Saturday, 20 June 2015

Blood Test

When Dad got home on Thursday, I told him about this diet.
"It's called the paleo diet" Dad looked blank, "It's also known as the caveman diet"
Dad asked if I was going to go around saying "Ug" I laughed, then he said "I'll go around hitting you on the head with a club" I was howling laughing now and I said "I'll be walking around the house in skins"

Yesterday I rang up to make an appointment for the blood test. To my suprise the vampires where happy to see me that day.
I hate needles and I didn't have enough time too fuss over it before I went so I fussed after.

I didn't feel to good after though, my arm ached all afternoon and evening and I felt weak and wobbly which I suppose was all psychological.
 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

The problem with milk

 I read about paleo families and it mentioned cow’s milk being bad for babies just as it is bad for us and decided to look into it.

The first point being is that it is full of lactose which is intolerant to most people, also our pancreas produces the lactose we need.

Secondly our bodies where not designed to drink milk from other animals which is believed to be the cause of allergic reactions to milk and intolerance due to one of milks proteins, A1 casein. It is believed that sheep’s/goats milk is better to drink as they produce the A2 form of casein instead which causes less or no problems.

Thirdly, milk is high carbohydrate source which is high insulin promoting. Hard cheeses and yogurts have been fermented long enough for all the sugars from lactose to be used up so are better for the lactose intolerant however they are just as highly insulin promoting.

Finally, as dairy is growth promoting it is believed that it can cause undesirable things such as acne and some people argue that it causes cancer cells to develop much faster.

However dairy isn’t strictly of limits, full fat milk from grass fed animals (preferably sheep/goats) is acceptable on the paleo diet and full fat butter too particularly Ghee butter.


What I can eat

This is the shopping list I printed of for mum. 


Meat
  • Poultry
  • Turkey
  • Chicken breast
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Pork chops
  • Steak
  • Veal
  • Bacon
  • Pork
  • Ground beef
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Chicken thigh
  • Chicken leg
  • Chicken wings (yum!)
  • Lamb rack
  • Shrimp
  • Lobster
  • Clams
  • Salmon
  • Venison steaks
  • Buffalo
  • New York steak
  • Bison
  • Bison steaks
  •  Bison jerky
  •   Bison ribeye
  • Bison sirloin
  •   Lamb chops
  • Rabbit
  • Goat
  •  Elk
  •  Emu
  •  Goose
  •  Kangaroo
  •   Bear (good luck getting this!)
  •  Beef jerky
  •  Eggs (duck, chicken, or goose)
  • Wild boar
  • Reindeer
  • Turtle
  • Ostrich
  •  Pheasant
  • Quail
  • Lean veal
  • Chuck steak
  • Rattlesnake
Fish
  • Bass
  • Salmon
  • Halibut
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Tuna
  • Red snapper
  • Shark
  • Sunfish
  • Swordfish
  • Tilapia
  •  Trout
  • Walleye
Seafood
  • Crab
  • Crawfish
  • Crayfish
  • Shrimp
  • Clams
  • Lobster
  • Scallops
  • Oysters 
Veggies
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Peppers (all kinds)
  • Cauliflower
  • Parsley
  • Eggplant
  • Green onions

   Starchy Veggies
  • Butternut squash*
  • Acorn squash*
  • Yam*
  •  Sweet potato*
  • Beets*
  
   Oils and fats
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Macadamia oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Grass-fed butter

    Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  •  Macadamia nuts
  • Walnuts

 Fruits
  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Blackberries
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Mango
  • Lychee
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Lemon
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple guava
  • Lime
  • Raspberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tangerine
  • Figs
  • Oranges
  • Bananas*

The Doctors

So I went to the Dr's and said... I think I have hypothyroidism. 
She doesn't think so but she's sending me for bloods just to make sure. 

She said that when your hungry you reach for sugary snacks which is only a quick fix and so your only full for a short period of time before you reach for another snack. 

So she said to change my diet. And exercise. 

I told her my dad reckons its because I don't eat enough bread, but I usually have two slices of toast a day. 
She said bread is digested quickly. 
I said its also high in sugar, something to do with it being a carbohydrate.  
So I said I was thinking of going on the paleo diet and she said that would be fine. 



So here I am now back from the Dr's and trying not to reach for a sugary snack because I am hungry right now. I had to print of a list of the foods I can eat for mum so she knows what to buy when she's next at the supermarket... and also for me when I move out later in the year. 

A lot of the things on the list we can't get in England, this is an american diet so things like, Kangaroo, rattlesnake (why you would want to eat a rattlesnake I do not know but it is on the list), bear... etc. 

To great joy I can eat as many eggs as I like so I made scrambled eggs when I got back from the Dr's as I hadn't had breakfast. Thing is I don't have goats milk in the fridge yet so I put a small amount in and I had swapped butter for coconut oil a month ago and I love it. 


My scrabbled eggs where perfect. 

my problems

I had been deciding to go Paleo for a while because I have been gradually gaining weight, I am definitely not over weight or fat but I am not as slim as I used to be and the weight is getting higher quit quickly.

I know this is because I am eating too much but I am eating because I am feeling physically hungry. To top it all of I am having problems sleeping and I feel tired a lot of the time and not getting enough sleep again makes you feel hungry and when your going to bed hungry you inevitably can't get to sleep which brings you full circle - you can't sleep because your hungry, your hungry because your tired because you can't sleep and repeat, it's a continuing cycle.

I had tried Raspberry Ketone but I was gaining a pound in half a week.

The next thing is that the last few months I have been clumsier and more forgetful than I am normally. And then the most embarrassing thing happened... I got bad breath... I never get bad breath!

That was it I had had enough!
I had a feeling that I have a thyroid problem and I did an online symptom checker which top of the list - hypothyroidism along with a load of other things, ovarian cancer being one of them, oh and a brain tumour. These online things can be dangerous, you can go away thinking you have everything. I'm already convinced that my Dr think I'm a hypochondriac.


I first heard about Paleo

One of my biggest idles is Marilyn Monroe, the 20th century’s most iconic woman. In 1952 Miss Monroe gave Pageant magazine huge exclusive on her diet and exercise routine.

Marilyn Monroe says in her interview that she has been told that her “eating habits are absolutely bizarre” but she doesn’t think so.
 For breakfast she heated up some milk on the hot plate then when it was hot she would crack two eggs into it and whisked until frothy. She then supplemented this with a multivitamin. “I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.”
It’s true this breakfast is very nourishing and high in protein which is incredibly good for muscles.
  Marilyn would then skip lunch but have liver, lamb chops or steak for her tea with a side of four or five raw carrots “I must be part Rabbit, I never get bored of raw carrots” she said.

  Diets didn’t really exist until the 80’s but Marilyn Monroe’s eating habit is considered to be remarkably like the paleo diet, however the paleo diet is considered to be a lot more nutritious as four or five raw carrots do not provide you with the vitamins and minerals you need from green leafy vegetables.

The Paleo Diet was created by Dr. Loren Cordain 2002 but developed from the ideas of Walter Voegtlin in the 70’s and also Stanly Boyd Eaton (who wrote a book on Paleolithic nutrition that inspired Cordain) and Melvin Konner. The idea is that we go back to our primeval roots and eat only what was available to the cavemen, anything before the rise of the agricultural industry.