Categorise your food into ‘safe’, ‘tolerable’ and ‘non-tolerable’.
You will want to start off with ingredients in your diet which are safe foods and work out which foods are best for you from there, everyone is different, so this helps to see what foods are best for you.
By making a list you can clearly see what your gut can tolerate and that’s when you can start to plan ahead your meals for each day.
Starting off with already known safe foods and introducing different things into your diet will give you a clear idea of what foods to avoid, hopefully making less ‘bad days’. If you do however have a ‘bad day’ go back to your list of safe foods, as this will be the foundation of your diet until you can introduce new foods again.
Foods that will be a good base to your diet will be the following:
- Eggs (full of protein but intolerable for some)
- Fish such as smoked salmon and mackerel
- Peppermint Tea (I prefer this warm to cold as I find it hard to tolerate hot drinks)
- Potatoes with the skins on
- Yoghurt (organic greek yoghurt or probioctic, avoid if dairy intolerant)
Even some of the above can not be tolerated by some, so choose the ones that are kind to your own gut. These will give you a balanced, varied diet providing you with the vitamins and minerals which would have otherwise not been absorbed fully into the system when on a ‘bad day’. Supplements can be taken but always along with a healthy diet, in my own opinion supplements are aids to help you absorb more nutrients than you are able to in your diet but should never be replaced with any meals or food categories.
Certain things that are best to avoid to start with:
- Vegetables and Fruit with skins on
- Fatty Foods
- Fizzy Drinks
- Wheat and Gluten
The above are mostly ingredients that our stomachs find hard to digest, these tend to cause bloating and discomfort by taking the above out of your diet for a few weeks it gives your gut a chance to calm down and return to a norm.
If having a whole new diet change is a bit daunting to yourself and your gut, just make small changes, for example start replacing your morning coffee for a peppermint tea instead.
Good luck and if this post has helped at all let me know.
I will be going into more details on later posts about everything noted above.