Its a good question but of course the problem is what is a balanced diet. My research and own experience has led me to question many things about diet and how it is processed. the understanding has helped me realise that carbohydrate , which is all starch and sugar is, is the food for certain bacteria in the gut. It is not a question of natural- there is nothing natural about having an unhealthy gut - your genes are not trying to make you ill. There are a lot of myths in the SAD, the Standard American Diet - mostly about the wisdom of eating grain, fruit and vegetables beyond a certain limit, and the various health benefits of vegetable oils instead of saturated fat.
The fact is too much sugar/starch of any kind- be it fruit, vegetable, juice,brown rice - ie so called healthy food is inflammatory. It requires an insulin response to stabilize your blood glucose level. Also there are many reasons why plants are just not always as healthy as we have been lead to believe- look at the allergic reactions to legumes and other nuts by those with a nut allergy.
there is also a lot of misinformation regarding the problem with saturated fat and its relationship with heart disease, cholesterol and so on. Inflammation is the problem, it has been argued, very successfully by the researchers who I am studying , ie top up to date biochemists at the forefront of exploring inflammation, that it is the combination of carbohydrates and saturated fats which is unhealthy, rather than saturated fats per se. There are many reasons for this - one is that it is repeated exposure to flooding your body with insulin by eating carbs- even so called healthy carbs , like bananas, that damages your body. It causes oxidative damege to things like your arteries , which then become sites for plaques of cholesterol molecules to attach to. But, if you lower your carbs, they argue , you massively reduce the stress on your body. And then the saturated fat, which in terms of cholesterol- HDL and LDL, actually does its job- reducing inflammation and building healthy cell membranes.
So - my low carb diet- at the moment as I am totally disease free - has a good intake of leafy green vegetables and a few strawberries, blackberries etc. I always take them with some saturated fat, ie butter on the brocolli or cream on the berries in a healthy smoothie or panna cotta. I am taking some vit c as my research suggests that modern food is just not fresh enough, ie berries straight off the plants might be ok, but much is lost over time. I am taking probiotics to help those gut bacteria. Apart from that I am more interested in vit d if i dont get enough sunshine, and that is most of the time. There is much evidence that vit D levels are low in people with an auto immune disorder due to the gut irritation. I dont quite get all the biochemistry of that , but my gurus recommend it. then , magnesium, zinc and potassium - all are often low with people with psoriasis- again something to do with the biochemistry of the disease. I use magnesium oil, seaweed, a zinc supplement and a mineral supplement. I am taking some glucosamine and some Omega 3 fish oil.
but the rest of my nutrients comes from lots of nutrient dense food - lots of my own eggs from my own free range hens which I feed a corn free diet and roam , fish , meat- all grass fed not grain -including my own lamb from my own sheep, including liver - lots of yummy sauces made with high quality butter, soups made from bone marrow stocks, stews and colourful salads. But sticking to no more than 50g of total carbs a day - which I calculate very carefully. Absolute care about not getting too much Omega 6 - I fry in coconut oil, lard or butter or a little olive oil, absolutely no other oils in any food.
there are plenty of resources out there- but I can assure you - it is a very healthful diet. My weight is excellent, I have no inflammation now - as I have progressively got better and better. Ive been doing this for almost 6 months. It is not a spontaneous remission !!! The only time I got that in the past 20 years was when I was pregnant and when I did the Atkins diet about 10 years ago. I cannot believe that i would be healthier being on a low fat high carb diet, being too ill to work or do exercise, with chronic side effects and related disorders like gum disease, ibs and taking immune suppressants as the saturated fat is too unhealthy! Now, I sleep so much better, have mental clarity and gone is the depression. saturated fat is good for the brain, its what we are designed to eat ! Think about what your grandparents and all your forefathers ate!!!
Are you taking vitamins? Our bodies need a balanced diet. I am gluten and sugar free but I eat fruits and vegetables, which contain a natural sugar.
Yes! But it not just about gluten, although that is part of the story. Its about a route to a healthy gut, where you give it a break from the cycle of irritation caused by poor digestion of gluten and other carbohydrates, painkillers and anti inflammatories. I used the advice from many sources after a thorough exploration of many issues to with the dietary causes of all disease with an inflammatory component- from diabetes, to heart disease etc. I was interested in carbohydrate metabolism and gut bacteria and how once an irritation has been set up, it causes the tight junctions of the gut wall to open slightly and then proteins which are very difficult to digest start to enter the blood stream where there set up an auto immune response in some people with a genetic disposition - HLA - B27 . I found ideas and suggestions in a blog called Cooling Inflammation very inspiring, and work on fats and carbohydrate by Mary Enig, Gary Taubes, and Volek and Phinney essential to understand the principles. I also used Dr Peter Osborne on Gluten( you tube has some of his theories and interviews) and Dangerous grains- a book.
I have used Dr sarah Myhill and Dr Terry Wahls ( who cured her own MS) for resources and ideas for supplements. I am eating a high animal fat low carbohydrate diet, use probiotics, vit c high dose, absolutely grain free , and look and feel amazing. I did this over 5 months or so. I take no medication - I have had all medications over the past 20 years- all the DMARDS and biologics and many years on prednisolone so i could keep my part time teaching job. I was ill and depressed and hopeless as I hated feeling so ill and hated not being able to take part in family activities. It really is possible, but it is a lot more than just cutting out a couple of foods. I am using about 50-60g of carbs(all carbs - and this takes a lot of research to understand- anything that is not protein or fat is basically starch/sugar) , 140g ish of fat ie eggs, butter, nuts, cream and 60g of protein - meat/fish/.I have lost fat, but not muscle and have now stabilised using the the EAdes diet plan- Staying power. This can be weight loss tool, but that is not how Ive used it. Ive used it to stop the problematic gut bacteria proliferating by giving them very little carb/sugar and using fat as my main source of energy. It needs correct planning and rigid adherence or the saturated fat with a higher carb intake would be unhealthy, but with a strict carb policy, it works amazingly.
I swear by it - the evidence- no symptoms- fab skin- it has healed my psoriaisis too, no gums bleeding, no bloatedness, no heat, all my joints pain free - all swelling gone- i can do things I havent been able to do like dance, and mentally feel so different xx