Why I Love the Paleo Diet

A Brief Note on Diet, or Why I love the Paleo Diet

I love the Paleo diet, but for different reasons than why most people..  Most people state that the Paleo Diet is the diet that we ate up until around 10000 years ago, which is probably mostly true (it’s hard to tell exactly, we weren’t around then). They state that our digestive system has not evolved quickly enough to eat the Standard American Diet that we eat today.  

I’m not so sure about this. Our digestive system and its microbiota (the bacteria and other things living in our guts) can evolve quickly to our food intake.  It’s becoming increasingly obvious that more and more people are becoming sensitive if not downright allergic to today’s food supply of processed grains, sugars, pasteurized dairy, eggs, and sometimes even fruit! I have observed that most of my patients cannot tolerate our now extremely processed food supply.   

No, I like the Paleo diet not for its philosophy, but the results it delivers with patients. I’ve tried all different diets with myself, and with my patients, and Paleo delivers the best results clinically, hands down!  It’s common sense: remove the  highly processed, allergy producing foods from the diet and leave the real food ( fruits, veggies, meats, nuts, and unprocessed oils). This is what health is built on!

You can get any book on the Paleo Diet, or do a Google search, and you’ll probably come up with a million references to eating the Paleo way.  Or, you can just look at the list below.  It really is that simple.

As a caveat, there’s some disagreement as to whether beans and legumes should be in a true Paleo diet. I tell people to cut them out, at least until they are better, as they can bother a lot of people, even if they’re not aware of it.

I also tell people to cut out pasteurized dairy, although raw dairy seems to be perfectly permissible, if you’re not allergic to it.  A qualified Nutrition Response Testing practitioner can test you for an allergy to pasteurized dairy. Blood tests won’t be able to pick this up.  

A lot of people wrongly believe you must eat grains in order to get fiber and B vitamins.  You can get plenty of fiber from seeds, nuts, and veggies.  Likewise, you can get plenty of B vitamins from meat, eggs, and fish.

To start with, here’s what to cut out:

  1. Grains, even the “healthy” grains like quinoa, and brown rice.  Our highly processed grain supply turns to sugar very quickly in the body.  None of my patients tolerate grains well, even if they think they do.  They usually feel much better after they cut grains from their diet.  In my experience,  nearly all of my patients have some kind of hidden immune system weakness aggravated by grains, even if they don’t know it.

 

  1. Processed sugar, including white sugar, brown sugar, pasteurized honey, cane syrup, maple syrup, corn syrup and agave nectar.  Fruits, stevia, monk fruit extract, erythritol, and other natural, non-sugar sweeteners are usually fine. However, it is a good idea to tests these sweeteners with Nutrition Response Testing to make sure one is suitable specifically for you.  

 

  1. Pasteurized dairy.  Raw dairy products are fine for most people. Raw dairy is becoming more common as people become more informed, just read the label.  If it says “Raw Dairy,” it’s for you. If it says “Pasteurized,” pitch it! Once again, Nutrition Response Testing will tell you yea or nay.  

 

  1. Beans and Legumes.  Don’t add these back into your diet until you feel nearly 100 percent better.  Experiment by eating them once a day for 3 days.  If they make you feel worse, cut them!

 

  1. Potatoes.  Although potatoes are not bad for you, they are a starchy food and they turn into sugar very quickly in your body.  Since we’re overloaded with sugar, cut potatoes from your diet until you start feeling better.  Like beans and legumes, add them back into your diet once a day for 3 days, and record how you feel.  If you feel worse, cut them.  After they feel better, most people can eat potatoes once or twice a week.

 

That’s only five things you need take out of your diet! Cut down the QUANTITY of poisons, then work on the QUALITY of food.  Before I give you the good foods list, please keep this in mind: it’s best to have everything GMO free, organic, grass fed, and such, but it’s more important to cut down/out the QUANTITY of poisons (the first 3 things listed above, followed by the next 2 for the first month trial), and then work on the QUALITY of the food below.  Got that?   

Here’s a list of some good foods.

    • Fruits, preferably organic
    • Veggies, preferably organic
  • Free range meats
  • Cage free chicken and eggs
  • Wild caught fish
  • Raw seeds and nuts

 

  • Oils-I like Avocado, Olive, coconut, macadamia, etc.  This isn’t an all-inclusive list.  Try to avoid canola, and other processed vegetable oils, which are heavily processed and bad for you.
  • Lots of purified water, at least 8 glasses per day.  Tap water has too much chlorine, fluorine, and other toxins, so do your best to drink purified water.  

