Day 85: Surprising remedies for constipation

So this is something I’ve been battling with for several weeks – I just can’t seem to get onto an even keel with my BMs. But I’ve been going through my food diary (I still can’t believe I’m actually keeping one – it’s sooo useful), and I suddenly discovered that my BMs were great when I was drinking apple juice.

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I don’t always have it at home – there’s only one brand that I’ve found in Cape Town that makes 100% pure apple juice with no additives, and I can’t always get it. When I do, I stock up, though I usually guzzle my way through it quite fast!

Anyway, I’m guessing the owners of the deli downstairs have treated themselves to a new toy because they’ve also started selling their own ‘homemade’ pure apple juice. Until I get my own juicer, this is the perfect solution. YAY!

Here are some other things that I think may be helping to alleviate my constipation:

  • Pure apple juice
  • Hot toddies (noticed improved BMs when I was drinking these – lemon, honey and ginger)
  • Magnesium (I stopped taking magnesium supplements a few weeks ago, and have recently resumed)*
  • Cooking veg for shorter periods of time
  • Eating vegetable skins/seeds

I also am starting to suspect that I might react to red meat in large quantities (ie, eating a big steak). Anyone else react to red meat? Also, please feel free to share any constipation tips/cures you may have!

*Always check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet.

Day 39: Apple juice… and vodka

As you’ll know if you’ve read my earlier posts, I started testing wine last week. It went okay but I could definitely tell that affected my gut: I had some pain and bloating, so I’ve decided that it’s something I should only indulge in moderately – like twice a week max.

Today a colleague who knows of my tummy woes asked me about other types of alcohol. Most are illegal, but one of the few that is allowed on SCD is vodka – and I’ve always enjoyed it. But I’ve also always consumed my vodka with Diet Coke, which is a big no-no for me now. I’ve tried it with soda water but that, too, causes me bloating. All gassy drinks disagree with me. So she suggested I try it with apple juice… which I’ve just done.

It seems so ironic to mix vodka with my 100% pure and natural juice, but I did and it was very tasty. I drank it about an hour ago so I’ve yet to determine any ill effects, but for now – bar a floaty head – I feel fine.

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If you do choose to drink legal spirits, make sure they don’t contain any grains or potato extracts. While most forms of vodka have been distilled to the point that these elements are gone, some do still contain them.

Other than that, the food is going well. I’m enjoying my meals and not experiencing any discomfort from the food I’m eating, except for bananas. These do cause me some bloating and discomfort if I eat too many of them, or if they’re not ripe enough. I have also learnt that I can’t handle mushrooms.

Shortly, we’ll be heading off to the Eminem concert, and I’m SOOO excited. We live right opposite the Cape Town stadium, and I can already hear that the party is underway with the opening acts. The streets are streaming with people and it’s a great vibe. I can’t WAIT for the show!

Will definitely report back tomorrow 🙂

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