November was a busy month on the Gutsy By Nature blog! I was grateful every day, I reported on reintroductions of food after 90 days on the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP), I wrote about how much omega-3 a person like me with Crohn’s disease needs and why I don’t take fish oil pills, and I cooked a 100% AIP friendly Thanksgiving meal! I also created and posted a bunch of delicious new recipes. All were grain free, dairy free, and nut free. Many were also AIP friendly and some were SCD-legal, and a few were even low-FODMAP.
Here are the five most popular new recipes in November:
- Apple Cardamom Cupcakes (this one was featured on Chris Kresser’s November 13 Roundup – Thanks Chris!)
- Cinnamon Beef Stew with Butternut Squash & Mushrooms (AIP, SCD, and low-FODMAP with modifications)
- Coconut Apple Cranberry Crisp (AIP)
- Chicken Fried Steak with Mushroom Gravy
- Stuffed Winter Squash (AIP, SCD, and low-FODMAP with modifications)
Favorite new recipes from my friends
There are so many bloggers creating amazing healthy recipes that are compatible with a paleo way of eating, I can’t even keep up! My Pinterest collection just keeps growing and growing and growing… Here are a few that caught my eye in November (all are paleo and a nut-free, except where indicated):
- Popular Paleo Cauliflower Dumplings with Creamy Chicken Soup
- The Sweet Plantain Amazing Coconut Oil Fudge (omit almond extract to make nut-free)
- Caretactics Simple Metabolism Boosting Coconut Hot Chocolate
- Elston Backyard Farms Sinfully Delicious Soup
- Soundness of Body and Mind Grain Free Autumn Spiced Sweet Potato Bread
- GrokGrub Paleo Beef Massaman Curry (contains cashew butter)
Crohn’s disease in the news
As always, I have been keeping my eyes and ears out for the latest research into the causes of and treatment for the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Here is a brief roundup:
- Studies suggest the drug thalidomide is an effective treatment for Crohn’s disease, particularly in children.
- Yet more research on the role bacteria play in bowel disease in this upcoming clinical trial for a new antibiotic therapy.
- Disapointing… A study into the use of worms, trichurius suis, was terminated early because it showed no efficacy.
- Health Canada approves the drug Humira for the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
- This is good news! A study has found that fewer IBD patients today are requiring surgery compared to previous decades.
- A town in Washington state is preparing to sue over pollution from lead and zinc smelting that they say caused higher than normal rates of Crohn’s disease and other ailments among its residents.
- Crohn’s disease patients receiving adalimumab after resection had lower rates of recurrence than patients receiving other drugs.
- Another reason to exercise! Being physically active reduces women’s risk of getting Crohn’s disease.
This is my favorite because it suggests an entirely natural dietary treatment for Crohn’s disease:
- A new integrative medicine paper examines the role of gut bacteria on the maturation of the immune system and claims evidence supporting the use of butyrate, a by-product of the digestion of dietary fiber by gut microbes, as therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease. More studies will be needed, but in the mean time it is a good reason to make sure you are eating a healthy diet with good amounts of fruit and vegetables for fiber.