Caveman diet known as Paleolithic diet

Natural for humans the (caveman) Paleolithic Diet means eating what our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate during the Paleolithic era some 10,000 years ago. During this time eating fresh meats from animals who eat grass such as free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed oils.

As dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of their diet they did not eat these which are often the cause of many stomach, intestinal, dietary, obesity, diabetes and other cardio-vascular problems, diseases or illnesses.

Meals with: 

  • Grass-produced meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables no potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Recipe ideas

Curries and stews 

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Beef grill with steamed vegetables

  1. Grilled Beef and mushrooms, tomatoes 
  2. Lightly steamed Spinach, thinly sliced carrots and french beans.
  3. A sprinkling of walnuts,
  4. A drizzle of oil of choice such as olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed.

 

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Omelette.

  1. Sauté onion, peppers, mushrooms, and tomato in olive oil;
  2. Whisk  2 eggs either  omega-3-enriched or free-range eggs
  3. Add diced turkey or chicken breast.
  4. Gently cook thoroughly on a low heat.

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Enjoy!

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Non-coeliac gluten intolerance (GI)

Personally, I believe gluten causes my digestive symptoms, reactions and fatigue in People Without Coeliac Disease as gluten and symptoms in people without coeliac disease as gluten is a trigger of digestive symptoms and fatigue “non-coeliac gluten intolerance”. As a sufferer of what the doctors have resigned to say is IBS in whom coeliac disease had been excluded whose symptoms were controlled on a gluten-free diet.

I eat a daily gluten-free diet, rarely eating gluten free bread or baked goods as I do not find them comfortable in the digestive transit, although small amounts are the key eaten proportionally with fruit, vegetables and proteins, as excess gluten-free could also cause discomfort. My symptoms are worse within thirty minutes of gluten ingestion and had significantly worse bloating, abdominal pain, altered bowel pattern and fatigue, sleeplessness due to the food going through the system causing pain en route.

Gluten is a trigger of inflammation and/or gut dysfunction in IBS and gluten sensitivity the next is to determine whether it is the/or one of the causes of functional symptoms in patients with a positive anti-gliadin antibodies, and gluten restriction.

Mast cells have been implicated showing increased activated mast cells present in the duodenum, ileum and/or colon of individuals with IBS symptoms,these are:

• found resident in tissues throughout the body, particularly in association with structures such as blood vessels and nerves, and in proximity to surfaces that interface the external environment
• are bone marrow-derived and particularly depend upon stem cell factor for their survival
• express a variety of phenotypic features within tissues as determined by the local environment
• withdrawal of required growth factors results in mast cell apoptosis
• appear to be highly engineered cells with multiple critical biological functions
• may be activated by a number of stimuli that are both Fc epsilon RI dependent and Fc epsilon RI independent.
Activation
• through various receptors leads to distinct signaling pathways
• may immediately extrude granule-associated mediators and generate lipid-derived substances that induce immediate allergic inflammation
• may also be by the synthesis of chemokines and cytokines as secretion, occurs hours later, may contribute to chronic inflammation.
Biological functions appear to include:
• a role in natural immunity,
• involvement in host defence mechanisms against parasitic infestations,
• immunomodulation of the immune system,
• tissue repair and angiogenesis.

The trigger in these individuals is believed to be a type of immune stimulating event such as:
• an intestinal infection , as in the post-infectious form of IBS
• proteins in the gut such as foods and/or microbes that are sensed by the body as being foreign attackers.

The role of microbes is getting a lot of scientific and research attention whereas food proteins as a cause of IBS, has generally been doubted by research scientists and previously ignored
The presence of genetic markers as for Coeliac disease predicted responsiveness to a gluten-free diet in people with IBS, supporting with my personal experiences. In following a gluten free diet individuals with at risk genetics but who are without proven Coeliac disease, though many had positive testsm with a higher occurrence of these genetics in individuals with augmented mast cells in their intestinal lining, known as Mastocytic Enterocolitis (MCE) or also Mastocytic Inflammatory Bowel Disease (MIBD).
Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that MCE or MIBD are recognised as an inflammatory process in some IBS sufferers as it narrows down the affected area rather than only dietary causes and implications.
Treatment with
• medications
• a gluten-free
• low fruit, vegetables, dried legumes,
• no dairy.

The diet results are in a very positive response when I have been similarily diagnosed and treated.
The role of mast cells and gluten in IBS requires research but that costs money, I wish I was Bill Gates and could fund this area of research on the link and affect between mast cells in gastrointestinal disease.

IBS Foods to eat and foods to leave!

Recent evidence shows that a diet low in “FODMAPs” can reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

FODMAP stands for:

Fermentable

Oligosaccharides, 

Disaccharides, 

Monosaccharides 

Polyols

 

Particular types of carbohydrates and sugars, 

when these molecules are poorly absorbed in the small intestine,

continue arriving at the large intestine

where they act as a food source to the bacteria that live there normally.

Undigested FODMAP foods can act like a sponge drawing water into the gut and trapping it there.

The combination of bacteria and FODMAP foods in the large intestine produce excess flatulence (wind) which results in the all too familiar: bloating, pain, diarrheoa and/or constipation, not surprisingly all the classic IBS symptoms.

FODMAP carbohydrates include:

certain natural sugars in foods,

certain types of fibre in foods.

It is not apparent which foods contain FODMAPs and which don’t and so Dietician or Nutritional Therapist guidance is needed.

Here are some examples:

Some fruits: apples, apricots, cherries and pears should be avoided, but others such as bananas, blueberries, cranberries, oranges or strawberries cause no ill-effects.

Vegetables: beetroot, garlic, leeks and onions can be culprits,

but carrots, courgettes, peppers, parsnips and tomatoes are FODMAP friendly.

