Day 8 struggle part of story

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.

Happy Saturday Friends!

Hard to believe we have been doing this journey to heal our gut, other digestive issues and our acne (and other skin issues) for 8 days now! Crazy!


To be honest so far changing our eats has not been too much of a struggle. Though not enjoying our typical desserts has been.

But our struggle of figuring out our digestive and skin issues is just part of our story!

Remember whatever your current struggle is…it’s part of the whole story! Stay focused and positive! Your story is not finished yet! Keep going 🙂

cuteline3-01purelyfitness-logomichelle-5min-plank-friday I  (Michelle) got up extra early (since we had to leave the house at 7am to get to expo) to do some planks and ab work. I did a five minute #plankworkout and some lying down leg raises and bridge. Very proud of myself for getting up and moving the body before standing all day.


I (Lori) did the #loveyourbody challenge from Tone it Up- Friday they wanted you to do cardio. I decided to do their HIIT the beach workout off their Beach Babe dvd. After that I did one round of their SunKissed Ab routine. Felt good to do a little interval cardio and burn out the abs! Starting to see changes in my body in terms of getting stronger and more defined!



Michelle Day 8 highlights:

I am still in Orlando for the Disney marathon weekend. Yesterday was the second day of the expo.

Before leaving the house to go to work I took my morning supplements – probiotic, l-glutamine mixed in water, and fish oil pills for me to take while traveling.


Sorry breakfast was pretty much the same thing as yesterday. Hard to really change things up too much when traveling. But actually I been loving this so I enjoy every bite even if it is the same. Enjoyed a few cups of black coffee and got ready to work!


My outfit for the day was of course Raw Threads attire.  (Yesterday was one of our busiest days to date at an expo, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came to the booth to support my sister’s company, really appreciate it!)

Even though Lori and I are not really running much anymore, we still wear a lot of Raw Threads clothes because they are not for just runners! The clothes are for anyone wanting cute comfortable workout clothing!


Snacked on two bananas at the booth during the day. Barely had time to go pee all day long. Not complaining though, it was great (busy) day yesterday!


Disney marathon expo got over at 7pm, we cleaned the booth and restocked before heading out to enjoy dinner.

I did remember to take all my pills before dinner (l-glutamine mixed in water, fish oil, quercetin, licorice, digestive enzyme). Again like my breakfast, my dinner is very similar to Thursday nights. This time I sauteed some swiss chard and no parsnips fries.  Enjoyed my last grass-fed burger, 1/2 avocado, about 2 tbsp coconut oil and the rest of  my broccoli mash. And half head cooked chard and lots of sauerkraut. Delicious. So satisfying too!  I also enjoyed a homemade margarita.  Then it was bed time. I was tired and needed my energy for the last of expo.

I took the night off from putting magnesium oil on my legs.

Michelle: Day 8 recap –

Bathroom: some poop success! I would say in between a 2 and 3 stool.

Energy: felt good all day 

Gas:  not too much

Skin: a few pimples but they are small

Water intake – about  10 cups!

Lori: day 8 recap –

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


Breakfast- runny eggs with romaine and butternut squash. It was about 2 cups raw chopped romaine leaves that I sauteed in skillet with my 2 eggs (left one egg yolk raw), and 4oz roasted butternut squash all topped with cinnamon, turmeric and 1 tbsp coconut oil.


Enjoyed my cup of black coffee.


Once I started getting hungry it was juice time. My juice made about 16oz of fresh juice. I did half cucumber, fresh ginger, 1 beet, 4 carrots, 1/4 bulb fennel, 1 apple and lots of kale.


Love my beet based juices! So vibrant and pretty!


Instead of juicing my grapefruit like I did the other day I felt like chewing something. So I sliced my grapefruit up and enjoyed with my juice .


Few snacks of the day. Carrots with a little coconut oil. Pulp crackers topped with mustard and sauteed yellow summer squash. Strange but good.


Did some training with Jax before dinner.


Dinner highlight was sardines! Surprised how much Michelle and I are liking sardines. Here I did what Michelle and I usually do, mash up sardines with 1/2 avocado. This time I added in sauerkraut and horseradish mustard. So good!  Love the additional protein and Omega 3’s that the sardines provide in my diet!


My dinner bowl: sardine avocado kraut mash, with a handful of butter lettuce, a good cup of roasted broccoli, half can of wild salmon, a little more sauerkraut and mustard. Topped with 1tbsp coconut oil and dulse flakes.


And here is Gary’s dinner, like I mentioned in video he usually eats what I eat. I added in some good carb – here I did butternut squash (plus added some olives). Besides that pretty much the same meal as mine, minus the sardines.

Gary and I also enjoyed some white wine with dinner.


Dessert was another carob sludge. I did 1 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp water, 2 tbsp carob and 1 tbsp coconut flour. I know these sludges are weird, but it helps mentally satisfy my ‘want’ for a dessert. My cravings for dessert are not as bad as I thought they were going to be, but still feel like I need one.

Like Michelle, I took the night off from putting magnesium oil on my legs. Forgot to clean back.

Bathroom: bowel movement in the morning, stool was like a 3 I would say, somewhat easy to come out.

Energy: decent, felt focused all day

Gas: a little in the evening, stomach started to get a bloated and gassy, but not as bad as it used to

Skin: no major improvements, still dealing with back acne and rash

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

Thanks everyone for the continued kind words! We are so happy to hear that everyone is loving the poop talk! Yay! Also, we are so happy to hear that many of you are taking the time to look at your diet and taking steps to help improve your overall health! Keep up the great work everyone!

