Disease Prevention, General Health

Essential Oils for Diabetes

Before I go on with this post, I want to make it clear that I am not claiming that essential oils can cure diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, your body does not produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes sufferers have the inability to use insulin properly. This post is about stabilizing insulin levels and using it properly, so it is relevant to type 2 diabetes. We have talked about the importance of proper insulin levels in the body, but how can we encourage stable blood glucose level naturally? This is what we will be talking about here.

 

Before talking about essential oils that might help, it is important to remind you that exercise and diet are the two most critical factors. Exercising each day is the very most important thing you can do. Avoiding sugar and lowering your carb intake is also an extremely effective approach. Now back to essential oils. Keep in mind that, although debated, internal use seems to be the most effective. I say it is debated because some worry about internal use safety. I believe it is safe and I will post on that in the future, but you can also apply the oil to the sole of your feet, behind your ears and on your temples.

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Essential Oils for Diabetes

  1. Cinnamon: Cinnamon in powder form has been vastly researched for lowering glucose levels. Cinnamon in essential oil form has also been studied as an effective pancreatic support.
  2. Essential oil blends: Synergy is often key when it comes to nutrients. For example, you might have heard about how we need vitamin C to absorb iron and magnesium to absorb calcium. Similarly, herbs and essential oils can work together to increase their potency and effectiveness. For example, black pepper (with is compound piperine)  increases the bio-availability of turmeric. In this study, a combination of various combinations of essential oils such as fenugreek, cinnamon, cumin and oregano was found to be effective in lowering glucose levels.
  3. Turmeric and pepper: Turmeric has been used effectively for the treatment of diabetes in Aruyedic medicines and tradition Chinese medicine. I added pepper since we know it helps with bio-availability.
  4. Coriander has been show to have an effect on insulin release.
  5. Clove bud
  6. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

 

Essential OIl protocol for Diabetes

Start with 8-10 drops of coriander in a veggie capsule every day. Also experiment making your own blends with the oils mentioned above. I would love to hear what results you get. Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to suffer from diabetes to try these. We can all benefit from more stable blood sugar levels. Insulin impacts all the other hormones in your body and ensuring that you don’t have insulin spikes will improve your overall health.

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General Health, Uncategorized

Healing Foods to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation has become a trendy word in the world of health and nutrition. Why? Because it is at the root of most chronic health issues along with the microbiome. Let’s look at the causes of inflammation and talk about the foods that help reduce inflammation.

What causes inflammation?

Have you ever heard of Donna Gates? She is a pioneer in the gut health movement. Her book, The Body Ecology Diet, has become a classic.

She defines inflammation as your body’s response to stress. Some inflammation is useful and necessary, like when you catch a cold, but now we have an epidemic of chronic, low grade inflammation. She mentions two very important causes of chronic inflammation, which we have talked about on this blog: food sensitivities and microbiome imbalances. Along with that, there is stress, environmental toxicity and poor lifestyle choices.

What are the healing foods that help reduce inflammation?

As you might know, the excess of omega 6 found in processed foods is a major cause of inflammation. It follows logically that consuming omega-3 rich foods is helpful in reducing inflammation:

1- Fatty fish

2- Olive oil

3- Nuts and seeds

Fruits and vegetables, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, also help restore health and repair the body.

1- Leafy greens like spinach, kale, broccoli, aragula, bok choy, cabbage, swiss chard, collard greens, beet greens, etc. are nutrition powerhouses. If you struggle getting enough, adding them to smoothies and juicing them is a great option. I love this juice.

2- Ginger has been known mainly for helping with stomach upsets and nausea. Did you know that it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been used to treat arthritis?

3- Turmeric has been vastly studied in scientific literature. This beautifully coloured root has been shown to help as an antidepressant, an anticoagulant and guess what? An anti-inflammatory! You can use the fresh root to make tea, juices, curry and many other delicious dishes. You can also purchase turmeric in the form of a supplement.

4- Pineapple, rich in bromelain, also helps combat inflammation.

5- Celery, with its high vitamin and mineral content, has many health benefits. In particular, it is a great source of potassium and we are discovering that the right balance between potassium and sodium is also an important factor in fighting inflammation. Other potassium rich foods include squash, avocados, sweet potatoes, white beans and bananas.

6- Beets, known for their bright colour, are full of antioxidants. They also contain betaine and pectin, which help detoxify the body.

