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True or False? Meat is unhealthy and causes cancer and heart disease!

In my quest for healing, I tried everything!  I ate vegan, vegetarian,  no red meat, juicing, fasting, and more.    I watched the movie Forks over Knives and read the China Study and thought meat caused cancer and heart disease.  Here is a critique of the movie showing the “holes” in the The China Study which theorized that meat and dairy are “unhealthy”.

After studying numerous diets and health experts regarding healing our gut, animal products are essential for nourishing our gut.  Many people report higher energy levels, less disease in their bodies (rashes, inflammation, depression, reduction in symptoms, etc) by adding red meat and bone broth to their diet.  Red meat is full of vitamins and minerals that our body needs to fight disease and inflammation.   Chris Kresser has a great article on the vitamins and nutrients in red meat.  Be sure to read Chris’s entire series on red meat.

The most healthy option is 100% grass fed meats, or organic meats (grain fed but without GMOs, antibiotics and hormones) or wild caught seafood/fish or organic poultry because they are the healthiest meats available and extremely nutritious and healing to us and our guts.  Grain fed meats have more Omega 6s which can be inflammatory to our gut.  If you must eat “conventional” meat due to availability/price, etc, be sure to eat the healthiest option possible (without GMOs, without antibiotics, locally sourced, local farm, etc)

Here is an excellent series on Chris Kresser’s blog!  The truth about red meat!

 

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What if I have Crohns or UC but I just want to make small changes?

Healthy 3For Crohns and Colitis patients living a comfortable lifestyle on medication without serious side effects, making some small changes in your diet and lifestyle can help you long term.  Below are my recommendations.  For more severe cases of the disease, the following recommendations below are mandatory.

Diet Recommendations

  1. Eliminate (or reduce) gluten**
  2. Eliminate vegetable oils** (Cook with Coconut oil, Olive oil or Animal Fats – Grass fed ghee/butter)
  3. Eliminate (or reduce) processed foods
  4. Eliminate (or reduce) sugar
  5. Eliminate alcohol, soda, etc.
  6. Add whole food probiotics** (You can make all of these probiotics at home or buy most of them too.  There are many videos on youtube, instructions on many blogs as well as info in the GAPs and SCD books)
  • Raw Sauerkraut or Kimchi – I make my own at home now
  • Raw Kombucha – I will likely make at home in the very near future
  • Inner-Eco Coconut Kefir – 100 billion probiotics in each tablespoon
  • Milk Kefir – If you can tolerate dairy – most of the lactose has been removed in kefir – I make at home with raw goat milk
  • Homemade Yogurt – Start off slowly with yogurt – You may have “die off” – Approx 500 billion probiotics in each cup – I make at home with raw goat milk
  • Water Kefir – I make at home with coconut water alternating with sugar water – Most of the sugar is “eaten” by the grains used to make the kefir.
  • Kvass – You can purchase Kvass at your local health food store.  I make my own because I cannot consume stevia.  Very easy to make.  Beet Kvass is most popular but you can make many varieties.

** Most important in my opinion.  I’m open to other suggestions!

Lifestyle Recommendations

  1. Plenty of sleep – Minimum 7 hours – Preferably more – We need sleep to heal!
  2. Reduce stress as much as possible – Most disease occurs after very stressful periods (grief, move, divorce, job change, etc)
  3. Be Positive 🙂
  4. Moderate exercise.  In order to heal, we should not over stress our bodies with “too much” exercise.  Walking, light weights, yoga, hiking, swimming, biking, etc at a moderate pace will be more healing than intense exercise which can over stress your body.
  5. Practice daily relaxation techniques or meditation.

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What are fermented foods?

Fermented Foods are foods that contain probiotics.

Due to antibiotic usage, drug usage, toxins in our environment, gluten in our diet, birth control pills, etc, our gut flora is compromised.  As patients with Crohns and Colitis, we absolutely MUST repopulate the healthy gut flora in our intestines which will help seal the lining in our gut and stop the bleeding and diarrhea.  In order for the gut flora to properly populate our gut lining, we must eliminate all the foods discussed on this post.

Add whole food probiotics** (You can make all of these probiotics at home or buy most of them too.  There are many excellent videos on youtube as well as instructions on many blogs as well as info in the GAPs and SCD books)

  • Raw Sauerkraut or Kimchi – I make my own at home now
  • Raw Kombucha – I will likely make at home in the very near future
  • Inner-Eco Coconut Kefir – 100 billion probiotic CFUs in each tablespoon
  • Milk Kefir – If you can tolerate dairy – most of the lactose has been removed in kefir – I make at home with raw goat milk
  • Homemade Yogurt – Start off slowly with yogurt – You may have “die off” – Approx 500 billion probiotic CFUs in each cup – I make at home with raw goat milk
  • Water Kefir – I make at home with coconut water alternating with sugar water – Most of the sugar is “eaten” by the grains used to make the kefir.

