My Journey With Stomach Issues: Part Three

This is still quite a journey.

If you have no clue what I’m talking about, please go back to Part One and Two.

After the last blog, I discovered more food that I may be sensitive to while eliminating most of the food on the list I tested for positive sensitivity from Part One.

One, my acne had gotten worse. It was more cystic than anything I’ve had before. When I suffered from chronic poor sleep, I was up at 1:30 – 3 am almost every night which is the liver/gall bladder time. I had done a gallbladder flush in the process and passed a ton of stones. That process entails drinking organic apple juice for 5 days which my liver wasn’t able to digest the sugar enzymes due to how inflamed it was in the beginning. The doctor put me on a few liver supplements to help with it because the acne location was centered around my chin and nose. And that stems from the liver according to my Esthetician and Chiropractor. As a massage therapist, learning Traditional Chinese Medicine has also taught me this as well. My liver had been chronically inflamed for some time due to my leaky gut.

My blood panels would show a healthy number but it definitely showed elsewhere. My face.

Two, I also learned leaky gut is what causes this. But I was in the process of healing it but why is my skin still having volcanic eruptions?

Research has taught me a few things. Lectins are proteins in some fruits and vegetables that can cause gut inflammation but are considered healthy foods by most people. I’ve been growing most of the “nightshades vegetables” which have lectins and not knowing those “healthy foods” were causing the stomach and skin issues I’ve been having. So that’s stopped. My skin has been slowly healing since then.

Speaking of the elimination diet, I’ll be doing this a few more weeks and slowly adding some of the eliminations back in one at a time to see what reaction I have. If there’s an obvious reaction, chances are it’s not good for me. Listen to your body! What affects me may not effect you.

What I’ve eliminated so far:

Eggs, dairy, gluten and pseudo gluten, cashews, pecans, nightshades including tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, whey, casein, and any beans including soy (which I never touch).

A lot of people have been telling me “You only live once. Stop worrying about it.” Exactly. I have only one life and plan to live it to the fullest. I can’t stand watching other people suffer and at the same time ignore their health but that’s their choice. I have always enjoyed life but will be able to enjoy it better. I am not worried either. It’s really more about taking the next step to bettering your health. Functional Medicine is really going to help me in the future.

Books my dear friends have recommended:

Link to it included

                     

“Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine..”

— Hippocrates.

Dairy-Free Berry Protein Ice Cream

When I first received an ice cream maker as a gift last year, I became obsessed with it and made every flavor in the book. Even a raspberry Merlot sorbet! Yes, with real wine!

Then, I learned of my Leaky Gut issue and decided to take things back a notch immediately. It’s in the middle of the summer and store bought dairy-free ice cream can take a toll on your budget. I mean, healthy food IS expensive.

But it doesn’t have to be! I decided to whip up some dairy-free ice cream of my own. This one is super delish and has me coming back for more. People! Moderation is key!

Gather these super, super easy ingredients below and dust off your ice cream maker!

Mix them all together in a separate bowl, add to your ice cream maker, turn it on and let it run for 10 minutes. Make sure you come back and check on it a few times. Over churned is not a pretty look!

Pour the creamy mixture into a tupperware and stick it in the fridge overnight or at least 2 hours. Remove from the fridge 15 mins before serving.

Top it off with your favorite chocolate syrup (I make mine homemade with almond milk), fresh berries, or shredded coconut. Really, whatever makes your heart go wild!

Here’s mine with fresh berries. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Fact:

Serves 4 – 202 calories, 14.5 g fat, 7.8 g carbs, 8.8 g protein

*Note: Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free

My Journey With Stomach Issues: Part Two

If you’ve read my recent blog My Journey With Stomach Issues: Part One, I’m still blown away by this process.

I’ve never even heard of “leaky gut”. I mean, I really have but I thought it was where number two was “leaky”…right?

WRONG.

“Leaky Gut” is actually a condition some doctors may or may not tell you. You can go to their office and tell them the symptoms such as chronic stress, irritable bowl, mood swings, not getting enough sleep, etc.

“Here’s a Lexapro and Xanax ‘script, you seem down and really stressed. You also should be exercising, eating healthy and getting more sleep.”

But wait?….I do ALL of that. FYI: I never picked up those ‘scripts. I feel better when I eat healthy, I work out often, and I try to sleep through the night. Deep inside something STILL wasn’t right. For years I suffered and often hid my symptoms in fear of dumb people.

In my case, it’s not a full blown Leaky Gut. Symptoms still include:

  • Chronic stress
    • I have this constantly. Because of my disability. It’s quite hard to explain because it’s like trying to walk on water.
  • Mood swings
    • This often happens if I don’t eat healthy or workout.
  • Joint pain
    • I was diagnosed with Chondromalicia of my right patella.
    • I constantly have neck issues from the way I do my job. My loupes save me from most of the work but sometimes you have to adjust the position to the needs of the patients.
    • Headaches. I get them weekly. I am so sick of taking the NSIADS.
  • Fatigue
    • I had this often. And still couldn’t sleep through the night.
  • Digestive issues
    • Again, constantly. Never normal. Even on healthy eating.
  • Skin issues
    • I’ve had eczema for as long as I can remember.
    • Acne never really goes away.
  • Food sensitivity
    • I would always feel sick eating certain foods but never really knew what food was actually causing it. Was there something in my salad? Could it be that fish taco I ate?

Few weeks later, it’s all improved. And keeps improving.

  • Don’t even need that MRI for my knee
  • I sleep like a baby drunk on milk
  • I’ve eliminated a lot of the food sensitivities from my diet, including whey and casein
  • I have more energy and less brain fog.

The flush begins and to be continued… 🙂