Here's a new topic: food, and how does it affect our health?
Just soon after joining this forum, I sustained a very bad fractured femur. Long story, long recovery, lots of chronic pain, lots of body work, some improvements, but after 7 years, kind of at a standstill. Definitely impaired my sense of ability to ride. So, my daughter was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, which is total gluten intolerance, and my sister was diagnosed about 10 years ago with same. I've been checked, did not get that diagnosis. But my daughter told me the actual diagnosis depends on how damaged are your villi, the little fingers of the gut lining. I thought, darn, I take so many herbs, maybe it's interfering with that test. (I've had use of herbs interfere with doctors' diagnoses before.) I've even wondered if my mother had celiac, but that's another story. So, as my daughter undertook this journey, she being a very creative and inventive chef, I decided to join in that journey. I'd been "getting ready" for a long time, learning, using lots of gluten free, etc. So now, I've been just over a month being totally gluten free (GF). And my chronic pain has hugely improved! It's more like the shadow of the old pain that someone once asked me if it was like that. When I was asked that, I said, "No, it's a lot more than a shadow." Gluten is very inflammatory, at least in some cases.
By now I have other issues, as we all do, including bad IBS, and abnormal fatigue after doing normal life for too long at a stretch. So far, I can't tell the GF diet is helping those issues. So, I'm now looking at Paleo, which as a former vegetarian, sounded impossible to contemplate for a long time. But my kids are making me such healthy meals, fish and fresh veges, with great seasonings! It's very satisfying, and in fact, delicious. I'm realizing how much I've fallen into easy, processed comfort foods. Then widen my view to see how much the food industry has driven our choices in order to sell their products. I'm trying to work up to going more in the direction of natural, fresh foods, as our distant ancestors would have eaten, and avoiding prepared/processed foods more. One trouble is need for more frequent shopping, another is one has to really cook! I'm reading a book called It Starts with Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. It's well presented, discusses the whys, encourage a 30 day elimination of likely offenders, then a gradual reintroduction, noting effects both ways. That helps a person pinpoint which foods may be their problems. Relates to all our problems, general health, or lack of it. I went from being a pretty healthy, energetic 62 year old, to having multiple problems. Yeah, I'm older, etc. But seems these poor food choices are hurting me. Or maybe, as we age, we are more sensitive, have added effects, who knows? I just know when I list what I need to give up (at least temporarily) - dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, maybe nightshades, and GRAINS! It tosses up what I thought I knew, as I was educated in a system catering to the food industry! But if following this plan helps me know more clearly what are the offenders for me, then I'll be grateful!
That brings me to those topics we've touched on - how do all these processed foods affect our animals? horses, dogs, cats, etc. Clearly not good.
I invite comments, stories, about similar issues, how you've dealt with things. Anybody done Paleo? Seems GF is quite common these days, around Asheville, very easy to find menus that make it easy.
Hope you day is great!