I forgot how annoying it was to wake up, take your thyroid med, and wait one hour before eating anything. And basically I have to hold off on all other supplements to be safe because absorption can compete with this med. Mary Shoman has a great blog that explains all the details about how to take your thyroid med here. I wondered if there was a better way. So I looked up taking thyroid meds at night and found a research study that demonstrated that when people took it on an empty stomach at night, they had higher levels of thyroid hormone in their body than when they took it in the morning. They did not show a significant change in quality of life however. Mary Shoman’s blog to the rescue! I’d like to experiment myself and try this. I have a habit of snacking late at night which is not a great thing anyway. So I decided to make sure to stop eating two hours before going to bed. There was no explicit instructions on what they did in the study to take the med at night, so I’m going to make my own executive decision to make sure I have not eaten in two hours, and then take it!
I hope that more research is done on long term benefits, if there are any, by taking these meds at night. This study was based on three months of taking it the morning, and three months of taking it at night for a total of six months. I decided to take it based on not having to wait to eat or take my supplements when I wake up in the morning. Hopefully, I will see if this works for me. I think three months is enough time to determine this.
Our livers are amazing at detoxing our bodies every second of the day. It is one of the hardest working organs in our body. They also go through a barrage of assaults all the time due to our environment, our lifestyles, and our stress levels. Whether its excess alcohol, prescription drugs, poor diet, too much sugar (candida), viral infections, autoimmune disease, toxic chemicals, or air pollution, we need to give it up for the liver! We are even fighting cancer every single day, every single one of us! What a job it has and does for us. Dr Sandra Cabot , “The Liver Doctor” says these are the vital functions of our liver:
• Fat metabolism – this helps with your weight and cholesterol levels
• Detoxification and filtering of your blood. This helps your energy level, plus ability to think and concentrate
• Destruction of unhealthy cells and bacteria
• Manufacturing of essential proteins which are necessary for healthy immune function
• Maintaining hormonal balance; especially breaking down excess estrogen
• Generating the energy and warmth to keep you alive
If you have 4 or more of the following symptoms, you may have a sluggish liver according to Dr Cabot.
Do you suffer with?
Discomfort or pain over the liver (the liver is situated in the right upper abdominal area)
Accumulation of abdominal fat with a “pot belly” and a roll of fat around the upper abdomen known as the “liver roll”
Indigestion and/or intolerance of fatty foods
Reflux and heartburn
Fatty yellowish lumps in the skin and often around the eyes – these are called xanthelasma
Overheating of the body
Red itchy and/or dry eyes
Skin rashes such as dermatitis and psoriasis
Brown liver spots on the skin
Acne rosacea on the face
Redness of the palms of the hands
Hot and/or burning soles of the feet
Headaches, especially associated with nausea
Unexplained weight gain
Inability to lose weight even whilst dieting
High blood pressure
High blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
Do any of these sound like you? I could say 6-7 fit me, including inability to lose weight even while dieting! This has been the bane of my bikini competitor goals because I have tried for the last five years without success, only go put on fifteen lbs in the face of working out and eating well. So the next question is, what can we do about it? Although the answer is complex, the focus of this blog post is coffee enemas which are a great way to get a sluggish liver going.
MindBodyGreen breaks it down well. Here are 10 reasons why you should try a coffee enema:
Reduces levels of toxicity by up to 600%.
Cleans and heals the colon, improving peristalis.
Increases energy levels, improves mental clarity and mood.
Helps with depression, bad moods, sluggishness.
Helps eliminate parasites and candida.
Improves digestion, bile flow, eases bloating.
Detoxifies the liver and helps repair the liver.
Can help heal chronic health conditions (along with following a mainly raw plant based diet).
Helps ease “die-off” or detox reactions during periods of fasting or juice fasting, cleansing or healing.
Used regularly in the Gerson Institute treatment protocol for healing cancer patients naturally
You will not absorb the caffeine like you would taking it orally. But you must use regular caffeinated and organic coffee, never decaf or you will not receive any benefit!
How to do a coffee enema?
