Earlier this week I wrote about my personal 30 day re-commitment to a Whole9 Nutrition program.The basis of the blog is that when it comes to chronic pain relief, you are more than just a body! Most chronic muscle and joint pain can be easily resolved when you partner with a posture specialist who knows how to analyze your joint position, biomechanics and movement patterns. A properly designed and implemented corrective exercise program often does miraculous things!
However, if you ARE doing all the right things from a posture alignment and biomechanics standpoint and NOT improving in your symptoms, I would encourage you to investigate your diet and nutrition.
Often many people think they are eating a healthy and nutritious diet, however, they may have an autoimmune response to certain items without knowing.
Personally, I am a great example of a person who mercifully did not have muscle and joint pain because I tackled my posture and alignment at a very young age. But I was still sick! I ate many healthy foods that were making me sick from the inside out, and until I eliminated them, had no idea how much inflammation was lurking in my body. I am now allergy free (no prescription medications, antigen injections or over the counter products) because I have eliminated foods that are:
Today, Whole9 announced The Paleo Autoimmune Cookbook!
"Those with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Hashimodo’s thyroiditis, celiac disease, and rheumatoid arthritis are finding freedom from their symptoms via an autoimmune Paleo diet protocol (AIP). As outlined in Chapter 21 of It Starts WIth Food, an AIP is even more restrictive than a traditional Whole30®, and can be intimidating for even experienced Paleo followers. What’s for breakfast if you can’t have eggs? How can you enjoy Mexican food without nightshades?
We recently added a new AIP shopping list to our resources, but today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to a new resource that will prove even more helpful. Meet Mickey Trescott, author of the new Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. Mickey has crafted 110 recipes without grains, legumes, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades, or nightshade spices. She’s finagled amazing workarounds for mayonaise, turned up the heat without nightshades, and includes some special occasion treats that don’t rely on nuts or nut flours. The recipes are inspired, delicious, and best of all, 101* of these recipes are appropriate for your AIP Whole30 program."
Probably the biggest challenge for someone starting a Whole9 dietary lifestyle is getting out of the mindset that you are restricted. Instead of focusing on what you can't have, it takes time to CHANGE your thoughts (I am eating to heal and be well, not poison myself anymore), actions (through what we choose to eat or eliminate on a consistent basis), and then habits (what you do daily without thinking so hard. Your new habits are the better choices!).
My thought is that this book will help you learn how to focus on what you can have! Healthy food that heals your body doesn't have to be boring, and there are many alternatives out there. So if you need a little help finding the fun in your new diet, check out the book and give it a try!
And if you do, please be sure to let us know how it goes for you! I'm on day three of my re-boot and feeling SO MUCH better!
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Deb Preachuk is a Chronic Pain Pain Relief, Posture Restoration and Athletic Performance Enhancement pro specializing in corrective exercise, applied biomechanics, STOTT Pilates and functional movement patterns.
Founder of Pain Free Posture MN, Deb helps real people transform real-world chronic pain challenges into achievable results. Deb infuses her teaching with an honest, open and down-to-earth mix of chronic pain relief therapeutic modalities training techniques to make the concepts of pain relief and body/mind transformation accessible and achievable!
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