While I am very anti “Fad” diet, there is one particular way of eating that has helped me immensely, and that is Paleo. I recommend the Paleo diet for people who have autoimmune disease, thyroid problems, digestive disorders, and heart disease. If you don’t struggle with any of these, you should do well sticking to the 80/20 Principle that I talk about in my book. I believe 100% that you should just be trying to eat whole foods and listening to what your body wants. But, if you’re like me and have battled with autoimmune disease, I do believe you need to make certain tweeks to heal your body naturally.
A few years ago, I was feeling terrible. I was overweight, struggling with dry skin, brittle hair, hair loss, and terrible fatigue. My doctor was constantly telling me that my thyroid wasn’t functioning correctly, and diagnosed me with Hashimotos Thyroiditis, aka auto immune hypothyroidism. He put me on 125 mg of Synthroid and sent me on my way. I hate taking medicine, so I decided to try to take things in my own hands and allow my body to heal itself. I began a strict Paleo diet and after riding a bit of a roller coaster trying to teach my thyroid to regulate itself, I slowly began to ween myself off my Synthroid. When I combined this with Intermittent Fasting, I noticed even better results. When I am eating super clean, it even helps my Psoriasis, which is another autoimmune disorder. I have weaned myself all the way down to 25mg of Synthroid. At this rate, I know I will be completely off the medication in no time.
These days I eat what I call “Paleo-ish”, combined with Intermittent Fasting and a couple other principles that I will talk more about in my future posts. Stay Tuned!
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