Category Archives: Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity

Why I Eat Meat

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Yes.  I’ve read the China Study.

…and then I read the book “WHOLE”

I read “The Body Ecology Diet”…  and I’ve studied the Gerson Therapy and watched the Gerson Miracle, and Beautiful Truth.

I’ve watched Knives Of Forks

 

Well, let me just say that I understand why an organic, vegetarian diet would be done in the short-term – to rid the body of things like cancer, which is caused from inflammation, and focused on healing the body through detoxing.

Why do I say “short-term”?

Because being vegetarian long-term actually increases issues with auto immune disease.  {I’ll get to that in a minute.}

Why the Paleo Diet instead?

Isn’t that just a meat based diet?  Isn’t that TOO much meat?

Actually, no.  It’s neither.

To me, the Paleo Diet is a whole foods diet approach that focuses on high-quality nutrition, while resolving inflammation through proper digestion as well as balancing hormones through proper sleep, stress management and exercise.

It’s not a “diet” to achieve a short-term goal and then stop.  It’s a lifestyle of eating what makes you feel best, and is sustainable over the long-term.

The Paleo diet is not necessarily a “high protein” diet, it’s very much a plant-based diet.  Protein can range from 10%-25% of your daily calories, depending on your individual needs.  Many people only eat fish, shellfish, eggs or white meat, such as chicken or turkey, and skip the red meat.

We eat red meat once a week or more, and our source is grass-fed/grass finished beef – that we all enjoy.

Personally, I feel poorly when I can’t have red meat at least once a week.  I eat chicken or salmon almost everyday.  Because I eat large amounts of fats, I’m able to handle and process more carbs (veggies) as well.  Right now, on auto-immune protocol, I would say my diet is 70% veggies, 5% fruit and 10% meat and 10% fat.  I feel really good – my skin looks really good… and I’m working my way up to organ meats, as I know those are really important as well.

I think for me, I’ve read/heard enough other information from people who have attempted vegetarian longer term, and it caused some major issues with auto immune disease – because their body was missing some key things, it needs to prevent disease.  Dr. Amy Myers is one who shared her story of becoming a vegetarian at age 14, and why she eats Paleo now.

I needed all of the help I could get… it has already been years of my body not absorbing what it needed to thrive!  I’m lean, I feel strong, and I know my body is healing.

What more could I hope for?

If Paleo is a FAD, I’d love to know what one might consider all of the sugar filled, flour laden, industrial seed oil filled foods are that most consume while eating the Standard American Diet??  Seems like a REAL FOOD approach is just what our country needs!

 

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,

do all to the glory of God.”

1 Cor. 10:31

 

It’s Getting on My Neuropathy!

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Neuropathy.

I used to think that had something to do with my mind…  like neurological.

Quite the contrary, peripheral neuropathy specifically can be any where with in your body.  It’s very common with MS… it’s something I dealt with for years – totally unknown to me what it even meant!

So what is peripheral neuropathy?

It’s actual damage to nerves OUTSIDE of your brain and spinal cord, and it doesn’t deal with your central nervous system.  It effects:

– Autonomic nerves (“automatic” or “involuntary” nerves – things like blood pressure, sweating, and heart rate)
– Motor nerves (things we are in control of purposefully)
– Sensory nerves (including messages to the brain regarding heat, cold and pain)

What can cause it?  SO many things… it’s endless really.  For instance, with me – I’m going to guess it’s a lack of Vit B… but I’m sure it’s that, and other things.  Physical trauma, repetitive injury, infection, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins and some drugs can all lead to peripheral neuropathy.   See what I mean?  Who really knows…  but doing things like removing toxins, and infection can help to rebalance your body a great deal, but nerve regeneration is the slowest – patience is required!

My biggest issues that I battle on any given day are the following:

Motor issues – weakness in the arms specifically – some days I feel like I can barely lift the lightest thing.  Frustrating when I know I’m “fit” and the muscles are there.

