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The Paleo Diet: An “Autoimmune” Approach



[I wrote the following post before I had actually started the “Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), though now I have been strictly AIP for approximately 6 weeks. I will post again with updates soon!]

There have been many changes in my life since my last post (which feels like a thousand years ago), but there is one in particular I want to focus on today:

Paleo friends, Autoimmune disease-ridden friends, HS friends, are any of you familiar with the Autoimmune Protocol?

Two and a half years ago, I went strict Paleo for 60 days (while also avoiding eggs and nightshades). After the 60 days were up, I slowly reintegrated foods back into my diet to find the culprit food that triggered my HS breakouts. I found that nightshades were my main trigger, and have stayed away from them since. I was able to maintain my health for the most part while staying away from nightshades, and did not experience many painful HS breakouts for a while.

Now that I’m in graduate school, I am frequently more stressed than I had been in undergrad, and my health has faltered quite a bit throughout the past year. I know that stress is a trigger, but I am beginning to think that I may have other food triggers as well.

Because of this, I have made the decision to reembark upon the Paleo Diet, but this time with the additional restrictions included for the Autoimmune Protocol. It’s going to be difficult, but, as I’ve said many times before, no food is worth being sick.

I am loosely following the guidelines laid out in Mickey Trescott’s book, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, although when I start reintroducing foods I will skip over the nightshades. At first, I was reluctant to give up nuts and seeds because I highly doubted that they caused any problems for me. But then I thought back to 2 years ago when I had no idea “nightshades” were even a group of foods, much less that they could be harmful to me.

Why does any of this matter to you? Well, if you’re suffering like I have been, then hopefully you can find answers along my journey. And I will be posting recipes or meal ideas that I develop. I cannot afford or find many ingredients that are used in Paleo recipes–being a lowly graduate student certainly cramps the (time and money) budget–so I will post about what it’s like to be working and in grad school while maintaining this diet. It’s possible!

Yes, it’s going to be difficult, and yes, I will definitely struggle. But I must find what it is that is making me so sick because I cannot continue to become horribly ill every time I am stressed or upset. It’s a vicious cycle that I am determined to break. I know that spending lots of time in the kitchen can be overwhelming and exhausting, but I think I’ll prefer it to spending that time stuck in bed instead. 🙂

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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a naturally produced hormone, and when used in combination with a very low calorie diet, hard to shift fat is burned off. Originally, HCG was only available as HCG injections administered in a hospital. Homoeopathic HCG has now replaced the HCG injections so this fat loss program can be undertaken at home. It has now been seen that the best way to lose weight, the fastest way to lose weight is to follow this safe HCG diet which resets the hypothalamus preventing a return of this stubborn fat so dangerous to health and vitality .

The HCG weight loss program is simple but must be followed carefully. The homoeopathic HCG diet drops are supplied to our clients at Terrace End Hair Design Palmerston North or by ordering on this website and we have been proven to work IN EVERY CASE that the user has kept to the simple instructions – this is a big claim, but this is the interaction of any human body using the premium quality HCG drops available here in combination with a low calorie diet (for between 23-40days).  Very few other weight loss regimes can share such confidence.

HCG is NOT a sex hormone and has been unfortunately named.  Research has shown that HCG has some interesting outcomes in terms of weight loss. This, combined with a new understanding of the different types of fat stores in humans has led to HCG being very useful method of changing the body shape, with weight loss where needed.

In the human body we can distinguish three kinds of fat.  The first is the structural fat which fills the gaps between various organs, a sort of packing material. Structural fat also performs such important functions as bedding the kidneys in soft elastic tissue, protecting the coronary arteries and keeping the skin smooth and taut.  It also provides the springy cushion of hard fat under the bones of the feet, without which we would be unable to walk.

The second type of fat is a normal reserve of fuel upon which the body can freely draw when the nutritional income from the intestinal tract is insufficient to meet the demand .

Such normal reserves are localised all over the body. Fat is a substance which packs the highest caloric value into the smallest space so that normal reserves of fuel for muscular activity and the maintenance of body temperature can be most economically stored in this form. Both these types of fat, structural and reserve, are normal, and even if the body stocks them to capacity this can never be called obesity.
But there is a third type of fat which is entirely abnormal.  It is the accumulation of such fat, and of such fat only, from which the overweight patient suffers. This abnormal fat is also a potential reserve of fuel, but unlike the normal reserves it is not available to the body in a nutritional emergency.  It is, so to speak, locked away in a fixed deposit and is not kept in a current account, as are the normal reserves .

When an obese patient tries to reduce by starving himself, he will first lose his normal fat reserves. When these are exhausted he begins to burn up structural fat, and only as a last resort will the body yield its abnormal reserves, though by that time the patient usually feels so weak and hungry that the diet is abandoned. It is just for this reason that obese patients complain that when they diet they lose the wrong fat.  They feel famished and tired and their face becomes drawn and haggard, but their belly, hips, thighs and upper arms show little improvement. The fat they have come to detest stays on and the fat they need to cover their bones gets less and less.  Their skin wrinkles and they look old and miserable. And that is one of the most frustrating and depressing experiences a human being can have .