I am a 52 year old vegetarian who has been doing intermittent fasting for 6 months and seen amazing improvements in many aspects of life from it, including reductions in my weight, anxiety levels, inflamation, pain from fibromyalgia and from the arthritis in my hands and asthma. My energy levels have gone up by miles too. I have lost all cravings for carbohydrates and everything tastes better. I am intrigued by the fact that my gut bacteria are behind much of this change. I want to learn more and be able to make further improvements to my biome.
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I buy dried seaweed at Tesco and put it in hot water with a teaspoon of marmite to make an cheap version of miso soup. It is great for getting you through fast days without spiking insulin.
I’ve just made my first attempt of the purple sauerkraut (with carrot instead of beets) and had to make a big batch because I had a larger jar. I do like sauerkraut but haven’t been adventurous with it before, just had it with sausages so I’ll need to try it with a few other meals or it will go to waste.
I’m going to kefir a go too, can’t find it locally to buy.
I bought some yesterday in my local health food store. A fresh version from the fridge, plus dried seaweed (the kind of thing they use to wrap around Sushi). I can get it also from Sainsbury’s if you are in the UK.
Tokyo14 – I believe it’s common to have prophylactic antibiotics with major surgery (certainly is with obstetrics) so that itself could have had an impact and have you seen this: http://www.drperlmutter.com/chemotherapy-microbiome/? Best wishes in fixing your dodgy guts!
IKeepTrying – my plan is to go back to 5:2 and cram in lots of colourful veg. I love fruit but am lazy with veg. Then I need to do battle with my sugar cravings. And I’m about to start my first batch of sauerkraut and might have a go at kefir. I already have yoghurt daily, do HITT and garden but the bit in the book about having a repetitive diet struck a chord.
I love yogurt but had little success when I tried to make my own many years ago.
I have never tried sauerkraut, but as I hate the smell when my husband puts vinegar on tomatoes when he has a salad I would find it off-putting.
This is despite the fact that I use vinegar for cleaning and used acetic acid regularly when I was working.
I am determined to have a go at making some sauerkraut soon. Any tips for success welcome.
We are moving to Derbyshire at the beginning of August, to a small town west of Derby. I’m told they call it The Gateway to the Peak District. Lovely area, lots of fresh air for healthy bacteria? I’ve just asked my local hardware shop if they can get fermenting jars, don’t want three, just one will do. If they can’t then it will be the products link.
I am trying to replace the fibre from wheat with the fibre from vegetables and beans. Got the old Audrey Eyton F2 books (remember her and that duet?). She does done lovely salads with butter beans (my husband loves that one) or red kidney beans and sweet corn. All good fibre. As I am allergic to dairy I have goats milk products which seem to suit me and I will have another 3 weeks of kefir shortly. I am also taking Bio-kult probiotics – Boots do a 3 for 2. Also going sugar free, or at least 90%. I will also do some fasting. Maybe from lunch to breakfast. We will see.
i did the blood sugar diet so majority of my food is carb free but it does play havoc with my dodgy guts!!!!
i am hoping if i start this it may improve my poor dodgy guts!!!
It’s not something my green grocer sells, do I have anything to gain by buying supplements in the healthfood shop? And if so which strength and how much is beneficial ?
Hello all glad there’s more people on here as I was feeling a bit like Billy no mates. It’s interesting reading all your post to see that we all have similar and different reasons for our interest in the clever guts diet.
LCB when do you move to Derbyshire? it’s a beautiful county I live between Nottingham and Derby.
I’ve ordered kefir grains from raw and pure co uk I’ll try to post a link to it
I’m wondering how to start this diet off – I think I’ll cut out things thatiknow dontafree with me like wheat sugar and over processed foods and I’m wondering if I should try incorporating a 5:2 blood sugar type diet
What are you all planning to do?
Oh, I’ve been to the doctors for my blood test results and my blood glucose levels were normal (great news!!) – my cholesterol was up for the first time in my life!! So I need to get losing some weight …..
