Can you enjoy a meal and fight food allergies at the same time? Yes! For those of you that know my story, the night stand next to my bed looked a little like this. Imagine Benadryl, Tylenol sinus, Afrin, lots of tissues, Pepcid AC, and Nexium. And that is what it looked like for many many years! I was in a constant state of trying to band-aid my many symptoms and suffering.
Once I had enough of that scenario I started learning about the true source of food allergies, I was determined to recover from this ailment as well! I wanted to reach a point where I could eat anything I wanted, including healthy foods I was allergic to, and not suffer for days as a result. First a mentor of mine taught me about leaky gut (or intestinal permeability). For those of you that follow my blog you know I had been on well over 100 courses of antibiotics in my lifetime. That does not come without a cost to your health. Especially gut health. As we now know (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, chronic inflammatory diseases like arthritis, 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. A diet full of processed foods, excessive alcohol use, inflammation, and birth control pills can all be triggers.
So where do you start when setting out to heal food allergies and/or leaky gut? In my case I did not have a clear handle on what foods were triggering a reaction, in fact an allergy test revealed I was even allergic to some of the healthiest foods! So I decided to eat very clean. No packaged foods with long ingredient lists. I started juicing, and when I ate at a restaurant I would take certain supplements so that my body didn’t create a reaction like a stuffy nose that inevitably turned into a sinus infection. Then I repeated this daily, day after day and gave my body a chance to recover. Your body was created to heal. Give it the time and tools it needs and it will get busy doing what it was created to do…heal!
Beneficial Supplements for Leaky Gut:
Probiotics – probiotics add good bacteria back into the intestines making it more difficult for yeast (candida) to take over. Some suggest only taking probiotics AFTER your gut is healed, otherwise you may have reactions. I definitely did!
Colostrum (I use sovereign laboratories colostrum)– this should probably be listed as#1 since colostrum is actually proven to heal and seal leaky gut! It is also recommend not taking probiotics for 4-6 weeks until your gut is healed. Colostrum was the ONLY thing that helped me get off of Pepcid AC after more than a decade of taking it daily.
Collagen – not only is it great for your gut, but also your skin, your hair, and your nails. it’s a powerful anti-ager!
Natural anti-fungals like coconut oil, garlic, oil of oregano, caprylic acid etc
L- Glutamine – helps repair the lining of the intestines
Digestive Enzymes- help digest your food
Beta Glucan Allergy Formula by NSC – This product was a life saver. When I took this with foods I was normally allergic to I no longer got a reaction. This really helped calm down my immune system while I was healing.
Foods That Help Heal Leaky Gut:
Yogurt and Kiefer (plain no sugar added) – I am not crazy about dairy and have limited my intake so I try to use coconut yogurt or I make my own.
Fermented foods like sauerkraut
Juicing fresh vegetables
Bone Broth- See my recipe here. If you don’t like the idea of making your own, many health foods now sell it.
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
If you missed last weeks post click here to watch my video on “what my teenage son eats in a day”. Coming up on Eat Pray Get Well, I will share my somewhat traumatic experience with Mohs surgery for skin cancer on my nose as well as the best sugar and grain free cookie you have ever had!
Disclaimer- I am not a physician, I cannot help individuals with a personal plan or advice, I can only write about my experience. Please consult your physician when starting any new diet or supplement, and never forgo seeing your doctor in in lieu of internet advice. I was not compensated for this post, but there are affiliate links in which I get a percentage on sales of products I use myself. Opinions are all my own, and I would never recommend any supplement or brand I didn’t personally love and have benefited from. There are affiliate links in this post, thank you for supporting brands that make Eat Pray Get Well possible.
- 1 pound ground beef (organic grass fed)
- Add a dash of parsley, fennel, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, and sautéed chopped onion and garlic to the ground beef
- 1 bag of carrots diced
- 3 garlic cloves
- ¼ onion chopped
- hand full of chopped spinach
- 32 oz of bone broth
- 13.5 oz can of light coconut milk
- 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!