That’s it! That’s my recommended diet, in a nutshell!

In the subsequent chapters, my wife Laura will go through various recipes utilizing the guidelines I went over above.   Remember, a diet shift like takes time. If you nail it down in the next six months, you’re ahead of the game!  

The sicker you are and  the faster you make these changes, the quicker you’ll feel better.  I know that when I was sick, I changed everything overnight because I was so sick of being sick.  I felt 100 percent better within a week!  So stick with it, whether you make changes fast or slow, you can do it!

Here’s a few additional steps to changing over to a Paleo Diet:

  1. Go through your kitchen, and throw out the poison foods!  Just say no and get rid of them!  Don’t give them away, they’re poison!  Arguably,  you could give them away someone you don’t like, but I’ll deny saying that if anyone asks!
  2. Make a list of the fruits, veggies, meats, nuts, seeds, and oils you’d like to have on hand.  You can get an idea of what you’ll be eating by looking at the recipes in the subsequent chapters.
  3. If change is hard for you, make a plan, Stan!  Week one, cut out sugar, week two, cut out grains, week three cut out pasteurized dairy, all while gradiently increasing your water intake to flush out toxins.
  4. Read this article, and look up other Paleo books.  My favorite book is “The Paleo Cure” by Chris Kresser.  Rob Wolff, and Dr. Loren Cordain also have lots of info on their websites.  Feel free to read until you feel comfortable.  And remember, the main idea is to cut out the three poisons: processed sugar, grains, and pasteurized dairy!  Don’t get lost in the minutiae!
  5. Get a buddy and do it together!  Better yet, make it a family thing!  Who wouldn’t want to make our loved ones healthy!  By the way, if your children need to go Paleo, the whole family needs to make the change!  Children will not do what their parents won’t do!
  6. Write down how you feel now, and how you’ll feel after you make these changes.  Be honest!  Positive affirmation works wonders on willpower.
  7. Make a log.  Write down everything you eat, at what time, and how you feel every day in a notebook.  Include in it how you slept, how many bowel movements you had, etc.  This will make you really confront what you are eating, so that you want to make changes.
  8. Keep these dietary guidelines in mind when eating:
    1. Breakfast-protein and fat.  Bacon and eggs, meat and nuts, sausage, or even a protein shake (see section on protein shakes) are good choices.
    2. Lunch-protein and veggies and/or salad, and a piece of fruit if you like.
    3. Dinner-protein and veggies and/or salad, and a piece of fruit if you like.
    4. Snacks-fruit, nuts, raw cheese, seeds, and cut up veggies make great snacks.  
    5. These are not hard and fast rules to live by, but they do help to keep in mind.
  9. Make an appointment with a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner.  Just call 866-418-4801, and ask for a referral for someone in your area.  A Nutrition Response Testing practitioner can tell you exactly which foods are best for you to incorporate, and which ones are most important to cut out.  It takes all the guess work out of your own personal nutrition plan!

I know it sounds simple, but this is a good basic diet to start for 99% of patients.  And remember, give yourself time with this diet.  If it takes 2 years to incorporate, that’s 2 years well spent.  The most important thing is that you get started today!  A funny thing happens though when you start: you feel better and better the more change you incorporate, and all of a sudden, you like this diet!  You like this diet because it makes you feel GOOD!

As an aside, if you do make these dietary changes, and you either don’t feel better, or don’t feel all better, it’s one of these things:

  1. Exercise related
  2. Stress related
  3. Toxic stress that has to be handled with nutritional supplements. This includes immune dysfunctions, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, organ dysfunctions, food allergies, metal and chemical toxicities.
  4. Attitude related.  What are you doing that you shouldn’t be doing, and what should you be doing that you are not doing?  This is a hard one for people to confront sometime, but I can tell you this: dishonest people do not heal!  See the chapter on “Mindset for Healing” for more information on this.
  5. Time.  Some things take a long time to heal, or have gone so far that they may never heal properly.  I have to tell you, people not being able to heal, RARE, if take the steps I go over in this book.  Usually people do not heal because they are not doing something right, NOT because it’s too late!

Feeling Stopped Up?

