Day 6 eats and Q&A video

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.

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Wednesday we did the Tone It Up Malibooty workout. Michelle did 2 rounds of this series (which I am so proud of her for getting up early to squeeze this workout in, great job sis!) I did my #bootycall as jump rope intervals. I set my gymboss timer for 10 rounds of 10 seconds and 50 seconds intervals, where I got 10 sec rest and jumped rope for 50 seconds. After that I did the Malibooty workout as well for the #LoveYourBody challenge.  As I was working out I realized that the only color of pants I have are black with a few grey. Thinking I need to get some colors for bottoms because dressing cute for our workouts is one way that motivates us more during it. Anyone else?

 

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Michelle:

As I have mentioned I’m in Orlando for the Disney Marathon weekend working with Raw Threads. I had a late night  on Tuesday packing the truck and a busy day yesterday from 7-7; it was setup day. In addition, I was packing and shipping out online orders and other things.  So over these next few days my workouts will be slim and eats varied.

After my early morning tone it up booty workout, I quickly got ready for the day as I like to give me “some time” in the morning in the bathroom before the crazy day begins.  We have a little joke in our family when someone says–> having the moment of opportunity.  I sure hate it when I have to miss my moment, but sometimes things do not go according to plan.  Over the years my body has adjusted to missing its ‘moment to go’ and I hold it. I know that is a part of my stomach issues to this day. I am trying to break that!

I quickly gobbled down my breakfast so I could have this time…haha feel weird talking about this, but it is true.

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Breakfast was: 2 hard boiled eggs that I mashed into my sweet potato jar with some cooked spinach and spoonful of coconut oil and a big cup of black coffee. I did take my probiotic, l-glutamine and fish oil before eating.

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My day: worked worked worked

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Good thing for bananas and some nice Therafit shoes 😉 to keep me going all day long!

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And about 10 hours later we had a beautiful booth! I am soooooo excited for everyone to see the new designs. I am so proud of my older sister and what she has designed!! Remember to connect with raw threads on facebook for special sales and sneak peeks to new designs!

By the end of the day, to be honest – the only thing on my mind was food!! And sleep 🙂

I did remember to take all my pills before dinner – go me! (l-glutamine mixed in water, fish oil, quercetin, licorice, digestive enzyme).

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Dinner was nice because it was already made-up! I just had to reheat or defrost and it was done. I enjoyed 2 grass-fed burgers, 1/2 avocado, lots of parsnips fries and cauliflower mashSorry my eats (pictures) were not that appealing, but they all tasted amazing!  I enjoyed everything! And look forward in repeating much of my eats today.

Took a night off from putting magnesium oil on legs.

Michelle: Day six recap –

Bathroom: very little success (but staying positive as best I can)

Energy: same as yesterday

Gas: nothing, no bloating either

Skin: nothing new to report

Water intake – about  10 cups!! I was so proud I got my water in, because when working at these expos I get to work and hours go by before I realize I have not had one sip of water. So making it the first priority for me this expo!

Lori: Day six recap –

Took my morning probiotic, 1/2 tsp fermented cod liver oil/butter blend and l-glutamine

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I snacked on a banana as I made Gary’s food for the day and got my first meal of the day prepped. I ended up eating a whole sweet potato, it was about 4oz. I steam in the microwave. I enjoyed my sweet potato with about half a bag of fresh spinach that I saute with my 2 whole eggs. I topped the meal off with turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom and 1 tbsp coconut oil.

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Next meal was about 16oz worth of fresh juice. I made it grapefruit based. I had a few grapefruits on hand and felt like one, so I went with what I was feeling. I adore grapefruit so I enjoyed it as a base for my juice. I also did 1/3 fennel, fresh mint, 4 carrots, 3-4 celery sticks and about 5-6 stalks kale (they were on the small size). I also enjoyed some leftover veggie chia seed pulp crackers, with a little roasted butternut squash and sauteed yellow summer squash; all topped with 1 tbsp coconut oil and cinnamon.

jaxscarfAfter my juice and veggies it was time for a walk with Jax. I had put on a scarf and Jax was all about chewing it.

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Jax did really well on his walk! Plus, it was not that cold outside so I really enjoyed the walk as well.

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Getting back from my walk I decided to make up more veggie pulp with chia seeds again. Love the green from all the kale I have been juicing!

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Love this guy! His facial expressions kill me 😉

We have our first dog training class tonight. I will keep you all updated on how we do!

