Day 4 healing the gut

by purelytwins

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 would like to mention again that we are using our blog as a journal so we can look back at it and see what we said. So when we give a summary at the end it does not mean we are giving up when we see no improvement. We are just documenting what is going on as accurately as possible 😉


tone it up crush cardio

Monday morning we did the Tone it Up – Crush Cardio.

It was made up of a few different intervals for running or whatever form of cardio you like. We felt like jump roping instead of going for a run. We took their idea of intervals and tweaked them to fit our current workout needs. We also did our 8 minute #plankworkout as our warm-up. Then did the crush cardio interval circuit.

First we used our Gymboss Interval Timer to set 2 rounds of 40 second easy jumping with 20 seconds faster jumping.

Next intervals we did as 5 rounds of 30 second easy jumping with 30 seconds fast jumping and ended with 5 rounds of  1 minute slow jumping with 1 minute fast jumping. Also, we felt like burning our legs a little bit more so we did 5 sets of 5 reps on each leg of single leg squats. Legs are one body part we like to workout but for some reason we seem to neglect them. We are going to try to do these single leg squats a few times a week.


Both of us are still feeling strong with our workouts.



Recap of what we ate Monday:


supplements – probiotic and 1/2 tsp fermented cod liver oil/butter blend

frozen raspberries


Enjoyed black coffee with 1 cup frozen raspberries that I defrosted and dusted with cinnamon.

(then worked out about an hour later)

egg sweet potato kale

About 30 minutes after working out I took l-glutamine and made myself 5 oz sweet potato mashed up with the last bit of leftover grilled veggies, 2 eggs (with one raw egg yolk), 1 cup chopped kale cooked together in a skillet with cinnamon, coriander, turmeric and cardamom. Then poured 1 heaping tbsp of coconut oil on top.  Lori and I just love meals like this, just warms the whole body 😉

veggies to juice


After running around like a mad woman (I am leaving for out of town for 2 weeks for work) I looked forward to a big glass of juice!

One cup for mom and one cup for me!!  I felt amazing after drinking this. Helped me stay focused to get my work done.

My evening was not as happy as we have not talked about it yet, but our grandmother has been in the hospital. I briefly mentioned something yesterday…Lori and I both appreciate your prayers!!!

I did not feel like cooking last night. Mom and dad did not feel like cooking either.  So we stopped by Carrabas on the way home for dinner.

I remembered to take my supplements before dinner – digestive enzyme, l-glutamine, quercetin, and I finally got my licorice in!  For more about the supplements please check out this post.

takeout dinner

I ordered the grilled salmon plain with no sauce, steamed spinach and side salad that I topped with my 1/2 avocado and 1 sardine sauerkraut mash.  I topped my salad off with 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil.

Before bed I did rub magnesium oil on legs.

Michelle: Day four recap –

Bathroom: did go to the bathroom a little in the morning

Energy: good

Gas: none (did start my morning with some bloating but went away as the morning went on)

Skin: skin pretty much the same

Water intake – 9 cups (does not include juice)

 I am currently traveling to Orlando and will be there all week. Lucky for me I will be staying with my older sis, so plan to keep up with my eats as best as I can.


Morning- probiotic and 1/2 tsp fermented cod liver oil/butter blend and l-glutamine


Snacked on some fresh blueberries about 3oz I believe as I made my egg sweet potato meal.  I got my coffee ready for me to do work.  I got one rather large pimple on my side chin (can kinda see it in picture), but besides that no major complaints about face.


Yes this meal is becoming pretty standard for my first meal of the day. What can I say I just love it.  This meal was 2 whole eggs (with one raw egg yolk), a good 2 cups worth of shredded kale, 1 tbsp coconut oil, cinnamon, turmeric and about 4oz sweet potato.


Around mid-day I made myself a 16oz fresh veggie juice.


Took Jax on his afternoon walk.  Missing the warm sunny Florida weather.


Came back from walk and enjoyed a heaping cup of sliced roasted brussel sprouts topped with cinnamon, cardamom and 1 tbsp coconut oil.


Later enjoyed a banana and 2 cups of peppermint tea with stevia.  Right now keeping my mid-day meals simple and small. Not sure why, just what I am feeling like at the moment.

Before dinner took – digestive enzyme, l-glutamine, quercetin, licorice and 1/2 tsp cod liver oil


Dinner was leftover artichoke/zucchini/red onion mix (about a good 2 cups or so), with some sautéed spinach, about 3oz  baby shrimp, sauerkraut, half avocado, dulse flakes, cumin, 1 tbsp coconut oil.


Dessert was a coconut flour mesquite chia pudding. What I did was first make up a mini chia pudding (1 tbsp whole chia seeds with 3 tbsp water, let sit 10 minutes). Next I added in 1 tbsp  coconut flour, 1 tsp mequite flour, and 1 tbsp coconut oil. Mix all together and enjoy.


Last night with my left over juice pulp from the past two days of juicing I made Michelle’s and my veggie pulp crackers. I ended doing about 4 cups of pulp to I think 2 cups of water, with 1/2 cup chia seeds. I threw in some spices like cumin, parsley and oregano. Dehydrated it overnight at about 100 degrees in my dehydrator.

Before going to bed – I cleaned my back and put coconut oil on it. Also, did put magnesium oil on body.