Most people know that regular bowel function is imperative for proper detoxification of the body and disease prevention. Sometimes, though, we forget the little things that help with constipation.

Here they are:

  1. Are you drinking enough water? People need about half their weight in ounces per day of water i.e.: a 160 pound woman needs about 80 ounces water. You’ll need extra if you drink diuretics such as coffee. Adequate water intake helps with bowel function, kidney function, and lubricates the joints. Drink your prescribed amount of water for about 2 weeks to see the full effect.  Some people say they don’t like water. This is a sign that your body is not detoxifying correctly- all the more reason to drink water! Adding a little lemon juice to the water usually makes it more palatable to drink.
  2. Are you eating enough fiber? To make sure you are eating enough fiber, eat 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of veggies per day. This amounts to 2 medium size salads, and 2 apples for snacks, or the equivalent. Raw or cooked veggies are fine.
  3. When these steps fail, try eating 3-6 soaked prunes each morning. Just take 3-6 organic, unsulfured prunes, put them in a bowl, and cover them with water the night before. Eat them in the morning.

When these steps fail, it means there is another underlying cause of your constipation. A correctly performed Nutrition Response Testing exam will find the underlying cause.

Fixing Lyme Disease

Fixing Lyme Disease

So how exactly did I go about fixing my Lyme Disease?  Well, first, let me recap on 5 crucial steps to fixing Lyme Disease:

  1. I admitted that I had Lyme disease.
  2. I became 100% determined to beat Lyme disease, mostly by myself, with help from my teachers.
  3. I promised myself that I would do whatever it takes to beat Lyme disease once and for all, even if it meant that I had to give up things, or change the way I lived.
  4. I put myself in charge of eradicating this disease.
  5. I took it as a personal mission to help as many people with Lyme disease as possible.

Basically, I totally confronted the problem.  This I think is the most important step to fixing any problem.  Once I made the above decisions, I realized “It must be hanging out in some weak area of my body”. I sat with this for a while and realized that I had had weaknesses in my lungs, kidneys, adrenal glands, liver, and gallbladder, and taken supplements for them.  But the problem kept coming back.  I also had swollen lymph nodes off and on since I was about 14, and even gotten surgery twice because of this situation.

The lymph system is a little hard to test, as it is literally everywhere, and can be a problem anywhere.  So I went to the lymph nodes that regularly caused problems in my body, and guess what I found?  Some sort of bacterial challenge, and it was bad (in Nutrition Response Testing, we keep away from “diagnosing” anything to keep the FDA off our back, but we can say that we have an immune system challenge)!  I had hit paydirt!

Next, using Nutrition Response Testing Acute Dosing Protocol, I found which supplements would support the organ (the lymph nodes) and immune system challenge (bacterial) that came up. I took the dosage I found, but instead of taking it daily, I took it hourly!  As my brilliant wife had pointed out, I had an acute exacerbation of a long term problem, that needed help right now! The results were undeniable:  the cough that I had immediately stopped, and the open wound I had in one of the infected lymph nodes for 6 months healed in two days.  It was a miracle. I kept this protocol up until I felt 100% better, then I gradually cut down the supplements as my body indicated with muscle testing.

So what did I learn from this?

  1. If it looks like Lyme and acts like Lyme, it’s probably Lyme!
  2. You’ve got to use Nutrition Response Testing locate the immune system weakness exactly.
  3. You’ve got to use Nutrition Response Testing to test exactly what you need to support the weakness.
  4. You’ve got to follow through 100% on your supplement program.  This may take time.
  5. I had to totally stop eating refined sugar, grains, and pasteurized dairy.
  6. I had to adhere to a diet of fruits, veggies, meats, nuts and oils in order to rebuild my immune system.
  7. I had to handle the different stresses in my life to take the pressure off of my immune system.
  8. Sometimes I had to take wayyyyyyyy more of the supplements I tested for than what is generally suggested.  Basically, I had to go with what my body said to do, instead of what someone else who wasn’t in my body said.
  9. I had to trust that my body knew what it wanted, and if I wasn’t feeling better, I just hadn’t found the problem yet.
  10. Lyme disease is definitely curable.

I hope this 4 part series into my own personal health challenge helps you with your own health challenge.  Keep tuned each week for more advice on how you can help yourself live a happier, healthier life!