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I enjoyed more veggie pulp crackers before our nightly walk. Jax was really intrigued by what I was eating! haha

Getting back from our nightly walk I made myself 2 cups of peppermint tea and took my nightly pills.

 

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Dinner was grass-fed burgers with half avocado, steamed broccoli and roasted rutabaga fries  (about 2 cups worth of veggies or so) with a little handful of arugula. Topped with mustard, sauerkraut, cumin, dulse flakes and 1 tbsp coconut oil.

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Last night I was craving chocolate. However, since chocolate is something we are avoiding – carob to the rescue. My sludge here was 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp water, 2 tbsp carob powder and 1 tsp coconut flour.  Hit the spot!

Like Michelle, I took the night off of my putting magnesium oil on my legs.  I did clean my back and put coconut oil on body.

Bathroom: very very small bowel movement in the morning

Energy: the same as yesterday, good and steady

Gas: a little but nothing too bad

Skin: still dealing with one large pimple on chin (slowly going away) and my back is slowly starting to look less inflamed, my stomach was a little itchy yesterday

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

We would like to mention again that we are using our blog as a journal. We are just documenting what is going on as accurately as possible. Thank you for the continued support!

Missed a recap?- click here to find all our post for healing the gut and skin issues

With 6 days down we are still continuing our plan of action to fix our digestive issues. Like Michelle mentioned, her next few days are going to be a challenge. But when she is done from traveling we will probably re-evaluate our plan to see if we want to change anything.

I also did a video answering and explaining a few things more (why raw egg yolk, thoughts on FODMAPS and bone broth, more about the foods we took out, why coffee, will we ever eat grains or legumes again and more). When you have the time please check out the video as I hope it answers some of your questions. Sorry it is a litte long, I tend to over talk 😉

my sweater in video is from moving comfort.

Let us know if you have any more questions. I know I forgot to answer some, so will try to do a follow-up video here soon.

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Stay positive!!! Your mind and body are connected!!!

Our motivation for today!

til next time,

xoxo

pureytwins

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27 comments

Mallika January 10, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Hi guys,
I have been a longtime reader and admirer of your blog.
your gut issues seem to be very similar to mine – and i tried something very similar. Went to a doc as well, and he was not really able to help.
2 things that worked for me was – if i was really really constipated, i took magnesium citrate (short term good, not for long term use, empties your colon, available at any drug store, might go by different names)
I found this supplement – New Chapter Probiotic All-flora, which has really been great – its natural and started working in a few days of taking it regularly as recommended, which makes me think that the good bacteria was somehow wiped out from my colon and was causing the bad bowel movements and gut issues.
Also, note that irregular/incomplete bowel movements and constipation cause a lot of pimples and acne at weird places, so the 2 might be related in your case as well. No amount of water, fiber or clean eating helped me (and juice cleanses made it worse – due to the complete lack of fiber during an extended juice cleanse – which makes me think that the colon has somehow become lazy – so since then I have stayed away from juice cleanses as well).

Anyways – this worked for me, and may/may not work for you – I do not know. But I wish someone had given me this info when I was suffering through this!

You guys rock, keep up the great work! Love it!
-Mallika

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purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 1:34 pm

thanks Mallika for sharing, it is always nice to hear what has worked and helped someone else! We do take some from of Magnesium citrate, and yes it has helped us get a good bowel movement. And totally agree about constipation causing acne. ANd very interesting about the juices, we hope to do a mix of juices and smoothies because we love them both

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life January 10, 2013 - 1:01 pm

So many things to say…your sister’s booth looks amazing! I love that sweater! and I love parsnip fries!

OK I think I’ll leave it at that for now ;).

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purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 1:32 pm

thanks Anna!! xoxo

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Heather @ Sweetly Raw January 10, 2013 - 2:31 pm

I’m loving reading the daily breakdown your gut healing program. It’s motivating as I go through my own sugar detox. Thanks for all the inspiration as usual girls!

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purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 4:46 pm

thanks girl!! look forward to following you on your sugar detox 🙂 cheers to good health!

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Cheyenne January 10, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Hey, very interesting posts! Just wondering if you’ve ever tried aloe vera juice before eating? A shot of aloe is supposed to help you absorb the food you’re eating, as it increases the surface are for absorbtion of the villi in your intestines. I haven’t tried it but thought it might be something you girls would be interested in 🙂

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purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 9:56 pm

Thanks Cheyenne, we did take aloe vera juice a few years ago. Remember liking it but never saw major improvements, but always worth a second shot 😉

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 10, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Awesome video! Love it. Totally agree with finding what works for you 😀

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purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 9:57 pm

thanks Brittany! I hope you find out what is bothering your tummy!

