I've already said that losing weight is 70% diet and 30% exercise. I've got the exercise part sussed - I do at least 4 runs a week normally and I try and make a metafit class when I can. It's the diet part that's seriously lacking.
The more reading I've done, I actually think it might help reduce my Crohn's symptoms and be very beneficial to me health-wise.
Head on over to Laura's post to get some of the background information on Paleo principles, and below you'll find some thoughts on a Paleo diet specifically for autoimmune diseases, like Crohn's.
Paleo Auto Immune Protocol
Some of the normal Paleo-friendly foods have been shown to cause issues for individuals with autoimmune disorders. The key for Paleo for Autoimmunity is to remove Neolithic foods (grains, breads, potatoes, beans and dairy) and it's also recommended to avoid the following foods:
- tomatoes and aubergines
- spices such as curries, paprika and chilli powder
- nuts and seeds
This then means that I can't have an omelette or scrambled eggs for breakfast, and I can't have my usual porridge or muesli either... hmmmm...
*goes away and does more googling*
Right, here are my initial thoughts:
Smoked salmon, fruit salad, banana
Chicken salad (greens, red onions, cucumber, beetroot, sweetcorn, avocado, carrots; no peppers or tomatoes)
Prawn, avocado and mango salad
With homemade salad dressing of olive oil and garlic
Homemade vegetable soup
Grilled fish and vegetables (no peppers or potatoes)
Grilled meat and vegetables
Squash 'spaghetti' and meatballs
Not sure what I can do for snacks as my usual 'healthy' choices are rice cakes, hummous, yoghurt, nuts & seeds or some cherry tomatoes! None of which are allowed. Instead, I guess I could try these:
Sliced apples / pear
Carrot and celery batons
Handful of dried fruit
This definitely needs more thought.... suggestions are much appreciated. Do you know anyone that's tried a Paleo diet for autoimmune disease?