Digestive Health with REAL Food – the book!

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Guess what? My book “Digestive Health with REAL Food: a practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, low-irritant, nutrient-dense diet for IBS & other digestive issues” is about to be released.

With almost 400 pages, dozens of practical charts and tables, chapters about problematic foods, gut-healing foods, practical steps to implement a successful elimination diet, supplements, stress management, troubleshooting and over 40 tasty real food-based recipes, this book is EXACTLY what I wish was available a few years ago when I started experiencing my own digestive issues.

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I wrote this book to combine all the most relevant and up-to-date information about digestive health and I hope this will help the hundreds of people suffering from IBS and other digestive issues. You can find links to find the book on amazon.com, amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble (USA) and Chapter Indigo (Canada) at this page: http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/digestive-health-with-REAL-food-the-book.html


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getting better

After a few weeks now following my ~quite strict~ elimination diet to find out what foods I am intolerant to, I have finally managed to get most of my symptoms in control. Until I decided to take a daily cup of homemade chicken broth (made with no vegetables, but only chicken carcass, water and salt). I thought it would be a good idea since it is an important component of the gut-healing GAPS diet… However, I started feeling sick again and realized that chicken broth is rich in amines and other natural food chemicals…

homemade chicken broth contains amines                                                               as well as salicylates and glutamates

I had been using salt only for seasoning my foods and decided to do a salicylates challenge. It consists in taking foods that contain salicylates, but not other problematic sugars or food chemicals. I thought, or rather hoped, that only amines and glutamates were problematic for me. So this morning, I added pepper, thyme and basil to my eggs… It was delicious! …but felt sick after a few hours… so salicylates are out of question of me too… at least I know, but it leaves me very few options now…

pepper, thyme and basil contain salicylates

I am going on vacations to Tasmania and around the state of Victoria to explore this wonderful country I have the opportunity to live in this year, so I will stick to my strict diet. I don’t want to be feeling unwell while traveling! However, when I return, I want to do some more challenges to see whether I can reintroduce some foods to my diet. For example, I want to re-test fructans, sorbitol, amines and glutamates individually to make sure I really react to each of these elements. I’ll let you know how it goes….

I have stopped a lot of supplements to make sure none of them were contributing to my symptoms but am currently taking about 1 tsp. of magnesium (Natural Calm) a day and 3 super enzymes per meal. It seems to be helping with my digestion and they seem safe for me.

At least, the good thing is that grocery shopping is super easy for me with only 5 ingredients to think of: eggs, chicken, beef, light olive oil and salt!I wish I could do organ meats, pork, fish or wild games, but they are also high in amines… so not for now.

my ~only~ safe foods

I must say that it is not always easy to stick to these foods. Especially when I don’t feel good, I feel like eating a bit of chocolate, coconut or vegetables couldn’t make me feel any worse… but I remember giving in in the last weeks and ending up feeling even worse, so no excuse unfortunately.

My boyfriend doesn’t have any of these intolerances and although he eats Paleo, it is very hard sometimes to see him it so many foods…. I just hope things will get better soon…

At least, going on holidays will take my mind off food for a while! =)



Learn more about the Personal Paleo Code


day 14

30-min resistance training at home

:: 12h00am: sauerkraut

:: 12h30pm: lettuce + free-range chicken + 1 sl. of free-range bacon + sun-dried tomatoes + 1/2 avocado + homemade mayo (made with free-range egg yolks + macadamia oil + avocado oil) + a small handful of soaked almonds

::5h30pm: grass-fed beef + Brussels sprouts + onions + turnips

::8h00pm: 2 free-range eggs

*** still taking many supplements to try to heal my intestines and get my gut integrity back while ensuring that the nasty parasites all 100% gone. Although I have been feeling a lot better, I still experience some brain fog, fatigue and abdominal distention (I look like I am 5-month pregnant after eating!) from time to time. Is it because I had a bit of hidden gluten over the weekend or is it because of the parasite? Only time will tell and I will try my best to not be ” glutened”  again so I can better understand what is going on.

  • L-glutamine + S. Boulardii (shown in the blue cup) on an empty stomach twice a day
  • 3 superenzymes with hydrochloride betaine + 2 ADP oil of oregano at each meal (only twice today since I skipped breakfast; shown in the pink cup)
  • 1 tsp. of wild fish oil a day
  • 1000 IU vitamin D


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!