Hi. I am also of an even more certain age (74) and was also diagnosed with IBS years ago. Mine seems to have culminated in bowel cancer, I had the tumour removed last year and then had chemo. I am trying everything to improve my gut. I am interested in fermented foods but most of them seem to be pasteurised which isn’t much help. We are moving to Derbyshire in August, hopefully and the town has a good independent health shop so that will be my first port of call! Has anyone had any success in making their own kefir? Might try making the sauerkraut. I’ve tried the goats milk one from Wales but it is expensive. I think it helped though. I wish the book was more explicit with which are the best probiotics. Just had a blood test for showing if I am deficient in any vitamins or minerals but might try the fecal bacteria test once we have moved. All advice/polite suggestions and help welcomed.
I read the book and wanted to try some recipes, but my first pick – banana cashew pots on p260 – involves 250grams of cashews! Is that right?
Hello. Just got the book yesterday, I’m about at page 90. I would love to have the analysis, pity it’s not available in the UK yet. I was diagnosed as diabetic in 2001, but quickly got on top of it with diet etc. and take no medication but have ‘normal’ blood sugar. I have a C&G nutrition unit qualification which I studied to help me with this, but I still can’t get my weight down no matter what I do. Yes, I’ve done 5/2. I do know about the biome etc., but more advice is always welcome if it’s evidence-based as this is.
hi i am just half way through reading this book and find it really interesting
i am a lady of a ” certain age ” (52) !!! and have always had a ” dodgy tummy” for want of a better word
however i had a hysterectomy and chemo in 2015 which i find has left me with hot fushes and at times an even “dodgier tummy” so am looking forward to giving this book a try
i recently had a bad bout of gastroenteritis in february so feel i need to get my guts to be clever again !!
does anyone know if surgery and chemo can have effects on my ” clever guts” ??
Hello all, I am a 70 yr old retired person living with my wife, daughter and two young delightful grandchildren. I have MDS a rare and incurable cancer of the bone marrow. That said I am naturally keen to disturb its progress and have been studying food as an ally in my quest. I have become very interested in the microbiome and have already read 196 pages of this most absorbing book. I look forward to implementing the suggestions contained there in. I’ve just had my first teaspoon of potato starch!
Hello! I’m 31, suffered mildly with my health since having my daughter 8 months ago. I have gall stones and a duodenal ulcer. Although I think they have gone since eating lower carb and higher good fat. I haven’t quite finished the book but already annoyed by all the references to this site, only to find no info here. Or is it just me? I can’t find the information mentioned in the book about olive oil, for example.
Anyway lovely to meet you all.
Hi there! I did that quiz too and had a high score. Would like to get my weight and asthma under control and if my thyroid function improves, well that would be marvellous. Finished the book yesterday and in preparation chucked out all artificial sweeteners (ah who am I kidding, I finished the bottle). I’m just about to start my prepping my own sauerkraut and weirdly looking forward to fasting again.
Hi folks my book arrived in the post today read the first 92 pages already !
I’m determined to break my yoyo dieting cycle and get healthy physically and mentally 👍
Hello, is anyone there? Well, it looks like I’m the first here I’m 66 years (just) and live in Derbyshire uk I’m happily retired
I’ve been waiting for this book and way of eating since I first saw notice on amazon of it. I have also read the supplement that was in the Daily Mail last week (not my favourite newspaper!) I did the quiz that was with the online article and I was way over 10 eg my gut being in trouble – it was nearer 16!!!! I’ve had IBS since I was in my teens, I’m prone to fungal infections – thrush, althletes foot, and eczema type rashes in my scalp and ears etc. I seem to have reactions to sugar, yeast and wheat and over processed food that gets worse as I get older. I also suffer from insomnia especially when I have some of the foods I’ve mentioned I’m. overweight by about two stone I’ve tried the fast diet and struggled with feelings of nausea and headache, despite drinking pints of water, so I gave up. i have been dabbling with the blood sugar diet and love a Mediterranean type diet. I’ve just had blood tests done by my doctor as I’m worried I might be pre diabetic – I get the results tomorrow.
Sorry to hit you with my “health issues” all at once. I’m actually a positive happy person – honest 😀
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