My Thoughts Archive

Gutsy’s Grab Bag – Week of 9/13/2013

Welcome to the inaugural edition of what I intend to be a weekly routine! Here I share some links, resources, and random thoughts from the week regarding Crohn’s disease, the paleo diet, food news, and whatever else tickled my fancy. Podcasts I listen to podcasts every day

Update: 30 Days on Autoimmune Paleo Protocol for Crohn’s Disease

Today marks 45 straight days of eating squeaky clean paleo (with additional eliminations) and 30 days of paleo with autoimmune modifications. That means no grains, legumes, or dairy. I also eliminated nuts, seeds, coffee, chocolate and alcohol and then cut out eggs and nightshades for the past

Autoimmunity… Simplified

Autoimmunity is a complex subject, even for medical people and scientists (which I am most definitely not!). It can affect pretty much any body system, is difficult to diagnose, and its causes appear to be multi-faceted. And even though various autoimmune disorders often overlap with one another,

Update: Three Weeks on the Autoimmune Protocol

Time is flying! I am now on day 21 of the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP). The first two weeks (see my update #1 here and update #2 here) went by so slowly, but I have now hit my stride and the food planning, prepping, and eating is

Update: Two Weeks on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

It has now been 13 days since I started the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) and I am pleased with my progress so far. Week two had a few challenges and triumphs (like cleaning and cooking a whole fish!). I also had a little setback this week when

Crohn’s Disease and Probiotics: Beneficial or Just a Waste of Money?

Last week a startling headline appeared in my Google news alert: “Probiotics Have No Impact on Crohn’s Disease Remission.” The study, published this month in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was a 52-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted at 32 centers and looked at whether or not a

Update: One week on paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP)

Today is day 7 on the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) and I am happy to report that with a bit of pre-planning I had no trouble finding plenty of delicious things to eat and my digestive system is quite happy! Review: What is AIP? In the paleo

Starting the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Dear eggs and nightshades… It’s not you, it’s me. It has been swell knowing you, but it is time for me to say goodbye for now. I will see you again in 30 days and maybe we’ll be friends again, but for now you need to join

How I Became Gutsy by Nature

“You are actually one of the least complicated cases I will consult on this week,” says the big shot surgeon at Famous Medical Center in response to my husband’s query about whether or not she’d ever dealt with a complicated surgical history like mine before. She isn’t

Crohn’s Disease and Gluten: 4 Reasons Why IBD Sufferers Should Not Eat Wheat

If you have Crohn’s disease your doctor has probably told you that diet doesn’t matter. You can go ahead and eat whatever you’d like, just avoiding foods that seem to aggravate your symptoms like raw vegetables or spicy foods. If you have strictures, you might be advised
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