7- Blueberries have been known for their antioxidant properties for a long time! They also contain a strong anti-inflammatory called quercetin. Quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant, play an important role in fighting free radical damage and inflammation.

Food is fuel for your body. It sends information to your cells, that is why it is so important to emphasize foods that are healing in your diet. When you eat as much anti-inflammatory foods as possible, you have less space in your diet for the inflammatory choices that would harm you. I once read the advice that one should make sure to drink a quart of green juice, a quart of green smoothie and eat a great big salad each day. This advice was an eye opener for me. I haven’t put it into practice religiously, but I have taken to heart to focus on nutrient density in my diet. I think you should too!

General Health, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

How to Stop Craving Carbs and and Sugar

Almost everyone can relate to that intense desire to eat more bread or cookies. Sugar and carbs are really the same thing here. Carbohydrate-containing foods will metabolize into sugar by your body. To understand how to stop craving carbs, we need to understand what causes these cravings.

What causes us to crave sugar

Blood sugar imbalances, causing insulin surges, are responsible for carb cravings. It is a viscous circle: you eat carbs, you crave more carbs! Not only that, but your gut bacteria will cause you to crave certain foods. For example, if you suffer from candida overgrowth, the little bugs will really work hard at getting you to feed them sugar. Lastly, eating carbs and sugar provides a burst of serotonin and endorphins. It makes you feel good! Hormonal imbalances will make you more vulnerable to cravings, which explains why women tend to struggle with cravings before their menstruations.

How to Stop Craving Carbs and Sugar

1- Stabilize your blood sugar: Avoiding sugar and processed foods is critical if you want to get off that insulin roller coaster. Using stevia in place of sugar in your sweet treats will help when you feel like you NEED sugar. Gradually, you will find that the cravings are not as strong. Eating more healthy fat and protein, drinking enough water are other ways to improve your glucose metabolism. Also, make sure you consume at least 7-9 cups of vegetables each day. Nutritional yeast is also a great addition to your diet as it provides the B vitamins necessary to lowering insulin.

2- Feed the good bugs in your gut: The brain-gut axis is becoming very well researched. This term doesn’t describe a physical network, but rather the interrelationship between the intestines and the brain. It describes how the microbes in your intestines have an impact on your behaviour and that include your food choices, since different microbes prefer different foods. Furthermore, the vagus nerve (connecting your brain to your gut) plays a major role in brain to gut signaling. When food arrives in your stomach, your gut bacteria will determine whether your vagus nerve will suppress your hunger or not.

3- Get rid of candida overgrowth: Candida, on top of it’s various unpleasant symptoms, will cause you to crave more carbs because that is what it feeds on.

4- Get natural energy: Food sensitivities can leave you drained and looking to sugar as a pick me up. Go through an elimination diet to see if your cravings improve. Avoid gluten, dairy, corn and soy for at least 21 days and start reintroducing them gradually to see if you react to them. Wait 3 days between each reintroduction and keep a journal to write how you feel. Also, feed your body the nutrients it needs to avoid cravings.

If you would like to improve your energy and reduce your cravings, don’t hesitate to contact me here. I would love to accompany you on your journey and I can add you to our Detox through Food and Essential Oils Facebook group.

 

General Health, Gut health

How to make bone broth in a pressure cooker

Bone broth is rich in minerals. It contains collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline, which help heal your gut lining and keep your skin young looking. Not only that, but it’s delicious! Soups, stews, sauces and even grains taste so much better when they are made with real bone broth! It’s a good idea to make it a habit to always have some in the fridge. I started making mine in my pressure cooker. It makes 3 liters at a time of the most amazing, gelatin rich bone broth. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Fill up your pot with bones.
  2. Put enough water to reach the MAX line in your pot.
  3. Select any pressure cooking option and adjust the time to 30 minutes.
  4. Let the cooker depressurize on it’s own.
  5. Strain the bones out and pour your liquid gold in Mason jars.

Simple enough? Here are a few modifications you can try:

Add 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar to your bones and water and let sit for 30 minutes. Some say that this helps draw out the minerals from the bones. Add onions, carrots, celery, parsley or any other leftover veggies to your bones and water. Chicken legs are a great addition if you can put your hands on them. They improve the gelatin content of your broth. You can also select the option soup and adjust the time to 120 minutes on your pressure cooker.

