I've been recipe picking and meal prepping for decades at this point. It got pretty boring eating a rotation of the trendy foods like broiled fish, farm to table sausage and pulled pork accompanied by scented quinoa, fresh salads and avocados (still love avocados, but...)
Don't get me wrong, that is beautiful nutrition, but, I was booored!
If you follow us on Instagram, you'll have seen lately an array of bright, fresh and different recipes that originate from gorgeous Vietnam. We wanted to feel inspired, excited and look forward to our meals and meal prep. When we carry that kind of energy while we handle food it increases dopamine (happy hormone!) as well
as improves digestion and absorption of nutrients by giving the body time to execute a series of actions that support digestion:
Amylase, an enzyme that breaks down carbs, increases (think salivation!), your digestive organs begin to prepare/secrete digestive enzymes and bile and your small intestine prepares to accept those beautiful nutrients.
A very different picture than throwing food together in a rush that you aren't necessarily looking forward to, then eating mindlessly while just trying to side-step hanger. Know what I mean?
It's so important to increase joy, excitement and reduce stress in order to overcome IBS and SIBO. The work is different for everyone, though easily identifiable if you raise your awareness.
Consider this: Is your body tense while recipe picking, grocery shopping and meal prepping? Is your gut tight, spine sore, shoulders tense? Are you thinking about what you have to do next, how inconvenient meal prepping is or how you'd rather be ordering uber eats?
If these things are happening and you're feeling tense, stressed or resentful, chances are your body is in fight or flight and will not be able to digest, absorb and repair the gut. That happening over and over is the perfect opportunity for SIBO to occur.
We need to get you to find your happy place. Find your peace. Joy. CALM.
Breathe and try to relax as much as possible - we find mindfulness meditation really helps with this.
I've been so excited about these recipes that I've actually gotten amped up to a point where I've had to practise mindfulness and breathe deeply. :P
I hope this recipe inspires you and excites you as much as it has me. This recipe is ideal for the detox portion of our 12-Week Gut Restore Program due to its content of high FODMAP ingredients. I've outlined how to make this low FODMAP below.
If you're suffering from chronic IBS, SIBO, gas, bloat and/or alternating constipation/loose stool, we would love to hear from you. We specialize in repairing the gut post-IBS and/or SIBO and
can help at any stage of your journey toward gut health using our 12-Week Gut Restore Program.
From my IBS-friendly kitchen to yours,
Cassandra Hope, RHN
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