Friday, December 1, 2017

Episode 379 – Angela Alt and Dr. Gauree Konijeti – Autoimmune Protocol Diet Study

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On this episode of the podcast we have guests Angela Alt and Dr. Gauree Konijeti. Dr. Konijeti is a gastroenterologist, head of inflammatory bowel disease at the Scripps clinic, and currently researching inflammatory bowel disease with an NIH grant. Angela Alt is a certified health coach and nutritional therapy consultant, partner at Autoimmune Wellness, author of The Alternative Autoimmune cookbook, co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, co-host of the Autoimmune Wellness podcast.

In this episode we talk all about the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet for autoimmune disease and the study on the efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol for inflammatory bowel disease done by Dr. Konijeti.


Download Episode Here (MP3)

Websites:
Autoimmune Wellness
Dr. Konijeti at Scripps Clinic

Study: Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

 

 

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Egg-Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies (with Collagen) Recipe

You know I love a good cookie, but around this time of year, there’s no shortage of treats to be had, right? This cookie is perfect because it’s the best of both worlds. The maple syrup and peanut butter make it sweet enough to feel like a treat, but it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.

And — it even has protein! I added collagen to up the protein count a bit. Collagen has been really buzzy lately, and for good reason. First of all, it’s awesome just as a protein. But beyond that, it’s supposed to be great at strengthening skin, hair and nails, and improving digestion.

Egg-Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies (with Collagen) Recipe

Makes 18 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1.25 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup collagen
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using a spoon, portion batter onto a prepared baking sheet or silicone mat. Bake for 16-18 minutes until top and edges start to lightly brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

Macros: P 6 C 12 F 8

 

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I Hope I Can Make This the Best Decade Yet

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

A lot of us work hard most of our life so that we can enjoy our retirement and do all the things we never had time to do when we were younger and worked long hours for little pay. The problem with that, however, is being old can pretty much suck especially with all the chronic disease that is so prevalent in Western society. Being overweight, poor digestion, fatigue and joint pain are symptoms that I am very familiar with and are just part of the aging process……or at least that’s what I used to think. They certainly create major impediments to living an active lifestyle and enjoying life.

I always loved competitive sports growing up especially baseball and football. Although good enough to make the high school teams, I was mediocre at best, but it was still a great experience which I will always treasure. It taught me many valuable lessons which proved critical to me later in life. I also spent 2-3 years of 5 days a week of “home” weight lifting in my basement and then best friend’s root cellar. We had no idea what we were doing but worked hard an hour or two most days and were very competitive. I became quite strong for a wimp weighing 142 pounds (benched 295) but never could put on any bulk. My friend on the other hand bulked up to about 180, left me in the dust, and continues to lift to this day.

Before_BeachSo as an adult I took up tennis to get my competitive fix; thinking I could play the rest of my life. When I retired at 60 I was looking forward to playing tennis five days a week and working out at the gym; which I did for a couple years. Then I developed joint issues requiring surgery for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis and again for carpal tunnel syndrome. While preparing for surgery I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. After the surgeries I quit playing singles and focused on doubles as I was having too many cramping issues probably tied to the statin drugs I was taking for high cholesterol; as heart disease runs in my family. The thyroid medications probably didn’t help either.

In Nov 2013 my wife and I took a 30 day trip to Germany to visit our two daughters and grandkids for the holidays. Both of their husbands were in the Air Force, assigned to Ramstein AFB. I also had spent 5 years at Ramstein as a federal civilian; so we were also looking forward to the German brotchen and beer which we both loved. While in transit to Germany I was doing research on wild caught salmon as I decided I wanted to focus more on getting healthy and fit. The article I read came from MarksDailyApple and I became hooked. By the time I returned to the states in mid December I had spent hundreds of hours reading the blog.

I couldn’t wait to start my Primal journey on 1 Jan 2014; thinking it would be too difficult to begin right before Christmas. On 1 Jan 2014 I jumped into the Primal lifestyle and focused on high healthy fats like coconut oil, grass fed butter and avocados. Also lots of meat, fish, fresh vegetables and salads. Although the 80-20 strategy was pivotal to me believing this lifestyle was sustainable; I ended up with about 95-5 compliance. I still drink wine and/or beer almost every day in moderation of course.

First_PhaseA little more background on my body type, weight and the goals I hoped to achieve. I was never considered fat by my contemporaries. Although I wanted to lose some weight (15 pounds) my primary objective was to improve my fitness and quality of life. When I retired in 2006 my weight was 178 and my waist was around 37 inches.

