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question to everyone that has changed their diet

Posted by Karen on July 27, 2001 at 22:44:43:

I was curious in finding out how many people first started out going on the whole foods diet, scd diet, zone diet, etc for intestinal disorders, etc and now have been able to go back to a more general diet once their conditions have been cured? As many responses would be great.



My story and more................

Posted by Helping you on July 29, 2001 at 13:03:45:

In Reply to: question to everyone that has changed their diet posted by Karen on July 27, 2001 at 22:44:43:

I think there is a pretty good place to being your journey with diet in. That would be the whole-foods diet. Sometimes, this alone is all that is needed. If the whole foods diet is not combating intestinal problems associated with dysbiosis, anti-fungals are probably needed. Also, resctricting sugars is another obvious step. With the whole foods diet, you are already eliminating most of these sugars. All that is left is to limit fruits (eat granny smith apple, and berries only while treating dysbiosis. If you cannot handle any fruit, don't eat it until condition improves). Most of the time, a sugar-less whole foods diet with antifungals followed by probiotics will handle dysbiosis. But, when that doesn't work, it can leave one confused on what to do next. When this doesn't work, it means one of a few things.

1) Food sensitivites are keeping you sick
2) eating incorrectly for your metabolism
3) eating too many carbohydrates
4) taking too little or not the correct anti-microbial

It's not that difficult to go from here. It is said that many people with intestinal problems lack the ability to break down sugars. This means ALL sugars including fructose, sucrose, maltose, lactose. Basically, anything ending in -ose. These sugars are found in starchy vegetables, grains, and fruits. Out of all the sugars, fructose seems to be the one most tolerated. Hence, the SCD is born. From the whole foods diet, it may be a good place to start by eliminating ALL grains from the diet. If this brings no relief, move on to starchy vegetables. At this point, you will be eating non-starchy vegetables, meats, maybe some fruits and nuts. Basically, a hunter/gatherer diet which many authorities think we were designed to eat. If you still do not get well over time, consider food intolerance as a suspect. An elimination diet or ELISA IgG panel will help uncover this. However, I do not believe you will have to go that far. Most people do not go beyond the SCD and anti-fungal/probiotic program. This is usually sufficient to get to the bottom of things. I think this order works better because everyone is different and will handle the diets differently. If you just jump right into things and eliminate ALL forms of sugar including grains, starchy vegetbales AND fruits, you will still not know which type of foods caused the change. Sure, you could have problems with all of them but it is possible just to have problems with 1 or 2 groups. Maybe grains just bothers you. Or, maybe you can tolerate a little grain but not too much. Most of the time, it is a matter of identifing which foods you body cannot break down. Since sugars are the newest addition to the human diet, is no wonder that these cause the most problems. I personally think IBS and other digestive problems are among the easiest to treat,...WHEN,.. you know what you are looking for. Hopefully now, you do.

For me, I suffered every digestive problem in the book: Gas, bloating, distention, gas pains, burning stool, alternating constipation/diarrhea, GERD, heartburn, stomach cramps, stomach pain, intestinal pain, infrequent and irregular bowel movements. Accompanying this I had an array of symptoms: wide-spread joint pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, inability to thrive and gain weight.

I was able to eliminate 90% of these problems JUST by treating the bracing and left-over digestive problems. The first thing I did was to adopt a MOSTLY whole foods diet. This produced some good results but not what I was looking for. I still had the bloating, gas, and many other symptoms. I tried endless pills, vitamins, enzymes. You name it, I tried it. I was a walking pharmacy. I got so worked into my "program" that I forgot how to live. Finally, I found a good doctor and we did some testing. Many things came back abnormal including allergies and digestive problems BUT,....not ONE test could tell me the cause. So, I researched. I researched, and researched, and researched, and researched. I did this for 6 years. I read everything I could get my hands on but I did not get well. I didn;t get well because I learned everything and I applied nothing.

Finally, after learning ALL that I had, and seeing ALL the doctors that I saw, I decided to stop suffering and I was determined to get well. I put together a program designed to eliminate stress on my body and maximize nurishment. Here is what I did (in a nutshell).

