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Ep. 214: Test, Don't Guess

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In this episode, Stacy and Sarah discuss testing your suspected ailments instead of just guessing based on symptoms.


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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 214: Test, Don't Guess

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:40)
    • Apparently, there are rules to jinxing.
    • So apparently the theory of menstrual synchrony is hard to actually verify and might not actually exist.
    • The topic of today's show is "Don't Self-Diagnose!" It could be dangerous!
    • Example: Adrenal Fatigue
      • The symptoms for over active adrenals and under active adrenals can be very similar.
      • You need to test cortisol to see what kind of problem you have. Don't guess based on symptoms
      • There are many Adaptogens, but you need a testing practitioner to figure out exactly what you need.
      • And the cortisol test is a neat spit test as well.
    • Another example: SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)
      • There is a breath test and a stool test to determine if you have SIBO
      • Current thinking says that you can't treat it just with diet, you need to kill the overgrowth with antimicrobials.
      • It seems that many people diagnosed with candida (a yeast) overgrowth based on symptoms actually have a bacterial overgrowth.
    • Another example: Hormone Imbalance
      • The symptoms of estrogen excess look very similar to testosteron excess. You need to actually figure out what your levels are!
    • Food sensitivities may be the exception
      • People want the answer on a test to prove they should eliminate a food entirely.
      • You can still be sensitive even if a test doesn't flag something. There are also foods with no tests at all.
      • If you still react to a food when a test says you don't have an issue, why would you continue to eat it?
  • Question from Hanna (18:33): "Do you strongly recommend blood tests for figuring out what you should and should not eat? I follow a paleo diet but I don't know if I should adhere to anything else like AIP."
    • If you have a leaky gut, then you likely have multiple food sensitivities that will be hard to sort out by food journaling
    • In this case, a sensitivity panel might be very useful as guidance.
    • But if you're self-diagnosing and diet combining without real evidence for why you should, you're probably going to have a difficult time.
    • Maybe you're not feeling your best because of what you're not eating. Try adding more nutrient density to your diet.
    • Once you remove all these foods, you no longer have a health promoting diet.
  • Question from Dani (26:29): "Asked for my thyroid to be tested by my PCP bc I had concerns I was dealing with a potential Hashi's situation (my mom has it, plus hand and finger numbness, hairloss, anxiety) but my Free T4 and TSH#s came back in the middle of normal range. B12 in the middle of normal but vitamin D is deficient (no surprise). For my anxiety my PCP Rx'd me an SSRI. Considering I've had hand tingling in the night, hair loss, and anxiety could this not be just vitamin D but really a thyroid issue despite my test results? Trying to figure out what next steps should be and what I should push back on my PCP for. You ladies are my faves...never miss a podcast!"
    • It would be best to get a full thyroid panel. This site lists what should be on the panel
    • Sarah covers her thyroid saga in this post.
    • You can also have conversion disorders that are different from thyroid issues. Hormones are converted in other organs and problems with that can cause thyroid symptoms
    • Search for functional range of thyroid panel to find the optimal ranges. Such as here.
  • Sarah will have finish her sleep challenge by next week. Check out her challenge here.
  • Outro (38:20)

 

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Ep. 213: What Do I Do After a Bad Reaction?

 

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In this episode, Stacy and Sarah talk about how to avoid and how to recover from a reaction to foods you eat.

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 213: What Do I Do After a Bad Reaction?

