Happy Friday, friends! I decided to start a new series on my blog called “coffee talks”. I already have a coffee talks highlight on my instastory which some of you may have seen. It’s basically where I talk about topics other than fashion so you’ll see a variety of different topics each week! I recently talked about on Instagram my struggle with chronic stomach pain and what I’ve been doing to help. I’m so thankful for all of the kind messages I received and you all seemed really interested in the topic! In this post I wanted to recap on my story and give you guys an update on my diet.
I’ve always struggled with stomach pain since I was a child. I’ve been to countless amounts of doctor and have been prescribed almost every pill out there. Nothing we seemed to do helped and I eventually became numb to the pain I was feeling. This stomach pain became part of my life and it just felt normal to have that pain. A few months ago the pain became more intense so intense that I couldn’t get out of bed for hours at a time. I remember one night, when I knew I needed to make change, I was in bed crying because the pain was so severe it radiated into my back. At that point my husband wanted me to go to the hospital but I refused. I’m the type that believes I can handle any amount of pain and will be the last one to go to the hospital for any reason involving myself. The next day I watched one of my favorite blogger’s instastories and she was talking about her ant-inflammitoy diet. I was very intrigued by this diet and start doing my own research. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get in to see a specialist until November so until then I had to make some sort of change. I was basically at the point of giving up on my body entirely until I started the Anti-Inflammitory Diet. That night Isaac and I went to the grocery store and bought a few items to start me off on the diet. Here’s exactly what we bought (everything organic): Brussel sprouts, spinach, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, quinoa, vegetable broth, pasture fed beef, wild caught tuna, and extra virgin olive oil. That all we got to start me off on the diet and since then I’ve been trying so many other different foods that are part of the diet!
I immediately saw results from the diet the next few days and didn’t feel any stomach pain at all! Not only was I no longer in pain but my digestive system and energy level improved significantly. If you’re in chronic pain and feel like it could be due to inflammation anywhere in your body, while I’m not a doctor, I do recommend trying out the diet! Everything I eat now is 100% organic and I know it will help fuel my body in some way. I’ve completely cut out processed food from my diet and have stopped eating out all together. I’m also in the process of moving gluten and diary completely out of my diet. It’s been over a week since I’ve eaten anything with gluten in it!
My Anti-Inflammitory/Gluten Free/ Diary Free Shopping List:
Gluten Free Bread
Organic Avocados (I love making avocado toast with gluten free bread!)
Organic Blueberries (blueberries are the best for inflammation)
Gluten Free Olive Oil Dressing
Organic Pasture Fed Beef
Organic Vegetable Broth
Gluten Free Snack Bars
Red Wine (1-2 glasses of red wine is great for inflammation)
My Favorite Salad Recipe:
This recipe is SUPER easy to make and it usually takes me a few days to eat it all!
1 bag of organic kale
organic quinoa (I typically make a large serving at one time)
1 package of organic chicken breast
Gluten Free Olive Oil Dressing
- Cook your chicken on stove top and season. Make sure to cut the chicken into thin slices to put in salad.
- Begin making quinoa based on package directions. I love to substitute the water for organic vegetable or bone broth.
- Wash kale and place in a separate bowl
- In a serving bowl place kale, quinoa on top, then cooked chicken and lastly drizzle in the gluten free olive oil dressing.
- Toss your salad and eat!