day 8

:: 9am: sauerkraut + silverbeet frittata (equivalent of 2 free-range eggs)

:: 12h30: mesclun + free-range chicken + avocado + sun-dried tomatoes + balsamic vinegar + avocado oil + 2 cherry tomatoes

:: 3pm: 2 free-range eggs + gluten-free tamari sauce

:: 5h30pm: meat loaf (free-range Otway pork + spinach + tomato paste + seasonings) + green beans + coconut oil + avocado

*** today was difficult! After eating more carbohydrates than usual last weekend (because of the gluten-free bread and pancakes I was served at the B&B), eating cheese and drinking wine, I had awful cravings today and am happy to be back to my routine and healthy foods! =)

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day 5

:: 9am:  1/2 cup homemade sauerkraut

:: 10am: 2 free-range eggs + 1 slice free-range bacon + zucchini with olive oil (I felt like a kid when plating my breakfast!)

:: 1pm: free-range & gluten-free chicken sausages + mesclun + balsamic vinegar + last few drops of my extra-virgin olive oil I brought back directly from Spain… 😦

:: 6h45pm: grass-fed beef + Brussels sprouts + turnip + broccoli + onions in red wine sauce

:: 7pm: 25 g dark chocolate + organic raw cocoa nibs (melted a few secs in the micro-wave!)

*** I am going out of Melbourne CBD (for the 1st time!!) for Easter weekend and will be going to the Yarra Valley (leaving tomorrow Friday). Our weekend include a tour of 4 to 5 wineries = wine and artisanal cheese tasting. I will drink wine, which I really enjoy but drink only occasionally, and I will have cheese in small amounts. However, I will stay gluten-free. Our B&B hosts is happy to prepare gluten-free breakfast for us and we have found restaurants offering gluten-free options in the area. I really don’t care whether it is considered cheating, I just consider it living! I’ll do my best to stay on track but won’t miss any special opportunity! This weekend, my boyfriend and I will actually be celebrating our 11th anniversary (which actually was on March 23rd, but I was sick at that time). My high school sweetheart and I will definitely enjoy our weekend and I’ll keep you posted about my weekend when I come back on Sunday. =) Happy Easter!

day 4

:: 9h30am: Asian-style frittata (2 free-range eggs + broccoli + homemade teryaki sauce from Nourishing Traditions) + 1/2 cup homemade sauerkraut

:: 1pm: grass-fed beef + red wine + onions + Brussels sprouts + turnips + coconut oil + broccoli + 2nd dose of sauerkraut!

:: 5h45pm: grass-fed ground beef + mushrooms + tomatoes + onions + olive oil + coconut butter + red wine vinegar + oregano + basil + pepper + salt with zucchini + avocado

:: 6pm: 25 g dark chocolate

day 3

:: 10h30am: 2 free-range eggs + 1/2 cup homemade sauerkraut

:: 12h30: grass-fed ground beef + mushrooms + tomatoes + onions + olive oil + coconut butter + red wine vinegar + oregano + basil + pepper + salt with green beans + 1/2 small avocado

:: 3pm: about a cup of leftover green beans cooked in coconut butter

:: 5h45pm: grass-fed beef + red wine + onions + Brussels sprouts + turnips + coconut butter

:: 6pm: 20 g dark chocolate sprinkled with organic raw cocoa nibs

day 2

:: 9h30am: silverbeet frittata (or about 2 free-range eggs) + 1/4 avocado + 1/2 cup homemade sauerkraut

:: 1pm: big free-range chicken and avocado salad + organic sun-dried tomatoes + homemade mayo (made with 1/2 macadamia oil + 1/2 avocado oil)

:: 5h15pm: a 2nd serving of sauerkraut cupcake + spaghetti on zucchini pasta! [grass-fed ground beef + mushrooms + tomatoes + onions + zucchini + olive oil + coconut butter + red wine vinegar + oregano + basil + pepper + salt]

:: 5h30pm: 20 g dark chocolate sprinkled with organic raw cocoa nibs

a fresh start

Hey! It’s amazing how things have changed in the last 3 weeks and I am happy I have taken some time to seek medical attention and recover. Since last time, I had:

  • a diagnosis of blastocystis hominis infection
  • 2 courses of anti-parasitic Tinidazole (2 g each time taken a week apart)
  • probiotics
    • yeast: Saccharomyces Boulardii
    • lactic acid bacteria: homemade sauerkraut
  • ADP oil of oregano from Biotics Reserch
  • digestive enzymes with hydrochloride betaine
  • L-glutamine
  • wild fish oil
  • vitamin D
  • magnesium
You can learn more about my symptoms and the doses I am using in my own personally-designed healing protocol: getting rid of blastocystis hominis.
Since I first started my Paleo challenge, I have remained gluten-free, grain-free, legume-free and dairy-free (with the exception of butter and cream), which probably helped. I want to take the next 30 days to continue healing my gut, regain my energy and lose the few pounds I put on + the ones I wanted to get rid in the first place.
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Starting tomorrow and for the next 30 days, I will be posting my daily meals on this blog!