"Great guns" against Lyme Disease

“Great Guns” Against Lyme Disease

At this point, I’d like to point out that I would say that my Lyme disease was officially diagnosed in 2014, even though I think it really began in 2011 with a tick bite.  Or did it really start before that?  I mean, I had a history of childhood and adult illnesses including: allergies, asthma, recurrent severe prolonged bronchitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Salmonella poisoning, finally culminating with Lyme disease.

Or was it just that I had gotten sick as a child, never really gotten healthy again, and continually gotten sicker until I finally pulled all the stops and, as my Mom would say, “go great guns” against anything that was living in me that I didn’t want setting up shop anymore.  I would like to point out that ever since my Salmonella poisoning when I was 21 I had migrating pains.  My first bout of back pain followed my diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis.  Basically, I never felt good until recently, when I went “great guns” against whatever was infecting me.

Here’s my own take on it.  I think that I was either born with a weakened immune system, or got some kind of infection very early in life.  I think that each illness was just either an exacerbation of the old infection, or a new thing taking up residence in my weakened immune system.  It’s important to note that to get over both my Lyme and Salmonellosis, I had to cut grains and sugar out of my diet.  I, like most people, find that these two foods weaken my immune system greatly.  Guess what I lived on as a kid?  You guessed it, grains and sugar!  No wonder I kept getting sick.

Here’s a list of things associated with my Lyme disease:

  1. Asthma
  2. Allergies
  3. Migrating pains (neck, shoulders, low back, knees)
  4. Recurrent swollen lymph nodes
  5. Boils
  6. Depression
  7. Anxiety
  8. Fatigue
  9. Forgetfulness
  10. Brain Fog
  11. Irritability
  12. Panic attacks
  13. Weight gain
  14. Insomnia

Next week, I’ll clue you in to exactly how I was able to locate and eliminate what was weakening my immune system, and how exactly I killed the Lyme bug.

Confronting Lyme Disease

So how exactly did I get diagnosed with Lyme disease, and what did I do? Well, like I said in the last article, I was bitten by a tick in 2011, which resulted in swollen lymph nodes 2 months later. I never saw the connection. I spent the next 3 years with migrating pains in my knees, low back, neck, and especially my left shoulder. And I got sick, severely sick, A LOT! Like, I had to go to Urgent Care twice a month to get prednisone and antibiotics, just so I could breathe. So when people say they’ve suffered with an illness, I can definitely relate! However, I must admit, I was a little in denial about how bad I really was. I mean, how could I have something terrible wrong with me? I didn’t get sick right after the tick bit me, and it wasn’t a deer tick, it was a dog tick that bit me. Those didn’t carry Lyme disease did they? All the doctors did not even approach the Lyme disease diagnosis with me, so how could they all be wrong?

Well, in 2014, after being sick for like the 10th time that winter, I went to the MD (actually, I saw a Certified Nurse Practitioner, which was actually a blessing, she was very open with me), with my wife, who also mentioned that in addition to being sick all of the time, I had migrating joint pains. So she says “why don’t we run a Lyme panel, and autoimmune panel on you?” I figured, why not? I knew that lab tests were notoriously inaccurate, but what the heck?

A couple of days later, I got back my test results. Guess what? I came back for autoimmune disease, and an “equivocal” Lyme test. What did that mean? In the words of the CRNP “even though we’re not sure if you have it, or what’s wrong, we’re going to treat you for Lyme disease. Do us a favor, when you find out how to treat Lyme disease, let us know, because we don’t know much about it”. Then a strange thing happened. I was scared, but at the same time, I knew that this was my challenge to find and eradicate Lyme disease in my own body (and help many others in the process). I took the antibiotics (two of them, for a month), just so that I could see if they would cure Lyme disease. They did not in my case. In fact, they made it worse. So at the end of treating Lyme disease medically, this is what I did.

1. I admitted that I had Lyme disease.

2. I became 100% determined to beat Lyme disease, mostly by myself, with a little help from my teachers.

3. I promised myself that I would do whatever it takes to beat Lyme disease once and for all, even if it meant that I had to give up things, or change the way I lived.

4. I put myself in charge of eradicating this disease.

5. I took it as a personal mission to help as many people with Lyme disease as possible.

This is the mind set you need to beat Lyme disease. It was necessary for me to confront the problem, and take responsibility for its defeat. Without that, I would have been relying on others, who didn’t have my problem.

