Clean gut diet + killing parasites

by Katinka on February 20, 2016

So I mentioned in my last blog post that I found out that I still had parasites from a trip four years ago to India. Well I have spent the last two months trying to tackle them. On top of hella-strong antibiotics, I embarked on Alejandro Junger’s clean gut diet. My doctor said that I essentially had to starve the parasites out by giving them nothing they could eat and live off. The clean gut diet aims to repair your gut by eating 80% vegetables and 20% protein and avoiding starches, beans, most fruits, dairy, grains, factory meats, sugars, alcohol, caffeine. Good fats and a small amount of quinoa and lentils are allowed. But pretty much you eliminate all the fun tasty things and eat vegetables for 3-4 weeks.

Now I am ok with creating meals just from vegetables for dinner but to create breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert from 80% vegetables was a bit of a challenge. Vegetables and dessert?? Not so exciting. Googling recipes didn’t lead me to much inspiration so a lot of invention was required.

The bad part

The toughest part was preparing all my meals! Going out was too tough so it meant inventing and cooking meals three times a day which was a bit exhausting. I also went away during this time with girlfriends and there was A LOT of cheese and wine going on which almost broke me. Luckily I was in Byron so treating parasites wasn’t so uncommon and many cafes were happy to cater to my annoying meal requests.

The good part

Once I got over the food-envy, I felt amazing. My stomach, which is normally bloated for a good percentage of the day, settled down. I felt really light, like my gut was just processing everything very easily. I lost a few kilos (not that I was doing this diet to loose weight) and had plenty of energy.

I find out in a couple of weeks whether it actually helped starve out my parasites.

The food

SALADS! Lots of salads! I lived off salads for breakfast lunch and dinner. I used the grater attachment on the blender a lot and just chopped up every type of vegetable. Nuts, avocados and quinoa were good additions. Delicious dressing and herbs were essential and made me feel like I wasn’t just eating rabbit food.

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Seaweed and kelp noodles (noodles made from edible kelp seaweed) were fun to experiment with and good to use instead of grains. The below kelp noodle sushi was super easy and surprisingly the noodles were a great substitute for rice.

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Seed crisps were my savour throughout the clean gut diet and an excellent alternative to bread. All you need to do is mix a whole heap of different seeds (and nuts if you like) together with an egg white and a range of spices (I used turmeric, allspice, cumin and curry powder). Spread onto an oven proof tray thinly then bake for 30 minutes and leave for a further 30 minutes in the oven with it switched off so that it gets crispy. Eat with dips or use as an alternative for bread at breakfast!

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Fermented vegetables were also a really great ingredient. Excellent for gut health and just a different delicious way to eat vegetables.

Happy to help anyone who is thinking about going on the clean gut diet. While I found it challenging in the beginning, I really felt good by the end of it so I am happy to answer questions. Just let me know in the comments section!

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