Erica’s post is a good one for information, a tragic one given what she and her family are going through. Thank you Erica for the post, here that is along with my response. This is from the Paleo Vs. Type 1 Diabetes post. I felt it was an important update and wanted to make sure folks saw it. I have a trick one; my daughter is a newly diagnosed Type 1, I have Crohn’s and my mother just died in horrible health with long term SJogren’s and RA. My daugter has celiac too and is currently due to intestinal inflammation of unknown origin which has been diagnosed as Eosinophilic Esophagitis, is on a diet restricted from Soy, dairy, eggs, nuts and fish and shellfish. She is back on soy, having some abdominal symptoms, but she always seems to. I wonder if you could suggest alternate good fat foods than nuts right now? I’m thinking avocadoes and coconuts, we do a lot of coconut for dairy replacement. Any suggestions? This has been a devastating year for her health, and now we are high on carbs, rice and corn, but I’m considering going paleo very soon. She is starting to have trouble concentrating in school which was not the case before, and b. glucose levels are out of control. I just finished Bernstein and think with my own Crohn’s issues, that there may be something to the diet issue. My dad will fight me on the ketosis versus DKA issue, but I’m willing to try it.
Do YOU, as a type this, have any advice to offer? Should we put the eggs and nuts back in (she is severely allergic to peanuts and I suspect that allergy may make her intolerant to soy as well, as a legume)…?
Erika, Tucson (daugther aged 10, diagnosed Type 1 last year)
What I’d do.
1-I’d go straight paleo. Remove the soy, rice etc. Minimal to no fruit…if she is celiac she will have a hell of a time with fructose. Carbs are from well cooked yams, sweet potatoes and squash. Well cooked being easily mashed with a fork, baking or pressure cooking works great for this. Keep eggs, nuts and common allergens out for a while (month or longer). Use grassfed meat if you can get it. Coconut is great if it’s well tolerated.
2-Supplement with fish oil (this is a time for some kind of ultra pure variety like Nordic Naturals…they have some flavored versions she will likely handle well. 4-8g/day, again as tolerated.
3-Supplement with ox bile. Try to get 1-2 caps with each meal, make each meal have some coconut oil and fish oil if possible. Her GI tract will not absorb fats efficiently for while and this will help.
4-Make sure sleep is as good as it can be.
I’m going to drop this in on the front page so folks can see this more prominently. If you give this a shot please do keep in touch and let me know how it goes.