Health benefits of fermented food

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. I don’t eat cows milk or refined sugar so instead I use coconut milk, honey and a probiotic capsule. Some starches have gluten so I have to read labels to make sure what I am buying is safe for my consumption.

Wellness Mama has a great website. This page has everything you need to know about fermented foods.

Seven fermented foods I eat:

  1. Sauerkraut
  2. Coconut Milk Yogurt
  3. Kombucha
  4. Kimchi
  5. Pickles, beets and carrots
  6. Olives
  7. Coconut milk kefir
  8. Jams – refined sugar free

The Paleo Mom has an amazing write up about fermented food on her site.

Autoimmune Wellness great site for autoimmunepaleo

Paleo Leap has great fermented food recipes

Stupid Easy Paleo has great recipes too.

~Andrea

The journey continues…

I have shared my soul searching journey with you in hopes of giving at least one person hope, knowledge and peace in the uncertain time of feeling lost, unbalanced and confused in the months that follow receiving a diagnosis such as IBD.  If you look back at my posts you will see a pattern, a path, some answers, honesty, hope and a variety of ways to help your body adjust to and heal IBD naturally. That’s right Naturally! That means NO prescription drugs, NO over the counter medicines and NO surgery! Not ever, not for the treatment of IBD!

Healing, Remission & Recovery

I needed this outlet (blog) to share what I have learned, the course my life took to find balance and the search and research I have completed to find myself and heal! The people, ideas, health information, cookbooks and positive attitudes in an uncertain time I found along my way were inspirational, helpful and healing. I will keep all of this with me as I move forward in my ever changing life. I am grateful for the hope, peace and my true authentic self I found while healing, finding remission and now recovery over the past months.

Looking back I see how I’ve slowly healed naturally, with homeopathy, holistic medicine, biofeedback and a change in diet. I have to admit it can be done and it is absolutely amazing to say the least.  Watching the transformation my body has taken in the last twenty two months is beyond what I expected.

There is grace in healing naturally!

How life has changed for me in the last couple of months

A couple of weeks house hunting, secured a rental townhouse, moved out of storage into a one bedroom home, winterized my travel trailer an got it safely to storage. Researched accredited colleges, applied, was interviewed and got accepted. I’m going back to school to become a Homeopathic Practitioner. It’s the power of the mind, manifest what you want. Six months ago it never crossed my mind that I would be at this place in my life.

On my way….

This leads me to my next entrepreneurial and website endeaver. I am beginning a new adventure, an entrepreneurial venture that I am extremely excited about. Now that my colitis and crohns are in remission I am starting my dream career. Woodlands Tree Farm!! It’s seasonal but being outdoors and running my own company has been a dream of mine since I was in my 20’s and the time is finally here! I’m jumping in feet first!

Woodlamds Tree Farm start up is in a couple of weeks, going to get people thinking about Christmas! I will be selling Pine, Spruce and Fir Christmas Trees.

Woodlands Tree Farm on  Twtter and Faceook; website will be launching soon.

Stay tuned for more of my recovery and beyond! You can find me here at http://www.OneGutsyLady.com, on FacebookTwitter & Instagram

-Peace-

~Andrea

Crohns ~ Naturally & holistically I found full remission

I want to let you in on something about me, some people may already know and will attest to my honesty in the words that follow.  I am not good at friendship.  I’m serious and it’s not a bad thing it’s just the way I’ve always been.  I love deep maybe even deeper than most, my love is enduring, and the ones closest to me feel the intensity of my love.

I am not one to call to make plans or work to get to anyone. If it’s going to slip away then it does.  I do not “miss” people.  I do not pine over lost relationships. I am not defined by anyone. Our life experiences have made us who we are as we work through, learn from and develop while moving forward to the next thing and on to the next.

I have worked through this flare on my own in solitude because that is the way I wanted it to be. I don’t like the spotlight, I don’t enjoy celebrations, I’d rather do my own thing in peace and quiet in all aspects of my life. Being as tired and weak as I was it would have been too much to have people around me or have to “entertain” and I was not up to visiting of any sort most of the time.