See how easy this is? There is no reason to make it complicated and there is certainly no reason to buy the additive filled and nutrient void chicken stock.

General Health, Uncategorized

Rebuilding your Immune System Naturally

Our immune system and chronic inflammatory diseases are closely related. Keeping our body’s defense mechanism functioning properly is key in fighting off disease on one hand, and avoiding chronic inflammation on the other hand. You don’t want an underactive immune system or you will be always catching colds and other illnesses, but you don’t want an overactive immune system either as this will cause various autoimmune issues. How does our immune system work? What happens if it works too well? How can we make sure to nourish and protect our immune system?

How does our immune system work?

Did you know that the cells of your immune system originate in the bone marrow? They then migrate using a special system of vessels called the lymphatic system. Our immune system is constantly adapting and learning to be able to fight new bacteria and viruses every day.

When your immune system is overactive

A variety of modern diseases are caused by an overactive immune system; they are called autoimmune diseases:

1- Allergies and asthma are caused when the immune system reacts to harmless environmental substances.

2- Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system attacks cells from your own body. Thyroid dysfunction, for example, is caused when your immune system attacks your thyroid gland. There is also rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis among others. To heal autoimmunity, it is essential to heal your gut and to temporarily remove your food triggers.

What if your immune system is underactive?

If you keep getting all the sicknesses that are going around, you may benefit from healing your gut too, but you should also boost your immune system with these simple tips:

1- Add more good bacteria to your diet. Are you surprised? It seems that no matter what ailment troubles you the solution is probiotics, probiotics and more probiotics. So, please make sure you know how to build your gut flora.

2- Attack the virus/bacteria naturally. Echinacea, goldenseal and astragalus are herbs often taken in the form of tincture. They are fairly common cold remedies and some people drink them in teas, but I find them most effective in tincture form. Whenever you feel the first symptoms of a sickness, follow the dosage recommendations on the bottle (typically a few drops in water every 3-4 hours). I have always been amazed at how quickly I get better when I do this. Garlic and oregano are other herbs often used to support immune function.

3- Vitamin D is so important for your well being, I might write a whole post just about it. For now, let’s just say that most people are deficient most of the year and it is critical for most of us to supplement at least 1000 IU every day all year. Vitamin D deficiency can cause fatigue, depression, poor immunity, muscle weakness and pain (I experienced that one for the first time in the spring of 2017, it was strange), bone pain and difficulty thinking clearly.

4- Vitamin C is also a very critical component of any regimen meant to improve your well being and your immune system function. It is the one Vitamin that everyone seems to know about and for good reason! It is used by the body not only for immune function, but also for iron absorption, collagen production, wound healing and cartilage maintenance.

5- Do not fear germs too much. It’s time to shift your paradigm away from the germ theory, The most important factor between health and disease is not so much the presence of germs, but rather it is the terrain that will determine whether they thrive or not. This point relates to protecting and nourishing your good bacteria, but it’s more than that: germs and sicknesses are keeping your immune system primed so to speak. For example, researchers have found that babies raised in homes with cats and dogs grow up to be healthier. Being surrounded by viruses and bacteria is a way to help avoid chronic diseases. People are even starting to talk about ingesting dirt as a healthful practice.

6- Avoid sugar and processed foods. Sugar feeds disease and depresses your immune system. Period.

Keeping your immune system functioning optimally is necessary to health. Putting these tips into practice should help you increase your well being and your resistance to diseases.

Disease Prevention, General Health

Household Toxins Exposure: What you Need to Know

The following article may cause you to feel a bit helpless because you know what? Toxins can’t be completely avoided and they are everywhere. However, my goal here is to inform you and to motivate you  to make whatever changes you can manage. Remember, it’s a process and it takes time! Another step you can take is to support your body’s detoxification pathways.

Household toxins exposure has become a pretty serious problem and it starts before we are born. Did you know that more than 100 chemicals have been found in babies umbilical cord blood? Among them, flame retardants, PCBs, PFCs, non stick coating and pesticides.

Toxins exposure is linked to just about every disease we know. Our bodies health is dependant on what I like to call The Inflammation Bucket. Put good food in your body, reduce your stress, detox your body, feed your gut bacteria and you are emptying your bucket. Conversely, eat junk food or foods you are sensitive to, don’t go to bed at night, take antibiotics and you are filling up your bucket. At some point your bucket will overflow and cause you to get sick.