1) After researching EVERY diet out there, I found out, like many of you, that it is far too confusing to apply. Everything conflicted. This is when I stummbled on METABOLIC TYPING. I have been eating this way for more than 2 years and it is by far, the best dietary practice in my opinion. After applying the right diet to my body, I started to get well. I discovered I was a "fast oxidizer". I increased my protein/fat and lowered my carbs. I have been fine-tuning the diet for more than a year now. My diet consists of organic meats (high-purine), non-starchy vegetables (always with butter or olive oil), low-sugar, non-tropical fruits, raw nuts, seeds, and some special fermented foods I have learned how to make. If I want, I can induce IBS in myself by eating large amounts of chocolate, starch, and grains. After 1 month on this diet, I will be bent over in pain. This diet ELIMINATED most of my digestive symptoms.
2) I embarked on an anti-fungal program like the one I have posted here so many times. The only difference was, I Knew what I was up against so I selected the herbs most potent against my pathogens and I rotated them.
3) I started SR which has been the most important tool for me ever. This is especially important for fast oxidizers, sympathetic dominants, Vata types (see chinese medicine for constitutional types), and TYPE A personalities. We push our bodies so much that we end up running on pure adrenaline. We literaly burn ourselves up with acids. SR returns the energy, balance, and blod flow to your organs. I had to practice for 30 minutes 3x a day for almost a year before I could go back down to the recommended 2x a day for 20 minutes. THAT is how far out of whack I was.
4) The only other major factor that got me out of my situation was probotics and soil organisms. I have posted many times on this and won't go into it unless someone asks me to.
5) lastly, I applied specific nutrient interventions to overcome the rest of the damage done by the only 2 things that caused my sickness --- Bracing (stress), Diet. That's it. It isn't any more complicated than that. I started on a few whold foods supplements and isolates including Perfect Food (to alkalinize my acidic state), Primal Defense, FLORA SOURCE, Aloe Vera, L-glutamine. That's it! Believe me, I was taking MANY more items than that. Now, I occasionally go on a cleaning program or a program that looks to optimize a particular organ, system or gland. This usually has to do with how I am feeling or what specific tasks I am up against.

So, in a nutshell, diet and stress are the keys to getting out and STAYING out of illness as far as I am concerned. Sometimes, things are just out of our control even after we have done all that we can. When this happens, it is important to know that you DID do all that you could. Do not blame yourself for being in your position. Your mind/body hears and follows every thought that you have. if your thoughts are that of blame, worry, fear, guilt, hopelessness, your mind/body will quickly follow by producing those results for you. Think of your mind/body as a child living inside you. This child wants to do everything for you and wants your unconditional love. But, what would happen to this child if every day you told it it wasn't good enough, wasn't doing enough, didn't look good enough, or it always let you down?? Soon, this child would know that your love IS conditional and pretty soon it will stop trying to please you. Soon, this childs world would be that of worry, fear, depression. Virtually all the same that you have been unloading on it. However, even in the face of all this, the child would STILL try to do the best it could for you. Do you see how we hurt ourselves and contribute to keeping ourselves sick and not well? What you say and think to your mind/body most of the time, eventually becomes a reality. People have "thought" their way into getting cancer, heart disease and other problems because they were that scared into thinking it would happen. This is an extreme example of what our mind/body's are capable of but nontheless, it is important becuase we can use it to get well instead of staying sick. Keep it simple because in the end, simplicity is mother nature's design. We just make it complicated. I hope this helps many of you out there going through hard times.



Re: My story and more................

Posted by Joanie on July 29, 2001 at 17:36:30:

In Reply to: My story and more................ posted by Helping you on July 29, 2001 at 13:03:45:

Helping,

Thanks for sharing this. One thing that stood out for me was taking Perfect Food for alkalinity. I'm positive that I'm much too acidic, because suddenly, in the last few days when I take off my gold watch at night, there's a black mark on my arm. I haven't had that happen since I was a child. Also, I have lactic acid buildup in my muscles due to bracing, and I believe, a lack of oxygen due to shallow breathing. I've been eating a high protein/low carb diet to lose weight. The only variations are that I eat plain organic low fat yogurt with ground flax seed in the morning and an occasional apple. So far, I haven't really lost weight, but I always feel better when I eat this way. I understand that eating a lot of protein causes you to become more acidic. Does taking Perfect Food really help the acidity? I have been taking Primal Defense for LGS, and I have some Perfect Food, but it's soooo sweet! Why do they put stevia in it? At any rate, if you think it will benefit me, I will take it. BTW, I am 50, post-menopausal and have a very slow metabolism. I desperately need to lose 30 lbs. It's doing a number on my self esteem. Thanks again for all your help.

Namaste`

Joanie



acid/alkaline balance

Posted by helping you on July 29, 2001 at 18:03:25:

In Reply to: Re: My story and more................ posted by Joanie on July 29, 2001 at 17:36:30:

Eating a lot of meat will not necessarily make you more acid. Your acid/alkaline balance has to do with many functions especially metabolism. Also, how well you balance your foods and how closely you stick to foods for your metabolic type influences this as well. One can eat lots of meat and not be acidic if care is taken in balancing the body/mind, autonomic nervous system (diet and SR will do this), and metabolism (diet and SR again). Generally, Perfect food is quite alkaline. You will reduce the acids in your body with stress reduction, eating vegetables with every meal, and balancing your body chemistry. Mostly, SR and eating correctly will balance you fairly well. In general, green foods are best when in an overly acidic state and can faclilate a quick return to balance while SR and diet are being adjusted.

