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.
Well 20 days are done and over with our journey to heal our guts. Hard to believe… 20 days.
We finally had the chance last night to talk together about so many different things! We both sure can talk.
…What to try next? Are we happy with how things are going? What foods may still be causing us issues? What foods do we want to bring back? etc. were things we discussed (more on our thoughts at end of posts).
Yesterday we worked our abs! Did the Tone It Up Love Your Abs routine #LoveYourBody challenge. We adore workouts for our abs. We know the power and importance to having a strong core. Both of us are very pleased with how ‘our abs’ are coming along.
Lori’s day 20 of healing recap:
I took my morning probiotic, 1/2 tsp fermented cod liver oil/butter blend, and l-glutamine and gelatin.
Meal 1 was a new egg butternut squash quiche pie, I will share recipe on Friday (tomorrow) along with 2 pieces of bacon.
Little bit later I made myself some black coffee with another slice of egg quiche pie. This slice stuck to the pan so it looks deconstructed, haha
Next I enjoyed one banana with 1/2 cup frozen blueberries with lots of cinnamon and cardamom.
After my little fruit snack it was time to walk Jax. Please excuse the scarf in the picture. Hard to walk, take a picture and stay warm at the same time 😉
It has been soooo cold here lately, anyone else having really cold weather? I have seen many places getting snow.
After my 20 minute walk with Jax I was ready to juice!
Yesterdays juice was grapefruit based as Whole Foods did not have any beets (the horror). Luckily I love my grapefruit. I juiced 1 whole grapefruit, romaine, red kale, ginger, lemon, cucumber, mint and parsley. So good.
Later I came back to enjoy some veggie pulp chia seed crackers with about 3oz of spiralized turnip that I sautéed on the skillet with some spices topped with coconut oil. Told you I was trying to cut my veggies in different ways to help make them ‘feel’ different. You can pretty much spiralize almost anything.
I also enjoyed 1 1/2 cups of peppermint tea before getting things ready for dinner.
I took my pre-dinner pills: 1 tsp fish oil, l-glutamine, quercetin, licorice, digestive enzyme, probiotic and more gelatin.
Lori: Day 20 recap –
Bathroom: yes! stool was between stool 2 and 3
Energy: very good
Gas: a little gassy but nothing bad
Skin: about the same with the pimples I got a few days ago which are starting to get smaller, also had a few very small pimples come on chin (due to getting my period yesterday)
Water intake –about 9 cups (does not include juice)
Day 20 was a good day. I got my period about mid-day. And you all know Michelle got hers a few days ago too. Which means we got our periods two months in a row now! Great improvement, as before that we were going every other month or every 2 months. Not sure if we will get our period next month but we are both really happy with getting it two months in a row. Slowly our hormones are getting back to balanced, we know we still have a journey to get there but are very pleased.
Though I am pleased with how I think my hormones are getting better it still doesn’t make sense that my skin is still breaking out, mainly my back. It is the weirdest thing as I have mentioned before that I have never had this before. I am starting to dry skin brush my back and plan on trying tea tree on it to see if that helps.
Michelle’s Day 20 recap:
I took my morning pills – fish oil pill, l-glutamine and probiotic.
I was hungry when I woke up, which I thought was odd, but went with my body’s cravings and enjoyed a banana with gelatin.
I mixed one banana with 1 tbsp gelatin and some water to make a banana gelatin mush!
Despite having little success in the bathroom I was still hungry, so I enjoyed another banana with some coffee to help get me going for the day. I was craving carbs, so these two bananas hit the spot for me!
I did some computer work (slowly getting caught up on things) while I chatted with the older sis about things (new shirt designs, the expos coming up, etc)
Then she made a nice warm breakfast! Cooked spinach, 2 eggs and some bacon. Man I have missed my greens!! Perfect balance of protein and fat for me.
This meal kept me full for hours, which was a good thing as I was busy working and then had a 3 hr drive home.
Upon arriving home, I snacked on some carrots that I dipped in coconut oil while I cooked up my dinner. I did take my fish oil pill, l-glutamine, quercetin, licorice, digestive enzyme and took a probiotic. I know I did not really have a lunch as I was not hungry nor did I have an appetite for anything. I kept my dinner simple. Plus this was the only food I could find in the house 😉 as I did not feel like going to the store.
I enjoyed about 1 cup steamed brussel sprouts with 10 shrimp and I drizzled coconut oil on top with some spices and dulse flakes.
And I could not wait for dessert!
I was so excited to finally make Lori’s carob chia cake that she shared yesterday! I put some cacao nibs in! Yes I know those are chocolate and chocolate is one thing Lori and I took out for now, but I could not help it! I caved. I am starting to crave foods I cannot have at the moment. I know slip-ups happen and I am fine with it and moving on.
Michelle Day 20 recap –
Bathroom: type 1 (I know due to dehydration)
Energy: a little off, I think due to time change and sleeping in
Gas: no major complaints
Skin: nothing new
Water intake – about 6-7 cups
I think it is going to take my body a few days to adjust to being home and settled. My body never does good traveling, everything tends to shut down. And as I was talking with Lori last night I feel like I cannot really judge what I have been doing these past 2 weeks too harshly because of the stress of my work schedule and traveling. I feel like now I am truly starting a program to heal my gut since I am home.
Lori and I will be sharing soon some new things we are trying, but one thing we are realizing is when do we stop and just say this is our bodies…this is what we will deal with in life…when do we just stop and just eat and do whatever we feel like??? Thoughts like this have been crossing our minds as we are getting bored with things and miss creating things in the kitchen. But when we read articles of people healing it keeps us going! We know it takes time, so we are not giving up yet!! Thanks for sticking around for our craziness.
Now since we both think our hormones are slowly getting better it makes us think… is it still something we are eating that is causing our skin to flare up? As we are going poo just about every day now too. So is going poo still the main problem or is it food related?
A question we discussed a lot last night. We have some new books to read that we hope helps give us some answers. Plus we have decided to take out avocados from our diet. Avocados are one food we have never taken out before, so we are curious if we take it out….will we see improvements or not?? This is going to be VERY HARD for us to do, because we LOVE our avocados. But we feel it is worth a shot. As we never know what might happen. Fingers crossed that avocados are not the culprit.
One more thing, I (Lori) realized I was still have ‘dairy’ in a way. I take the fermented cod liver oil butter blend from green pastures. Even though that butter is very high quality doesn’t mean my body will like it. So yesterday was my last day taking it. I am now just taking plain cod oil and fish oil. I shall see if I notice any differences with this change as well. I will keep you all updated on my findings.
Thanks again everyone for support! Again remember this is our journey to heal. You may find youself eating different things and that is ok, just listen to your body!
til next time,