Clean Eating Update + My Theory About Antibiotics

Clean Eating Update + My Theory About Antibiotics - tifforelie

So! The last few days have been really good. Motivation is staying up! I made a few tweaks to my original clean eating “YES” list and am now including rice, wine and coffee (limited amounts). I’m debating about clear liquor, but I’ll let you know where I land! Obviously, any kind of alcohol should be consumed in moderation and my true focus is staying hydrated, PLUS I’m excluding added sweeteners which means cocktails are out, so we’ll see!

I got the Garden of Life RAW 100 Billion Probiotic and Ora Organic Turmeric Curcumin Tablets with Black Pepper, and have been taking them for 3 days now. So far so good, but it hasn’t been long enough to document any real results. I DID notice that the turmeric tablets seem to be effective for pain relief. I’m staying on them to make sure this isn’t just a placebo effect, but I’m pleasantly surprised.

New Recipe! Vegan Cheese Sauce (PERFECT on pasta…specifically, Jovial Foods Organic Gluten Free Traditional Egg Pasta. (This pasta is life and you NEED to try it.)

I’ve been OBSESSED with this recipe I discovered on Divine Munchies’ YouTube channel. It’s SO cheesy, I don’t think I’d believe it was dairy-free if I hadn’t made it myself.

-1/2 cup whole, organic cashews (soak them in filtered water for 8 hours–this makes the sauce SUPER creamy)
-2 tbsp nutritional yeast
-1 tbsp tapioca flour
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp cayenne pepper (this results in a pretty spicy sauce, which I LOVE, but if you’re not into that, reduce this amount or skip it entirely)
-1 tsp oregano
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1 1/2 cups filtered water

Add everything to a blender (I’m IN LOVE with my NutriBullet for this), and pulse until liquified.

Place a saucepan over medium heat, and when it’s warmed up, pour the cheese sauce in and simmer/stir for a solid 5 minutes until the sauce gets thick and creamy.

You can use this stuff for anything: a dip, gluten-free mac + cheese, over baked veggie-chip “nachos”, etc.! If you try this, PLEASE let me know how you used it and how you like it!

My Antibiotics Theory

In reading through all of the wonderful, encouraging, SUPER helpful comments on my last post, I came across one that mentioned her IBS symptoms coming on after a serious round of antibiotics. My jaw dropped. I immediately thought back to when I was 19 and first started experiencing these excruciating stomach pains. It was springtime, and the previous winter I had been babysitting for 2-year-old twins who had been sick A LOT. I had 3 ear infections that winter and went on antibiotics 3 separate times back to back. I had no idea an antibiotic could have possibly been the cause of my stomach pain, which is why it took me so long to figure out that my gut was sick and I could heal it with clean foods. The doctors all said it was just hormonal and kept pushing birth control pills, NOBODY told me antibiotics could have been the culprit, none of them told me to change my diet or take a probiotic, so eventually I did the elimination and experienced relief for the first time in 8 years.

Two plus years of clean eating with no more stomach pains brought me to where I was a little over a year ago. I had been slowly re-introducing different foods, and felt great! I thought I had healed myself entirely! Then the pain started coming back. I assumed it was because the foods I’d been adding eventually caught up with me, but guys. I didn’t put this all together until I read that comment on my last post, but about 5 months ago I did a round of Cipro to treat a UTI. Cipro is a powerful antibiotic that knocks out infections REALLY quickly. I thought nothing of it. But that’s when the cramps started getting really bad.

I’m feeling a lot of things right now. I’m RELIEVED to know what I know at this point and will avoid antibiotics whenever possible, and REPLENISH my gut with tons of healthy bacteria directly after a round of antibiotics if I really need them, but I’m also kind of mad that I was never told by a doctor that an antibiotic could destroy my system (and my LIFE) if I didn’t follow up with strong probiotics and a super clean diet. Eating clean is important for SO many reasons, but I hate that I thought for 12 years that my body needed it in order to not be keeled over in pain. I want to eat clean because it improves my sleep, reduces anxiety, ups my energy, clears my head, boosts my mood, makes me GLOW. I DON’T want to eat clean out of fear, and that’s what I’ve been doing for a really long time.

All that to say, I’m REALLY glad to have these RAW 100 Billion probiotics in my fridge right now and I look forward to healing with clean foods, fearlessly this time. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences with all of this. Have you gone through something similar? Did you notice IBS symptoms or other digestive issues kicking up after a round of antibiotics?

Thank you guys so much for following along and sharing your stories. I LOVE all the encouragement and support happening in the comments section of my last post! Please keep that up! It means the world!!!

More updates coming soon!!

Clean Eating Update + My Theory About Antibiotics - tifforelie

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  1. Tiffany I love you. And,I’m so happy that you are figuring out what upsets your stomach and fixing it how You think is BEST FOR YOU. The only symptoms I’ve had with antibiotics is the norm. Upset stomach and nausea and headaches. But nothing excruciating. Although I think I have had a yeast infection because of them before. But I ABSOLUTELY stay away from them. I feel like if I can tackle my problems the natural way that’s what in gonna do. Like my headaches I use peppermint oil and lavender oil. Its works well in the moment. And once ot wears off my headache usually goes away with it. But if not I just repeat. I might have to try these probiotics though. Ive been meaning to find one.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      That is so smart to try natural methods before antibiotics! I knew there were immediate side effects of antibiotics, I just had NO idea they could have SUCH a long term terrible impact on my digestive system!!

