We recently received this feedback from a reader using the Vegan elemental diet shake kit to provide her body with some bowel rest and hopefully gain some weight.
What I LOVE about her story, is she outlines the twisty path healing can take. And how when you’re trying to heal multi-layered imbalances or dis-ease, you often have to pick your battle. Or, you have to accept that healing has to occur in layers. And that it can’t occur across-the-board, all at once.
“Here is my experience with the vegan elemental shakes:
Found the sweetened vanilla with the maltodextrin incredibly sweet but had only ordered two of the plain unsweetened out of 6 containers so found it difficult for that reason to drink. It was gritty but that didn’t bother me, it was the sickly sweetness as far as taste went. I can’t tolerate any other oil than coconut so used that and was only able to use 1 tsp per shake as my liver can’t deal with more. The Sun Warrior protein powder was the best, most easily digestible I have ever tried and I have tried many different brands. My problem was the effects of the maltodextrin on my body. I was nauseous, dizzy, weird heart pounding and by the 4th day couldn’t even communicate properly with anyone. This did not abate for 3 weeks and by that time I decided to stop even though I wanted to do the six weeks. The high acidic content of the maltodextrin also gave me continuing cystitis which further added to the extreme discomfort. The maltodextrin did its job of providing sufficient nutrition so that I was never hungry and I did not lose any weight but also did not gain (I was taking 6 shakes a day).
I am now using the Sun Warrior protein powder shakes without maltodextrin as a supplement and am finding it extremely good. I take all the vitamin supplements Jini suggests in the vegan kit. I have upped my intake of oil from 3 tsp to 4 dessertspoons per day and add avocado to the shakes for calories (I was 77 lbs at start of elemental diet). I have soft vegetables and homemade sauerkraut twice a day and the shakes 2-3 times a day with bone broth in between. I have now put on 4 lbs which is more than I have added in the last 2.5 yrs.
So although the tapioca maltodextrin was hard for my body to accept, I feel that the 3 weeks of the vegan elemental diet may have “rebooted” my body to allow me to do what I am doing now. The support I had from LTYG people has been phenomenal… thank you Rachel for your invaluable experience and information. I did not feel alone throughout this experience and am grateful for the things I have been able to add to my diet.
Regards, J.D., Australia”
I love the way JD was able to sense when her body was ready to transition off a full elemental diet to only a semi-elemental diet – and her regimen sounds excellent. Remember, I have more food-based bowel rest ideas for you here.
And more about the healing in layers concept here and