Wheat, rye and barley (in large amounts) are a big NO!

Note that FODMAPs don’t have anything to do with gluten or coeliac disease, it’s just a coincidence that FODMAPs are contained in these gluten containing grains.

Milk sugar (lactose) can be problematic

All types of legumes: baked beans, kidney beans and bortolotti beans, also  lentils and chickpeas.

 

Professor Peter Whorwell, Gastroenterologist from the University Hospital of South Manchester says “there is emerging evidence that a diet low in FODMAP’s seems to help reduce the symptoms of IBS.  Certainly it is easy to implement and a patient should adhere to it for two to three months after which they can make a judgement about whether it has helped or not.  If it helps they should continue and if it  doesn’t then they should abandon the idea as it does not work for everybody”.

There are other non-FODMAP foods that IBS sufferers may wish to try avoiding:

Foods high in fast releasing sugars:

 unrefined grains,

confectionary,

cakes

biscuits,

insoluble fibre such as bran.

Soluble fibre such as that contained in oats is usually more tolerable.

Saturated fats from red meat may exacerbate symptoms and stimulants such as coffee, tea and sugary carbonated drinks.

 important to remember that each IBS sufferer will have different food triggers and combining information about known IgG reactions (2) with other likely culprit foods to try and remove may help.

Gluten free honey cake

Honey Cake, also known as Lebkuchen, is a traditional Jewish dessert eaten during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year

Paleo Honey Cake

Ingredients

2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ cup honey
½ cup vegan shortening
4 eggs
½ cup raisins

Method

Grease and flour an 8-inch cake pan
Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes
Combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves in a large bowl.
Combine honey, shortening and eggs in a separate bowl.
Mix the wet ingredients into dry, then stir in raisins.

Serves 12

Gluten and dairy free pizza from Pizza hut takeaway

Sadly not what I expected dry and plain but tasted okay… sadly it is the pain digesting it maybe I will give it a miss in future avay from Pizza hut – sadly facing agony

Experiences which feed thoughts on IBS and the care given to patients

IBS - eat naturally!

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is known as a syndrome

 (I don’t like that word ‘syndrome’ which means in Pathology or Psychiatry. a group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder,disease, or the like.)
IBS is a common disorder of gastrointestinal (GI) function which affects more women than men in most Western countries ~ is this due to our produced foods which is a tributary factor of IBS? Does it affect more females than males because females see their doctor more often?

Personally I have found that around particular changes monthly in hormone levels that my sympoms of IBS are much worse as symptoms of IBS appear to be related to hormone status (e.g., menstruating, pregnant, menopausal, taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy). We are all different and as such women’s symptoms wax and wane in tune with their menstrual cycle. I believe that it is possible to explain the observed variability in IBS symptoms is that sex hormones affect GI motility and function. However, when I discussed this with one of the Gastro consultant he was of no help and another a few years later, was still researching his work in this field and would not comment.

I would like some UK research into this ever-increasing field where more people suffer. It is certainly worse for many females around the changes in hormones however for men it varies and is more likely to be only contributed to food. It is therefore extremely difficult for the average sufferer to cope with this ‘syndrome’ when few research is completed or made public to find evidence that supports a role for sex hormones in the pathophysiology and/or symptom in the presentation of IBS.

Doctors however need to discount possible causes like cancer of the ovary or bowel and do various tests to count out other possible causes of the symptoms which can be worrying whilst test results are awaited.

IBS is a disorder/syndrome where presented is abdominal pain or discomfort
as a primary symptom. It is accompanied by a change in bowel habit and abnormal stool frequency; more than 3 bowel movements per day is known as diarrohea] or 3 bowel movements per week [constipation]).

 IBS patients also commonly report:

  • hard or loose/watery stools,
  • a feeling of incomplete evacuation after bowel movement,
  • bloating and/or abdominal distension, and the passage of mucus.

Differences in presentation of symptoms have been described, including more IBS with diarrhea among

  • men and more IBS with constipation and bloating
  • among women.
  • a Iot the most common disorders seen in the primary care setting.

Many differences in presentation of symptoms have been described, including more IBS with diarrhea among men and more IBS with constipation and bloatingamong women. IBS is one of the most common disorders seen in the primary care setting. 

IBS may well coexist with other GI disorders, both functional (e.g., dyspepsia, chronic constipation) and organic (e.g., coeliac disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, many patients with IBD are diagnosed initially
with IBS. Studies show 40% to 57% of Crohn’s disease patients and one third of ulcerative colitis patients who were in remission had comorbid IBS. IBS can contribute
to symptoms of IBD, especially in quiescent
disease, if the symptoms of IBS are mistaken for an
IBD flare. This results in IBD overtreatment and IBS undertreatment.

 

 

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More care and advice needs to be given rather than handing out anti-depressants which do not ‘cure’ the symptoms or alleviate them, going back to a good natural diet of fresh foods is what helps not manufactured processed foods of any description. We need to go back to growing our own and picking fresh and then our symptoms are less. Do not eat the five a day fruit and vegetables at least limit fruit which helps and vegetables have more digestible fibre and less acid than fruits, which may add to the problems.

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Irritable bowel syndrome and dietIBS

Irritable bowel syndrome and dietIBS

A really useful guide by NICE on how diet can help assist and cause IBS – which I found concisely provides the information to patients to manage the diet effectively.

However ALWAYS check with your GP for other possible causes to check initially for bowel cancer or ovarian cancer which affect the same area of the body and can confuse patients, then a doctor can refer you to a dietician (if food intolerance or allergy is suspected) and to ensure a healthy diet is maintained if not eating certain foods such as wheat and dairy.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

A link to a file which explains what you should eat and how much and the effects on the body!