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The Week of
Good Stress Physiology

This Week’s Info

  • Mobility Focus: Thoracic and Hip
  • Stability Goals: Shoulder at 90 Degrees
  • Skill Work: Plank
  • Mindset: Good Stress Physiology

WOD Programming Schedule (thru August 6th)

  • Monday: MetCon
  • Tuesday: Pliability
  • Wednesday: Strength
  • Thursday: MetCon
  • Friday: Pliability
  • Saturday: Strength


Summer of YOU Challenge

  • We love all the posts and buzz this challenge has created! Let’s do this!
  • Get your WEEK 1 tracking info to Amanda by tomorrow!!!! You can drop them off or email them in! (Amanda@MindsetPT.com)
  • Even though we have started, you can still join in! There are LOTS of ways to get points each day and there will be bonus challenges to allow you to catch up. Sign up HERE
  • Check out THIS awesome video summary from Amanda! HERE are all the details written out for you as well!

Course Updates

  • MamaBear 102 is OPEN and almost FULL — register ASAP! 

Workout T-Shirt Ideas

  • Do you have a great idea for a t-shirt that you want us to make? Let us know!
  • We are working on the next round of gear ideas and we want to hear from YOU!
  • Send your ideas, pictures, etc to Amanda@MindsetPT.com.

Health Tip

Stress can be good! SO GOOD! But what makes it good?
Good stress needs to:
  • be short term
  • feel safe
  • happen in moderate amounts

Dr. Robert Sapolsky from Stanford talks more about that HERE!

So let’s reframe and take more control of this situation.

  • Step 1:
    • The word “stress” is a concept that is viewed as something that HAPPENS TO you…
    • This creates a victim mindset and that isn’t one of the mindset principles we teach.
  • Step 2:
    • Instead of saying stress… I want you to try substituting the word stimulus.
    • This implies something you can change and control.

“Stress” doesn’t actually exist and it is solely determined by your perception of reality. Stimulus does exist and is more concrete, therefore easier to effect.

Stimulus is how you grow… More to come next week!

Functional Medicine Corner

So, let’s dive into one of the five functions of the gut in more detail – digestion and absorption. This is one of the tasks the gut has that seems obvious and self-explanatory, but there are a few nuances that need to be considered before we assume that meals that go in are used maximally by the body.

Everything that goes into our mouths and passes through our stomach and intestines is still technically “outside” of the body UNTIL the food is broken down into its basic components or micronutrients and can be absorbed through the intestinal wall. Only then is the food we put in providing the nourishment and building blocks we need.

How do we break down a tasty beef or bean taco into those micronutrients?

  • First, the act of chewing as well as enzymes in our saliva begin the heavy lifting of digestion.
  • Second, stomach acid begins to work on breaking down protein in the beef, beans or cheese.
  • Third, bile is secreted by the liver through a duct into the small intestine which helps emulsify the fats in the cheese, sour cream and beef. At the same time the pancreas secretes digestive enzymes that digest proteins and fats as well as the carbs in the veggies and shell.

If any of these components are compromised, the beef, avocado or lettuce may not completely get broken down, and they cannot pass through a healthy cellular wall.

The taco may have been delicious, but some of it is coasting down the “slip ‘n slide” of the gut and not being used by our cells!

What can we do to help optimize this? Take the time to sit and relax at mealtime and chew your food well! Your body will thank you!

~ Carrie Palmer PA-C, IFMCP
Please feel free to reach out to Carrie directly with additional questions at 269-224-1659!

Member of the Month – July

Hey there Mindset family–it is a new month so it calls for our next Mindset Member of the Month: Kathryn “Kate” Redinger! (And yes…she is ringing that PR bell! Woot woot!)

Kate, we are so honored to have you in this community. We have been amazed by your strength and perseverance. You are quietly strong and you pack a lot of power! We marvel at what you can do and we admire you for how aware you have become of your body and your breathing! You are incredibly strong and powerful–thank you for being part of our community!

Help us shower Kate with some extra Mindset love this month!