Stacy’s New Protocol and Mantra

People in my normal-don’t-know-I’m-a-paleo-blogger-freak life always ask me, How did you lose the weight? No, really what did you do? No, REALLY, what pills are you taking? It’s obnoxious. And rude. And hurtful. Frankly, NOYB. But, since they’re jealous and nosy, I’m happy to tell them I gave up gluten, dairy, processed foods & refined sugars. If they want more info and aren’t just probing to find out what trick I’ve got up my sleeve, sometimes we might even make progress.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t freaked out that starting today I can no longer say, “I’m not taking ANY pills. IT’s JUST REAL FOOD.” Starting today I’m on a protocol prescribed to me by Diana of Radiance Nutritional Therapy. After staying in a house with professional paleo nutritionists at Paleo (f)x, it became painfully obvious I needed supplements.

I was previously morbidly obese, metabolically broken, insulin resistant, with a leaky gut, and missing a gallbladder. My body doesn’t, and probably never will, work the way my healthy & active kids will. That’s not to say that anything I said in this post or this post isn’t true. But there’s a few symptoms I have that are clear indicators that I’m not absorbing nutrients properly. If there were a ten level scale, here’s how I’d see it:

    1. When I found the word “paleo” in May of 2010 and began dumping food out of the house and changing our lives – I was at a Level 2 or so on the health scale. I wasn’t actively suffering from type 2 diabetes or another disease, but I was surely on my way and exhibiting all the behaviors to get me there soon.

 

    1. In July 2011 I’d lost over 120lbs and was feeling so much better. My IBS was gone, my energy (that I didn’t know I’d lost) had returned, my joints felt better, my heartburn gone, my blood test results improved, and I was filled with an exuberance for life I hadn’t felt. Even though I felt like I was at the top of my game, I was probably hovering around a Level 5 on the health scale. I did still have some joint pain, I was still having massive pain if I got accidentally gluten-ed and my sugar, fat and salt cravings never really went away. But going from a 2 to a 5 is ah-mazing and a great and important step in my journey!

 

    1. Then we worked on the book that summer, we tested recipes like crazy – and my weight plateaued. I didn’t gain, but I wasn’t really losing anymore either. I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t resting, I wasn’t “playing” as much, I wasn’t taking care of myself and I knew it. I gave up working out because my body was too stressed out from lack of sleep and workload. The summer flew by, I hardly remember a moment of it – sadly.

 

    1. Shortly thereafter, in the Fall of 2011 after we’d wrapped the book, I attended the Balanced Bites Seminar, learned about fats vs. oils, incorporated more coconut and animal fats – eliminated grapeseed and oils other than olive/macadamia/avocado and my gut started healing. I finally felt like my body progressed to Level 6 on the health scale, but Summer turned to Winter and I’d been gaining and losing the same 10lbs for months, I was hovering stuck (or so I thought) until I quit one of the many hats I was wearing.

 

    1. In March 2012 I “roomed” with the amazing ladies of Liz Wolfe, NTP, Balanced Bites and my now personal nutritional therapist, Diana from Radiance Nutritional Therapy. I attended the symposium where I heard a board of Paleo superstars (masterminds) talk about the differences between Supplements, Superfoods and just eating real foods. I had some personal reflection, and was ready to take the next steps to achieve the next levels of health.

 

Alright, so what were the symptoms that keyed us off to my needing some support outside of the real, whole foods we have everyday?

    1. I haven’t lost weight – despite following my appetite cues for hunger or lack there of, despite following a paleo diet, despite trying as I might to get in more sleep and water… it’s just not happening. I can do a sugar detox and see good results the first week (water weight) but that means loose stools (sorry, we’re being honest together, right?) because my lack of a gallbladder needs carbs.

 

    1. That brings us to point #2, I’m not properly digesting my food. If I don’t have a requisite number of carbs, my stools get loose. My nails aren’t hard and they easily break and peal. Plus, I crave fat – often – which drives me to eat more than I need (calorically). If I was properly digesting my food, my body would have proper leptin signaling to the other parts, “OK, got the nutrients we need, we’re good to go!” and then I wouldn’t constantly be craving things.

 

    1. By the very virtue of the fact that I am missing an organ which has an active role in the body, I need a supplement to do that work for me. I can cry and whine and justify as much as I want – but, until I’m at goal weight and perfectly absorbing nutrients, this is not an option.

 

    1. I’ve been unable to get rid of a mild yeast infection for months. I’ve always had this problem… except the first year of paleo. I don’t remember when it came back, but my last sugar detox (sadly) didn’t fix it. This, as well as other symptoms I have, suggest I have a Candida overgrowth in my gut.

 

    1. I get blurry vision after I’ve been working for a few hours straight. I’m fatigued, worn down and exhausted. I long for those days of boundless energy… when we’d go to the farm at 7am, clean the house in the afternoon, garden in the evening and then blog until bedtime. These days, we’re just doing so much that adding anything to our plate that’s not necessary feels overwhelming. I’ve clearly been tapping the adrenals too hard and it’s time to give ‘em back a little love.

 

    1. Also, I’ve still got some joint pain, the occasional headache and difficulty sleeping (not falling asleep, but staying down for the count). I’ve been grinding my teeth too, which is no good at all.