Look to amazon to purchase your coffee enema kit first. Although there are many kinds and different prices, I use this one, and it cost only $4! You can even just brew regular organic coffee in your coffee maker as usual for the first time, just to get your feet wet. But I’m going to recommend purchasing the organic coffee especially made for coffee enemas, which is not roasted completely so it’s still green. Using this coffee is better, because it has more caffeine and palmitic acid in it. So you will get even more benefits from better quality coffee. You can also get this on amazon too right here. Read about this particular coffee enema coffee brand SA Wilsons right here. You also need to get lubricating jelly, or use coconut oil to lube the end of the enema tube.
Use 2 TBSP of coffee and add it to 3 cups filtered water in a pot. Get it boiling, then bring the heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
Turn off the heat. Let it cool down. Then strain it. I pour it into my vitamixer for easy measuring and pouring into my bucket. I also add large ice cubes to hurry the cooling process down. Just enough to melt so don’t go crazy and make the whole batch ice cold. Your final amount will be 6 cups of fluid. Use a clean finger to touch and feel if the coffee is cooled to touch.
Pour it into your enema bucket but make sure your clamp is clamped off so it does not come right out. I use a kid’s size hanger to hang the bucket on a towel rack in the bathroom. It needs to be elevated while you lay on the floor so gravity will pull it in. I also set up a yoga mat on the floor, with a towel on top, and a pillow to lay on.
For the first time, I would have some chill out music on, meditation music from youtube nearby, and maybe diffuse some essential oils too. You will need to relax as much as possible.
You will need to take your bottoms off and if you are cold, keep some socks on. Sit on your towel, and after lubing the end of the enema bucket, insert the tube into the rectum and go in about 1 inch. It’s all an estimate. It should not hurt! If it hurts, reevaluate what you are doing wrong because it should not hurt. Lay on your right side. Get comfortable, and unclamp the clamp.
You will feel the fluid go in and may start cramping. If you do, clamp it. Then when it subsides, go at it again. Repeat this until the fluid is all in. This may take up to 5 minutes. After it’s all in, clamp it and take it out. I cap it, or wrap a tissue around the end. You can rub your tummy for comfort, or even do some yogi upside down moves like a handstand or just lay on your back with your hips in the air (like a hip thrust) for as long as you can. You WILL have waves of cramping that will subside. You may not be able to hold it for 15 minutes the first time, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Try your best to hold it in and deep breath slowly. Relaxing is key. You will hear your tummy make some wild noises, and that’s a good sign that the gallbladder is releasing bile. You are stimulating the liver! Yay!
After you held it in, go to the bathroom and it will be an orgasmic release you have never had before! I say this in jest, but it is true. You will feel lighter and cleaner. You may have to sit a little while, or go now and maybe 10 min later to get it all out. Sometimes it does not fully come out right away, but generally it will not be something like you are going to the bathroom for hours. You will probably be ready for a shower after this.
Clean your bucket with some good dishwashing soap, let the hot water run through the tubing. I also rub the end with the soap and rinse really well. Make sure it’s dry before putting it away. You did it!
You can do these everyday, but realistically once a week is good. Cancer patients doing the Gerson therapy protocol are even doing this 6x a day! So it seems to me that you cannot become addicted to enemas, although mentally, you might!
Use filtered water only.
Use organic regular caffeinated coffee only.
Make absolutely 100% sure the coffee is not hot before proceeding with the enema.
Try whatever modalities relax you. Like 4-7-8 breathing from Andrew Weil, MD.
Do it knowing that you love yourself, and you are worth the trouble.
As a child I always had stomachaches. I would often ask to the go to the nurse’s office in high school and once in a while I would ask to go home, but most of the time the nurse told me to lay down until I felt better. It would always be after lunch and I would be so bloated and gassy that it was uncomfortable just to sit upright in my school chair! Ironically, no one ever asked me what was I eating? Not my mom, not the nurse, and I certainly didn’t talk about it with my peers. I’m still in awe at how far behind conventional teaching of nutrition was back then within nursing and medicine. The worst part about that, it is still VERY far behind.
