How to Take Full Ownership of Your Own Health | Lisa Bilyeu on Health Theory

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is about Lisa Bilyeu's journey to take full ownership of her own health and how she battled catastrophic dysbiosis through the ketogenic diet.

The video is an interview with Lisa Bilyeu, co-founder of Quest Nutrition and Impact Theory, about her journey to take full ownership of her own health. Lisa discusses her battle with catastrophic dysbiosis, a condition that caused debilitating pain and other symptoms. She shares how she tried various treatments and eventually turned to the ketogenic diet, which helped her regain control of her health. Lisa also talks about her past struggles with body image and how her diet choices contributed to her health issues. The interview is meant to inspire viewers to take control of their own health and make informed choices about their diet and lifestyle.

  • Lisa battled catastrophic dysbiosis for years and tried many treatments.
  • The ketogenic diet helped her take full ownership of her own health.
  • Lisa's journey to recovery is still ongoing.
  • Diet and health are closely connected.
  • Lisa suffered from chest infections and reduced gut bacteria.
  • Lisa felt guilty and ashamed about her health struggles.
  • Lisa's journey to entrepreneurship involved a radical shift in personality.
  • Lisa encourages others to take ownership of their health.
  • Realizing the severity of her health issues led to a shift in mindset and the importance of seeking help.

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Lisa's Battle with Catastrophic Dysbiosis

  • Lisa battled catastrophic dysbiosis for years.
  • She went to many doctors and tried many treatments, but nothing worked.
  • She eventually tried the ketogenic diet.
  • There were times when she wanted to give up, but she kept reminding herself that she had a choice to either slowly start dying or slowly start living.
  • The ketogenic diet helped her to take full ownership of her own health.
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The Journey to Recovery

  • Lisa's journey to recovery is still ongoing.
  • She experienced debilitating pain for years.
  • Tom believes that Lisa is one of the most extraordinary human beings he has ever encountered.
  • They wanted to share what they have learned so far.
  • The journey started when Lisa drank champagne and her stomach started hurting.
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The Threshold Event

  • Lisa grew up very skinny and was told to enjoy it while it lasted.
  • Her mom ate very little and may have had some form of anorexia.
  • Her sister drank slim fast.
  • When Lisa turned 16, she started to develop and was told she was getting fat.
  • She started cutting out carbs and fat and only ate protein.
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Diet and Health

  • The immune system is carried in the gut.
  • Lisa's diet caused her to get sick.
  • The ketogenic diet helped Lisa take full ownership of her own health.
  • It is important to understand the connection between diet and health.
  • What you eat can have a significant impact on your overall health and well-being.
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Lisa's Health Struggles

  • Lisa suffered from chest infections and would get sick every couple of months.
  • She took antibiotics to feel better, but would get sick again within a month or two.
  • She had a reduced diet and wasn't replenishing her gut with different types of bacteria.
  • She found it more and more difficult to stomach foods over the years.
  • She thought it was just her and didn't realize why she was getting sick.
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Emotional Distress and Shame

  • Lisa felt guilty that her sickness was affecting her partnership with her husband.
  • She didn't want her sickness to reflect poorly on her husband's company.
  • She felt ashamed that she couldn't eat their product and suffered in silence.
  • She didn't want people to judge her or think she was needy.
  • She thought it was better to suffer in silence than to be judged by others.
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Lisa's Journey to Entrepreneurship

  • Lisa's journey has been twofold: stepping out of being a housewife and becoming an entrepreneur.
  • She had a radical shift in her personality and how she approached the world.
  • She went from not wanting to be too loud or needy to stepping into her own and being unapologetically herself.
  • She now has pink hair and talks openly about her health struggles.
  • Her journey is interesting because of how far she has come.
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Taking Ownership of Health

  • Lisa took ownership of her health by doing research and finding a solution.
  • She battled catastrophic dysbiosis through the ketogenic diet.
  • She realized that she had control over her health and could make changes to improve it.
  • She encourages others to take ownership of their health and not rely solely on doctors.
  • She believes that everyone has the power to make changes and improve their health.
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Struggles with Health