Let’s talk about the most common household toxins and were they are found:

1- Triclosan: an antibacterial agent found in soaps, deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics, clothes, kitchenware, children toys. Ninety seven percent of breastmilk samples tested were found to contain triclosan. And despite studies that recommend banning the chemical, it is still allowed in the fabrication of products.

2- Phthalates: chemical agents added to plastics to make them stronger and more flexible. They are also used in fragrances to make them longer lasting. They are found in plastic packaging, vinyl flooring, baby bottles, toys, shower curtains, personal care products, nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, soap.

3- Bisphenol A: epoxy resin used to line tin cans and make polycarbonate plastics. It is found in food and drink containers, baby bottles, metal food cans and dental sealants used to prevent cavities.

4- Aluminum: this neurotoxin is found in pots and pans, beverage containers and antiperspirants.

5- Mercury: found in fish as well as some whole grains and beans, but also a hazard when a fluorescent light bulb is broken.

These are the main most well knows household toxins and I decided to focus on them because they can be found in similar household items, which allows us to avoid them with some simple steps:

1- Always favour glass over plastic containers. Avoid foods in tin cans and plastic containers as much as possible.

2- Make your own cleaning product and cosmetics or buy healthier options from your health food store. Castile soap is a very affordable and easy to find option that can be used for everything. I also like using baking soda to scrub and water and vinegar to clean pretty much everything. It even works great for windows and mirrors.

3- Try avoiding new furniture and flooring made out of pressed wood products. In this case, choosing used not only make sense for your wallet and the environment, but also for your health.

4- Buy clothes made out of natural fiber rather than man-made materials.

5- Take your shoes off before going into your house, as they will spread toxins found outside inside.

6- Buy house plants. House plants are a great way to naturally clean the air in your home.

These are simple methods that will help you reduce the amount of toxins in your home. Buying organic food is also a great way to make sure less toxins enter your body and to limit the amount of chemicals going into your inflammation bucket.

Disease Prevention, Disease Research, General Health

Does Insulin Cause Cancer

Insulin, which is released in response to glucose levels in the blood, has been called the mother of all hormones. Regulating insulin level is incredibly important to achieve overall health. In this post, we will examine the link between insulin and cancer.

How insulin works

Insulin is produced by the pancreas . It allows your body to use sugar (glucose) for energy or to store it for future use. The pancreas produces more insulin in response to a spike in blood sugar. When your tissues become less sensitive to the effect of insulin, it is called insulin resistance. The exact cause of insulin resistance is still debated and it is seen as a complex metabolic condition. Insulin resistance has been attributed to the consumption of too much fat and too much sugar, sedentary lifestyles, overeating and environmental toxins. Insulin resistance is a major component of what is called metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raise your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. The term “metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning.

The connection between insulin and cancer

Metabolic syndrome has been shown to increase the risk of cancer.

However the connection between sugar and cancer is still debated by some (the Mayo Clinic, for example). Cancer is often detected using a glucose solution since cancer cells, being growing cells, will absorb it faster. Those who argue against the connection between sugar and cancer claim that all growing tissue will absorb glucose faster, but it doesn’t speed its growth. Also, the presence of lipid (fat) in the blood is said to impact the absorption of glucose by cancer cells. Glutamine, an amino acid found in protein, is also said to enhance cancer growth.

Regardless of the fuel used by cancer cells, it has been shown that several forms of tumors thrive on high levels of insulin as it enables them to drag large amounts of glucose from the blood for their growth. High insulin levels are associated with increased cancer incidence.

The overexpression of insulin receptors in cancer cells is well known in cancer research. What that means is that cancer cells have more insulin receptors than regular cells. A consistent finding across a broad spectrum of common malignancies reveals that higher blood insulin, often caused by chronically elevated blood glucose, results in increased cancer risk

Moreover, overeating, particularly sweets and starchy foods, not only increases a release of insulin, but causes weight gain. There is a close connection between body size and many cancers.

