So based on what we’ve learned from several doctors and experts who specialize in digestive health, we try to follow these rules.
Rule #1: Eat low amounts of refined sugar. We’ve been told that refined sugar feeds the bad bacteria in the intestines and feeds yeast growth. So by limiting the amount of refined sugar in our diet, we hope to keep the bad bacteria from overtaking the gut. Also, we stay away from high fructose corn syrup.
Rule #2: Avoid preservatives, artificial sweeteners and food coloring. These things are neurological irritants and toxic to our bodies. They should be avoided if possible.
Rule #3: Drink lots of water (we don’t use ice because COLD beverages slow down digestion) and avoid soda completely. In terms of milk, we opt for organic milk because we try to avoid antibiotics and hormones.
Here’s a list of what we eat regularly:
FRUITS: Bananas, strawberries (organic), blueberries (organic), raspberries (organic), apples (organic if we are eating the peel), unsweetened applesauce, pineapple, pears
I only buy organic if we are going to eat the outside of the fruit or vegetable, i.e., the surface that has been sprayed by chemicals. By no means, are we perfect about this.
VEGETABLES: Sweet potatoes, peas, broccoli, green beans, raw spinach, a variety of lettuce, tomatoes, onions
SALAD DRESSING: Paul Newman’s balsamic vinaigrette, Marzetti classic ranch dressing
MEATS: Turkey burgers, chicken burgers, crock potted chicken, hamburger and steaks (when purchasing meat, I try my best to find meat with no added antibiotics and hormones.), grilled fish (sometimes I marinate the fish in garlic, onions and olive oil for an hour before grilling it)
- Ezekiel English muffins or bread – this is often breakfast!
EZEKIEL bread and muffins (original – in orange packaging) can be found in the freezer section of most health food stores and at some County Markets. It is made from sprouted grains and I’ve been told that it’s easy to digest. Because it is made from sprouted grain, the body recognizes it as a protein and it does not convert into sugar like most breads. Thus, it will not contribute to yeast growth or feeding bad bacteria in the intestines. My family loves the English muffins. Yummy!
Dreamfield’s Healthy Carb Living spaghetti & organic spaghetti sauce (often sugar is less in these sorts of sauces).
- Brown rice
Burn off the carbs before cooking it in a rice cooker so this doesn’t all turn to sugar. First, rinse the rice in water and dry it by putting it in a skillet on medium/low heat; once the rice is dry you can cook it in a rice cooker like normal, i.e. 1 cup rice to 2 cups of water.
BUTTER: Either real butter OR Earth Balance soy garden buttery spread
NUTS: Organic peanut butter (Meijer brand or any other store organic store brand is fine), peanuts, raw cashews
MILK: Organic milk to avoid antibiotics and hormones
CHIPS: LAYS Classics, Garden of Eatin Yellow Chips All Natural Tortilla Chips
SPECIAL SNACK: A teaspoon of cookie dough made with Sucanat sweetener (my kids and I share this little treat when we are craving something sweet!)
RECIPE: 2 tbs of Earth Balance natural buttery spread, 2 tbs sucanat sweetener (this is dehydrated can juice; purchased from health food store), 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract, 6 tbs of all-purpose flour, 1-2 tbs of Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips
FAST FOOD: Chipotle Mexican Grill (the ingredients they use are antibiotic and hormone free…the healthiest fast food I have found)