I have been researching going gluten free and paleo and think i would be wise to consider paleo. The only thing is i have several autoimmune diseases, disorders and syndrome. Is paleo ok for someone who is sick with these kinds of problems? I think paleo is uber-healthy but my doctor wants me off all meat. Actually, he is vegan and wants me to go vegan.
I guess i am just confused. Can someone direct me to a good book that would help me get started with paleo? Also, what websites are good for paleo beginners?
Thanks a lot if you can helo! Denise
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on May 30, 2013
at 02:38 AM
I would definitely get a second opinion. Your doctor could be brain-washed by being Vegan.
on May 30, 2013
at 12:22 AM
Quick notes before I have to go. You definitely need to optimize your diet to deal with autoimmune issues. This usually means getting rid of all grains, dairy, and legumes for a period of time. If your issues haven't died down, cut out nightshades and eggs and reassess.
I would be wary of your vegan docs advice. While being vegan is a far sight better than a Standard American Diet, it is incredibly unhealthy in the long run. Meat (other than potentially grain-fed beef) poses no issues for autoimmune conditions unless you have something from Mars.
I know Chris Kresser has done extensive write ups on autoimmune disease, and I believe Robb Wolf has as well on his "The Paleo Solution" Blog. Check out those guys sites and you should be all set. If you want a deeper conceptual framework recommend Art Devaney's The New Evolution Diet. And Robb Wolf's The Paleo Solution is an easy read with well presented information.
on May 29, 2013
at 09:53 PM
Hi Denise and welcome to Paleo Hacks!
I was heading to the bed (rest is so important!) so I do not have a lot of time to look for some resources for you but there's no problem as I'm sure tomorrow you'll have a load of posts pointing you to some direction, people here is so nice you can expect this help from them.
Just wanted to say that you're most likely to benefit a lot from paleo, that you can start embracing a few of it's concepts at first, that you don't necessarily need to go all-in, and that you can try and revert back if you find that it's not doing any good on you. My take is you're going to enjoy it, but that we will see :)
Just one last thing: be very careful with your vegan doc advice, we usually want to convince people to follow our ideas, maybe because we really think they're the good choices but sometimes there's a personal need to reassert with one self believes... don't let your doc fool you to follow an advice that could not be well founded and less even if it's not just for health but based on his own personal reasons that sometimes come with veganism: ethics, animal welfare, etc... he's up to himself to decide for his behaviour but IMHO should not try to persuade other people based on this, more even when he has the power to influence his patients a lot. I was myself once vegetarian and I never tried to convince anyone to change their mind, just lived what I thought it was correct and hoped for others to get in touch with it. Things turned out in a way that I finally realized that I would be better again eating meat so in part I'm happy I never pressured anyone to follow me so hard, what should I tell them now?
Well, sorry for all the story thing =)
PD: As for books, I like a lot the Epi-Paleo RX by Dr Jack Kruse, most people will recommend 'The Perfect Health Diet' by Drs Jaminet, I'm currently reading it, 'The Paleo Solution' by Robb Wolf is another I have not read but that it's a reference one. And if you are into sport, 'The Paleo Diet for Athletes' from Loren Cordain could be of interest to you. I guess there are a lot more and very good.
If you are in facebook, you can like the page Paleo f(x): Ancestral Momentum - Theory to Practice Symposium, they share lots of tips and graphic pictures about paleo and health, you can start seeing how it could benefit you and learn more. I also use Twitter just only for nutrition/health so I can get a great deal of news every day about these topics.