What I eat

May 3, 2018

 

*Disclaimer: just because I eat like this, doesn't mean I'm saying you should. Often when I explain why I eat a certain way, people get defensive. My goal, however, is to explain why I eat a certain way, not why you should, as I'm often asked about this. Also, I'm a firm believer that diet is important, but usually not sufficient in and of itself for treating chronic illness. No diet or lifestyle management technique has cured me yet, but my symptoms would flare more without these lifestyle choices.*

 

I live alone in a city nicknamed 'Raincity." I love where I live, and I love my living situation, but these 2 factors make healthy eating complicated. Living alone means I have to strategically buy enough produce for a week that usually goes bad in half a week when only 1 person is eating it. Living in "Raincity" also means that fresh produce is not always easy to come across, especially organic and affordable fresh produce. The produce I buy, and the recipes I make, reflect this. I buy produce that doesn't go bad really quickly, and make a lot of the same meals every single day. Thankfully I'm not one who needs variety in my food. As long as it's healthy and my body doesn't react to it, I'm happy. I've experimented with cooking and baking in the past but variety in my food has never been a big concern of mine.

 

I have tried many diets and have done a lot of research into nutrition since becoming sick in 2014. I was raised a vegetarian/pescatarian since birth but revisited the notion of diet when I became ill. After trying diets from a temporary Paleo diet (my ex did all the cooking), gluten-free diet, vegan diet, FODMAP diet (for bloating), vegetarian diet, pescatarian diet, dairy-free, low-histamine, etc. etc... I have found what works well for my body: an anti-inflammatory diet. I also believe that current research on nutrition supports this diet, which I will get into more below for those interested.

 

However, what I've learned from this experience is that the type of diet you subscribe to doesn't matter as much as the quality of the food you consume. Whether it's a vegan diet or a Paleo diet, just eat real food.

 

I've always been a vegetarian. I think the dietary lifestyles I abide by and the different ones the women with EDS before me have eaten, are proof alone of the fact that diet usually doesn't cure chronic illness.

 

My grandma was raised on a farm where there were no antibiotics given to the animals and everything was organic. Her and my great-grandma (whom I have never known but we now know had EDS) strictly ate according to the Paleo Diet, yet they still had EDS and serious health complications. Then there was my mom who was raised on that same farm, grew up with all home-cook food (from the chickens she personally killed as a kid to the milk she helped her grandma squeeze for). She later became a vegetarian. 

 

My mom didn't become a vegetarian for the reasons you might be thinking- being involved with killing the chickens as a child. No, it was later on in her life when she worked for a life insurance company that she became a vegetarian. There were a lot of ways in which her bosses taught their employees to look for ways to detect quality of health, and one of those ways was a vegetarian diet. Even back in the 80s, vegetarians got cheaper life insurance. They didn't tell meat-eaters this, I'm not even sure they told vegetarians this, but it was a behind-the-scenes knowledge they taught their employees. So my mom became a vegetarian and raised us this way since birth. 

 

In some ways, I was actually raised a vegan during my developmental years because they found out before my 1st birthday that I was severely allergic to milk. My mom's breast milk (as she was consuming mild amounts of dairy products) was making me sick and I was losing weight quickly (I was also colic, my poor mother). As soon as they figured this out, I became a chubby and happy little baby. I never consumed any dairy products until I was probably around the age of 7 and we didn't really eat eggs in our household very often. Rarely on some Sundays my mom would sometimes make french toast or pancakes and then I'd have some then. 

 

This is why I know that diet is a lot, but not everything. Not only do my personal experiences reveal that diet has yet to cure me, but my great-grandma and grandma ate a strict Paleo diet, my mom a Vegetarian diet, and myself a Vegan diet and we all ended up with severe health issues (including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome).

 

3 huge fad diets (throw in gluten-free for my great grandma, my grandma, and myself and you have 4) didn't prevent the development of our illnesses. 

 

After I got sick, I became more intentional about my dietary choices. I went from vegetarian to vegan, became mostly gluten-free, added anti-inflammatory super-foods into my diet, and changed my perspective on why I eat the things I do. Although I don't think eating the way I did caused my chronic illness by any mean, I continue to eat like this.

