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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The Ketogenic Diet Experiment

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while, know that I love to experiment with my diet and workouts. In fact, I actually consider myself to be an ongoing experiment in health.

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The Ketogenic Diet Experiment

In my latest experiment, I tackled the ketogenic diet, a very low carb (less than 50 grams/day), moderate protein, and high fat diet. The most common ratios for obtaining and maintaining nutritional ketosis is to consume your daily caloric needs with 5% carbs, 20% proteins, and 75% fats. For me, that included 21 grams net carbs (net carbs are total carb grams minus fiber grams), 85 grams protein, and 162 grams fat, with a total daily calorie count of about 1700.

Now, I think it’s only fair to give you a little background on my interest in the ketogenic diet. The first time I heard of it, was at PaleoFX. last year. Fact is, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, gave a speech on the positive negative effects of the ketogenic diet, especially on women. I was actually talking with her about her speech, at dinner the night before. After listening intently to her speech, which included much compelling evidence to some of the dangers to women’s health, I pretty much determined it was something I would never try.

Flash forward almost one whole year later. By this time, I have put my lupus into remission, with help from the AIP diet, as outlined in The Paleo Approach, and a workout program, created by myself. I had also been experimenting with different macro ratios, in order to keep my fitness level progressing. In my research, I came across the ketogenic diet once again. This time, I reached out to the masters in ketogenic, low carb, and high fat diets. Hearing what they had to say, and reading up on their research, I decided to put aside my earlier fears, and give it a go. The ketogenic diet experiment began.

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Tools of the ketogenic diet

The first thing I had to do was get together all the items I would need to begin: keto urine strips, a blood ketone/glucose monitor and strips, a macro counting app (I like MyMacros+), a food scale, and lots of fats.

After calculating my proper macros (above), and beginning to follow the recommended ratio, it took me only four days to start producing trace amounts of ketones. I had tons of energy and mental clarity. Within a week, I had lost 2 pounds of fat. I continued to feel this way and lose weight for eight weeks. Then, I hit a brick wall.

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Leaning out on the ketogenic diet

One of the reasons I began the ketogenic diet was to help with some hormonal and skin issues that were lingering. My first period, while on the ketogenic diet, was completely pain-free. This was something I hadn’t experienced in years. And, I didn’t suffer from the horrible PMS symptoms I usually did. Unfortunately, it didn’t repeat with my second period. I also experienced some relief in my skin rashes, in the beginning six weeks. But then, those came back, even worse than before. All of the energy and mental clarity I had experienced disappeared.

To be completely honest though, I don’t blame the ketogenic diet. I know, after years of experiments and research, it’s just what my body does when I’ve been on any regimen for eight weeks. It’s actually the same way for many of you. Once your body gets used to a particular diet or workout program, it simply stops working at it’s ultimate level. That’s not the time to give up. It’s the time to shake things up a bit.

It was important to the experiment for me to remove some of the variables, to be sure they weren’t affecting my results. I stopped exercising for four days, and followed that with a week of decreased workouts. I also cut out or decreased some of the foods I had reintroduced, such as nightshades and dairy. These changes actually made my symptoms worse, not better. Trust me, I was happy it wasn’t all the cheese I had been eating. So, it was back to the drawing board.

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Batch cooking on the ketogenic diet

What now? The next phase of my experiment has begun. As of this past Sunday, I have increased my carbs to 50 grams a day. I have also increased my protein to 110 grams, and my fats to 174 grams, while I focus on building muscle again. This works out to daily caloric intake of 9% carbs, 20% proteins, and 71% fats. It’s still well within the ketogenic diet range. As of yesterday, I am still producing ketones, even with the new ratios. I will also be doing a carb cycling day each week. On those days, I will increase my carbs to about 100 grams, and lower my fats to about 50 grams. If you increase your fats and carbs by large amounts, at the same time, you will gain fat. One day a week of doing that might not hurt you; but, over time, it will catch up with you.

My workouts will also be changing. I’ll be doing five days of weightlifting split workouts, two days of 20 minute HIIT running sprint workouts, and three days of 30 to 40 minutes dance practice. That may seem like a rigorous schedule; but, I’ve seen that I don’t do well with less exercise. For me, a strenuous workout program keeps my immune system suppressed, which keeps my symptoms to a minimum. However, I do take a week off from weightlifting and HIIT workouts every eight to twelve weeks. That ensures my body can fully recover.

I’ll definitely keep y’all informed as I move through this new phase of the ketogenic diet. Even though we are all different in what works for us, and what doesn’t, that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn something from others’ experiences. I really hate when those trying to hawk their books or whatnot, try to tell you not to try other ways of healing. It’s one thing to make you aware of some of the dangers. It’s quite another to say your way is the only way. You should always experiment with different protocols. Some may help to heal certain symptoms, while others get rid of lingering ones. Finding the combination that works for you is the hard part.

Some great ketogenic diet reading:
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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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