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sublimesatanist

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I'm at a bit of a loss at this point because I've mildly had these issues my entire life, yet they haven't been improving much from my childhood.

If any of you have any ideas for a diet or something that might be worth trying, definitely let me know. I tend to struggle breaking out of routines and I feel in myself that this is exactly what I need to do so that I can be the most proactive towards my health.

I'll try to keep this short but essentially I have mild bloating and IBS-C that sporadically comes and goes throughout the day; typically a normal BM occurs in the morning while at night I basically have pencil-thin stools with a constant feeling of incomplete evacuation and trapped gas.

I eat 100% organic whole food (nothing refined) and I only drink distilled water. I also avoid microwaves and teflon like the plague, though plastics are something I'll use (at most) for containing dry and cool things.


As for my meals. I used to eat oatmeal and later muesli yet this gave my stomach great pain over the years. I switched to peanut butter dark chocolate granola with whole grass-fed milk which I find easier to digest.

Lunches are typically either egg salad on toast (3 slices of Ezekiel Bread; 2 Tbsp mayo, 3 eggs with salt and spices mixed with 71 grams of spinach and 25 grams of broccoli sprouts) or vegetarian chili (beans, tomatoes, peppers, tomato paste, salt, spices and a plain toasted hamburger bun on the side).

For dinners I prepare 4 different recipes:
1.) A 4-ounce serving of wild sockeye salmon with Caesar salad, sweet potato wedges and 1/4 cup sour cream for dipping.
2.) Vegetarian Pizza (spelt or einkorn flour with a bit of honey, yeast and baking powder. For the sauce I mix tomato paste with juices from tomatoes, minced garlic, salt and spices. Toppings include tomatoes, peppers, onion, mozzarella, feta and kalamata olives.
3.) Tempeh Stir-fry (with long grain brown rice and sauteed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and onion.)
4.) Tuna melts with Caesar salad.


As an example (for typical macronutrient ratios) - if I have my granola with vegetarian chili (lunch) and salmon for dinner, my macros are as follows:

~2,400 ckal (calories)
Protein: 100g
Carbs: 228.7g
Fat: 103g


This is a lot of fat I'm sure and I think perhaps it could be giving me problems, yet it is through a high-fat diet that I tend to eat more and feel less bloated due to it's caloric density.

With the above I get 56.5g fiber (149%) and plenty of micronutrients.


I tend to think too much about micros and always aim to get at least 100% in everything if I can help it. The lowest it goes is 50% to 80% on average which isn't often.

Maybe I should base those not so much a daily thing but over a span of time as certain nutrients are stored within the body, such as b12 and some minerals if I'm not mistaken.


Thus I'm thinking about something like a low-residue diet, doing more fermenting and sprouting and trying out intermittent fasting. Healing my gut comes first I think, yet my doctor (after x-rays and that) told me I was a little bit constipated and that I need to eat more fiber (of course)...

I eat enough fiber and I have trouble breaking it down, to a point where I exhibit malabsorption tell-tale signs daily and experience reduced appetite. Sometimes I have to put my food in the fridge, wait a while and go back to eat the rest. Other times I simply skip meals and snack on things like fruit, nuts or whatever.


This has been difficult because it affects my sleep and energy levels. Gut health and lifestyle is everything when it comes to health and I'm a little fed-up with doctors and such because of this fact.

What truly has been the most hard for me is everyone else I know eats McDonalds and other garbage food constantly with no problems. Things that aren't even real food! If I eat that stuff I feel a malaise immediately after, as if my stomach knows how bad it really is.

Sorry again to bombard you all with my excessively long and descriptive messages. Any thoughts and advice would be amazing and I thank you for your time.
 
You need to add fermented foods in your diet, like homemade kefir, kombucha, fermented veggies ecc
Thank you! I will get on this for sure. I've heard somewhere that store-bought kimchi (etc) have much fewer probiotics than homemade recipes do. I have a few mason jars with gasket seals which should work.

Besides that, limiting coffee to one (two tops) and drinking ginger tea has helped somewhat with digestion. The other very big thing is circadian rhythm. Since I work part time my eating and sleeping schedule changes frequently. I will try setting an alarm everyday and time my meals better.

