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I’ve not cooked much over the past few weeks because I’ve been suffering with digestive woes caused by consuming gluten at some point.  I’ve become basically a gluten free low carb vegetarian because my digestion doesn’t seem to properly work. This time I had to go to the Dr. but they had not assistance to offer me other than wait it out and referring me to a gastrointestinal specialist whom I’ll be seeing this week.

I’m about ready to try anything to feel better and not experience this pain again. I brew kombucha as well as kefir. I work out when I’m not exhausted from my digestive process malfunctioning. I eat well and get enough rest. I mean seriously – I’m ready to experience a pain free energy pumped life again. 

This past week while searching for answers I ran across the website thepaleomom.com and ordered her book which began reading in the car as my husband and I ran our errands yesterday. My  hope is to find anything of use to assist me in my journey to a normal digestion process. I’m only on page 24 of The Paleo Approach and I see myself diagnosed all on the pages. I want to skip to the end and find the answer, but am forcing myself to be patient and read the entire thing so there will be no blanks in my mind as to why this is or isn’t the right approach for me.

In the course of our errand running we have to stop at a friend’s house  who happens to be from India and he has this vine like plant growing which is traditionally eaten after meals to aide in digestion. I ask for a couple leaves to try because I am desperate for something that will correct my system. After supper last night I was a leaf and consume it. I fount it to fast very astringent to the point I wanted to spit it out, but I pressed on and swallowed followed swiftly by a large glass of water. I actually felt it’s cooling properties as it worked its way through my digestive tract.

Happily this morning I am having some relief from my digestive woes of the past three weeks. I think I will purchase a plant found here on Amazon.com .  I actually found some great looking Thai recipes I may have to try so as to incorporate this beneficial food into my diet hopefully at a much less traumatic experience for my taste buds. 

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