Sensory issues– sharp jabbing/prickling pain, and burning pain, numbness in the hands and feet – making me unable to stand or walk, changes in my hair/and nail bed (despite plenty of biotin and nutrition!), lack of coordination (despite lots of muscle work on that core for years – I’ll often just tip over.  My balance stinks).

Autonomic issues – heat intolerance (read my previous post), digestive problems (and I work at it… CONSTANTLY), dizziness and light-headedness… especially on standing.

Now that I know why my body does what it does – it help me to deal with what I’m experiencing.  I don’t really talk about it… because you get strange looks when you tell someone it feels like bugs are crawling all over your legs, or you suddenly slap your leg because you just got a “zinger” again.

One of the most painful neuropathy issues on the trip was my elbow.  It hurt so much to put my elbow on the arm rest, it wasn’t even funny.  It felt like I had exposed bone, sitting on hot cement – just resting my arm down.  I either kept it to my side, or had to have multiple layers in between my elbow and the arm rest.  This damage led to a familiar numbness in my left hand (pinky and ring finger) – that always occurred after having another baby – for months.  Ever since my last child – it never really went away.

Insane right?  Yes…  I know.

For years I just thought I wasn’t tough – so just sucked it up.  Maybe I needed to work harder on my balance, or just had sore arms because I was weak?

I can’t tell you what peace it was realizing WHY I screamed out when a doctor froze a wart off of my foot… and then told me, “that shouldn’t have hurt.”  (It literally felt like he held a flame and melted my skin off deep into the tissue.)  Was that in my head?  Nope.  Good ol’ neuropathy.

I think it’s about time for me to try the chiropractor after our trip.  I’ve had almost constant neuropathy in my middle back since we have returned.  It’s getting very OLD a week later!!  Maybe some adjusting with loosen up some of those nerves, or relax them at the least.

“When times are good, be joyful; when times are bad, consider this:

God made the one as well as the other, so people won’t seek anything outside of His best.”

Eccles. 7:14

 

Adrenal FAIL!

ARIZONA

Oh the ways our body likes to remind us just who is in charge.

I’m back from vacation, and feeling really good over all… but I have to share with you a couple of episodes I had on vacation that were down-right scary.
Before I do that, I’ll hit the highlights:
– I swam a lot, soaked up a lot of sun, had a great time with our kids and got to bed on time every night.
– Despite having to make every meal but one on our trip, the kitchen was HUGE and allowed for the kids to help me without us tripping over each other.  (NOTE: Larger kitchen and full pantry functions much better for 10)
– There was an outdoor table for 10, and the weather was perfect the entire time. (Yes, you may puke, but it was…)
– I’m pretty sure that I was supposed to live somewhere warmer than Kansas, but vacations are good too.

Ok… so that was the highlights.  Here’s the low-down on what else happened.
Our first night in New Mexico, we booked a Homewood Suites room.  It had 3 rooms and a full-sized fridge, which was perfect!  As my daughter and I did our usual OCD clean-routine, we buzzed around the room and my oldest son brought in cartloads of tubs and bags.  I remember making sure the air temp was in the range we were wanting…. 72.  But as we buzzed around, I kept getting hotter and hotter.

I remember things getting a little fuzzy… and when I went out to get another load – something in the hallway smelled…  funky.  Like incents, or something strange.  It was a casino town, and I was concerned about just sending my son off down the hall with no cell phone because he mentioned there were a ton of people in one room “like a party” he said.  So, I was trying to text my husband what was going on…  Only I suddenly couldn’t text, or think… my mind was getting really fuzzy, and I felt like I really needed to lay down before I passed out!  My daughter was getting concerned as I was slurring my speech as well.

I didn’t know what was happening but it was like my energy was zapped and I couldn’t really even care.  It was awful… like an instant flu-paralyzing feeling.

Thankfully, about then, my husband came in with the rest of our kids – and figured out they had the heat on in the rooms, not the AIR… and the blowers were roasting us.  For someone who did hot yoga last year, I was surprised with my body’s reaction to the heat in about a 10 minute time span.  Maybe it was just too much, too fast… I don’t know, but I took note.  After some food, water and COOL AIR, my body came to, and I could help with getting the kids to bed.

