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.
Glad everyone is enjoying our post about fructose malabsorption, as we plan to look into that more soon. We are still taking one day at a time with our healing journey. Both of us are honored to hear some of you are taking the steps to figure out your own bodies. Remember to listen to your own body! Everyone is different!
Michelle – another day off, traveled all day across country
Lori: I did my Tone It Up booty call with doing 12 minute plank cardio workout (legs are sore today) and ended with doing a 2 minute bridge hold. All in my comfy raw threads run wine tank. Love the color.
Michelle’s day 19 recap:
I knew yesterday was going to be rough as I would be spending a lot of my time in airports, but I did my best.
I did not take any pills as I had everything packed up. I pretty much woke up, rolled out of bed, made a small cup coffee and enjoyed my last pear before we headed to the airport.
Once we got all our bags checked and made it through security I enjoyed another cup of coffee and a huge banana!! YUM
As we waited in the Houston airport for our next flight, the older sis and I were starving (fruit only gets us so far 🙂 ) We were on a hunt to find something to eat. We ended up finding hard boiled eggs and guacamole. I am not a huge fan of buying “store bought, mass produced” eggs, but sometimes I put my guard down and enjoy what food I can get. I also enjoyed another cup of coffee.
Lori and I both believe in getting good quality animal products. Local and/or organic if possible, but sometimes you just have to be okay with what you can get and move on.
After a long journey back to Orlando I was able to enjoy a home cooked meal. I enjoyed the last bit of my sauerkraut (and yes Lori and I have made and enjoyed homemade kraut before, check out our very old video here of making kraut) and mixed some carob powder into my gelatin mush as my dinner cooked up.
I did remember to take fish oil pill, l-glutamine, quercetin, licorice, digestive enzyme and took a probiotic (like Lori I want to increase this to see if it helps)
Dinner was raw carrots that I dipped in coconut oil along side cooked asparagus with shrimp and scallops that I topped with lots of coconut oil!
Michelle Day 19 recap –
Bathroom: nothing (which I had to go but due to traveling I just could not get myself to go in public restrooms)
Gas: some discomfort and a little bloating due to not going to the bathroom
Skin: legs have been itching bad, these past few weeks I have bad big red patches on my legs
Water intake – drank very very little water and way too much coffee, but I was traveling and I am moving on from it. I will do better today.
I must admit I am so excited to be back home (well almost, still in Orlando with the older sis), as now I can really change things up to focus even more on my diet. I can enjoy things I want to enjoy instead of what is available to me. Lori and I have not been able to really chat so lots of catching up to do and discussing everything we have been learning through articles and our readers!
Lori’s day 19 of healing recap:
I took my morning probiotic, 1/2 tsp fermented cod liver oil/butter blend, and l-glutamine, and gelatin.
Post-workout meal was my typical two whole eggs, a mix of kale and arugula, and 4oz butternut squash, with turmeric, cinnamon and 1tbsp coconut oil.
Never gets old.
My appetite yesterday was weird. Meaning I did not have any real food cravings, I was never really sure what I felt like.
Snacked on a banana to hold me over until I felt like my juice.
My juice was around 16oz. I did half cucumber, ginger, lemon, fresh parsley, fresh mint, 1/3 fennel bulb, 5-6 stalks of red kale, 2 stalks celery and about 5 carrots.
Love drinking my juices through glass straws. To me the straw makes the juice taste better, haha.
Next I enjoyed 2 pieces of bacon and heaping cup of steamed brussel sprouts topped with 1 tbsp coconut oil. Love the flavor mix of bacon with brussel sprouts.
Late afternoon snack was a mini carob chia seed cake. I got the idea from our baked thin mint single serving protein cakes. Since I am not having protein powders at the moment (Michelle and I do miss them, we are thinking of adding them back soon) I had to think of how I could make it without. Coconut flour to the rescue.
Purelytwins: Mini Carob Chia Seed 60 second cake (gluten-free, grain-free, low-sugar, soy-free, nut-free)
- 2 tbsp carob powder
- 1 tbsp whole chia seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 1/2 tbsp water
- about 20 drops of liquid stevia
Directions: In a microwave safe bowl (I used a ramekin) place dry ingredients into bowl. Stir.
Next add in your stevia and water. Stir. Note: it will be very thick. Place in microwave for 60 seconds and let it cook.
Top mini cake with coconut oil or any topping of your liking like nut butter, coconut butter, hemp seeds, etc.