 

I don't think of the way that I eat as a "diet" but a lifestyle choice. I refer to the way I eat as the "anti-inflammation" diet because there are things that are vegan but I choose not to eat because of how they can increase inflammation in the body. There has been some great research on anti-inflammatory diets used in the treatment of autoimmune diets that I recommend you look into. Here are some great resources for what an Anti-Inflammation diet typically looks like:

 

1. Health.com

2. Mind Body Green

3. Medical News Today

4. Web MD

 

Most anti-inflammation diets include the consumption of fish. I acknowledge that fish can have many health benefits, and I used to consume fish. However, the outrageous mercury concentration in fish nowadays has alarmed me. Unlike the consumption of milk and eggs, which I believe is inherently unhealthy, I believe fish consumption has become unhealthy (but wasn't originally unhealthy). I also think there is conflicting evidence on whether or not meat consumption was originally healthy, and just isn't nowadays, or was something our bodies were never designed to consume (like dairy). As I will talk about below, the modern Paleo diet doesn't look like the original Paleo diet. However, it all depends on where your ancestors are from. Meat consumption has been documented by some first humans and not others. I believe whether or not (organic, grass-fed) meat and (organic, not farmed) fish consumption is healthy is open for debate, while dairy consumption has always been unhealthy.

 

Why I eat the way I do

 

Simply and blatantly put, I think it's counterproductive to be fighting for your health while feeding your body poison. If you want your engine to run better, you're not going to gas it up with the wrong kind of fuel. You'll ruin the engine. 

 

I notice mild to moderate increases in brain fog, fatigue, and digestive issues when I don't eat this way, but it doesn't flare all of my symptoms. However, I continue to eat only what can fight disease, instead of feed it. I have the quote below on my fridge because I believe it's one of the least victim-blaming motivators when it comes to food and health. I don't like those quotes like "let food be thy medicine" (come on Hippocrates, not your best work hahaha) that oversimplify the complex nature of chronic illness.

 

I also eat this way because current research is showing that POTS is likely an autoimmune condition. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is an essential component in the fight against autoimmune illness.

 

I also eat a vegan/anti-inflammatory diet to prevent other illnesses. Current research has revealed time after time again that a vegan diet is associated with a lower risk of cardiac conditions, type 1 diabetes, and cancers (just to name a few). I can't handle one more condition! So I try to do whatever I can (although I know I could still develop these conditions no matter what diet I eat) to prevent this.

 

Our cells are also constantly reproducing themselves. For me, eating the way I do gives me a sense of hope: hope that I am feeding my cells the right nutrients to reproduce themselves into healthier versions and, over time, minimizing my symptoms and overall inflammation. 

 

 

Eating to Accommodate POTS:

 

Dysautonomia International gives some great tips on eating in a way that accommodates POTS: increasing sodium and water intake and eating smaller but more frequent meals. Doctors usually recommend smaller and more frequent meals for those with POTS because during digestion, blood pools to the abdomen to help the digestive process. For those with POTS, this means even less blood flow to our heads. Larger, heavier meals can result in us feeling lightheaded and experiencing an overall temporary increase in symptoms. There is also some research that gluten sensitivity is more comon in POTS than the general population.

 

Some of the research behind my dietary decisions:

(I am not writing this to offend anyone, just because I'm often asked)

 

I said above that I believe the ultimate goal, no matter what diet you subscribe to, is to eat real food. However, if I eat a vegan diet, it means that I obviously do not agree with the typical, modern Paleo diet. I don't think any differently of those who make the decision to eat a Paleo diet, but this is why I choose not to (there are too many research articles to possibly quote. Most, if not all, points I relay below are backed up by more than one original source but that would take forever to post):

 

Why I'm against the Paleo diet:

(To skip to ancestry, scroll down)

Red meat:

  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization classified red meat as a Group 2A probable carcinogen to humans. This means that it probably causes cancer as it was associated with higher rates of colorectal cancer from several epidemiological studies. However, since we cannot ethically test this (making 1 group of humans eat meat and not the other group and seeing who develops cancer), it is a correlation not a causation. However, the World Health Organization explained that it has "strong mechanistic evidence." "In 2016, the IARC reported that consuming more than 100 grams of red meat once a day increased one’s chances of stomach, breast, pancreatic and colorectal cancer by 15%." WHO defined red meat as "all mammalian muscle meat, including, beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, and goat." To read the summary click here.

  • The consumption of chicken, processed and nonprocessed red meat, egg, and fish increase one's risk of developing Prostate cancer, and increase the progression of Prostate Cancer. -Read more here.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report titled "FSIS National Residue Program for Cattle" to address the lack of monitoring harmful residues found in cattle. Read more here.

Processed meat:

  • The World Health Organization classified processed meat as a Group 1 Carcinogenic to humans. The World Health organization puts tobacco in the same group 1 carcinogen as processed meat. The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. To read the summary click here.