A similar thing happened the next night.  When we got to the house we rented, as the evening wore on, we realized the kitchen, (which had many west-facing windows and no window coverings) was roasting – an almost identical event happened… just as the night before, and I began to get concerned for our trip and my well-being.  I was hoping this was NOT a pattern.  We decided for the remainder of our trip that any baking/cooking would be done earlier in the day – and we’d have our lighter meals for dinner – to avoid heating up the kitchen, and making myself sick!

Voila!! No more issues with that the remainder of the trip!

So, if you’re battling adrenal failure, you know what I’m talking about.  It isn’t just physical and emotional stress that gives you the shakes, makes you flu-ish and zaps your energy almost instantly… it can be environmental stress as well, including the temperature.  I did a great job of not “shocking” my body with cold this winter – and always wearing plenty of layers – and I do a pretty good job of just avoiding most stressful people and situations anymore…  but apparently I’m going to really need to watch it with heat and lack of circulating air this summer.  (and continue praying that my body is healed from adrenal failure soon!)

I hope and pray you have SPRING weather where you are!  After a long week back with grey skies, cold temps and rain (which was a blessing, don’t get me wrong) I’m THRILLED that the weekend looks to be gorgeous! 🙂  Enjoy this link to the top 3 reasons Mainstream “Medicine” could be failing you, and what to do about it!

We get to pick up and travel again really soon – thankfully the next trip is only 5-6 hours, vs. two days by vehicle!  I’m planning now what we will eat, and pack… because that is such a key part to making our trips successful and keeping things Healthy for Him!

“This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

Proverbs 3:8

 

 

Twenty-One Tips To a Healthier You

Here is my plate, next to my husband's dinner plate.  As you can see, I've successfully added in some avocado. (yay!)  I also have added in some sweet potato (plain).  This evening we had fish casserole that I make, and I just pulled mine out before putting theirs together.  They also had sweet potato cakes and fruit.

Here is my plate, next to my husband’s dinner plate. As you can see, I’ve successfully added in some avocado. (yay!) I also have added in some sweet potato (plain). This evening we had fish casserole that I make, and I just pulled mine out before putting theirs together. They also had sweet potato cakes and fruit.

A good friend of mine recently went to a lunch and lecture at the clinic I go to.  As we discussed some of the main talking points, it got me thinking again about the issue many teens have with acne, well… not just teens (right moms in our 30s?)… but yes, a lot of them are teens.

Now that I know a little bit about WHY people get acne, when I see a face covered in acne I think two things:

#1. Leaky Gut

#2. Zinc deficient diet.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is well known for being depleted of most nutrients, but zinc is a major one during puberty, because it helps you grow taller, and it helps you not have major break-outs.  My son is on 90 mg a day, my daughter is on 60 mg – as are my husband and I.  The other children take 30 mg a day.  So spread the word – in a kind way of course, when you can help a brother out.  You know that most people are treating their acne  the wrong way – just like any skin issue.

Topically.

The reason why that never does much… except cause more issues in scaring and thinning of skin, and often more irritation… is because the inflammation is from the inside.  Sure you can wash your face well, and take care of things as best you can – but ultimately, when you have leaky gut?  You’re never going to get to the root of those issues with acne, until you address the gut issues – with diet, probiotics, fish oil and giving your body what it needs to be well.

A good e-book on the issue I recently heard about from the paleo world is also is called SKINTERVENTION, by Liz Wolfe.  Worth checking into also.  She recently released “EAT THE YOLKS”, which I’ve heard is super entertaining and informative!

So, as I step off of my soapbox on the ZINC topic. I will share with you the other 21 questions and answers from the lunch and lecture on nutrients.  Some great stuff here – read carefully!

