Does Food Have The Power To Heal?

Looking online for health advice, you’ll no doubt come across thousands, possibly millions, of posts and books with titles such as “Heal With Food”, “Foods That Heal”, and “I Healed My (fill in with illness name) With Food”. While these titles may seem encouraging, is it really possible to heal ourselves with food? Does food have the power to heal?

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Does Food Have The Power To Heal?

Many of us turn to alternative diets after experiencing disappointment with standard healthcare options. I know. That’s why I did.  But, when some people choose these diets, over conventional medical treatments, things can get downright dangerous.

Food, alone, does not have the power to heal.

That being said, I will agree that a bad diet will make you sick.  I will also agree that a healthy diet is a necessary component to experience better health. But, how do you know what a healthy diet consists of?  Now, this is where things start to get sticky. Is it really necessary to go on a strict elimination diet?

A healthy diet may be different for each person.  Whereas one person may have to give up wheat and gluten because they have celiac disease, another person may have to reduce or eliminate sugar because of diabetes. To make a group of people give up foods they don’t need to, because of ones who do have to, is just unnecessary.  When we tell an entire group of people to eliminate a slew of foods, to heal many different personalized symptoms, I worry that we’re creating the idea that particular foods are evil for everyone.  This is simply not the case.  I worry about exactly what messages we’re putting out there.

The source of my worry on this issue is reflected in a few comments I received on some of my older posts.  One woman commented, “I understand why people would do elimination diets because they keep you from getting an autoimmune disease”.  I just about fell out of my chair.  Another woman wrote, “I saw you healed your lupus just by changing your diet. I’m thinking about stopping all of my meds and just going on the AIP.”  Without knowing what meds she was on, and for what medical problems, I would have to seriously discourage dropping them for an elimination diet alone.  Were these comments a result of my writings?  Had any of us bloggers ever thought about  readers misunderstanding our message? I hadn’t.  But, I do now.

In the last few months, I’ve been on a learning journey.  I’ve put myself out there, to really talk to different people in my community, and even in other countries. Also, I’ve had in-depth discussions with conventional medical doctors and scientific researchers, to help me discover the limitations of their practice, patient struggles , and the lack of valid scientific studies in nutrition and alternative medicine.  Instead of staying in my safe internet community, I’ve travelled outside to talk to a wide range of people about their troubles, illnesses, and challenges. These conversations have completely opened me up to a new level of understanding.

So, let’s get back to those misunderstandings about elimination diets and healing. First, no diet has the power to prevent you from getting an autoimmune disease, or any other disease for that matter.  That’s not what these diets are created to do.  Second, you should NEVER forgo standard medical treatment, including medication, for a nutritional program or alternative health “cure”.  Autoimmune disease, in particular, is not a disease that can be cured.  Anyone who says they can cure autoimmune disease with their program is a straight up liar.  What you should be striving for is a major reduction of symptoms or remission. Sometimes, but not always, certain people with particular autoimmune disease can obtain remission without medication. This, however, is rare.  Some people, like me, move in and out of remission routinely throughout their lifetime.  I can never be truly sure of why I went into remission this time; but, I am sure that it wasn’t the elimination diet that did it. Personally, I think it had more to do with  balanced exercise and stress management.  That’s just speculation, though. In looking through my health history, my doctor and I discovered I had been in and out of remission over several years.  All of the other times I went into remission, I was not on an elimination diet.

What I’m hearing from most people is that they feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the online messages regarding diet and nutrition.  Most know they should,  and want to eat healthier.  But, we’ve made the internet a very uncomfortable place for them.  We haven’t considered others’ religious beliefs, moral beliefs, health motivations, or limitations, in our healing dietary protocols.  If you’re not a bacon eating, fat chugging, sugar eschewing being, you’re not cool.  That’s the message we’re putting out there.  I will not longer be a part of that message.  Maybe that makes me uncool.  And, I’m cool with that.

The real key to better health and healing is really very simple….eat healthy, balanced meals, get some exercise, practice stress management, and get enough sleep.  I have nothing to sell you here. I’m not pushing my latest book, or the hottest product.  This is just the reality of how simple better health is to attain.

Truth is, good health is obtained through a healthy lifestyle.  However, it is never guaranteed.  No one can ever ensure you will never get sick, or heal from a particular illness.  Some of us are ticking health time bombs; and, no amount of broccoli will ever heal us completely.  But, together, we can clean up our diets and lifestyles, in a welcoming and comforting way.  We’ll take it slowly.  Even if you feel you can’t change very much, I encourage you to stick around.  Use the tips you can, forget about the rest.  If you don’t eat meat, for religious or moral reasons, I’ll be adding some yummy vegan recipes just for you.  If you can’t give up that morning cup of coffee, no need to worry…..I won’t judge ( I’m actually the same way!).  If you live in a country without access to many of the ingredients touted in popular food blogs, I be posting many real food international recipes, with ingredients you can readily locate.

