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Diet and nutrition / Re: flu/stomach illness
« on: March 30, 2014, 02:52:41 PM »
Ginger root really helps. Make as a tea or just nibble on it.
Vegetable broth if things are really bad. Chicken and/or bone broth works pretty well too.
If it's a bug, it's worth drinking some pure vitamin C powder dissolved in water. I tend to add a little bicarb of soda to make it easier on the stomach. Mega doses are likely to give you diarrhoea which can help clean you out, though not very pleasant.

Good Luck.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Desperate Help Needed
« on: March 24, 2014, 01:47:10 AM »
I suffer from Rosacea and I really do sympathise. In a way I'm lucky, because as a woman, I can get away with wearing make-up to partially cover my rosacea when I go out.

When I first started on a Paleo diet the rosacea cleared up significantly over a couple of months, to the point where I stopped wearing make-up completely. Unfortunately due to various external circumstances (but mainly due to my own stupidity) I have gone back to eating "normal" foods and my skin at present is nearly as bad as it ever was. For me bread is the worst culprit.

You might want to check out the link between SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) and rosacea. Just google it and you'll find loads of information. This article, originally posted here by Warren, is a good place to start about SIBO.

After seeing myself in the mirror last night as well as finally getting fed-up with feeling generally unwell and tired, I've decided to go back on a strict Paleo regime. In fact, that's why I came back on this forum, for a bit of inspiration. I know that if I stray a little with sugary and bread type foods then I can't stop.

Warren is absolutely right that you may need to eat more fat. I add egg yolks to all sorts of things like chicken broth, vegetables etc... I make my own mayo with Macademia Nut oil and eat that with meat and veg. And of course, fatty mince and belly pork and I use beef dripping for cooking.

Give it a bit longer, do some relaxation and visualisation of your skin clearing up. Rosacea is also linked to stress.

Good luck.

Introductions / Re: Hi from Montreal.
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:19:10 PM »
Neanderthin in available from Amazon as a kindle ebook, which you can read on a computer if you don't have a kindle. Pretty cheap too.

I stopped using shampoo and conditioner about 4 years ago. It took a few weeks for my hair to stop looking greasy, but once the hair had recovered it's natural oils it was fine. In the early days I used bicarb of soda or cider vinegar to help it look less greasy. Now I just rinse in water ever other day or so. If I leave it longer it starts to look dull and lifeless, but overall the condition is far better than when I used shampoo and conditioner.

Both vinegar or washing soda are very good cleaning agents. I use washing soda crystals for cleaning the bathroom and it takes off even the worst rings around the bath effortlessly.

Finally, with regards to your allergies and digestive issues. I discovered the existence of SIBO recently, thanks to an article posted by Warren Dew. It stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. It is very closely linked to heartburn/GERD, IBS/IBD and to skin problems - I have acne rosacea and apparently 98% of people with rosacea who have been tested for SIBO have it!! Everything I've read about SIBO fits in with my experience and symptoms.

There's a lot of information out there about SIBO. Paleo eating definitely should help get rid of it and stop it recurring.

I'm not really one to comment about staying consistent because I stray so often. What I tell myself is to remember how great I can feel when I don't eat all the carby processed crap that's tempting me. Remember the physical side of sugar/carb addiction which can make it so much harder for you to resist the next time if you give in this time.

Sounds like you're doing great though. Keep it up.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Leptin Reset
« on: December 13, 2013, 10:32:57 AM »

I make a daily vegetable soup with a full tsp of turmeric and a bit of black pepper (to aide in its absorption). I add a little coconut oil or mct oil to give it extra nutiients.

Egg yolk is supposed to help get the best from turmeric. I have bone/veg broth with turmeric, black pepper and raw egg yolk to help with my intestinal issues. Delicious as well.

Research / Re: GERD, SIBO, and carbs
« on: December 03, 2013, 02:35:30 PM »
Very, very interesting article. Thank-you Warren.

Food Journals / Re: alternatives to fruits and sweet potato
« on: September 17, 2013, 06:17:07 AM »
  I've always said.....if your body is truly hungry, it needs fuel
I'm not sure that's true. When I was a carb junkie I needed to eat every 3 hours or I'd get tired, irritable, headaches etc... I was definitely hungry between meals.

There is a complex mechanism involving hormones (such as insulin and lots of others) that controls hunger. Eating a typical western diet can throw this mechanism off track. You can feel hungry not because you need fuel but because your body has dealt with the previous meal of carbs too efficiently and left you with low blood sugar. Gary Taubes expalins it well in "Why we get fat".

When I eat low carb, high fat, I can go nearly all day without eating and without feeling any bad effects from it. It does take a while to adjust though, not only physically but mentally as well.

Introductions / Re: Hi Guys
« on: July 26, 2013, 04:27:53 AM »
A diet that relies on shakes doesn't sound too good to me.

Unless you know you have a problem with eggs, it seems crazy to cut them out. They are so handy, healthy, and filling. Why make life more difficult for yourself?

Introductions / Re: Ahoy!
« on: July 25, 2013, 10:00:46 AM »
Thai curry with faux rice just isn't the same, you know?

I tried all sorts of substitutes for rice and stuff, but in the end found that a good thai curry without rice is just as good as with.

I have more problems with spaghetti bolognese, although sliced courgettes and spaghetti squash work pretty well.

As Warren says, roasts are pretty good. Roast belly pork is fantastic.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Budgeting help
« on: July 17, 2013, 10:48:46 AM »
... I can take little breaks to eat or hug the kids...

I guess eating the kids is paleo...   ;D

Seriously, what gorgeous looking kids.

Diet and nutrition / Re: skipping breakfast?
« on: July 06, 2013, 04:26:47 PM »
I think the advice to eat small, frequent, regular meals and to never skip breakfast makes sense when you eat a high carb, low fat diet and are trying to avoid low blood sugar.

When you eat Paleo and get your insulin levels under control, you can go for longer periods of time without eating yet without your blood sugars plummeting.

Miscellaneous / Re: Straining fat
« on: June 10, 2013, 09:56:39 AM »
I use a metal tea strainer and it works fine for me.  Once it's been through the dishwasher I can even use it for tea again.  :)

Introductions / Re: Someone please help
« on: April 09, 2013, 02:36:33 AM »
Unfortunately I have to rely on my will...
I've been reading a very interesting book, "Willpower" by Kelly McGonigal, where she states that research has shown that willpower is like a muscle, hard to use at first but gets stronger as you exercise it. Also that there are physiological reasons why when you're tired or have low blood sugar, it's much harder to exercise willpower.

So, I think if you stay aware of those things it will make it easier to ditch the fake foods that are hurting you.

Once you're on Paleo for a while, your blood sugar will stabilise and it becomes much easier to resist the rubbish. Cheats can send you back on that sugar rollercoaster and make it harder stick to it.

Finally, taking deep breaths in and breathing out really slowly for a minute or two can massively calm down the part of your nervous system that is responsible for the cravings.

It does get easier, good luck.  :)

Diet and nutrition / Re: Quick question on meat photography
« on: March 21, 2013, 09:21:09 AM »
Personally, I'd rather see the raw picture.

The cooked one shows off the cooking skill, but the raw shows the quality of the base product, IMO.

Miscellaneous / Re: Staying paleo when hospitalized.
« on: March 19, 2013, 03:58:29 PM »
When my mother was in hospital in the UK, she could either eat what she was given or leave it. They had no objection to me bringing her food, and some wards even let me leave things in a fridge for her to eat later. Some didn't.
I don't know if the attitude was different because she was in her eighties and had cancer or if they were just overworked and it was easier to let me give her as much care as I could.

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