Healing the gut naturally

Hiiii! Happy Saturday. Any fun plans for the weekend?

I’ve been wiped out with a migraine the last few days, but finnnnnnnnally feeling like I’m turning a corner back into the land of the living. Migraines are no joke. This is pretty much what the last few days have looked like:

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I’m hoping you had a much better week.

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I’ve been updating the blog lately. There are 2 new pages based on previous popular topics; Injures as well as Food Allergies & Intolerances. Let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to touch on or update.

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It’s been 3 months since we found out I have food allergies & intolerances and I wanted to do an update.

First, the foods I am allergic to are milk & beef. Cultured milk products are fine, it’s just milk by itself. That includes butter & sour cream womp womp. Intolerances are banana, pineapple, lemon, pear, cranberry, mushroom, cabbage, broccoli & cucumber. An eclectic bunch, uh?

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I had this meal in the pic above a few days before we got the test results. Perfectly explains why I was sick both times I ate it. Evil mushrooms.

Along with those, there is also a small amount of candida in the gut we are trying to cure naturally.

Here are some changes I have made that have helped a ton. Of course what works for me, may not work for you. Just sharing my story.

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This Chopped Thai Salad with sesame garlic dressing is lyfe. Mike went back for seconds. Yes, the man went back for seconds of kale. The world may be ending.

  • Focus on nutrient dense foods. Fresh produce and high quality protein in particular. 
  • Lowered sugar dramatically. Mostly cut out cane sugar and switched to natural sweeteners: coconut sugar & honey. On a side note, coming off sugar is no joke! And I don’t even crave it that often. I am convinced sugar is a drug.  
  • I have embraced cooking and actually kinda like it now. I know exactly what goes into it, and it’s much healthier than eating out.
  • I used to have horrible acid reflux and took Nexium daily. Since cutting out the offending foods I feel so much better. No longer take Nexium, but for occasional heartburn Zantac has been amazing. Hopefully I will be off that soon as well.
  • Pinterest has become my new BFF. The Paleo diet is very similar to the Candida diet, I have been using those recipes more often. I don’t follow the Paleo diet 100%, it’s just a good guideline for my current dietary needs.
  • After making these changes, I don’t even crave crappy foods or sugar that often. I had a vanilla soy latte at Starbucks the other day, and it was way too sweet. A few months ago it was fine. So weird. 

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  • All the coconut!! Coconut oil is high in three active ingredients; lauric, capric, and caprylic acid which have antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. These compounds target harmful bacteria while leaving the good bacteria.
  • Recently added probiotics. It’s too soon to have an opinion on it yet.
  • Keep meals simple & clean. Current fav is roasted sweet potato slices topped with black beans, lite cheese & hot sauce.
  • Now bake with almond & coconut flour, coconut oil & Earth Balance butter.
  • Since there was a small amount of intestinal Candida, I cut out yeast, most sugar and vinegar with the exception of apple cider vinegar. Which is great because I use it to replace my love for lemons. <-one of the food intolerances.

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These Quick Paleo English Muffins rock my face off.

Before the testing, I had no idea what was causing my life long abdominal issues. I tried cutting out food groups (dairy, gluten, even onions, etc) with no luck. Turns out it wasn’t just a food group, it was several different ones.

Without the problem foods I feel so much better. Now I can introduce a new food. If I start to feel off, I know exactly why. The testing has given me the tools to become my own detective and be able to pinpoint the problem. For example, to lower sugar intake, I switched to artificially sweetened jam & coffee creamer – something I don’t normally have. Within 2 weeks I noticed some abdominal pain & changes. It took me a few days to think back and figure out what I did differently, but I knew it had to be something I changed. Of course it was, so I cut it out and within 2 days I was feeling much better.

If you have IBS and have been told there is no cure, I call bullshit. Yes, that is blunt and that is exactly what I say to you in real life.

I encourage you to do your own research, find someone who is willing and able to help you. I spent most of my life in pain, in & out of prestigious medical facilities seeing “the best” doctors & gastrointestinal specialists and have left with more questions, confusion and frustration than when I went in. Don’t ever let someone tell you there is no cure. Just because they don’t have a cure, does not mean there isn’t one.

Do you notice the effects of food on your body even if you don’t have food allergies?

Are sugar withdrawals a real thing?

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3 Comments on “Healing the gut naturally

  1. If ya make coffee at home what type of creamer are you using these days👍🏼

    • This was a tough one. For the first month, I had to dramatically reduce all types of sugar and completely cut out cane sugar. I made a lot of lattes with Califia coconut almond milk <-(LOVE this stuff) and a little coconut sugar. Now that I'm past that critical time in healing, I have tried So Delicious coconut creamer. Another one I like is Silk almond creamer. Both have cane sugar, but I feel like it's a small amount so I don't obsess over it.

  2. I have many allergies, but none of them food reelatd. I can’t even imagine that. Lots of people will love your cookbook. No worries about schedule. I’m going to be altering mine slightly in the fall.

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