Updated on January 30, 2016
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:
I’m hoping you had a much better week.
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.
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?
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.
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.
- 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.
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?