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How Obesity Caused My Diastasis Recti

How Obesity Caused My Diastasis Recti

A diastasis recti is usually the result of pregnancy, but in my case obesity caused this separation of muscles in my abdomen plus dysfunction in my core and pelvic floor muscles. Come read about my story and how exactly I am going to heal my diastasis recti. 

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My experience with gluten sensitivity

My experience with gluten sensitivity

If you have read my What I Eat post, then you know I think it's a good idea for just about everyone to try a gluten elimination/re-introduction trial over about 2-6 weeks. I hint at my own experience with doing such a trial as having been pretty horrible. Let me tell you just how horrible.

Plus, I'll take a brief look at non-celiac gluten/wheat sensitivity.

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Qigong: the missing piece of the puzzle?

Qigong: the missing piece of the puzzle?

Going Primal allowed me to lose 80 lbs in 1 year and get off of all prescription and over-the-counter medications. I saw huge improvements in every aspect of my life and health, and couldn't have been more happy with my results. However, no matter how I tweaked my diet, I still had poor digestion, with unpredictable bouts of diarrhea and painful gas and bloating after meals. I thought I would never have totally normal digestive function, until I took an intensive Qigong workshop in May 2012.  I have been practicing daily since then, and now, for the first time in a very long time, I feel like I'm normal and healthy. 

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I expect you, the reader, are making any recipe on this website or in my books at your own risk. I, Amanda Torres and/or The Curious Coconut, am not liable or responsible for adverse reactions to food consumed such as food poisoning and any kind of food-borne disease, misinterpreted recipes, domestic accidents, including but not limited to fires, cuts, bodily injuries, and messes in the kitchen. The recipes presented are intended for use by persons having appropriate technical skill, at their own discretion and risk.
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What I eat

What I eat

So, you've read my success story and now you're curious how I did it. You can call it primal, or paleo, or one of my favorites, eating like a predator (not prey). I'll give you a list of what I eat and what I avoid. But first, I want to give a bit of a disclaimer.

We are all individuals. No two people will see identical results following identical diets. We all react differently to different foods. There is no one universal human diet (although there are some universal things to avoid). Certain foods listed below may not sit well with you. It might be avocados, or broccoli, or papayas, or beef heart. It's difficult to predict. Listen to your body. And know that what doesn't digest well today will likely be no problem after a period of abstinence and clean eating. What do I mean by clean eating? This:

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I expect you, the reader, are making any recipe on this website or in my books at your own risk. I, Amanda Torres and/or The Curious Coconut, am not liable or responsible for adverse reactions to food consumed such as food poisoning and any kind of food-borne disease, misinterpreted recipes, domestic accidents, including but not limited to fires, cuts, bodily injuries, and messes in the kitchen. The recipes presented are intended for use by persons having appropriate technical skill, at their own discretion and risk.
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My Journey Back to Health

My Journey Back to Health

In December 2009, I was 25 years old and weighed 210 lbs. I was obese for my 5'5" frame, never felt well, and was popping handfuls of pills every day just to get by. I was taking anti-depressants, anxiolytics, prescription sleeping pills, courses of Prilosec once or twice a month, acid-blocking pills or antacid tablets 1-3 times a day, anti-diarrhea pills several days a week, and I was constantly catching respiratory infections and frequently took courses of antibiotics.

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