Gluten Free Muesli! Finally!

Gluten Free Muesli - Food For Health

Gluten Free Muesli – Food For Health

I am so glad that I have finally found gluten free, corn free, AND oat free muesli! This muesli is AMAZING! I absolutely love it. Ever since I started eating it, digestion has felt a little better. It’s so good to snack on during the day as well. Perfect for the munchies and if you need to increase calorie intake like I did. It tastes amazing! I can’t go a single day without eating it anymore. I tried it with some goat yogurt but I didn’t like the taste all that much. Haven’t tried it with camel milk yet. I just eat it as is! Sooooo goooood! With 3.9g of protein per serving, this is fantastic for vegetarians/vegans!

Available in Spinney’s and Waitrose for AED 33.

Liver Cleanse – Day 5

My stomach feels broken.

I don’t know if it’s meant to be like this and I have no idea how long it will take to pass. I just want it to be over. My stomach is hurting so bad right now. I feel so horrible. There is air moving around in my stomach because I haven’t eaten all day. My stomach is making weird creaking noises and there is this wrenching pain that comes and goes. It feels like someone plunged a spear in, pushed it all the way through and just before it penetrates the other side, it is pulled back out only to be plunged right in again a few minutes later.

My upper stomach feels like the first millisecond you put your finger in fire. It burns but only slightly – quite like the burn you get from drinking alcohol or some sharp ginger juice.

And to think I have to do this again in a week. Granted, it’s not that bad. I’ve taken herbal medicines that have caused much worse pain, but this isn’t fun.

Initially, my stomach felt very light and digestion felt proper – better than it had in a long time. But an hour later, this pain kicked in and my stomach started creaking. Sigh. I’ve got a raging headache as well. Here is what I had to do today:

Have my last meal of the day at lunchtime. Drink apple juice

6pm: Drink apple juice with 1 tbsp Epsom salt

8pm: Drink apple juice with 1 tbsp Epsom salt

10pm: Half cup grapefruit juice + half cup olive oil

I would seriously recommend small doses or people who are as sensitive to stimulants like I am. MUCH smaller doses.

UPDATE: Okay, I have been feeling slightly lighter and better after the detox. My doctor says my stomach and gallbladder seem much better now and that the detox went well. I hope I never have to do this again! Wasn’t fun at all! The apple juice was delicious but drinking so much of it in one day was just too much for me lol.

Liver Cleanse – Day 3 and 4

Hello Detox Fever. Grr.

Yesterday was okay. I figured drinking an entire cup in one go is easier than sipping. Sipping takes forever and makes me feel so full. My body was also aching terribly yesterday. My body has been aching for the past few weeks, but more so yesterday.

Yesterday, I felt a bit ill when I woke up but felt normal throughout the day. Right now, I feel ill again. I am so tired of drinking apple juice. So sick of it. And to think I have to do this again in another week!

Tomorrow is the dreaded day. No dinner – Apple juice & Epsom salt at 6pm and 8pm, followed by a grapefruit-olive oil concoction. 

Help.

Liver Cleanse – DAY 2

Oh.My.God. I am SO tired of having to run to the washroom constantly!

Since the juice has been turning black and getting all weird and foamy, I have decided to juice two batches. Much better that way.

  • 3 PM: Drank a whole glass of apple juice
  • 6 PM: Another glass. My stomach is ginormous at this point, filled with all that juice. I’m not a big eater/drinker and always eat/drink in miniscule amounts. All this apple juice is too much for me! I’m so hungry though. I just want to keep eating!
  • 8 PM: Oh God, there’s still another glass left *tears*

I have had the worst headache all evening. Detox headache? Maybe. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been using my laptop all day with the screen adjustment off. I usually use a screen-backlight adjustment app to decrease the strain on my eyes which leads to headaches. Perhaps this may be why. I have been trying to work on my novel all day but just haven’t been able to because of this headache and the never-ending trips to the washroom. I’m getting closer to D-Day. Olive oil and grapefruit juice. Will I make it?

Liver Cleanse with Apple Juice and Olive Oil – DAY 1

My doctor has recommended a liver/gallbladder cleanse since my gallbladder is being lazy. I mentioned to her that while I got better in between, I feel like I have regressed and am now constantly bloated, and feel excessive air in my stomach moving around. I also tend to have this burning sensation in my upper stomach from time to time.