Possible ways insulin is involved in cancer growth:

I started writing this post with the purpose of establishing the importance of stabilizing blood sugar level. I heard many testimonies of cancer patient using our products to ensure cell oxygenation and proper glucose metabolism, so I wanted to understand better how that works. I found the whole topic to be a lot more complicated than I expected! I did my best to present a reliable summary of my findings, but I welcome any correction or comment. The fact is, excess insulin is involved in metabolic syndrome, which in turns seems to be a risk factor associated with cancer. With many health conditions, it is hard to determine whether one causes the other or the other way around. It’s like the chicken and the egg question. However, the point of the matter is, keeping your body weight within the normal range and improving insulin function through diet and exercise will promote your general health, reduce inflammation and decrease your risk of cancer.

General Health

What does it mean to activate your nuts and seeds and should you do it?

Grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain enzyme inhibitors to keep them from sprouting. They contain phytic acid (storage form of phosphorus, also known as phytates) which can block the absorption of minerals (particularly zinc, iron and calcium) by binding to them (for an extensive list of studies on the topic and for a more in-depth article, please read this). A moderate intake of phytic acid has been shown to reduce your risks of cancer, but too much of it can impede the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Phytates play an important role in plants; they give seeds the energy needed to sprout since the enzyme phytase will break down the stored phytates during the sprouting process. Everyone who eats plants consumes phytic acid.

Several methods have been developed to reduce the phytic acid content in food:

1- The most common one is milling. Unfortunately, it also removes an important a major part of minerals and fibre and it should be done at low temperature to preserve the phytase.

2- Pretreatment methods such as soaking and germinating are also widely applied and have shown some effectiveness. Soaking them starts the germination process and causes the protease inhibitors (molecules that inhibit digestion) to leach into the water. The soaking process is accomplished with enough room temperature water to cover the nuts, seeds or grains and about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar or salt in the case of nuts. The soaking time varies depending on the type of nut, seed or grain, but is generally between 8 and 12 hours.

3- Fermentating grains increases the bioavailability of minerals by providing the right pH for the enzymatic degradation of phytates. Natural fermentation of millet and rice has shown to reduce the amount of phytic acid. Fermentation is a step further than soaking. The soaked grains are left at room temperature for days in liquid and a starter (liquid from a previously fermented batch).

4- Germinating has been shown to reduce the phytic acid content by up to 40%. To germinate, drain the water after the soaking and let the grains sit at room temperature for a few days, rinsing them twice a day.

5- Roasting and cooking disactivates the protease inhibitors.
A combination of methods involving particularly fermentation seems most effective. Germinating or fermenting AND cooking will yield the best results.

All that being said, these ideas about the preparation of beans, grains and legumes are largely propagated through the work of the Weston Price Foundation and the claim that traditional cultures prepare them in some way before consuming them. I was wondering if the care taken by traditional cultures to process their grains was overstated. I did some research and found that it is quite real. This page was particularly interesting.

However, some people argue that:

1- Uness one lives in a Third World country, worrying about mineral deficiencies is a waste of time. Only zinc might be low in vegetarian diets and a good supplement will cure that problem.

2- Phytate is actually beneficial to the body as a powerful antioxidant and should not be avoided.

Studies and scientific data are often misleading and used to support different conclusions. The purpose of this blog is to look at the information available and test it through practical means. In this case, this would mean ingesting grains and nuts without preparing them and after preparing them to find out if it makes a difference. I read about people who had noticed a difference, so I know in some cases it is helpful. I believe for me, a combination of both will be optimal.

General Health

How to Let the Body Heal Itself

When sickness occurs, most of us underestimate the power of the body to heal itself and we make things worse by treating the symptoms and attacking the disease (effectively attacking the body since the body and the disease are one). The mandate of this blog is to explore the best methods to allow the body to heal itself and I believe cancer patients survival stories are a great place to start. Why? If such a deadly disease as cancer can be healed through dietary changes, there is much to learn for all of us from these practices. It’s time to stop feeding our bodies junk every day while fearing disease so much that we are willing to inject toxic chemicals into them. We cannot be our body’s friend and foe at the same time.