TWENTY-ONE NUTRIENT LEVEL TIPS:

1. How long does vitamin C from your meal stay in your blood. (4-6 hours)

2. Which mineral nutrient helps to regulate blood sugar, energy levels, and also acts as an antidepressant?  (Chromium.  Broccoli, tomatoes, and green beans are great sources – it’s often low due to too much sugar intake)

3. What commonly deficient mineral used to be found in abundance in hard water?  (Magnesium)

4. What vitamin is the prime regulator of inflammation? (after Vitamin C, it’s Vitamin D – it’s the body’s sunshine vitamin)

5. What mineral deficiency manifests as little white spots on your fingernails?  (Zinc)

6. What common disease is now being called Type 3 Diabetes?  (Alzheimer’s)

7. What B Vitamin enhances cellular energy production, and happens to turn your urine bright yellow? (B2 – Riboflavin)

8. Which nutrient, if optimal in your blood, can help to reverse congestive heart failure? (Co-Q10, age dependant but generally 100-200 mg, I take 200 mg a day)

9. Which mineral is necessary for the optimal functioning of glutathione, and for which 76,000 medical references exist? (Selenium, I take 200 mg a day for cellular energy and thyroid function)

10. Not everyone can use Folic Acid, an important B vitamin.  Why?  (Mutated genetics of the liver – MTHFR, this is where methylated folate, B12 and B6 are essential!)

11.  Older people are commonly low in this B vitamin because they lack intrinsic Factor in their stomachs. (B12)

12. What is the most important vitamin? (The one you are lowest in!)

13. True or False?  All you really need to do is take a good multivitamin for nutritional health.  (False!)

14. Macular degeneration can be prevented if you have adequate  ___________?  (Lutine)

15. How many ‘colors’ do you need on your plate each day for optimal health?  (9-10)

16. Which mineral do we now know you can get too much of?  (Calcium)  Which vitamin helps to reduce the toxicity of this excess?  (K2, often supplements have them with D3)

17. Which fat soluble vitamin COMPETES with vitamin D for cellular receptor sites?  (Vitamin A)

18. Which omega ratio regulates inflammation?  (Omega 6  / Omega 3)

19. Which sugar causes liver damage?  (Fructose, here is a food informative chart, if you’re curious.)

20. True or False?  Eating a balanced diet is all you need to maintain good health. (False, if you’re not absorbing the right nutrients, it doesn’t matter how great you eat)

21.  True or False?  A gas gauge is not really necessary.  Just fill up your tank often… and hope you don’t run out!  (False.  It’s important to know your nutrient levels, and make sure they are at optimal levels regularly before you have a break down!)

“The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me.  

And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father,

and I will love him and make myself plain to him.”
John 14:21

 

Correlation Isn’t Causation

This super easy sorbet is a favorite of my kids'.  Just coconut milk, raw honey and frozen berries blended.  I stirred in fresh strawberries for a delicious treat!

This super easy sorbet is a favorite of my kids’. Just coconut milk, raw honey and frozen berries blended. I stirred in fresh strawberries for a delicious treat!

I hear it over and over again, the defenses of people who declare you’re blaming this or that for something to do with why someone is sick.

Whether it’s our food system, or our medical system, or genetics, or the environmental toxins or vaccines…

The blame shift goes on.

Believe me.  I get it.

I don’t think there was “ONE” thing that caused the domino effect in my own illness.  No way.  It’s not that simple.

It was the perfect storm, and the exact chain of events.

I can track inflammation back to when I was 26 months old and had my tonsils removed… I can track gut problems back to grade school, and IBS back to High School.  Irregular periods?  Breast cysts? Chronic infections… the genetics and gut health I passed on to our kids…

I could go on and on, but you know what I’m saying.  You’ve heard it before.

Is GLUTEN the source of all evil?

Of course not.

It just happens to be a major player in inflammation in the gut because it’s not digestible.

Are vaccines to blame for things like autism?

Alone?  No… but their toxin load are super dangerous to many who can’t detox those chemicals.  They land in the fat cells of the brain, and in the gut.

Do pesticides and GMOs cause gut issues?

By themselves?  No. Contributor?  Definitely.

So what DOES make someone sick?