From the very beginning, you are told that everyone needs dairy. Thanks FDA! It’s interesting to me that the food groups at the time required dairy and grains (the MYplate still does), and now that I know about food politics, it all makes sense. (And yes, you can live and thrive without dairy and grains. They are taken out of many anti-inflammatory diets such as the Paleo Diet, the Autoimmune Protocol, Repairvite Diet, and recommended by many nutritionists such as JJ Virgin to heal your ‘gut’. Shhhh, don’t tell the FDA!)
I never pieced that it was milk causing me distress, since I had skim milk every morning and didn’t have a reaction then. Nor did I notice issues with all milk products. That doesn’t mean I didn’t react more often, I just maybe didn’t notice it as much or was in tune with what was going on with my body. I remember having a box of skim milk with my lunch every single day as that was what I drank to stay ‘healthy’. I think the thought never crossed my mind that something healthy could be what’s hurting me. It was not until college that the lightbulb went on and I realized that milk was a major factor in my daily bloating. I’d religiously have my milk with cereal in the morning. My new loved routine was going to Starbucks to study and have an ice cold Frappuccino. It started to annoy me when I’d keel over in gassy pain and would have to leave the place to go lay down at home! I truly needed to be annoyed with intensity to pay attention to what my body was saying. It seemed to be the dose that made the poison, so I don’t believe that you have to have a reaction to a food every time, to know you are sensitive to it. The clarity was bonking me in the head with the answer.
Soy milk had just become popular at the time, so I decided I’d try and switch. It was easy and I loved the taste. Plus the crazy bloating was gone! I was about 19 when I made the switch. I drank soy milk every morning with breakfast, or I would order a Soy Latte at Starbucks. These habits would be consistent for the next 10 years of my life.
I had no chronic conditions and was not on any meds, but at 32 years old, I experienced a tragic life threatening acute illness. I became sick with flu like symptoms, had strange stomach pangs, and had to be admitted to the hospital where I had to be intubated and spiraled downhill. After a week of possibly saying goodbye to life on Earth, I pulled out of it. There was never a diagnosis for what happened to me, besides ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome). I was generally healthy, besides the lactose intolerance. It was amazing to wake up from that and realize I was given a second chance at life. This gave me a new inspiration and I joined Weight Watchers. I became super motivated and active so I could be the best role model I could be for people. About 10 months after my near death experience, my period just stopped coming. I couldn’t be pregnant, and I was not under any intense stress physically or mentally. I was not even under 22% body fat, so low body fat was not a factor. I waited a few months before finally going to the doctor and asked to be tested. My doctor tested me for all the hormones that could be responsible for my period stopping.
Everything came back normal. He told me he did not know what to tell me, or why it stopped coming, but that since my labs were great, it was nothing to worry about.
This did not ease my mind. I had not had a child yet and I wanted one so I questioned what this could mean- could I not get pregnant? Not having a period is not normal. So I pushed him with more questions and he told me, “if you are worried about having a period, then go on birth control”. That was my only solution. I went NINE months without having a period, so it didn’t look like it was going to come back on its own and there had to be a reason for this, this doesn’t just happen to normal healthy people.
I began to do research about my symptoms (halting of menstruation) and was shocked at what came up. There was not a lot of literature or true evidence to back it up at the time, but it circled back to soy.
I read a controversial article stating that soy could put women into a perimenopausal state. This was the only common denominator in my life that could explain what was going on. I had a history of using birth control pills on and off for about ten years which I believe might have also been a factor in my autoimmunity to come, but I had been off of it for more than 5 years by the time this happened. Thankfully, almond milk was just beginning to hit the shelves, so I made the switch again. I then had the doctor put me on the lowest dose of birth control pills available. I had quite a few bad reactions with this, including moodiness, weight gain, and low libido. “This was a nightmare,” I thought, “I can’t keep doing this.” So after 3 months of the pill, I switched to almond milk (and with some serious praying) I stopped taking the pill and my period resumed on time on its own from then on out.
I became pregnant 6 months later- after 6 months of having a regular period on no birth control pills and no intake of soy whatsoever. I do believe there is a God and that he answers prayers!
The current research is still controversial (is this because of Monsanto’s control over one of the top 3 GMO crops in the US?) Some studies say that too much soy in your diet can affect your thyroid because soy contains goitrogens. Unlike other goitrogenic vegetables, soy does not reduce these factors when cooked. It can cause breast cancer and impair fertility. (Wait, I thought it PREVENTED breast cancer?! Another one of those ‘controversial’ subjects folks!)