    "The IARC Working Group considered more than 800 studies that investigated associations of more than a dozen types of cancer with the consumption of red meat or processed meat in many countries and populations with diverse diets. The most influential evidence came from large prospective cohort studies conducted over the past 20 years."

Cow's Milk:

  • I'm not a cow, nor a breastfed infant.

  • "Scientists have found a very strong positive correlation when consumption of cow's milk is compared with the incidence of MS worldwide.One theory proposes that cow’s milk consumed in infancy lays the foundation for injuries to the nervous system that appear later in life. Cow’s milk contains one fifth as much of an essential fat, called linoleic acid, as does human mother's milk. Children raised on a linoleic acid-deficient, high-animal fat diet—as are most kids in our modern affluent society—are quite possibly starting life out with a damaged nervous system, susceptible to insults and injuries in later life. The possible sources of injury that can precipitate the attacks of multiple sclerosis in mid-life are suspected to be viruses, allergic reactions, and/or disturbances of the flow of blood to the brain caused by a high-fat diet." 
    Source 1: Malosse D. Correlation between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis prevalence: a worldwide study. Neuroepidemiology. 1992;11(4-6):304-12.
    Source 2: Agranoff BW. Diet and the geographical distribution of multiple sclerosis. Lancet. 1974 Nov 2;2(7888):1061-6.
    Source 3: https://www.msard-journal.com/article/S2211-0348(16)30100-6/pdf
    ^ The association between dairy and animal consumption and autoimmune disease is one of the main reasons I am vegan.

  • Drugs used in dairy cows: Drugs.com

  • The pharmaceutical industry sells approximately 80% of all antibiotics made in the United States to Animal Agriculture. -Sustainable Table, and World Health Organization.

  • Everyone is lactose intolerant to some degree or another. Source: Bloom & Sherman, 2005.

  • "High milk intake was associated with higher mortality in one cohort of women and in another cohort of men, and with higher fracture incidence in women. Given the observational study designs with the inherent possibility of residual confounding and reverse causation phenomena, a cautious interpretation of the results is recommended." -Read more here.

  • "The opiate-like effects of the casomorphin in cow’s milk may have a depressive effect on the respiratory center of infants [when consumed through mother's breast milk], and lead to 'milk apnea,' in which babies temporarily stop breathing, and are placed at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (crib death)." -NutritionalFacts.org

  • "Diet can help to reduce the amount of insulin needed and reduce the risk of complications in people with type 1 diabetes, a condition where the body stops making insulin and frequent injections or an insulin pump is required. For more information, visit PCRM.org/Type1Diabetes. Some research suggests that cow’s milk may increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.5 For this reason, among others, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the avoidance of commercially available cow’s milk during the first year of life. Breast-feeding mothers may do well to avoid cow’s milk, until more research is completed." -Read more here.

  • "The China Study" was an extensive 20-year study looking at over 367 variables in 65 countries in China. I highly recommend the book, or at least looking into the detailed research founded by this study. One thing they found was that "in multiple, peer-reviewed animal studies, researchers discovered that they could actually turn the growth of cancer cells on and off by raising and lowering doses of casein, the main protein found in cow’s milk."

  • Countries that have the highest dairy consumption rates also have the highest rates of Osteoporisis. -Read more here.

  • Cow's milk is a hormonal fluid that has been linked to breast cancer. Higher dairy consumption has been linked to risk of death in breast cancer for women. Read more here, 

  • "Although a vegetarian lifestyle can lower the body burden of PLOP, MMHg, and lead, such benefits can be undermined by the consumption of contaminated milk and egg products. Farm animals that have been fed contaminated animal products produce contaminated milk and egg products.In summary, the inclusion of animal products in some forms of vegetarianism can increase the exposure of humans to persistent pollutants. Vegetarians with a desire to reduce their exposure to neurotoxic substances (eg, PLOP, MMHg, and lead) should be aware of farming practices that introduce these pollutants into the human diet." Read more here.

Eggs:

  • Eating 1 egg a day has been suspected to be as detrimental as smoking 5 cigarettes a day when it comes to life expectancy. Resources: here, here, and here.

  • The consumption of chicken, processed and nonprocessed red meat, egg, and fish increase one's risk of developing Prostate cancer, and increase the progression of Prostate Cancer. -Read more here.