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Amy Scott January 10, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Hi:) I feel like we have so so many things alike. Gut/Skin/etc. And it is so frustrating! Do you have a document with your “program”? or are you just blogging by day? and is there one place to see all your blog posts on this? or what is the best way to see all your journaling on this? I know I need to do something! My skin is a newer issue for me and its got me thinking I must do something SOON! Good Luck and looking forward to hearing from you!
Amy

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purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 9:58 pm

you can find all our gut issues topics and posts here http://purelytwins.com/category/healing-the-gut/

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{moni} @ Moni Meals January 10, 2013 - 8:48 pm

You both are so great for your thorough sharing. It is nice that you are teaching what you are learning and hopefully helping many others. Good for you! I wish you all the best!

I have the same approach to diet- do what works BEST for YOU and NO RULES! 😉

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purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 9:58 pm

thanks Moni!!! Yes no rules!

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Ali January 10, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Thanks so much for sharing. I never comment, but I have to step in because I am on the same protocol as you guys- trying all the same stuff (CL/BO blend, meats, veggies, fat, fermented foods, l glutamine, fodmaps, and the list goes on….) Have you been tested for SIBO? I found out after years of alternating C and D that that was contributing to my weird tummy issues. Just a thought- it is a simple breath test. I also started taking Natural Calm- which has been helping a lot. It is pretty cheap on amazon (it is a magnesium powder) Keep up the posts- they are so helpful!

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purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 9:59 pm

never have been tested for SIBO, we will have to do a little more research on it! happy to hear that is helping you 🙂 and yay for being on the similar journey as us, together we will all figure it out!

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Camilleforeal63 January 10, 2013 - 9:55 pm

I’m excited to follow along with the blog, I too am on the same journey! You guys might consider getting a parasite stool test? I’m sure you get a lot of suggestions to what you might be the cause…but I had all the same symptoms and I had high levels of h pylori and blastohomoninis(sp?), which are both parasites. They completely irritate your gut and can cause a multitude of symptoms. Ugh it was not a fun process getting rid of them, but I’m finally parasite free! You guys are great keep it up!!!

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purelytwins January 10, 2013 - 10:00 pm

I believe Michelle got tested for parasites a few years ago and did not have any, but it might be our case now. You never know, we will add it to our look at further ideas! Thanks!! HUGS

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 11, 2013 - 12:37 am

I’m having food-envy looking at your eats for the day!

Michelle – my former co-workers, Heather and Kim, are running this weekend. I told them to stop by and say hi (and say hi for me!).

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purelytwins January 11, 2013 - 8:04 am

awesome Laura! I will be on the look out 😉 HUGS

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karina January 11, 2013 - 7:34 am

I loved the video and thank you for sharing your journey with us. Im learning a lot from both of you and since i have and been having abdominal issues since i was young. Im considering eliminating certain foods in my life to see if it helps. well, have a great weekend and thanks again. you both are so cute and classy.

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purelytwins January 11, 2013 - 8:05 am

thank you Karina!! we love reading this! we are so happy to hear that we are helping you in some way!! THANKS for the support! HUGS

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barb January 11, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Licorice tea! I’ve had constipation issues my whole life, especially when I’m off my usual schedule, and this tea is completely natural and it turns out to have a laxative effect. Most people drink it cause it just tastes good and it also stabilizes blood sugar levels. Its all good. I couldn’t live without it. I use an organic brand.

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purelytwins January 11, 2013 - 1:11 pm

thanks right now we are taking a licorice pill, but maybe we will try the tea too.

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lulu PINELO January 11, 2013 - 6:34 pm

I love you blog!!! God bless u both .. ull both be blessed by the love your share to all the people that really try you tips and life style.. is a truth!!
Thank u for being one of my inspiration!

Ull be in my prayings;)

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Debbie January 27, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Hi there, I was just wondering what type of juicer you are using ? Always curious about this topic, wether you are using a centrifugal or masticating (slow gear) type ? Am eventually getting one and not sure which one to invest in. (:
Thanks

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purelytwins January 27, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Debbie – we have this compact juicer – http://www.amazon.com/Breville-BJE200XL-Fountain-700-Watt-Extractor/dp/B000MDHH06 We love it.

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