Thoughts so far after 8 days of healing gut:

Each day luckily has been pretty good. No major complaints. We both have our issues that we are still figuring out, but know we will get there. We hope to share some progress pictures tomorrow for documentation. Like mentioned above, this struggle is just part of our story! More to come 🙂

Like I mentioned, still feeling like I need a dessert or something after dinner. That feeling is less intense but mentally still there. Which I am thinking that is ok. We both haven’t had too many other food cravings. Our appetites are still strong.  We both feel the supplements we are taking are slowly starting to help with digesting our eats. We are excited to see what our next week is going to be like, as our gelatin gets here soon and eventually once Michelle is done traveling we hope to try bone broth.

Twins Question: Are you keeping up with drinking water? How do you track your water intake? Anyone tried gelatin before? Anyone else like sardines? 

til next time,



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Audrey Adams January 12, 2013 - 12:05 pm

All this food looks so tasty! Love the idea of that carob sludge! Some nights I’m craving a dessert, other times I’m not at all. Food cravings are so weird…It would be interesting to see what really makes our cravings change so much…or maybe you girls know?

Kristi @ lifesprinkles January 12, 2013 - 12:56 pm

LOVE sardines! I need to try mixing them with avocado and horseradish mustard like you’ve been doing – it sounds like an interesting combo!

I had my own form of ‘carob sludge’ last night (coconut oil, raw cocoa powder and dates) in lieu of dessert and thought of you girls 🙂 Keep up the good work!

purelytwins January 12, 2013 - 1:22 pm

awesome Kristi, sounds delicious!! thanks! HUGS

Branislava January 12, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Good work girls. Enjoying your page very much. Made your peppermint beetroot cheesecake, and more I eat more I like it. And there is no problem in the loo, at all.
If you take about two heaped dessert spoonfuls daily of milled organic flaxseeds in your food, you will have a regular export daily :).
BTW, keep up the good work. Your page is excellent and often I share your recipes on FB.
They are great 🙂

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 12, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Thanks ofr joining the link up! I would have NEVER thought of carrot dipped in coconut butter. Totally having that tonight… maybe a new addition to my carrot cake protein batter?

purelytwins January 12, 2013 - 4:14 pm

oh yes! YUM love ya girl

Kristen @ Enjoy This Organic Life January 12, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Hi ladies,

I wanted to offer up another piece of advice for sweet cravings. I turned to Fenugreek supplements (organic Solaray is only $10 for 100 capsules) when I felt I was too attached to my daily desserts 🙂 Worked like a charm. I took 2 each morning & night, and within a week I started to really notice my cravings were eliminated.


purelytwins January 12, 2013 - 4:15 pm

thanks Kristen, we will have to look into that!

Lisa January 12, 2013 - 4:11 pm

I so appreciate you sharing your story in healing your digestive issues. I’ve been trying to do the same recently! It’s tough to totally change things (more mentally like you said) but I feel so much better without my allergens in my daily life (for me it’s eggs, all dairy, brown rice, some gluten products, flaxseed, cashews). It’s crazy how our diet effects us so much. Also keep in mind sometimes when doing these gut healing programs at first skin typically gets worse before it gets better (since it’s detoxing all the bad stuff out). It was hard for me to keep that in mind when I changed my habits about 3 years ago. Keep up the hard work, you’re both doing amazing! xo

purelytwins January 12, 2013 - 4:16 pm

thanks Lisa for the love and support! happy to hear that you are starting to feel better too 🙂 love ya

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 12, 2013 - 4:45 pm

I have tried adding sardines to my diet, but I have found that it can be hit or miss for me. If I want them, they taste good (once I add some horseradish mustard!), but I can’t force it. I know they are extremely good for you!

Erica January 12, 2013 - 9:45 pm

I feel like I always say this- but I appreciate the honesty! I’m not a huge dessert person (in the sweets sense), but I feel like I’d go nuts knowing I wasn’t “supposed” to have it haha. Mental games. Keep chugging gals!

Ali January 12, 2013 - 10:10 pm

love love love sardines! Also, I make my own jello with grass fed gelatin, and have done so with kombucha- it is AWESOME! A double whammy of healing for the tum!

purelytwins January 13, 2013 - 10:09 am

awesome thanks Ali!!

amanda j January 13, 2013 - 12:15 am

love the raw threads booth pics! so cute. I have a sardine question for you ladies – and anyone else reading (I know, random!?): how does a newbie to sardines add them to the diet? I’ve never really had them and to be honest, I’m a little weirded/grossed out by the “thought” of them. That said, i eat loads of other “weird” things (by other standards), but if you have any tips on what I can add these to or how to serve them, etc etc I’d be most appreciative!!! thanks, and happy (almost) Sunday 🙂

purelytwins January 13, 2013 - 10:08 am

we were extremely nervous about trying sardines for the first time a few weeks ago, but we told ourselves they are good for us and to give them a try, a little mind over matter 🙂 we think mashing one sardine up with 1/2 avocado and some seasonings and sea salt is a good idea to start, we like adding in mustard to help! we think mashing them up with anything else you know you like is a good start.

Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) January 13, 2013 - 7:07 am

I hope things continue to progress!!! You girls are strong and I commend you for your positivity and patience throughout this journey.

I used to eat smelts (sardines) when I was little, but I haven’t eaten them in years. Not sure why, haha.

I drink lots of water – I’m like a fish, I NEED water 😀

purelytwins January 13, 2013 - 10:06 am

haha we are like fishes too 😉 hugs


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