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:40)
  • Hope asks (13:38): "There are times when I choose to or have to eat out (food allergies here) and despite being very careful with what I order and informing the server/kitchen staff, something goes wrong in my digestive system (and I know it within minutes)...what can I take/do to lessen the negative effects and start getting my system calmed down and back on track? I know there isn't a magic bullet so to speak, just hoping for some advice on some things to do/try."
    • Stacy says that her reactions have lessened over time, so there is hope!
    • Chris Kresser talks about the bell curve of healing: at first you don't recognize your reactions, then they become so severe as the stand out more, then after healing they aren't as bad.
    • There is a difference between food intolerances and allergies in terms of recovery:
      • Intolerances have a shorter immune "memory". You may experience a lesser reaction after only 6 months to a year.
      • Memory for allergies is much much longer.
      • If your reactions are due to gut health, then healing the gut might make them go away!
      • Some reactions just will never go away. And that's when you learn to live with it.
    • There is a new product call Glutenza that helps with gluten exposure developed for celiacs who are accidentally exposed to gluten.
      • Has digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics that are intended to digest gluten and break it up before your immune system reacts to it.
      • Digests 99% of gluten in an hour so that reactions are reduced.
      • Intended for celiacs to make cross-contamination less of a problem, not so they can eat bread!
      • Sarah uses it and it has not had reactions.
    • Stacy's mom is anaphylactic to gluten and has learned to scout her food very well.
    • Maybe if you're reacting to foods, your digestive system isn't optimized.
    • See this post on Stacy's digestive system healing
    • There are ways to increase your stomach acid. Supplements (HCl and Ox Bile), adding lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to your water, chewing well and not drinking during eating.
    • How do you talk to a wait staff/kitchen staff?
      • Do research before hand! Find a place that is allergen friendly. We us Yelp and FindMeGlutenFree.
      • You can't ask questions of someone who won't know the answer!
      • Some places will be more friendly than you expect. Stacy found that the Italian restaurant Maggiano's sent out the chef who custom made a meal for her around her intolerances.
      • Know what to ask and make sure you're talking to an educated person.
      • Don't be embarrassed! You're paying for a meal and they want you to be happy so you'll come back. They want to help you!
      • Come up with a joke or a line to break the mood. Stacy always says: "We're high maintenance but we tip well!"
      • Be clear and thorough with what you're looking for. Describe what you're looking for.
      • Let them get excited about making you something special! Most waiters aren't going to be frustrated.
      • If you get bad vibes and can't trust the restaurant, walk away!
    • Recovery! What if you are exposed and need to heal?
      • Sleep and rest and hydration. Like you have the flu!
      • Nutrient density: organ meat, vegetables, broth, seafood, and vegetables. She means a lot of vegetables.
      • And don't re-expose yourself.
      • Check out the Paleo BRAT Diet on The Paleo Mom site. Also known as the SCABB Diet!'
    • Pay attention and see if you can correlate something to your reactions!
    • Check out Dining Paleo in DC series.
  • Outro (49:28)

 

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Ep. 212: How to Heal Your Skin

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In this episode, Stacy and Sarah talk about skin health. What should you do to heal damaged or diseased skin and what products are best for keeping it healthy?