  • "Although a vegetarian lifestyle can lower the body burden of PLOP, MMHg, and lead, such benefits can be undermined by the consumption of contaminated milk and egg products. Farm animals that have been fed contaminated animal products produce contaminated milk and egg products.In summary, the inclusion of animal products in some forms of vegetarianism can increase the exposure of humans to persistent pollutants. Vegetarians with a desire to reduce their exposure to neurotoxic substances (eg, PLOP, MMHg, and lead) should be aware of farming practices that introduce these pollutants into the human diet." Read more here.

Chicken:

  • The number one source of cholesterol in America is chicken. Source: here.

  • "Not only are harmful prions found in the meats of animals that have consumed animal products, but also found in these meats are persistent lipophilic organic pollutants (PLOP), such as pesticides, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polybrominated compounds. Animal products can also contain other neurotoxic substances, such as monomethyl mercury (MMHg) and lead."

  • Approximately 99.9% of chicken in America are raised on factory farms. Several studies have shown the frequent administration of approximately 450 animal drugs to these chicken. -Read more here.

  • The consumption of chicken, processed and nonprocessed red meat, egg, and fish increase one's risk of developing Prostate cancer, and increase the progression of Prostate Cancer. -Read more here.

 

Fish:

  • "Infectious diseases are always a hazard and may cause significant stock losses and problems with animal welfare. Intensive aquaculture (shrimp and fish farming) has led to growing problems with bacterial diseases, the treatment of which now requires the intensive use of antimicrobials. Although various authors have emphasized the putative negative effects of using antimicrobial agents in fish farms (Alderman and Hastings, 1998; Cabello, 2006), few studies on antimicrobial resistance in the aquaculture industry have been performed in situ. (Fernández -Alarcón 2010, Miranda & Zemelman 2002). Because a wide variety of chemicals are currently used in aquaculture production, control measures have been introduced over the years. These include disinfectants (e.g., hydrogen peroxide and malachite green), antibiotics (e.g., sulfonamides and tetracyclines) and anthelmintic agents (e.g., pyrethroid insecticides and avermectins) (Rawn et al. 2009). However, disease control is an active research field, and alternatives to antibiotic treatments have been explored. The public health hazards related to antimicrobial use in aquaculture include the development and spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and resistance genes and the presence of antimicrobial residues in aquaculture products and the environment." Read more here.

  • "Environmental estrogenic substances (polychlorinated biphenyls and phthalate esters) have been found in human serum in the following relative concentrations: urban fish eaters > rural fish eaters > urban vegetarians > rural vegetarians." -Read more here.

  • "Vegetarian vegans from Hong Kong who consumed no fish or shellfish were shown to have very low concentrations of hair mercury compared with nonvegetarians." -Read more here.

Overall health:

  • "Approximately 93% of Dioxin exposure comes from the consumption of animal products." -What The Health film
    Read more about the health implications of Dioxin exposure here.

  • "Studies have shown that a primarily vegetarian diet results in decreased exposures to bioconcentrated environmental pollutants." -Read more here.

  • "After 12 mo of changing from an omnivorous diet to a lactovegetarian diet, healthy adults had decreased hair concentrations of mercury and lead Therefore, a predominance of plant food in human diets is an important step in lowering the body burden of harmful substances in populations exposed to pollutants." -Read more here.

  • The typical Mediterranian diet has shown to drastically reduce the rates of Alzheimer's and dementia. -Dr. Wendy Thornton

  • "The high bacteria load in raw or cooked animal foods and fermented foods may trigger an endotoxemic surge of inflammation, which may be exacerbated by the presence of saturated animal fat." -Watch more here.

  • "Vegetarian mothers have been shown to secrete substantially fewer organochlorine substances in breast milk than do nonvegetarian mothers." -Read more here.

  • "Low-fat, plant-based diets are ideal for diabetes and the conditions associated with it, such as heart disease, weight gain, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. And they offer the advantage of not requiring any weighing or measuring of portions. Going hungry is not necessary!The old approach recommended cutting down on carbohydrates. It’s true that overly processed carbohydrates—those made with sugar or white flour, for example—are poor choices. However, delicious unprocessed or minimally processed foods, such as potatoes, rice, oats, beans, pasta, fruit, and vegetables, were the main part of the diet in countries where people were traditionally fit and trim and where diabetes was rare. Unfortunately, highly processed carbohydrates and affordable meat and cheese dishes have moved in, and now we have a worldwide type 2 diabetes epidemic.A low-fat vegetarian approach recognizes that whole-food carbohydrates are fine; it’s the fat in our diets that is the problem. New information suggests that fat in animal products and oils interferes with insulin’s ability to move glucose into the cells.1 Eating less fat reduces body fat. Less body fat allows insulin to do its job. However, choosing skinless chicken, skim milk, and baked fish is not enough of a change for most people to beat diabetes." -Read more here.

