Ways to alter diet and lifestyle so as to feel better.
For many people — officially diagnosed with Celiac Disease or not, a gluten-free lifestyle is a necessary step towards better health. More and more, research clearly demonstrates that this protein (found in wheat, rye, oats, and barley) is very damaging to the small intestine, leading to numerous health consequences.
But how is it done? In today’s modern society, where breads, pasta, crackers, cookies, and cereal are a huge part of almost every meal, how do we create a new “normal” way of life when we’re so clearly swimming against the current? And what is the role of store-bought gluten-free products — those that abound in health-food stores? How do we negociate eating out, in a restaurant or at other social gatherings? How do we manage a gluten-free diet for children?
Scientific research from multiple fields shows that man’s most healthy period occurred just prior to the agricultural revolution, in the Paleolithic Era.
Today, when we adopt a “Paleo lifestyle”, we don’t try to recreate how life was during that era — (that would be both impossible, and also a bit ridiculous) — but to ponder the broad areas in which our modern diet and lifestyle differ from that of man in the paleolithic era, and to apply a more similar logic to his wherever possible.
The kinds of things that are therefore affected by this approach are: diet, movement habits, our relationship to nature, our use of technology, and much, much more. It is an attempt to return our diet and lifestyle to a more “natural” state… that is, one both
in and of nature.
The “Autoimmune Paleo” diet is a variation on the paleo diet and lifestyle, as detailed by Dr Sarah Ballantyne. Aiming to provide relief from the many symptoms of the more than 100 confirmed autoimmune diseases, it is an elimination diet that evicts — at least for a time — any and all potentially inflammatory foods, in exchange for foods that offer maximum nutrient density. In terms of lifestyle, the AIP implies active stress management, the pursuit of quality sleep, the regular practice of appropriate movement, and thoughtful analysis of the many environmental factors that can have an impact on our health and well-being. The AIP is not a cure for autoimmune disease, but an approach which aims to effectively put the disease into remission, such that you can live better and longer, despite your illness.
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