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Paleo/gut diet plan for my acne/ acid reflux
« on: November 01, 2012, 06:03:31 PM »
Hi everyone,
I have suffered from bad acid reflux for at least 5 years. I have also suffered from acne since high-school and now college. I read about paleo/ gut diet on acne.org, and it really had me intrigued. The main acne culprit, for me, was peanuts/ peanut butter. When i eliminated peanut butter I lost the majority of my acne and lost 10 pounds.  I do not have loads of time to spend cooking, but heres what I have been doing so far. I have been on the paleo/gut diet for a week now and my acid reflux has dissolved completely.

Past few days:
pre-cooked turkey breast. No added chemicals, but has sodium. I drink tons of liquids, so keeping a moderate sodium level is needed for me.
Sauerkraut- Sorry for possible misspelling lol, I force myself to eat at least one serving of this a day.
1 pot of coffee: I will not give this up, because it really helps me stay awake due to low carbs and it taste great.
2 sweet potatoes (medium size): I love sweet potatoes, there is a major debate I saw on a few websites on whether they are paleo, but they are a great source of vitamin A.
2 Eggs cooked with mushrooms, and diced onions: I eat this for breakfeast every morning.
full stock of kale cooked in virgin olive oil with six cloves of garlic: This taste amazing and always gives me a clear mind.
1 serving of probiotic full fat yogurt: This is Romanian yogurt that is all organic, and was suggested on the gut diet website.
1 small serving of quinoa once in awhile: I have been told this is a good source of potassium, but I may chunk it because it seems to be a strong enemy of the paleo community. Need advice on this one.
1 serving of almonds
1 apple with some other frozen organic fruit
probiotic liquid supplement
 raw spinach
Wheatgrass supplement in water

This is pretty much was I eat daily. I would like the community input on the diet. Thanks ahead for the advice.

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Re: Paleo/gut diet plan for my acne/ acid reflux
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2012, 12:17:27 AM »
Welcome to the forum! It looks like you've made a good start. Great to hear you're seeing some benefits already!

I'd suggest you need some red meat (preferably grass-fed), fish/seafood and especially natural animal fat. The turkey has very little fat on it and you need some animal fat - it has lots of benefits: it's a good source of slow-burning energy that won't spike your blood sugar, raises HDL, has lots of fat-soluble vitamins (if it's from animals raised in sunshine and fed grass), provides omega-3s, supports healthy skin, etc. The food you've listed contains almost no omega-3 fatty acids. Your best sources of healthy fats are wild salmon and fatty cuts (eg 70% mince) of red meat from grass-fed animals.

The quinoa has antinutrients in it, like all grains/seeds, and you'll get plenty of potassium from vegetables, so you don't need it. Any form of grainy stuff will exacerbate the reflux. Cutting wheat was probably a major contributor to improvement there too, as well as the peanut butter.

Raw spinach contains quite a lot of oxalic acid. It's fine occasionally, but if you're eating a stack of it every day, it would be better to have it cooked sometimes and rotate with other salad greens/cooked veges.

Seaweed would be a better mineral supplement than wheatgrass IMO. I don't believe any group of humans living naturally chooses to eat grass, but many eat seaweed. If you don't know how to cook with it, use sheets of nori to roll stuff in (paleo wraps), toast sheets till crispy to nibble on, or sprinkle kelp granules on any savoury food. I put a piece of kombu in the pot when I'm making stock - it adds flavour and trace minerals.

If the reflux doesn't clear completely, I'm afraid the coffee will have to go.   :'(


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Re: Paleo/gut diet plan for my acne/ acid reflux
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012, 06:54:45 PM »
Welcome to the forum! It looks like you've made a good start. Great to hear you're seeing some benefits already!

I'd suggest you need some red meat (preferably grass-fed), fish/seafood and especially natural animal fat. The turkey has very little fat on it and you need some animal fat - it has lots of benefits: it's a good source of slow-burning energy that won't spike your blood sugar, raises HDL, has lots of fat-soluble vitamins (if it's from animals raised in sunshine and fed grass), provides omega-3s, supports healthy skin, etc. The food you've listed contains almost no omega-3 fatty acids. Your best sources of healthy fats are wild salmon and fatty cuts (eg 70% mince) of red meat from grass-fed animals.