Don’t think for one minute I haven’t back tracks into my past and thought…

What if amalgams weren’t used in my mouth?

What if my hormones had been balanced in high school?

What if I didn’t eat so horribly in college?  Or over use antibiotics?

What if SIBO was an issue since high school… and maybe that contributed to celiac disease?

What if when I was pregnant with my first, they would have realized the rash on my stomach was due to celiac disease…

How would my life be different today?

BUT… what GOOD does that do exactly?

Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

You know what DOES do good?  Counting just how God has followed me each step of the way, and THEN counting my what ifs…

What if I hadn’t gone through a year of specialists and testing, to make me look somewhere else for answers…

What if they had just diagnosed me with MS and put me on their 5 year round of shots…

What if I had been diagnosed with cancer – and just taken the chemo, because I didn’t know any differently…

What if any of those things had happened to my kids… and I didn’t know how to help them??

It’s definitely a better perspective, to know that God is in control of all things….  That it all happens with a purpose.  HIS purpose in mind.

You know, when people say to me, “Correlation is not causation”… I think to myself – you’re right… it’s not.  I’ve never meant that.  However, it’s just ONE more piece to the puzzle.

As I’ve worked (over a year now) to detox, and rebalance my body, my hormones, my life…  I realize the layers that make up “us” and how each contributes to life, or death.  How each one is either helping us live healthy for Him, or carelessly bogging down our system to a state of disease.

I’m happy to report on day… (12?) of my elimination diet… things are going REALLY well.  I had a good blood sugar this morning (I’ve been drinking bone broth before bed), I’ve lost almost all of the weight I was retaining after the whoops moment I had with supplements a month ago, and I’m feeling very hopeful after talking with my doctor last week.

Maybe it’s the time change, maybe it’s the warmer weather on the forecast, but I’m really JOYFUL that this spring is so hope-filled.  Your prayers and notes of encouragement have been priceless to me.  Thank you.  I’m so grateful to have the true meaning of the word “FRIEND” in all of you.  Thanks be to God and His Spirit which guides me each day.

 

“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another,

God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us,

because He has given us of His Spirit.”

(1 John 4:12, 13)

 

 

Lush Lashes?

Eye make-up from Red Apple Lipstick, and liner/mascara ZUZU brand.

Eye make-up from Red Apple Lipstick, and liner/mascara ZUZU brand.

I always had thick, thick … take an hour to dry hair.

Hypothyroidism and food sensitivities have left me with about a third of what I had.

I really don’t mind the shorter dry time, but it’s taken some getting used to as I run my hands through my thin, absent mane.  That’s for sure!

Now, when I style my daughter’s hair, I remember just how thick and full my head used to be…

About 6 months ago I felt well enough to ask about what I could DO in addition to healing my gut and absorbing vitamins to GET my hair to grow back in fuller…

You see, it wasn’t JUST the hair on my head that was sparse.  My once naturally long and curled eyelashes and eyebrows were also MIA…

Surely I could help them all with one swoop!

Voila – Biotin!  It’s something that is in the foods we eat, but you can safely take more to help make your hair, nails and lashes thicker and stronger – and it works.

I take Solgar brand, and 10,000 mg a day.  Within a few weeks I really noticed a change in my hair and eyelashes.  My hairdresser even mentioned last time that my hair felt healthier than it had felt in a few years…  so that’s great news!!

Progress!  A piece of “ME” back.

I know there are lots of products out on the market that claim to help your nails and hair grow, some may even contain some Biotin!  Make sure you get a quality product with NO fillers!

*Wink*  I missed my lashes – and so happy to report they are BACK!!

Healthy for Him!

“Search me, O God, and know my heart!

Try me and know my thoughts!

And see if there be any grievous way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting!”

Psalm 139:23-24

Funky Junk

What should I eat today?  How about carrots?

What should I eat today? How about carrots?

 

Well, I was right.  Carrots are getting old.  I might be turning orange again.

