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detox recap week 6 + 7 {soy}

I’ll get to the soy reintroduction recap soon!

For now, I’m overly excited to have reintroduced gluten back into my diet.  I think gluten is by far, the hardest food to not eat.  I think soy is harder to avoid, but I think gluten is the hardest to let go of.  At least for me!  I know this because I’m having NO trouble at all bringing it back into my diet, on the very first day.  When I brought back dairy, I had to try and remember to eat it or fit it into my daily eats.  The same goes for soy.  I avoid processed soy and try to not eat soy [tempeh or tofu] more than once a week.  For this purpose, I ate it a few more times during the 2 week reintro period just to see what it’s effects were. 

What I’m trying to say, is that, I’ve been waiting seven long weeks to once again eat farro.  Remember my farro obsession during November + December?  Farro is one of my favorite grains ever.  It’s without a doubt my favorite breakfast grain, even beating out buckwheat.  Yes, you heard me right! 

When you grind this grain, about half-way to flour, it turns into magic.

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This is the magic it turns into.  Broken farro porridge. 

I first had this lovely treat while dining with two fabulous ladies, Emily + Teri.  We were at the Foodbuzz festival, in San Fran, last November.  You can even find a photo or two, from that lovely breakfast, in my Etsy print shop.

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I’ve almost perfected it, but can tell you it will never quite be as good as the bowl in San Fran.  It may have had to do with eating it waterside, or the lovely company, or the butter melted within.  Whatever the case, this will have to do!

It is worth the hunt to find farro.  Trust me! [check Costco for the green bag I showed at the top]

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It’s nothing like oatmeal, except for the fact that it is a warm breakfast cereal.  The flavor is smooth + delicate, the creaminess is beyond imagination, and the texture is just right.  I’ve experimented quite a bit and make this differently than oats.  I don’t like how it turns out when you whip banana into it, as opposed to oats.  Banana tastes much better as a topping instead!  I also don’t add in flax or chia to farro, because it’s just way better without!  I think it would really ruin the amazing texture.  Almonds, currants/raisins, and vanilla seem to blend really well with this grain. 

Vanilla Cinnamon Farro Porridge

  • 1/3c rounded ground farro
  • 3/4c milk [any will do]
  • 1/2c water
  • 1t vanilla bean paste [or vanilla extract]
  • 2t maple syrup
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  1. Grind farro until powdery, with small pieces mixed in. [food processor does not work well for this]
  2. Put 1/3 rounded cup in a small pot, with the milk, water, maple syrup and cinnamon.
  3. Bring to a boil, over medium heat and reduce to simmer.
  4. Stir/whisk occasionally for about 7-10min, until desired thickness is reached. 
  5. In the last 1-2min stir in the vanilla.  Add extra liquid if you let it get too thick.

This recipe goes fabulously with my vanilla maple almond flax butter.  One of my top 3 nut butter recipes ever!

bananas + currants + almonds + cocoa-nut almond butter + pnut butter

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The currants look like they’re dancing on the banana.  Soon after, they were dancing in my mouth.  This bowl was licked clean.  You would have done the same!

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And now to the latest detox recap!