The quinoa has antinutrients in it, like all grains/seeds, and you'll get plenty of potassium from vegetables, so you don't need it. Any form of grainy stuff will exacerbate the reflux. Cutting wheat was probably a major contributor to improvement there too, as well as the peanut butter.

Raw spinach contains quite a lot of oxalic acid. It's fine occasionally, but if you're eating a stack of it every day, it would be better to have it cooked sometimes and rotate with other salad greens/cooked veges.

Seaweed would be a better mineral supplement than wheatgrass IMO. I don't believe any group of humans living naturally chooses to eat grass, but many eat seaweed. If you don't know how to cook with it, use sheets of nori to roll stuff in (paleo wraps), toast sheets till crispy to nibble on, or sprinkle kelp granules on any savoury food. I put a piece of kombu in the pot when I'm making stock - it adds flavour and trace minerals.

If the reflux doesn't clear completely, I'm afraid the coffee will have to go.   :'(

Thank you for taking a look at my food journal. Would you say my journal would be great if I cut out the quinoa and added more red meat and fish?

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Re: Paleo/gut diet plan for my acne/ acid reflux
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2012, 07:34:36 PM »
Yes, that would improve things a lot.  :)

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Re: Paleo/gut diet plan for my acne/ acid reflux
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2012, 12:52:17 PM »
I removed the quinoa, and for a short while, the sweet potatoes. I added 27percent fat beef, and some fish. I also added raw avocadoes, artichokes, and some other veggies. The only problem I am having is finding high fat beef that is grass fed.


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Re: Paleo/gut diet plan for my acne/ acid reflux
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 06:59:48 PM »
Here's what I would favor, FWIW:

> pre-cooked turkey breast
I prefer brown poultry meat, which is nicely fattier and thus juicier, albeit usually high in omega-6 fatty acids, though I try to find the highest-quality sources and rarely eat poultry anyway (and when I do, it tends to be quality duck, which is fattier).

> Sauerkraut...
I don't know about your saurkraut, but my sauerkraut is RAW fermented.

> pot of coffee: I will not give this up, because it really helps me stay awake due to low carbs and it taste great.
A whole pot of coffee would make me WAY too jittery, even the best coffee.

> 2 sweet potatoes (medium size): I love sweet potatoes, there is a major debate I saw on a few websites on whether they are paleo, but they are a great source of vitamin A.

For you, maybe, but not for me. In my case I would go with raw carrots, parsnips, radishes and more sauerkraut, because I don't fare well on sweet potatoes, despite all the hoopla around them, at least not yet.

> 2 Eggs cooked with mushrooms, and diced onions: I eat this for breakfeast every morning.
I eat my eggs raw most of the time. I digest them much better that way. I eat my mushrooms raw dried. Seems to work best for me and tastes way better to me than cooked mushrooms.

> full stock of kale cooked in virgin olive oil with six cloves of garlic: This taste amazing and always gives me a clear mind.
I go with raw mesclun myself, but if cooked kale works for you, great.

> 1 serving of probiotic full fat yogurt: This is Romanian yogurt that is all organic, and was suggested on the gut diet website.
Sounds pretty good. I fare best with full fat sheep's yogurt, though I don't notice significant benefits from any dairy products.

> 1 small serving of quinoa once in awhile: I have been told this is a good source of potassium, but I may chunk it because it seems to be a strong enemy of the paleo community. Need advice on this one.

I would junk quinoa myself.

> 1 serving of almonds
I go with raw Brazil nuts, but not many.

> 1 apple with some other frozen organic fruit
My best apples seem to be a crabapple variety from Kazakhstan called Dolgo. I rarely bother with others. Most apples don't interest me much compared to wild Maine blueberries, organic blackberries, fresh black mission figs, and very-ripe cherimoyas and bananas.

> Wheatgrass supplement in water
I avoid this stuff.

To those foods I would add:

LOTS of animal fats (100% pasture-fed suet/tallow, pork leaf/lard, bone marrow, etc.)--your diet is WAY too low fat for me
Organs (beef and chicken livers and hearts)
Raw free-range, pastured and/or fertilized local eggs
Bone/skin/cartilage broths
100% grassfed ground beef
Raw wild fatty fish (aka sashimi)
Raw fermented honey
Raw fermented cod liver oil
Kelp (raw dried)
etc.

YMMV
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