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Where do I start?

Healthy Food Healthy YouDisclaimer:  Since I am not a doctor or medical practitioner and I do not know your medical history, please do not start any new diets or stop any medications without speaking to a medical professional first.

First!  Read everything in my blog!!

Next….  Read Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall, Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr Natasha McBride, and The Paleo Diet by Robb Wolf.

Then…  Get Started on your personal journey to health, healing and vitality!!!!

(I hope to create a list of practitioners/functional doctors to guide you but I don’t have this yet – ask me for advice on finding one)

For both SCD and GAPS diet, there is an “Intro” diet.  If you are very sick with bloody diarrhea, you will need to start VERY slowly on these diets by eliminating most foods from your diet and slowly introducing foods and testing your reaction after introducing new foods.  These diets are not easy but working towards health and vitality is empowering.  You can do it!!!  🙂

GAPS Intro Diet

GAPS Introduction Diet PDF (I started with the GAPS Intro diet)

Message From Dr Natasha before you start GAPS

SCD Intro Diet

You will need to customize the diets to your specific needs.  If you need a practitioner to help you with implementing these diets, there are certified GAPS practitioners as well as Functional Medicine Doctors that can be very helpful.  Many will also work via telephone or Skype so you can choose doctors remotely that have experience with GAPs/SCD/Paleo.  Choose your doctors/health practitioners carefully.  If you have any doctor/practitioner recommendations, please send them my way.  Thank you.

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March 23, 2014 · 9:50 pm

What if I have Food Sensitivities?

As we heal and seal the gut lining by removing all grains and sugars from our diet and eating nutritious bone broth, grass fed meats, fermented foods and organic vegetables, our bodies will be able to handle more foods that we weren’t able to tolerate before.

Beware of possible food allergies (that may disappear as your gut heals). Most diets recommend removing these items from the diet in the beginning stages.  Beginning stage could be one week to six months depending on the severity of your disease.

Eggs (Some people are only sensitive to egg whites and can tolerate yolks.  I eat yolks only at this time – in my broth daily)

Dairy (Some people cannot tolerate dairy at all.  I only eat homemade raw goat milk yogurt and homemade raw goat milk kefir for the probiotic benefits.  Goat milk is easier for most humans to digest that cow’s milk.  Raw milk is much more nutritious than pasteurized milk.  Raw milk still contains enzymes that help your body digest the milk.  Raw milk has been shown to heal numerous diseases including asthma.)   Some people remove dairy forever due to food sensitivities and allergies.

Other possible food sensitivities but less common – beef, chicken, coconut, onions, garlic – listen to your body.  During my healing process, I would eliminate a suspicious food for a week and then eat it again and see if it was a problem.  As our guts heal, we can tolerate more and more foods.  BUT we should never eat grains, sugars or processed foods again unless we want to risk being sick again.   We have the power to be healthy and enjoy life!!!  Let’s make it happen!!!

We will survive and THRIVE!!!!

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What is Ghee?

I am starting to love ghee.  I have a jar in my car as well as coconut butter.  A spoonful gives me a boost of energy!

I can’t find grass fed ghee in local shops so I purchase online (amazon).

I recommend Pure Indian Foods and Ancient Organics.

From the Ancient Organics website…

What is Ghee?

In India, ghee has always been a sacred and celebrated symbol of auspiciousness, nourishment and healing; especially in the daily rituals of cooking and worship.

Ghee is a premium cooking oil celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits, and medicinal qualities. Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of India, recognizes ghee as an essential part of a balanced diet, and considers it to be the best fat one can eat. Ghee is the very essence of butter; the end result of a long, slow, careful clarification process that removes all the moisture, milk solids and impurities. The absence of milk solids and water in ghee make it completely shelf stable. Ghee has one of the highest flash points (485ºF) which make this oil the best choice for high temperature cooking.

Ghee is comprised of full spectrum short, medium and long chain fatty acids, both unsaturated and saturated. Ghee contains Omega 3 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids along with vitamins A, D, E and K. Ghee made from organic butter of pastured cows is one of the highest natural sources of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). 9 phenolic anti-oxidants, as well as numerous other minerals are present in ghee.

Ghee is known as a substance that gives longevity, its elemental qualities balance the aging characteristics by enriching the living body.

Ghee has been used for centuries as a digestive and elimination aid, for energy, sexual vitality, skin and eye health, as a lubricant for the joints and for alkalizing the blood.

The purity of ghee allows it to be deep penetrating and nourishing as it passes through the lipid membranes of cells. For this reason, the vitamins and minerals from food cooked in ghee will be drawn deep into the body where they impart the most benefit. The assimilation of the nutrients increases when suspended in a ghee matrix. When you add spices to ghee to cook with the flavor is carried deep into the food. Many herbal preparations use ghee as the carrier oil because of these characteristics

 

 

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But my Doctor said “There is no cure” “Diet doesn’t matter” “You will be on drugs for the rest of your life”

Healthy OptionsWe have been lied to by the “standard” medical community!  We can heal and seal our gut lining and we have the power to change our lives and get off our meds (or reduce meds significantly) by making dramatic changes to our diet!  HEAL YOUR GUT AND HEAL YOUR LIFE!!!  Join me on this journey of healing!  Diet DOES Matter!!!

