We were not sure how to go about doing this post. But think we gathered a few lists and food ideas to hopefully help some of you that may be interested in seeing more of what we did and how you can adapt it to your body for your gut healing journey! And this post can be used as a resource for you to look at for ideas.
*Please use some common sense. If you have severe health problems seek a doctor for help and guidance. These are just some of our guidelines – NOT RULES.
There are numerous ways of healing. We have said this before we think each way (raw, vegan, paleo, and everything in between) has their pros and cons all depending on the individual body. You have to figure out what path you are comfortable with trying and go for it. And of course realize you can make adjustments along the way.
ALSO REMEMBER NOT EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO DO THIS! Not everyone has extremely poor digestion, gut or skin issues like we did. Everyone’s level of health is different too. Keep that in mind. Everyone is different. Everyone will do different things. That is ok. As long as you stay true to who you are and respect your body along the way. If you are feeling great then keep doing what you are doing!!
Do not feel pressured to eat or try something just because others are doing it! But at the same time, do not shut down ideas. Be open.
We are not really sure yet if we feel there is a good or bad way to heal (meaning in terms of going more paleo vs raw or vegan foods). We are just two girls who wanted to improve our health, and from all the research and talking with people these are the steps we decided to take. We are not sure what our future eats will look like. But we do feel our 30 day journey of eating real foods and avoiding a lot of possible culprit foods for us was key to healing.
Why did raw foods not heal us years ago? Why did vegan foods not heal us ? Gluten-free? Over the 5 years+ of experimenting with different diets and doing different cleanses, this time was different. Honestly one reason was because we were truly ready to stop eating certain foods and heal. So who knows, maybe if we were stronger years ago, things would be different. But we do not live in the past, just dealing with the present and focusing on the future –> now with more positivity and hope than ever before! (we plan to do a follow-up to these topics soon as this post is already heavy on info)
List of foods we avoided and enjoyed during our 30 day gut healing journey.
Kitchen Food Staples:
Here below is what we focused on avoiding. Again your list of foods to avoid may be different and that is FINE.
We hope this can be guidelines for your journey. A starting point in a way.
These are the MAIN groups of foods that we avoided for 30 days. We focused on doing a mix of foods off the FODMAPS charts, histamine list, watched our overall fiber intake, took out a lot of common food allergies foods, watched our fructose level intake, avoided dairy (lactose) foods, was mindful of salicylates foods (mainly took out dried spices and avocados).
As you can see there are many lists of foods that can cause health and gut issues. So we just did our best and picked what foods we were most comfortable with avoiding. Again as we did our journey we learned and took even more foods out that we thought might still be causing issues (like we took out sauerkraut and citrus towards the end as we thought histamine based foods could be causing our itchy skin).
We still ate broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts even though they were on a few ‘foods to avoid”- lists off other sites. But we felt we still needed to eat those a few times a week for more food choices since we took a lot of other veggies and foods out of our diet. We needed something for a little variety. So again remember YOU can edit and make the journey to fit YOUR needs and likes!
We feel there is no wrong or right way to do it. You just have to start somewhere and go. We looked at our 30 day journey of healing the gut almost like a food elimination diet in a way. Now we are slowly bringing some foods back into our diet and watching how our bodies handle it.
How did we know to pick these foods to avoid? Why did we pick these foods – check out these post:
Fructose malabsorption and fodmaps (where we realized that we would have to cut out a lot of carbs (in forms of fruits, sweet potatoes, etc due to fructose, again you may or may not have to cut out those foods)
The fun things that we allowed ourselves to enjoy from time to time during our 30 days:
- coconut flour
- maple syrup
- chia seeds
**now these were our treats please decide for yourself what foods you would keep in
Where we buy everything.
Our source for our online shopping:
Amazon for our gelatin and most of our supplements
We shop locally for produce, eggs and some fresh and frozen fish and meat.
If you would like more help with fish and meat we recommend these two books!
Now for supplements that helped us in our journey to heal our gut.
We are still taking these pills and for now are continuing them. Our first bottles of licorice and quercetin are coming to an end, and we are thinking we might take one more round of them.
Places to buy supplements – Amazon, local health food stores, iherb
We shared before some of our favorite brands.
Other foods that we ate from time to time:
Sardines, canned salmon and tuna – we prefer Wild Planet, but sometimes budget requires us to get a cheaper brand.
Stevia – we like Sweetleaf
One quick word about all this – it will be expensive! We have read people’s recommendations of saving money when eating paleo and all, but we tried. IT IS STILL EXPENSIVE! One reason we feel it is hard to maintain this, but trying our best to find a balance not only for our health but for our wallets too.
We probably have missed some things, so please comment below if you have a question about something that we did not mention. And just because it was not mentioned does not mean we have something against it. As you can see this is a lot of information, so easy to forget things 😉