The bloating, gas, stomach pains, and more, are ruining your life.
I suffered with IBS for 4 years after contracting a parasitic infection in Africa on a mission trip.
Everywhere I went I had to worry about what to eat and the consequences I would experience from eating the wrong thing.
The good news is, I completely recovered from the issues I experienced and have helped many other women do the same by making changes in the diet.
If you've begun to just "live with" the negative digestive symptoms you experience, I assure you the initial changes up front will be so worth you feeling your best every single day.
1. Eat a fermented food at every meal.
A fermented food is "alive", meaning it is rich in probiotics to heal digestion and improve many others areas of your health like immunity and cognitive function. The live bacteria in fermented foods help create an optimal environment for good bacteria in the gut which works to heal your body from the inside out.
By eating some with every meal, you are going to improve the digestion of your food and proper nutrient breakdown which is often difficult for those with IBS.
A list of foods I recommend are plain (full-fat) yogurt, plain kefir, raw sauerkraut (on top of potatoes), and kombucha.
Other foods like pickles, carrots, salsa, etc can be fermented and found in certain stores, but they will be in a bag in the cold section, not sealed in a jar. The sealed jar means they are pasteurized and have no probiotic content left in them.
2. Replace processed sugar with low-sugar fruits and vegetables.
It's probably no surprise to you that we have gone way overboard with our sugar intake in America. Even those who attempt to eat in "moderation" are consuming more than the body can handle for optimal health.
When you bombard your system with processed sugars, you not only damage your digestive health by killing off good bacteria, but also feed cancer cells, clog arteries, and cause inflammation throughout the body.
Replace sugary foods with berries, sweet potatoes, dark chocolate (75% or higher), carrots, honey, and maple syrup.
3. Consume more fats (particularly traditional fats).
Let me just say it like this: eat like your great-grandma ate.
Stop being scared of butter and bacon fat.
Traditional fats like butter, lard, duck fat, beef tallow, and bacon grease were the only fats used in cooking for most of time until processed, cheap vegetable oils like canola, margarine, and soybean came into existence.
At the same time we switched away from traditional fats, we began to see a drastic increase in heart disease, the very thing we have blamed on butter and saturated fats all of these years.
We cook our morning sweet potatoes in duck fat, regular white potatoes in beef tallow, eggs in butter, and add bacon grease to our soups and coconut oil to our smoothies. Our morning eggs are topped with avocados and our smoothie base is full-fat kefir.
With a diet rich in traditional fats, I've seen clients eradicate symptoms of IBS, sugar cravings, joint pain/headaches, seasonal allergies, and more. Additionally, you will see weight loss as you increase your healthy fat intake.
4. Minimize or eliminate grains
Through the hybridization process and other protein changes, grains (namely, gluten) have been drastically altered from the traditional version our grandparents consumed.
These changes, along with pesticides and herbicides use, are one of the theories linking grain consumption with IBS.
Regardless of the cause, I've never in my ten years of working as a coach not had a client improve their IBS by cutting back on grains and adding in more vegetables and protein.
It may take some time initially, but eating more foods like grass-fed protein, vegetables, healthy fats, nuts, and fermented foods is a great way to achieve your best health.
After time on a grain-free diet and healing of the gut, it can be added back in slowly in moderation.
5. Drink a cup of bone broth every day.
Rich in vitamins and minerals, bone broth is an excellent way to provide the gut with a boost of health.
I recommend sticking to one cup of coffee or less per day and replacing with a morning cut on bone broth.
We purchase ours from Costco or you can also find it on Thrive Market or Amazon. The cheapest way to consume it is to make it at home!
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