We have an epidemic of love-hate relationships with our stomachs; we love to fill them, hate their function. Not sure what I’m talking about? Take a look around the antacid section the next time you’re in the pharmacy. Or consider the number of people you know who have been prescribed proton pump inhibitors. Or maybe check the cabinet under your own bathroom sink for that family-sized canister of colorful, mild-flavored tums (which I used to eat like candy when I visited my best friend’s house in grade school- oy). That’s us, hating on our stomachs.
Have you ever cut calories in an effort to lose a few pounds only to find that… nothing changed? Or worse, you gained weight instead?!
It happens. Our best laid plans -with our latest calorie counting app and our carefully curated snack packs- can wind up being complete fails, as many dieters can attest to. It’s the same old story, but why?
When people learn I have goats, they love to remind me that "goats eat EVERYTHING!" Don't believe it. Goats are incredibly picky. If their hay has touched the ground, for instance, it's deemed unfit for eating. Worse, they're not only selectively picky, but incredibly sensitive; just a few bites of the wrong thing can kill them within hours.
Counter-intuitive is a phrase I often use when describing a GAPS or SCD-style elimination diet. In a world where raw vegetables wear glowing halos and plant protein powders are the hottest thing since sliced bread, it’s hard to explain why these foods might need to be temporarily traded for a simple diet of braised meats and boiled vegetables. But does it matter how many micrograms of copper are in your bowl of vegetarian chili if your body can’t actually digest and absorb those beans anyway? Nope, doesn't. Here are the key reasons that an uber-simple diet may be the best.
Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays; they happen. And sometimes right in the middle of an elimination diet. But where most diets recommend a little "cheating" here and there for sanity, you're either on -or very, very off- the GAPS/SCD wagon. It's tough. It's not fair. But it doesn't mean you can't enjoy a night out. In today's post, we'll learn how to navigate menus during gut healing without leaving in tears of self-deprivation.
Ketosis is actually a pretty rad thing. It's thought to be an evolved mechanism that allowed humankind to stay (relatively) healthy and functioning in times of famine or during long northern winters that were inhospitable to growing carbs (ie: fruits, vegetables, and grains). When the body is starved of carbohydrates, blood glucose -our body's primary energy source- dries up (figuratively). When glucose is severely limited over an extended period of time, the body responds by concocting little balls of energy called ketones, manufactured from fatty acids. These fatty acids come both from the diet and from the body's stored fat. What's unusual here isn't that the body is burning some fat, but that this particular form of fat is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and provide energy to the brain.