Monday, 09 July 2012
I found out Friday that I have celiac disease. It's basically when gluten proteins cause your immune system attack the villi of your small intestines, the part that is responsible for nutrient absorption. Long term affects is malnutrition, which can cause all types of issues, ranging from headaches to depression to cancer in the small intestine and eventually, death. While there's no cure, eating a gluten-free diet would give my small intestines the time to repair itself.
Since finding out, I have been reading up in it and learning more about this new change in lifestyle that I have. For a little over a month, I've been eating like 95% vegetarian. I lost some weight and felt lighter, but a friend of mine suggested the opposite approach and reintroduce meat in my diet. He told me to read "The Primal Blueprint," which is a book that mainly talks about the Paleo diet, except not as extreme. Both diets are basically about eating the ways humans have been eating for the past 2.5 million years, mostly meat from hunting and whatever you can get from gathering like some fruits and seeds, but absolutely no grains or legumes.
It's interesting that after some research, everyone who goes on it, swears by it. Yet those who have never tried it, would think its counter-intuitive where conventional wisdom tells us that consuming mostly fat and protein, and cutting out carbs, is a bad idea. The backers of the primal/paleo/"caveman" diet believe that we have trained ourselves to be a carb consuming society, but our bodies have not adjusted. One interesting point is that there is a correlation between how much insulin your body produces versus how long your life span will be. Those who consume huge amounts of carbs all the time, statistically have a shorter lifespan than those who do not consume as much.
Since I am going gluten-free for the rest of my life, I'm going to try this primal way of eating. Only meat, vegetables and fruits,--basically eating as close to natural as possible. I will be going to a gastro-intestinal specialist and getting a second opinion on this celiac disease. Hopefully, what I have isn't too serious yet and all I have to do is basically eat better. It seems like its so hard to be healthy these days, because despite how much you try to exercise, your choice in food really does dictate your health.
The saddest part about this whole gluten-free thing, is that I won't be able to consume any of the beers I like for the rest of my life.