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Diet and Disease

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“Relax. It’s just food.” This is how we initially introduce nutrition to our gym members. We accentuate the positive and pack our recommendations with easy ‘how to’s’. We do that to avoid any unneeded stress about what to eat, what not to eat, how much to eat and when to eat.

Our intention is to keep things positive and light, and get people into cooking their own real foods as much as possible. Now that we’ve pretty much accomplished that, now we’re here to tell you the truth -

THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF.

Like, really serious. Lifesaving, disease curing, symptom eliminating, longevity increasing stuff.

Throughout these 30 Days, most of us are starting to feel a little leaner, and have more energy throughout the day. Because of that, we are making better progress in the gym, looking better in our clothes, and walking around with more confidence in general. That’s great, and was the intended outcome of the 30 Days. But we also noticed some other things happening as well… your symptoms that you have been dealing with for months, years or decades, have started to go away.

You already know what worked for you, and what might work for other people. Below are the scientific facts that can back up your own experiences. When you have a friend or family member who also has symptoms or a disease, it would perfect sense to first try the the easiest, least invasive, cheapest and most convenient methods of treatment. Right?

BEFORE YOU READ ANY FURTHER, CLICK ON THE TWO LINKS IN RED IN THE PARAGRAPHS BELOW.

They are a primer for everything below. Some parts are dry, but stick it out, especially if you or a loved one has any of the diseases mentioned below.

According to Chris Kresser of The Healthy Skeptic, there are 4 toxins that we should absolutely eliminate from our diet immediately. The health of your gut can dictate the overall health of your body.

If you vaguely remember why gluten is bad, but you can’t recall everything, read this overview of “leaky gut”  from Balanced Bites. It’s is an illustrated and succinct account of what gluten and other anti-nutrients do to your body.

Below are some examples of the types of symptom reversals that we’ve seen at our gym, and have heard about through testimonials from patients of well-known holistic doctors and nutrition specialists.

If you or any of your family members have been experiencing any of the following symptoms, please do your research (starting with these links, and continuing on your own) and try the least invasive plan of action first.

GERD (Acid reflux):

An article on how to eliminate heartburn and GERD for good in 3 simple steps.

A testimonial from someone who wrote in to the author of “Wheat Belly”.

If you are eating all real foods, but still have symptoms of GERD, consider lowering your carb intake or eliminating nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes).

IBS:

A Q&A  with a lot of great ideas in the answer section. A must read, if you are suffering, even if your symptoms have started to go away.

A great testimonial on Mark’s Daily Apple from a person who discovered, late into life, that his debilitating IBS was due to grain consumption. His suspicions were confirmed on a weekend retreat in the woods with only granola and fruit.

Migraines:

Here is a good breakdown of how/why the elimination of certain (inflammatory) foods are causing your migraines.

Depression/Anxiety:

A great, easy-to-read piece by Mark Sisson on depression and diet.

In this podcast (press play when you open the page), Dr. Chris Kresser talks about the brain-gut axis and how the health of your gut influences the health of your brain.

Type 1 Diabetes: (yes, it can be controlled)

One Whole9 client’s story about Type 1 Diabetes and her diet.

One mother’s success story with her Type 1 Diabetic child.

Another testimonial, on Robb Wolf’s blog about how Paleo has become a way of life, and a way to control his Type 1 Diabetes.

Thyroid Dysfunction:

Thyroid diseases are on the rise, big time.  Fixing your immune system via eating real foods might be the only way to cure your problem for good.

Here’s a great article about the thyroid/gluten connection.

An excellent article on why/how changing your diet should always be the first step toward dealing with Hasimoto’s Thyroid disease.

Below is a list of additional symptoms or diseases that have been  linked with chronic inflammation or that have an inflammatory component.

Remember: Eliminate the inflammatory foods (processed, wheat containing, anti-nutrient containing) as a first line of defense for dealing with any of these issues:

acid reflux/heartburn
acne
allergies and sensitivities
Alzheimer’s disease
asthma
atherosclerosis
bronchitis
cancer
carditis
celiac disease
chronic pain
Crohn’s disease
cirrhosis
colitis
dementia
dermatitis
diabetes
dry eyes
edema
emphysema
eczema
fibromyalgia
gastroenteritis
gingivitis
heart disease
hepatitis
high blood pressure
insulin resistance
interstitial cystitis
joint pain/arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis
metabolic syndrome (syndrome X)
myositis
nephritis
obesity
osteopenia
osteoporosis
Parkinson’s disease
periodontal disease
polyarteritis
polychondritis
psoriasis
raynaud’s syndrome
scleroderma
sinusitis
Sjögren’s syndrome
spastic colon
systemic candidiasis
tendonitis
UTI’s
vaginitis

If you want to know more about how diet can affect and help these diseases, just google “Paleo + name of disease”. Start there, pay attention to the sources of info, and go from there.

For more information any of these diseases, and how nutrition and diet play a part, refer to the following podcasts and videos if you learn by listening, or the following websites if you learn by reading. Good luck in taking your health into your own hands!

Podcasts:

Underground Wellness Podcast Interviews. Sean Croxton has interviewed most of the BIGGEST names at the forefront of nutrition and holistic wellness. A must-listen!

The Paleo Solution podcasts. Great Q&A from listeners to Robb Wolf, our most integral source of important information on all things nutrition. His podcast could be 5 minutes long, with the answer to each question being, “eat Paleo, ya big dummy.” But instead, he takes the time to explain the why’s and how-to’s.

The Balanced Bites podcast with Diane Sanfilippo and Cave Girl Eat’s Liz Wolfe. A great duo that brings a quirky feminine touch to the topic of nutrition and health. They also help out mom’s to be, and those who are trying to conceive.

Chris Kresser – He’s smart and his stuff can be pretty high level at times. Very informative!

Websites:

Paleo Solution

Mark’s Daily Apple

The Healthy Skeptic

Balanced Bites

Whole9

REAL LIFE SOLUTIONS:

For when you want answers and help. Now.

If you, or a loved one are dealing with symptoms or disease and think that you might benefit from some one-on-one or group nutritional therapy, please contact Liz Wolfe, NTP. She lives and works locally in Cherry Hill. After comprehensively evaluating every aspect of your current health and symptoms, she utilizes the principles of the Weston A. Price Foundation and paleo (real food) diet to help determine the exact cause of your problems, and how natural nutrition and tailored supplementation can help YOU with YOUR symptoms. Remember, nutrition is not one size fits all, especially when it comes to nutrition and healing.

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6 Responses to Diet and Disease

  1. Steve says:

    Nice job! One suggestion….maybe add Raynaud’s to your list?

  2. Amy says:

    This is awesome Alycia. Really resolved all skepticism I still had.

  3. Thanks for the shout-outs here. One note, Chris Kresser is not an MD. He’s a SUPER smart guy and a licensed acupuncturist and integrative medicine practitioner, but not an MD. I’m sure he’d appreciate the clarification on his title/role. http://chriskresser.com/clinic/about

    Cheers!!

  4. Alycia says:

    Thanks Diane, I got incorrect info. (the info I find on the internet isn’t always 100% correct? whaaat?) I’ll change that now!

  5. Jamie says:

    Thanks, Alycia. I went out to dinner last night for the first time during the challenge. Only to Elevation Burger though. :D I had two doubles wrapped in lettuce with tomato and mustard. I’m avoid ketchup because most brands have sugar. I’m really excited to do the Garage on Monday morning!

  6. Samantha Aurelio says:

    That’s an awful long list of issues that can be resolved by one thing. fancy that. (I loved this post :D )

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