Looking at a real food diet

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A few weeks ago I read an article which scared me a little. I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease nearly 17 years ago, after becoming extremely ill after the birth of my first child. It was a scary time and one that I've never talked about here. Basically, I was probably losing weight personally while I was pregnant and within 2 weeks of the birth, I weighed 40kg. I thought I was on the way out. I can't explain how that felt, being a new mum. My mother in law, and sometimes my mum, dropped their own lives to come and look after us. I will be forever grateful for that.

Anyway, after a million blood tests, they finally made a diagnosis of CD 2 months later! I was so pleased to have an answer. And so started the gluten free diet. Soon after I realised that I was suddenly intolerant of things like high fat dairy, but I'm okay on low fat yoghurt. Still can't figure out why I could eat something one day and then, suddenly it makes me vomit my insides out.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. The article I saw said there's a likelihood that a GF diet may not necessarily be enough for coeliacs. There's a chance that a lot of the food that's GF may still cause leaking of the gut. Um, eek! I try not to read to much about diets. The whole Paleo/real food thing makes sense but I always wonder, is it just the next fad?

This last weekend my mum, who it also turns out is a coeliac (and mis-diagnosed for many years until I was diagnosed), was admitted to hospital with severe pain. She has an ulcer and this is not the first one. I googled the subject and don't much like what I read. I think being a coeliac, being O blood group and taking after mum, I need to take notice of some of what I've read. But am I ready to commit to yet another life changing change of diet?

I've been perusing information about 'real food' diets, paleo, 'whole 30'. It all gets a little overwhelming but today after hearing about mum, I have a new determination to make myself even more healthy. I gave up most sugar late last year in a pact with my daughter. Just cutting out sugar and ice cream (yeah!), I dropped over 6 kgs that I didn't even realise I was carrying as extra! It's still surprising how much 'sugar' sneaks into the food I eat. It's so much more than sugar though. Grains, dairy, preservatives...

I follow Australian chef, Pete Evans, who has adopted a real food way of life. I love his philosophy. I've ordered his latest cookbook (as interestingly, it's sold out of several local bookshops) and looking forward to having a good read.

It's not something I intend to just leap into. I know my body type is not like others. I know I'm allergic to gluten. I can't get out of my head that my specialist who diagnosed this, said to me that this must be a lifelong diet or I could risk getting cancer if food irritated my system. Am I still eating irritating foods? It certainly can't harm me to trial eliminating things and see. But can I stick to it? We'll see.

I'd love to hear from anyone else clean eating.

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