In order to make this change to my blog, I need your help.  I would love and appreciate if you could leave a comment with your biggest challenges when changing your diet to healthy eating.  I also would like to know what tools you need to help you to make healthier choices.  I don’t want to discuss symptoms or anything related to your specific illness.  I am not a doctor. You should be discussing those things with a medical doctor only.  I just want to know what overwhelms you, and how I can help you with that.

I’m so excited about being able to reach out to all of you. Let’s have some fun!

Here’s a fun video I put together to go with this post:


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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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AIP Paleo Herbs de Provence Chicken & Mushroom Faux Risotto Recipe

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So, it feels like forever since I’ve posted a recipe for y’all.  After taking a month off to finish Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide, releasing it, and taking a vacation in Vegas and California, I finally have a new recipe for you to enjoy. This AIP Paleo Herbs de Provence Chicken & Mushroom Faux Risotto is a one-pan wonder. It was one of the first meals I batch cooked when I came home from my vacay.  Enjoy! Continue reading “AIP Paleo Herbs de Provence Chicken & Mushroom Faux Risotto Recipe”

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Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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Rising From The Ashes……Again!

When I decided to take a month off from blogging and social media last month, I was already beginning to feel the effects of a lupus flare. Determined to stop it before it got out of control, I immediately began the healing protocol that helped me reach remission before. But, this time I was stronger, wiser, and unafraid. This time, I was unstoppable.

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Autoimmune disease is unpredictable.

Now, I know some will be quick to blame the ketogenic diet I was on, or all the exercise I was doing, or the stress of trying to put out a new book. I, however, am not blaming any one or combination of those things. My last birthday was the first birthday I actually FELT myself get older. It’s like my brain sent my hormones a memo saying “ She’s old. It’s time for y’all to crash.” I’m not trying to say that some of the other factors had nothing to do with my relapse; but, I don’t think they were the exact cause. I do have lots to report on the ketogenic diet specifically. It’s given me lots of blog posts to release over the next few months. But, to blame the diet for all my symptoms would be wrong.

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Changing my diet, back to the AIP, was a no-brainer. I actually only went back to the AIP with reintroductions phase. The reintroductions I left in were coffee (1 cup/day), dark chocolate (1 small square, soy-free every other day), and soy-free eggs (3/week). I’ve left these foods in my diet because I’ve done the AIP elimination phase enough times to know they are 100% tolerated by my system. Had I not begun to recover so quickly, believe me, I would have easily removed these foods too.

Then, I had to rethink my workouts. For me, it was the perfect opportunity to retest the program I had created when I first began to exercise again. So, that’s what I did. It had been over a year since I had done the workouts that had seen me through my journey from sickness to fitness. This time I was starting out stronger and more fit than before; however, I was dealing with some of the same symptoms I’d had before. My joints were aching. I was fatigued beyond belief. And, I was dealing with serious inflammation and bloating. That didn’t stop me back then, or now.

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Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide- Coming Soon!

A big part of my recovery has been lots of rest and stress management. When I was piecing together all of the research I’ve done over the past year and a half, I determined, because of my flare, it was going to take a bit longer to put out the original book I’d planned. So, what I chose to do instead is release my Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide, this month. This ebook contains everything you need to begin your very own sickness to fitness journey. It covers the entire program- nutrition, workouts, wellness practices, and recipes. There’s lots of information including calculating macros, foods to eat and avoid, specific exercises, batch cooking, meal prepping, and more. Plus, you’re not going to believe the price. I’ve priced it so that everyone can afford it. I want to make sure that anyone who needs help will be able to get it. I’m hoping to have it released on September 12th. I’ll be doing lots of announcements here, and on social media, when I have the specific date.

Happily, I can report, after a month of going back to the basics, I am doing great. No, I’m not completely over my flare. My fatigue, joint pain, rashes, hormonal imbalance, and other symptoms have greatly improved. In fact, I’m thinking this might turn out to be the shortest flare I’ve ever experienced.

Here I am, once again, rising from the ashes. Living with an autoimmune disease is always unpredictable. You can try to guess what’s causing a flare; but, you can never be totally sure. When you recover from a big flare, you’re often filled with fear that you’ll relapse. If you’re like me, you try to distance yourself from anything related to autoimmunity. It’s like, the less I talked about it, the less chance there was that I would flare again. Silly, silly me! You can’t run from an incurable disease. You can’t hide from it either. The best we can do is control it. I know that now. If anything, this latest flare was the best thing that could have happened to me. It encouraged me to share my experiences and successes even more. It taught me to do all I can to help as many people with autoimmune disease as I can reach. Now that the worse (in my mind) has happened, and I’ve been knocked out of remission, I can stop running, stop hiding, stop being fearful, and start conquering again. I now see that helping the autoimmune community is my calling. My entire focus will be on helping us heal.

Thanks to all of you for allowing me the time to rest and recuperate. It’s good to be back with y’all again.

As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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