How I’m healing my digestion + a gut-friendly flaxseed carrot granola (six ingredients!)

Gut health is a very popular topic now, although barely sexy. I think it is just finally getting all the attention it deserves.

I am so excited about the gut health rage. The bacteria in our digestive tracts are incredibly important to our overall health, both physically and mentally. Gut bacteria does not only break down our food so our bodies can absorb its nutrients, but also influence fat loss, inflammation and anxiety. Go figure!

For my entire life, I’ve been struggling with my gut. I’ll spare you the details, but I have yet to experience what it is like to have a perfect digestion. After changing up my diet and becoming vegan – hence eating more fiber- my digestion got better, but it was still far from perfect.

In October 2018, I started going to a nutritionist. She ran multiple tests that showed all the inflammation in my digestive tract. It was a serious problem. My bad digestion was the main culprit in a lot of my problems, such as the hypoglycemic episodes I had been experiencing all summer and the acne that had not been willing to disappear after puberty.

Even though my diet was pretty clean already, she gave me a long and strict list of things-not-to-eat (which I’ll write more about in another blogpost) and gave me specific tips to heal my gut:

  • flaxseed oil, a teaspoon daily. Coming from an oil-free diet, this one was hard to wrap my head around but I cannot recommend this more for gut health. This has proven to be miraculously helpful and is actually very tasty!
  • no raw food! Raw food is so healthy, but so is cooked food. The main difference is that cooked food is way easier on the digestion and require less energy from the body to digest. Overconsumption, or in case of a weak digestion, can actually cause bloating (bloating is not normal, peeps!) and poor absorption of nutrients.
  • food combining, in a basic version. Lunch and dinner consist primarily of cooked vegetables, with either a protein or a carb. No proteins and carbs together. At first this seemed too difficult, I was afraid I wouldn’t be satisfied without carbs or proteins. That fear quickly disappeared though Γ nd it has proven to be a very effective way to avoid bloat.
  • no more food after dinner. This is of course just a way to intermittent fast and stretch the time between your last and first meal of the day to allow your digestion to rest. I aim for 13 to 14 hours of fasting, as fasting any longer makes me hangry and messes with my hormones. Fasting is, however, something you have to try and figure out for yourself because it is a highly individual matter.

With the introduction of these tips and the new diet, I had to figure out how and what to eat from scratch. At first, I reverted back to very basic -and boring- meals, but after a while I got the hang of it and got creative in the kitchen again. My usual oatmeal-with-banana brekkie was out of the question, cacao was a no-go and soy or almond milk were ruthlessly banned from my fridge. Carrots and Brussels sprouts, on the contrary, became staples, soup is now my go-to and I always have some applesauce on the stove top.

Out of that creativity and way too much carrots at home, I got this idea for carrot granola while on the quest for a new easy brekkie for during the school week. It’s an easy way to get in my daily dose of flax seed oil and more carrots. Carrots are so incredibly healthy and, when roasted, have a sweet taste and turn a little chewy. Yum!

Of course you can add whatever you like to this granola, but remember to add in dried fruit only after baking or it will burn (been there, done that – multiple times).

Hope you enjoy!

Let me know if you gave this granola a go, through either Instagram of via e-mail!

Much love

xxx Silke

I like to eat mine in a big bowl with applecause,
some walnuts or hazelnut butter and coconut milk!

Gut-friendly flaxseed carrot granola


Ingredients

  • 3 big carrots, grated
  • 250 grams oats
  • 50 grams flaxseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or any other liquid sweetener)
  • a pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven for 180Β°C.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until all ingredients are coated with the oil.
  3. Place the ingredients in an oven dish.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown, stirring the granola everything 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool, store in an airtight jar and enjoy!
After baking, you can add raisins, walnuts, … to your granola. Eat the granola within a week, if you can keep it that long πŸ˜‰

Sick girl’s miracle tea (how I heal the cold, flu, … fast!)

Vegans get sick too, sadly. At least this vegan gal does. When the Belgian cold and rain hit, colds are lurking in the background waiting to catch me at a weak moment. I don’t really enjoy being sick and lying on the couch so I try damn hard to avoid getting a cold by sleeping enough, wearing warm clothes etc. But when I’m feeling a bit off, I drink this tea concoction. A lot of it.

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Easy, Fast and Filling Breakfast: oatmeal porridge with cinnamon apples, blueberries and seeds

Since I’ve posted my go-to oatmeal recipe with banana a couple of weeks ago, my eating routine has drastically changed. I started seeing a nutritionist to help me with my hyperglaecymia by changing up my diet. So naturally, my typical breafkast was tweaked as well.

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From Bulgaria to Greece in a week: Sofia – Rila mountains – Thessaloniki (where to stay, what to eat, what to do, …)

A week’s time and a lot of wanderlust, travel desire and excitement is enough for us three crazy girls to draw up a slightly ambitious plan to visit three totally different destinations in just 7 days. From the busy capital of Bulgaria to peaceful mountains to a Greek seaside town:  how we got everywhere, handy tips and tricks and our food recommendations? Read on!

Map Sofia
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Thumbprint almond cookies (low-carb high-protein)

As I recently faced some low blood sugar problems, I’ve been trying to research how to tweak my diet so I can avoid sugar highs and lows. I haven’t figured it out yet, but I’m trying very hard. One of the main things I found was that refined sugars are to be avoided and that fat and protein help stabilize blood sugar levels. And that’s just what I’m after. Never having cookies again, however, that’s not what I’m after. So I’m trying to create a perfect cookie recipe for both my taste buds and my blood sugar levels.

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