I stay up until 3 AM almost every Saturday though (karaoke night with friends). I'm happy that I have been able to turn down alcohol and drugs at least. Being around it somehow actually helps me in my determination I feel which in turn helps me with those family dinners and turning down alcohol. It's a life I came out of and one I plan to never return to. My karaoke friend is also as sober as a goat (hail Satan lol!)

Thank you Aquarius for the advice. TCM for sure is something I should get a book on because I think that will help me navigate better on my road to healing. Since my problems have been so constant throughout my life (not to mention my background, birth, etc), I tended for quite some time to think that surgery was the only option given that I eat a healthy diet. Considering that people have much more painful and uncomfortable problems I should instead count myself lucky and work with my body to heal itself along with consistant healing meditation.
 
For tcm you can try booking an appointment with Brother CentralForce.
 
I really appreciate your comments Aquarius! Sorry in advanced for this extremely late update.

It's hard to put my symptoms in words but the best I can describe this as is bloating, IBS-C and steatorrhea from a not-so-easy birth.

I'm finding that homemade quacamole on sprouted grain toast with sauerkraut salad has been the best thing I've ever eaten! No bloating and I feel fantastic afterwards. Most other things are giving me problems, albeit they are homemade organic foods:

- Granola with grass fed whole milk (sprouted oats, sprouted almonds, ground flax, coconut oil and maple syrup)
- Sprouted spelt pizza made with organic yeast (Red Star). (Einkorn seems much better, though I may try out sprouted buckwheat also).
- Egg salad wrap with spinach
- Tempeh stir-fry with brown rice (perhaps cooked too long? Too much fat?)
- Salmon, Caesar salad and sweet potato wedges with sour cream for dipping
- Tuna melts (on sprouted hamburger buns) with salad

Raw vegetables that don't bother me whatsoever include cabbage, romaine, carrots, zucchini, peppers (maybe), green onion and sprouts. Everything else so far makes me feel bloated.

Coffee always gives me problems, except for a locally roasted organic dark roast one I found. No symptoms surprisingly! Milk by itself also seems fine but cheese does not.

I might try making a smoothie with kefir, a banana and frozen blueberries. The later is great, however I seem to have trouble with a plain banana. Also, a fish bone-broth soup might also be an idea to try out.

Do you have any thoughts on all this? It's frustrating to me that I seemingly can't eat much of anything without symptoms. This even includes Caesar salad perhaps due to the cheese. I'm also a strict pescetarian so I feel that my options are already limited somewhat. Thank goodness I'm not a vegan!
 
I really appreciate your comments Aquarius! Sorry in advanced for this extremely late update.

It's hard to put my symptoms in words but the best I can describe this as is bloating, IBS-C and steatorrhea from a not-so-easy birth.

I'm finding that homemade quacamole on sprouted grain toast with sauerkraut salad has been the best thing I've ever eaten! No bloating and I feel fantastic afterwards. Most other things are giving me problems, albeit they are homemade organic foods:

- Granola with grass fed whole milk (sprouted oats, sprouted almonds, ground flax, coconut oil and maple syrup)
- Sprouted spelt pizza made with organic yeast (Red Star). (Einkorn seems much better, though I may try out sprouted buckwheat also).
- Egg salad wrap with spinach
- Tempeh stir-fry with brown rice (perhaps cooked too long? Too much fat?)
- Salmon, Caesar salad and sweet potato wedges with sour cream for dipping
- Tuna melts (on sprouted hamburger buns) with salad

Raw vegetables that don't bother me whatsoever include cabbage, romaine, carrots, zucchini, peppers (maybe), green onion and sprouts. Everything else so far makes me feel bloated.

Coffee always gives me problems, except for a locally roasted organic dark roast one I found. No symptoms surprisingly! Milk by itself also seems fine but cheese does not.

I might try making a smoothie with kefir, a banana and frozen blueberries. The later is great, however I seem to have trouble with a plain banana. Also, a fish bone-broth soup might also be an idea to try out.

Do you have any thoughts on all this? It's frustrating to me that I seemingly can't eat much of anything without symptoms. This even includes Caesar salad perhaps due to the cheese. I'm also a strict pescetarian so I feel that my options are already limited somewhat. Thank goodness I'm not a vegan!
Cut what doesn't work and add what works. One suggestion, if milk is pasteurized, the no matter how grass fed or organic it is, it's not the real deal. Milk should only be drank raw.

