I became a big fan of intermittent fasting after learning about its impact on gut health, so I try to maximize the length of time between when I eat dinner at night and when I have my first bite in the morning. I usually succeed at a full twelve-hour stretch and sometimes make it as long as fifteen hours.
We’re currently experimenting with a low-sugar version of the “primal diet” to boost our digestive and immune health. We’re combining Mark Sisson’s philosophy with the research by Weston Price, and I highly suggest giving it a go. It’s intense to say the least, and our poor toddler keeps wandering into the pantry, hoping to find a banana or something sweet to gnaw on. The good news for him (and all of us) is that this diet is particularly great for oral health, so he’ll thank us at some point. You see, my son was born nearly three months premature. The enamel on some of his teeth didn’t develop properly, so we’re taking extreme measures to try to protect his teeth.
Here’s a peek at what our breakfast is looking like these days:
- Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water
- Juice made from carrot, beet, lemon, celery, cucumber, and parsley blended with avocado, acerola vitamin C powder, bee pollen, and acai powder
- Homemade kefir yogurt from raw goat’s milk mixed with prebiotic powder, hemp seeds, Bulletproof Collagen Protein, and apples, blueberries, strawberries, or pumpkin baked with coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla.
And then, because my metabolism is in full gear in the morning, I usually have a second breakfast around an hour and half later that consists of poached eggs, veggies, and avocado with olive oil and pickled onions. I mean, who wouldn’t want two breakfasts each day?
I usually take my daily supplements with my “second” breakfast. These include fermented cod liver oil, vitamin D, food-based calcium, a food-based multivitamin, curcumin phytosome, and my probiotic cocktail of PRO-Moms, Hyperbiotics Immune, and PRO-15 Advanced Strength.
All in all, we know that sleep, exercise, and diet are critical for optimal gut and overall health, and since I don’t always have control over the first one, I like to compensate by overdoing numbers two and three.