Fermented foods. (tmi may be in this post if you want to skip)
On Friday, I started having stomach pains. Everyone on FB is a doctor and has told me it's either pancreitis (sp?) or gall bladder. LOL Google tells me it's cancer. hahahaha Anyways, I'm sure it's from the peanuts I ate. I've had this pain several times, and I've always eaten peanuts when it happens. I try to chew them really really good, but I think I ate them too fast so I didn't chew them enough and bam! Sharp stabbing pain right where the two rib cages come together at the bottom of the rib cage. Inside the ^ part, if that makes sense. As the day went on, the pains got worse. I would get a five minute break then it would hit again. I tried to go to bed thinking laying down might help and hoped I could sleep. Two hours later of tossing and turning, I got up to go sit in the living room, but never made it past my bathroom. Lets just say food tastes better going down, than it does coming back up. And just to be sure, it came back up twice! And having your husband stand at the door while you're doing this just is not sexy. At. All. But he did give me a cold cloth to wipe my face with. :) Now that you all have this wonderful visual (and I apologize if you were eating), I did some research on gut health. Since my husband lost 4 feet of his small intestine, he's had a lot of problems with his stomach. Let's just say he knows where every public restroom is in every mall in the city as he often has to make a mad dash for one.
I went on Pinterest last night to see about fermented foods and gut health. About the only thing I saw that sounded good was fermented apples. So I went online to Amazon and ordered cultures to make my own fermented apples. I think my mother may have made something like this when I was a kid and if memory serves me right, they were good. The cultures are supposed to be healthy bacteria. I'm also going to buy some digestive enzymes from work. I'm hoping to get my stomach healthy, and to see if it will help my husband as well. 2 1/2 years since his surgery and his stomach is still not "normal" and I'm thinking it never may be.
Has anyone ever made the fermented vegetables? The most common one looks more like fermented coleslaw. I was wondering about the flavour and crispness of the cabbage after sitting for so long waiting to ferment. I don't know that I could eat soggy cold coleslaw. Does it stay crisp? And have you tried fermented fruits? I'm also going to try raspberries and blueberries. Hoping a small serving a day keeps the doctor away.