How long have you been eating a Paleo or Primal Diet? How strict do you adhere to it? Lately many people around me - friends, colleagues, and family - are experimenting with "going Paleo." I think its awesome that they are trying to Paleo and are changing to eating more whole foods, vegetables, high quality meats, seafood, nuts, and seeds.
Those of you that are doing a Paleo or Primal diet, how are you doing, what are your challenges, where do you need help or need to learn how to flex?
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Gluten Sensitivity: Gluten sensitivity can manifest itself in the form of an "IBS-like stomach problems, headaches, fatigue, numbness and depression, but more than 100 symptoms have been loosely linked to gluten intake." Diagnosing gluten sensitivity is difficult, since there isn't a targeted set of symptoms, but "some experts think as many as 1 in 20 Americans may have some form of [gluten sensitivity]" so if you experience any of the issues listed above, it may be worth going gluten free to see if you feel better.
Wheat Allergy: If you have a wheat allergy it may be related to the gluten in wheat, but could be realted to something else. A wheat allergy is rare in adults and children, and most children that do have this allergy outgrow it by the age of 5.
Celiac Disease: The most extreme reaction to gluten is seen in the diagnosis of Celiac disease, once rarely diagnosed, is now estimated the "1 in 133 Americans" has celiac. Celiac is a condition where your body attacks gluten, can as a result creates chronic inflammation and can lead to malnutrition in extreme cases. To read more about celiac, gluten allergies, and gluten sensitivity read this article from the Wall Street Journal, Clues to Gluten Sensitivity.
The bottom line, many people are sensitive to gluten and although they are hard to diagnose, the symptoms that they experience are real and can be avoided by avoiding gluten.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
"Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food" Hippocrates
The idea of food as medicine has been around since ancient times, its funny how today we've completely disassociated the idea that food makes you feel good or bad, and that food has a direct impact on our health and how we feel everyday.
Have you considered how foods make you feel - does caffeine perk you up but then make you jittery? When you eat a donut or a big bowl of pasta do you feel good afterwards? How about more subtle things, like when you eat dairy do you experience that your skin breaks out a few days later, or that you wake up the next morning and are more congested than usual? Food directly impacts how we feel and directly impacts our health. Experimenting with how foods impact your body is a great way to determine what you want to eat for your optimal health. Personally I think that whole foods make me feel best, and I've found that I operate and feel much better when I eat clean.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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