I’ve made no secret of the fact that my digestive system has changed ever since having my 2nd baby. For around 10 months, I’ve been gluten, soy and chocolate (yes, sad face!) free in an effort to feel some sense of “normal”, as my life relates to food.
Lately, however, things have been flaring up again, and although I’ve been able to add a few additional no-nos to the list (nightshades, esp. potatoes, many vegetables and beans), I can’t be sure what’s the culprit any longer. After three “poisonings” that left me incapacitated last week, I decided to bump up the timeline for my elimination diet. As much as I didn’t want to try an elimination diet while trying to participate in the Apostle’s Fast (an Orthodox fast= vegan, minus a few kinds of fish), I simply couldn’t wait any longer.
So, starting Monday, I decided to only eat a few food groups for a few weeks in an effort to single out the things that are harmful for me at this time. Once I feel stabilized, I will add back in a few things, one at a time, waiting a few days before adding anything else. I am currently still in the fish/eggs/nuts (except peanuts)/ vegetables (except broccoli)/ fruit phase, and, let me tell you, it’s boring. My stomach and brain have a hard time feeling satiated if I’m not eating foods I’m used to. However, I’m already feeling SO much better, that I know it’s going to be worth it.
One of the things I miss most is dessert. Last night, on a whim, I whipped up this smoothie and it was AMAZE-BALLS. Allow me to share. Hopefully, some poor soul out there can enjoy this tasty treat! It is both paleo and vegan compatible.
Amazing Paleo/Vegan “Dessert” Smoothie
2 tbsp. almond butter
1 cup of blueberry coconut yogurt
1 cup spinach
1 cup of almond or coconut milk
1 cup of raspberries
splash of orange juice
splash of cold-brewed coffee (I use Trader Joe’s!)
Blend Together and Enjoy!
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