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The Adversity Advantage with Doug Bopst

Feb 20, 2023

Today's guest is Rachel Scheer. Rachel is a Functional Medicine Nutritionist who received her degree from Baylor University in Nutrition Science and Dietetics and became certified in functional medicine through the Kalish Institute. Rachel’s journey as a nutritionist began in bodybuilding and athletic performance, however, a couple years into her practice she began to suffer from severe gastrointestinal dysfunction (IBS.) After many false diagnoses, spending thousands of dollars on doctor visits and tests, and one doctor even suggesting the removal of her entire large intestine, Rachel decided to take her health into her own hands by taking a gut-centric approach to her healing. By learning how to "heal, instead of just deal" Rachel was able to avoid having her entire large intestine removed, come off the dozens of medications she was put on over the years and regain full-function of her gut.


Prior to transforming her health, Rachel was addicted to fitness, external validation, and achievement and struggled with her self-worth. This led to her developing an unhealthy relationship with working out, food, and body image. In today's episode, we unpack Rachel's incredible story from start to finish and she reveals how she completely transformed her life and her relationship with health and fitness. We also chat about Rachel's childhood, how that led to some of her struggles, how she has healed from that, and more!  some of her struggles, how she has healed from that, and more!  



What to Listen For:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 02:00 How to transform your relationship with your body (3 tips)
  • 08:21 When (& why) did her relationship with fitness become unhealthy?
  • 14:29 Which was more addictive: external validation or getting leaner? 
  • 16:41 Rachel’s unhealthy relationship with food
  • 20:20 Hitting rock bottom
  • 24:50 What was the root cause of her struggles?
  • 27:45 Rachel’s healing journey
  • 32:28 How did being neglected as a child impact her?
  • 34:50 Transforming the relationship with herself
  • 42:14 Her current relationship with fitness/external validation/food


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