What This GI Doc Eats In A Day To Boost Gut Health & Balance Blood Sugar
by Marvin Singh, M.D.
By the time evening comes around, I’m ready for dinner. I try to eat between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. if my schedule allows—it’s important not to eat too close to bedtime, and I like to close my eating window on the earlier side. One of my favorite meals is a chimichurri chicken dish that my wife makes (she’s a great cook!). We use organic chicken and spices with an olive-oil-and-cilantro-based sauce. There will typically be about three veggies on the plate as well—broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, cauliflower, and sautéed spinach are some of my favorites. The fiber and phytonutrients in these foods serve as great fertilizer for the gut microbiome, giving my good bugs enough ammo to make the anti-inflammatory short-chain fatty acids like butyrate. Typically, I skip dessert, but if I have a hankering for something, I’ll have some berries.
That’s it! By the end of the day, I’m full and happy to know I’ve helped my gut microbiome keep me well. There are so many variations to all these meals that you can create. I never feel like I am eating the same bland boring diet. Switching up spices and cooking styles is a way to keep things interesting. And, whenever I eat meat, I make sure it’s organic, grass-fed or free-range, and from a reliable source (often straight from the farm!). I always opt for organic produce, too.
By eating good, clean, whole foods throughout the day that are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and fiber, we can give our gut microbiome the ingredients it needs to keep us strong and healthy.
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