Fermentable soy is really only the healthy form of soy, not unfermented. And in small amounts. Fermented soy includes tempeh, natty, miso, and soy sauce. Unfermented includes tofu, edamame, and everything else made from soy. You even have a choice to give your infant soy formula, which I find to be the most frightening of all (birth control for babies, anyone?). You decide, but after my experience, I won’t gamble and don’t feel the need to supplement my diet or my child’s with soy products whatsoever. If we have sushi one night which is rare, I’ll perhaps allow for some edamame and soy sauce (if I did not bring my coconut aminos) but on a daily basis, that would be a definite no. #BYEFELICIA
Well no, they have not only an entirely different type of lifestyle and diet overall than we do in America, but they do not eat large amounts of processed GMO soy like we in America eat. They do not eat soy hotdogs, fake processed soy meats, or consume large amounts of soy in general whether its soy milk, soy ice cream, or tofu. Soy is also used as a filler in a large majority of processed foods, and soybean oil is a common cheap oil also used in restaurants and processed foods.
Why Soy is promoted as a health food. (This article gets me fired up, and although he did not emphasize GMOS he does mention big business, marketing, and profits. That is huge and I think a major factor as why we are pushed to believe by many establishments that soy is healthy.)
The interesting thing is that I developed Hashimoto’s with my pregnancy. (Read here for my post on what Hashimoto’s is). Remember soy affects your thyroid? This means I always had the genes for it, I had leaky gut (intestinal permeability is the scientific term), but perhaps years of soy foods heavy estrogenic effects brought me to the cliff of autoimmunity. The stress of pregnancy on my body so soon after I swore off soy was the push over that cliff. Any kind of stress, whether physical, mental, or physiological can trigger an autoimmune gene to turn on provided you have leaky gut. And many people have this, but conventional medicine does not recognize it for some reason despite over 11,000 research articles on PubMed so how would you know if you had leaky gut? Most people don’t know what it is, and I sure didn’t at the time. (Read here to find out what leaky gut is, and its symptoms)
It’s been 6 years since my pregnancy, and I have had a regular period since. I avoid soy always remembering what it did to me. Soy lecithin is actually one ingredient that is not the soy protein or oil, and is safe for people like me with autoimmune disease, per my doctor. Of course, GMO free is always preferred. I look forward to the day when all food is labeled! #JustLabelIt
It was difficult to find research that mentioned soy causing perimenopause since I’ve tried to look some up for this article. I assume this is because Google is selective of what they want you to see and are probably paid from companies that benefit from the lies of the giant GMO soy industry, the star being Monsanto.
I am grateful to have this blog to be accountable to, for I have had some close moments of getting way off track. Knowing I would have to report that really made a difference! I thought that the first few weeks would be the hardest, and although I started this diet right before Christmas, it was actually the last two weeks that I found myself craving chocolate hard. You see, chocolate and I have had an ongoing love affair, and we had to break up at the start of this nutritional experiment. It was not easy, and it had to be cut off in pure denial. I was good at denying it for awhile, but I started to have a tough time again, even though I had gone more than two weeks straight without it. The saying that cravings go away with time, I’m not sure I believe that. But was it physical or psychological, or both? Who knows. I found out however that the more I said in my head “I’m craving chocolate so bad right now” the more I made that craving stronger and real. One of the things I did differently this time around, was that I did not stroll the aisles of Trader Joe’s to see what new chocolates/gluten free sweets/ice cream they had. If I missed that aisle, I was always greeted at the checkout, just in case I forgot to look at the chocolate. Given this obstacle, I realized I needed a different, less tortuous approach to grocery shopping. I got in, and got out as soon as I could. I pretended like I did not even see it at the checkout, even though I knew I did.
But this last week, due to a variety of stressors, brought on a strength that was dying to fail me. I was at work one night, and I have a particularly high stress job as an intensive care nurse, and had yet another opportunity to fail. I rolled my eyes in my own sarcasm, as if I was not impressed with myself and these cravings, and asked God for help at the same time, remembering this verse:
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
So I prayed in my head, “God thank you for helping me get through this so far. Please help me stay strong, I’ve come too far to give up and reverse my progress. I want to succeed, and I feel so weak right now. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. Please help me succeed. I know you would not put me in a situation I cannot handle.”