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 212: How to Heal Your Skin

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:40)
    • Remember our book tour? Super fun!
    • Listen people: DON'T put on make up while driving!
    • Russ always says that Stacy believes that the rules don't apply to her.
    • Stacy's products!
    • This week's topic is skin health!
    • Sarah has lichen planus. Here's how she treated it! She also has cystic acne, psoriasis and other skin issues that improved when she changed her lifestyle
    • Stacy had bad acne and Finian has bad eczema before paleo.
    • We recommend watching what you eat and what you use and what you put on for reactions. You can definitely see reactions when you track them!
    • Sarah can't eat eggs without break outs while Stacy can't eat nightshades or corn
  • Question from Katie: "Most of my AI symptoms have shown great improvement from my dietary changes. My energy is great, my joint pain has subsided, I've lost over 30 lbs, and my inflammation has gone down so I can wear my wedding ring for the first time in a few years. But...My psoriasis has gotten significantly worse! It is now on my face and is on my eyelids and under my eyes. It is also all over the back of my neck and my scalp is terrible. It is so painful and itchy. My integrative dr suggested calendula ointment which helps temporarily. Since you had psoriasis I thought you might have some other suggestions. I really do believe I am on the right path with AIP but desperate to find relief for this! Thank you!"
    • Sarah says that it took 10 months to see psoriasis improve. And that certain aspects really helped: organ meats, vegetables, stress reduction, sleep improvement and probiotics.
    • Retinoic acid (Vitamin A), and Vitamin D are important for skin health. These are fat soluble vitamins obtained from meat and especially organ meats
    • Certain amino acids like arginine and glutamine are great for repairing skin.
    • Vitamin C helps build collagen and fixes skin damage
    • Zinc helps with the immune system
    • Bromelaine helps reduce bruising and swelling and healing skin.
    • Gut health is super important for skin issues as well. Especially soil based probiotics (Go play in the dirt!).
    • Skin is a low priority organ for your body. If you're not responding to AIP, go see a functional medicine specialist!
    • What you put on your skin is also very important!
    • Stacy began to take notice of what she put on her skin after meeting Trina Felber from Primal Life Organics.
    • Gluten is in almost every skin product! Definitely check out the podcast we did with Liz Wolfe and Trina and the post Stacy did on Skintervention!
    • Stacy's most recent beauty post is here. Features a lot on Beautycounter!
    • See the podcast on Fermented Cod Liver Oil here. The product can be found here.
    • Stacy's new night cream is here.
    • The charcoal mask can be found here. Reduces pores that can be seen from outer space.
    • Urban Decay eye shadows are here.
    • Jane Iredale is here.
    • Charcoal Cleansing Bar that eliminates zits is found here!
    • Dragonfly Traditions Face Serum is here
    • For shampoo, we use Morrocco Method and Surface
    • Tarte and Bite Beauty are the highest rated department store products by the Environmental Working Group.
    • All this to say: Go through your products and see what your risk factors are. See the EWG for each one.
    • Check your cleaning and candles as well.
    • Check out Zak deodorant for less reactive product as well.
    • Look for those nutrients in your skin care products when shopping to also help fix your skin.
    • You will get much more from adding foods to your diet than from what you take away. So eat those organ meats and veggies and broth!
    • Check out The Paleo Approach for more!
    • If you have more questions, ask us here!
  • Outro (50:40)

 

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Ep. 211: Sarah's Fifth Paleoversary!

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In this episode, we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Sarah switching to a paleo diet! We're talking all about how far we've come and what we're doing next!

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 211: Sarah's Fifth Paleoversary!

  • Intro (0:00)
  • Sarah's Fifth Paleoversary! (0:40)
    • Sarah is a bit of a dork from dork town, but you already knew that
    • Cole is turning 11 and going into the 6th grade!
    • Sarah has been paleo for 5 years! Read about her journey here and her transformation here
    • This is the longest Sarah has committed to anything health related.
    • Sarah didn't quite know what she wanted to do professionally when she started paleo because when she began she was too sick to science. Now she's a health educator, thanks to paleo!
    • She found a new part of herself that was strong and driven and able to be a positive and changed person. Stacy noticed how much she's changed from her family photos
    • Sarah says she has found her voice and feels confident for the first time.
    • Funnily enough, she's now learned how to do her hair and makeup!
    • But both Sarah and Stacy emphasize that it's important to love yourself always! Love both your past and your present.
    • Sarah got to talk at the Paleo FX Entrepreneur conference. She talked about how to have an authentic business.
    • Stacy finds how looking at Facebook memories reminds her of how far she's come.
    • Her slumps now aren't as low as her good days back then
    • Sarah partially made her choices to model healthy choices for her daughters, who now see her modeling good choices.
    • Remember: Every step is a good step on a long journey!
    • Sarah won't be bored; she's got a dozen books she wants to write!
    • Stacy wants to open a bed and breakfast in the future!
    • The Paleo Parents are moving to the new site RealEverything.com in the near future! Including "Thirsty Brain" podcast with Matt and Cole!
    • And the positivity and encouragement we get that inspires us comes from you! Thank you!
    • Sean Astin reads A Bad Case of Stripes by the great David Shannon on this site!
  • Outro (41:43)

 

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Ep. 210: "Everybody Out" Moments

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In this episode, Stacy and Sarah talk about poop, diarrhea and all about the lower half of your digestion!

