Please note: I’m not a medical professional. This is my personal experience with the recently released program, The 21-Day Belly Fix by Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, widely known as Dr. Taz. I was blessed with a free copy of the book. Thanks to my sweet blogging buddy, Jennifer of Sheran Memories, for referring me to Dr. Taz.
I have struggled with my weight for most of my life, but I always knew it was about so much more than the number on the scale. My moods swayed violently from depression to anxiety, stopping at everything in between.
A couple of years ago, I learned about a concept of a “second brain” in the gut. I let the thought quickly fade away, as I didn’t want to give up my incredible love of sugar. Dr. Taz’s program forced me to let go of my obsession with sugar and other processed foods to give my gut a much needed break.
Do you have any of these symptoms?
I had almost all of them… The key word here: HAD.
I’m blown away by how the past 21 days changed me on so many levels. My moods stabilized. I’m sleeping better. My eczema is greatly improved. My migraines and daily ibuprofen disappeared. I’ve lost almost 10 pounds, an average of a half pound per day! The list goes on…
Dr. Taz gives 5 reasons for our sad, aching guts:
In her book, she shares how to bring us back to vitality by working on each of these pieces of our gut health. I must admit. This is not an easy program. I wanted to give up many times. Honestly, if I hadn’t promised an honest review of the entire program, my gut would still be crying out for help.
The first 3 days are extremely restrictive. Each section after adds a little more food with some options. By day 4, I was exhausted, cranky, and ready to bite my family’s heads off. Literally… By day 6, my sugar cravings went away and I began to see light again.
On the 9th day of the program, I decided to cheat. I went to a movie with my husband and ate buttered popcorn, which quickly turned into half his fries dipped in nacho cheese. I woke up the next morning hungover. For a woman who hasn’t had a drink in almost 15 years, this is not a feeling I ever wanted to deal with again.
Needless to say, I got back on the program and finished pretty strong. Did I do it perfectly? Absolutely not.
I missed a couple of mornings of the apple cider vinegar cocktail that made me gag the first 18 days. I only took 1 of the 5 supplements she recommends, having many issues with different supplements over the years. I ate out twice thinking their ingredients would be almost as fresh and clean as the ones I bought and prepared myself. That was a bad choice on so many levels…
I learned a great deal about foods I may need to kiss goodbye. As the program progresses, possible gut offending foods are slowly reintroduced. Dairy and gluten are brought back into the diet a few days apart. I took the liberty of adding them the same day. Big mistake. My moodiness, brain fog, and an ugly rash all resurfaced within 24 hours. I cut out gluten again and left the dairy to try to pinpoint the offender. Sadly, it may be both…
Today is day 22. Dr. Taz does not leave you lost at the end of the 21 days. She gives us a sustainable plan for the future, even offering 10% of the daily plan up for grabs. Today, my 10% is a latte. Not an almost 400-calorie, 13 grams of fat, Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, like I was drinking often less than a month ago, but a healthier, yet still incredibly tasty latte created by my locally owned coffee shop, weighing in at less than 150 calories.
The rest of my day will contain many of the wonderful recipes in the 21 day book, like bone broth soup, green juice, and my new favorite snack, tempeh sticks. This book makes me feel like I can cook the way a healthy person does. You should see my refrigerator! It is beautiful. My children are even (shockingly) enjoying the healthier choices.
I’m surprised by how much these new habits have become second nature to me. That morning apple cider vinegar concoction is just part of my routine, instead of a nose-plugging nightmare. Making homemade bone broth is something I do weekly, not one of those things I think only those awesome, granola moms I envy do.
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