Sorry about my fine photography. 🙂 I was getting hangry. You get the picture.
I’ve been going to do a post on these for awhile. For those who read my other blog, you know my family had done the GAPS Diet for a few years to deal with some health issues. We have not been on it for awhile, but I have done paleo on and off, when I’d have an autoimmune flare or otherwise be unwell (which was often). I honestly didn’t have the stick-to-itness that I needed, and would fall off at every opportunity and find me a Dairy Queen or a bag of Cheetos or something. Anyhow, my health failed so badly this past November, and it really scared me. I need to be here and healthy for my family. I had done research for quite a long time, and I ended up combining two protocols: Dr. Terry Wahls Paleo Plus ketogenic diet and the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol. I think I’m on Day 63 or 64 now (but who’s counting), no sweetener of any kind, no grain, no dairy (I tried to reintro ghee earlier, not the best idea). Weeding out things deemed inflammatory on the AIP has also been intensely helpful, I’ve never done that before.
I’ve also started to see a new doc who has been a Godsend, and figured out that I had issues I never even knew I had even after years of seeing my functional medicine doc. Which was the reason that diet alone never worked for me long term, also likely my chronic candida contributed to my carb binging, and it was definitely a vicious cycle. I’m following his treatment protocol, with the diet factor being a great help as well.
On the Wahls’ Paleo Plus ketogenic diet, I really only need to eat two meals per day. I generally have a large smoothie and smaller meal with small amounts of protein around noon, and then a normal supper. When I started this I was a little kerfuffled on how to get all those veggies into my diet daily, and all that coconut milk fat, yet keep my carbs really, really low. Someone in a Facebook group I’m in posted something similar, and I’ve been modifying it to get a variety of nutrients every day. I also find that this smoothie helps me not to get hungry. One day I tried to go without it, and found that about 3:00 pm I was starving. So it’s definitely part of my daily routine. It’s huge (32 oz), I don’t slam it, but drink it over an hour or two.
Anyhow, I’m intending on continuing with Wahls’ Paleo Plus for another month or so, and am hoping that I will be able to back off a little to her regular Paleo protocol and increase my carbs a little bit. I plan to continue the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol for the long haul, and see what I’m able to reintroduce successfully, and what I can’t. I feel so much better, especially cognitively, that I will likely do some form of nutritional ketosis again in the winter months.
Big Fat Wahls’ Paleo Plus Smoothie
1 c. frozen veggies (I have found broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts work best)
no more than 1 c. deeply colored berries (my favorites are blackberries and frozen cranberries, although any work)
1 c. greens (go crazy, mix it up. I’m a bit limited where I live right now, until my greenhouse/garden starts producing, I tend to go with things like kale, spinach, Napa cabbage)
I generally add almost an entire can of full fat coconut milk. My favorite brands are Native Forest and a cheap coconut milk in a green can from Walmart. Both have no guar gum, I know for sure the Native Forest brand also has no BPA in the can linings.
Add ins: 1 T. collagen, 1/2 tsp dried seaweeds (I get mine here) and 1 T. nutritional yeast.
I also make water kefir, and use that as more liquid in the smoothie. I got my grains here. You could also get them here. It is an easy way to get more probiotic foods in your diet.
Here is a good video, Dr. Wahls’ Ted X talk re: nutrition and Minding Your Mitochondria. She put her progressive MS into remission with this diet:
***Just a note that I am not making any money off the links, they are solely for your benefit! I am also not a doctor, and I am in no way making medical recommendations. Please do your own research on things, don’t take my word for it. I’m simply telling you what has worked well for me, and giving links as resources. God bless!