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My guest for the radio show on Wednesday, February 1st at 11:30 a.m. is a new friend, Annmarie Rung. Annmarie lives in sunny California and is mother to Alex, almost 6 years old.
Somehow, I found Annmarie during one of my numerous searches while researching the GAPS Diet in in the past 5 months since making the decision to start myself and my husband on the GAPS Diet back in October 2011.
I am very excited to bring Annmarie’s story to you because within her story is HOPE!
People today need to know there is hope. People today need to know that a diagnosis does not necessarily mean they have to live with the ‘disease’ and be a slave to prescription drugs for the rest of their life.
Annmarie’s adorable son Alex was merely 18 months old when they were given the diagnosis of Autism.
Fortunately, for Alex, Annmarie was already well aware of the impact that diet has on the health of the body. Fortunately, Annmarie was connected with someone who immediately began teaching her the principles of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet after receiving Alex’s diagnosis.
Soon after, Annmarie transitioned Alex to the GAPS Diet, which he is still on today. Annmarie will share with us more about this journey of recovery from Autism.
Annmarie will also share some of her own health crisis that presented itself in December 2010. After multiple hospital admissions and a diagnosis of gluten allergy, Annmarie made the decision to put herself on the GAPS Diet. She had been a vegetarian for 6 years prior to this change.
Annmarie is a yoga teacher and health coach. She is also a health educator and presents free seminars at her local Whole Foods Market on behalf of Autism Hope Alliance.
Autism Hope Alliance is a nonprofit organization that “Inspires Hope For Recovery”. Their mission statement reads: “Give hope to families dealing with Autism that recovery is possible!”
My name is Annmarie Rung, I am a Native New Yorker, and I have lived in Huntington Beach, Ca for the past 6 years. I have a business & Psychology degree from the University of South Florida, and I am a certified yoga instructor(RYT) with Yoga Alliance and completed my 200-hour teacher training at Core Power Yoga in Huntington Beach, CA.
My teaching infuses my interest in so many aspects and traditions of yoga — from Iyengar-based alignment principles to exploring a Tibetan Buddhist worldview. I believe a yoga practice can be beneficial for anyone, regardless of gender, age, religion, health status, or “flexibility.”
Seeking to turn the lights on of those around me, I believe everyone has the power to positively effect real change in their lives and their bodies. I teach primarily vinyasa, linking movement with breath, in a creative cosmic dance meant to awaken the heart, inspire, and bring vitality, flexibility, strength, and awareness to my students. I believe in the transformation power of yoga and that yoga is a state where the impossible becomes possible.
Yoga has been a centering force in my own life, and for this I am grateful each day. Yoga is not only my asana practice, but the way I live my life. As a teacher, I am constantly reminded of all that I still hope to learn. From the bottom of my heart, I thank the Core Power Yoga community and to all of my teachers, past, present, and future for their constant inspiration and support. All living beings are our teachers.
In addition to teaching yoga and working on my first cookbook, I have also been on a mission to help my son who has gastrointestinal issues. I have had him on a special diet for the past 4 years(no gluten, dairy, soy, corn, artificial colors, & processed foods).
In addition to healing my son, I am also on the path to heal myself and others. My self healing journey began a year ago. I was not aware of my detrimental relationship with gluten until I was admitted to the Emergency Room 3 times in 2010. Even though I have been very active and always eat healthy(I was a vegetarian for 6 years), I started to become ill and could not seem to take off the weight I have been holding onto all these years.
I went to numerous doctors and had numerous tests, but nobody could figure out what was happening to my body(vomiting, nausea, headaches, extremely tired, tunnel vision). Basically the doctors just wanted to give me medication to “take away my symptoms”. This was not an answer for me since the meds only mask the symptoms but they do not address the “ROOT” of the problem.
I started my journey. I did my research, and found others who had similar stories as mine. I immediately decided to cut gluten from my diet. Yes, I have a gluten allergy, severe candida, high inflammation/bad intestinal flora and low nutritional status. My food was not being digested properly due to my damaged gut flora and in turn I was sick inside.
Since I was young, I always craved GLUTEN (like most people). If I felt stressed, I would make a sandwich with whole wheat bread. Of course, over time it turned into an addiction, along with sugar. Since my son had been Gluten Free for the past 2 years, I just “made the decision” to follow the same diet. Immediately, I felt better. For the first time my body and mind felt well. I had no idea that this is what optimal health is supposed to feel like. In addition, I LOST 15 pounds and it has not come back. I am now in the best shape of my life (mentally and physically).
My personal experience, education, and numerous conferences, seminars, and trainings has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and the importance of preventive care.
Mark your calendar so you are sure to listen to Recovering My Son From Autism on the GAPS Diet with Annmarie Rung on Wednesday, February 1st at 11:30 a.m. EST. Come with your cup of coffee or tea and prepare for a great story. Also, think of those you know who need to know about this show and share the link!
Your Partner in Health,