Weeks 6 + 7 – Reintroducing Soy

  • The past 2 weeks have left me a bit stumped.  The stomach bloating I said goodbye to in the first 5 weeks, has slowly been creeping back.  What I can’t tell, is what it’s from!
  • I ate tofu once in the past 2 weeks and tempeh 2-3 times.  I felt pretty good after eating each of those meals.  Typically I can tell something is bothering me a few hours after I eat it.  That didn’t really happen with tofu or tempeh, but would happen at random times throughout the days following.
  • Like I had talked about in previous posts, after the 3rd week of keeping out gluten/soy/dairy, my bloating decreased by at least 80%.  The 20% left, was probably from vegetables, and it didn’t leave my stomach nearly as uncomfortable.
  • However, it could be from a few other things besides.  ie: garbanzo flour, a few huge veggie loaded meals, black beans + tempeh dinner
  • At this point, I’m a little frustrated.  It’s so hard to pinpoint exactly what is resulting in the discomfort!  I don’t really have high hopes for gluten.  Today [my eighth week] I’ve felt so-so.  I ate tempeh + black beans last night and about 2+ servings of gluten today, plus some cinnamon sugar socca crackers.  I’m trying to give the bean flour a little rest, but those crackers are SO addicting!!
  • I don’t want to completely point the finger at soy just yet.  I thought maybe I would notice things a bit more intensely because these foods have been cleared out of my body for quite a while now.  However, not the case!  I would love to be able to narrow things down better so I don’t have to completely wipe soy completely.  It’s not something I rely on in my diet, but I do enjoy it.
  • We ate out quite a bit more during the past two weeks.  While I was able to find gluten free options at every restaurant [yay Colorado!!] all of these meals left  my stomach feeling less than stellar.  I typically have problems when eating out [bloating, nothing else] and can never tell exactly what it’s from.  I do know that if I eat restaurant lettuce 98% of the time my stomach is killing after.  That is without a doubt!  Luckily a few places around here offer organic greens and it makes a noticeable difference.  I don’t think I’d have a problem eating conventional lettuce at home, but I think it has something to do with the preservatives a lot of restaurants use on their greens to keep it fresh longer.
  • I’m still drinking warm lemon water in the morning with about 1t of local raw unfiltered clover honey added in.  Quite tasty!
  • The dry brushing has also continued.  I would say I forget to brush about once a week, if that. 
  • I’ve been maintaining my workouts, even though I’m not talking about them as much lately.  I workout about 6 days a week, with a mix of cardio/yoga-stretching/weights/climbing/swimming.

Where to go from here?

I don’t really know.  I’m just going to see how I react with gluten and reintroduce it slowly, in whole grain form [ie: whole farro, instead of processed wheat bread].  Whatever the culprit is, it’s not something that makes me physically sick or keeps me from the day-to-day, at all.  It’s just something I would love to figure out, so my stomach can return to it’s normal size! ;)  Nobody likes to be around a goose

February goals overview + drool-worthy recipe tomorrow afternoon!


*For links to all detox posts, check my last recap.


Reader Comments (79)

I can completely relate to the frustration of stomach bloating/discomfort and not knowing the specific cause. Your approach is so systematic - I'm impressed! I am sorry that you haven't been able to figure out what the culprit is. Gluten is troubling for a lot of folks, myself included. I realized yesterday that I am going to have to start reducing my gluten intake considerably :( Sigh...

On a positive note, I made Mama Pea's cereal version of your cinnamon sugar socca crackers last week. Amazing!! I subbed sorghum flour (gluten-free and bean-free!) for the garbanzo flour and the cereal was still delicious! I had to add a bit more water but otherwise, the recipe was easy and fast!

Hope you can figure out your tummy troubles soon. Best wishes!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I made your version of the cinnamon sugar socca crackers and ate like cereal on Sunday morning. YUM. I need to make again.

Hope you figure out the culprit of your stomach woes soon!

Also, I'd love to try your farro creation. One question - you mentioned that food processor is NOT the way to go when grinding the farro. What do you use? A blender?

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamar

hm this sucks! from what you've said here it still might be the soy! I really hope you'll be able to narrow it down :)

question: did you follow any particular detox, read a book, or just followed your own plan?

i also suffer from bloating after most meals – it is so frustrating!!! I would try to stay away from beans and chickpeas for a while, this has helped ma a lot! (they are both really difficult to digest for a sensitive stomach)

and ... this sounds really weird, I know ... you might find it easier to handle white flour/refined grains instead of whole grains. it may not be as healthy or filling, but it's a lot less "work" for your tummy.

