March 6, 2013
I began eating a gluten free whole foods diet about 5 years ago to treat symptoms of chronic illness that could not be properly diagnosed. As of 2 years ago, I began following a paleo diet, which further resolved some more symptoms, although my chronic health issues continued, even with an extremely clean diet. I finally was diagnosed with chronic lyme disease in January 2013 and began treatment in February. A whole foods diet has been invaluable in keeping my body strong enough to not succumb to my illness at as rapid of a pace as many others experience and has helped me manage the MANY symptoms and associated conditions I suffer from.
Yes, I eat a paleo-type diet (no grains, industrial seed oils, legumes, refined sugar, dairy with the exception of butter/ghee, and I also mostly limit eggs, nuts/seeds and nightshade vegetables and spices, as I have found this has helped me manage inflammation). In philosophy, I probably align more to a WAP diet rather than paleo, but have found that the additional restrictions of a paleo autoimmune protocol have been very helpful in my healing. I also incorporate a number of traditional healing foods, such as fermented cod liver oil, grass fed ghee, coconut oil and other traditional fats such as lard/tallow, all grassfed and pastured meats, fermented vegetables, and homemade broth/stock.
I'm 26 years old and living with my husband in Reston. We are interested in food and nutrition, travel, nature, etc.