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Filling Your Tummy or Nourishing Your Body?

At 9 weeks, our baby’s pancreas and gallbladder are forming, and the intestines are elongating. Getting ready to digest food!

Duane found an article saying the ultimate recovery drink for athletes is…drumroll please…homemadebone broth! It is packed with “muscle-boosting minerals.”

I drink some every day, after my morning workout. AKA: getting out of bed. It is quite the workout, lifting those heavy blankets off and doing 1 sit-up. Ok, so maybe it’s not really a workout. But while everyone else is drinking coffee, I start my day with a mug of warm bone broth. Yum! It turns out my morning beverage is doing a lot more than just helping heal and seal the lining of my intestines.

“Homemade bone broth is an excellent source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium, in forms that your body can easily absorb. It’s also rich in amino acids, collagen and anti-inflammatory compounds, like chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine,” says sports nutritionist Melissa Hartwig, author of It Starts with Foodand co-creator of the Whole30 diet. “These nutrients improve digestion, aid in muscle repair and growth, reduce joint pain, promote a balanced nervous system, and strengthen the immune system.”

I like to have more than bone broth to start my day, and since I’ve been gluten-free for the past 14 months, I replaced a traditional bowl of cereal with warm oatmeal for breakfast. It’s probably a better than eating all that processed food anyway.

Oatmeal is the ultimate replacement for gluten! Oatmeal muffins, & oatmeal pancakes are staples in my life. Or at least they were, until I got the results of my food-sensitivity testing and my naturalpath doctor said, “no oatmeal for the next 6 months.” What??! What am I supposed to eat??

At the time I was eating 2 big bowls of oatmeal for breakfast, and still hungry, so I’d eat some scrambled eggs for second breakfast.

IMG_3565Now I just eat 2 scrambled eggs for breakfast, and I’m satisfied. I think I even have more energy since my body isn’t working overtime trying to process all that excess oatmeal.

Monkey is pretty happy to have exclusive rights to the remainder of my oatmeal-banana muffins. But she, like me, has been eating a lot of “me-mo” (oatmeal). So today I branched out from baking with oat-flour and madecrackers for Monkey (and myself) using a gluten-free flour blend that MaryEsther found at costco! Yum!

It turns out hunger isn’t just about filling your tummy. After all, my stomach was full, but my body was still hungry, craving some much needed nutrients I wasn’t getting from all that oatmeal.

Are you eating foods to fill your tummy or to nourish your body? 


Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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