Once again we cannot thank you all enough for all the kind words, advice, tips and general thoughts over these past 30 days.
A lot of you have been asking us several questions, so please bear with us as we try our best to answer them. Please remember these past 30 days was OUR journey to heal. It is not the ONLY way to heal. We shared our journey here on the blog as a way for us to look back (reflect and learn) and share with others –> in turn hoping you will find your journey. Everyone will take a different approach when it comes to healing the gut, so find your comfort zone. Remember it takes time for our bodies to heal!
We both know we still have to take things easy, but feel our bodies are getting better. We see improvements, which we know does not always come across in wording here on the blog.
Quick recap of the health issues we shared that we are trying to heal :
- adult acne – a lot better, pretty much blemish free at the moment
- stomach issues (gas, constipation, bloating, pregnant belly) – a lot better
- dry itchy skin, skin rashes – improving
- seasonal allergies – better
- hormone imbalance – still a work in progress
- nutritional deficiencies – we think better
- heal gut lining – improving every day
- mood disorders – a lot better
Now to address some questions:
Calorie Intake –
We have mentioned before we do not count calories. We have dealt with an eating disorder years ago and when we started eating more raw vegan foods over 4 years ago it helped us overcome the fear of food. Now that our eats are totally different we still focus on eating real, wholesome food and eat until we are satisfied but do not over eat either. During these past 30 days, yes, many days our calorie intake was not ideal, but we were just focusing on healing our gut.
And if you do research on healing the gut diets and the like, we feel we did pretty well with out eats considering many protocols have you eating less foods sometimes to heal. So please understand we did our best with what WE could handle. The way we have been eating was been for healing purposes!!!! We did not want to overeat and make our digestive system work harder than needed, because that would have defeated the purpose of healing the gut. We avoided many foods that people say CAN cause inflammation.
Now that both of us are feeling better each day, and learning our bodies, we are adding other foods back in. Not all at once,but slowly over time as WE feel ready. We are trying to honor and respect our bodies, not force things just to make OTHERS happy. This is our journey. Only we truly know how we are feeling.
Neither one of us lost any weight doing this…though that was not even the point. We both LOVE our bodies, we were just trying to heal our insides!!!
We are keeping track on our phone with an app (MyFitness Pal App). Something new to us. We are having fun playing around with our numbers, and hopefully soon we can add more carbs in to see how our bodies handle it. We still have more thoughts on macros that we will share later this week.
Workouts/Activity level –
We have been keeping our workouts light. We did not push ourselves like we have in the past, just moved our bodies a little every day. Our activity level was moderate to light. During this time we were only doing around 60-70% of our max effort, which compared to our past workouts were much higher than that. In the past when we were healing our hormones we drastically cut back on our intensity and it helped, so we knew doing that again here would help. Stress from workouts can cause inflammation in some people, so doing lighter activities is advised.
– Green Pasture Fermented Butter Oil cod liver oil blend – Lori is taking a break, Michelle still having it from time to time. Both of us take NutraSea fish oil and Green Pastures plain fermented cod liver oil.
– Probiotic and Digestive enzymes – Check out this post for our favorite brands of probiotics. We still take one in the morning and one at night.
– Quercetin and Licorice – still have them so we will continue to take them before dinner.
– Gelatin yes we will continue to take this – enjoy marshmallows and bone broth, and consuming it in other ways like plain with water and some baking.
– Magnesium – we still believe we need this supplement, we will continue using magnesium oil at night and still finding a pill brand we like. Michelle does take the Calm from time to time.
New supplements- Vitamin D – we know we get vitamin D in our fermented cod liver oil and eats, but do feel we need more!
Foods we were avoiding and what now –
We tried cashews. and seem fine with them; so we will have them from time to time.
Yesterday we tried brown rice protein and will try it again today.
It has been a week+ since having avocado. For now we are still keeping them out; not sure when we will try them. Probably soon.
After our squash experiment, we do notice we are sensitive to fructose. In regards to Fodmaps, we avoided some of the foods they recommend (for instance reduced our intake of broccoli and cauliflower). We are still avoiding garlic and onion family and the night shades.
Still unsure where we stand on fiber. We read things about eating insoluble to help move things, but then we read somewhere else that insoluble can make things worse for some people with inflammation. So we are still up in the air about fiber.
3 meals vs smaller meals –
We briefly discussed our thoughts on how many meals to eat. As you can probably see from our eats it varies, normally due to our schedule. We like the idea of eating smaller meals all day long as for us that means easier on the digestion. Sometimes it is nice to have a 500-600 calorie meal and be done til the next one. For now, every day will probably be different.
Stomach bloat/pregnant belly –
We know when we eat certain foods we get bloated. Sometimes worse than others. But the one thing for US is eating more fat and protein and less sugar/fructose foods we notice a huge difference. No bloat when we eat mostly fats and protein.
Fermented foods –
We are still avoiding sauerkraut, yogurts and things for now. Kombucha just on the weekends
Are we going to continue eating this way? Yes and no. We still plan to take things slowly and keep things simple. We will keep experimenting with foods one at time to see how we do. We will continue to share updates.
Are we going to keep eating this much animal products? Unsure as we do feel it has helped in our recovery, as strange as that sounds. We still mentally struggle with eating this much meat plus eating high quality animal products is not cheap!!
Are we going to eat grains and legumes again? Probably one day. Not every day, just here and there for variety.
Are we going to have fruit again? Oh we sure hope so!!! We love it and miss it.
Are we going to keep juicing? What about green smoothies? Yes juicing will continue. And smoothies will be enjoyed probably from time to time.
Are we going to eat chia and flax? What about hemp? Well, during these 30 days we still enjoyed chia seeds from time to time. We avoided flax and hemp but do plan to experiment with them soon.
Hopefully that quickly answers everyone’s questions. We will be back later with our eats from yesterday.
And thank you to everyone who helped share Jessica’s story!!