New research shows how you treat your lil’ buddies in your belly (your ‘gut microbes’) determines

  • Your happiness
  • Whether you feel anxious or depressed
  • Your body weight
  • How much fat you store on your belly
  • Your ability to fight off colds and the flu
  • How much all-day energy you have every single day
  • Your memory, your mood, and your overall health

Wow, those lil’ buddies in our bellies are really, really important!

So how do we treat them right?

Well, over the holidays I read a great book called, “The Mind-Gut Connection”.

In it, Dr. Emeran Mayer recommends the following diet changes to take care of your belly so you can lose weight easier, lift that “mental fog”, and feel happy again.

  • Maximize gut microbial biodiversity with regular intake of naturally fermented foods and probiotics (like Greek yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, etc.)
  • Reduce gut inflammation with better nutritional choices, such as avoiding processed foods and replacing them with organically grown REAL food.
  • Eat smaller servings at meals
  • Reduce stress and practice mindfulness
  • Avoid eating when stressed, angry or sad
  • Enjoy the SOCIAL aspects of food… eating with friends and focusing on them, not on how much food you eat
  • And to listen to your gut – literally and figuratively!

Our bellies are the core of our physical AND mental health.

Our bellies are NOT a trash compactor for junk food.

Our belly is our buddy.

Treat it well.

Another great resource is my friend Erin Neilsen’s New Year’s Youth Method Nutrition Program. I highly recommend her and what she teaches.

Read about her 14-day detox to treat your belly right in 2017

And treat your belly buddies to an amazing new year!


Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – Stick to this plan!

Take 3 minutes and write down every nutrition obstacle in your way this week. Then take another 3 minutes and write down 2 solutions for every obstacle. Problems solved, and now you’ll be able to stick to your plan with ease.

PPS – Check this out …

It’s a video of the 10 best books I’ve read this year… and I mention the Mind-Gut Connection… but if there’s one book on the list you must read, it’s my pick for #1 book of 2016.

Watch my top 10 list here (and #1 book for you)


Top 10 books of 2016


Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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