Chronic Illness and Paleo: Eating Your Way Out of It

chronic illness and paleo

C.A. Newberry is fascinated by varied topics and believes in the power of continued learning. Her varied background includes event coordination followed closely by years of “whatever additional duties the job requires.” After retirement she had the desire to share her collected wisdom. When not at her computer, you can find her at the ballpark with her family. Connect with her on Twitter.

Chronic conditions are very high and are rising. Over nineteen million American adults are currently living with diabetes and over 580,000 deaths were attributed to cancer in 2013.

Altogether, over 130 million Americans are living with some type of a chronic condition.

Food Matters

For countless individuals, one simple answer lies with food.

Thousands of people are making the switch to Paleo every day, and chronic health conditions like autoimmune disorders, IBS, and diabetes are some of the biggest reasons.

And a significant number of people have reported experiencing an overall positive effect on their well-being and how they function every day.

The food you choose to eat affects both your health and your risk for disease, and if you’re currently dealing with some type of chronic disease, then your food choices can potentially help manage symptoms.
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4 Paleo Cooking Essentials

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I wasn’t into cooking at all before I started a Paleo diet. In fact, my knowledge of cooking was practically non-existent.

But that all changed when I got into a Paleo diet – in fact, I started to really enjoy cooking. And I started accumulating cookware and equipment.

These 4 pieces of cooking equipment have made my life and Paleo diet so much easier, and I hope you find them helpful too.
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How To Cure Heartburn For Good! (In 4 Steps)

HOW TO CURE heartburn for good

This post is mostly based on how I managed to cure heartburn, but I’ve also added in steps that other people have found to work as well. I’ve listed below 4 steps to curing heartburn – I hope it helps you like it helped me!

I Used To Have Chronic Heartburn

Heartburn is one of the worst conditions to have – for me, it happened daily. I would eat dinner, and then this burning sensation would arise in my stomach. If I burped, then acid would come up into my throat. Sometimes, it would be just a dull pain between my ribcage just below my heart. Maybe there are medical differences in my symptoms, but to me, it was just discomfort and pain.

And the worst part of it was that I thought I would have it for the rest of my life. Thankfully that wasn’t the case, so read on for the 4 steps on how to cure heartburn for good!

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Gluten-Free Cookbook Sale

Gluten Free books Sale

We think going gluten-free is just one step toward a healthy diet, but it is a big step in the right direction.

So, if you’re just going gluten-free right now, then check out this huge gluten-free cookbook sale that’s happening today.

Buck Books has organized a huge Gluten-Free Books Sale for today only – all the below books plus more are $0.99 (a few are slightly more expensive due to their size).

OUR BEST RECOMMENDATION:

Tammy Credicott is the author of a lot of gluten-free and Paleo cookbooks (with over 366 5-star reviews). This is a fantastic deal (for over 200 recipes)! Click here to get her book on Amazon. It’s $2.99 today (not $0.99 as previously reported because it’s a much longer book with a lot more recipes).

The Healthy Gluten-Free Life (200 Recipes)

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Gluten-Free Recipes in 30 Minutes (137 Recipes)

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The Savvy Gluten-Free Shopper

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Keeping It Real (85 Recipes)

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Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Recipes: 45 Delicious Meals made in 30 Minutes OR LESS!

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Gluten Free, Real Food Recipes for Kids (70+ Recipes)

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And to check out more books in the sale, sign up for Buck Books’s email list here.

High Protein or Low Carb? Which is Better for Sustaining Fat Loss?

High Protein or Low Carb? Which is Better for Sustaining Fat Loss?

Losing fat is hard enough.

The worst part is that most of us can’t keep it off. And that’s just mean.

If you work hard enough to lose the fat in the first place, shouldn’t there be a rule that it’s impossible to gain back???

Of course, that’s not how it works, and most folks gain back all (or often more than all) of the fat they lost. But some lucky few do manage to keep off the fat forever.

What’s the Difference?

There isn’t ONE single difference, but a recent study conducted in Europe (and involving a lot of people) points to one significant difference. Here’s the study:
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How to Eat Potatoes and Improve Your Insulin Senstivity

How to Eat Potatoes and Improve Your Insulin Senstivity

The study below has been out for a little under a decade, but I recently found it courtesy of Richard Nikoley’s blog:

Insulin-sensitizing effects of dietary resistant starch and effects on skeletal muscle and adipose tissue metabolism

The study is not ground-breaking, but it’s yet another sign that…

Certain Starchy Foods Have a Lot of Positive Health Benefits

This may seem obvious to you, but for a long time now, many folks (Paleo or otherwise) have placed starchy foods (like rice, potatoes, plantains, etc.) in the same category as sugary candy, sodas, and other problematic carbs like wheat. If studies like this one are right, then starchy foods like potatoes may be the proverbial baby that got thrown out with the bathwater.
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Ketogenic Diet Food List

ketogenic diet food list

The ketogenic diet is becoming more and more popular – reports suggest that many people have lost weight, regained their energy, improved their endurance, and improved various health markers with a ketogenic diet.

So, if you’re wondering what the ketogenic diet and whether you should give it a try, then check out this comprehensive guide to the ketogenic diet here.

And if you just want to know what you eat on the ketogenic diet, then feel free to just click here to get the ketogenic diet food list emailed to you directly. Or scroll down to check out the entire list.

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The Ultimate Guide To The Ketogenic Diet

The Ultimate Guide To The ketogenic diet

The ketogenic diet is getting more and more popular, and it’s helped a lot of people lose weight, get healthier, and get more energy.

