An anti-inflammatory diet is a diet that…..(drum roll!)….reduces inflammation! And what that actually looks like will vary from person, depending on things such as liver function, digestive health, intolerances to certain foods or food chemicals / compounds (ie histamines, lectins), etc. There are different templates for anti-inflammatory diets that you may have heard of before, such as the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), The Wahls Protocol, the Mediterranean diet, and they do vary from one template to the next, but there are a few things they all have in common. Continue Reading
Read Part 1 in this series here – The Symptoms and Causes of Endometriosis
Read Part 2 in the series here – The Immune and Digestive Systems with Endometriosis
This final part in the Endometriosis series discusses how to manage endometriosis through diet and lifestyle modifications, primarily by reducing inflammation and inflammatory processes. This enables the gut to start healing and our body systems to function more efficiently. Bearing in mind that here is no “one size fits all” answer when it comes to diet and lifestyle, and what works for one individual may not work for another. For this reason it is best to work with a professional trained in nutritional medicine who can provide a tailored approach. Continue Reading
The immune system and Endometriosis:
The immune system has 2 main parts – Innate and Adaptive.
Innate immune cells should be cleaning up the misplaced endometrial cells, but with endometriosis this isn’t happening, allowing lesions (tissue damage) to develop.
Adaptive immune cells are “overactive” in women with endometriosis, creating an inflammatory state.
Regulatory T-cells (part of the adaptive immune system) that regulate the development of autoimmunity and dampen down an overactive immune response are reduced in women with endometriosis. Continue Reading
As a clinical nutritionist it’s my job to help people make dietary changes to improve their health and symptoms. But changing your diet can seem really daunting, particularly if you are doing it to help manage chronic disease. I know, I’ve been there (read about it here)!
I initially made changes to my diet about 6-7 years ago, when I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (read about that here and here), so the tips I’m giving here are what worked for me, plus a few things I learned along the way. Continue Reading
If our blood sugar levels aren’t regulated (a rollercoaster characterised by sugar highs followed by the crash) we can experience symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, anger (the hangries!), sugar cravings, inability to concentrate, dizziness, palpitations, anxiety, “the shakes”, etc. Personally, before my Hashimoto’s diagnosis (and starting AIP) I’d experience these feelings on a regular basis and would “resolve” them by eating a processed carb or a piece of fruit (yay, back on the sugar roller coaster!). However, this wouldn’t actually resolve the issue and unless I ate a balanced meal I’d be experiencing that sugar crash again. I’d even experience panic attacks which, looking back, I think was due in part to poor blood sugar management.
“Gummy squares!!!! Bouncing here and there and everywhere….🎼”
Anyone? No? Just me then!
Anyway, the point of this unicorn (rarely seen) post is….AIP gelatin gummies! Continue Reading
Lovely legumes at Alfalfa House, Enmore, Sydney
Ok, so this post has been on my mind a bit lately. I first published it over a year ago and, nutritionally speaking, I was in quite a different place back then. Wholefoods were very much my focus, but I hadn’t considered foods beyond “wholefoods good processed foods bad”. I hadn’t yet decided that I was going to start the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), and I wasn’t Paleo either, and I’d probably eat tinned legumes about once a week or so feeling quite virtuous for doing so. But things have changed somewhat since then! And yesterday I received an email asking my position on legumes as a post AIP elimination phase reintroduction, based on the original version of this post. So I thought now would be a good time for an update! Continue Reading
Easy Peasy Chocolate Milk
I’ve been able to reintroduce raw cacao into my diet! I know – exciting!! After 5 months with no chocolate it’s been really nice to get that flavour back – plus the antioxidant hit that raw cacao gives. If you’re following the autoiummune protocol (AIP) and haven’t added raw cacao back in yet you can easily sub carob which has it’s own health benefits, including being a rich source of phosphorous and calcium. Continue Reading
Green and Gold – Australia Day Salad!
This is such a simple salad to throw together, it tastes great, looks impressive and is the perfect combination of green and gold, plus fresh Aussie produce for Australia Day! Continue Reading
look how pretty they are!
What with it being Valencia orange and passionfruit season here in Australia, I thought what better way to use these delicious ingredients than to make some yummy gummies! They taste like sweets, but they’re good for you 🙂 Continue Reading