This post started out as a comment on a friend’s blog – it’s called Create N Plate if you are looking for phenomenal plant-based recipes or some yoga. She has been having digestive troubles, and I am in a pretty good position to help.
I had stomach problems for years – pretty much my entire life.
Things got worse a couple years ago, and I got worried. So I started doing research and experimenting with myself. It has been an extremely long and slow process because there is sooo much wrong information out there about stomach issues, and figuring out what is wrong is (or used to be) surprisingly tricky.
After a year and a half of research and trial-and-error, I figured out the best diet for me, and what is very close to being the best diet for everyone (in my opinion). I’ll let you do the research on your own to back up what I am going to say. My favorite book on the subject is called Perfect Health Diet. It is amazingly well-researched and informative. If you are having stomach issues, the chapter on ketogenic diets may be your solution. It was for me.
Here is my current diet, that has finally done what no doctor could do, healed my stomach (although, I’m not 100% there just yet).
1. Low carb – the only carbs I get are from vegetables (wide variety of organic veggies, and lots of them, when possible). No fruit, no grains, no starches (but I do plan on adding starches in when I am fully healed).
2. Low meat/fish – I eat meat, mostly fish, always organic, about 3 times per week. The fat that animals provide is essential for a healthy digestive system.
3. High fat – this one throws people off. Really it is high fat in the amount of calories, but fat has tons of calories, so it’s not a lot of actual food. Mostly coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, and eggs.
4. Plenty of acidic/fermented foods. This includes vinegar (especially raw apple cider vinegar), fresh lemon juice, sauerkraut, kimchi, and (my favorite) kombucha.
– Side note: this one might help you when you are craving fruit. Lemon water and kombucha have that tangy-sweetness that fruit has, and apple cider vinegar does a little bit too.
5. Multi-probiotic supplement taken daily, and digestive enzyme supplement taken with the first bite of each meal.
6. No more than 3 meals per day. Once or twice a week, I skip a meal. The intermittent fasting gives the gut extra time to digest food and heal itself.
7. No milk products, no grains, no sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol, no processed foods, no legumes, limit nuts to about a handful a day, no vegetable or seed oils (canola oil, peanut oil, vegetable oil).
Wow, writing that out just made me realize there is a lot to it. It is really hard at first trying to figure out what to eat, but once you get the hang of it, there are tons of delicious options.
Every body is different, so I don’t know if this will be perfect for you, you may need to tweak it as time goes by. But it is definitely a good starting line that will make it easier to know when your body is reacting negatively to something. I personally have been able to cut out the digestive enzyme pills and limit probiotic pills to every other day after a few months of following this diet.
I came across your blog again at a good time. Now that I have my own gut figured out, I plan on posting recipes I’ve come up with and more details on the diet on my blog (I’m going to post this comment too, in hopes that it will help others). I’m not sure if how bad your stomach issues have been, so this stuff might not even be worth all the hassle to you. But if you are interested, it is joesmemos.com.
PS, I’m kind of hoping you start on this diet because I want to see what kind of delicious recipes you come up with!