Having lost 120 lbs on paleo in the last year, I get a lot of questions about what I'm doing. And I find that the people who understand what I'm talking about are often doing something similar - under the direction of their Naturopath. I've never been to a Naturopath, so I don't know if this is typical or not. Does anybody have any experience with paleo-friendly Naturopaths? Is this a compatible combination?
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on May 29, 2010
at 04:00 PM
My first naturopath guided me towards this diet although she never used the terminology. She started by getting me off wheat but then convinced me to give up grains and dairy except for homemade organic yogurt. She taught me about different meats and that grass-fed beef, elk, bison etc (all easily available in my town) were all healthy. She actually wasn't one to push too many supplements, only putting me on a multi-mineral and fish oil.
You might think this is a rare type of naturopath based on others answers, but I now have a new naturopath (old one moved away) who believes in similar dietary principles. I recently tried eating rice to see if my digestion could handle it in preparation for a trip to China, and I noticed some joint paint. She immediately questioned the rice even though I had been going through a stressful time.
I have yet to meet a naturopath that actually promotes a vegetarian or vegan diet. Most will ask you to cut dairy and wheat before anything else.
on May 27, 2010
at 09:07 PM
Ive been to two naturopaths and neither of them knew anything like the Paleo diet. They may prescribe a diet of vegitables, fruit and limited meat....no processed food and no artificial food. I can see how this might seem similar but they will probably also tell you to eat whole grains or give you green supplements that contain grains (and probably eat low fat).
The one thing that I did get out of a naturopath was an allergy test that discovered my food allergies. This is a moot point for a Paleo person though as all the allergies are neolithic food. The one exception to this that I can think of is eggs (common allergy to eggs).
I really like the philosophy of a naturopath, curing through natural means. I so liked the premise when I discovered the field that I thought about going back to school to become one. But after disappointing visits to two docs that the schools themselves highly recommended and then seeing how expensive the degree was I recanted.
It's a good premise but they also seem to fall into nutritionism and conventional wisdom.
Ive also been to one of the top Chinese Medicine schools in the US (or so I was told) and didnt get much from that either. I think that there is some validity to Chinese Medicine but the Paleo paradigm seems to be more accurate.
on May 29, 2010
at 03:14 PM
I had a decade long bout of chronic bronchitis healed by Classical Homeopathy. My Classical Homeopath knows nothing about Paleo, herself being a plump vegetarian. But her own eating habits didn't affect my healing at all. Why should they? All the Allopaths told me my condition would only worsen with age and I was already sick with it all the time it seemed. I was in despair. Now it is if I never had it.
on May 29, 2010
at 01:06 AM
I tend to think that most naturpaths are more in the whole veggie vegan side of things. Yes, they nay advocate for more fresh food over processed etc but I think on the whole it's a pretty anti-meat kinda vibe. I defthink most of them would be big time pro-grain, too.