We Completed A Gut Healing Protocol!

Regan and I recently went through an 8 week cleanse/lifestyle change. We have had so many questions about it, we’ve decided to share it here, with our lovely readers.

The protocol we used was the 8 Week Gut Healing Protocol by Kale Brock. Essentially we did 8 weeks, eliminating inflammatory foods and introducing healing foods for the gut.

‘Gut health’ is such a buzz term right now, and for good reason. There is research showing the link between the health of our digestive system and many other areas of our health; including weight, energy, and mental state.The gut is even being considered the body’s ‘second brain‘- it’s definitely worth investing time and effort to maintaining your gut’s health.

As many of you guys know, we eat pretty clean. I thought that the 8 weeks would be a breeze because of this, but it turns out that even though you eat clean- your gut may not be balanced with good bacteria (more on our experience later). This balance is a fluid state, of course, depending on various factors. With the help of the protocol, we were able to create a healing state for the gut and sustain it for 8 weeks, allowing our systems to heal deeply, without interference from inflammatory foods.

Kale has designed the protocol to be simple, affordable and attainable; but best of all- healing. All of these factors influenced our decision to undertake the challenge. Kale has provided lots of excellent background information, to give the reader an understanding of how the gut works and interacts with the rest of the body. In simple terms, he gives great scientific information supporting his strategy to restore your gut health.

A quick overview of Kale’s protocol:

  1. Read the book. Get a good understanding of what gut health looks like, and the benefits of a healthy gut.
  2. Learn about what different foods do for the gut. Kale also has defined foods according to whether they will promote the healing state or not; essentially an ‘Eat this’, ‘Don’t eat this’ list forming the foundation of the GHP.
  3. Then you get started with a 1 week gentle cleanse. Simply changing your breakfast for one week, in the lead up to 8 weeks. Easy!
  4. After that, it’s 8 weeks of gut healing following a basic formula for how to structure your meals with key ingredients.
  5. A gentle re-integration and introduction of other foods after the GHP is finished.

The GHP has instilled some great eating and lifestyle habits for us both. We structure our meals more thoughtfully, and with the intention of keeping our bacteria balanced.

Both Regan and I saw some excellent improvements to our health. The improvements have been so good, that we have decided to go back for another 8 Weeks and use Kale’s protocol to heal, but also introduce some different sources of probiotics to boost the good bacteria.

Over the coming weeks we will be writing more about our experience on the GHP and we’ll be starting our second round as well. Subscribe on the right -> if you’d like an email update on our journey.

Pop Up Zumbo

Ok, so I’ve had a few naughty treats over the silly season, and this is yet another.

Adriano Zumbo is famous for his macarons. He is a national patissier treasure.  When I was shopping in the Melbourne Emporium, I couldn’t resist visiting his new pop up store.

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I ate a Peach Melba macaron, and I can report it was everything that a macaron should be. It was crunchy and crisp on the outside, while being soft and velvety on the inside. The peach flavour was strong, with a hint of raspberry jelly in the creamy filling.

It was a little cloud of heaven on a Christmas-crazed shopping night. Cheers, Zumbo!

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Melbourne Adventure: Short Stop

Ok, there is nothing clean or green to see here. If you are avoiding temptation at the moment- probably best to move along.

It was my birthday, so Regan took me into the city for some fun. We all deserve a treat or two on our birthday, right?

Short stop is a local donut boutique in the Melbourne CBD. All they sell is is donuts, in exotic flavours.

We have heard raving reviews about it, and after following them on Instagram we couldn’t resist it any longer.

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I asked for a gluten free option, but they are ‘working on it’ after high demand.

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Regan excited to eat his Peanut butter and Jam donut…

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It was amazing, but after being gluten free for such a long time it was a bit of a system overload- was it worth it? Totally. Would I do it again? Not anytime soon!

Please Short Stop, bring on your gluten free option!

 

Netball: A win!

This one is short and sweet, and almost rather pointless.

Our netball team won our very first game this week! We have been slowly improving, but with players coming and going every game it has been hard to form a cohesive group.

But, some magic happened this week- and we just seemed to move effortlessly and score every attempted goal. We won by 3 points.

Finally, victory!

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An Adventure: To Biba Academy

Regan and I were both overdue for a haircut.

I wouldn’t dare say how long ago my last cut was. Regan’s last hair cut was probably a couple of months ago, and his grows quite quickly.

In an attempt to make ourselves look presentable, at an affordable price we looked around for the best place to get a cheap cut.

Biba is a renowned hair salon, with locations in many prestigious areas of Melbourne. Attached to the Biba salon is a training academy for hair and beauty students. They offer very cheaply priced services to the public, in exchange that you allow the students to gain experience from cutting your hair.

I’ll admit- I was nervous.

Regan had convinced me to get some length taken off my hair. It was getting tangled, and hard to manage, so I agreed and booked the appointment.

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The academy, located in Fitzroy was easy to find and the staff were friendly. It was a big open plan salon, with a split first level for cuts and colours, and upstairs for students doing basic training. The salon was incredibly raw and industrial in feel. The red brick with raw timber gave it a warm earthy feel. Single bulb pendants hung around, and lots of natural light flooded the salon.

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Beautiful counter, on entering

Our hairdressers were two lovely ladies, who were quite experienced, and halfway through their training. There were about three trained proffessionals, who supervised the students, giving advice and direction when needed. That certainly eased my mind!

Firstly, we had a talk with our hairdressers about what we wanted. Regan was going to shave the lot off, but I convinced him to shorten the sides and leave some on top.

I asked for a shoulder-grazing bob to get rid of the ends and cut off most of the balayage blonde that had dried my hair out.

Hair inspo- the 'long bob'
Hair inspo- the ‘long bob’

Next, we had our hair washed with some natural shampoo and conditioner, free from parabens and sulphates. The academy also sells this range to the public at quite reasonable prices ($25 for one product, or $40 for two).

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And then, the moment of truth. The hair cut. The ladies did an excellent job, adhering to the styles we requested and scrutinizing every detail until it was perfected.

Progress shot
Progress shot

They cut with precision and care, perhaps even better than some of the hair cuts I have had in the past.

Almost done!
Almost done!

Finally, to finish we both got a blow dry, and I got my hair straightened.

Before and after
Before and after

Going to the Biba Academy was a great experience. It felt great to get a hair cut, and to know that we were helping out other students reach their career aspirations. My hair feels soft and healthy, and Regan’s looks suave and edgy.

Before and after!
Before and after!

The salon was professional and affordable. We only paid $25 each!

Thanks for the adventure, Biba- we will be back!

Beautiful mural wall, near the academy
Beautiful mural wall, near the academy