Yesterday, I met up with a group of Paleo folks at a Paleo bistro in Denver! Who knew there was a Paleo bistro in Denver???? It seems like the Denver and Boulder Colorado areas have a rather large Paleo following, and I’m thrilled about that, as we’re not too far.
One of the things I heard from people was that they tried to convert some others to the Paleo way of life. In my own personal life, I’ve made a few converts, and online I may have also. I think with my autoimmune stuff, people are able to see how much more energy I have, how much weight I lost, how much better I am moving around (my coworkers are so kind to point these things out, and it keeps me going!) Rather than force Paleo down anybody’s throat (yes, there are people I REALLY wish would try it), I’m simply aiming to show that this is what I did, and this is what happened. Maybe, just maybe, when people are ready, they can give this a go.
I think part of the scare people have is freaking out about what they’re going to eat. People think Paleo is raw cucumbers and carrots (as I heard in a story yesterday). I eat REALLY well. And I can eat a lot…. I mean a lot! It seems like my volume of food has stayed the same, and I don’t get nearly as hungry as I used to (something nearly the whole Paleo group agreed upon yesterday). It does take a while to find the right ingredients and recipes to get you going, so I think telling you what I eat on occasion might be helpful.
2 days ago:
Macadamia nut tilapia sticks (recipe from Paleo Indulgences cookbook)
Warm Arugula Salad (a staple in our house, Everyday Paleo cookbook)
* These were leftovers, so my warm salad was really cold!
Sausage (sometimes a go-to when I’m in a hurry)
Cashew cranberry almond trailmix
Peppermint chocolate (shhhh!)
Chocolate lovemuffin from the Paleo bistro…. SO good, but didn’t fill me up
Snack:leftover macademia tipalia sticks
I can’t remember what I ate for lunch… sad, I’m getting old!
Dinner: enormous Portabello stuffed mushrooms (from everyday Paleo)
chocolate coconut milk ice cream (So Delicious brand… shhh!)
Such a sinful day! Did I mention I lost another pound?
My working theory:
Leaky Gut Syndrome. I have had some degree of belief in this theory since the first time I started reading about it 10 or more years ago. Of course the medical community was not on board with it, but I kept open to it. I think that is the part of Paleo that makes the most sense to me. There are some foods that irritate my intestinal wall, allowing things the get through and into my body that have no business being there. Autoimmune reactions result. Robb Wolf talks about this extensively in his book (which I lent out and need to get from the library so I can reference again). I think Paleo is doing a lot to help me put the right things in my body, but I think I need to do more to heal my intestines, so hopefully a little cheat doesn’t freak my body out. Probiotics are still a hit and miss for me, and I wonder if it’s enough.
I’m not a big fan of the doctory shows… The Doctors, Dr. Oz, etc… I wonder what their motives are and what pharmaceutical company is paying their salary. Anyway, I happened to catch an episode of Dr. Oz, which had a guest who was speaking in my leaky gut language, so I watched that segment. He brought on a woman who said she had RA and had gotten her symptoms under control in 3 months with this program of a almond milk/fruit/vegetable/protein powder shake, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and some other stuff I hadn’t heard of. It fit into Paleo relatively well (except the protein powder… no Paleo versions I could find). I tried a modified version of it (no protein powder and no berberine, simply because I couldn’t find it anywhere). I can’t say this has done squat for my RA, but it definitely changed my bowel habits in a better, but slightly constipated way. I think there are some more answers to be found there, and I need to do some more reading. I am also quite anxious, but nervous, to try berberine. The wikipedia article talks about it and its impact on TNF and interleukin 6 (if you have RA, you probably know those). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berberine It might be worth a read. If you’re interested in the info from the show, you can google Dr. Oz, 3 day cleanse, and berberine. It should come up.
That’s it for now! Comments are so appreciated!