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What’s in a Practical Whole Foods PALEO, SCD, Gaps Healing Fridge?

SUMMARY:  What is in a practical whole foods PALEO, SCD, GAPS healing, anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense fridge, that also happens to be sustainable and family and friends friendly?  Practical tips for transitioning & quality food sourcing links are provided also.

As requested, here is the breakdown of the food shown in the featured photo on the Testimonial page.  

At the bottom of this post you’ll find Practical tips for transitioning to a more healing nutrient dense refrigerator, and quality food  sourcing links.  

A whole foods eating plan isn’t a diet per se, but a lifetime lifestyle change.  

One of the most difficult parts of switching up your eating is ⇒

Slide source http://biomeonboardawareness.com

No worries though as this happens naturally as you learn whole food preparation and the organization involved. 

Quitting things cold turkey can be hard; I do not recommend such.  

Try eliminating the bad by crowding it out with better alternatives.  Use the lessons learned in this healing refrigerator for what you can change up in yours.  You can not stop everything you’re doing if you are not prepared to replace it with healthier alternatives.  And most important, you can not make the transition over night.  Be kind to yourself learning what is anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense food and how to practically prepare such.

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Optimal Microbiome Diet From American Gut Data

Dr. Rob Knight’s talk, Saturday, October 18, 2014, listed eleven factors that optimize the gut microbiome.  These are listed at the bottom of this post in the section titled:  “Can We Eat Our Way To A Healthier Microbiome? It’s Complicated,” which also happens to be the link to an interesting article in which Dr. Knight and Jeff Leach (founders of crowd sourcing project “American Gut”) discuss the microbiome diet.

But first, what follows is a synopsis of Dr. Knight’s talk (email for a more detailed  pdf copy):

It is crucial to understand that researchers are just starting to find out about the profound effects of the microbiome on health and disease.  Much progress has been made in the last 5 years, but many compelling questions remain unanswered.  It is the recent gene sequencing technological advances that has launched new studies that are revolutionary in how we view biology.  Publications of studies based on this technology only broke out in the scientific literature in 2011 and 2012 and are aimed at understanding how (and, more importantly, why) humans harbor multitudes of symbiotic bacteria.  Up until now, we never knew that microbes are so involved with the process of sustaining our life as researchers now catalog microbes they’ve never before seen: they have no scientific name; they are not culture-able; they are only “seen” though DNA sequencing.

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Delivery & BreastFeed Studies & Newborn Microbiome Manipulation

Summary: Newborn microbiome differs by mode of delivery and feeding.  Newborn C-section microbiome:  Swabbing C-section babies partially restores the newborn microbiome.
First, a quick refresher of “How we acquire our gut microbiome.

Our gut microbiome is acquired at birth, though this is by no means a simple answer.  The post “Newborn Gut Microbiome Begins at Birth”  details many differences between the newborn gut microbiome  due to mode of delivery (vaginal versus C-Section) as well as feeding (breast-fed versus formula-fed).  The figure below extends this and shows the recent findings that the developing microbiome is shaped not only by delivery and feeding mode, but that antibiotics, probiotics, and environmental exposures also interact and develops the newborn’s microbiome and resultant immune system.

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SUMMARY:   We now understand that disease management requires understanding of:  what is the microbiome, what disrupts it, and what positively affects it.  This post discusses: What is the microbiome, implications of reduced diversity, long term therapeutic diet impact on microbiome, the IBD annual meeting is starting to consider the microbiome, some anecdotal microbiome stories, and why you want microbiome balance & diversity.
FIRST A RECAP (if you already are versed on this information, skip right on down to the Microbiome, What Disrupts It and How to Optimize sections of this post):  
What is the Microbiome?

It is estimated that the human microbiota contains as many as 1014 bacterial cells, a number that is 10 times greater than the number of human cells present in our bodies.  It is more accurate to say we are hosts of our microbiome rather then that we are human.  The human body is permanently colonized by microbial organisms on virtually every surface that is exposed to the external environment and each such surface has a different microbiome:  skin, mouth, genitalia, genitourinary, respiratory tracts, and the largest colonize, the gut (aka gastrointestinal).  The trillions of organisms live on and in us are collectively called the microbiome: a balanced ecosystem. “Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease,”

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For more awesome microbiome resources and podcasts such as this, drop down the menu THE SCIENCE BEHIND FOOD AND DISEASE  located over on the top right sidebar and link to Blog: Resources – Podcasts, Books….  You can also head on over to the Page “USEFUL MICROBIOME LINKS.”

Awesome microbiome resources: Dr Peter Attia, MD:

“I dream of the day when our patients can shed their excess pounds and cure themselves of insulin resistance because as medical professionals we’ve shed our excess medical baggage and cured ourselves of new idea resistance sufficiently to go back to our original ideals: open minds, the courage to throw out yesterday’s ideas when they don’t appear to be working, and the understanding that scientific truth isn’t final but constantly evolving.”

Peter Attia: What if we’re wrong about diabetes? TedTalk

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First, for clarity, understand, I hate the work “detox” for this topic.  That term renders visions of things I’d rather not see, and if not that, then of rehab from substance abuse.  Detox of the body as I speak is from total toxin loads taken into the body simply living the lifestyle we live.  Our body takes on a total body toxin load from the air, water, food, and topicals we put into it.  Studies now show increased risk of many diseases due to toxin load.  A GREAT webinare that summarizes our bodfy burden is at Support for Environmental Toxin Exposure, Dr Jill, 2015.  Accordingly, we must do what we can to help the body function optimally given the toxin load (some unavoidable) it must deal with and process.  The Detox Summit led by Deanna Minich, PhD can be summarized in a “Punch List”  for “How To Stay In a Toxic World” and the  relevant  heath and disease implications for not, can be found near the bottom of this post.

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