And I did not do it.
I believe in the power of prayer. You have to put your heart into it, blind faith, and belief that there is a higher power that wants to see you victorious. And do not ever forget, there is also another higher power that wants to see you fail. That latter part, I think that is what really motivated me that night.
God is with me through the easy times, and the hard. He is always there. And He will always be the comfort in hard times, you just have to be relentless in praying to Him.
Mistakes: After some careful evaluating of foods I was eating, I realized I had made some mistakes and was eating legumes, specifically sugar snap peas and green beans, that are a NO NO on the repairvite diet. It didn’t snap in my mind (no pun intended) that these could be legumes, and I had them throughout the diet. I’ve added these specifically to the foods list to help others not make the same mistake.
Fortunately, my Dr said it was ok for me, if that was the worst that happened. Next to my Disneyland green tea adventures I wrote about in my other blog.
I’ve also added some other foods to the list, that my Dr. clarified highlighted here.
Review of symptoms: I debated about writing these things about myself. Things are about to get real. But I understand that I cannot help people unless they realize that I am going through the same thing they are, so I am opening myself up here. Get ready for some TMI. (Too much information)
I have noticed that I don’t have nearly as much gas anymore, and I feel lighter. However, I still alternate between having diarrhea and constipation (I’m so thankful for modern man’s invention: the BUTT wipe. Hey, I am not ashamed! ), I have lost no weight in 30 days which is incredibly strange, given the strict food list on the Repairvite diet. I still have tough to treat dandruff. This is a chronic condition that apparently can be put into remission like any other autoimmune disease, and the only thing that works for me is topical steroids. Definitely not what I want to do long term because steroids can indirectly shrink the adrenals. I still have more energy at night, and I’m very tired in the morning. Hashimoto’s and adrenal fatigue are correlated in many people. And adrenal fatigue is not recognized in conventional medicine as a real condition, yet. This is unfortunate, as so many people suffer from this and accept it as a way of life. So many people are dog tired, no matter how much caffeine they pump into themselves, and just live burnt out everyday. Our high stress lives compound the stress on our adrenals. I know that in time, it will become a true medical diagnosis just as depression was not accepted as a true medical diagnosis at one time. From a saliva test, we found out that my adrenal fatigue showed my cortisol levels to be disproportionately higher at night and lower in the AM instead of vice versa. This explains my tiredness in the AM, and energy at night. I’m not sure if it would take me longer to treat by diet to see results, or if we need to switch gears to Plan B. I will speaking to my holistic Dr soon about these results.
I highly value holistic practitioners.Although I have been trained in conventional medicine, they have opened my eyes to a world of true medicine: holistic healing. Instant gratification is a concept we demand in conventional medicine. This works well in acute settings, but it doesn’t have the best reputation in chronic settings. Instant gratification does not work in the long run, and does more harm than good often times.
A peek at my shopping cart below!
Now that you got appropriately TMI’d , reflect on the kinds of symptoms you have that bother you, and you have just lived with and accepted as part of life. Know that gas and irregular stools are NOT normal, and regular stomachaches aren’t either. I would of never thought my skin issues were something that could be put into remission, and I am on a mission to figure out how.
Food is medicine. Medicine is food. This is an underestimated fact not readily translated to the people in America.
There is hope. It will take trial and error, but there is an answer you haven’t found yet. Don’t give up.
Next blog post is about my follow up with my Doctor.
We planned a spontaneous last minute trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA for New Years Eve 2015, and this was one week into my Repairvite diet. I thought to myself, I am going to do everything I can to get through it successfully. We rented a hotel at Marriott Residence Inn, so it was with a full kitchenette. This is necessary for sure. I brought a large cooler with half frozen meals and other half snacks. I stayed on plan with one caveat: I had an UNSWEETENED Starbucks matcha green tea coconut milk latte two times on both park days. A Venti one day, and a Grande the next. I was so tired, from walking from 9 am to 6 pm, and we wanted to make at least the 9 pm fireworks. I was yawning and just wanted to pass out. I thought, couldn’t I have something with caffeine that won’t destroy me or give me jitters, considering I had been off of caffeine a week and a half already? I learned a few things about this drink later, and will not make this mistake again. First let’s go over some facts:
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are :
Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons). Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).
