Enjoying my last Starbucks for a while (and probably my last day out of bed/the house for a while) because tomorrow I start the bone broth diet!!
Tristan and I were originally planning to start the bone broth/21 day elimination diet later in January. However, right before Christmas we found out that we both have yeast infections, and that I actually have Candida.
(Candida is a chronic yeast overgrowth. If you’re curious about the symptoms, I recommend this great article by TheCandidaDiet.com)
We have been trying to fight off the yeast by going sugar free and taking a variety of supplements + probiotics, but it hasn’t been working. Candida is extremely damaging to the gut and is linked with causing + worsening leaky gut, which I’ve definitely experienced. Over the past couple of months I stopped getting better and have been getting sicker and sicker, and the number of foods my body can handle are growing fewer and fewer. Since nothing else seems to be working, we decided it was imperative to start the Bone Broth Diet first thing tomorrow morning.
(To learn how to make bone broth FAST at home, check out this article by MommyPotomus.)
I’m sure you’re wondering: what exactly is the Bone Broth Diet?
The Bone Broth Diet is essentially a 21 day elimination diet to heal the gut lining + figure out what foods your body doesn’t tolerate well. There are 3 stages:
The first stage will be the fasting stage. The fasting stage is 72 hours straight of nothing but Bone Broth and LOTS of water. Bone Broth has many healing properties -just to name a few- it is jam packed with nutrients, it increases immunity and decreases inflammation, and it heals the stomach lining. The fasting stage is the roughest part of the diet, and to be honest the part I am dreading the most! During the fasting stage, the body has a herx-like reaction, and most people are usually in bed with extreme fatigue, joint pain, and flu like symptoms during this time, because the body is trying to flush out all the harmful toxins and restore balance to the gut. The worse off the gut is, the worse the symptoms of the fasting stage usually are.
(Wanna know more about how awesome bone broth is for you? Hit up this article by Dr. Axe!)
The second stage will focus on the 21 days of a very strict diet that is gentle on the body and is free of any common allergens. Here’s the list of things I WON’T be eating during this stage:
- White Potatoes
- Citrus Fruits
- Vegetable oils
- Processed foods and meats
- Sugar (except the natural sugar found in berries and pears)
Instead, I will be eating:
- Rice & non grain flours such as almond flour and coconut flour
- Beans and lentils
- Strawberries, blackberries, Pears, Raspberries, and a few other fruits
- Organic and grass-fed meats
- Fresh fish
- Herbal Teas, homemade juices and smoothies
- Diary free milks such as unsweetened rice milk, coconut milk, and nut milks.
- 1 cup of bone broth every day
(This list is a modified version that I created for myself after reading “The 21 Day Elimination Diet to Identify Food Sensitivities and Banish Mystery Illnesses” by NaturalLivingIdeas.com – It doesn’t include the bone broth fast, but it’s a great resource to check out if you’re looking into doing an elimination diet for yourself!)
After those 21 days, I will start slowly introducing new foods into my diet. Because my gut is so sensitive, there’s a lot I’m not planning to try introducing to my diet even after those 21 days. I am, however, planning to give dairy, corn, eggs, soy, white potatoes, and citrus fruits a try! This phase (known as the reintroduction phase) is a bit hard for me to explain, so I suggest reading the article linked above instead.
This diet is a pretty intense one, but we believe it’s going to help my body immensely! The bone broth diet has also been known to heal (or at least make a lot better) Celiac’s disease, so Tristan is going to go on it with me. I’ve always been intimidated by diets like these and how they might make me feel while on them. I know that many of you feel the same, and a lot of you have been asking me questions and have been looking into the bone broth diet for yourself. I will try to post updates here on the blog every 3-5 days, and my husband will be filming daily vlog updates and posting it all to our youtube channel once I’m done with the diet. I hope my experience encourages you, and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!💕😊
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