Wow Robin, I canâ€™t believe itâ€™s been over three months and I have not had to reach for the Prilosec! I am excited to report that I have three categorical take a ways from my sessions with you that will be with me now for life.
The first and most important one is smaller portions at every meal, drinking water some time before eating (maybe 30 minutes) and not during to keep my stomach from being stretched and I eat six meals starting with breakfast being the largest portion and dinner being the smallest. Â Also, I never eat within two hours of lying down.
Second, I plan my food well in advance starting with the weekend shopping spree and making sure that I have healthy snacks for periods during the week when I may be too busy for a meal.Â Seeds have become my new friend and almonds are a staple.Â Cowâ€™s Milk is totally out. I canâ€™t believe how sensitive I am Â to butter.
When I eat out and the kitchen mistakenly uses it on my dish, I know right away.Â People in neighboring tables will hear my stomach as it angrily complains! Cane sugar is outâ€¦.. this was the hardest for me even though Iâ€™m not a sweet eater it shows up in surprising places, so now Iâ€™m a label reader for life- Sugar will make me almost nauseous.
Last donâ€™t take for granted that itâ€™s all about portions and what you put into your body.Â I finally went back to using a straight razor and I canâ€™t believe how my skin looks. No more bumps or rashes I contributed to the razor lube strip that was loaded with an allergen of mine.Â Iâ€™m also happy to be using an inexpensive and sustainable product as a replacement.
Iâ€™m still feeling great and my workouts are better than ever.Â I contribute that to lean muscle mass and proper fuel. We have to eat to live and trust me Iâ€™m still a foodie. Last night a Gluten free beer (before dinner), crab claws dipped in a yummy E.V.O.O. and crunchy Green Beans.Â Cici-
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For Cici, the past 30 days of the LEAP Program have been focused on observing her reaction to the â€śgreenâ€ť (safe) foods on her MRT150 blood test results.Â A â€śgreen,â€ť vs. a yellow or red result, means that the particular food is unlikely to cause noticeable symptoms.Â Yellow and red foods are likely to cause symptoms because the her body mistakenly perceives these foods as somehow dangerous.Â The body, in its infinite wisdom, will mount a defense against these foods, and it is this overblown defense system that creates the symptoms.
The food sensitivities test gave us the framework to start our investigation, but it is the actual food testing that gives us the answers. So up until this point, we have learned a lot about Ciciâ€™s individual food tolerances.Â She has seen a definite improvement in her reflux symptoms, but she has also has had some bonus symptom relief in other areas that are not so easily attributed to food sensitivities and better nutrition. Cici stated that her overall energy levels and concentration have improved.Â She feels emotionally and mentally clearer.
How can food affect you that way? The gut literally has a mind of its own, called the enteric nervous system. Half of your nerves are in your gut. Neurotransmitters (chemicals that allow your nerve cells to communicate with each other) are found in equal amounts in the brain and the gut.Â Ever heard of serotonin? Drugs that manipulate neurotransmitters are widely prescribed to treat depression.Â Some of the chief side effects of these drugs are GI related because they will not only affect the serotonin in your brain but also the serotonin in your gut.Â Doesnâ€™t that make sense?
I have learned new eating habits that I hope to keep for life.Â I feel great and I have not had reflux in 10 days.Â My digestive system is working like a charm!Â Simply said, my new eating habits are upside down from what my routine has been for more than 4 decades.
During the last ten days I have concentrated more on portions and planning than my limited ingredient choices of the last month.Â It is most important toÂ plan the days diet at theÂ beginning ofÂ the day with thinking about my dinner and what my food choices are leading up to that meal.
I prepare portions that start with more volume at breakfast and eating within one hour of getting up, lunch and dinner get progressively smaller as the day folds.Â FocusingÂ on this task is so important forÂ reversing my condition as stomach acids are at their highest in the morning.Â I learned this importantÂ stepÂ after I mistakenly ate late and heavier a few weeks ago and immediately noticed the reflux” YUK”Â came back.Â I was having huge strides of no discomfort leading up to my next appointment withÂ Robin.
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This week I introduced some new foods. Robin suggested that I try foods on their own first to determine if there is any response and when possible have it raw. Almonds and corn, awesome-popcorn, Susie cakes and almond butter.Â I’mÂ newly excited!Â Errr a sweet taste started to come up and I worried about scaring my newly healed esophagus, ugh.
Ok, Â I can do thisâ€¦. corn cakes and almond butter are low on my list of allergens, Â so what is causing the old issue to come back? Â Slow down…back up…almonds first and raw. Ok not bad at 6 almonds.Â Add some more and yep that’s it.
Try Susie cakes on their own and all is well.Â Add almond butter back on and it comes back. Â Cool! Â That’s what it’s all about; eliminate and reintroduce. Â Ok, I can be in control of my digestion.
Fun foods are beginning to be added into my program and I’m loving it. No reaction to mango, pears, salmon with a maple glaze all good and delicious simply prepared or raw. Quinoa with olive oil, walnuts, and crunchy sea salt. Yum, I’m getting the hang of simple foods.
I have a bad case of reflux and wanted to get off my $85 dollar per month prescription. Â I thought about what may change or be taken away from me if I went on a strict regime. Â I was scared of failing. Â My life and career with Natural Body should demand wellness as the first and conscious choice for all activities in my life, but that is not always the case. Â Being human I sometimes chose the wrong path and my taste buds get the better of me and my digestion.
Ok, first week in and I LEAP’d into a life changing way of eating. “Eating to live” not “living to eat.” As a foodie my lifestyle was finding that next best recipe, chef, and or ingredient to stimulate my demanding palate. A taste obsession more than a food obsession. Â Could I possibly be reprogrammed?Â Let’s see?
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