Day 5 -healing our gut and skin issues

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 😉

Time to share what we did yesterday.



Tuesday morning workout was from the Beach Babe dvd from the Tone it Up girls. We did the Bikini Sculpt routine. This workout is great for fine toning especially the arms. We used 3lb weights for the routine and still felt the burn.

After doing our bikini sculpt routine, we did a mini ab circuit of lying down leg raises (5 sets of 20 reps), holding bridge for 2 minutes, and holding low plank 2 minutes with 1 minute hold for side planks. Did a little stretching.

Both felt great during this workout.



Recap of what we did Tuesday:

Michelle: *remember I am traveling these next few days so my workouts and eats will be a little odd, but I am making the most out of it.

morning supplements – probiotic, l-glutamine mixed in water and this new fish oil pills for me to take while traveling

oil After pills I started to make my first meal of the day.


Pretty standard meal for me first thing in the morning. My body seems to be liking it. This time I added in some chopped celery. I have here sautéed kale (probably over a cup), 2 whole eggs, 1 tbsp coconut oil, spices, handful of chopped celery and one whole sweet potato. Instead of having some fruit I decided to eat a whole sweet potato for something a little different, plus I was driving to Orlando and decided to save my banana for the road trip snack.


Road trip snacks. Starbucks bold black coffee and a banana.


Once arriving at my older sisters place she made me some coffee as I steamed up my bag of brussel sprouts. Love these little bags for a quick snack and great to travel with. Plus, I added my coconut oil to this 8oz of brussel sprouts that I enjoyed.


I was lazy and did not melt my coconut oil like usual when I top my meals. I just scooped it solid from the jar and let the steam of the brussels sprouts melt it. Sprinkled some cinnamon on top. Delicious.


After my snack it was time to work. My sister let me use her big monitor. Loved it. Putting this on my wish list 😉

I was pretty busy all afternoon and ended up having my juice late afternoon.

little-juiceIt was a smaller juice compared to these past few days. I did not have many veggies on hand so I made due with what I had.

After this juice break it was back to work.


Dinner was half bag of fresh spinach that I sauteed, half avocado, lots of scallops  (about 10 scallops), some sauerkraut and a huge serving of my cauliflower leek mash (thinking it was about 1 1/3 cup worth) topped with cinnamon and 1 tbsp coconut oil.

It was nice to have this mash already made up as I did not have a lot of time to cook dinner. I worked all night. I am here in Orlando for the Disney Marathon weekend and expo working with Raw Threads. If you are in the area make sure to stop by the Raw Threads booth to say hi and browse the clothing! 🙂

Before bed I did rub magnesium oil on my legs and took some magnesium pills.

Michelle: Day five recap –

Bathroom: no success (I know it is from traveling, as my body seems to shut down. I am hoping with this journey of healing my gut this will be resolved)

Energy: decent, not great but I managed to get things done and work late

Gas: was a little bloated first thing in morning and then again at night

Skin: getting two pimples on my chin (think they are from stress)

Water intake – about 9 cups (does not include juice)


morning supplements – probiotic, l-glutamine mixed in water, 1/2 tsp fermented cod live oil/butter blend


Snacked on blueberries (about 3oz, finished off the container) as I made Gary his food for the day and prepped my first meal of the day.


Similar to yesterdays first meal. I did 2 whole eggs, 4oz sweet potato, and about 2 cups fresh spinach (that gets wilted down, like our warm salads). Topped with turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom and 1 tbsp coconut oil.

pulp crackers

My dehydrated pulp crackers were done. So excited to enjoy these and make more.


Got ready for the day and enjoyed my coffee in my contigo coffee mug. Love the lid to keep my coffee warm as I get dressed. I am loving my new raw threads jacket that was a Christmas present.


Tuesday’s juice was perfect. Hit the spot I was craving. As you can see Michelle and I are going juice crazy lately, really ever since getting our new Breville juicer we can’t stop juicing. It takes no time now to whip up a healthy juice. My juice was over 16oz worth. Juice was: 4 carrots, 2 apples (show just one but added in another one), fresh mint, 4-5 stalks kale, 6 radishes, 1/2 cup cucumber and 1 inch fresh ginger.


After my juice Jax was ready for this mid-afternoon walk. It was cold so I layered up!


After the walk I came back and enjoyed about 1 1/2oz of my veggie pulp crackers with about 2 cups of steamed broccoli and 1 tbsp coconut oil all topped with cinnamon. Loving cinnamon lately! Warms up the body.


Worked all afternoon until I got a little hungry. I grabbed a banana and made myself 2 cups of peppermint tea sweetened with stevia while Jax played.


Before dinner I took all my pills, cod liver oil and l-gluamine in water. Learn more about our supplements.


