Cutting out the Chemicals

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Chemicals in our Foods

There are too many ingredients in our food that we do not know enough about.  While travelling through Indonesia, I recently came across a birds nest flavoured product.  The ingredients actually listed Bird Nest Flavour as a component. What could this possibly be? I have no idea. Even when we actively read the labels of the foods we consume, we might be nowhere near understanding what we are putting into our bodies. Food additives, colourings and thickeners may all be listed, but where did they come from?  What are they made of and how?  As a patient trying to manage my own AuIm Disorder, I have enough chemicals in my system as it is.

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‘bali markets’ image copyright meg@itpandme

Going Paleo 

In high school, I learnt about drugs and chemicals in the body from our PE teacher and the lesson that stuck with me was the basic maths of drugs and chemicals, 1×1=3.  I don’t know nearly enough about the drugs I am taking to be certain that they are compatible with the plethora of chemicals in foods today.  Nor can I find anyone who is certain.  Therefore, I am going to do the most logical thing.  I am going to cut out the chemicals and I am going to do this by ‘Going Paleo’.

‘Going Paleo’ is not for everyone.

If you haven’t already heard about the Paleo diet, here it is in brief.  It is the modern day return to the diet of the Paleolithic man.  Before modern mass farming, genetically modified foods, refined sugars and pre-packaged foods, human beings lived on a diet free from chemicals, which consisted of nuts, eggs, seeds, meats, vegetables and fruits.

‘Going Paleo’ is not for everyone. Vegetarians and vegans will probably find this sort of diet, high in protein and eggs, far from a sensible option in terms of eating but I am not a Vegetarian or a Vegan, and ‘Going Paleo’ has come highly recommended from the Autoimmune Disorder community.

If you are looking for a great introduction and blog to read about cutting out chemicals, I have to recommend Sarah Wilson’s blog. This is one of the first blogs I found online and it was such a please to read and follow. I now have a few of her cookbooks and Detox Programs. I am still baking her blueberry muffins four years later.

by Meg

Meghan Brewster is a writer and blogger. She is an ITP patient and launched ITP&Me in 2011. She is a coffee lover and a try hard dancer. @meghan_brewster

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