We all want to feel good, look good, and do it without deprivation, right? I certainly do, I enjoy food, in fact I’d even call myself a “foodie”.  I love going to restaurants to try different cuisines, read food blogs, I have a cookbook collection that would rival the cooking section at Barnes & Noble.

Well, I thought I had my health and weight under control as I talked about in this post here.  Then last February a friend told me about a book she read and the program she just finished as outlined in the book.  She strongly encouraged me to try it, said you’ll really feel so much better. It involved eliminating gluten, dairy and sugar.  I thought okay, I don’t have any issues with those things but I’ll give it a try, can’t hurt right?

The book is Clean Gut.  I decided to do the 21 day elimination diet as outlined in the book.  It’s a bit challenging at first to give up gluten, dairy, sugar and caffeine but I was committed!  When I commit to something, I’m all in. After the first week amazingly, even without coffee, I started to feel incredibly energized.  I also started to lose weight even though I was eating generous meals.  Then something else happened. I’ve suffered for years with terrible seasonal allergies that seem to get worse every year and suddenly my symptoms disappeared.  I stopped taking my allergy medicine. The chronic lower back issues with stiffness and discomfort that I had become used to waking up with disappeared. I had just accepted this was something I was always going to have to live with.  Lastly, not a pleasant topic but very important, my chronic constipation disappeared.  I didn’t realize that I had sensitivities to gluten and dairy that had caused these issues. Sugar is just plain not good for you and it’s better to live without caffeine. This book has a wealth of information about how the body works that I found fascinating.

For the most part I continue to eat this way with a few cheats here and there.  I encourage anyone interested  to read this book.

Clean-Gut

 

 

Now here’s my favorite oatmeal recipe.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup Oatmeal

1cup of water

1 banana sliced

2 tblsp. canned coconut milk (scoop solids)

pinch of salt

toppings:

sliced strawberries

sliced almonds

almond butter

Grade B maple syrup

Directions:

Put oatmeal, water, sliced banana and coconut milk into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Then lower to a simmer, stirring frequently until the oatmeal has thickened.  About 15 minutes.  Pour into a bowl and put on toppings (or any you prefer).  Enjoy.

I like to stir mine to mix up all the ingredients. I eat this for breakfast or lunch.  It’s incredibly nourishing and good for you.