First off – let me state with no reservations that the paleo diet has helped me fantastically. It managed to accomplish what no other diet I’ve tried over the last 20 years did – I lost weight and kept it off.
I recently had to go to a chiropractor, because I got a little too ambitious with a deceptively effective easy exercise – the Hindu Squat (to see an example of how to do one http://www.cbass.com/Furey.htm ) and over the next day my lower back and hip muscles practically locked up. When I was at the chiropractor (who I’ve been seeing off-and-on since 2006) his jaw dropped and he congratulated me on how much different I looked. He totally understood that the paleo diet has been helping, and he said my other exercises were putting the muscle in the right places.
So, I’m pretty much on track to taking back my life – with one exception. The migraines and arthritis still get in the way of much that we’d call normal living. However, my wife and I have already established that a healthy diet can do fantastic things for our bodies – she confronted and BEAT endometriosis using nutrition and chiropractic – so we decided to see if it would work for migraines and arthritis, too.
Turns out – going paleo for weight loss was a huge step in the right direction for that, as well. My wife recently found Dr. Peter Osborne’s new book “No Grain, No Pain” (ISBN: 978-1-5011-2168-5 or ebook ISBN: 978-1-5011-2170-8) – and one of the big bombshells we got right away is that migraines AND arthritis can be caused by the EXACT same thing – a gut made unhealthy by the use of NSAID pain killers. Which I used very heavily in the first 15 years after the surgery on my bone tumor – back when I didn’t know any better.
The good news is that the book also said that the unhealthy gut is reverseable, with the right diet controls. First on the list was getting rid of all grains – which is a lot harder than it sounds. Grains are EVERYWHERE these days – thickening agents in canned soups is just one example where you wouldn’t think to look. Another is instant coffee – all of them. If your meats are raised on grains, you’re still getting grain in your diet even if you try to avoid it. HFCS is also a trigger – and has the additional warning that it is one of the vehicles by which you’re putting poisonous MERCURY into your system.
Oh, I got a bit off track. Anyhow, the book has 3 sections – part one covers the science behind the program, part 2 tells you what you’ll be doing, and part 3 has a diet and menu plan to put you on the track to hopefully the best health you’ve ever had. We aren’t quite at the level of starting the 15 day challenge yet, but we’re taking steps in that direction. Finding a reliable source of grain-free meats is tough – at least around here.