IBS

Let's Talk About Poop

Yes. I’m serious. If you would have told me when I was 5 that my career would involve so much talking about poop, I’d of called ya crazy. But it’s true. I talk about it A LOT. And my 5-year old self is pretty excited about it.

Why? Because by paying attention to whats coming out of our bodies can actually tell us a lot about what to put in our bodies to begin the healing process and regulate your metabolism.

So to start let me say this: You should be pooping about every single day.

Now let’s face it - if you’re not pooping everyday you’re probably feeling bloated, tired, and blah. So if this is you - it's time to click play and watch this week's #MeetUpMonday where I share 5 things you need to start incorporating MORE of into your life to get your daily doo.

Below is chart that is used frequently in hospitals to record people’s bowel movements… their poops. Dr. Mercola calls Type 4 The “holy grail” of poop. It should be smooth and soft and pass easily!

You may have found that your poop patterns will change if you’re experiencing stress, lack of sleep, or traveling. You have to do a bit of trial and error to figure out what works best for you. As always you know I’m here for you! I love talking about poop so if you feel you need a little more one-one guidance, let's work together!

Thanks for meeting up. See you next week!

Kimchi Fried Rice

If any of you have worked with me before, you know I'm a big advocate for a daily probiotic supplement. Those 'good' bacteria have been shown to have a beneficial affect on everything from weight gain to depression. The problem I most often come across, however, is that a high quality supplement costs anywhere between $45-$60 per bottle for about a 1 month supply. My motto is, you can pay for it now, or pay for it later... but when it comes to probiotics, you can actually get a pretty well-rounded supply from the foods you eat - if you choose wisely.   All fermented foods are a great source of naturally occurring beneficial bacteria, but they are an acquired taste for sure. They key is to make sure its naturally fermented and not just pickled in vinegar. Most sauerkrauts found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store fit the bill. 

One of my new favorites: kimchi. I'm not enough in love with it yet to eat it on its own, however, it's a perfect addition to my "fried" rice. Best part, it only takes about 5 minutes to make!

Kimchi Fried Rice

  • 2 cups leftover brown rice (I always use frozen brown rice)
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrot blend
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame or peanut oil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup kimchi
  • 1 head baby bock choy, chopped

In a pan over medium heat, place rice and peas and carrot blend. Saute until everything is blended and defrosted. Add soy sauce, sesame or peanut oil, and crushed red pepper. As you continue stirring, add the eggs and quickly mix into the rest of the rice and vegetables, until completely cooked through. Turn the heat off and then add kimchi and bok choy. Fold in thoroughly and enjoy! You can also add chicken, shrimp, or tofu for a little extra protein.  

Do you have a favorite food-sourced probiotic?