Healing My Digestion: Part 1

On Monday I wrote about why I started my first Whole 30. If you missed that post you can read more here, but for a quick summary, my main reason to do Whole 30 is to continue to heal my digestion.

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I havent mentioned my digestive issues on my blog before, but today Im ready to talk about them and begin part 1 of my 2 part series about how I started my gut healing journey!

How It All Started

I didnt realize I had a digestive issue until I began studying at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) this fall. CSNN has opened my eyes to a lot of things and one of them is proper digestion.

Back in October, I took a practicum called Colon and Digestion where we learnt about the importance of a properly functioning colon and digestive tract. We also learnt what it means to be regular.

After this practicum I realized I did not have a properly functioning colon or digestive tract and was most definitely not regular.

All of these years I thought I was regular because I was my own regular, but I was most definitely suffering from constipation and I needed to start addressing it.

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Why Was I Constipated?

Based on what I know from my previous degree and current studies, I knew constipation could be caused for many different reasons.

I already know that when I eat red meat I will get constipated, so I choose to limit my intake of red meat. And since I wasnt eating much red meat at the time, I knew it couldnt be that. It was something else. So, I looked at my current intake incase my constipation was a result of a food sensitivity or allergy (one of the most common reasons of constipation)

At the time I was usually having eggs and toast or a bagel for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch (dinner always varied).

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Bread was my thing. I couldnt get enough of it. Sandwiches reminded me of my Mom (she always made me sandwiches for lunch growing up) and I loved sopping up the yolks of my eggs with a couple of slices of lightly toasted bread!

Oh, bagels topped with cottage cheese was real good, too.

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But, I wanted to do a self experiment. I wanted to test if it was the gluten in my diet that was making me constipated. So, at the end of November, I removed gluten from my diet to see what happened.

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I replaced my bread and other gluten containing foods with sweet potatoes, squash, parsnips, and other starchy vegetables and fortunately my constipation was relieved!

Based on my self experimentation, I feel that my body doesnt digest gluten well, so I choose to remove it from my diet as a step toward healing my digestion.

I was suffering from irregular bowel movements for a while, so I know I have more work to do on my gut healing journey, which is one of the reasons why I chose to start my first Whole 30.

Im thankful for CSNN for opening my eyes to what proper digestion looks like, educating me about why it is so important, and for having a successful self experimentation when I removed gluten from my diet. Its not fun being constipated nor is it healthy, so I am happy to have that particular issue resolved, but tomorrow I will continue my series about healing my digestion with a post focusing on another digestive issue I am currently experiencing and how I am resolving it.

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