1 year on the GAPS diet!

Today marks my 1-year anniversary on the GAPS diet. I started eating this way to control my SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). It’s been quite a ride but I couldn’t be happier with my results:

  • no more bloating
  • no more abdominal pain
  • no more problems with my bowel movements
  • no more skin rash
  • no more headaches
  • better mood (no more depression)
  • more energy
  • better sleep
  • better concentration (no brain fog)
  • improved PCOS (regular menstrual cycle, less PMS and other PCOS symptoms)
  • better blood sugar regulation

I still can’t eat dairy (besides butter and ghee) and still have to be careful with fruits and some vegetables, but I can tolerate a bit of chocolate, nuts and honey once in a while. A year ago, I was feeling so bad every day. I knew there was a connection between the foods and I ate and the way I felt but couldn’t figure it out. My dream was to have a list of safe foods to eat and a clear list of foods to avoid. I now have that. It took a few months, but the GAPS diet protocol helped me figure out what my body wants and what it doesn’t like.

I don’t really consider myself on the GAPS diet or any kind of diet anymore. It’s just the way I eat now!

Here’s what I eat on a daily basis:

  • non-starchy vegetables (all kinds, including most high-FODMAPs!)
  • butter, ghee, coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil
  • homemade bone broth (1-2 cups daily)
  • animal protein
  • unrefined salt and other seasonings
  • green tea
  • fermented foods (raw sauerkraut)

and once in a while:

  • raw vegetables (cucumber, cherry tomatoes, lettuce)
  • dark chocolate (85%)
  • a few slices of prosciutto (just a little since too much nitrates trigger headaches for me)
  • coconut butter, coconut chips, almond butter, a bit of honey or maple syrup

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Although I will keep updating this blog on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, I will be most active on the website I recently developed: paleo-dietitian.com

Please head over there to learn more about how eating real food and following the Paleo diet can help you manage:

  • GI problems (including IBS, SIBO, fructose malabsorption, celiac disase, gluten intolerance and other food sensitivities);
  • Blood sugar issues (including PCOS, diabetes, prediabetes and hypoglycemia);
  • Weight problems;
  • Autoimmune disorders (including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, rhreumatoid arthritis, vitiligo, lupus, etc)

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1 birthday and 2 moves!

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of my blog! Youppi! Thanks to all of you! It really means a lot that someone is actually reading my blog and I always appreciate hearing from you.

I have now moved to München (Munich), Germany with my husband, where I will spend a little less than a year.

I am amazed by the quality of the food in Europe, which I believe  is so much better than in Canada. I am very excited to have the opportunity to live here! If any of you Paleo folks live here, contact me! I need new friends and I definitely need help improving my German. Ich kann ein bisschen Deutsch sprechen, aber noch nicht sehr gut… =)

My 2nd move is a virtual one! I have been working very hard in the last months to develop my own website to offer free information about the Paleo diet and intend to specialize in GI health (IBS, SIBO, fructose malabsorption, gluten intolerance, celiac disease and other food intolerances) as well as blood sugar issues (PCOS, diabetes) and weight loss (for now, but I also want to add sections about autoimmune diseases at some time).

I will also offer ebooks and nutrition counselling services in the very near future, so stay tuned and head over to paleo-dietitian.com.

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Thank you once again for reading my blog!

my GAPS / Paleo / low-carb diet to control my GI symptoms and PCOS

Some people wonder whether potatoes, butter or honey are Paleo or not… but the ultimate objective of adopting the Paleo diet is to better understand how food make you feel so you can design your optimal diet.

In the last 1+ year, I have learned so much about how my body handles different food. I had found a while back that I feel better on a gluten-free, low-carb, soy-free diet. Then, I eliminated peanut, a food that I thought I could never live without! I did a strict 30-day Paleo challenge twice and due to numerous GI issues, I even went completely carb-free, eating only ghee, meat and eggs for 2 weeks.

