When I first came across the word ‘bone broth’, I was a little bit repulsed. It’s after all a stock of bones (beef, chicken or even fish) marinated for hours and then consumed. I’m not a fan of soup, so this is something I was delaying for the longest time. Until I further researched into my Hashimoto’s and discovered that this superfood was key to healing my gut.
I’m a person who keeps very busy. Between the blog, full-time work and university, I rarely get time to cook for myself and depend a lot on my mom to fix my meals or just order in. Didn’t take me long to realise that there’s nothing better than eating home cooked food in terms of maintaining your carbon footprint (no more takeout boxes) or even in terms of knowing the nutritional content exactly. Despite being pretty active (I don’t own a car so I walk a lot and depend on Uber/Careem to take me to places I can’t access via public transport), the Hashimoto’s would stop me from losing the weight I wanted to. I noticed that one of the hindrances to weight loss was something called a ‘leaky gut.’ Leaky gut leads to various auto-immune issues and is caused when the intestine doesn’t work properly. That could let substances leak into the bloodstream which could lead to a whole host of auto-immune issues.
All the immune-related problems are directly linked to the gut. Bone broth is said to be that magical ingredient that helps it heal. So when I found out that the Clean Living Company does deliver the same, I went ahead with it on their 21 day challenge . And before you read any further, let me tell you I failed (mainly thanks to the Dubai Food Festival), but will give it another go because the one week that I did take it seriously, the results were pretty amazing.
You need to go paleo to see best results in addition to working out and a bone broth fast for 2 days in between each week.
This week was by far my most successful week. I didn’t work out, but I ate only paleo. Is it weird that I could almost feel my gut healing? The regimen was to fast solely on bone broth two days in a week (never continuous) and have two packets between meals. By day 3, I noticed that I was way less bloated. I even lost 2 kgs during the week! This week when I cooked, it was really hard. By the end of it, I had to attend the festival and got a bit gluten-d. Going on a bone broth fast the very next day, helped me lose this flu like symptom I noticed I’ve been getting every time I go off gluten.
Day 1 of going #paleo/AIP went reasonably well. The beef broth from @cleanlivingco was delicious; and I used my second portion of the day to make a tasty carrot pilaf to go with this delicious organic salmon with veal bacon and date crust 😍Today, I go on a bone broth fast, wish me luck! #21daygutcleanse . . . . . #delish #eeeeeats #nom #omnomnom #dubaiblogger #uaeblogger #dubaifoodblogger #uaefoodblogger #iphoneography #foodography #tasty #huffpostetaste #f52grams #yum #dubaifoodie #feedfeed #DubaiPR #foodie #thatsdarling #beautifulcuisines #lifeandthyme #zomatouae
The recipe above is AIP friendly and from the Healing Kitchen. I made a “carrot pilaf” with the bone broth which was delicious too.
This week I tried my best to eat Paleo, but I failed on a couple of days as I was doing some work for the food festival. I noticed my skin started to break out a bit into painful pimples. Apparently, this was something to be expected. I spoke to the supportive guys over at Clean Living Company and they assured me and told me to continue. So I did and noticed my skin noticeably better. The collagen in bone broth is great for the skin too! I lost 0.5 kgs during this week.
Spent the whole day on bone broth yesterday while everyone else was at brunch. Sorry guys, #brunchenvy Consuming the bone broth however, kept me pretty full throughout the day, which was pretty great! On to day 3… . . . . . #paleo #healthyeats #delish #eeeeeats #nom #omnomnom #dubaiblogger #uaeblogger #dubaifoodblogger #uaefoodblogger #iphoneography #foodography #tasty #huffpostetaste #f52grams #yum #dubaifoodie #feedfeed #DubaiPR #foodie #thatsdarling #beautifulcuisines #lifeandthyme
My last week I just couldn’t follow through and eat paleo throughout my schedule though I did fast for two days. Didn’t see any weight loss which proves to say that you can’t expect this to work without putting in the effort with the rest of your diet.
Overall, a 2.5 kg weightloss in my opinion was considered pretty great! I can’t wait to re-order from Clean Living Company again.
Bone broth 👌🏻 Here’s what it does #1: The gelatin in bone broth allows your gut to dramatically heal and recover. It is loaded with glucosamine and calcium which is amazing for your bones and the amino acid or protein content has anti inflammatory benefits. If you are struggling with a leaky gut that is coming in the way of your sleep cycle, digestion and is keeping your metabolism sluggish, Bone broth is a COMPLETE MUST HAVE. I’ve got this recipe off a website cause I really wont be cooking, I generally head down to @hapi.ae to buy myself a mug when I feel like it. But if you don’t live in dubai or love cooking then here you have it 🙂 Ingredients 3-4 lbs of chicken bones 20 Cups of water 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar Few Bay leaves Chunk of Ginger 1 Tsp of Oregano 1 Tsp of Himalayan salt 3 celery sticks 4 garlic cloves Directions: 1. Place all ingredients in a crock pot 2. Add in water. 3. Simmer for 24-48 hours, skimming fat occasionally. 4. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Discard solids and strain remainder in a bowl.Let stock cool to room temperature, cover and chill. 5. Use within a week or freeze up to 3 months. #bonebroth #paleo #health #fitness #antiinflammatory #healthtips #nutritiontips #nutritionistindubai #nutritionistinmumbai #paleo #miracledrink
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary 21 day package from the Clean Living Company in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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