Carrots with cinnamon are very good.  Shredded carrots with olive oil – yum.  Carrot soup is pretty tasty too.  I feel like I’m doing pretty well with the diet over all.

In all honesty – this has been more difficult emotionally.  Feeling “hungry” or carb starved is tough, but I feel like the worst of that is over now.  Saying ‘no’ to my fresh case of kombucha is even harder.  I know it’s calling my name.  I’ve been more tired, and allowed for more sleep, less stress…  but it doesn’t always work out that way when you’re the mom and 3 meals are day are required for 10.  I often ate later than the rest, now I REALLY eat later.

I completely lost it today when making breakfast into the late morning, missing my supplements (my essential Esto-DIM) left me feeling at the end of my rope.

It’s ironic, I don’t even realize what is going on – until I snap…

Then it hits me.

I didn’t take my mid-morning supplements!!!!  Ack!

Yes – they’re essential.

A little piece of information came from the doctor on Friday.  I haven’t had a whole lot of time to dive into, but at least I know I’m positive for CYP1A1, and CYP1B1, both gene risks for breast and ovarian cancers – due to extra estrogen.

Not a big surprise – again, confirming what we knew.

If you’re wanting to know if I’m going to go out and get my breasts removed…. or my uterus taken out.  No.  I’m not.

However, it very much proves to me how essential it is for me to take Estro-DIM, and how I need to make sure I’m doing all I can to get other toxins and plastics out of my life.  Specific drugs I need to be careful of – blood thinners for instance, can make me much worse, also things like aspirin, and also chemo drugs like methotrexate.  I also plan to get a thermography scan  (vs. a mammogram).

Basically what the tests said is I’m in need of more antioxidants than the average person.  My liver struggles – and I’m extra sensitive to smells, and drugs/medications, etc.  I’m also at a higher risk for motor neuron diseases and problems with the energy in my cells.

So I must take my antioxidants – including N-actylcysteine (NAC), Milk Thistle, selenium and Vitamin C specifically.  Also eating lots of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, radishes, etc.  (Well, just as soon as I can!

Thank you to those who have been checking in with me, just to see how I’m feeling/ doing.  It means a lot.  This has been a lonely place – just to give up more, and again I’m so many friends who reach out and encourage me.

There is something that people who choose to give up chasing the western medicine diagnosis… and that’s often sympathy.  People have lots of sympathy for a diagnosis…they have sympathy if it means you’re on drugs the rest of your life – the sympathy is – apparently in the name.

For me, the name is just a specific way your body is letting you know what is going wrong.  It’s a clue into what you need to do to “right” the ship.

Sometimes I forget that other people don’t have any clue what it’s like to live with diseases that can’t be seen.  Sometimes I get into my own groups of people who know and think like me – and I’m foolish to assume others “get it” too, when they haven’t felt it.

There was recently a young woman who popped on our Paleo Approach board (I assume seeking about the Paleo lifestyle), but she didn’t have any diseases – she was just seeking it in a way to “be healthy”…  which is super actually.  I’ve heard nutritionist say that’s the one way to avoid the consequences of auto immune diseases being triggered – changing diet NOW, as all with auto immune shouldn’t be eating grains/dairy/sugar.  Unfortunately, it also blind-sided her regarding the daily struggles many who have to be so cautious with food deal with daily, and just what food CAN to do heal the body.  She spoke brashly to members being obsessed by food, and again couldn’t grasp the severity of our food can build us up or tear us down.  Clearly she didn’t understand sensitivities, or the need for supplements these people need to function while our body repairs itself.  Several others congratulated her that she couldn’t understand at this point, she should be grateful!  It wasn’t long before she left the group though, because it wasn’t a good fit.  I think until you’ve “been there” – you simply can’t really understand.  I pray she never has to understand – but I hope she still considers Paleo for her future health!

Thankful for support – in all ways it comes… but mostly from my God who leads me in all ways!  Healthy for Him!

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are My ways higher than your ways
    and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

 

MTHFR – Yep. That Bad.

A question from my new book, "The Paleo Approach" by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD.  (Highly recommended!)

