The Skinny Gut Diet: My First 2 Weeks #SkinnyGutDiet
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Skinny Gut Diet. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’ve been following The Skinny Gut Diet for two weeks now and I thought it was time to update my progress (including my highs and lows).
The Skinny Gut Diet comes from digestive health Guru,Brenda Watson. Be sure to read my previous posts on Why I’m Doing The Skinny Gut Diet and The Tools To Success In Restoring Gut Health.
As I said before, I have now been following The Skinny Gut Diet for two weeks and it’s been going pretty well. I am not finding it too restrictive because I’m finding alternatives to help me get through my “trouble times”.
Thanks to The Skinny Gut Diet I have fallen in love with a product called Kefir. I have it everyday: in my smoothies, with yogurt or I made a chia pudding with it. It reminds me of those drinkable yogurts I used to have as a kid (but not near as much sugar) but this stuff has some live bacteria to help your gut.
My first week, I got down to a weight that I haven’t seen in months. The scale only represents a number, but I have to admit that it felt pretty great to reach that goal in just a week. I was always full and satisfied (thanks to a new favorite dessert, which I will be blogging next week).
Here is where I went wrong:
Last Sunday, I didn’t have a plan.
Fail to plan, plan to fail.
That’s a quote that holds very true for me and Sunday was that day. I was winging dinners because I was pretty busy with getting our house ready to list, and come Sunday evening I was exhausted. We ordered pizza (which is bad a idea not just because of The Skinny Gut Diet but because I have a wheat intolerance as well), it was a thin crust pizza but I don’t think that matters when I eat half of it.
I gained the typical 2 pounds I usually do after pizza but what I noticed was that I felt awful for the next two days. Sluggish and just not myself. It really showed me how food can affect not just my physical energy levels but my mental energy levels as well.
I found that after I had the pizza, it was difficult to get past the cravings that had showed up for sugar and I had a few of my sons “potty time” treats. Week two was about overcoming those cravings. Then last night I had a few glasses of merlot (wine is allowed, just don’t over do it) with a lovely steak dinner. I appreciate that I don’t have to give up those simple pleasures in life just because I’m following an eating plan. That being said, maybe there was one glass too many as I followed my wine with some candy (it’s all a learning experience and I found a sugar trigger).
Skinny Gut Game Plan:
Week 3 I am determined to get through a perfect week of The Skinny Gut Diet. By using Brenda’s grocery shopping tips (see video above) and the foods that I personally have found helpful I will get over these sugar cravings and get back to the game plan: heal my gut.
What works for me:
- Cheese: nibbling on 30g of cheese during the afternoon slump, helps me get through those cravings for sugar.
- Almonds: A handful before a workout give me a little bit of energy and provide me with some valuable fiber.
- Chia: Adding chia to smoothies and yogurt not only fills me up but it also gives me energy and a lot of fiber to get me to my 35g a day goal.
- Probiotic: Regardless of the day I have, I never forget my probiotic. The fact that I am providing my body with “the good guys” to crowd out bad bacteria make all the difference in my digestive health.
- Dessert: I have to have dessert every night, it’s just how I work and if I deny it I will just reach for chocolate. I will share my dessert with you next week (you guys will love it).
I never realized that The Skinny Gut Diet was improving my energy levels until I made a few whoops. When I’m following it not only do I feel lighter and more energetic but I feel better. I feel healthier and good about myself. I’m looking forward to a successful week 3 and updating all of you on reaching a new goal of mine.
Great post, thanks for sharing! Curious about that Kefir…..
sounds interesting , never heard of Kefir … sounds like a very healthy product thanks for sharing , i will look into it 🙂
I love Kifer, i just bought some at whole foods, and they had a key lime flavor, is it very good. And i love adding chia seeds to my yogurt.
Congrats on your success and good luck for this upcoming week! I can’t wait to hear about your dessert. Yogourt, nuts and cheese are my “good” snacks too!
Great post! I am definitely following your progress girl! 🙂
I would like my husband to try this skinny gut diet. 🙂
This is getting me thinking about how to go about losing weight. I have started Kefir and hope to make a habit to have some daily!
I seen this book at my local health store and I almost bought it, in fact I think I will get it, sounds very interesting. I have heard of Kefir but never tried it myself, so what does it taste like??
It’s just a drinkable yougurt. When I add it to my smoothies it helps thinken it up and makes it taste like a yogurt based smoothie.
Can this be bought at the supermarket? I want to try it
I haven’t seen it at any of mine here in Canada, but I saw on Instagram that some US markets do.
I bought mine in the yogurt aisle. Just make sure you read the ingredients and you’re buying real Kefir not something that’s loaded with other ingredients and sugars 🙂
I have been following the Skinny Gut Diet as well. I have several tips to share (gathered over the past year) that might help you:
If you crave chocolate, take a magnesium supplement.
If you crave sugar, eat fermented sauerkraut made with salt, not vinegar. Sandor Katz is a wonderful resource if you want to make your own (and much cheaper).
The acacia powder (1 Tbs.) was too much for me. I do better making veggie smoothies, using chia, etc.
I use cheese as a condiment, not a main ingredient.
Lots of GF foods are laden with sugar or are high on the glycemic index (alternate flours are the cause of this–try to use almond flour or coconut flour to lower the numbers).
Too much of coconut products bother me–beware of hidden allergies!
Avocados are awesome! I will eat half an avocado (with seasoned salt) as a snack.
Thanks for the tips.