The doctor said the bile has thickened and has formed a sludge and is on its way to forming gallbladder stones. Eeks. Enter Liver Detox:

  • Juice 7 apples and drink it throughout the day. Must be at room temperature.
  • This needs to be done for 4 days.
  • On the 5th day, I need to skip dinner. At 6 PM, I need to have a cup of apple juice with a tbsp of Epsom salt. One more time at 8 PM.
  • At 10 PM, I need to have half a cup of olive oil with half a cup of grapefruit juice. 

The first four days are alright. It’s the 5th day that terrifies me. Half a cup of olive oil?! WHAT? WHY?

The apple juice is meant to make the bile softer and thin it out, I suppose. And the olive oil is to sort of lubricate everything. I’m not looking forward to DAY 5. Nevertheless here’s how DAY 1 went:

  • 3 PM: Juiced 7 apples (both red and green). Wow, that’s a lot of juice. Drank half a glass. Yummo.
  • 6 PM: Why is this juice turning black? Why is there all this weird foam in it? 
  • 7 PM: There’s STILL two cups left?!
  • 9 PM: My stomach looks so huge. I feel like my organs are drowning in apple juice.

I ate normal meals. In fact, I felt hungrier, which is something that has been missing for quite some time. I have been struggling with trying to gain weight (I am terribly underweight) and increasing my appetite has been difficult, especially since I’m intolerant to several foods. I ate four meals today and I still had room for more! I just feel like munching on things all day long. This is a good sign.

 

Hello!

Wow, it’s been a LONG time since my last post! I’ve been so insanely busy these past couple of months!

I’ve been to a new doctor here, after hearing lots of recommendations. The doctor did this test called NLS-Oberon Screening and the test showed that I have a parasitic infection. *Eek*

Before all of these stomach troubles began, I had experienced food poisoning and caught a stomach virus. This happened 3 times, and after the third time, I started feeling unwell a lot. The doctor believed this may be what caused it. Further reading led me to believe that bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and intestinal parasites/worms can cause a lot of these symptoms that I experience, which the doctor referred to as IBS-like symptoms. She said that my stomach is inflamed and all of this is what has caused several food intolerances.

Right now, I am undergoing treatment – lots of herbal medicines coupled with homeopathic treatment. It’s hard to tell whether I am feeling better, because of the side effects of the herbal medicines, but the tests show improvement. I am no longer vegan. The doctor has advised introducing eggs and camel milk to my diet. My body has been having such a tough time digesting food. Apparently, camel milk works wonders and is suitable for lactose intolerant people as well. I am off sugar and starch (it feeds bacteria) and I really wish I could go grain-free but I don’t know what I’d eat :S I’m already terribly underweight! The good news is that since starting treatment and making these dietary changes, I’ve gained 2 kilos.

There is a hypo-allergenic digestive enzyme that the doctor recommended which has been really helpful. I take a pill after each meal three times a day. I used to have this heavy feeling in my upper stomach right after eating but after having started these pills, I don’t feel that anymore.

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I also learned that raw garlic is a natural cure for both SIBO and intestinal parasites. I’ve been consuming a lot of it. However, be warned, it is a diuretic. No fun if you have to be outdoors! It would be worth reading into this – it could help you feel better!

Gluten Free 2-Ingredient Breakfast/Snack Idea

I have been eating this so often! It is so incredibly easy to whip up and doesn’t take any time at all! Perfect for kids as well and one of the greatest allergy friendly snack ideas I’ve ever had.

You just need 2 ingredients: Rice cakes and jam.

Rice Cakes and Jam

Rice Cakes and Jam

I usually have 4 small sized rice cakes with 1 tablespoon of jam. It is DELICIOUS! Even my gluten eating friend has now fallen in love with rice cakes and cannot wait to try it with jam! Perfect alternative to crackers-and-cream or crackers-and-jam! I have these for breakfast sometimes as well. Needless to say, I’m never disappointed with it! Great to pack for kids’ school lunches as a little treat. If you can have dairy, slather on some cheese and butter and jam. If you eat meat, put some slices of turkey or chicken on it. Use it instead of bread! Make a sandwich using rice cakes! Did you know that McDonald’s offers burgers that replace the bread buns with rice cakes in Asia to cater to the market? Pretty interesting, huh? 🙂