When my LLMD suggested I try Progurt, probiotics that would have to be shipped to me from Australia, I was a little skeptical. He said their probiotics are different than any other on the market and some of his patients had responded really well to it. But I still wondered "How is Progurt going to change the problems going on in my GI tract?" Anyway I read Progurt's entire website backward and forward and decided it was worth a shot. I really had little to lose (except the cost which was plenty) as I've become allergic to anything I eat on a regular basis and my list of okay foods has narrowed substantially in the past few months.
Since I have a milk allergy my doctor suggested that I put the progurt sachets in water and drink it instead of making it into a yogurt as recommended by the manufacturer. But having read Progurt's entire website I intuitively felt that I should follow their directions, I felt like if I was going to give this a try I wanted to try it their way. Their instructions were to use Ultra Pasteurized Whole Milk as a sterile base in which to incubate their probiotics. According to their website people with milk allergies can use progurt because the probiotics change the lactose in milk to lactase which is easier to digest. I sent them an email asking for any alternative to milk and they insisted there were no alternatives and that I would do fine on the milk based progurt. They gave me instructions to drink two sachets in water the first day, one the next, and then start consuming Progurt made from milk the next day.
Well I'm here to tell you that Progurt has changed my life. Since this isn't a medical blog I don't think you want the gory details of how I know it's changed my GI tract, but trust me it truly has. I've been totally amazed by the results. I haven't been digesting my food for many months and after just a few days I started noticing changes in my digestion, etc. I also started craving and eating more fresh fruit and fruit juices. I've had to cut all of these antioxidant rich foods out of my diet because they made me feel lousy. I am so so thrilled to be able to eat fruit again. The Progurt itself tastes fabulous. I feel like I'm eating dessert when I load it with seasonal fresh fruit and the granola I started making. In fact I'm sharing the granola recipe because I had to start making my own since I have a problem with nuts (a problem I hope to eliminate as my GI tract continues to heal).
3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup dried unsweetened coconut chips
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup pecans or walnuts (if desired)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix together all ingredients and spread on baking sheet. Bake stirring every 10 minutes for 40 minutes.
This is not my recipe ... my sister got it out of some newspaper. If this is your recipe please take credit for it.
Susanne, Kim's sister, is our latest SpiroChick. She also blogs at Adventures of a Soap Artist.