Whats in the matcha green tea? The Starbucks matcha green tea powder is pre-sweetened and the first ingredient is sugar, with the second ingredient being green tea powder. Thanks to Carla for this information! This means there is more sugar than green tea powder. The Sumatra coconut milk is also sweetened. This is good enough for Starbucks apparently, since they want you hooked. You can add sugar, but you can’t take it away, and this is why I do not buy drinks often from Starbucks.
So how much sugar was in it?You can go to Starbucks website, and create your drink with coconut milk, plug in your size, and find out the sugar content. I found out after i got home from my trip. Turns out my Venti green tea coconut milk latte has 40 grams of sugar (a man’s recommended amount for the day), and my 2nd day Grande drink has 29 grams of sugar (over a woman’s recommended amount)! This is asking for it unsweetened. They actually add more sugar to this in the syrup form, unless you say no sugar added! That is ridiculous! The venti was about 3 TBSP of sugar, and the Grande is 2 TBSP, I stress this is unsweetened. Who needs the caffeine when you are secretly sugar attacked?
If I could change this choice, I would of asked for a green tea bag in hot water. Plain, simple, without any sugar. I will tell you that my sugar infused drink did wake me up, and I had jitters after about 2 hours. I do not have low blood sugar so I thought that was odd. I probably used up all the excess sugar walking, and maybe had a nosedive blood glucose level. I definitely am not happy that my adrenals (which I am trying to heal, and chose green tea over coffee for the milder effects) were forced into overdrive because of the sugar and I had no idea why.
I just got the message from my Dr. that I do not need to add another week of the diet because of this mess-up. Whew I am so grateful! (Dr DavidClark, DC is my awesome holistic healthcare provider!)
What food did I bring?
In my large cooler for the car ride, I had purchased meals from fuelmeals.com which had combos like broccoli, yams, and chicken breast. I brought 6 meals for 3 days of traveling. I also brought Aidells chicken and apple sausage for breakfast, and had 1.5 sausages each morning. I cooked up diced yam and cinnamon before the trip and had about 4-5 oz each morning with sausage. I bought cucumbers, sugar snap peas, apples, gluten and casein free turkey, avocado, cooked bacon from Trader Joe’s, and clementine oranges. I also brought peppermint and chamomile tea bags and had a few in my purse.
Lunch/Dinners Fuel Meals with 3 basic things: a green veggie, yam, and protein
I eat whenever I am hungry. You should not be hungry on the Repairvite diet.
When we were at the Disney park, I could not find a microwave, and no restaurant would allow me to give them my food to heat up. They mentioned that they thought the baby center might have a microwave. I had no idea where that was, and this was New Years Eve, the busiest day of the year! I threw my hands up and asked if anything could be specially made. I had a chef at one of the restaurants in front of Star Tours ride accommodate me. He made me a plain burger patty with only salt and pepper, wrapped in a lettuce bun with a side of fruit and some cucumber slices. He had no onions available, or balsamic vinegar and EVOO for dressings if I wanted a special salad, so burger it was. It was actually a big patty and filling. I think it will depend on what restaurant you stop at, what they have available at that area. Since my frozen meal had thawed at the end of the day, I put it in the fridge and ate it first thing in the morning. I’m glad I started with frozen for this reason!
The next day we were at California Adventure Park, and I knew already that the Baby Center had a microwave, so I mapped it out, and we planned our day. In this park, it is in Pacific Wharf which is nothing but restaurants. So if your family is hungry, go heat up your food first, and take it to whatever cafe they are going to eat. It’s literally right there.
I carried my six pack bagspurse which is a cooler. It holds 2 meals. They also sell backpacks that can carry up to 6 meals! This was a lifesaver! Be prepared though as Disneyland discourages bringing food into the park, however if you tell the security person that is checking your bag you can let them know you multiple dietary restrictions. I don’t think you can bring a 6 pack of sodas or a gallon of water for instance, but you could try. Worse case scenario you have to store it in a locker in the front of the park. I had a few bars, fruit strips, and cheddar bunnies for my kid to snack on as well.