I asked my doctor, who is a specialist in traditional chinese medicine (TCM), how to prevent bloating and she recommended to stick with cooked vegetables, oatmeal (everythings that's warming and comforting) etc. und prevent raw vegetables and salad for a while (luckily not forever)

hope it helps!!!!!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara L.

I'm not a porridge person, but that porridge looks great! It kind of makes me want to become a porridge person.
I'm not really prone to bloating at all (thought I used to be when I ate dairy and a lot of wheat), but I find chickpea flour, though I love it so, makes me bloated about half the time.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah (Flavoropolis)

Ok my thoughts are..
You ARE likely gluten intolerant. The bloating you thinking that just a little is ok, more is not. And you are eating more than a little, thus, the bloating has returned.

You ARE also likely soy intolerant, too.

I think most people ARE actually intolerant to both. Our bodies are not always able to process them very well. Some people do better than others, and at certain times, it's easier.

For me, if I am run down, feeling like crap, not sleeping enough, etc and I were to eat gluten, I'd have a horrible reaction. Other times when life is calmer and my physical health is better, i can "compensate" and not get nearly as many symptoms if that makes sense.

I spent 25 yrs of my life dealing with food allergies and the past 9 I have finally, kind of, figured them out. It's a work in progress....

"I think soy is harder to avoid, but I think gluten is the hardest to let go of."---
THat is so true!

Good luck with it all Ashley!

I actually find that I am bloated more often after restaurant meals and usually think it is sodium related. Restaurants cook with SO much more salt than most people do in their kitchens. That said, I can definitely see why you'd be frustrated. I'm so impressed that you have worked so hard to try to figure out what causes your stomach issues. I don't have the patience.

I notice that when I eat salads out, I feel so bad afterwards. SOmeone once told me that so many restaurants spray their lettuce with preservatives and chemicals and that could be why so many people get sick. I know there is one place, in particular that I can NEVER get a salad at because I left there in so much pain I almost ended up in the hospital. It happened every single time I ordered a salad from this place.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

i just had farro for the first time last weekend and loved it! can't wait to try more. would never have thought of it as a breakfast grain though.

Ah, it's so hard to figure out things with food intollerances/allergies. I had such a struggle with it a couple of years ago. Have you thought about getting a food intollerance test? They draw your blood and are able to tell you the things that react badly with your system. That's how I finally decided to cut wheat, yeast, gluten, and soy out of my diet. It took a month for me to feel better. It's so funny -- I had eaten these things my whole life! It's definitely hard, but hang in'll get to the bottom of things soon and feel better.

Farro is so lovely, I totally miss it. I used to get it at this lovely Italian grocery store we have here in Portland. It reminds me of my grandmother.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren @ spiced plate

Hmmm, you have me stumped as well - are you sure it's not from the gluten? I know after I even eliminated gluten, my stomach was still bloated - it turned out I had a corn intolerance as well. Do you eat any corn products?

This hit so close to home for me. I have learned through tons of research and talking to people that intolerances can be kind of tricky. I think everyone has some sort of intolerance to foods, it's just to what extent. For me, dairy is a HUGE intolerance with a mild allergy. Soy is a full on allergic reaction with the whole spectrum of physical and mental triggers. You may be mildly intolerant to gluten or soy and can take a little at a time. I have also learned that these things take a while and there is a cycle of how it works through your body. My husband has celiac and has suffered for years just thinking he was getting older. His is almost immediate with the stomach pain and then he has absolutely no energy if he gets gluten. He just has to fall asleep. I'm sure you are keeping a log of the quantities when you eat them, it may help to look at that. I hope you feel better soon!