Also bone broth can help you a lot, the kind that is jelly when cold. You can get free bones from butchers if they throw them away. Either you get a pressure cooker and cook them for 4 hours or you cook them for a whole day in a normal pan. I prefer the pressure cooker.
 
Cut what doesn't work and add what works. One suggestion, if milk is pasteurized, the no matter how grass fed or organic it is, it's not the real deal. Milk should only be drank raw.

Also bone broth can help you a lot, the kind that is jelly when cold. You can get free bones from butchers if they throw them away. Either you get a pressure cooker and cook them for 4 hours or you cook them for a whole day in a normal pan. I prefer the pressure cooker.
Great stuff, I'll do that. Milk is a tough one because where I live raw milk is illegal, so I'll try kefir instead as I don't have any issues with it. Cutting out these healthy staples will be tough for me but it must be done! Hopefully after a month or so I can slowly re-introduce them into the diet.

Beans are a kind-of staple for me, yet mung and adzuki beans are low in FOMAPs apparently so I might try those. Still, for vegetarian chili there are those tomatoes and tomato paste with hot spices... Perhaps a bean and barley stew will be my alternative there. As I have an aversion to tap water I will certainly have to try and make my own vegetable broth, or hopefully find one with 'purified' or 'filtered' water in the ingredients.

Thanks for the help. I think I have a much better action plan going forward. I'll 100% stop roasting and frying things. Mashed sweet potato with made with kefir for example would likely be better than broiled wedges.
I still love my pizza though, so I might try learning to make a sourdough variety with just feta (without the mozzarella).
Sharp cheddar also appears low in FODMAPs, so tuna (sprouted) wraps would be a better option.

(Thinking in terms of getting all my essential nutrients as best I can...)

I think I could be lactose intolerant. I also can't handle grains or nuts very well; save from sprouted toast in moderation. It's crazy to me how emotionally difficult these symptoms are, yet it is also interesting how 10% of the communication in the gut-brain axis goes from the brain to the gut, while 90% is vice versa. Our gut health really is a big deal. I also feel a lack of appetite and poor sleep patterns because of it.

Apologies for my rambling.
 
Fortunately for you, there are several Sun Square dates coming up. I would recommend those for healing purposes.
THANK YOU Henu! This helps a lot. Blitzerkrieg gave me some great information on sun squares recently.

"As you may know, the Moon rules the intestines and the elimination of things. Here we find the relation to the IBS, as the moon controls these tissues, but is also responsible for creating fluids that would lubricate them. Looking into a Moon Square or Berkano would be smart here, as would acupoints like Large Intestine 4, which is a common point that activates the intestines."


I thank you all for putting up with all my 'crazy'. Along with the gut issues, I have a broken amalgam filling I plan to get removed. These things probably don't help but I'm well on my way to healing completely I feel. I just need to keep meditating and work on these things.
 
I should add one more thing... I hate to admit it but I have a difficult habit with vaping. This is something I should probably try quitting, although it is such a coping mechanism to me. I keep thinking 'maybe I should get organic vape juice products, etc.'

I'm probably better without I figure. :-/
 
I should add one more thing... I hate to admit it but I have a difficult habit with vaping. This is something I should probably try quitting, although it is such a coping mechanism to me. I keep thinking 'maybe I should get organic vape juice products, etc.'

I'm probably better without I figure. :-/
There is no healthy form of smoking. Lungs are not built for inhaling steam or smoke, but oxygen.
 
There is no healthy form of smoking. Lungs are not built for inhaling steam or smoke, but oxygen.
That makes sense. It's also very addictive and time-consuming, so I will quit. It won't be fun but I feel that it's necessary for me as it can be very anxiety inducing at times.

Coffee also... it messes with my circadian rhythm and perhaps digestion to an extent. If I plan to heal myself I better take it to the maximum spiritually, mentally and physically. HPHCs sermon on developing good routines and patterns truly does speak volumes regarding these things. Thanks Henu!
 
No such thing as lactose intollerance, just bad products. With raw milk, lactose intollerance doesn't exist, as the enzymes provide all the support to digest it.
 

Al Jilwah: Chapter IV

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