Healing Leaky Gut

You won’t heal in 7 days – but you’ can feel better in 24 hours.  I know because I did.  We have people using our program who are feeling better, a LOT better in the first 7 days.  It’s not rocket science, but it is a specific protocol and it’s very important to follow it.

I grew up in a happy Catholic home in the 60’s and 70’s.  We had a big family.  I always asked my mom for the same toys as all the neighbor kids and she told me I could have all my brothers and sisters or the toys and “things”.  She wasn’t really surprised when I said I’d be happy to send a couple of them back (not the toys, the babies).  Now…I’m glad to have the siblings. My mom was a stay-at-home mom who let us fend for ourselves for breakfast and lunch and made us a “healthy” dinner each night and we ate as a family.

So, here was my diet growing up:  Lucky Charms for breakfast, unless we were out and then I had (yuck) Cap’n Crunch.  Bologna sandwich, carrot and chips for lunch, if it was during the school year, I had hot lunch with processed fried some kind of mushed meat patties, whipped sweet potatoes (I didn’t eat), salad and a little dessert.  For dinner, we’d have roast and potatoes and carrots with canned peaches. Sundays, we’d have bacon and eggs and toast.  Friday nights, my mom and dad had a date night.  We were one of the first families in America to have t.v. dinners.

My dad was a food broker.  We got a lot of processed, institutional food for samples.  That was like a Godsend for a big Catholic family, hospitals, and schools, but, it was a perfect set-up for adult gut issues. We had lots of pizza with trans fats.  I was out of the house before macaroni and cheese came along.  My baby brother lived on that and pizza and has worse gut problems than me. I remember the tin platters with swiss steak and stuffed peppers and well, big versions of what you see in the freezer section today because it’s what they sold to hospitals.

What could you do, we probably ate healthier than 90% of the population because we ALWAYS ate at home. My kids look back at what I fed them and I did the best I could too.  I believed what they put out there and ate and used what we were told.  It’s very confusing.  One minute it’s “don’t eat fat” – Susan Powter said, “fat makes fat”. I believed it and we ate low fat.  Cut calories, so you eat the low-calorie version of everything – and then you find out that fat is good and low calorie means chemicals.


Cathy Sykora

Cathy Sykora

Founder, The Health Coach Group

Cathy helps health coaches build and maintain successful businesses that improve the lives of others.

Fruits and Vegetables


I don’t remember a lot of fruits and vegetables.  We didn’t eat a lot of desserts either.  We had a cookie bucket we passed around the table and if you took more than one or two, there wouldn’t be enough for everyone.  We got the Pillsbury rolls, Orange Danish, on special Sundays to go with scrambled eggs.

I still think, aside from our special access to processed foods, we ate healthier than most.  Because there were so many of us, we could only have soda once a week.  It was Pre-Burger King and McDonalds still had a one store franchise agreement in Omaha, so there wasn’t fast food.

We got exercise because we rode our bikes all over the place.  Our neighborhoods were safe and I’d go to the pool at 6 a.m. for swim team and stay there all day except to go home to eat. My mom had a bell on the back porch to call us home.


If you want to picture my parents, think Madmen. That was them, except they were outside themselves and more into their community and church. Well – and they stayed together. They smoked. Our friends still talk about coming to visit and having a cloud of smoke hanging from the ceiling in our basement.

Anyway, the results of all this processed food, soda, and smoke – was leaky gut.  My sinuses were so bad because of all the intolerances and allergies I built up, that I went on continued doses of prednisone and antibiotic – that guess what?  Made it all worse.

I got C-Diff. After rounds and thousands and thousands of dollars worth of antibiotics, they got rid of it.  I still had diarrhea so bad that I could hardly work.  I couldn’t be more than a few feet from the bathroom and could never leave the house before 2 p.m. The doctors gave me every test there was.- even swallowing a camera. They couldn’t find anything, they couldn’t diagnose, so I was dismissed.  I still had my problem – but they gave up.

Several years before I’d taken one of those controversial food allergy tests.  My doctor had told me life was too short to give up all those foods. So my list sat for a few years.  At this point, I was desperate.  I gave up everything on the list.  Dairy, wheat, almonds, kidney beans, green beans, processed foods, sugar…and within 24 hours – I WAS BETTER.  That’s how fast getting those things out of your system can make a difference.

I didn’t heal in 24 hours, it takes a lot longer.  If you look at the pictures of leaky gut, you’ll understand. I did feel better and with each day, the inflammation went down and I felt better and better and better and….I got my life back.

There are some rules in our Leaky Gut Program that aren’t in all programs.  Ours is better for this reason.

P.S.  I had a great childhood with loving parents. They were inspirational. My dad was an amazing man and I still hear stories of his kindness. My mom had all of us and she still helped in the cafeteria and started church groups and, well, she was just a good role model. We grew up with them as pillars of the community and that was a nice place to be.