      • Oh yea. Me and antibotics are not friends haha.
        With my sinus infections I just stick to drinking fluids and placing either peppermint or lavender essential oil on my temples, neck, and under my nose. Go sparingly on the peppermint oil though. But yea I’ve been all natural honestly with supplements and medicines for like 7 years now and I am in love. I would never go back to western medicine unless I absolutely have to.

  2. Such a great post! x

  3. Yes, oh my gosh. Two years ago, I had to take atibiotics for a toenail infection and I ended up with C DIFF!!!! It was literally the worst time of my life. I was in the hospital and pooping my brains out for a month. I then became lactose intolerant and basically couldn’t digest anything overly processed as well. Clean eating saved me, along with STRONG probiotics for 2 years. Needless to say, I also will never take antibiotics again. I’ve gotten away from a clean diet lately, but I still can’t digest dairy and have a hard time with sugar and processed foods. It sucks in a way, but I need to just kick my butt in gear and eat clean again. I’m grateful for your posts Tiffany! They’re super encouraging!

  4. I believe antibiotic use triggered my husband’s food allergies to shellfish too.

    Another thing— be very careful with drugs like Cipro! Try to use other antibiotics when needed if you can. I am so mad that doctors still aren’t telling patients this, and maybe don’t know themselves. The FDA itself has come out and warned about that class of antibiotics saying they should only be used if others can’t, because they can cause tendons to RUPTURE!!! You can read some horrible accounts about it on the internet.

  5. If you are eating pig, cow, and chicken you should do some research on factory farming. They pump the animals full of antibiotics as well. Just a thought if they have such a harsh affect on you, these animal products could be adding to your pain.

    • And also eggs. Free range/caged free is not monitored by the fda. So most likely the eggs are coming from chickens pumped with antibiotics. (U prob already know all this lol)

  6. Absolutely I have had this same revelation recently! Back in August I was complaining to my mum about how I’d been in pain and nausea for months and I was really tired of it, she asked when it had begun and if I’d taken any antibiotics recently – and then I realised I’d taken a round of antibiotics back this last April for mastitis… suffice to say that the nausea went away after a week of really good probiotics, and I’ve been fine ever since. Actually I think antibiotics are a cause of the majority of people’s gut issues that could so easily be fixed with good quality probiotics (the type you keep in the fridge). I agree with the comment about animal foods containing antiobiotics too… it’s important to keep clear of these too!

  7. Yep…sounds familiar. I had the same issues with rounds of Z Pac antibiotics probably 10 years ago when I couldn’t shake a sinus infection (which was probably excaberated by my dairy intake at the time). That combined with the Birth Control pill ruined my gut health and created candida. I spent years getting rid of yeast in my gut — which compounded so many other issues — food allergies, hormonal imbalance, etc. I’ve lost faith in western medicine and the use of pharmaceuticals for everything. Don’t get me wrong, I think they have their place but doctors are coming out of med school with absolutely ZERO knowledge on nutrition and how it relates to the body. Instead, they learn how to write a prescription. It’s a doomed cycle and infuriating that the insurance we pay for only covers that type of medicine. I spend extra money out of pocket to go to a Chinese Med Doctor and Homeopathic Doctors to be treated in a holistic manner and get to the root case — not just put a band-aid on the issue with pharma. Unfortunately, we have to take it upon ourselves and not put our faith in traditional medicine — because honestly it’s not looking out for us. I see so many people wait for doctors to decide their fate and spiral down a path so dark that they end up in a very bad state. Since taking ownership of my health I’ve learned so many things that work for me…and have an intuition about my own well-being.

  8. Well written. Am happy you are figuring it out and learning to fix it. Mine was last two years, I was not doing research on the farms that sells the poultries I was constantly buying. Little did I know that some how the poultries consumed antibiotics. I was so lucky to have found out.

  9. I didn’t have one particular bout with antibiotics per se… but I was on long term antibiotics all through high school to treat moderate- severe acne. My stomach problems started then and I certainly think it’s more than just a coincidence.. I have rarely had to take antibiotics as an adult now and also (try to 😉 follow Low FODMAP as much as possible and this has helped immensely. I have been interested in starting a probiotic though so I will look into the one you’ve linked here. Thanks for the recipe too 🙂 On Low FODMAP, it’s not totally dairy free, just lactose free and some hard cheeses are naturally low or even lactose free. But it’s difficult to do a nice cheesey melty sauce lactose free!

  10. So much interesting reading ! Thankyou for starting the conversation Tiffany! Bec

  11. Hi, so interesting to read about all that you are going through and so inspiring!
    I do have one question.
    I love the idea of dairy free cheesy sauces, but they always use nutritional yeast and I cant have yeast of any kind…. Do you have any idea how to get this flavor without them?

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