I topped my mini carob cake with 1 tbsp coconut oil. I loved it! I was so happy that mini cake came out. It was a little dry but still delicious in my opinion. This mini cake could be trouble.
Jax in a food coma as I make dinner 🙂
Always such a helper in the kitchen.
I took my pre-dinner pills: 1/2 tsp fish oil, l-glutamine, quercetin, licorice, digestive enzyme and more gelatin.
Dinner was about 5oz of salmon, handful of greens, half avocado, sauerkraut, about 3oz of roasted baby carrots with cinnamon and about 1 cup of spiralized sauteed yellow squash. Topped with coconut oil and dulse flakes and black sea salt. Since eating similar veggies it feels like all the time I am trying to be creative with them and have them in different shapes, spiralizing always helps with that.
Lori’s Day 19 recap:
Bathroom: bowel movement in the morning, stool was like a 2-3
Gas: a little but nothing bad
Skin: still dealing with the few pimples on chin, forehead and next to nose- slowly starting to go away, got two new very small pimples on jawline; back acne is still there
Water intake – 8-9 cups water (does not include juice)
Day 19 was a good day for me. No major complaints. I had great energy all day long.
Twins question: Any carob fans out there? Who else likes to cut their vegetables in different shapes to help make them ‘feel’ different?
Totally agree that sometimes you just have to let go and deal with what you’ve got. Although, it is much easier said than done. I have to really work myself up to eat things (especially animal products) that are not raised the way I am used to. Way to go Michelle! It is not easy and in the grand scheme of things, you are so good about eating quality food the majority of the time.
thanks Brooke 🙂
hey girls! this is sort of random but i know you like working your legs so i thought i’d share this workout. i did it yesterday (2 times through) and my legs are so sore which usually doesn’t happen. enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7un6dqIJSEI
thanks Allie, we love Amanda’s workouts, that leg workout looks great! we will definitely give it a try! thanks 🙂
Way to go, girls! I like carob, too, but I find it best mixing carob and cocoa (I do this with your protein thin mint cookies).
How can I make this carob chia seed cake in the oven? I do not have a microwave.
would probably bake at 350 degrees – unsure of the time, I would just watch it. maybe 5-10 minutes?
It worked! I baked it for 15 minutes, but I think I will try 10 minute next time. It seemed a little dry. What is the microwave texture?
awesome, ya mine was an unique dryness, I felt it was still good as the coconut oil helped 🙂
Also, I encourage you to look into fructose malabsorption. I was tested, and ever since, avoiding fructose has significantly helped my digestive complaints.
As much as I miss protein powder recipes, I have been finding that my tummy does better when I limit the amount of protein powder consumed.
Chris, how did u get tested for fructose mal absorption?
I am seeing my doctor on Friday about getting tested. Can you e-mail me and share what your diet now looks like since going of Fructose and doing the FODMAPS diet? Thanks!!
I have a hit or miss relationship with carob. Sometimes I crave it and sometimes it grosses me out….right now I’m loving it mixed with almond or coconut milk and set with organic gelatine. Kinda mousse like.
Love your travel eats suggestions. I’m travelling lots lately and it’s nice to see how others manage it.
ya we go through stages of being all about carob and go through periods of not eating it at all, funny how that works 😉
all of your meals look delish! love the brussell sprouts with bacon and that carob cake. just may have to try that!
Yes, I *love* carob! I don’t have a microwave, but I bet eating this as “sludge” would be just as good!
And I just want to say thanks to Michelle for tracking her journeys while traveling. I travel a lot for conferences and to see my family, and I struggle so much with digestive stuff and figuring out how to stick to my usual diet. I appreciate seeing that I’m not the only one who has to figure out how to make things work in less than ideal circumstances!
oh the joys of travel 😉
glad we could help xoxo
You girls are doing great! If you ever want to speak to a really good nutritionist, I know one who helped me heal my gut after my gluten/digestive issues and it changed my life. I did a three week program that I have felt better for ever since.
Lots of love!
thanks Gillian, we will be in touch! xoxo
When you guys replaced the chia with psyllium – was it a one-for-one exchange?
Since microwaving food isnt very healthy, can i bake it and whats the temp and time
I LOVE that you posted a recipe for coconut flour that doesn’t need eggs!! I made this today & used coconut sugar instead of stevia & added 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (I was worried it might stick to the ramekin otherwise). When it was cooked I put 1 tablespoon coconut oil on it then left it to soak in. It’s perfect! Not too dry & a lovely flavour. Thank you for all your great recipes 🙂
so glad to hear it!!! 🙂 HUGS