My name is Allison Nichols and I am a Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I specialize in working with individuals to heal their bodies and to cultivate a carefree relationship with food. To have more vibrant, natural energy by transitioning to a whole food, often Paleo, diet.
Wow. My first post in a looooooong time. What can I say– being the mom of an insanely busy toddler takes up most of my time.
Little E is now about 18 months old. It’s so crazy how quickly time goes by with a little one. Time has been passing so quickly that I totally lost track of a lot of things…including my own workouts and healthy eating.
It’s been much harder than I expected to keep up with cooking and healthy eating over the past year and a half. It’s been much harder to find a good balance of the foods that I know make me feel good and healthy, and the convenience foods that don’t make me feel as good mentally and physically. I was still feeling uncomfortable in my body, and noticing some old symptoms (like my asthma and not super great digestion) coming back.
Almost a month ago M and I decided to do something about how we were both feeling and we started our first Whole30.
Yes, I know I have my own Paleo Cleanse program, BUT I found that I needed a program designed by someone else in order to hold myself really accountable.
As I write this post, I’m on Day 19 of the Whole30. I’ve noticed some physical changes, but the biggest change I’ve noticed so far is that I’m back in the kitchen cooking. I’m probably cooking more than I did even before Little E was born. The Whole30 has empowered me to make time to cook again (it helps that my baby is a toddler now and can occupy himself for a bit while I cook). It’s also empowered me to experiment with recipes again, which is something I didn’t know how much I missed.
So now to the good stuff. The recipe experimentation!
For those of you unfamiliar with the Whole30, it’s a 30-day program that involves strictly avoiding all forms of sugar, legumes, dairy, grains and processed foods. You can check out the Rules here. So all of the recipes that I’ve experimented with are Whole30 compliant.
I created this chicken salad with some grilled chicken leftovers. The night before we had grilled chicken with pesto, salad, and sweet potatoes for dinner, so I took what we had left and threw this little ditty together.
I used the Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo, which is Whole 30 Compliant…and delicious.
I chopped up the chicken and added some scallions, sweet potato, and figs.
A dollop of mayo and some lime juice and voila! Delicious chicken salad.
I had the pleasure of being on the Body Love Project podcast with my friend Jessi Haggerty! We talk all about how to love your postpartum body and I give some tips to those who are struggling with the new mama body love.
70% of your immune system is located in and around your gut.
Thus, if your digestion is less than ideal you gut may be inflamed.
If your gut is inflamed, your immune system is impaired.
Whether your goals are to lose weight, gain muscle or to create a healthy food routine, healing your gut is the first place to start.
So how do you do it?
You can start by avoiding notoriously inflammatory foods like grains, legumes, dairy and added sugars– by eating within a Paleo Framework.
That might do the trick, but if you feel like you need some extra help, you could consider some of these options:
Making sure to chew your food.
Chewing is the first step in digestion– not only does it break down food, it signals to your stomach to get ready for food by secreting digestive enzymes.
Drink water around meals rather than with meals.
Drinking water during meals can dilute your stomach acid and make digestion a bit tougher– aim to drink water mostly around meals (an hour before and an hour after) rather than during meals.
Make some bone broth.
Bone broth is a wonderful tool for healing your gut. The nutrients in the bone broth support the healing of the digestive lining and the bones contain minerals that support your own bones and joints. Click here for my recipe.
Eat some fermented foods.
Fermented foods will support a healthy balance of good bacteria in your gut. A good balance of gut bacteria will help with inflammation, digestion and SO many other bodily functions
So. How is your digestion? If it’s less than ideal, consider taking some time to really focus on your guts.
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