But, that doesn’t mean it’s necessary right for you to try out, and even if you do decide to start a ketogenic diet, you will want to make sure you do it the right way to get the best results (you’ll want to do a Paleo ketogenic diet to ensure you get lots of nutrients and less toxins).

So, keep reading, because this article will discuss what is the ketogenic diet, whether a ketogenic diet will help you lose weight, how to do a ketogenic diet properly, whether it’s safe, and why it might not work for you.

What is a Keto or Ketogenic Diet?

A keto or ketogenic diet is a diet that causes your body to burn fat (in the form of ketones) rather than sugar (in the form of glucose/glycogen).  I’ll explain a little more in detail below, but you basically do this by eating a lot of fat and very little carbohydrates.

If you want to just get on with the ketogenic diet, then feel free to just click here to get the ketogenic diet food list emailed to you directly.

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List of Nightshades Foods and Why You Might Want To Avoid Them

list of nightshades and why you might want to avoid them

What Are Nightshades?

When I hear the word nightshade, my first thought is generally that it’s poisonous (since deadly nightshade, also known as atropa belladonna, is often mentioned as a poison in the mystery books I used to read as a child).

But, nightshades (also known as Solanaceae) encompasses a whole family of flowering plants that includes many very popular fruits and vegetables that you probably eat daily.

(There’s a whole section below on why you might want to avoid nightshades for health reasons as well so keep on reading!)  

And if you want the whole list of nightshades foods emailed to you, just click here.

Do you want me to email this list to you? If so, just click here.

The Most Common Nightshades

Some of the most popular nightshades are potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and chili peppers. But because various spices and spice mixes are made from chili peppers, nightshades can be found in a whole host of processed foods!

Here’s a more complete list of nightshades that you might be eating (some of them may be rare in the US):
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The Problem with Gluten-Free and “Paleo” Breads

The Problem with gluten free and paleo breads

It’s always very hard to answer questions of what you should or shouldn’t be doing, because it depends a lot on who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish.

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t need to try to recreate old non-Paleo foods.

But I know from much experience (myself and others), that it’s often an easy way to ease yourself into big dietary changes.
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How Going Gluten-Free Can Give You the Best Sex of Your Life

How Going Gluten-Free Can Give You the Best Sex of Your Life

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Do you know what that number is?

103 is the number of times that the average American has sex every year.

You’re trying to figure out how you measure up, right?

It doesn’t matter, though.  Not really.  

We all want to have more sex, or at least better sex (when we’re being honest with ourselves).

Sex Starts with What You Eat

Forget all about Oysters and Wine.  Aphrodisiacs should be the least of your concern.  Food is much more important than that.
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Favorite Bloggers: Jimmy Moore

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The Blog

LivinLaVidaLowCarb.com

The Blogger

Jimmy Moore

Getting to Know Jimmy

At exactly 6 pm I entered the dining room where I immediately received a bear hug from Jimmy Moore – a friend, blogger, podcaster, and author.

I’d seen Jimmy just over a month before (at PaleoFX), but a bear hug was still very much in order!
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AIP Coffee – Review of Roasted Chicory Root Coffee

aip coffee substitute roasted chicory root

One of the questions I get asked the most about the autoimmune Paleo protocol (AIP) is what can I drink if I can’t have coffee?

Coffee has become so entrenched in our habits that we’ve become addicted not only to the daily dose of caffeine it offers us but also to that aromatic smell that wakes our senses every morning. So, what do you do if you’re starting AIP and have to forgo coffee for 30-60 days if not longer?

A reader emailed me about chicory root coffee a while back, but I didn’t see it for sale until a few weeks ago. So, I decided to give this naturally non-caffeinated AIP-compliant “coffee” substitute a try.

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The Amish Cure for Allergies, and How You Can Use It Today

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As of today, around 1 in 5 American children have some sort of respiratory allergy (like Hay Fever), and around 1 in 10 have Asthma.  

That’s somewhere between a 200% and 300% increase just during the end of the 20th century.

But it’s not happening everywhere…

Amish Kids Don’t Get Allergies

The following article is a fascinating dive into the allergy epidemic that’s been occurring for the past half-century.
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Are We A Fat-Overloaded Or A Fat-Deficient Society?

Are We a Fat-Overload Or A Fat-Deficient Society? Guest Post by Jimmy Moore

This is a guest post from our friend Jimmy Moore. Jimmy is the man behind livinlavidalowcarb.com and the Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Show. In addition to being one of the nicest and most genuine people we know, he’s also just released his second book, Keto Clarity. If you’re interested at all in ketogenic diets, please keep reading and also check out a copy of his book.

In this post, Jimmy explores why we might need more fat rather than less. Certainly, this is more true for some folks, but I (Jeremy) definitely see many people on Paleo diets who are still afraid of getting too much fat in their diets, so this is an important topic even if you’re already Paleo.

Here’s Jimmy….

It sounds strange, but could your diet actually be fat-deficient?

We’ve all grown up in a world where dietary fat is the enemy to our health. It’s “common knowledge” that to lose weight and to be healthy, you must reduce the amount of fat you are consuming in your diet leading people to make it their default plan a low-fat, low-calorie diet.

But walk with me for a moment to explore the unintended consequences that popular meme that almost everyone believes to be true has had on the people who have faithfully followed it.

When you significantly reduce or cut dietary fat out of your diet, what happens as a result?

You get hungry, feel cranky, experience brain fog, have intense cravings for carbohydrates, lack energy, and have an overall feeling that something important is missing. And it is!
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