I have been having problems since having my daughter with infections, getting sick and I have been ADDICTED to sugar. I can’t seem to keep away from the stuff, I’m having stomach issues and I know I need to get away from the sugar to help heal my gut, eat less fruits, eat more fermented foods..
I know 100% that eating Paleo helps and I can’t say that I’m really eating that bad as it is now. I still occasionally eat rice flour and I still eat more sugar than I should. I have a list of foods that I apparently have a sensitivity too and I have not been avoiding all of them like I know I should be. Coffee, sugar and chocolate are the biggest culprits next to dairy.
I know sugar bothers me and dark chocolate gives me a headache, dairy isn’t too bad as long as I stay away from milk but to heal completely and start reversing my food sensitivities I need to get away from these foods completely for a long enough time that I start healing. I haven’t done this and that is why I’m still suffering.
I have come across a great website by a Canadian Dietitian, she has struggled with IBS and other digestive, auto-immune problems like myself and she has tons of very helpful information on her website. I just pre-ordered her book. Her name is Aglaee Jacobs and she is one of a very few Dietitians that are Paleo. She knows her stuff!! Her website is called Eat Real Food Paleo Dietitian and can be found here.
I absolutely love her!! She is one of the most helpful people, she is incredibly dedicated to helping people solve their digestive issues. So much so that she is actually going back to school to become a registered nutritionist as well. This is another 4 years of schooling for her(ontop of her schooling she already had to become a Registered Dietitian) and I support her 100%, which is also why I don’t mind buying her book to help with funding her schooling. Every little bit helps!
Her new book is called Digestive Health with Real Food.. exactly what I’m looking for. Problem is, it’s not out yet(It comes out end of June!) So I have searched the internet to try to find as much information as I can to get started on a modified Paleo plan. I’m sure the book will help TONS with recipes and ideas but until I get it, I have to find this stuff myself. I guess I can wait, but I don’t want to!!
SIBO – Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth
After reading through Aglaee’s website I discovered I likely have SIBO.. and to reverse this it is much more restrictive Paleo but it is intended to heal the gut and starve unwanted bacteria. I know for a fact this is the problem. Every doctor I have seen has said this, including my specialists and GP but my GP gave me pills for Yeast and Bacteria, which probably did more damage than it helped..my Naturopath gives me a treatment plan, which includes foods to avoid but she was very vague and the lists she gave me were very contradicting. 1 page said I could eat this, next page said I couldn’t. So I was confused and I gave up.
As usual I have done more research and I am starting to prepare to start a new phase of paleo eating. It is going to be hard, very hard. Very restrictive, especially the first few weeks until I start slowly re-introducing foods back in but I am confident it will help as long as I stick to it. That will be the hardest part.
Why will it be hard? basically I will be cutting out all starch and sugar. This means that my body will have to shift from using carbs as a source of energy to using ketones. This process will take a little while and switching over will be giving me a serious case of the carb flu. I know this because each time I try to cut out sugar I start to get it and it’s too intense and I give up. Whether it’s having fruit or juice.. I must have something sugary because the symptoms I get have just been nasty.. headaches, nausea mostly but my joints start aching and my legs start cramping. I swear it’s awful!
Over the next week I am going to plan to start this for when I’m on my holidays so I can go through symptoms at home and not have to stare at a computer screen with a migraine. I can drink water, bone broth and snack on healthy food when I need to and not be confined to what is in my lunch box.
After I get through this nasty phase, I will be starting a regular workout routine again once I start feeling more energized. I know that I will get there, I was there before, I can get there again. I just have to get through the rough patch at the beginning.
I know I can stay away from the sugar once the cravings are gone but my god they are STRONG. I have to keep away, out of sight out of mind.. if I know there’s any sugar in the house, even a miniscule amount I’m likely to fall into it’s trap.
I don’t remember it being this difficult the last time I switched to paleo. Maybe it was, I guess I’ll have to go look through my archived blogs to see what I said back then.
I have wanted to get back to where I was before the baby for a while now but every time I tr,y I have a set back, something comes up. I get sick, the baby gets sick.. I don’t have time to cook. I also feel like I just couldn’t commit to doing the full Paleo thing properly because I just couldn’t find a place locally that sold grass-fed meat.
Well I have found 3 sources of grass-fed meat, 2 near where I live(within 10 -20 min) and one near where I work (within 20 min) so I should have no excuses. Once I check some of these places out I’ll post more about them!
Over the weekend I’m going to find recipes, I’m going to write out a meal plan and then the following week I’ll be on my holidays, I’ll have time to cook and prepare some foods for when I get back to work.
I’m actually kind of excited to try grass-fed beef/pork and chicken. I have only ever had grass-fed Turkey but knowing that I’m eating something and not worrying about all the crap they put in it is kind of comforting. I’ll also be eating other foods that I don’t eat on a very regular basis, so this should be interesting.
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