Remember this our plan to heal our gut. Consult your doctor before beginning any program. Adjust to your own body and needs. We have done our own research and have come to these steps to help us in our journey to heal our stomach issues. Please do your own research before starting anything new. We are not really sure how long we plan to do this program. And over time we might be changing things depending on how our bodies are doing. We plan to share just about everything as we heal, so we apologize now if some things are TMI. We want to be honest as we are using our blog as our journal.
Thank you to everyone for your supportive comments and emails about our healing journey. Many of you have mentioned the GAPS diet and bone broth and we are very familiar with these things (we do plan to incorporate bone broth in soon). Actually about 4 years ago we knew a few people doing the GAPS diet, but at that time eating meat was not appealing to us. However, things are different now; as we mentioned yesterday to really heal you have to be ready.
We probably won’t talk much about our water intake during this time, but we do want to mention here real fast that we fill up 2 water bottles (32 oz each) and drink those, and sometimes we might get more water. But our goal is always to have at least those two 32 oz water bottles.
Besides our stomach issues we also have other health issues we are looking to heal over these next few weeks.
Michelle: Eczema. I have never talked about it with anyone, but after seeing a Katie discuss what she is facing, she gave me the strength to share. Like Katie, I have struggled with itchy dry skin since my childhood. I went to doctors and no one seemed to know why my skin did this (one doctor told me I was allergic to bugs!??) so I just lived with it. Slowly as I got older (still young though) I decided to take out peanuts. I thought I was allergic. So almond butter became my friend real young. But my dry itchy skin never got better. Then this past summer my legs itched like crazy, more than ever! (note: I do experience other seasonal allergy issues like stuffy head, nose running, itchy eyes, etc.)
A picture of my legs, not the worst they have been but this gives you an idea of what I deal with daily.
The itching sometimes gets so bad it wakes me up in the middle of the night! Nothing relieves it.
My older sister told me to go see a dermatologist again, so I did. And the doctor told me I have eczema and told me I have to take allergy pills every day!!!! Not the news I wanted to hear, but since then I have been on and off with taking things like Allegra and Zyrtec. Plus trying to be better at moisturizing my legs every day (not the best at remembering lol). I was also given a steroid cream to rub on my legs when they are really bad. It works sometimes. The doctor also told me I have Keratosis pilaris (red bumps on my arms and legs). For some reason my body has a hard time absorbing moisture and nutrients. These two skin issues plus having dry scalp and acne it is hard to stay positive. Due to dealing with these issues for most of my life, I struggle with being confident. I am still embarrassed and really hope taking these steps to heal my gut will help these issues as from my research I have seen people say their issues improved. Here is to hoping!
(embarrassed to show this, but know it is a part of my healing journey)
Lori: Back acne/skin rash. This is a recent skin issue that I have never had before. It came about a month ago and since then I have been trying to figure out why I am experiencing this back rash. I am starting to clean by back with cleaning pads and putting coconut oil on my back every night. Just like Michelle I suffer from dry itchy skin. Though mine is not as bad has hers (I get little red bumps like Michelle but for some reason not as intense as her’s). Sometimes I feel I am like Michelle in that I am allergic to things outside like grass and pollen. Hope I can figure out why my skin on my back is going crazy.
Friday we did a ToneItUp valentine workout with cupids cardio. For the cardio we did 5 intervals of 1 sprint and 2 min jog/walk. And did 15 chaturangas!
Michelle: 1/2 tsp fermented cod liver oil, probiotic, 2 cups of coffee and 1 Banana
Michelle: 2 whole eggs (1 egg yolk raw), 1 cup cooked kale, 3 1/4oz sweet potato, 1 tbsp coconut oil
Michelle: 1 cup blueberries (were frozen that I defrosted) sprinkled with cinnamon
Before dinner took – digestive enzyme, l-glutamine, quercetin, spoonful of cod liver oil
Michelle: 2 glasses of red wine, 2 oysters, side salad with olive oil, grilled salmon with steamed broccoli and a few bites of grouper and more broccoli.
Unpictured- dessert sludge – 2 tbsp coconut oil mixed with carob, mesquite and coconut flour to make a thick frosting
Before bed rubbed magnesium oil on legs. Went to bed around 11pm.
Michelle: Day one recap –
Bathroom: did go to the bathroom in the morning
Energy: pretty good
Gas: yes started in late afternoon
Skin: skin still really itchy and dry, a few breakouts on forehead
Started with about 1-2 cups water followed by black coffee and took probiotic and 1/2 tsp fermented cod liver oil.
Post-workout was a plain banana.
Followed by my egg sweet potato meal.
I enjoyed this meal about 20 minutes or so after eating the banana. Two whole eggs (with one of the egg yolks I enjoyed raw), 3 1/2 oz steamed sweet potatoes, about 2 cups wilted kale, topped with 1 tbsp coconut oil, sprinkles of cinnamon and cardamom. YUM!
Later in the day I enjoyed one grapefruit.
Little bit later I enjoyed about 2 cups of peppermint tea with some stevia.
Before dinner I took my digestive enzyme, l-glutamine, licorice, more cod liver oil
Dinner was some lettuce mixed with half avocado, half canned salmon, sardine, sauteed onions and half zucchini. Topped with fresh basil, cinnamon and 1 tbsp coconut oil.
Enjoyed some red wine last night as well. I did my best to eat my meal slowly and chew my food well. Got a little gassy afterwards.
Dessert, well calling it dessert in my mind, was 1 tbsp coconut oil mixed with 1 tbsp coconut flour and carob powder. Strange but good.
Overall my energy for the day was good. I usually go poo in the mornings, and yesterday I did not really go much. (Sorry for sharing this but it is a part of healing so I am talking about it to track my progress, plus I feel more people need to address their ‘poo’ issues and not be afraid to talk about it)
Before bed did take magnesium pills and sprayed some magnesium oil on body and cleaned my back and put coconut oil on it.
Lori: Day one recap –
Bathroom: a few drops
Energy: overall good
Gas: yes started after dinner
Skin: back is the same, slowly starting to calm down. a few new pimples on face
Thanks for the support. This is really tough for us to share, but know it will help us to have something to look back on as well help others. We are not perfect but doing our best.