I am going to try this with oats!! Unforch, farro is not gluten free:(

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn

I don't know how you feel about supplements, but have you considered taking a daily probiotic like Align or Culturelle to see if that helps? I had bloating problems for years until I tried that (and I eat a clean, healthy diet). It was pretty much an instant fix for me. I went from being uncomfortable every day of my life after eating to perfectly normal.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonya

This is very interesting--thanks for sharing your experiences! Hope you keep discovering what works best for you.

have you considered maybe cutting out nut butters, bananas, or cinnamon? my friend just got put on a rotation diet because she did a food allergy test with her naturopathic doctor and apparently she's developed an intolerance to certain foods because she was eating them every single day (bananas, cinnamon, almond butter). The theory is that our bodies weren't designed to have the same foods every day, we were supposed to change our diets as the seasons change... so we're not meant to have cinnamon, or almond butter, or almond milk, etc every day.

anyway, i'm not an expert, but it's just a thought!

good luck :)

Hi Ashley!
Everything you’re doing is so impressive and I think an important thing your detox is highlighting is the difference between food intolerances and food allergies. Here’s what I’ve researched on this:

An allergy suggests a food that a person cannot ever eat, as it will consistently cause them to be ill. In contrast, an intolerance to a particular food indicates that sometimes it will cause a reaction and other times not. Thus, it is probably more about the quantities and combinations of foods we enjoy. Hence, it is trickier to reach a definitive conclusion on what to eat for your own optimum health.

Elimination of potentially problematic foods, as you have done, allows the gut to heal. Given that your intestines have been able to recover, it should therefore allow you to reintroduce all the foods you've restricted without much adverse response, up to a point.

So all is well until you start noticing problems again, which is obviously where you are currently. So, you may now need to reduce quantities again (or even totally eliminate again) until you feel you've found the right balance for your innards.

One thing you mentioned was the garbanzo flour and that you have found the crackers addictive. You probably didn't mean this literally, but it does seem that sometimes the foods we like best or crave most can often be the ones to watch.
Hope these ideas are helpful to you or others! :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClara

Sorry to hear about your frustration! Pin-pointing problems food can be extremely difficult, especially since your body can take up to 3 days to show a reaction from a food sensitivy. Have you tried cutting out fruit and sugars? Many people,inculding myself, have fructose malabsorption which definitely causes bloating. Good luck, I hope you are able to figure it out!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Very interesting post. I'm curious to know what it might be? Maybe some of the vegetables you are eating you are allergic too? I know I had to stop eating certain vegetables because they really screwed with my stomach IE. brussel sprouts!! I would feel so uncomfortable after eating them, I just didn't think it was worth it.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFallon

Fruit is another thing too.. I can't eat certain fruits like mango and papaya. As for melons like cantaloupe and honeydew, I can only consume VERY little.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFallon

But for 5 weeks I was all okay, even when I reintroduced the dairy. I'm not eating any new veggies now! Brussel sprouts are a definitely killer. ;)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I did cut out sugar for 3 weeks, but not fruit. My bloating almost completely went away the first 5 weeks though. It has to be from what I'm reintroducing back in. Thanks!!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Clara, this definitely helped! You're right, didn't mean literally addictive..just delicious! I haven't eaten pan after pan of them..but am definitely cutting back the bean flour intake!! haha

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I was eating all of those things in the first 5 weeks when my stomach was almost completely I wouldn't think that's the problem. Thanks though...very interesting!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I tried that before I did the detox thing over a year ago...didn't help. Boo! I'm so glad it worked for you though! We have a local company that makes a liquid probiotic that I might check out at some point!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The most similar way you can attempt this with oats is by grinding down the whole oat groat, just like I'm specifying here to do w/the farro [called Scottish Oats]. It's my 2nd favorite!! :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I was eating corn at first, but stopped almost 100%. I don't think it's from gluten because I just brought that back in yesterday and my stomach has been off the past 2 weeks after bringing back soy, eating a lot of bean flour and eating out at restaurants.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for sharing your experience Sarena!!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Definitely looking into that this spring...a little too much going on with the house right now. ;) Thanks girl!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's terrible!!!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks girl!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I agree and have thought that also...that people are intolerant to gluten, it's just to what extent in each person. I don't think it's an allergy problem though and beyond the bloating, I feel fine! I can't be certain it's the gluten yet, because I just brought that back yesterday...we shall see! ;) Thanks!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