  • Embarrassment and fear of leaving the house due to bowel movements and pain.
  • Desire to not appear weak to colleagues and team.
  • Belief that being sick was a weakness.
  • Difficulty sustaining food and water intake.
  • Feeling like a burden to others.
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Realization of Severity

  • Gradual realization that the food issue was more serious than just eating habits.
  • Emotional toll of hair loss and nail breakage.
  • Realization that seeking help was necessary.
  • Retreating from social events and feeling like a bad friend.
  • Need to tell people close to her about struggles.
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Shift in Mindset

  • Gradual shift towards being more honest and flexible.
  • Realization that being honest and seeking help was not a weakness.
  • Memory of a moment where she broke down in tears and realized she had gone in very serious.
  • Understanding that the food issue was tied to emotions and overall health.
  • Realization that hiding the issue was causing more harm than good.
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Importance of Seeking Help

  • Realization that seeking help was necessary for overall health and well-being.
  • Understanding that hiding the issue was causing more harm than good.
  • Importance of telling people close to her about struggles.
  • Need to prioritize health and seek help when necessary.
  • Importance of being honest and flexible in order to take full ownership of one's health.
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Lisa's Choice to Help Others

  • Positive feedback from people gave Lisa the strength to speak out more and share her strategies.
  • She chose to use her experience to help others instead of playing the victim.
  • She believes that going through this experience can empower her to help others.
  • She wants to share her strategies with others who may be going through similar experiences.
  • She feels that her experience can be the best thing that's ever happened to her because it can help others.
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Lisa's Medical Journey

  • Lisa had dietary issues from a young age and restricted her diet.
  • She took antibiotics routinely, which decimated the diversity of her microbiome.
  • She was unable to eat anything outside of basic eating habits for a while.
  • She had a parasite that caused a threshold moment where the flu wouldn't go away.
  • She was misdiagnosed multiple times, and doctors only saw solutions that fit within their understanding of the world.
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Attacking the Problem from the Microbiome Front

  • They realized that Lisa's issues were almost certainly a microbiome problem.
  • They began attacking the problem from the microbiome front.
  • They started stacking wins to address the issue.
  • It was difficult to figure out what was happening, and Lisa felt paralyzed by the confusion.
  • They ruled out Crohn's disease and cancer, among other things.
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Choosing to Fight and Slowly Start Living

  • Lisa felt frustrated and disappointed every time a doctor said they knew what the problem was and gave her a solution that didn't work.
  • She eventually started the ketogenic diet and felt like there was nothing to lose.
  • She had to remind herself that she had a choice to either slowly start dying or fight and slowly start living.
  • She believes that going through this experience has taught her the importance of first principles.
  • She wants to share her experience with others who may be in a cloud of confusion and don't know what to do.
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Principle #1: Correlation between Eating and Reaction

  • The correlation between eating something and a reaction seems to be one-to-one.
  • Understanding what you eat is crucial to taking ownership of your health.
  • Identifying problematic ingredients and removing them from your diet is key.
  • Food is medicine, and what you eat can either heal or harm your body.
  • Being mindful of what you eat and how it affects your body is essential.
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Principle #2: Fasting and the Ketogenic Diet

  • When you fast, you feel better, but you can't fast forever.
  • There is a critical threshold where fasting becomes painful.
  • The ketogenic diet is anti-inflammatory and can help remove problematic carbohydrates from your diet.
  • The ketogenic diet is a limited ingredient diet that can help you identify problematic foods.
  • The ketogenic diet can help regulate mood and reduce pain.
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The Importance of Understanding Your Microbiome

  • The microbiome is an entire ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that reside in your gut.
  • If anything gets out of balance in that ecosystem, it can cause communication problems between bacteria and your brain.
  • Understanding your microbiome is crucial to taking ownership of your health.
  • Microbiome imbalances can cause mood dysregulation and pain.
  • Learning about your microbiome can help you identify problematic foods and take steps to heal your gut.
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