Next week I’ll go into all of the symptoms I had associated with my Lyme’s disease.

Approaching Lyme Disease

One thing I sometimes get asked about is Lyme disease, or, more specifically, do I treat Lyme disease.  The short answer is that no, I don’t treat Lyme disease.  However, I can tell you that I have a lot of success helping people that have Lyme disease get over it.  What’s the difference?  Well, let me tell you my own story with Lyme disease, and hopefully that’ll shed some light on the situation.

I was never a very healthy child.  I grew up suffering with allergies and asthma, for which I had to almost constantly take medication for.  I was always sick.  I remember when I was 14, during the winter, I had some kind of bronchitis that lasted the whole winter.  It was so bad that I had that “seal cough”, the one that’s really loud, and sounds horrible.  I used to use it to annoy the teachers in school (they couldn’t tell me to stop, it sounded like I was hacking up a lung!).  The doctors were stumped, couldn’t do anything about it, luckily, it “went away”, meaning the symptoms went away.  Two years later, I developed “trench mouth”, an infection of my gums, where they cracked and bled continually for a week.  I couldn’t eat for a week (I consumed only soup).  It’s important to note that I got trench mouth not from poor hygiene, I brushed thoroughly twice a day, but that I got it from a poor immune system. When I was 17, after a particularly stressful event, I developed Ulcerative Colitis.  I lost 20 pounds in a matter of weeks from that one.  When I was 21, I went to Mexico, where I picked up Salmonellosis, which almost killed me.  So now that you know my past history of severe illness, why did I tell you all of this?  Because I wanted to let you know that I, like many of my patients, have an underlying cause.  What’s that common thread from all of the above problems?  My immune system stinks (as does my father’s and brother’s immune system, I like to blame my parents for this!  JK!).

Following my Salmonellosis diagnosis, I really got into nutritional studies.  The salmonella poisoning had left me with digestive issues, and chronic, debilitating low back pain, that chiropractic could not help at all.  I went through this for 2 and ½ years.  It was only by cutting out grains, and sugar, that I regained my health quickly.  Not only did my digestive issues and pain totally clear up, but I also lost 40 pounds of fat!  Hot dog!

So how did I go about developing full blown Lyme disease?  Well, like most of my patients, I started slacking with my diet, letting in grains, and sugars, slowly but surely over time.  I didn’t have the worst diet, but it certainly wasn’t the best.  I was under stress with some personal upheaval in my life.  Then, one day Laura and I went camping in the woods in the spring of 2011.  I remember it was very cold, below freezing, and my Chihuahua Taquito kept on hogging my sleeping bag and blankets, as was his style.  When I awoke in the morning, I felt something weird on my back, and when I asked Laura to take a look, she said “you’ve got a tick sticking out of you!”, and pulled it out.  I thought nothing of it, I was tired, but otherwise felt fine.  But a couple of weeks later, I felt some pain in my left armpit.  When I lifted it up, I was horrified.  I had a huge, purple swollen lymph node.  The purple part was about 6” wide.  I had no idea what it was, as this was now about 2 months after our camping trip.  As I had not had the Advanced Clinical Training in Nutrition Response Testing, I also was not able to test and see if it was Lyme disease.  Gradually, the initial swelling subsided, but this would not be the last time I would see it…

So let’s recap.  From this history, we can see that:

  1. I have a genetically weak immune system
  2. I have an intolerance to grains and sugar (compounding my immune system problems)
  3. I’ve had a lot of stress in my life (who hasn’t! this is important to note though)
  4. I have a history of a tick bite
  5. I have a history of exposure to Mercury (wait a second! How did I fail to mention that before?  While in chiropractic school, I broke a thermometer, and absorbed some of the mercury into my wedding ring.  It actually turned to a silver color, before turning back to gold.  My body absorbed the mercury from the ring.  I also had mercury amalgams).

All of this created the perfect storm, like so many other of my patients.  Tune in next week to see the long and drawn out road I had to take to fix myself (and how it taught me about what so many of my patients are going through!)

See you next week!

~Dr. Sheehan

Hidden Hyper Organs

I’ve been seeing a lot of Hidden Hyper Organs lately in my nutritional counseling practice. So I wanted to provide an explanation  of this phenomenon.

