I just got back from my new naturopath, and she has started me on a gut healing protocol for my colitis, celiac, thyroiditis, and liver problems. I am used to smaller meals (I get full really easily) with snacks like fruits and nuts throughout the day, with an occasional kind or lara bar if I get desperate. I also love nut butters to keep me full (usually sunflower seed or almond butter) I definitely have a sweet tooth, and keep it to a REAL minimum with maybe 1 oz or less of dark chocolate a day. Long story short, she wants me eating bigger meals with more fat and meats, and little to no snacking between- definitely no fruits and nuts. I hate feeling so full at meals, and I am having trouble getting away from eating a sweet snack like fruit to munching on turkey. Blech. So the question is, does anyone have any experience or advice related to this topic? I am doing lots of bone broth and fermented foods, probiotics, HCl, cod liver/butter blend- all the definite important things, but still need some help. Thanks!
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on April 20, 2012
at 04:46 PM
When you start eating more meat and fats you won't need to snack as much. Try eating only when you're really truly hungry so you can eat more at that time and then go without for longer periods. I too am very similar to you in that I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and digestive issues which have nearly disappeared since I began intermittent fasting and only eating when truly hungry. You don't need to eat a huge meal to get the nutrition you need. Just eat until comfortable but take the sweets out for a bit to try and get yourself to a place where you don't have the need/cravings for snacks which derail your healing progress. Good luck, you can do it!
on June 02, 2012
at 04:56 AM
I have celiac disease and some digestive issues. I used to be hypo-thyroid and hormonally imbalanced, but that hasn't been the case for several months.
My experience with going from eating all day to eating two-ish meals a day was that I can eat a good amount of food at breakfast and dinner without feeling overly full. And I actually don't feel at all like eating snacks. And I was the type of person that snacked all the time.
I don't know that much about auto-immune "protocols." I've gotten incredibly well eating lots of things on the auto-immune no-no list. In fact, I eat a ton of sweet fruits, eggs, rice and nightshades. But, give the protocol a try. You never know what it is that's going to help you.
Typical day for me:
Breakfast: three eggs cooked in coconut oil, three strips bacon, banana, 1/3 cup (uncooked state) steamed white rice
When I get to work (maybe an hour later): a handful pistachios, tea
there's about 10 hrs between my tea n' nuts and when I eat get home and eat again.
"Appetizers" while dinner's cooking: 2 or 3 raw carrots, orange
Dinner: large russet's worth of salty mashed potatoes w/broth added, 6oz of salmon w/skin pan fried in olive oil
If I have room I'll then finish with some kind of "treat" like some goat cheese with a few rice crackers or a spoonful of almond butter or chunk of dark chocolate.
on April 25, 2012
at 08:57 PM
Try a good whack of protein in the morning. I find that it abolishes cravings later in the day. As for strictness, until your gut is healed, staying on the autoimmune protocol is a good idea. Don't deviate too much. Remember it's only temporary!
on June 01, 2012
at 11:31 PM
i feel like i am doing nothing but talking about kombucha on here today but i am a huge fan of raw kombucha tea. its loaded in probiotics. they have some varietals with chia seeds, others with ginger juice or a tiny amount of pureed fruit. it can help a bit with my sweet tooth and seems to sooth my (similarly sensitive) gut.
i've been skipping fruit more days than not for the past month and actually noticed some improvement in my day to day pain levels and stomach woes (once i got over the inevitable sugar detox crash). good luck!
on April 25, 2012
at 09:34 PM
I gotta say, I did not see a noticeable difference, on a day to day basis, on the autoimmune protocol. I have Hashimoto's, so I thought I'd give it a go, but yeah, not really much of a difference. I kind of think it was more beneficial for me (I say I "think" because of course I'm not really sure yet) to get the nutrients from tomatoes and peppers and eggplants in order to get my nutrient bases better covered than avoiding them was. I hadn't known that avoiding fruits was recommended on the autoimmune, however, I never did that. I've never eaten nuts, really, or sugar much, so nightshades and eggyolks were the only add-ins. Coconut milk doesn't seem to be good for me, so I do avoid that.
on April 20, 2012
at 08:26 PM
I used to snack all the time. Not anymore. I eat twice (sometime three times) per day, really big meals. It just happened because my body wants me to.
So she wants you to cut out ALL FRUIT? I like some fruit in my diet.
I cannot do nuts or nut butters - I get sick. I cannot have oils either.
Could you please list the specific things she wants you to do in bullet points please?
on April 20, 2012
at 01:58 PM
Try avocado with lemon for your fruit snack, or unsweetened coconut (oil, milk, or meat; they're all great).
Or you could try an avocado pudding:
2 whole ripe avocados 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp vanilla
Blend like hell and salt to taste ... play with the proportions to your liking, but it literally tastes like Cosby-style pudding.