Foods that Heal Chronic Disease

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  • Episode Name: “Foods that Heal Chronic Disease”
  • Live Broadcast: April 10th, 2016 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time
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Episode Summary Re-cap

Dr. Terry Wahls recovered from Multiple Sclerosis with nutrition. Her book outlining her healing plan, The Wahls Protocol, has helped people heal from autoimmune conditions, brain fog, fatigue, chronic pain and more. Today, Dr. Wahls joins Heather to discuss nutritional tips and special foods to eat and avoid to transform your health and wellbeing!

Special Guest: Dr. Terry Wahls

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles (paperback), and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.

She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She also teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes that restore health and vitality to our citizens. She hosts a Wahls Protocol Seminar every August where anyone can learn how to implement the Protocol with ease and success. Follow her on Facebook (Terry Wahls MD) and on Twitter at @TerryWahls. Learn more about her MS clinical trials by reaching out to her team [email protected].

Website | Facebook | Twitter Nations MS Society funded research

Learn more about Terry’s MS clinical trials by reaching out to her team

Two studies in Bastyr University that are asking patients with MS or Parkinson’s disease about whether they are following the Wahls diet:

Complementary & Alternative Medicine Care in Multiple Sclerosis (CAM Care in MS)

Complementary & Alternative Medicine Care in Parkinson’s Disease (CAM Care in PD)

New Book: The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions

Medical Doctor Reveals: Food Can Heal Autoimmune and Chronic Health Conditions

Dr. Terry Wahls, a medical doctor and clinical professor of medicine, was thought of as a “fringe doctor” by her colleagues when she began singing the praises of food as medicine at work, in social media and in her research. While her colleagues were impressed that she recovered from being wheelchair bound with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis with food and supplements, they still thought of her situation as an anomaly. That is, until she began to get consistently excellent results using her nutritional protocol in her clinical practice and her research.

The University of Iowa began paying attention, created the Wahls Foundation, and donors began sending substantial funding for her research. Now, Dr. Terry’s work in healing nutrition, along with her approach with social media and publishing, has become recognized and valued among her colleagues.

Dr. Terry’s work is pretty exciting for those of us looking for natural healing approaches, particularly when wishing to resolve autoimmune conditions, chronic health issues or so-called “incurable” illness. In these cases, many people do not want to use pharmaceuticals long-term due to negative side effects. On top of this, pharmaceuticals place a band aid on symptoms, while nutrition can have an epigenetic (above the genes) effect, allowing your body to heal and repair.

Overview of the Wahl’s Diet

Wahls Diet (Level 1)

The most accessible, basic protocol, which can benefit everyone wishing to have a healthy lifestyle.

  • Daily vegetables & fruits: 9 cups, including leafy greens (kale, collards), deeply colored vegetables and fruits (beets, berries) and sulfur-rich vegetables (asparagus, broccoli). You may do best on cooked vegetables to start.
  • No gluten
  • No dairy
  • Organic, grass/pasture-fed meats and wild-caught fish

Wahls Paleo (Level 2)

Has additional elements to support people with autoimmune and other chronic health conditions.

  • Daily vegetables and fruits (same as level 1), including raw vegetables
  • Add seaweed
  • Add fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented vegetables, kombucha)
  • Organic, grass/pasture-fed meats and wild-caught fish, adding raw options like steak tartare and sushi
  • Add organ meats (liver, kidney, heart)
  • Reduce all grains (including gluten-free grains)
  • Add soaked seeds (soaked in water)
  • Limit to 2 servings per week: legumes (beans) and starchy vegetables (potatoes)

Wahls Paleo Plus (Level 3)

For those with autoimmune diseases that still cause challenges while on the Wahls Paleo Diet. Dr. Wahls recommends this for people with neurological issues like dementia, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy.

  • At least 6 cups of vegetables – 2 cups greens, 2 cups deeply colored and 2 cups sulfur-rich vegetables.
  • 2 servings per week of cooked starchy vegetables (potatoes, parsnips)
  • Add more fat, focusing on coconut oil and full-fat coconut milk.
  • Eat 2 times per day and fast 12 – 16 hours every night (breakfast is 12 – 16 hours after your last meal of the previous day)

Dr. Terry’s first book, The Wahls Protocol: A radical new way to treat all chronic autoimmune conditions using Paleo principles, outlines how and why her nutritional protocol works for autoimmune and chronic health conditions.

Her newest book, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions, provides you guidelines and recipes so that you can learn to make delicious recipes. One of the helpful aspects of her cookbook is that she outlines how to modify each recipe for levels 1, 2, and 3. With a variety of options from smoothies, salads, soups, stews, main dishes desserts, snacks, holiday meals, and more, there are many delicious options you can choose from!

Steps You Can Take Today to Change Your Health

Let go of the thought that eating healthy is too expensive.

Dr. Terry has taught veterans on a tight budget how to follow her protocol and has found that they are all able to make it work. Her main recommendation is to start cooking at home more often because home cooking is how you can save money.

Save time by making a plan and getting support.

When you make a plan and a menu for the foods you want to make each week, you can decide how to use your time. For example, identify which days you will make fast, simple meals (e.g., a quick stir fry or soup) and which days you’ll make more involved recipes or eat leftovers. Terry uses a weekend day to make more involved meals that she can store for the coming week.

Recruit friends and family members to cook with you or to trade off making meals, so that you can share the work with your loved ones. In this way, you save time, while also building community. Making food together and sharing meals is one of the most beautiful ways to bond with your loved ones because you are nourishing one another. It also gives you time to connect, share stories and share the important work of creating healing meals.

Detox your personal care products.

In her cookbook, Dr. Terry shares tips for replacing chemical-laden personal care products (shampoo, lotion, cosmetics, soap, toothpaste, etc.) with more natural options, including recipes for homemade options. This is great for your health and great for your budget!

Here’s a Recipe from Dr. Terry’s New Book:

Turkey Tacos

This recipe is by Dr. Terry Wahls from her book, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions

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As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!