Hidden Hyper Organs are a non-medical phenomenon that we observe within the realm of Nutrition Response Testing. Typically the person comes in with a relatively easy-to-handle health concern…or at least it looks that way on the surface. They may have fatigue from the beginning (or it can develop later). They might have digestive issues. Or maybe some hormonal-type issues (like hot flashes). Often there’s a sense of anxiety or the feeling they want to jump out of their own skin. These people are often highly functional…they have learned to just keep going in spite of their bothersome symptoms.

There is no clear indicator right away that a person has a Hidden Hyper Organ. What happens is that they respond only marginally if at all to the appropriate standard Nutrition Response Testing program. Visit after visit it will appear that there is layer after layer of issues to clear away and the person will just not progress. This is a frustrating situation for both the patient and also for the practitioner! We are used to hitting the nail on the head quickly and then just monitoring people as they continue to improve. Lack of improvement is sometimes a clear indicator that there is some hidden situation that we need to uncover.

I recently have seen some dramatic Hidden Hyper Organ cases. One gentleman recently was suffering from the symptoms of panic attacks. In spite of my best efforts he was not improving. His symptoms were actually getting worse. He was having trouble sleeping and his breathing was becoming labored. Finally around visit 7 I checked him for Hidden Hyper Organs and I found his brain was completely exhausted! His brain was testing fine on the surface, but when placed under stress his “brain energy” was just on overload! Like the organ was saying “I got nothing” and was running on fumes. After I handled that situation with the appropriate nutritional support, the next visit he was calm. He was fine! The panic had left him. Now he is just getting better. Those are amazing results!

I have a theory that people with a Hidden Hyper Organ situation are on their way to a crash. It’s like we’re heading off the person developing a severe condition or disease. Many of these people have had several lab tests that have all come back normal. I always say “Thank God they didn’t find anything. That gives us time to fix this before they do find something.” Here is a list of severe chronic diseases you could be diagnosed with. Believe me, you want to solve your health problems before they turn in to one of these.

Nutrition Response Testing and Designed Clinical Nutrition provide safe, effective relief for many health problems, safely and naturally. Could you be a candidate for Nutrition Response Testing? Contact our office at (717) 392-6606 to schedule an initial evaluation or reserve your space at our New Patient Event.

Juicing Adventures

Like juicing, everything in life can be viewed as an adventure and an opportunity to learn. As I have gotten older I have noticed that I am kinder to myself with mistakes. I view mistakes as a learning experience. I am realizing that I will never be perfect, but I can be better. And I have commended myself to this process. It’s actually quite lovely!

So I wouldn’t call it a mistake exactly, but my feelings about juicing have flip-flopped a few times since I’ve been on this health journey. Juicing! It’s what many people think of when they think health. They think they’ll have to juice things like garlic and kale. Not so! Here are some things I have learned about juicing over the years:

  • You can be healthy without juicing. If you’ve never owned a juicer and never plan to, there is still hope.
  • That said, you definitely can include fresh juice as a part of your health program. Different juices can be quite therapeutic!
  • Juicing can be really fun and delicious.
  • Cleaning a juicer can be a real pain.
  • Never, ever, juice radishes.

If you feel inclined to experiment with juicing, go for it! Here is a list of my favorite juices:

Celery

Cucumber

Turmeric (in small amounts)

Parsley

Cilantro

Lemon

Ginger (in small amounts)

Carrot

Beet

You will notice I do not juice fruits very often. I still feel like it’s better to eat the fruits and get the fiber, and avoid all that extra sugar. But please experiment for yourself and see what works for you!

Here is my diet log for the last couple of days:

Monday, 5AM – 2 cups coffee with cream

8 AM – fruit bowl with banana, apple, avocado, lemon juice

12:00 pm – Standard Process berry bar

1:00 pm – coconut yogurt with hemp seeds, blueberries and cinnamon

2:00 pm – salmon, asparagus, a few potato chips

4:00 pm – 1/2 cup cashews

8:00 pm – fig bar

8:45 pm – 5 slices of bacon, mixed greens salad with radish, cucumber and Bragg’s vinaigrette

Tuesday, 5 AM – 2 cups coffee with cream

7 AM – celery, parsley, cilantro, and garlic juice

8 AM – fruit bowl with banana, apple, mango, and pineapple (and lemon juice)

9 AM – 2 cups green tea

12:30 PM – grapes

2:00 PM – quinoa and millet with vegetables (onions, dulse, zucchini, marjoram, and celery)

3:00 PM – another cup green tea (I’m trying to have green or pu-erh tea instead of coffee in the afternoon)

3:30 PM – SP berry bar

Supper – not sure yet! Probably more bacon! YUM!

