My new food plan

have been on a paleo gluten free eating plan for a while. I started this plan because I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have been working with a doctor of functional medicine who has tested me in several ways and we discovered my allergies are milk, eggs, gluten, almonds, peanuts and soy. I also found out that I had zero bacteria in my gut, no good bacteria no bad bacteria. So basically my gut was not doing anything. Since being on this eating plan my overall well being has improved dramatically.

I have suffered with chronic joint pain most of my life. As I have mentioned before I have had severe depression for 25 years. I have also suffered with irritable bowels for over 12 years. I was waking up exhausted and dragging through the day. Then I would finally collapse in bed only to toss and turn and not be able to sleep because of the pain and discomfort I was living with.

Since starting this plan a few months ago, most of my pain has been relieved, by irritable bowel has ended, I have had less headaches and my depression has decreased to a manageable level. I am even sleeping at night. The greatest benefit has been that for the first time in more years than I can count I see hope in my future. I wake up happy and stay happy all day.

I have had to give up most of my favorite foods however. But once I began to see results it really was not that hard to avoid breads, milk, eggs, and sugar.  If I have a moment of weakness and eat pasta or sugar I actually get quite ill. I am reminded of my past ailments. Knowing the cause of my discomfort keeps me away from the trigger foods.

I am basically following a Paleo diet, this helps to prevent autoimmune reactions in the body. I am telling you about this because some of my recipes may sound strange to some. I encourage you to try them even if you are not doing Paleo. They are tasty and very nutritious. I will try to still include my delicious comfort foods, it is hard to make them when I can’t eat them.

There are so many books and websites about Paleo that I will not refer to any one resource. My version works for me, it may not work for others. You have to determine what are your triggers and avoid them.

The good thing about this diet is I get to eat. I have been on so many diets where I had to starve and my will power was never strong enough. With paleo I can eat lots of delicious foods. Best of all I can have chocolate (85% cacao and higher)

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