If you're thinking like cream of is not that!!! :) Glad to hear I'm not alone with the bean flour problems..haha

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Just followed my own plan, gathered from a lot of research. :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley just whips them around making a lot of noise, not chopping them down much at all! I use my blender....a [clean] coffee grinder would also work...just don't over grind! :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Amy, and I'm so glad you like the crackers!!!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh my gosh...I need to try that farro porridge stuff. I'm a texture person, so this seems right up my alley!

I have stomach issues almost every afternoon and I cannot tell what it is. It may have something to do with the combination of foods, rather than one food in particular.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

As someone who suffers from stomach ailments I really feel for you! I hope you figure out the problem soon!

I had been wondering how you got the creamy texture in Farro - you've been grinding it! I saw it at Whole Foods the other week and was totally stumped because it looked so coarse in the package. Mystery solved :).

I worked with a naturopath awhile back who told me that a food that out body doesn't like can cause effects up to 4 days later. Something about IgG and IgE, immune response (I'm not a biologist and don't remember the details). Possibly you're having an effect to the soy, and it's not immediate like you expect.

When he had me go on a restricted diet, I needed to be off of the possible offender for 28 days (though, you could do 7), then have it 3x in one day, then stop for 4 days and see if I had a noticeable reaction.

Good luck!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I'm having the SAME problem. Some of my old symptoms have crept back in, but I can't pinpoint which foods are irritating me. It's especially frustrating when you know that the effects of one food can show up days after you eat it. How are we supposed to figure this out?! Lol...

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Girl, I've done the elimination diet, and I haven't completely figured out what is wrong with me. I know that I have sensitivities to gluten and lactose for sure. Not so sure about soy. Unfortunately, gluten can be a sneaky one, and I won't show symptoms until a few days later after eating a contaminated piece of food. Sometimes, it is that night when I show symptoms too.

Good luck!!

I've never done an elimination diet like you are doing, but from my experience, I know that beans really upset my stomach A LOT. Especially chickpeas/garbanzos. I will be bloated to the point of cramping and in a lot of physical stomach pain. You might want to try going a few days without beans and see if that might be it - IF you don't think it's gluten or soy.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I discovered my gluten, casein, and soy intolerances through testing. However, I too still experience GI distress. I would definitely recommend cutting out legumes for a period of time. Garbanzo beans were a major source of problems for me. However, after cutting them out of my diet for nearly a year, I have been reintroducing them gradually with no problems. Some diets, like the Paleo Diet, recommend that we stay away in general. I think it becomes a little obsessive to get so restrictive, though. But, since you've been eating so many beans, I would be curious to see what would happen if you stopped...

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

Guess what I had for breakfast?! Down to the vanilla bean paste, sister!

You are right, nobody likes a goose.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

I get the same effects from restaurant lettuce!! I think you are totally right about the preservatives - they bother my stomach too. That must be frustrating to not have a clear answer after you were so careful about your detox, but it sounds like you're closer to an answer than you were. I'm sure with a little more experimenting you will figure out if it's soy.
Also, do you think maybe the bloating could be due to higher sodium contents when you were eating out? Just curious.
Your farro still looks wonderful and I STILL want to make it :)

I may have missed it, but are you keeping a "symptoms journal"? When you re-introduce a food after an elimination diet, keeping a journal of what you eat and how you feel can help. Many people have delayed food sensitivities also so waiting 3-5 days before adding another food group cal help also ( you may already have been doing that). It's so frustrating though I know, I recently found out I'm sensitive to Gluten and am wondering what else I may be sensitive to. Thinking about doing an elimination diet also.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

Interesting enough I definately notice bloating when I eat soy + gluten products as well, but don't think it is an allergy...

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