  • "By some estimates, 99.9 percent of chicken and 78 percent of beef consumed in the United States comes from animal factories. 1 Extreme growth rates and unsanitary, overcrowded conditions are now commonplace in large industrial animal factories, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). What many Americans may not realize is that to keep pace with the increasing growth and concentration of livestock raised in animal factories, 2 the animal agriculture industry uses over 450 animal drugs, drug combinations,and other feed additives to promote animal growth and to suppress the negative effects that heavily-concentrated confinement has on farm animals. Food animal producers regularly use these drugs for reasons that have nothing to do with medical necessity or animal health—but solely to increase profit." -Read more here.

  • Check out this link by the Center for Food Safety that "This summarizes the current safety information on animal drugs that urgently demand reexamination by FDA.The approved animal drugs reviewed in this report are organized into the broader categories of: Beta-agonists, Steroid hormones, Antioxidants, Antibiotics, Arsenicals, [and] Cocciodiostats."

  • "Meta-analysis that included 124,706 participants recruited for seven prospective cohort studies that compared vegetarians with omnivores in the UK, Germany, California, the USA, the Netherlands, and Japan found that vegetarians had a 29% lower mortality risk for ischaemic heart disease (T. Huang et al. 2012). This is in line with findings from a meta-analysis of five prospective studies that compared data for 76,172 people from Germany, the UK, and the USA, which found that the mortality rate from ischaemic heart disease was 24% lower in vegetarians than in non-vegetarians after a mean follow-up of just over ten years and a half (Key et al. 1999)." -Read more here.

  • The Center for Disease Control and Surveillance has declared our state of antibiotic resistance a state of emergency caused by our food. Read more here.

  • "One study found that 21 of 23 patients on oral medications and 13 of 17 patients on insulin were able to get off of their medications after 26 days on a near-vegetarian diet and exercise program.2 During two- and three-year follow-ups, most people with diabetes treated with this regimen have retained their gains.3 The dietary changes are simple, but profound, and they work.A 2006 study, conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine with the George Washington University and the University of Toronto, looked at the health benefits of a low-fat, unrefined, vegan diet (excluding all animal products) in people with type 2 diabetes.4 Portions of vegetables, grains, fruits, and legumes were unlimited. The vegan diet group was compared with a group following a portion-controlled, higher-fat diet based on American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines. The results of this 22-week study were astounding:Forty-three percent of the vegan group and 26 percent of the ADA group reduced their diabetes medications. Among those whose medications remained constant, the vegan group lowered hemoglobin A1C, an index of long-term blood glucose control, by 1.2 points, three times the change in the ADA group.The vegan group lost an average of about 13 pounds, compared with about 9 pounds in the ADA group.Among those participants who didn’t change their lipid-lowering medications, the vegan group also had more substantial decreases in their total and LDL cholesterol levels compared to the ADA group.This study illustrates that a plant-based diet can dramatically improve the health of people with diabetes. It also shows that people found this way of eating highly acceptable and easy to follow. Did you know? Both the American and Canadian Diabetes Associations include plant-based as a diet option!" -Read more here.

"But our ancestors ate a Paleo diet..":

  • "When we talk about "paleo" diets, we arbitrarily tend to start with one set of ancestors, our most recent ones. I want to eat like Homo erectus or a Neanderthal or a stone age human, my neighbors testify. But why do we choose these particular ancestors as starting points? They do seem tough and admirable in a really strong five o’ clock shadow sort of way. But if we want to return to the diet our guts and bodies "evolved to deal with" (a concept that wrongly assumes our bodies are fine tuned by engineers rather than cobbled together by natural selection), perhaps we should also be looking our earlier ancestors. In addition to understanding early humans and other hominids, we need to understand the diet of our ancestors during the times when the main features of our guts, and their magical abilities to turn food into life, evolved. The closest (albeit imperfect) proxies for our ancestral guts are to be found coiled inside the living bodies of monkeys and apes." In other words, whether or not you believe in macro-evolution, our gut bacteria most closely resembles that of apes. Vegetarians. And if you've belonged to the health/chronic-illness community long enough, you've heard the spiel I won't reiterate about the importance of gut health.

