All posts tagged: digestion

Food Journal, 6.20

6:45 woke up, almost exactly eight hours after I turned off the light. Feeling good and refreshed. 8:15 Breakfast: smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, jicama, spinach. 2 cups broth, 3 oz kombucha. 9:00 nice, big type 4 bowel movement. Poop update : I looked back over the past few weeks. Mostly my bowel movements where still type 1 (small, hard balls) but several times a day. But there have been a number of type 4 (large, well formed) stools. The fist one on 6.5 then 6 days later, then 5 days later, then 3 days later. This is a huge improvement. In the past year I had maybe one of those a month. And I haven’t taken any psyllium or cascara in quite a while now. Seems like dandelion and burdock and whatever shifted in me energetically is working. Letting go is happening, but not how I imagined. I am letting go of some hard feelings about things that happened in the past few years, but more importantly I am letting go of a lot of …

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, …

Food journal, 6.11

Back after a nice long blogging break. It’s been a busy week. The first week of Bootcamp’s six week challenge. A breakthrough with my elimination, two bowel movements a day! Reiki attunement with my daughter. Dancing, sleeping, eating, yum. If I get a chance I’ll write more about those things. In the meantime I think I’ll go back to writing down my food, that was really keeping me on track. And for the challenge one of the things I’d like to do is loose a little more weight, so being on track is a good thing. 6am woke before my alarm. 8 hours of sleep Little, strained BM 6:45 20 oz warm water, 2 tsp psyllium with a pinch of slippery elm for taste 7:30 3 Macadamia nuts, 1/4 apple (starving, pre breakfast snack). 1/2 tsp dandelion tincture 8:30 Breakfast: 2 oz lamb bacon, 2 fried eggs, kale, asparagus, sauerkraut. 1 cup chicken broth. supplements 10:30 Snack: 1 Tbsp almond butter, celery, lettuce, nori 12:00 feeling hungry, finished first 26 oz bottle of water 12:30 …

Food Sensitivity induced abdominal swelling

This morning I woke up and my belly was noticeably flat. Just one day without any irritating foods can do that. Yesterday was totally grain and sugar free for me. It’s described as non gaseous abdominal swelling/ bloating and makes people look like they are pregnant. Do you, or someone you know sometimes have a big distended belly, one that comes and goes throughout the day and with eating? Well, it is likely caused by a reaction to an irritating food that makes all the lymphatic tissue in the digestive tract swell up. This type of bloating is different from abdominal fat and is not relieved by passing gas. But is most definitely relieved by removing the offending foods. As the bacteria in my gut get balanced out my whole being gets balanced out. The gut has more neural pathways than the brain, it is an aspect of our thinking. When it is inflamed and on high alert emergency mode, how might that make me feel? Tense, anxious, afraid and over time exhausted and depressed. …

Food day 2

First off, in my striving for perfection I struggle to find the perfect time to call it a day. If I post in the evening after dinner, that may be my whole day and when I’m rolling right I get to bed by 9:30. But then there are the days when I get involved in something engaging and stay up several more hours, get hungry again, have another snack etc. Yesterday was just such a case. After I posted I had some late night snacks 9:00 1/2 Coconut Macaroon Bar I like these, they are a bit like Mounds, but organic and only 9 grams of sugar from coconut crystals 11:00 pm the other half of the macaroon bar and 6 squares of dark chocolate with almonds (14 grams of sugar) hmm. That is a bit much sugar for me, especially so late at night and without any other food. But that’s often when I want something sweet, after my usual bed time. I feel best about sugar when I keep it really low, 5 …

Is all this healing work worth it?

Recently, on my way to herb school, I remembered a class from last year where a fellow student had helped me work on the chronic pain in my shoulder.  “Hmm, I haven’t really had that issue in months.” I thought to myself. “I wonder what else has improved in the past year or so. ” I, like many people, have an ongoing list of health issues that I struggle with. Currently it is my slow digestion that I am most focused on. It occupies a lot of my time and thought, to tweak my diet and herbs, massage my belly, focus on letting go of what I no longer need with ease … As I’m working with these little daily changes I get impatient and sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture.  I get frustrated with how slowly things change. Is all this healing work worth it? Sound familiar? But really, are they that slow to change? Here’s my health inventory. As I said, my neck and shoulders are no longer in chronic pain. …

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 …

Digestion

I am re-colonizing my intestinal tract. Chicken broth, fermented foods, veg juices and leaving out the sugar and junk that feeds the unhealthy bacteria. They say our gut is almost like a second brain. It has so many nerve cells. As my gut cleanses I feel my mind clear too. Old, outdated thought patterns, the ones that say mean things about me, are slipping away. I don’t need that any more. No need to worry or be anxious so much. Replaced with new thoughts of the beauty all around and the joy in the sun. I find myself sitting, just sitting after a meal and smiling to myself as I digest a little. The urge to rush off and do a million things set aside for the moment. Nice.