A question from my new book, “The Paleo Approach” by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD. (Highly recommended!)

When I first saw that abbreviation, I thought – whoa.  Someone is upset!

But alas, it’s just an acronym for the Methylenetetrahydofolate reductase – which is a gene mutation some have, that has to do with the liver.

My liver specifically….

and our children.

After my appointment last week, we finally opted for this gene testing (It’s a swab test, super easy).  My children’s testing so far has also pointed to this, and we’ve talked about it now for a year.  Seems it was time to get to digging a little bit further.

People with the MTHRF gene mutation have trouble detoxing.  They hold onto things like extra hormones, or metals, or substances like alcohol…  lots of different things.  They struggle with neurotransmitters, such as epinephrine and serotonin – which are both controlled by the methylation of your liver.  When it doesn’t function – there is a build up of homocysteine – which can then lead to a whole host of diseases, including cancer.  (Read/learn more about it here)  If you have more question, the video is really informative – I listened to it while walking on the treadmill one night.

“Elevated homocysteine has been associated with increased risk for many auto immune diseases, including diabetes, Hasimoto’s, Graves, RA (rheumatoid arthritis), vitiligo, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia (suspected auto immune disease)”The Paleo Approachand so many more! 

MS, yes – that too, and you’ll see why.

When you can’t detox from metals or hormones or toxins, and your body can’t turn one thing into another – the result is … the body in a diseased state.

Why would I need to know this information?  What could I do with it??

Well, specific genes can be established  to help us in supplementation – to help myself, and the kids.  For instance, there is a certain type of gene expression that needs a specific type of Vit.B6 and B12 to help support that methylation cycle.

For me, my biggest problem noticed recently besides the SIBO,  is my estrogen levels – when I don’t take my supplement on time – I can just feel myself getting anxious, and unable to control frustration.  Extra estrogen is a big reason for breast cancer and other issues!  Part of it is my adrenals – and that is all tied in.  My body can’t make adrenaline – so then I just end up feeling malise, or flu-like.

See how it’s all tied together and important to understand?

Personally I’m pretty excited to get the information back.  While I feel like I already know – it’s just one of those pieces to the puzzle and the specific information of gene expression will be helpful.  It explains substance abuse, another pathway to cancer/disease and so much more within my family, reactions to vaccinations, etc – and it can help us to help our kids.

So right now – my personal focus has been on natural treatments to get aggressive on my SIBO.  It’s a major problem that might never go away, but can be managed better.  With my limited diet – it’s just tough.  I need starches, but so many I can’t eat – and then my body can’t process them.  it’s a constant balancing act between foods I can’t process, and foods that trigger inflammation.

I may have had a bad morning the other day.  I was thinking about my friend who died of cancer – and how when she was sick, I really didn’t get it.  

For my birthday, she took me out to lunch and tried to explain it to me.  In my immaturity, and absence of life experiences – I just didn’t get it, but she knew.  She knew she was dying.

Now I consider – that lunch – and how precious her time was, and yet she spent it with me.  What a friend.

I know, we’re all dying… but I can’t help but realize the reality of my morality, and what a GIFT life is.

It’s helped me to prioritize my time, and my health – to let go of things I used to get upset about, and really just focus on gratefulness, and things of eternal value.  THAT is probably the biggest gift in all of this.

Recently, on my auto immune board, we were discussing just how toxic we were.  The comment was made about HOW toxic so many young women are in the western culture (the United States), and I nodded to myself.  Genetics are one thing – but they’ve also been altered by our environment and choices we’ve made and continue to make.  We have the power to change things for our children’s children – and help our children NOT pass on the vicious cycle, by living and eating the way God intended.  (Because you know most people don’t have time to be healthy – it’s all about convenience to keep us busy, busy, busy!) 

If I can help one more person understand that – it’s worth continuing to speak up.  “Diet, environment, lifestyle.” – The Paleo Mom.

Healthy for Him.

“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed?

And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?