  • "Which paleo diet should we eat? The one from twelve thousand years ago? A hundred thousand years ago? Forty million years ago? If you want to return to your ancestral diet, the one our ancestors ate when most of the features of our guts were evolving, you might reasonably eat what our ancestors spent the most time eating during the largest periods of the evolution of our guts, fruits, nuts, and vegetables—especially fungus-covered tropical leaves" -Scientific American

  • "Archaeologists tend to emphasise the role of meat in ancient human diets, largely because the butchered bones of wild animals are so likely to be preserved at dig sites. Edible plants may have been overlooked simply because their remains don’t survive so well.The Gesher Benot Ya’aqov site in northern Israel provides some of our first direct evidence of what plants early humans ate. The site was occupied 780,000 years ago, probably by Homo erectus or a very closely related species. Deep in history, waterlogging helped preserve evidence of its inhabitants’ diets – plants as well as meat.Yoel Melamed and Naama Goren-Inbar at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, and their colleagues have compiled data on the diversity and abundance of plant remains during periods when there is evidence of human activity. They also looked at the plant remains from time frames when there is no evidence humans were present. By comparing the two sets of data, they could get a reasonable idea of which plants humans were deliberately gathering from their surroundings.It turns out the ancient humans had extraordinarily broad tastes. They collected no fewer than 55 different kind of plant – harvesting their nuts, fruits, seeds and underground stems or eating them as vegetables (see “The real Paleo diet”, below).“The modern human diet is clearly restricted when compared to the [early] hominin diet or even to the early farmers’ diet,” says Goren-Inbar.....'We need plant-derived nutrients to survive – vitamin C and fibre, for example,” she says. “Hominins were probably predominantly vegetarians.'" -New Scientist

  • "Neanderthal medics? Evidence for food, cooking, and medicinal plants entrapped in dental calculu." -Read more here.

 

 

However, what the Paleo diet consists of depends on who your ancestors were. Some ancestors were located in a tropical climate where fruit was a major source of nutrients. Others, especially in colder climates, depended on fish and other meat for the majority of their nutrients. I think Scientific American explained it best in the following quotes:

 

"With agriculture, several human populations independently evolved gene variants that coded for the persistence of lactase (which breaks down lactose) so as to be able to deal with milk, not just as babies but also as adults. Drinking milk of another species as an adult is weird, but some human populations have evolved the ability. With agriculture, the species in our guts seem to have evolved too. Some populations of humans in Japan have a kind of bacteria in their guts which appears to have stolen genes for breaking down seaweed, a foodstuff that became popular along with the post-agricultural Japanese diet. With agriculture, human bodies changed so as as to cope with new foods. Our bodies bear the marks of many histories. As a result, if you want to eat what your body “evolved to eat” you need to eat something different depending on who your recent ancestors were." -Scientific American

 

"What should you eat? The truth is that many different diets consumed by our ancestors--al insect diet, mastodon diets or whatever you please--would be, although some perfect panacea, better than the average modern diet, one so bad that any point in the past can come to seem like the good ole days, unless you go too far back to a point when our ancestors lived more like rats and probably ate everything, including their own feces. Sometimes what happens in paleo should really stay in paleo. -Scientific American.

 

 

The impact of different diets on overall health should always remain an open conversation. I was hesitant to create this post because I know how defensive people can get on the topic of veganism. So I wanted to remind everyone that this is why I eat the way I do. I am not saying that everyone can nor should eat like this. Some people cannot eat orally as well, and I am aware of that (Kate Farms has a great organic, gluten-free tube formula for those interested in that.). 

 

The amount of conflicting information out there about diet and health is overwhelming. You'll read one thing that'll say eating meat is the worst thing for you, while another that insists that eating meat is the best thing for you. This is why I urge you to:

 

1. Keep an open mind. As future research is published, if it conflicts my way of eating or your way of eating, we must always keep an open mind.

 

2. Eat what's right for you and your body.

 

3. Do your own research and see what stands out to you. Don't trust my word for it! I'm not a nutritionist nor a doctor.

 

4. Just eat real food whenever possible. 

 

5. Avoid foods with a commercial. 

 

6. Read original sources, not blog posts or articles summarizing original sources. Most of the sources I included above are original sources, but not all of them. 

 

7. Look to see who funded the original sources: if it's BC Dairy you better believe that it's biased. Also look to see what organizations the researchers are involved in to help further determine bias.

 

8. Remember: my great-grandma and grandma ate the typical Paleo diet, my mom ate a vegetarian/pescatarian diet, and I ate a vegan diet, and we're all still sick. So while diet is important, it's not everything.

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