All posts tagged: constipation

Food journal 6.18

It’s the third week of the bootcamp challenge. This week were only eating meat and veggies. No dairy, no nuts or fruit in addition to avoiding grains and sugar. Paleo to the fullest. I’m adding in a lot of bone broth to use this as an opportunity to rebuild my gut flora. Though the last few days my bowel movements have been so regular I’ve actually been taking a break from Psyllium and Cascara. 5:05 up with the alarm, moving a little slow, but feeling good after 8 hours at home in my bed 5:30 1/2 carrot, 1 cup broth 6:00 bootcamp, abdominal workout. Lost 3 lbs over the last two weeks. 7:40 Breakfast: 2 lamb chorizo sausages, sautéed asparagus, cabbage, onion in coconut oil and kraut 8:30 a little more chorizo and veggies, breakfast was rushed before work and I just wasn’t quite satisfied 9:00 1 cup broth 11:00 Snack: rest of breakfast, celery and water 12:30 1 cup broth, finished second bottle of water 1:00 Lunch: Cajun Halibut with a pile of broccoli, …

Psyllium

Oh Psyllium, I have been taking you almost daily now for over a year and your smooth, gelatinous ways help keep my bowels moving. But for some reason I have resented you. I have held it against you that my bowels have this embarrassing habit of getting slow and dry and painful. I’m so sorry, you have been my savior, really, and I am deeply grateful for it. Today I look a little into who you are as a magical plant being, more than just a powder I buy at the co-op and ‘have’ to take. Psyllium is of the Genus Plantago, closely related to our average garden Plantain, Plantago lancelota and P. major. The seed husks contain a great amount of mucilage and when they are ground become a fine, tan powder that is strongly hydrophilic. Meaning that it absorbs water. Which helps to soften stool in constipation as well as firm up stool in mild cases of diarrhea. It is one of the most commonly used bulk laxatives in the US and is …