Testimonial written by: Laura Scaviola
Born into an Italian-American family, it was inevitable that I fall in love with food. Fresh mozzarella, homemade pasta, and a crusty piece of Italian bread were components of an average meal. But my passion for food was not limited to Italian cuisine. I used to pride myself on my pie eating and twinkie eating contests. Then there was that one week I ate nachos for dinner seven days straight. And I could drink craft beer like a disturbingly large German man.
I thought I had an iron stomach. That was, until March 2013.
One Saturday evening I decided I needed to go to the ER for dehydration and some other alarmingly unattractive digestive symptoms. A grueling week later and a few tests a 25 year old should never have to endure, I finally had a colonoscopy and my gastroenterologist diagnosed me with severe Ulcerative Colitis (pancolitis).
As soon as I woke up from anesthesia my doctor informed me I had a lifelong autoimmune disease. My colon was basically attacking itself, creating ulcers, and making it impossible for me to function properly. After giving me a diagnosis I asked my doctor a question that would change my life.
“Is there anything I should be eating or avoid eating to help aid this disease?”
His response was that there is no scientific proof that link the two but, and I quote, “I’ve had a patient of mine go into remission on the paleo diet”.
Hospital bracelet still on my wrist and groggy from the anesthesia, my amazingly supportive mother drove me to the grocery store. We bought Paleo food and removed all grains, dairy, gluten, legumes, and sugar from my apartment.
My gastroenterologist now has two patients who have gone into remission on the Paleo Diet.
I’ve also recently started Crossfit to take my health to a whole new level. Paleo gives me the energy and drive to get through a workout. Results appear FAST when you eat clean.
My skin developed a glow. It also cleared up my Granuloma Annulare (an autoimmune skin condition) that I have had on my arm for 14 years.
My everlasting lower belly fat disappeared.
My nails rarely break and are very strong.
My hair got shiner and grew longer.
A friend also commented on how white and bright my eyes looked.
I can think clearly and my mood is almost always positive.
Paleo also gave me more energy which has brought me to join CrossFit.
Most importantly, my Ulcerative Colitis symptoms were tamed. My flare up got into remission with the help of medication, but stayed in remission because of my paleo lifestyle. Paleo keeps my Ulcerative Colitis from restricting my life. My restart button is no longer to run straight to the doctor; it’s to cook some bone broth and troubleshoot my digestion with nutrients and paleo food.
Once I figured this out I was able to really change my lifestyle to a more comfortable one. I hope to inspire others with gastrointestinal issues or Crohn’s and Colitis that the paleo diet can help them too. I even recently started a blog mangiapaleo.com to help spread awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and eating clean.