I’ve had a really good and CRAZY couple of weeks! I just got back from a vacation to Peru with an old friend where we explored the Sacred Valley’s Inca ruins, hiked Machu Picchu and had some incredible food.
I also had the privilege of being invited to share my story on national TV on the Dr. Oz Show, see below . The show is all about the Paleo Diet- what it is and how it works- and how it can transform your health.
I was honored to share my story with Dr. Oz, who seemed genuinely interested (apparently he follows a Paleo style diet himself!), but more importantly the show also featured Nutritional Consultant Nell Stephenson and Dr. Loren Cordain, who is responsible for introducing me to the Paleo diet 4 years ago.
Check out the video at the bottom of this post. I found it way back when I was diagnosed. In it Dr. Cordain explains why the Paleo diet is beneficial for those with MS. It’s part 1 of 4. It’s a little dry, I know, but it was enough to get me started on my path so it was very special for me to be able to thank the man in person. At any rate, I digress.
What’s so great about putting this information in front of millions of viewers is that it raises awareness of some very important information that is very close to my heart.
While the Paleo diet (or any diet) is no panacea, it is fantastically powerful way to influence your health.
Paleo is a hot topic at the moment, and it really makes me cringe when I hear it referred to as a fad diet. I also don’t love the term “Paleo Diet” because it carries a lot of negative connotations. Let me explain: when people think of the word Paleo or Paleolithic they usually think of cavemen, or as Dr. Oz says on the show – Fred Flintstone chewing on a huge leg of something or other. This automatically suggests that eating a Paleo style diet means you’re to eat mostly meat.
Although that may be how some people interpret the Paleo diet I would say that it is really mostly about nutrient dense whole foods rich in fresh vegetables of all varieties, fruit, nuts and seeds and wild caught fish, pastured meat and eggs. You might also call it a whole foods, ancestral style diet similar to the diet promoted by the Weston A. Price foundation .
Given that people with MS (and autoimmune disorders in general) also have a compromised digestive system (see this post and this post ) the diet gets modified to accommodate food sensitivities and possible allergens and gut irritants by eliminating all grains, processed sugar, soy and dairy, and in some cases even eggs and nightshades depending on the person.
This is the way that our healthy, strong and robust ancestors have eaten for millions of years. That’s a pretty long fad!
I believe it’s the most healthful way to feed your body what it needs to get and stay well.
I hope you can watch the show on April 22nd (Monday!) and catch me over on Facebook or Twitter or in the comments below to let me know your thoughts!
Thanks for reading and please pass this information on to anyone you know who might benefit from it. It can make a huge difference in their life and their health.
Coming off these two crazy and totally unexpected experience has inspired me to think of ways to bring this information to as many people as possible. I’m now (slowly) starting development of an online program, complete with videos, interviews, recipes and printable cheat sheets to facilitate a shift into a health-promoting, MS healing power house of lifestyle that’s sustainable and easy to implement. Wish me luck!