Food is our medicine, and medicine is our food – Hippocrates
Wise words and acceptable, but sometimes you have to learn it the hard way.
I never really believed in nutritional intolerances. Of course if someone would be allergic to nuts and had the choice between either bothering waitresses to the extend or simply choking – that was fine. Annoying but ok.
But anything not specifically labelled “allergy” wasn’t real for me and just in people’s heads.
Until January 2014.
That was when I noticed, it is actually in people’s heads – because an intolerance can simply drive you crazy, especially when you do not know about it.
After suffering from typical stomach-flu symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, uncontrolable appetite, indispostition and feeling bloated for almost whole year, I knew I would have to change something in my diet*. But I was super scared to have to bother with food too much, to limit myself and to never have certain foods again – avoiding dairy and even going vegan for a couple of weeks did not help anyways, so I kind of settled with the depressing thought that IBS is going to rule my days for good. Like it does for apparently 1 in 4 people worldwide.
So one “trial” I avoided like the plague was going gluten-free, but eventually – on a particular bad day – I caved and cut all grains and high sugar foods from my diet*.
*DISCLAIMER: doriloveslife.com is currently an english-speaking blog – the word “diet” must not be confused with the German word “diet” and describes a lifestyle/ way of nutrition, not a restriction to lose weight. Weight control is a benefit of going paleo/lowcarb though.
And the world changed for me. All symtomes weakend and consequently disappeared – only to come back full on after a night out at an Italian place filled with pizzabread and pasta.
I know “going gluten-free” is super stylish at the moment, I wanted proof though and I immediately got myself tested and LUCKILY a I had a result: gluten sensitivity aka a light form of celiac disease.
Thanks to my OCD tendencies and perfectionistic nature, I not only went 100% gluten-, but grain-free and steared towards a lowcarb lifestyle, which has developed into a balance of lchf-paleo-primal-iifmm nutrition.
And yes, I did my research and know what those classifications mean and how they work for me now:
- Eat: Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables growing above ground and natural fats (like butter).
- Avoid: Sugar and starchy foods (like bread, pasta, rice, beans and potatoes).
Eat when you’re hungry until you are satisfied. It’s that simple.
No sweets, no ready meals, just REAL FOOD. Why? Because that is what we have always done.
Humans evolved over millions of years as hunter-gatherers, without eating large amounts of carbohydrates. We ate the food available to us in nature by hunting, fishing and gathering all the edible foods we could find. These foods did not include pure starch in the form of bread, pasta, rice or potatoes. We have only eaten these starchy foods for 5 – 10 000 years, since the development of agriculture. Only a limited adaptation of our genes takes place in such a relatively short time.
Whatever the reasons behind the so called paleo diet*/lifestyle is – the changes worked for me and I am looking forward to continue playing in my kitchen and taking an easy approach on food again. I know there are a lot of questions like “what do you eat when you do not eat bread?”, but that is what doriloveslife can answer and suggest to you to get inspired and try for yourself.