I have spent a considerable amount of my life ignoring my gut. Whether that’s pain symptoms or gut instinct, it didn’t matter. Here are some examples:
My gut: I’m pretty sure you aren’t that happy in the corporate environment
Me: I love it, it’s my career, I’m just tired
Reality: I didn’t mind it, but I am definitely happier doing something else
My gut: I have a lot of pain at that time of the month and almost all the time
Me: Everyone has painful periods
Reality: I have stage 4 endometriosis
My gut: I really think you want to be home with your family
Me: As if I can move to Albany. What would I do there?
Reality: I did want to be home with my family and I am VERY happy now and there is never (hardly ever) a dull moment
So when my gut started getting sore again I didn’t hesitate to go and see the doctor. And although the initial ultrasound hasn’t shown anything, I have been sent for more tests as it might be IBS or coeliacs or any number of other things… And I will keep following my gut until I figure out what it is.
This morning, with the thought of a possible gluten intolerance at the back of my mind and a hankering for pancakes I set out and made these delicious little morsels
Gut Instinct Pancakes
1/2 cup ricotta
3/4 cup almond meal
2 tablespoons linseed meal
2 tablespoons of coconut flour
1 cup almond milk
1/cup vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
cinnamon and vanilla powder to taste
Mix it in a blender or food processor. Cook on a hot pan like normal pancakes. I served it with Greek yogurt and blueberries. You could also substitute the ricotta with mashed bananas.