Dr. Mitteness takes an ancestral and holistic approach to nutrition. By eliminating harmful foods and adding nutritious foods, wellness can often be restored from an inside-out approach. Health on the outside comes from health on the inside. What you eat really does matter!
The Paleo Diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic. Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative disease such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression and more.
Gluten Free Diet
Unlike Paleo, gluten free does contain some grains. These grains are void of gluten, which has been shown to be very irritating to many digestive systems. So much so, that many experience pain and headaches, among other symptoms, when eating gluten. Elimination of gluten can be proven very effective in overall digestive gut health. When choosing gluten free products, it is recommended that these products be certified gluten free as cross contamination is common in the manufacturing process and can still contain trace amounts of gluten that can still cause a gluten reaction.
What Should I Eat?
The paleo diet is centered around proteins, vegetables and healthy fats. Examples of proteins are grass feed meats, eggs, sea foods and poultry.
While vegetables and fruits are full of vitamins and minerals, we encourage you to select ones that are easiest for you to digest (see "What Shouldn't I Eat?" for more details).
Healthy fats would include avocados, olive oil, fish oil, nut oils, coconut and most all nuts, excluding peanuts, which are a legumes and not part of the paleo diet.
A good basic rule of thumb is to focus on eating foods in their original form.
What Shouldn't I Eat?
Foods to eliminate from a daily eating routine include: any processed boxed foods, any high fructose corn syrup (pop), artificial sugars, grains, refined sugar, legumes, beans and grain oils such as corn and canola.
Learn to read your food labels. Know what is in your food at all times. You will be surprised what is included in pre-made, processed foods: chemicals, added sugar - including artificial sugars, grains and preservatives, just to name a few.
While we know the above to be fairly common knowledge, did you know that some fruits and vegetables can do just as much harm in the right people? Lectins are proteins and toxins that naturally occur in some fruits and vegetables, specifically ones with seeds, but not limited to. These are designed to help a plant thrive. For people with autoimmune diseases or leaky gut syndrome, these lectins can cause more harm than good and result in muscle pain, headache and digestive issues, just to name few. For more information on lectin sensitivity, visit https://drgundry.com/lectin-guide/
How Do I Start?
We can help you get started on the Paleo path if you are interested in this lifestyle. Changing your eating habits can be very overwhelming.
Here are links to many Paleo sites that can help you with your journey or answer any questions you may have beyond what you learn in our office.