Once I started playing lots of tennis I dropped 10 pounds and could wear 36 inch waist comfortably. I felt pretty good about myself but knew I still had a spare tire around my middle and had lots of muscle cramps and joint pain. On 1 Jan 2014 I started my journey and went from 168 pounds to 150 in 45 days. I was shocked at how fast the weight came off and how much better I felt. I quit all medications as well as over the counter pills like aspirin, tylenol, aleve, etc. Since I previously lost 10 pounds after retiring I thought I was done (28 pound loss) and wanted to see if I could maintain this weight over time.

I became even more focused (my wife would say fanatic) and started reading and listening to podcasts 3-4 hours every day on paleo/primal and functional medicine. I started playing singles again as well as going to the fitness center for 30 minutes 3 times a week for resistance training. I experimented on myself often, figuring I have little to lose and much to gain considering my age. A few of the more important hacks I utilize are Bulletproof coffee (3 cups per day/3-4 Tbsp of coconut oil and grassfed butter), taking potato starch, ACV daily, diatomaceous earth, bentonite clay, etc.

After

Intermittent fasting and keto have been the two most critical components of continued weight loss. I often only eat one meal per day in the late afternoon primarily because I am not very hungry even though I am pretty active. I do believe that most of us eat too much and that feeling a little hungry is important to a longer and healthier life. I have snacks like nuts and seeds, or a cup of bone broth, boiled eggs, sardines, etc. I average less than 45 carbs per day. My wife thinks I am too thin and I agree I looked better when I was heavier but I feel much better than I have in a very long time. I still have thyroid issues and some joint pain but hope to mitigate that over time. My current weight is 138 plus or minus 2 pounds contingent on my activities.

I will always be indebted to Mark Sisson and his Primal Blog which I continue to refer people to and read on a regular basis. The Primal Blueprint by Mark is a must read for anyone considering the ancestral health lifestyle.

Final

From my perspective the most important impact this lifestyle has had on me is psychological, my outlook on life…….getting old but still looking forward. Growing old can be depressing at times especially if you have numerous health issues and take lots of medications. Living longer might be nice but is not the objective…….being healthy, having fun and enjoying family and friends for the time you do have is. For some strange reason my high school yearbook caption from 1964 was: “The Days of our Youth are the Days of our Glory.” I hope that I can turn that on it’s head and make this decade the best yet. Grok on!

Vital Statistics:

  • 5’8” tall
  • 138 pounds
  • 31 inch waist
  • Total Cholesterol from 271 (Jan 2014) to 233 (Feb 2017) and don’t want it to get any lower
  • Triglycerides from 219 to 45
  • HDL from 34 to 66
    BMI approx 20.6
  • Body Fat – by scale Est 12%
  • Age 71

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Favor Traditions with Godiva

This post is sponsored by Godiva and SheKnows Media.

I’m excited to tell you about the new line of chocolates from Godiva called Masterpieces that I took to Bald Head Island to share with my family. This range has the most delicious trio of flavors and they made great favors on our dinner table.

There are three flavors that come individually wrapped in the bag. The Milk Chocolate Lion of Belgium is filled with creamy caramel – perfect for you caramel lovers. The Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Oyster has a nutty hazelnut praline filling. And finally, the Dark Chocolate Ganache Heart is my favorite – tried and true dark chocolate ganache!

My grandmother (my mom’s mom) hosted Christmas for many years. Every season she had little favors at the table – a holiday popper, little candies, paper crowns, ornaments, and other trinkets that we cousins loved. Her surprise favors always turned a meal into a party. We loved the anticipation of peeking to see what was at our place setting followed by the excitement of finally getting to open it. My mom has continued the tradition with favors at many of her holiday tables, particularly for the grandchildren.

A few weeks ago we got to spend time at our new family vacation home on Bald Head Island. Since it was our first visit since my parents bought the house, I decided that I would be in charge of favors for dinner the first night we were there to make it extra special.

This was the perfect opportunity to showcase the Godiva Masterpieces! First I found some seashells to put at each place setting. I set the table and dressed up the corner of each spot.

I chose the Godiva Masterpieces Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Oysters because of the beach theme (of course!) : ) They paired well with the shells and these tiny petite poppers I found online that were filled with riddles and jokes.

I also prepared some conversation starters to keep us talking long after the meal was over.

That evening we lit candles, put meatloaf and sweet potato fries in the oven, and poured some wine.

Everyone loved the chocolates! I told them all after my blog post prep was done we could dip into the extra bags – and enjoy them we did!

These individually wrapped treats are perfect for a little everyday indulgence. I often have a piece of chocolate after lunch or dinner, and I love that these have portion control within the wrapper! : )

Once exclusive to Godiva boutiques, the Godiva Masterpieces are now available wherever you shop every day: Target, Kroger, Publix, CVS, and Walmart for $3.99 for a bag.   

What are your favorite dinner party favors? Which Godiva Masterpiece chocolate speaks to you?

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