Guess what? My back pain has completely gone (I’ve also lost 7 lbs despite my valiant attempts not to lose any weight at all), so my hunch that it was somehow caused by some minor gut inflammation spreading to my lower back area appears to be correct. My back pain was the ONLY clue or symptom I had that my gut was slightly imbalanced. I wonder how many folks realize that their back pain (and other joint pain) is potentially caused by gut imbalance?
I will continue to avoid grains for the next several months and then gradually reintroduce them sometime in the early Fall 2010. I have to say, though, that I feel GREAT completely off grains and all sugars (disaccharides cannot be fully digested if the gut is out of balance even if only slightly – toxins from the undigested food and pathogens that feed on it spills into the blood causing an unpredictable mix of symptoms). My goal is to definitely eat grains again, as they are truly a wonderful, traditional food.
It’s just that in our modern lives, our guts may need periodic rest from them as they are so very difficult to digest unless your gut is in top form and only by going off them completely for a period of time can your gut fully heal. The fiber in grains is particularly harsh on the gut. Fiber from fruits and vegetables is a much more gentle type of fiber on the gut.
I suspect that most people would benefit tremendously from a break from all disaccharide foods (grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, all sugars except honey and fruit) to heal their gut wall unless you are fortunate enough to have been born naturally to a Mother with no gut dysbiosis herself, breastfed for an extended period of time, and never had antibiotics or other meds in your life! Very few folks would qualify based on that criteria! I’m learning a lot on this adventure and will be blogging more about it in detail in future posts.
**Please note that nothing I ate all week came out of a box or package. It was all made from scratch. This is definitely typical in our house. Boxes and prepacked foods generally do not make the cut to be in our pantry.
Food Log Monday, April 19, 2010
Breakfast: Smoothie (pint of raw kefir, 2 bananas, 1/3 cup organic peanut butter, 2 TBL raw local orange blossom honey, tsp or 2 of carob powder, splash chocolate extract)
Lunch: Half 8″pizza leftover from last night’s dinner (almond crust pizza with peppers, onions, organic pepperoni slices, cheddar cheese toppings), glass kombucha
Dinner: 3 egg omelet with provolone, pepper, onion filling, glass kombucha, blueberry cobbler (made with pecan flour) for dessert
Food Log Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Breakfast: Smoothie (pint of raw kefir, 2 bananas, 6 organic strawberries)
Lunch: Leftover omelet from last night’s dinner, glass kombucha, leftover blueberry cobbler
Snack: cup of alfalfa tea
Dinner: Turkey chili, baby green salad with homemade ranch dressing and pepitas, homemade kombucha
Snacks: 2 raw honey, semi sweet chocolate mint patties from Heavenly Organics
Snack before bed: small cup of bone broth, cup of nettle tea
Food Log Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Breakfast: almond flour pancake with butter and pure date syrup, glass of kombucha, small cup of chicken broth, cup of jasmine tea
Lunch: Homemade pizza (mushroom, onion, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, organic pepperoni, organic provolone and organic cheddar cheese topping)
Dinner: Marinated chicken (marinated in traditionally brewed teriyaki sauce and raw honey), veggies cooked in butter, glass kombucha
Food Log Thursday, April 22, 2010
Breakfast: Smoothie (2 bananas, pint of kefir, 8 organic strawberries)
Lunch: Homemade pizza (mushroom, organic pepperoni, zucchini, yellow squash,red peppers, onion, organic provolone and organic cheddar cheese toppings)
Dinner: Meatloaf (made with grassfed beef), veggies cooked in butter, glass kombucha
Evening Snacks: Pear, whole grapefruit, cup of alfalfa tea
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. Her work is dedicated to helping families effectively incorporate the principles of ancestral diets within the modern household. She is a sought after lecturer around the world for conferences, summits, and podcasts.
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