prophylactic chocolate

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What can I say? I absolutely LOVE articles that tell me eating chocolate is a good thing AND healthy, too! Even better, these clever Swiss Scientists found that, “Fifty grams of dark chocolate a couple of hours before a stressful event may blunt the rise in stress hormones.”

If you knew me and my hermit-like existence, you’d know that this would mean I ate 50 grams of dark chocolate whenever I had to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, went shopping, or had to deal with pretty much any human. Life’s looking pretty good. 🙂

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brownies for people who are allergic to everything

The good folks at Paleo Demystified (@allaboutpaleo) thought this too extreme to publish on their blog. Maybe so, but welcome to my world! 🙂

I know you are out there: people who are allergic to coconut, nuts of all varieties, eggs, and the list goes on. This brownie recipe is for you.

I went paleo in August of 2012, but that was just the beginning of this continuing journey. When I saw a functional medicine MD a month later, she was happy to know I was already paleo, but she then ordered all sorts of tests to further understand my body’s state. MS and RA were the easy parts, of course. I also had leaky gut and carried around a not-so-lovely population of clostridia, campylobacter, and candida. I was also highly allergic to coconut, all nuts (tree and non), gluten, brown rice, bananas, pineapple, shellfish, berries, cow dairy, soy, and eggs; this is the short list. I must avoid fermented foods and vinegars (cause excess histamine and fermentation in sensitive guts) while following an extreme autoimmune version of the paleo diet.

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chocolate

2014-06-17 14.43.14Chocolate. I remember when I first began paleo in August 2012 and realized I couldn’t have sugar. It was devastating, but when I cheated (even a little), my hands became claws from the effects of RA. This was real motivation NOT to have any type or amount of sugar–even dark chocolate with its negligible amount of sugar.

I am happy to report that 2 years later, 6 months into killing off my candida, and several months into killing off my camyplobacter/clostridia populations, I am now able to taste a tiny bit of chocolate without disastrous results to my hands. I just had to do the experiment and it was worth the wait. Associating chocolate with pain is not a healthy thing.

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