I am not eating meat. This is a tragedy, but it is wreaking havoc on my digestion right now, so I’m taking a little break to see if things improve (they have, and pretty quick, too). SAD. Also, no avocados or eggs, they’re not digesting either. What am I eating? Plant based foods! How long can this last? Not sure!
Rosemary Apricot Spaghetti
- Pre-roasted spaghetti squash
- Fresh rosemary
- Organic dried apricots
- Himalayan pink salt
- Black pepper
- Grass-fed butter
I reheated the spaghetti squash with grass-fed butter, Himalayan pink salt (trying to change salt quality), black pepper and rosemary. When butter was melted and squash was hot, I added the organic dried apricots, cut in half, and heated a little more so they were soft, but still a little chewy. I don’t typically eat dried fruit, but I had them leftover from a recipe, and they needed to be used. They were organic, and preservative free.
Yeah, Linds, I’ve been reading a lot of very interesting things about meat-free diets. Have you ever read Born to Run? Fascinating story, with some good info sprinkled in there…
Oh, do share, Heej! I am all about reading and sharing. I have heard of Born to Run I think, but don’t know much about it. Will check it out for sure. Diana-I think this is temporary for me, as these are new issues popping up after a couple years, so I do think as of right now something else is going on. I’m just taking it day by day for now 🙂
The theory in Born to Run is that homo sapiens were built to run their prey down, and that meat was infrequently introduced into their diet because in order to get a kill, the entire ‘tribe’ participated in the hunt and would have to stay close to the meat to ward off other attacks on it. (there’s other stuff; this is just a vague summary.) Because of this, our earliest diets were plant and grain based – things like posole, chia, nuts, berries – whatever happened to be growing in the area – were the base of the diet. It worked because the only mode of travel was running/walking, and on any given day, the total mileage could range over 50 miles.
The general conclusion I came to is that our bodies need to be in a state of constant mild ketosis in order to maintain energy and metabolism balance. Because so much of modern life is stagnant and sedentary, diets like Paleo and Atkins try to simulate that state of ketosis via more protein rather than extreme amounts of exercise. (this is all me, at this point. i didn’t read this anywhere.) The general questions that arise from this are what does constant ketosis do to our bodies long term, and how does the method we chose to obtain that state affect our health over many years? Either way, a lot of inflammatory issues are linked to certain types of meat consumption, and so for some people plant based eases the strain from some of the enzymes and chemical reactions involved in meat digestion…
I tried the Paleo Diet and it didn’t work for me. I do much better on a plant based diet. Am flirting with the idea of going raw for the summer. Will you go back to the Paleo Diet or just wait to see how things go?
Hey Linds, new reader here. I found this site just recently doing a search of different diets and type 1 diabetes. I was dx’d with type 1 in november 2010. I did primal until the fall of 2011 with great results, but, when I tried to do strict autoimmune paleo, the wheels came off!! For me, thus far, it seems to be so important to keep balance, high fat makes my food stay in my gut, high protein isn’t really any better for that and still makes my sugars go high. I only recently learned you have to change the way you bolus for meals when you have high fat and high protein in addition to any carbs. I think some of us diabetics have gastroparesis, I tell this to a Dr client of mine and he just laughs because “I’m too young of a diabetic.” Well, if I had the diabetes brewing in my body, and higher than normal blood sugars for who knows how long, then, why couldn’t my digestion be affected? Sure, i might not have any major complications, but, why not the gastroparesis? Especially since so many types 1s end up with celiac and what not. I don’t know, just my hunch. Good luck on your journey, I hope you find what works for you. I am still searching myself. Glad to find more lady diabetic bloggers to follow, thank you.
Linds,fish might be an option for you. Fish protein is much easier to digest. It should be poached, not fried. Also, if you drink bone broth every day, it will improve your digestive issues. Good luck !