And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

(Romans 10:14, 17)

 

 

Reflections By My Daughter

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Last semester, my children were studying the food pyramid in some of their online courses.

This was quite a challenge… given that Paleo stands the food pyramid on it’s head.  Minimal fats?  How about a majority of healthy fats?  Sorry food pyramid, our bodies prove – you’re wrong.

So, in wrapping up this lesson, my daughter was assigned to write about the food pyramid, and instead – I told her she could write a short essay about the truth about food and disease, however she wanted.

Imagine my giant smile when I read her essay.

“An autoimmune disease called Celiac, is ‘rare’ according to doctors. Many people have problems throughout their lives and doctors only give them medications. Celiac disease is when your body can’t tolerate gluten.  Some people react to crumbs, but others react to bites of whole wheat bread, because it depends on how much it has destroyed your stomach. Gluten can cause the stomach to crack and make holes. This is called leaky gut.

There are a variety of symptoms. Dermatitis herpetiformis is bumps that can form anywhere on your skin. They itch like crazy!!!  A few other common symptoms are tummy aches, diarrhea, behavior issues, and cramps in your legs.  Some can even have asthma.  My sister had asthma, but as soon as we went gluten-free, it completely went away.  She hasn’t ever eaten another asthma pill!

Removing gluten from your diet will help your body heal itself. Still, after people go gluten-free, they may still have problems! But why? Based on the level of destruction in your gut lining, your stomach can react (auto immune reaction) to different things that aren’t gluten, but it thinks that they are. Eating Paleo will help. The Paleo diet removes all grains, dairy and sugar because they are inflammatory foods.

But what if you  still have problems? Going to see a medical doctor might not be the best idea.  Often times, they want to give you pills and unnecessary surgeries that won’t get to the root of the issues.  Drugs are not the right way to heal your body. they just get rid of the symptoms.  All doctors are not like that.   A naturopath doctor is better.  They want you to learn and heal your body naturally.  Instead of pills, they recommend vitamins and supplements and teach you how to heal your body inside-out.

Gluten is unhealthy for us. Period. Yes, people have used grains to fed people in third world countries, but since it is mass-produced and there is an abundance of it, they use it. We are not what we eat, but what we absorb.  Gluten is not absorbed in our stomach, and that is why it causes so many problems.  We cannot digest it.   It is like glue, and our stomachs can’t break it down. More and more people are learning the truth because people are brave enough to stand out from the crowd and help others.”

Ahhhh…. warms my heart.  It’s amazing your perspective – when you experience something first hand.  (and boy has she ever!)

  I can’t wait to see how God might use her!

” Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth,

before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say,

“I have no pleasure in them.”
Ecclesiastes 12:1

Sugar-less Egg-less Cookies

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I spent all day cooking and baking Sunday.  What’s new, right?

After church, I planned my day in preparation of our week as we start school back.   My goal was to make something to have on hand for each of the kids that are dealing with their food sensitivities, plus make things for the rest of the family.  I made soup, bone broth, paleo granola bars, paleo granola, pumpkin cookies (That I will share) and pumpkin rolls.

So far we’ve really noticed how much calmer (the children being treated) are and I’m going accredit a lot of that change to no sugar.  No raw honey, and no maple sugar…  It’s crazy to realize how much cane sugar is put in so many cured meats also!  (Even the “good stuff”…)  It made me really wonder, why make something organic, and gluten/diary free – then add in cane sugar or nightshades??  Crazy!

So here is a share if you’re needing a treat for someone you love, who is avoiding sugar, honey, maple sugar, and eggs…  Or you just want a healthy cookie – try this! (adapted from my friend who didn’t know the source)

Paleo Pumpkin Cookies (sugar free/egg free)

1 can of pumpkin puree

3 cups of almond flour

16 dates (mixed in food processor, or just cut up into small bits)

2 teaspoon vanilla

2 t. baking soda

3 t. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375

Mix together and scoop out onto unbleached parchment paper on a cookie sheet and flatten before baking for 16-18 minutes.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms.

If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

John 14:1-3

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