Bring a plastic water bottle, and there are fountains that you can fill up at. When we ate, we asked for tap water in a cup, and I used that to refill. I stayed pretty hydrated, and went to the bathroom what seemed like every hour! But I know I could of felt so much more tired, had I not done this.
Rent a hotel room with a kitchenette. You need a cooler that you can carry in the park. Use ice packs in the coolers. Rent a locker for 12 bucks a day, to store clothes to change or valuables that you don’t want to carry. (I mention the following because I wish someone told me): I would suggest a pre charged battery to charge your phone, especially if you are using the Disney app in the park, and don’t post to social media if you can help it, again unless you have the pre charged battery to recharge. Wait until nighttime after getting to the hotel to do that if you can. Posting all day will drain your battery fast! If you can, use airplane mode to save the battery and just take pictures. Take one frozen meal per person, and a sandwich or quart size bag of finger snacks. Find out where the Baby Center is to use the microwave. Take a plastic water bottle to refill (BPA free of course!) Pack a bag with mixed snacks. Decide before going, you will do this today and you will be successful. Inquire the chef at any and all restaurants, even open air grills (they are in every restaurant) and ask what they have but give them some ideas like a plain lettuce wrap burger with fruit, or salad with a plain grilled protein if you brought your own dressing.
All in all, I think my trip was successful and I learned some lessons including my own strength. I encourage you to feel confident that it can be done, because it can. I feel assured that the next time we go, I can do this better! I hope this was helpful!
Please refer to the leaky gut post blog here, where I mention the WHY of doing a diet such as the Repairvite Diet, and what leaky gut means.
The repairvite diet is basically the autoimmune protocol or AIP, but with a few differences. I would venture to say the repairvite diet is definitely harder to do than AIP. The list is more restrictive. The gal over at the Curious Coconut did a great post, defining the differences and gives some tips as to what to expect and how to do it. Diet is huge and unavoidable when desiring to heal leaky gut, and I believe supplements are extremely helpful too. There are so many out there, how do you know what you need? This is why it is so important to have a healthcare practitioner look at your labs and evaluate you, so they can address your specific concerns. This is not a cookie cutter program. I believe diet can help everyone, however, if you have really advanced symptoms you might get better but get stuck or have really slow results.
Foods to AVOID on the Repair Program Diet
high fructose corn syrup
High Glycemic Fruits, including:
watermelon and melons of all kinds
ALL Grains, including:
rice (all kinds)
wheat & wheat germ
ALL Nuts and seeds, including:
sunflower seeds, sesame seeds
Gluten-containing compounds, including:
barbecue sauce, binders, bouillon, brewer’s yeast
cold cuts, condiments (safe only if labeled as gluten-free)
emulsifiers, fillers, gums
hot dogs, hydrolyzed plant and vegetable protein, ketchup, soy sauce, lunch meats, malt and malt flavoring, malt vinegar, matzo, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate, nondairy creamer, processed salad dressings, seitan, some spice mixtures, stabilizers, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein
fish — Fish should be ocean-caught (not farmed) with a low mercury content. Swordfish, most tuna and kingmackerel are very high in mercury.
Choose hormone-free and antibiotic-free chicken,turkey, and lamb.
Choose beef & pork that is grass-fed, hormone-free,and antibiotic-free.Coconut, including:• coconut butter • coconut cream • coconut milk
• coconut oil• unsweetened coconut flakesNoodles:• brown shirataki yam noodles (sold in Asian grocery stores)Herbs and spices: including• basil
• black pepper
sage• Non-iodized sea salt
Herbal teas – ONLY herbal teas without any caffeine or licorice such as:
these can have “flavors” such as vanilla, peach etc NOTE: Avoid Celestial Seasonings brand until further notice
Apple Cider Vinegar – Bragg’s brand is a good one.
Olive oil & Olives — Organic if possible.
– Tonix brand Coconut Water Kefir
Low Glycemic organic fruits — including
organic palm shortening
Adapted from Dr. Datis Kharazzian
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