My dinner plate full of yummy goodness. I enjoyed leftover shrimp from the night before, half an avocado, a mix of sautéed spinach and arugula, some sauerkraut, about 1/2 cup brussel sprouts, handful of sautéed fennel and two scoops of a broccoli/carrot slaw. Topped with dulse flakes, cumin, cinnamon and 1 tbsp coconut oil.

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

Lori: Day five recap –

Bathroom: good bowel movement in morning

Energy: good and steady throughout the day

Gas: a little but nothing too bad, did get a little more gassy as the day went on

Skin: still dealing with one large pimple on chin, and a few very small blemishes, and my back is still the same

Water intake – 9 cups water (does not include juice)

After completing day 5 both of us our doing well. Michelle is traveling so her eats and schedule are going to be different. But I am very proud of her as she is doing the best she can to keep up with our journey to heal our guts even while being out of her normal schedule! Way to go sis!

We hope to share progress pictures here soon. Thanks again for the continued support and love!

Until next time,



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Mollie K January 9, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Hi girls! I am a HUGE sweet potato lover. Might be my favorite food-I don’t know if it is just the way the picture works or not but I was wondering if you guys eat the skin of the sweet potato? It doesn’t look like it in the picture-is this for digestion purposes or you just don’t like it? Just curious! Thanks again for your honesty and thoughts along your journey!

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Yay for sweet potato love Mollie 🙂
we don’t eat the skin of the sweet potatoes because hard to digest and not a fan of it.

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 9, 2013 - 1:08 pm

I’ve been following along with your “journal”, and I have to say that it’s amazing to see how committed you two are. That’s a lot to document each day! I hope you find ways that are successful after all this!

Also, love the idea of traveling with a microwavable bag of brussels sprouts. I already travel with lots of snacks (fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, etc.), since finding food on the road is always more of a challenge than I’d like, but I never thought of this one. I’m doing this on my next road trip–brilliant!

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Oh yes being able to travel with brussel sprouts is great, since I love them so much 🙂 let me know if you try them out in your travels. And thanks for the love and support!!

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables January 9, 2013 - 2:31 pm

I think it’s awesome that you’re documenting all this! It’ll be great to have the record of your progress!

Your b-sprouts look awesome 🙂

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 2:58 pm

thanks Liz!! yes it will be interesting to be able to go back in a few weeks to see where we started!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 9, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Michelle, when I travel, going to the bathroom never seems to happen. I’ve also realized that I have to actually sit down in the morning to have my coffee or I don’t go. Relaxation, early morning and coffee are the key to me getting the business done. Sounds like you two are on the road to recovery!

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Sarena, that is what usually works for Lori and I too, coffee usually helps but not always, I do need to make more time in the morning. I hope to find a routine again soon

Chris M. January 9, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Your documentation is pretty darn fascinating. I’m really liking the simplicity of your meals. I’d love to simplify meals at my house, but my husband grew up on a dairy farm and (thinks he) needs meat and potatoes. Little by little, I’m trying to incorporate more and more veggies. Love that you’re making crackers from the pulp. I made almond milk the other day and plan on making crackers with the nut meat and a variety of seeds. Look forward to your progress!

GiGi Eats Celebrities January 9, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Again, delicious foods!! I don’t know why anyone could say that eating healthy is gross! Healthy food is DELICIOUS!! 🙂

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

totally agree!! thanks!

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 9, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Whenever I travel I cannot go to the bathroom for the life of me ha ha. Seriously, it’s terrible. Probiotics don’t even help!

purelytwins January 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

same here girl! hopefully one day we can both find what works!! hugs

Miz January 10, 2013 - 7:47 am

NOT trying to rush you but reading this I think:

purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 8:18 am

haha thanks Miz!! love you!!

Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) January 10, 2013 - 8:13 am

Michelle: Microwavable brussels sprouts are the best time-savers for delicious vegetables, I say. Love that you just let the coconut butter melt over it. Yum! And scallops are one of my favorite seafood varieties.

Lori: Shrimp = my second favorite seafood variety 😀

Thank you again for sharing each day of your journey! Looking forward to reading Day 6.

purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 8:18 am

thanks Liz!! love ya!! and yay for scallop and shrimp love HUGS

Kristen @ Enjoy This Organic Life January 10, 2013 - 11:28 am

Hi ladies!

Thank you for sharing your journey 🙂 I have been inspired in many ways through your recipes and lifestyle choices. I appreciate so much honesty on your end.

Michelle- I wanted to ask if you’ve ever used “smooth move” tea by Yogi Tea. I tend to experience the same issues when traveling – no matter how much water, fiber, or movement I get, my regularity gets thrown out of whack. I have been using this tea for a couple years now when needed and it ALWAYS does the trick!

Good luck 🙂

purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 11:47 am

Thanks Kristen, I think I have heard of that tea before. I might have even used it many years ago, maybe I should try it out again and see if it helps me. Thanks!! HUGS


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