I refuse to be defined by Crohns and Colitis because I am not one to put attention onto myself, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world suffer from IBD plus I want to live a healthy, fulfilled, productive life. They are debilitating diseases more so than fibromyalgia and Graves, living with all four of these I can attest to this as a matter of fact! There were many factors that came into play that made me as sick as I was for the past 4 years which I now know what the culprits were have remedied those factors out of my life and have learned how to keep my life balanced. Finding these new found ways have forever changed my life and staying with them will be my lifestyle for the future. Learning about paleo and holistic health, literally saved my life!

Good News

Over this past weekend I can officially say I am completely in remission! Crohns symptoms have finally disappeared and I am now faced with another challenge and that is recovery! Getting back on my feet into the real world and rebuilding my muscles, stamina and getting back into a routine and schedule. I am so excited about the next phase of my life and am grateful to put this one behind me! I am looking forward to the day my body is back to normal which won’t be too long if my recovery is anything like the way my body healed!

In the last couple of weeks of my Crohns flare I was extremely tired,  beyond weak meaning can hardly do anything and when I did have to do something I had to have a sleep right after because I couldn’t stay awake. This also happened when I didn’t do anything as well.  Colon and bowel wise I was in pain again so I increase curcum to 6 capsules a day when needed otherwise stuck to 4 capsules a day.  I can feel my bowels and colon moving around a lot as if they are trying to regain control plus I have some gas more than usual. I do have the urge to have a bowel movements but it is different than the way CD and UC feel like you do not have time to get to the bathroom and they are painful, where as I have no pain now.

Each day my emotional state is getting stronger, I feel my thoughts are a lot clearer, I don’t have the brain “fog”, my energy is back, I don’t have to take a nap or have a sleep, my eye site seemed to come back to normal overnight, I am not bloated and I can make decisions again that actually come to me naturally rather than mulling over and then not knowing what I should do and becoming upset. All in all I am coming around full circle here slowly but surely and I’m gaining momentum with my daily tasks, chores and routines.

What’s next?  Recovery!

~Andrea

Probiotics

Being as sick as I was and watching my body recover I see how important probiotics are in healing the gut and how essential they are in maintaining the flora, fauna and healthy bacteria the gut needs to work at optimal performance.  Researching the best probiotic and one that is soy, gluten and dairy free I found Ultimate Flora to be the best on the market right now.  In Canada you can find it in the health food aisle in refrigeration at Independent Grocers.

Prebiotic & Probiotics

My homeopathic doctor started me on Silverlining which is a prebiotic and probiotic digestive enzyme supplement but it doesn’t require refrigeration, unlike Ultimate Flora. I have taken Silverlining starting on January 16th 2015 taking 2 capsules 3 times a day until July then down to 2 capsules 2 times a day until my visit on November 26th 2015 to clean out infection in my gut and to start my digestive track working again as it had basically shut down from IBD’s and anemia (lack of oxygen being transported to my organs properly) with great success.

On my visit in November 2015 the biofeedback machine reviled that I had Crohns disease and Ulcerative Colitis so the Silverlining was put on hold to deal with the underlying issues. In March I was put back on the Silverlining taking 1 capsule twice a day and down to 1 capsule once a day in April. I am still taking 1 a day plus the Ultimate Flora as they are different types of probiotics. The improvement in my digestion is happening slowly but I can feel the difference each week!

Probiotics

I use Ultimate Flora 50 billion to make coconut milk yogurt, I also take this on a daily bases and will for the rest of my life!  Having issues with digestion I have to take something to keep it balanced and I find a probiotic is exactly what I need. It has taken 15 months to get my digest the way it is supposed to function using Silverlining so that I am absorbing the nutrients I need to stay healthy and balanced. Although, my gut is not digesting perfectly yet I can tell it’s almost there and I can’t wait for my gut to be functioning normally!

 

 

I will leave you with these 4 helpful links that are great resources for pre and probiotics.

What are probiotics?

What are prebiotics?

What you need to know about prebiotics ~ List of food sources

Top 10 probiotic food sources

 

Have a Happy Friday the 13th everyone! 

Cheers ~Andrea