a major impact on our gut health. In addition, eliminating stress and learning to slow down in life is another key component to healing the gut. There is a reason God tells his children to not become exhausted in trying to achieve riches. He knew well before we did that stress can wreck havoc on our bodies. At that point, what good are riches if we can’t even enjoy them?
So here I am, embarking on the GAPS diet in an attempt to heal my gut; bringing both my gut and hormone issues back to a center of calm. Where the Rowed Leads is my outlet of sharing my weekly struggles and triumphs, noting what is working and what is not. You’ll also find some great recipes and ideas on how to make eating healthy not just a diet, but a life style!
If you find yourself in a similar situation, dealing with gut and hormone issues, you are not alone. My hope is that through my blog you can find some added help and spiritual encouragement to help you along your Rowed to healing. You can read up on how the gut impacts our overall health and why healing starts there on the ‘Say What?’ page. Thanks for stopping by!🙂