Our lives have been completely turned upside down this week. The naturopath has thrown our dietary lives into a spin.
She conducted a live blood analysis, reviewed a very thorough questionnaire we had previously completed, measured weight, height and muscle-fat ratio, and completed the genotype assessment.
In conclusion, she drafted a diet plan that is somewhere between the GenoType diet and the Paleo diet.
She has also ordered additional blood tests, though she would not disclose what it is she was looking for, preferring to wait until the results come back. Whilst I understand her not wanting to cause unwarranted concern for something that may never eventuate, there is a large question mark hanging over our heads.
When we went for the test, the phlebotomist asked if Mum was being tested for coeliac disease, which raised a few red flags. Coinciding with the naturopath’s ruling to avoid gluten and grains, this was a major cause for concern. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.
Going back to food, we were given a list (from the GenoType diet) of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, with instructions to avoid as many of the bad ones as possible. We are also to go gluten free, and preferably avoid all cereal grains, as well as corn, dairy and lettuce – I’m still puzzled about the lettuce. Also ruled out were cruciferous vegetables (kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower), due to pre-existing thyroid disease.
There are some elements of the Paleo diet that aligns with the Raw diet, such as no processed sugar, no wheat or processed grains, lots of fruit and veggies. A lot of the ‘good’ food list from the GenoType diet are also part of the Raw Diet.
However, the key difference is the meat. Lots of meat. Three times a day meat. Steak for breakfast, soup for lunch, stew for tea.
Considering for the last two months, we have been predominantly raw vegan, this has been a bit of a culture shock. Thankfully this is not my prescribed diet and I therefore don’t have to follow it, however as I’m the one who prepares all of the meals, it still has made life interesting. I’m trying to still remain at least 70% raw, but it’s simply not practical to cook two separate meals all the time.
Therefore, the strategy is to have raw breakfasts, snacks and desserts whenever possible; maintain green smoothies for lunch, and try to incorporate a raw element into the evening meal. My head is full to bursting with all of the new structure and legal foods, so this week was a bit of a shemozzle.
I’m determined that next week will be better.