Gut Repair Week 2


2014/04/15 by nikkiledford


Hey Friends and Stumblers!

I’ve embarked on the second week of my gut repair protocol. Feeling good for the most part. It’s still pretty easy to avoid all the restricted foods. I feel incredibly lucky to have already been on a Paleo Diet up until this point. It makes the additional restriction pretty accessible. For those of you who are coming into this protocol from standard American fare, I am so sorry. I can’t imagine how life altering it would be to completely restructure your entire eating world. Hats off to you, my friends.

Things I’ve noticed so far.

I get full easily. 

My theory is that I’ve greatly increased my absorption through supplementation and removal of inflammatory foods (this is stuff like nuts, seeds, caffeine, and alcohol… still not convinced that mushrooms, nightshades, and eggs are problematic for me personally.)

My Chiropractic adjustments are less toxic. 

The first week or so of adjustments left me feeling achy, nauseous, and generally like an old lady. It seems as though this stage has passed. I still get a little sore, and I can definitely notice when I need to be adjusted.

My bowel movements haven’t changes too drastically. 

How’s that for TMI. Let’s just say that my particular brand of digestive distress is characterized by constipation and bloating. I’ve noticed that the bloating has seemed to lessen but don’t want to fully attribute that to anything besides the elimination of the foods mentioned above. It’s my belief that I’ll have to experience some more gut healing before I can say it’s good and gone. I’ve still experienced some constipation but that seems to be lessening as well. I think that I could probably help it along by drinking more water.

A Day of Gut Healing Eating

Breakfast: Sausage and Kombucha

Lunch: Chicken Thighs with Avocado and Grilled Yams

Dinner: Chinese Five-Spice Curry with chicken breast, asparagus, and greens.

Snacks: Strawberries and Golden Nugget Mandarin. Smoked Oysters with lemon.


2 thoughts on “Gut Repair Week 2

  1. This is really interesting! Have you noticed any other physical/mental changes? Skin? Hair?

    • nikkiledford says:

      My skin has always been fairly well behaved. If I eat dairy, I’ll have some little breakouts but other than that, I’ve never really had a problem. My hair has never been a problem either. Lately my scalp has been itchy but I’ve attributed that more to the water in my area because it used to be fine when I lived in another city. No mental shifts yet but I’m hoping to have more definitive results after a few weeks on consistent treatment 🙂

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