Not sure if you know this, but I’m not the picture of “perfect health” and it’s got me wondering… does such a thing exist?
Do we ever arrive to “perfect” or is it a process of inching closer, daily, hourly…. Always doing the best we can at one moment to make better choices for ourselves.
Well, that’s how I think about life…..
So, it may surprise you that I’ve got an autoimmune condition called coeliac disease which is when the immune system reacts badly to gluten (thin bread, sourdough, wheat, rye and barley).
However, in my case, I have extra fun, because not only is it gluten my tummy really doesn’t like, it’s also:
- Starch (like tapioca, cornflour etc)
- I think you get the picture!
So that means that gluten-free pancakes with my daughters is 100% off the cards!
I need to be vigilant about staying gluten free, because my gut is damaged at the moment, which can lead to not absorbing nutrients from food, not absorbing iron and B12 and basically not digesting food properly.
And because we know each other well by now, you know that I’m all about gut health.
I’ve written about it:
I’m actively healing my gut (and therefore my whole life!) and this involves cutting out all the inflammatory things in my diet like the above, and adding in lots of living probiotic drinks, like Imbibe.
So, what the heck do I actually eat?
And is it sustainable?
And how do I manage, running a business, and having young kids, while having to eat like this?
Well, I basically have chosen that for me, I prefer to feel good all the time, and restrict my diet to what works for me, rather that to eat something like a pizza which I know will have be blocked up and miserable or a week.
When I think about it like that, it’s an easy choice.
Does it get boring?
Does it mean I can’t go out for dinner?
Does it mean I have to think ahead for meals?
Is it worth it for my health and wellness?
Please note: this works for me at this specific stage of my life. In 2 years, it may be different. Please don’t think that this is a one size fits all approach: this is just what has worked for me and I share it so that I can help you, if appropriate for you.
This is also not about weight loss.
This is about me, trying to heal my gut and life so that I can live life to the fullest.
I should let you know that my incredible naturopath is Helen Padarin: you can find out more about her here.
I hope to be able to report back in 3 months and let you know that my gut is healed, but until then, this is my general diet.
- Slow cooked meats on the bone (think lamb shanks, chicken legs, lamb roast)
- Chicken livers
- Cooked veges
- Lots of veges (I’m supposed to eat three cups of greens a day! I’m nowhere near that, but that is the aim!)
Imbibe products: our sparkling probiotic drinks are an incredible source of probiotics to feed the good bacteria in your gut
- Coconut yoghurt (I get the one from ALDI)
- Coffee with ghee or a little pure local cream
- Chia seed pudding
- Nuts and seeds
- Roast meals: roast chicken with veges
- Fruits (just not loads, maybe 1-2 pieces a day)
- The only “sides” I’d be having are sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes – definitely no rice, grains or lentils, as they are not ok for my gut at the moment.
So, this is the general rundown of my day on a plate.
Stewed rhubarb with cinnamon served with coconut yoghurt and rose petals
My grain and gluten-free banana muffins with butter and coconut yoghurt and berries. Find the recipe here.
Coconut yoghurt with berries
Imbibe sparking probiotic drinks – this one is skin loving hibiscus and rose. YUM! Add 1 cup chia seeds to 1 litre coconut milk. Add strawberries. Stir. Leave in the fridge to set for around 20 min. I make a big batch of this and keep this in the fridge and have it every day with a coffee.
Bone broth soup. Slow cooked bone broth with veges and spices and lemon juice
Eggy and bacon muffin. Delicious!
Coffee with coconut cream and some rose petals! I’m ok with 1 -2 homemade coffees a day.
My version of an apple crumble. Cooked and pureed apples with cinnamon and pulsed nuts on top with ghee and cinnamon.
Blitzed cinnamon nuts with cooked bananas.
Salad of grapefruit, goats cheese and greens.
Imbibe probiotic ginger and lemongrass drink: so delicious and refreshing. Get yours HERE.
Probiotic gummies, I have these almost daily. Check out the recipe here.
Probiotic gummie chocolates. I made my probiotic gummies and added sugar-free chocolate. Delicious!
More chia seed pudding – this time with stewed fruit.
Chia seed pudding with coconut milk, strawberries and rose petals.
So, there you have it.
That’s pretty much it, of course with main meals added to the mix like roast dinners etc.
What do you think? Is this something you could eat?
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