How you feel when eating is very important. if you feel better on the higher protein/lower carb diet, you probably need it. I'm not an expert on weight loss (being that I struggled to gain weight for many years) but I do know that it is almost impossible to stay heavy on a whole foods diet balanced to your metabolic type (see "THE METABOLIC TYPING DIET"). If weight fails to come off, look into the possibility of a sluggish thyroid or low/imbalanced hormones being a factor. If you take your oral temperature (with a mercury thermometor) 3x a day and average it out (do this for 5 days in a row), you can decifer with some degree of accuracy if you are underactive. If your average temperature is below 98.2 degrees, you should look further by having free TSH, T4, and T3 levels done. Your TSH should be as close as possible to 0.4. The further up you go (0.9, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0 and up), the more you thyroid is struggling to produce the active hormone (T4 converts into T3 which is the active hormone). This will give you a reference range to go by if you have the test done and your doctor is less than up-to-date on the current thinking of TSH interperetation. The best therapy for an underactive thyroid is armour thyroid. This is a natural thyroid hormone that contains both T4 and T3. Synthetic thyroid hormones only contain T4. The problem with that is, most people have a hard time converting the T4 to T3 so it does them little good. Armour thyroid must be taken 2x a day but is very effective. Iodine is essential to thyroid function so knowing this may be helpful. This is, of course, if it is even a problem for you. BTW, when taking your temp, make sure that the first temp reading is taken at least 3 hours after arising. Don't do it while still in bed. Some opt to do the underarm temp first thing in the morning. I believe the oral average temp to be more accurate with less false positives.

I hope this helps you



Re: acid/alkaline balance

Posted by Joanie on July 30, 2001 at 07:59:57:

In Reply to: acid/alkaline balance posted by helping you on July 29, 2001 at 18:03:25:

Thanks so much HY. I have printed all 101 pages of the Metobolic Diets archives and will study them tonight. I'm pretty sure that I'm an HG, but I will delay my conclusion until after I have read all the info. There seem to be a lot of variables.

Thanks again.

Namaste`

Joanie

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Re: My story and more................Testimonial LGS.

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 30, 2001 at 08:00:34:

In Reply to: My story and more................ posted by Helping you on July 29, 2001 at 13:03:45:

Thanks, Helping!

Namaste`

Walt

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Re: acid/alkaline balance, THYROID - to Helping You

Posted by Cold Fish on July 30, 2001 at 10:26:13:

In Reply to: acid/alkaline balance posted by helping you on July 29, 2001 at 18:03:25:

Thank you for all your posts and your interesting testimonial. You have helped so many people on this board, Helping!
A while ago you asked me to let you know what my average temperature was after taking it for a few days. It ranges from 97.5 to 98.5, which I reached only once. I'm using an ear thermometor which I know isn't that accurate. But I can see that my temperature is low. Now I have to figure out whether tokeep on with the synthroid or to take something else. I have started eating a sheet of seaweed every day - wonder if it helps.



Re: acid/alkaline balance, THYROID - to Helping You

Posted by helping you on July 30, 2001 at 10:51:41:

In Reply to: Re: acid/alkaline balance, THYROID - to Helping You posted by Cold Fish on July 30, 2001 at 10:26:13:

A better solution would be to take armour thyroid twice a day. It contains T4 AND T3 (which is the active hormone). Synthroid ONLY contains T4 and you must convert it into T3. Unfortunately, many people do not convert well. This is more likely the reason your temperatures are still low. Many doctors are against armour thyroid because of the inconsistant fluctuations of the hormone. This is solved by taking it twice a day. 1/2 dose after breakfast, and 1/2 dose after dinner.

Remember, even if you hit 98.5 one time, it is the average temperature for the day (3 readings per day averaged out) that is the important thing. Seems like you are hypothyroid to some degree.

You may want to have your free T4 and T3 tested along with your TSH. If you read me the results, I can give you a more accurate interperation than you will get from a conventional medical doctor. Even some holistic doctors aren't aware of the new standards of thyroid interpetation.



Re: acid/alkaline balance, THYROID - to Helping You (Archive in thyroid.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 31, 2001 at 08:09:37:

In Reply to: Re: acid/alkaline balance, THYROID - to Helping You posted by helping you on July 30, 2001 at 10:51:41:

Thanks, Helping!

Namaste`

Walt

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