Yesterday in Solution: Cleaning Out the Gut Part I, I gave you the basic background on why I need to clean out my gut. Today it’s time for Cleaning Out the Gut Part II Diet, Supplements, Lifestyle.
In true gutsy form, today I’m giving you the real and raw truth.
This was me just a few days ago. I’m not pushing out. Sadly, I’m not pregnant. I was simply in bloated pain.
From March 1 – April 10, here were all the drugs and medications I was on (you might want to grab a cup of coffee to get through this list – it’s exhausting):
- Baby Aspirin
- Gonal-F + Menopur
- Birth Control
….says the girl who is against drugs and pharmaceuticals. FML.
I explained yesterday that antibiotics and other drugs are the 2 main reasons for abnormal gut flora.
Since I already have an altered gut, killing off all the good bacteria I did have certainly did my digestive system no good. At all. Whatsoever.
There are many different ways to clean out the guy and re-populate the good bacteria. Because we are all different, we’ll all heal at different paces and in different ways. I heal with a specific diet, supplements, and certain lifestyle factors. It looks as such (currently).
Cleaning Out the Gut Part II Diet, Supplements, Lifestyle
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- drinking a gallon of water per day
- starting the day with a fresh juice (pineapple or apple + carrot + beet + celery)
Additionally, my diet must be super restricted. (Note: I will still be putting up many recipes, but full disclosure -> right now I’m likely not eating them. All of the recipes I post for May/June are foods that, prior to all my meds, I was perfectly fine with. Right now, I’m not.)
Here is a list of the foods I know I tolerate and can be consumed daily:
- sea bass
- red snapper
- egg yolk
- flaxseed oil
- olive oil
- collard greens
- bok choy
- cayenne pepper
- green tea
- red pepper
- water chestnut
The only, only, only place I will “cheat” is with coffee (regular not decaf -> decaf is typically too processed, did you know that?!) and if I’m at Starbucks or my favorite coffee shop, a little soy milk (soy doesn’t bother me, but I’m taking it out for right now just because of the processed nature to it).
- Digestive Enzymes (a couple meals a day -> usually with vegetables)
- HCL (2-4 meals a day since I’m eating a lot of protein)
- Prenatal Vitamin (I will always take this)
- Epsom Salt baths 2-4 times/week
- sleep as much as possible
- dive back into intensive workouts (that part is coming tomorrow!)
What works for me, quite possibly will not work for you. I know 110% what works for me because I have studied my body, food, lifestyle and general holistic information intensively for about 5 years now. I am extremely passionate about the healing that true commitment and change can do for our lives.
But like everything else in life, if you want it bad enough, you’ll do it. You’ll stick with it. You’ll make the commitment to no one but yourself.
And that’s freeing.
Remember, nothing changes if nothing changes.
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You will heal. I will help.