Lori: Day four recap –

Bathroom: yes, two small bowel movements in the morning

Energy: steady throughout the day, actually had good energy level all the way up until going to bed.

Gas: a little but nothing too bad

Skin: steal dealing with one large pimple on chin, and a few very small blemishes, and my back still the same. I did not itch my skin that much yesterday.

Water intake – 10 cups water (does not include juice)

After completing day 4 of healing our gut and skin issues we are both feeling good. We know we have a long way to go. We are excited to see how our bodies change over these next few days and weeks. Thanks for everyone’s continued support and tips! We love you all!

I (Lori) am working on a FAQ video about this health journey, I hope to have it ready by Thursday.  So happy to see everyone liking our new plank cardio workout! 🙂

Until next time,



PS: Please put our grandmother in your prayers. She is not doing very well. We know during difficult times you have to just have faith! And that is what we are doing. 

Thanks – HUGS


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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 8, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Glad to hear things are looking up with your grandmother.

So, I asked you guys about poop… I saw this today and thought of you:

purelytwins January 8, 2013 - 10:01 pm

thanks Laura! haha yes poop talk love it! thanks for sharing it with us! hugs

Simone January 8, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Last night at school, i’m in the middle of an Ayurveda class for school, we talked about the cleansing benefits of CCF tea (cumin, coriander and fennel tea). Just wondering if you guys have considered adding it to your daily routine?
All you do is add 2 tsp of each spice (the seed) to boiling water, and let simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Strain and sip warm tea throughout the day. After discussing it last night i’m definitely going to incorporate it into my routine, let me know if you give it a try 🙂

purelytwins January 8, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Thanks Simone, that tea mixture sounds yummy. We will have to give it a try! thanks

lindsay January 8, 2013 - 6:49 pm

so sorry to hear about your grandma. Keep us posted. Hugs! and thank you again for sharing your journey with us.

purelytwins January 8, 2013 - 9:58 pm

thanks Lindsay! hugs

Lou January 8, 2013 - 8:56 pm

My thoughts are with you guys and your Grandma.

Really enjoying reading about your journey to a happy belly – question: Do you add salt to anything? Also are you avoiding stevia now as well?

purelytwins January 8, 2013 - 9:58 pm

Thanks Lou! We sometimes add a little sea salt, well we usually do, lately though kinda forgot about it to be honest. We probably will add it to some of our meals from time to time. and no we are having stevia, stevia and fruit are our sweet things during this time.

kari January 8, 2013 - 10:35 pm

Your grandma is in my prayers.

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 9:03 am

thank you Kari!

Linda S January 9, 2013 - 10:42 am

First, I am very sorry to hear about your grandmom and hope she gets better! Second, why do you eat the one yolk raw? (personally, I don’t think I could stomach that!). I am taking some tips from you and trying to incorporate them into my own diet as I have digestive issues as well so thanks for sharing!

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 11:37 am

Thanks Linda. For the one raw egg yolk we do it because we love the flavor of the raw yolk, how it gives a nice ‘dressing’ to our meal, and plus that is where the health benefits are so we feel having the yolk raw sometimes helps with not destroying all the vital nutrients by cooking it.

Karine Fontaine January 9, 2013 - 11:23 am


As a big fan of your blog (yep!) it’s now regular for me to take some tricks on your website, just as new recipes. I would say that 99.9% of the time I fall in love with all of your adapted-protein recipes and they fit me VERY WELL! 🙂 Just a question though, I tried the coconut flour-chia-cacao-coconut oil mix (I add it a bit of agave) and I have a question: Do you feel it very thick? I have some troubles eating it (even if the flavour is amazing)as it’s kind of staying in my throat and do not want to go down… It’s a weird feeling! Am I doing something wrong or do you feel the same? Did you adapt it some way? Thanks and keep on the good work girls you are very inspiring :o))))

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 11:39 am

Thanks Karine! HUGS so glad that our recipes are working out for you! yay
in terms of our weird coconut flour oil mix- it is thick, but it does not bother us. well at least we have not noticed it bothering us yet. if you find it too thick yes adding in more water or even agave is fine, till you figure out what ratio you like and works for you 🙂

Heather January 9, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Hey Guys!! I have noticed in your posts that you both eat a banana every day. I know for myself (I have horrible tummy issues as well) and my husband, that we will not be able to go to the bathroom when we eat bananas. For us it doesn’t matter if it a daily banana or not. I know for my own “routine” it can be very common for me to not go for 4 to 5 days. I don’t eat bananas any longer and it has been much better. Prayers to your grandma!!

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Thanks Heather, we have heard this before about bananas, very interesting, thanks for sharing the idea with us. Hopefully our issues get better and that we can still eat bananas as we love them 😉

Heather January 9, 2013 - 1:52 pm

I know!! I love them too and wish I could still eat them 🙁 I am working on incorporating some of the supplements that both of you are taking in addition to what is already in my routine – then maybe the bananas could be added back in! That would be a joy!!

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 2:58 pm

awesome, I hope the supplements help! and you can enjoy bananas again from time to time!!

Annie February 12, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Hi Ladies, do you have an idea for a mesquite flour substitute? thanks

purelytwins February 12, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Annie mesquite is a flour texture with great flavor so carob, cocoa, or even almond flour would be okay.


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