I love this healing meatball soup as soup has been my go to lately while working on healing my food allergies. I realized I still had a problem with food allergies when we recently had extended company at our home (which translated into a couple of weeks of eating terribly). After a few days of eating whatever junk food I could get my hands on, I was quickly reminded of my former health issues. On one particularly miserable evening, I looked over at my night stand and was depressed to see my old standbys. Benadryl, Tylenol sinus, Afrin, lots of used up tissues, and Pepcid AC. If you missed my post about “falling off the wagon” click here to read it.
Once my junk food loving company left, I was determined to clean up the food allergies and the probable leaky gut (gross name I know) that was causing them as these two conditions go hand in hand. For those of you that follow my blog you know I have been on over 100 courses of antibiotics in my lifetime. That does not come without a cost to your health. Especially your gut health! As we know now (and boy do I wish I had known this decades ago) antibiotics wipe out not just the bad bacteria in our gut but the good as well. When the good bacteria are killed off, yeast and fungus gain their foothold. This results in holes (wider cellular gaps) in the intestines allowing undigested foods, yeast, and toxins into the blood stream. What happens next is your immune system kicks into high gear working hard to attack these “foreign” bodies in your bloodstream. This process also triggers inflammation throughout the body. Food allergies are not the only symptom you may have as a result of leaky gut. You may also experience digestive problems like IBS, thyroid disease, and fatigue to name a few. Leaky gut has been linked to many auto immune diseases. Overuse of antibiotics are not the only cause of leaky gut. Bad diet, excessive alcohol use, inflammation, and chronic stress can all be triggers.
So where do you start when setting out to heal food allergies and/or leaky gut? You remove any foods you know you are allergic to. In my case I did not have a clear handle on what foods were triggering a reaction so I decided to eat very clean. No packaged foods with long ingredient lists. For about one week I juiced every morning for breakfast. For lunch I ate chicken salad or salmon salad and still ate fruits like green apples, and berries. I made sure to drink bone broth daily (because it’s probably one of the most healing foods on the planet, especially if you are healing leaky gut) and for dinner I would eat salads, homemade soups (with more bone broth) or meat and steamed vegetables. It wasn’t easy but I had to get rid of those sugar cravings once again. The second week I started to add things like eggs and yogurt to see if I had a reaction. If no reaction, I permanently added these foods. For my sweet tooth I turned to my hot chocolate recipe which always works like a charm! Week three I added even more foods in the rotation. If you start slow and simple it becomes very obvious what foods you are allergic to. And in the meantime you are also healing your gut by eating this way! Keeping a food journal is also very helpful while getting to the bottom of your food allergies.
Continue reading below for the best foods and supplements to help heal both conditions.
Foods That Help Heal Leaky Gut:
Yogurt and Kiefer (plain no sugar added)
Fermented foods like sauerkraut
Juicing fresh vegetables
Bone Broth-if you don’t like the idea of making your own, many health foods now have it already made in the freezer section
Sprouted seeds – I have been tossing Chia seeds in all the flatbreads and wraps I make. It helps support the good bacteria you are trying to grow in your gut
Beneficial Supplements for Leaky Gut:
Probiotics – probiotics add good bacteria back into the intestines
L- Glutamine – helps repair the lining of the intestines
Digestive Enzymes- help digest your food
Beta Glucan Allergy Formula by NSC – I have been using this for about 4 weeks and I am impressed. I noticed when I ate something that previously set off an allergic reaction that I had no reaction while on this product.
DGL – Licorice Root – supposed to be great for leaky gut and even for reflux but I have tried to use this twice and have had allergic reactions so start slow.
- 1 pound ground beef (organic grass fed)
- Dash of parsley, fennel, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, and sautéed chopped onion and garlic
- 1 bag of carrots diced
- 3 garlic cloves
- ¼ onion chopped
- 32 oz of chicken broth
- 13.5 oz can of light coconut milk
- 1 cup Bone Broth (optional) I used Bonafide Provisions Organic Bone Broth
- 2 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp parsley
- ¼ tsp thyme
- ¼ cup flour - I used Namaste Perfect Flour Blend which is wheat/gluten free
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop the garlic and onion in a food processor then sauté in 2 tbsp butter and 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. Stir occasionally. Toss about 1 tbsp of the sautéed onion and garlic in with your ground beef. Add all other seasons to ground beef. Form into meatballs and place on a cookie sheet that has been brushed with olive oil. Brown meatballs for 15 minutes in oven. In a crockpot add the rest of your sautéed onion garlic and all other ingredients except flour. Once meatballs are done browning add those to crock pot as well. Add flour and stir. I use a frother to completely blend flour. They are such a great staple to have in the kitchen and are only a few bucks! Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4. Enjoy!