When I was first diagnosed with UC, I spent hundreds of hours on the internet.  Unfortunately, in 2007, there were very few blogs about healing yourself from Crohns or UC with diet.  I did find a little information about the SCD diet but it looked so complicated.  At the time, I was not “sick enough” to want to make this type of dramatic diet change.  Fast forward to 2013/2014 and there are MANY blogs written by people that were diagnosed with Crohns and UC and have been able to heal themselves by making diet and lifestyle changes.  Most people are following a combination of SCD/GAPS/Paleo/Weston A Price Diets to heal from UC and Crohn’s.  I am following a variation (based on my personal food sensitivities) of these healthy ancestral type diets to heal my gut and stay healthy!  After 7 years of suffering from chronic diarrhea/UC, I used the principles in these diets to heal my gut lining and I no longer suffer from chronic diarrhea/UC.

Most doctors receive extremely limited training on nutrition.   I went to 5 Gastroenterologists and only ONE recommended a diet – the FODMAP diet.  Unfortunately, that diet didn’t work for me either and I haven’t read any success stories of prolonged remission/healing from the FODMAP diet.  I followed it exactly as written but it had no effect on me.  If you have had success, please let me know.  Doctors are trained to treat SYMPTOMS – NOT the cause.  In order to HEAL, we MUST treat the CAUSE!!!  The symptom is diarrhea, inflammation, bloody stool, pain, etc in our intestines.  But what is the cause?  The Western medical community does not know!   The cause is our damaged gut flora, inflammation in our gut, compromised immune system and our diet.  Our gut flora and immune system are damaged from antibiotics, toxins in our environment and food supply (pesticides, etc), mercury fillings, birth control pills, other medications, NSAIDs, food sensitivities to wheat/grains/dairy, etc and more. If we are very very young when we get these diseases (sometimes as young as 9 months), we unfortunately inherit the compromised immune system and damaged gut flora from our parents – especially our Mom at birth (Listen to Dr Natasha McBride speak about the GAPs diet).   Some doctors might recommend heavy doses of prescription probiotics or going gluten free but it’s not enough to heal our extremely damaged gut flora and gut lining.   We can’t just take one “magic pill or supplement”.  I tried that – with excessive probiotic powders, removing gluten, removing dairy, excessive fish oil, psyllium husk, etc.  Nothing worked.  I was doing it all wrong!!!  🙁  We have to take a multi-pronged approach and ensure that everything we put into our body will not irritate our gut lining and that means everything!  We can’t just remove one thing or add one food/supplement.  We have to look at everything we put into our body!

Read the rest of my blog to learn how to heal and seal your gut lining and live a vibrant healthy life!!!

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What if the diet doesn’t work for me? I’m not seeing results.

Healthy 3Unfortunately for severe cases, following the diet 95% is NOT an option.  You must follow the diet 100% in order to heal.  In addition, specific supplements are recommended.  See Chris Kresser’s blog for information on recommended supplements.

In addition to the damaged gut lining, you may also have parasites or other bacteria living in your gut.  Our damaged gut lining with compromised gut flora attracts parasites and other bacteria in our guts.  We are high risk!  This is very common for people living with digestive disorders.  If you do not see results after 2-3 months, I highly recommend seeking out a skilled practitioner (functional doctor) and getting comprehensive stool testing and other blood tests.  Ensure you are working with someone that is familiar with SCD/GAPS/Paleo/Weston A Price diets and functional/holistic medicine.  Standard western medicine doctors will not do the correct comprehensive testing and will not provide the appropriate diet and lifestyle changes so you can heal holistically.

In addition, you may have mercury toxicity.  Do you have amalgam fillings in your mouth?  This has also been linked to Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis and other diseases.  You may need to seek out advice from a functional doctor or holistic dentist.

Also, make sure you don’t have unresolved food sensitivities.  Eggs, Dairy, Nuts and Nightshades can cause allergic reactions for some people.  It’s best to remove all the possible offending foods and slowly add them back in after a few months.

Disclaimer:  Since I am not a doctor or medical practitioner and I do not know your medical history, please do not start any new diets or stop any medications without speaking to a medical professional first.

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Stop Eating Gluten

Dr. Tom O’Bryan is a leading researcher on gluten. If you have Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis, you absolutely should not be eating gluten or gluten-free products. In addition, we need to stay away from ALL grains including oats, rice, quinoa, millet, etc. Absolutely, no grains if you want to get well, stop the bleeding, heal your gut lining and get off of meds.

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March 23, 2014 · 5:04 pm