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I love nutrition. I want to learn everything I can about it but I by no means know it all (yet)! I am constantly learning new things and my diet has changed a lot over the past 10 years as I battled my way through Lyme. When I originally started this blog it was not only to chronicle my Lyme journey but to share recipes. At that time I was eating Paleo-based and still do, after several bouts with veganism, including raw veganism. For me, going vegan always left me depleted with increased symptoms and decreased nutrient absorption. I’m in NO WAY bashing a vegan diet, I think it can be really great for many, it just didn’t work for me. So, what you’ll find on my site are a lot of paleo-based recipes and talk, but I still include vegan recipes as they are delicious and healthy, too!
A paleo diet eliminates gluten and all grains, usually dairy (I am dairy free), legumes, processed foods and sugar. The idea is to return to the diet of our paleolithic ancestors to reduce inflammation, heal the gut, and increase nutrient absorption. This has worked well for me and I tweak things as I go along to find what works best for MY body. Everybody’s body is different and what I need may not be what you need (And vice-versa). I’m not an expert, like I said, but I share the knowledge I’ve learned and what works for me. Again, please always keep that in mind, I share MY experience which may be totally different from yours!
Research has shown that for those with Lyme, this can be a highly beneficial diet to follow. Lyme bugs feed off of sugar and carbs+gluten and thus that can exacerbate symptoms. This great article by Nicola McFadzean, ND explains this in simple terms.
A Paleo diet consists of eating real, anti-inflammatory foods! What is not consumed on a paleo diet is gluten and all grains (including quinoa, rice, etc), no legumes (including beans and peanuts), nothing processed, no soy, and I don’t eat dairy (some paleo dieters do). What is consumed is fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and fish, nuts and seeds (no peanuts, which are actually a legume), certain fats (like avocado, coconut, olive- no vegetable, soy, canola, or sunflower/safflower oils). All the no-no foods are inflammatory and contain lectins which destroy one’s digestive system.
Some useful websites for information on this type of diet:
Marks Daily Apple– one of my favorites!
Chris Kresser– Chris offers some great information on all sorts of autoimmune disorders and other common issues in the 21st century plus how a Paleo style diet helps! Excellent research and presentation
Balanced Bites– Dianne offers up some excellent nutritional advice for following a Paleo diet
The Food Lovers Kitchen– Although this duo provides lots of recipes, they have some great resources to learn more about a Paleo diet and other interesting blog posts
A wonderful post about FAT– eat it!