Podcast Episode #51: Eczema, psoriasis, fuel for running & more.
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Episode #51: Eczema, psoriasis, fuel for running & more.
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#1. Kids, eczema and maintaining a healthy weight [7:49]
# 2 Fuel for running? [20:24]
#3 Doing everything right and still not better [29:06]
#4 Fear of too many calories [36:43]
#5 Psoriasis [46:32]
#6 Grain-free carbs on 21-Day Sugar Detox [55:16]
#7 Happy Birthday Shout-Out [59:59]
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#1. Kids, eczema and maintaining a healthy weight
Made the change to Paleo nutrition in Feb 2011 for my family (2 adults, boy 9, girl 5) with 95% adherence; some candy and oreos still exist. Everybody has seen amazing results with asthma, sleeping, activity, weight loss/ gain (as needed) and cholesterol levels; except my son who has eczema. After two ER visits for severe allergic reactions and multiple blood tests by two allergists, we have learned he is allergic to coconut, mustard, sunflower seeds and all tree nuts. I was using coconut oil and flour at the start, then stopped, however we still use almond flour since he can tolerate it and we see some control of the eczema. My son is 4ft & 48 lbs at 9 yrs old. We would like to get better control of his eczema and put some weight on. What kind of Dr do I need to look for or can you recommend in MI to support our Paleo living and get his gut healed/ eczema suppressed? Or is this something we can do online? Thanks. Christina
#2. Fuel for running?
I am a marathon runner and have been gluten free for 3 years and somewhat paleo for a while as well. I need the carbs to run well and am allergic to coconut! I can’t seem to be able to run without some kind of carb like oatmeal or eating some Clif shot bloks before I run. I don’t eat much in the way of grains other than occasionally having some brown rice but I do eat these Bonk Breaker bars which have oats. Other than that it’s just sweet potatoes or regular potatoes but not every day. How do I get off the Clif Shot bloks?? Any suggestions??
#3. Doing everything right and still not better
I wrote in a question for your (Diane’s) recent Underground Wellness Radio show with Stefani Ruper. My question was: “potential causes of amenorrhea, acne, and digestive issues. been dealing with it all since puberty (7 years now). went paleo 2 years ago. my condition has improved, but i’m certainly not “cured.” I’ve had numerous blood tests and everything appears to be normal. birth control makes me feel TERRIBLE (bipolar, anxiety, horrible digestion, and insomnia) and I definitely have issues with gluten and dairy, but i’m hardcore clean paleo. no cheats ever. help!!!”
I just wanted to thank you for responding and add a little more so perhaps I can get to the bottom of this problem for once and for all. I started menstruating at 13 (I’m 20 now) and it have never been regular. My period is always very short and very light and comes randomly many, many months apart. At first I was in denial about all this. When I finally talked to a doctor about it (many actually) they said I had PCOS, despite the fact that all my hormone panels came back normal. I was then put on birth control which I hated and made me totally crazy and really messed with my digestion (everything just grinds to a halt).
Around this time I went cold turkey paleo. I was 18. When I went to an endocrinologist with all this, she did another hormone panel and told me my hormones are actually fine and all in ratio and diagnosed me with “ovarian resistance”, whatever that means. She then put me on a third round of birth control, which never actually made me bleed and gave me horrible insomnia and anxiety, and exacerbated my already troubled digestion. There was no time or effort put in by her, or any other doctor, as to why my ovaries might be “resistant”. In my first round of testing it showed that I was severely deficient in D and B. I also always run cold – my temperature is always around 96.
Luckily through a strict paleo diet and good supplementation my nutrient levels are back up. However, I still rarely menstruate, have acne, and feel as though I have a ton of bricks in my guts. This can make me extremely exhausted in a can’t-get-off-the-couch-watch-7-hours-of-downton-abby kind of way. So, here’s what I know. I have problems with gluten and dairy. I haven’t touched gluten in 2 years now, though I’ve done some tinkering with raw dairy since then. I’ve come to realize that dairy doesn’t treat me well either. I make everything from scratch to make sure I avoid those two. I’m also religious in my avoidance of sugar. When I want chocolate, I make my own, lightly sweetened with figs/dates and a bit of honey. My body weight in normal and has always been. I’m fit – I love to get outside in my barefoot shoes and I do a ton of yoga.
So, what am I missing here? I feel as though I’ve been doing everything right for so long now, and while things have improved, nothing seems to tip the scales. Stefani’s talk about hypothalamic amenorrhea really hit home. That is me! Though I think my stress is induced by my own denial of my body’s natural and necessary cycles and years of nutrient deficiencies due to gluten consumption. In your professional opinion, could that just be it? If so, what do I do? Just keep on going, stay healthy, and let time heal? Any advice and words of wisdom you could pass on to me would be greatly appreciated (and needed). Thank you so much. I’m really looking forward to your book, and I’m coming to the party at Roam Burger in SF. And I’ll also be at AHS!
#4. Fear of too many calories
I have one main question as I start this journey…. I have PMDD and I’ve discovered through support groups that using a Paleo Diet helps so much with the symptoms. My “fear” is…I am also right at 200 pounds 5’6″ and need to lose weight. I am already exercising daily and keeping my calories about 1200-1300 plus exercise calories. I’ve lost about 15 pounds but obviously have about 40-50 more to lose. I can see eating meats and oils are going to push me over my calorie limit quickly. How can I wrap my mind around losing weight/keeping calories under control and the added bulk calories in the ingredients? Thanks for your time and the passion that is obvious on your blog.
Our family has been doing the paleo diet for a little over 2 months and we all feel great! My only problem is that my psoriasis is worse than ever. I have suffered from scalp psoriasis for most of my life. The only times that it has cleared is when I am pregnant. I figured that is would get better since we’re eating so clean. I do not want to take medication or put chemicals on my skin, so I am wondering what my other options could be???? Thank you!
#6. Grain-free carbs on 21-Day Sugar Detox
Hi , I just started the 21 sugar free detox and i am now on day 4 things are getting better but I am trying to find something for breakfast to replace my toast and peanut butter with banana i need something that will seem like a carb i tried the coconut flour muffins and the coconut cookies and they were ok not much taste do you have anything with sweet potato as i need the carbs in the morning before i work out. Also any suggestion for IBS and foods that I should stay away from. I am also cutting out all nuts to see if that helps with all my stomach issues I have.
#7. Happy Birthday Shout-Out
Lance in Ft. Myers FL says,
It’s my wife’s birthday tomorrow do u think you guys could tell her happy birthday on your next podcast? If so her name is Candi — thank you for making our lives so healthy we will see you guys in Naples!
Diane & Liz
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