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 210: "Everybody Out" Moments

  

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Ep. 209: Cole and the Appendix

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In this episode, Stacy talks about her son Cole's bout with a burst appendix and Sarah explains what the appendix actually is!

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 209: Cole and the Appendix

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:40)
    • Cole had appendicitis and had his appendix out over the past weekend!
      • First, Cole had a stomachache
      • Then, when it worsened, we saw a doctor. The doctor misdiagnosed as Norovirus
      • On Friday, when it didn't get any better and he was in a lot of pain, Matt took him to the emergency room.
      • He was quickly diagnosed with appendicitis, and was sent to surgery. His appendix had burst by the time they got to surgery.
    • A ruptured appendix is a medical emergency and immediately life threatening.
    • Cole recovered quickly, "a medical miracle"!
    • While Stacy credits his recovery to our lifestyle, we definitely followed the protocols of modern medicine to prevent sepsis and other infections
    • We've been walking and eating healing foods for him.
  • What is the appendix and appendicitis? (11:17)
    • The appendix is a little "cul-de-sac" off the large intestine
    • Possibly a reservoir of beneficial bacteria for the gut as a reserve if the gut microbiome is wiped out.
    • -itis means inflammation, so appendicitis is when the appendix becomes severely inflamed, filled with pus and will possibly burst. Generally, if it becomes inflamed, it will eventually burst.
    • It can be various causes, including genetic or infectious causes. It's not very well understood.
    • Not considered to be the cause of any specific lifestyle or diet factor.
  • We consider paleo to be a complimentary healing factor in this case (17:47)
    • High dose antibiotics will affect the gut bacteria, so probiotic and gut healing foods like broth will help with recovery.
    • Cole hasn't been eating well, and doesn't like the big pills he needs. So we've been finding foods he will eat first, including puffed rice cereal
    • We have been making him Kombucha Gummies
    • Stacy and Sarah both eat broth rice as well for sick kids
    • It is a journey. You might not always be perfect, but it's important to try.
    • Stacy believed that if we were paleo, the boys wouldn't ever need to have things like appendicitis, but paleo is not a panacea.
    • The consequences of not having an appendix are very minor and having it out does not have a huge effect.
  • Thank you for listening!
  • Outro (39:11)

  

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Ep. 208, Live Q&A Part 2

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In this episode, part 2 of the live Q and A Stacy and Sarah did when they were together in Georgia!

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Ep. 207, Live Q&A Part 1

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In this episode, Stacy and Sarah did a live Q and A when they were together in Georgia!

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Ep. 206, Sleep Hygiene

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In this episode, Stacy and Sarah discuss the importance of sleep and sleep hygiene.

