I’m absorbed in reading around Primal / Paleo and autoimmune disease atm. I have pernicious anaemia and hypothyroidism (plus asthma, eczema and allergies). I’ve also just learned that both my parents are on statins! My father for his heart condition and my mother for diabetes type 2 (this seems to run in the family). It may be futile, but I’m determined to at least try to avoid both these conditions and statins. From my reading so far I have few doubts about the wisdom of eliminating gluten (in fact all grain) and refined sugars from my diet. Also, the demonising of saturated fats would seem to be not only unfounded but dangerous (esp. concidering what they have been replaced with). I’m not entirely sold on very low carbs though, esp. with my autoimmune profile. That said, the primal diet, even tailored for my non athletic life style, and the Perfect Health Diet (PHD), are lower carb than conventional wisdom recommends. So, rather than a ‘low carb’ diet I consider my new diet to be a ‘lower carb’ diet. (The PHD describes it as moderate carbs).
So far, the Primal Diet / PHD seems to be going well. It will be 4 weeks for me on Tuesday and two weeks for the girls. I still feel well on it and the swelling round my eyes has not returned. I still occasionally get some swelling across my cheek, but it comes up and goes down again with allergic episodes (some very smokey logs set me off the other night – at least there is no mistaking now that the swelling across my cheeks is sinus related). Before the Primal diet the cheek and eye swelling had been pretty much constant for months.
Our food group ratios are still a bit off though – we need to drastically up the veg and reduce the fruit. But getting the girls to eat veg is proving difficult. Convincing them to eat fruit has been challenge enough! (Although, I have a new book called ‘The Great Big Veg Challenge’ by Charlotte Hume, so fingers crossed). Finding treats / baking recipes has helped get them on board – I am fully embarrassing the 80/20 concept – I don’t want them resenting their new diet.
These went down very well: Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies
Sadly for me, I am not sure I haven’t now developed a coconut allergy! It was always a possible – I have a problem with palm oil as well as nuts / peanuts. I never expected it this quickly though. We made a wonderful chocolate mousse with coconut cream, dark chocolate and avocado. It was delicious (well I though it was – H and K were less convinced) and I felt nothing adverse whilst eating it. However, within an hour my mouth became very itchy. I guess it could, in theory, be the avocado as I haven’t eaten one in years. What I think I’ll do is tentatively try an avocado again in a couple of months. But I’ve a horrid feeling it’s the coconut which is an utter pain
L and K went volunteering today at a woodland they know through an HE course they attended a few years ago. They helped clear an area for a new Forest Garden. They both thoroughly enjoyed it and it was good to see L still as enthusiastic as ever. Hopefully this will motivated her studies! (She needs to get 5 (I)GCSEs to get onto the land based course she wants. She already has one under her belt and is sitting another two in May / June this year, but has yet to buckle down to some work). Whilst there they sampled some lovely local’ish grass fed beef. According to L it was, “The best steak ever!”. I’ve also been put onto another local organic veg and meat supplier. I need of investigate both these for next month – the supermarkets are so samey and, if financially viable, I’d like to support local farmers.
Little H’s reading has really taken off now. As of next week I’m going to be a bit more structured with her. Fortunately H rather likes ‘school time’ – possibly because she’s never experienced the real thing! L on the other hand, having been at prep school until 8 1/2, was turned off by anything too formal. But my feeling is that this has made things harder for her now. So, as H is willing to play along, we’ll go with it.
Tomorrow we plan to finish our mini forest garden extension. With any luck I’ll get some well over due photos.