Things are still going well on the leaky gut diet. I’ve got more energy and I’ve also managed to shift some weight for the first time in ages.
At the start of this I decided not to weigh myself so I don’t know how much I’ve lost. I do know my PJ trousers fell down this morning and all my clothes are fitting better so I left the house with a swing to my hips today.
Despite many temptations I’ve stuck to the basics with a treat day on Tuesday where I go to the chippy for Egg, chips and a bottle of Lilt (Totally Tropical Man) and then head to the Co-Op for a dark chocolate and marzipan bar. Even then it can take me two weeks to eat the chocolate bar.
Health wise I am doing much better going to bed before midnight most nights and actually sleeping right through until morning. Getting up at 8am-9am is easier every day. Fatigue is still there but the energy is increasing every day. I'm also able to function in the evening, helping to get the kids to bed at night.
Pain is a different issue. I have other issues these days that confuse it like pain in my hands and pain in my hips caused by having children. Also with me doing more my muscles are rebuilding after a long period of inactivity and I know from past experience that that is incredibly painful. However the way I am moving suggests the pain is reducing.
I’ve made some minor changes:
Breakfast smoothie: blueberries, bananas, coconut milk, almond butter, rolled oats and tofu/pea protein. I’ve started adding tumeric and cinnamon to the smoothie. After drinking it every morning I feel massively energised.
Snack: nuts and ginger tea.
Lunch: Vegetable soup at present I’m still keeping the butternut squash this week but I am not sure it’s doing as much as the blueberries at breakfast. However, I may have an allergy to courgettes which have been plentiful in my veg box so have been in every soup recently. With the soup I’m eating pickles and oatcakes with a protein heavy spread (hummus, nut butter, lentil pate etc) After a lot of trial and error with the sauerkraut I’m quite liking it with cider vinegar, hummus and green lentils on oatcakes.
Snack: a pear and a ginger tea.
Dinner: This is more varied. This week I’ve had Tofu kebabs with rice; chilli beans and rice; tofu steaks, homemade oven chips and oven baked butternut squash; a curry and rice to use up the chard (the one vegetable I don’t really like); lasagne made with TVP mince, vegan cheese sauce and courgette lasagne sheets; pasta bake with vegan cheese sauce and gluten free pasta and a vegan cottage pie using the TVP mince. For an occasional dessert I’ve been having fruit and coconut yoghurt, raspberries or a baked banana with nut butter and coconut cream
Supper: This has been a big change. I’ve been making yellow milk with tumeric, coconut sugar, soya spread and coconut milk. I expected it to be yucky but it’s actually quite pleasant. I’m finding I’m not needing the banana and oatcakes as well.
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