 

Cleansing Raw Foods

Recently I needed to switch my food selections up a bit and I decided to give raw foods a try. Not for the long term! Just short-term to see what the effect is in my body. I make a point to try everything for myself first. Only then do I pass the information along to others. So I needed a change. And raw it is!

First of all, you may be gasping, “what about the carbs?!?” I gasped the same thing. Almost to the point to having a panic attack! Yes, I am very concerned about carbs. And some raw foods (i.e. fruits) are just loaded with carbs. But I am dedicated to any information or manner of doing things that may help others. I made the determination to try it!

I started with lemon juice fresh-squeezed into a glass of water.

Then coffee with cream. Yes I know it is not raw.

Then I had a breakfast shake. 2 bananas, 2 blood oranges, a handful of spinach, and 2 mangoes. Blended in the Vitamix. (This made two shakes, one for me, and one for Dr. Sheehan, by the way).

Dr. Sheehan added some Standard Process Whey Pro Complete and SP Complete to his. I kept mine free of any protein. To my surprise, I have not collapsed from a protein deficiency.

For lunch I had a big salad with greens, cilantro, cucumbers, carrots, radish and fruits (!) like pineapple and lime juice for dressing.

I was hungry between lunch and dinner, so I ate some nuts.

For dinner I can’t remember what I did that first day. It may have been three carrots with hummus.

And so it went. My first two to three days of eating like this I felt pretty bad. I woke up with a hung-over feeling even though I hadn’t had any alcohol. Throughout the day I was slightly headachey. This is not normal for me. But I stuck with it. I’m happy to report these symptoms have cleared up. I feel more clear with good energy.

At this point I am only about two weeks into my raw experience. I admit I am only eating 50-75% raw. But I’m going to stick it out a little more and see what happens.

I am avoiding refined foods – white refined or cane sugar, breads and flour products, and any type of soda, like the plague.

It just makes sense to me to do it this way. Raw or no!

Please don’t let the picture fool you, actually detest baby carrots and prefer their grown-up counterparts in all cases. I have been known to eat them but they are not my go-to.

Stay tuned!

Natural Deodorant

Deodorant is a product that everyone needs. Many do not realize there are harmful chemicals in most over the counter deodorant. I have been searching for a natural deodorant that actually works for many years now. I have tried lots of different products with varying results. For a long time I used the “Natural Rock” (roll-on or crystal) combined with another natural roll-on. That did seem to work, but I had to use both of them. Either one by itself didn’t do the trick, if you know what I mean. But now I believe I have found a simpler solution. Magnesium oil. Have you ever heard of it? It’s magnesium chloride flakes mixed with water. Lots of folks use it for topical pain relief. There’s a great article on how to make it Here. Turns out the stuff is also wonderful for controlling unpleasant body odor. Now, it won’t act as an anti-perspirant. I have not found anything natural that will do that. I’m over it. I use Magnesium Oil as my deodorant. It’s simple, effective, and completely benign if not outright beneficial to put this stuff on your body.

 

Here is my diet record for the last couple of days:

Wednesday, January 13

7:15 AM – coffee with butter & coconut oil

8:00 AM – ground beef with onion and mushrooms, 1/2 avocado and fermented hot sauce

10:00 AM – vanilla almond paleo bar

12:00 PM – fruit compote with Whey Pro Complete (blueberries, mixed berries, 1/2 banana)

1:45 PM – ate at Lemon St. Market – tuna salad (sustainable), kale salad, a bite of lentil soup and 1/2 of a stevia-sweetened chocolate bar

6:00 PM – cashews

herbal tea throughout the day

Thursday, January 14

7:45 AM – coffee with butter & coconut oil

8:30 AM – scrambled eggs with 1/2 avocado, fermented hot sauce & 1 TBSP dulse flakes

10:00 AM – vanilla almond paleo bar

12:00 PM – fruit compote (see yesterday)

2:30 PM – leftover tuna salad

Supper? TBD…DipCo may await! In which case it will be a cheat meal with fish & chips & a beer.