We all do the best we can. Technology and manufacturing, as well as GMOs and demand for ease of use, created change that happened before we knew what we were getting ourselves into.  Our hospitals, restaurants, grocery stores were selling things to us that weren’t tested enough – or well thought out. We blindly trust that if it’s sold to us by trusted vendors, it’s been approved.  That’s why we have to take responsibility and that’s why health coaches are so needed.

I found the answer to leaky gut and it’s shared in our 7 Day Gut Transformation.  Stick with a health coach after so you can make lifestyle changes and develop habits.  I have people say they got the same results as me.  They felt better in one day.  It’s worth it and so are you.



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  1. Mary Blackburn

    It’s true. Before I diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I felt so sick. I had stomach-aches, headaches, my hair was limp and my fingernails were brittle and peeling. It took longer than one day for me, but within a few days, after all the gluten got out of my system, I felt like a new person.

    I’ve done this program, it’s one of my favorites, and it still amazes me how much better I felt at the end of the 7 days, even though I thought I was eating healthy for the most part.

  2. Candess M Campbell

    Educating us on this health information is so important! Somehow people often don’t understand that what they eat does in fact run their bodies, but it is not just about their energy and how they feel. The organs inside your body is what is going to make the difference how you feel and operate in the long run. Now is the time to shift your diet to fuel your whole body. Happy you have this 7 Day program!

  3. rachel lavern

    I don’t have any symptoms; however, I have heard that leaky guy may just be the root cause of many diseases that people struggle with today.As Hippocrates’ quotes goes, “All disease begins in the gut.”

  4. Beverley Golden

    Gut issues are both painful and challenging to diagnose. Having had digestive issues from a young age, I really resonated with all the tests doctors did on you, without coming up with a diagnosis, Cathy. My issues began when I was 12 and test after test, doctor after doctor couldn’t find anything. I was in constant pain and was down to 85 pounds. Finally a doctor ‘found something’ and I had to have two feet of my jejunum removed, as it was blocked and inflamed. They told my parents I could go home and eat anything I wanted now! The lack of clear info on food and diet and its impact on our gut is astounding. I learned through trial and error what foods work for me and which ones don’t. I do not do well with grains, legumes and beans/lentils etc. Personally I didn’t see a difference cutting out dairy for six months, so keep a small amount of organic dairy in my diet now. Thanks for sharing your story and for the plan you have to help others who are suffering but don’t know what to do to heal. Like you, I believe that sharing our stories and what works for us, is a great service to others.

  5. Tamuria

    I haven’t had any severe issues, Cathy, but occasionally feel a bit ‘off’ and I automatically eliminate the foods I think may be responsible. It works like magic. I think it’s wonderful that so much good information about healthy eating is readily available these days, making it easier for people to make informed decisions about what to eat.

  6. Joyce Hansen

    We’ve all been victims of the great American diet. I can remember when doctors were lucky if they got 1 hour of nutrition training at med school. and, some still think the ingredients on packaged food is less important than the number of grams of protein and carbohydrates that you’re getting. We’ve moved more into organic and look younger than younger family members. They don’t believe that eating organic makes that much of a difference. We’ve made these healthier eating choices and there’s no turning back.

  7. Lynne Wadsworth

    Educating people about this is so important! It will clarify for people, the correlation between what they eat and how it affects their body. People will definitely feel a difference even after 7 days.

  8. Tandy Elisala

    THIS… this is such a powerful article, Cathy. As a four -time cancer thriver and someone with a variety of health challenges including fibromyalgia and immunoglobulin deficiency, I understand the mind/body connection and how important it is that we eat things that support our bodies. This is great information. I appreciate you sharing. I’ll check out y our 7 day program.

  9. Jennifer Q

    Sounds like I need to look into leaky gut. We have similar nutritional backgrounds, except I liked the Cap’n Crunch. My mom and I talked about this recently and she was apologetic that she didn’t realize that she was feeding me stuff that wasn’t good for me. Her example was “I fed you Tang and Chuckwagons.” My first hospitalization for my stomach was when I was in Kindergarten. I missed Christmas because I was in the hospital. There have been several more, and I’m in and out of my GI doc every few months. Diverticulosis, IBS, GERD, gastroparesis, eat low fodmaps, let’s do annual (fill in the blank) oscopies… yada yada yada. It seems like I’m a never ending experiment. I’m having surgery next week, so once I get that behind me, I’ll be circling back to this.

  10. Alene Geed

    We all do the best we can. Our parents worked with what they had. We did not have many fruits in our diet as kids..or vegetables for that matter. I remember living on Pepsi. We had a good friend who was the local Pepsi distributor so we always were well supplied. I cannot even imagine the damage done to my system! Thankfully leaky gut did not manifest. I am pleased that you have a positive solution to those who are diagnosed

  11. Apolline Adiju

    Educating and spreading awareness about this is key. I do not have it (thankfully) but have a few friends suffering from it.

  12. Teresa Salhi

    I have often found the term ‘leaky gut’ to be confusing and unclear. However, I have a super good and super food diet, I am super healthy and no sinus issues either. I contribute my good fortune on learning about healthy foods several years ago and the garbage put in processed foods.


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