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The week I went on a mono-diet

Alden’s tummy troubles are intense, you guys.

Like, zero to sixty in half a second, straightening out like a board, painful scrunched eyebrows, farts you can hear across the house, intense.

Poor little guy.

It’s so challenging that my pediatrician recommended I eliminate dairy for while, and anything else I eat regularly. So I thought about that, and came up with:

Chocolate. I eat chocolate pretty regularly. So, fuck, that’s out.

But just eliminating that and dairy didn’t seem to do it. So while I was up for a two hour crying stint in the middle of the night, I thought, what else could I do?

And then I remembered my training in Ayurveda, and how the old texts recommended feeding mothers a diet of broth and kitcheri (an easily digestible porridge made of rice, split mung beans, vegetables and spices) for forty days after birth.

Now-a-days, we use a diet of kitcheri like a mono-diet in order to gently cleanse the digestive system. It’s kind of like a diet where you get to eat, but what you’re eating is so easily accumulated that it gives your system a break.

It’s one of the only things I’ve ever eaten that leaves you both full and hungry at the same time.

And it’s what I’ve been eating, almost exclusively, for the past four days.

I can’t do it for all three meals. I mean, come on. Mama needs something sweet. So I eat steel-cut oats with raisins and nuts and coconut oil in the morning. I drink a small cup of coffee with coconut creamer. I drink my Rasa throughout the day (adaptogentic herbal “tea.” This stuff is amazing, and no, I don’t get paid to say that).

But then, for lunch and dinner, I eat kitcheri. I made a big batch with turmeric, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and fennel seeds. It’s lovely. And boring. I top it with roasted, salted pumpkin seeds.

Well. And sometimes crushed corn chips, if I’m being honest.

But the thing is — it’s helped.

Not all of his crying is gone, which isn’t what I expected, but he seems to be suffering much less. He has awake periods where he seems content. It’s lovely.

So I’ll continue with this diet this week, then try adding new things in one-by-one next week. Sigh.

Now I just need the magic kitcheri to help him learn that night is when sleeping happens.

Oh, and speaking of magic, I started my Northern Shamanic Training program last weekend. It’s amazing. I’ll tell you more about it later.

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