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.
We wanted to say thanks again to everyone for the continued support of this journey of ours. We are sooooo happy to see so many of you getting inspiration from us to starting evaluating your own food choices and health issues and taking the steps to start healing yourself. That is great! Just remember to stay true to who you are and love yourself along the way!
Just a friendly reminder to always believe in yourself! Because we do! You can do whatever you set your mind to.
Michelle: Thursday morning before my crazy day started I did my 5 minute plank workout. Followed by some push-ups. No matter how little space or time I have…I do my best to move the body in some way. And planks are my favorite.
Lori: Thursday workout I did the Tone it Up Love your Legs routine. One of their newest toning workouts. I was so happy it was legs. As I realized that I really love working my legs but seem to neglect them. After this workout I was pumped and motivated to focus on my legs more.
Michelle’s day 14 of healing recap:
After workout I took my morning probiotic, fish oil pill, and l-glutamine and had some gelatin.
Since traveling I have to be creative in how I get my gelatin in. Yesterday I mixed in some coconut oil into my gelatin mix. Gelatin really does not have a flavor. It is just a new texture thing that Lori and I are getting used to. I am looking forward to when I get home next week to make some recipes with it.
Since I wake-up well before anyone else does in my group I knew heading down to breakfast was going to be awhile, so I snacked on a grapefruit.
I did some computer work as I waited for the rest of my group to wake-up to head downstairs for breakfast. I ordered 2 whole eggs with bacon that came with a side of fruit and of course black coffee. Love runny egg yolks.
I headed back to the room and did more work before set-up day at the Disney expo started.
Before leaving to go set-up the booth I snacked on a banana. I knew my traveling days would be fruit heavy and I am ok with that. Plus I really love bananas.
Late afternoon I got a little hungry so snacked on another banana.
My dinner was a lovely 5 star dining kind of meal 😉 haha I enjoyed carrots, celery, canned salmon, and lots of guacamole.
Michelle Day 14 recap –
Bathroom: success!!!!! I had 3 bowel movements! stools were about stool 3 and 4
Energy: felt great
Gas: no major complaints
Skin: My skin is a little dry which I think due to lack of fat in diet and from traveling.
Water intake – 8 cups
Overall my day 14 was a great day. I enjoyed my eats and I enjoyed have great success in the bathroom. So happy everyone is liking this poop talk. Also I think the calm magnesium that I am taking is starting to help!
Lori’s day 14 of healing recap:
I took my morning probiotic, 1/2 tsp cod liver oil/butter blend, and l-glutamine and gelatin.
First meal of the day was same as always – 2 whole eggs, about 4oz sweet potatoes, dark leafy green and added in broccoli/carrot slaw that I tossed with cinnamon and turmeric and topped with 1 tbsp coconut oil.
After I enjoyed my egg sweet potato meal it was time for coffee 🙂
Next I snacked on a banana while I prepped my juice.
Fresh juice was about 16oz. Juice was made from 1 beet, 4 carrots, fresh ginger, half cucumber, 4 romaine leaves, fresh parsley and 5 stalks of kale. Juice requirements: drink in a fancy glass or drink with a glass straw.
I made more veggie pulp crackers and snacked on some done ones as I was doing it.
Snacks in the afternoon were some carrots and a bowl of steamed brussel sprouts and the other half of my grass-fed burger topped with coconut oil. I tried having protein at this snack since yesterday my snack was carb based, just seeing the difference in how I feel with either more carbs or more protein. So far both days I felt pretty much the same. I did feel a little bit more ‘full’ with the protein based snack. I plan to continue to do little self experiments like this (to me that is the best way to learn).
Dinner was sautéed spinach topped with sauerkraut, steamed zucchini and cauliflower, half avocado, and baked cod topped with mustard. Dinner plate was topped off with 1 tbsp coconut oil.
Lori: Day 14 recap –
Bathroom: yes! stool was between stool 3 and 4
Gas: no extra bloating
Skin: about the same, getting one new pimple on side of chin
Water intake – 10 cups (does not include juice)
Overall day 14 was a good day. Just like Michelle I have been pleased with my bowel movements these past few days.
2 week thoughts:
It has been 14 days! Crazy! Where did the time go?
First off we are both extremely happy with ourselves in terms of sticking with avoiding all the things we mentioned in our plan to heal gut.
Michelle will be done traveling next week, so we plan to make bone broths to help our healing even more.
Secondly, we are thinking of continuing to avoid those certain foods a little bit longer. We are trying to decide when to start incorporating some foods back into our diet. You can kinda look at this period of healing for us almost like an elimination diet. Though we are really enjoying our eats, somedays it is a little boring. We do miss some foods. Having our meals very simple and real food based we feel has helped.
Having a buddy who can be serious, loving, supportive, motivating and at times silly makes it all worth it. We feel so blessed to have each other to lean on and to have fun with. We are unsure of what the next few weeks will be like in terms of our eats and our healing. We will continue to document it all here on the blog. We will share any discoveries along the way.
Right now all we can say is that our bodies are making improvements. We think with the increase in l-glutamine, taking certain gut healing supplements, watching what we eat, keeping our meals fairly simple, drinking our water, exercising and staying positive all have benefited us during these past 2 weeks.
We know many of you are thinking… has it been worth it? are we getting the results we wanted?
Our answer: yes
We feel it has been worth it. We know it takes time to really heal the body and we are ready for that. Our bodies are still feeling really strong, our bowel movements are getting better (going more often than we used to) and our skin is getting there.
Twins Question: Do you have a buddy that you can be silly with? Do you like doing workouts for legs?
til next time,