Since September 1st, I have combined the GAPS diet with my Paleo/low-carb diet to control my GI symptoms and try to keep my weight and PCOS on track too. I have found that I better stay away from nuts (not for lack of trying though… I tried many times during the Holidays). Although chocolate is not part of the GAPS diet, after 3 months of strict elimination, I have started putting it back into my diet in December, on and off, and now I know that I do best without it. The caffeine content of dark chocolate seems to be seriously impacting my sleep quality and overstimulating my adrenals… 😦

Let’s be positive and focus on what I CAN eat, rather than what I cannot eat.  😉 Here is a sample of what a typical day looks like for me:

typical breakfast: 1/2-1 avocado, 2-3 hard-boiled eggs, olive oil, lemon juice

typical lunch: bison burger (mixed with olives, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes) with leftover stir-fried vegetables and a pat of butter

typical dinner: zucchini “pasta” with bison tomato sauce (made from fresh tomatoes, not canned… canned tomatoes have a high BPA content and women with PCOS have higher blood BPA levels, so avoid them!)

snacks: cup of bone broth, cucumber slices with homemade chicken liver pate, leftover vegetables with butter

dessert: sugar-free, grain-free, GAPS-friendly and low-FODMAP carrot muffin served with butter (recipe = mix about 1 cup of pureed carrots with 2 eggs and plenty of cinnamon and bake!) [if I am lazy, I’ll just have pureed carrot with plenty of cinnamon and a pat of butter]

* bison is the safest meat I can find here up North in Canada… so I eat lots of it! I found a farm where they raise 100% pastured, grain-free, hormone-free and antibiotic-free bison… so yummy!

my first (natural) period with PCOS!

Wow, this stuff works!

As you know, I have been following a low-carb version of the Paleo diet (combined with the GAPS diet) for a while now. Actually, I started low-carbing in 2010, then went completely grain-free at the beginning of 2011, roughly 1 year ago. Then I implemented the GAPS Nutritional Protocol to heal my gut, SIBO and fructose malabsorption issues on September 1st.

… and now, after having amenorrhea due to PCOS for almost 14 months, I got my first natural period! =) I have never been so happy to get my period!

I don’t know what did it exactly, but what I have been doing has finally been working. I will never know whether my body just needed more time to get my hormones back on track, whether the detox suggested by my naturopathic doctor did the trick or whether both of these things worked together to balance my hormones… but what matters is that I now know that my body is healing… finally!

I know I probably have other battles ahead of me. Will my cycle be regular? Am I ovulating at all? Will I experience fertility issues? But there is one thing I know for sure and it is that I will continue to follow a low-carb Paleo diet because I strongly believe it is the best approach for most women in my situation.

To all of you women with PCOS, don’t give up. You can beat it!

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As a dietitian, I believe that a low-carb Paleo diet is best for managing the underlying insulin resistance present in so many women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and it is the approach I follow myself to manage my PCOS.

Avoiding grains, especially gluten-containing grains, legumes (beans, lentils, soy and peanut), dairy (for most people, although some people can tolerate high-fat, raw dairy), sugar and processed ingredients can help you keep you healthy.

Grains, legumes and dairy contains anti-nutrients and hard-to-digest protein that can promote a leaky gut, while the high carb content and glycemic load of flour and sugar can lead to blood sugar fluctuations and high insulin levels, which are often associated with PCOS.

These high insulin levels are often responsible for the other hormonal imbalances that result in weight gain, high testosterone levels (and the accompanying symptoms of acne, hirsutism, alopecia…), menstrual irregularities or amenorrhea and infertility.

The Paleo principles not only recommend avoiding these problematic food groups, they also emphasize the importance of opting for the most nutrient-rich and health-promoting foods. I base my diet on:

  • healthy, nutrient-rich and slowly digested carbohydrates from non-starchy vegetables
  • satiating high-quality protein from eggs, meat, fish and poultry and 
  • delicious energizing fats from ghee, coconut oil and avocado that help keep my blood sugar and insulin levels stable.

I think that this way of eating is optimal for most women with PCOS. Stress management, sleep and avoiding hormone disrupters (compounds like pesticides and BPAs) are other a big part of the puzzle.

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