Fad diets. That's exactly why it took me so long to read about
the Paleo AIP diet. Not only do I not like to follow fads, but the premise for the Paleo diet, the fact that it contains only those foods that our Paleolithic ancestors ate and nothing more, is false.
However, it turns out that the Paleo AIP diet, although it is considered a variant of the Paleo diet, is not a fad diet after all. It is so much more. It removes all foods harmful to the gut lining and/or promoting inflammation so that those who have an auto-immune disease can reduce their inflammation and even have a chance to live a pain-free life.
I have Ulcerative Colitis, and all of the diets geared to those with gastrointestinal issues and/or inflammation have extensive scientific research behind them. The Low FodMap diet, which helps reduce gastrointestinal issues, was developed by researchers at Monash University in Australia. Led by Peter Gibson, the Monash team provided evidence that a diet low in FodMaps improves symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). You can purchase a booklet listing foods and their FodMap levels from Monash University. The university also sells an app for smart phones.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) was developed by Dr. Sidney Haas (1870-1964) and later updated and popularized by biochemist Elaine Gloria Gottshall (who died in 2005). Ms. Gottshal dedicated her life to researching the diet. Her daughter was being treated by Dr. Haas for Ulcerative Colitis. The diet helped her daughter achieve lasting remission. Ms. Gottshall's book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle, Intestinal health through diet" can be found on Amazon. The book "Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Over 100 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes that are Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, and Grain-Free," can also be found on Amazon. This book was written by Erica Kerwien.
Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, who has a doctorate in medical biophysics, extensively studied food and its effects on the gut lining and inflammation. She presented her results in laymen language in the book "The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body," which you can find on Amazon. Her book "The Healing Kitchen: 175+ Quick & Easy Paleo Recipes to Help You Thrive" can also be found on Amazon.
All of these diets are very similar. They emphasize eating lots of vegetables and fruits. They eliminate gluten, soy, and certain sugars.
Yes, I agree. All foods should be organic if possible, and beef should be grass-fed. The EWG tests vegetables and fruits for pesticides and publishes its results on its website. If you can't afford to buy all your vegetables and fruits organic, then at least buy the organic versions of the ones listed on the EWG's Dirty Dozen.
Post Edited (subduedjoy) : 4/9/2017 11:09:37 AM (GMT-6)