My favourite Web site to learn about cancer survival stories is Chris Beat Cancer. What a wealth of information! I also love the Whals Protocol because it not only focuses on which foods need to be taken out, but also which foods need to be added back in (it advises specific quantities of fruits and vegetables, and a lot of it!). There’s a lot of healing diet protocols out there and to be honest, I am a bit confused about which are the most effective, but they have points in common and we will look at what they are. But first, I would like to discuss the main difference between the anti-cancer approach and most other healing diets (GAPS, SCD, Whals, Whole 30, autoimmune protocol for example). As a side note, the ketogenic diet is being promoted for cancer patients, but it doesn’t have the success stories to back it up yet. That being said, if you want to add it to the list of healing protocols, go ahead. All the cancer success stories I have read about are based on eliminating animal products (including dairy and eggs), sugar and refined grains and feeding the body a huge amount of fresh living greens in the form of salads and juices. The other protocols eliminate grains (including the non refined and non gluten ones) and base most meals around animal flesh; this is what I call the meat versus grains conundrum. I have been wrestling with it for a while now, but I recently came to a surprising conclusion. I had a tendency to think that grains should be temporarily avoided and meat should be included on a healing journey since the vast majority of protocols advise we do so. I was struggling with that idea a bit because meat is such an expensive commodity and it goes against all the cancer miracle stories. So what happened? My family got sick with gastroenteritis. In fact, it was the worst case of it I ever had. I slept for 3 days straight and I couldn’t eat very much for about a week. And I then knew that if meat was a healing, easy to digest food, my body would crave it during this sickness. But what I really wanted was smoothies, vegetable soups and juices and some starches like rice and oatmeal. This also made me think about the fact that the exact same thing happens during the first trimester of each of my pregnancies when I feel nauseous. During the most recent of my pregnancies, I also had indigestions during the whole nine months. When I felt really uncomfortable, I also craved veggies, some starches and no meat. That is not to say that meat is bad for you and should always be avoided, but I do think that its consumption should be strictly limited for healing purposes.

Now, back to finding common ground between the various healing protocols:

1- No sugar: That is number one and that’s it. Cancer cells feed on sugar and sugar depresses the immune system.

2- No processed foods and fats: processed fats, like vegetable oils and processed foods with all their additives are unrecognizable by the body and cause inflammation.

3- No refined grains: refined grains bring very little nutrition and provide sugar to your body.

4- More and more veggies and organic as much as possible: You cannot eat too much veggies. In fact try to get even more of their wonderful benefits by juicing them daily and throwing them into smoothies.

5- No eggs  for the more severe cases.

6- As far as grains and legumes go, I would suggest to take them out for a few weeks in case they aggravate the body, but to reintroduce them and see how things go.

I have a paradigm shift to suggest: next time you get sick, instead of reaching for a prescription, which will weaken your body and cause unwanted side effects, why not allow your body to get better on its own? The changes I outlined above should be followed all the time, but during times of sickness, it is important to be even stricter and give the body as much nutrients as possible to facilitate its healing. And lastly, please keep in mind that healing through diet takes time and effort, but the results are worth it.

Diets, General Health, Paleo, Plant Based

Paleo? Plant Based? Who is Right?

Last week, I ended the Bone Broth Diet by eating some Einkorn flour pancakes. I have been feeling unwell ever since. It made me wonder if all grains should be out for me. During the week, I watched the Tyroid Secret series and lots of interviews were pointing to a paleo approach to healing. There are no doubt that grains can be inflammatory (a little more on this here) and should be avoided by some people. But, at the same time, I have been learning from Chris Beat Cancer (his Website is truly a wealth of information) and a lot of what he says makes sense. He promotes a cup of beans a day, very little meat, oatmeal for breakfast and potatoes as a health food. Not quite paleo, right? In some of his videos, he talks about the fact that, traditionally, people didn’t eat as much meat as we do because they saved it for special occasions. Only the rich could eat as much as we do and their overeating (meat, sugar, processed grains and dairy products) would cause them to suffer from diseases of affluence (like our Western culture today). In an interview with Dan Buettner, author of the Blue Zones, he explains that a huge factor in the cultures that enjoy longevity is that they eat at least a cup of beans a day. He promotes a plant based diet for optimal health and that is how he helped a lot of cancer patients get healthy. His goal is to nourish the body enough to allow it to heal. I may not have cancer, but that is also how I think I should be able to get better. The problem is, I think I might be sensitive to grains. I have been unwell ever since I reintroduced them in my diet and every time I eat them, my weight goes up a few pounds (a sign of inflammation?). I am not sure about legumes though, I haven’t tested them without grains.

I am still trying some new supplements I purchased last week, but if I don’t see any improvements this month, I think I might have to go paleo again. I might also look at other gut healing diets (like the GAPS diet or I was also considering the WHALS protocol).