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 206: Sleep Hygiene

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:40)
    • Stacy is listening to Audible right now! Specifically, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    • Today's show is about Sleep Hygiene!
    • Remember our book tour? Much fun!
    • So many people are missing sleep as the crucial component of their healing, a theme we've hear many many times.
    • Sarah wrote the book about sleep. Literally.
    • More and more studies are indicating that sleep is one of the most important health factor, and certainly the most neglected.
    • One night of poor sleep causes more insulin resistance than 6 months of bad diet. Crazy!
    • Good sleep helps with everything! From mood to stress to health choices!
    • Bad sleep habits is as detrimental to your health as being obese, being sedentary or having a bad diet.
    • And the trend of disease matches the decline in sleep amounts over time as well.
    • Everyone seems to be using stimulants to cover up for sleep deprivation, and then keep us from sleeping well at night. It's affecting our health!
    • Check out Matt's post, Propped Up By Stimulants
    • Of course, don't feel badly if you're not getting your sleep right now. Things happen! But keep in mind what will be really beneficial for your health.
    • With a new baby, sleep when the baby sleeps is great advice. Your baby won't benefit by you being a superwoman if it means you're too tired and sacrificing your health
  • Kelly says, "Hey ladies love the podcast! I keep seeing people wearing amber glasses before bed. Does that really help with sleep?" (29:13)
    • Mark Sisson came on the show and talked about amber glasses for night time in Episode 27!
    • Get yours here!
    • Amber glasses do work! They help you go to sleep quicker with better quality.
    • They work by tricking your body and brain into thinking that you're in twilight. Meanwhile, our lightbulbs don't convince us that it's day time or its night time. And our computer and TV screens make us think it's day.
    • Get F Lux for your computer
    • Wear them two to three hours before bed to help with dim light melatonin production that is triggered by sunset.
  • Shannon says, "I feel like you have talked about a favorite or recommended mattress brand in the past but I can't find anything on your site. I like all natural latex mattresses with organic cotton and/or wool, but I am open to looking at other options. Do you have something you like to recommend? Thanks in advance!"
    • Stacy uses a Sleep Number bed.
    • Lots of paleo experts are recommending a firmer mattress for alignment issues.
    • Here is PaleOMG's mattress review
  • Get gainz (with a ZED) from getting your zeds!
  • Ok, true story: There's a reason why we spell things the way we do in America and why it's different from every other English speaking country: Noah Webster. Webster wrote the first dictionary of American English (as opposed to Samuel Johnson's dictionary of English English) and he very specifically wanted to simplify all spellings and eliminate extra letters for clarity. And that included the extra U.
  • Thank you for listening!
  • Outro (39:16)

  

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Ep. 205, Melissa Joulwan and the Weekly Cookup

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In this episode, Stacy and Sarah talk to Melissa Joulwan of MelJoulwan.com about her system of meal planning and her weekly cookups that help organize her week of food preparation.

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 205: Melissa Joulwan and the Weekly Cookup!

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:40)
    • It's true! Two Hundred Five Episodes without missing an episode!
    • See Melissa Joulwan at MelJoulwan.com (formerly The Clothes Make the Girl) and buy her awesome cookbooks Well Fed and Well Fed 2!
    • Melissa is into the weekly batch cooking process and writes about it in both books as well as her blog.
    • Melissa uses this process so that she can decide on the spur of the moment what to have and prepare very quickly.
    • She divides it into two sets of food kinds: Recipes and Piles (Hot Plates).
    • More on Hot Plates here. They're essentially throwing together meat, veggies, spices and sauce very quickly. She just has a series of prepared "piles" of ingredients you can quickly throw together in a stir fry.
    • Meal planning makes things easier for you, makes cooking less of a chore, saves on waste and saves money!
    • For more on cookups, check out these links:
    • Instant Pot: Makes slow cooking super fast
    • Melissa says that people need 4-6 ounces of meat per meal, or 1 1/2 pound of meat feeds four people.
    • She also says that people eat 1-2 servings of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables per day.
    • Eat Like a Dinosaur has a favorite cookup recipe, Halupki Casserole.
    • Yes, me and my brothers all raced through dinners. But it was because there was only ever enough to give seconds to two or three of us! And we liked eating! And there were 4 of us!
    • These days, we always TRY to have leftovers after dinner. Doesn't always happen, but we try.
    • Some recipes taste better the second day!
    • Get a board to keep track of your leftovers! Don't eat mold like us!
    • To check out the Paleo Parents meal plans, go here
    • Melissa has a new book coming out November 1: Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Meals in 45 Minutes or Less
    • It really will take you 45 minutes to cook from scratch, but there's also instructions on how to use cookups to make them in 10-20 minutes.
    • You can also get PDF samplers of her cookbooks that include recipes and how-to info:
    • Melissa is in Vermont right now, but will be moving to Prague soon! Awesome!
  • Thank you for listening!
  • Outro (39:16)

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