The medical community’s odd view of health and an AIP version of an old favorite.

My husband and I took an online health assessment for our insurance company and got $100 each toward our HSA after speaking to someone over the phone about our assessment results. Part of the conversation I had with this person (the HealthMatters Professional, hereafter dubbed HP) struck me as funny.

HP: Do you limit your consumption of red meat?
Me: No.
HP: Do you limit your consumption of fatty foods?
Me: No.
HP: Do you limit your consumption of sugar?
Me: Yes.
HP: Do you eat 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables each day?
Me: Yes.
HP: Do you plan to take steps to improve your diet?
Me: Ummmm, based on my research, it doesn’t get much healthier than what I’m eating. So, no.

And then later, after explaining my hospitalization and struggle to get off medication and continuing struggle with autoimmune disease, the lady tells me, “Well, you’re obviously very healthy.” Ummmm, what? I constantly have lesions in my mouth that sometimes make it impossible to eat, I struggle with extreme exhaustion and debilitating feverish aches and painful skin sensitivity during flares. I was hospitalized for this condition in the not-too-distant past, and had a close call in the even-less-distant past and was only kept out of the hospital thanks to a quick thinking doctor and a high dose steroid injection. But I am “obviously” very healthy. What kind of standards are we using here? In what definition of “healthy” would that apply to me? This comment stood out to me because I’ve heard it before from my family doctor, the one who treated me in the hospital in January and gave me that high dose steroid injection a few months ago. Once I was beyond the crisis situation, he told me, “Well, you’re quite healthy. I don’t need to see you back until it’s time for your yearly physical.” Granted, I don’t want to see him for anything other than crisis situations and a yearly physical, but to say I’m healthy? Constantly on the brink of a physical melt down is healthy? I’m getting healthier every day and I’m certainly healthier than I would be if I wasn’t paying such close attention to what I put on and in my body. And I WILL be truly healthy soon. But I’m not there yet. And it blows my mind that conventional health professionals would consider me “healthy”. That’s just crazy.

Anyway, I’m still feeling pretty good on this 5th day sans prednisone. Had a moment this afternoon where exhaustion just hit me like a load of bricks and I had to stop what I was doing and go relax for a couple of hours. It was nap time for my daughter, so it worked out nicely, but I can’t wait for the day my adrenals and hormones are balanced and I have strong, steady energy from sun-up to sun-down.

Here’s what I’ve been eating…

Tuna salad (BPA free, wild caught tunaraw sauerkraut, and homemade coconut yogurt) and garlicky plantain chips. Perfect dipping partners.

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Didn’t think it existed, but here’s an AIP compliant spaghetti and meat sauce. Without grains and nightshades, I thought our old staple would be inaccessible to me until my gut heals. This takes a little more work, but totally hits the spot left empty by Italian comfort food. I veered from the original recipe because I didn’t have some of the ingredients (and didn’t want to use butter or wine due to AIP restrictions) but you can see Against All Grain’s original recipe here.

Zucchini noodles made easy thanks to my handy-dandy spiralizer.

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Onions, garlic, carrots, and beets go into the pot with a bit of Applegate Farms ham. Then added lots of homemade chicken bone broth.

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It’s all puréed with an immersion blender, then you add the meat (I used ground buffalo) and fresh herbs (I used sage, rosemary, and oregano from the garden). Throw in the noodles for the last few minutes of cooking, top with parsley, and voila…

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Super delicious AIP friendly spaghetti and meat sauce. (Non-paleo husband and kid approved.)

5 responses to “The medical community’s odd view of health and an AIP version of an old favorite.

  1. You’re right! your HP and your doctor sound crazy to me, too. Evidently they just don’t ‘get it’ or either they are on another plain somewhere and are denying the Behcets!!! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could just forget about it, too? That’s what I’d love! That it just gloriously removes itself from your body and you can be truly what you eat! Boy, you’d really be healthy!! Your food is beautiful. You could probably be a great chef by now. Ever think of opening a Paleo café??
    I love the spiralizer. You must enjoy cooking. It shows. Prayers for you and yours.

  2. I am completely flabbergasted!!! Diann, what is your take on this–as a past medical professional???? Are they just crazy or what? I don’t know how you kept yourself from responding to both the lady on the phone and the doctor in an ‘impolite’ manner’ after the pain and trauma you have had to go through on your own because the health professionals are not helping!!!!!!!!!!! It angers me!!!!!!! I am mad!

    • It’s obvious Tamara knows more than her drs. about her disease…they can’t possibly learn everything about everything in relation to each variable person, heritage, heredity, etc… That’s why there is an explosion of “specialists” now, but still a LONG way to go. I think some are embarrassed to admit they don’t know something or their pt knows more! Sad but true. Her dr should have said she was “healing,” not healthy…more accurate…she should write a book for sure and offer a wk long immersion class or camp on all she’s learned and researched…plus cooking classes and offer take out food! Could really $$$$$$$!!!

      • Specialists (like prescription medication) absolutely serve an important, life saving purpose. I don’t want to diminish that. But this movement toward a specialist for every different ailment… (when I was first diagnosed, I had to see each of these doctors every couple of months because of the typical chronic manifestations of the disease- ophthalmologist, gynecologist, dermatologist, and rheumatologist)… makes it virtually impossible for doctors to treat the patient as a whole, as opposed to the individual symptoms. None of those doctors were much help for me. The doctor that helped me the most was an infectious disease specialist. He diagnosed me early on, and assisted with my care when I was hospitalized. I only found him because a not-so-bright ENT “specialist” thought I had tuberculosis and sent me to him. The reason he has been so helpful to me has nothing to do with his specialty. It’s because he’s extremely smart and just a really good healer. I think he’d be even more helpful if he wasn’t tied by the restrictions of conventional medicine and his specialty of infectious disease, but that’s neither here nor there…

        Wow- to get all that stuff done, I’d need a whole team! A few assistants, some interns, and a legitimate chef to make sure the recipes translate for normal people who actually measure ingredients. Lol. Oh- and a delivery boy for when someone is too sick to come get their takeout. By then, Austin will be driving, so let him know he can get a job with me. Haha.

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  3. Thanks, y’all. They’re not crazy, which is the sad part. Their training has them working from a template that just doesn’t apply to me. It doesn’t apply to a lot of people, and that’s why, despite their best efforts, we are getting sicker and sicker as a nation. We aren’t focusing on the right things. Just gotta update the formula, that’s all. (Easier said than done!)

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