Sunday, 25 January 2015
Paleo or Not Paleo
I also decided I was going to abandon my family doctor as I was tired of being prescribed sleeping pills and being told I eat too much and don't exercise enough - well that part is true at the moment - but my diet was good. I found a Functional Medicine doctor (in Vancouver) who listened to me, and is also a Paleo advocate. She is a Family Practitioner and has her American Boards in Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Medicine. It isn't cheap going to a Functional Medicine doctor, but so far it is so worth it.
I had a multitude of blood tests (which were covered by MSP), and a 24-hour urine test (which isn't covered) and discovered I have thyroid, adrenal and other hormone issues but, the biggest issue was elevated liver enzymes. Because of the liver enzymes being so high, I had to have an abdominal ultrasound (covered), which led to a CT scan (also covered) because of what they saw on the ultrasound. Whew - it turned out to be OK, but a worrying week.
I am drinking dandelion tea and taking supplements to help my liver work better and sticking to my Paleo plan. I also did several months on the Autoimmune Protocol to find out what upsets my stomach - gluten, dairy and nightshades (potatoes seem to be OK) - but now stay as close to 100% Paleo as I can (a few mistakes - which I paid for!).
I am back to cooking again so I hope to share more recipes with you - some from other bloggers and some that are original to me - and, of course, pictures from eating out which Paleo Grandad and I rarely do anymore as it is easier on our stomaches (and budgets) to eat at home. Mega Sushi in Steveston being the exception.
So the answer is "Yes" to Paleo - I think I would be much worse off health-wise if I was not on the Paleo diet and I plan to continue.
Do you want to make the delicious Curried Paleo Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Mash in the picture at the top? Just follow this link. http://soletshangout.com/category/recipes/
I made a few modifications based on things I had on hand: white sweet potatoes instead of orange for the topping and some leftover orange sweet potatoes instead of the pumpkin. I was also pleasantly surprised that the curry powder did not upset my stomach (nightshades) - that's progress. Paleo Grandad gives this recipe five out of five bacon strips!