 

    1. Last but not least, Wesley just weaned. My body’s finally mine again (for the first time in 7 years). My hormones are going BUCK-WILD and they need to be reigned in a little.

 

All of this basically tells us that my body is not properly absorbing the nutrients I’m giving it from my real foods diet, and it needs a little help to break it down. Because of my past, present and future, Diana was able to come up with a specific cocktail for me which I’ll call my protocol. It involves focusing more on Superfoods (my WAPF friends were here today and they TOTALLY made fun of me for being hippy-crunchy-granola when I broke out the goods I stocked up on this weekend in preparation) as well as taking some supplements to augment the “food supplements” I’m focusing on.

What’s the protocol? What the heck did I just spend a boatload of money on to get myself ready to fully heal and get to a Level 10?

    1. I’m officially on the 21 Day Sugar Detox starting today, April 2, 2012. That means I’ll stick to my usual paleo ways of no dairy, grains, legumes, or refined sugars (completely), but I’ll be adding in a layer of removing dense carbohydrates and fruit. I’m also giving up Kombucha, because even though it’s allowed on the detox it can allow the Candida gut bacteria to live.

 

    1. I will be eating fermented foods EVERY day to help heal my gut. This includes the infamous sauerkraut, but for the sake of variety I’ve gotten a few other varieties to enjoy as well (see above, kimchi, veggie salad, salsa and a green slaw). I’m looking forward to the fermented salsa on eggs with sausage!

 

    1. I’m adding more iodine-rich sea vegetables to my diet. I used to eat a ton of roasted seaweed, but when I stopped eating oils I stopped eating them because most are cooked in canola oil. But, after being reminded about how important iodine is (especially with my stressful lifestyle) I sought out Sea Snax and think they’ll make an excellent afternoon treat! Although my annual physical didn’t show me to have thyroid problems, this will only help if I do.

 

    1. You know what’s NOT a treat? Cinnamon Tingle Fermented Cod Liver Oil from Green Pastures. Do not believe the rumors that this flavor “isn’t that bad”. This stuff is NASTY. I accidentally inhaled some through my through up my nasal passage and was sick for hours. I’ll let you know if I come up with a way to take this without vomiting after. However, I’m not taking this for fun. It’s not supposed to be a treat… it’s medicine. And it’s going to help my joint pain, so I will figure out a way to get it to stay down!

 

    1. I will eat a higher percentage of calories from fat, reducing my overall carb intake. Ideally I’d like to even go so low-carb that I could do a ketogenic diet. I might be able to do this because of the next step…

 

    1. I’m taking ox bile and other supplements to help my boost my digestion, as well as specific items for adrenal support and general health. I’m a little uncomfortable saying exactly what I’m taking, because I don’t know how it’ll make me feel yet – and I also don’t want you just taking this stuff without a consult with a professional (call Diana, she’s awesome!) – it’s serious biz!
      Ultimately, the point is, once my digestion is normalized my hormones will properly tell my brain when I’ve had enough of certain kind of nutrients – then I’ll eat appropriately to my needs and hopefully begin to lose weight again!

 

    1. I am only going to eat food I can chew. No more smoothies! That’s LOADS of calories and fat that my poor disregulated digestive system doesn’t know what to do with. Because of my previous maladies, I need the saliva and other body regulation cues that come with chewing. So, bone broth will be the only liquid food in my diet.

 

Now, I’m going to be frank with you.

There’s been a lot of talk in the paleo-sphere lately about women’s bodies (specifically those who represent the paleo community – see here and here and here, for example). I will never ever look like a model of health. Eventually I’ll do a “this is my saggy baggy elephant skin” post and you’ll see why… but, seriously.

If I never lost another pound I would be OK with that. When you’ve come from where I’ve been – 135lbs ago and in miserable health – and you rebound as luckily as I’ve been able to, you just don’t care. I have an amazing husband and family who love me regardless.

Of course I want to be healthy. But health isn’t always a measure on the scale, or even of body fat. I have FANTASTIC test results and blood work. I’ve alleviated MAJOR stessors on my body. If it decides that sitting at 200lbs is where it wants to be forever, I WILL CONTINUE TO BE GRATEFUL. So, go ahead and make fun if you must – but, there’s something very important to be learned from this.

I am mainstream America. I am the majority of women and men who need the paleo approach. I’ve been where they are. I know what it feels like. And the constant shun, the policing and politics of food, the constant discussion about optimizing performance and fitness – it doesn’t matter to the majority of people. They want the answer to their Syndrome X. They want to not be in a state of depression and pain, chronically ill. Or maybe they’re simply a mom struggling with children who won’t even try vegetables and are allergic to everything else.

The point is, the food drama: it’s disgusting. We’ve got to get over our own individual ideas of what this looks like in a perfect, ideal state and we’ve got to come together. That’s hard, even for Matt and I. But if we don’t, we’re never going to change the world.

About Stacy

Stacy Toth has written 385 post in this blog.

Stacy is the matriarch of the Paleo Parents family. After beginning a paleo diet and founding PaleoParents.com in 2010, she lost 135 pounds and found health and happiness for the whole family. The following three years have been a progressive journey with a mission to educate people about nourishing their bodies by eating real foods. Stacy can be found on all forms of social media as @PaleoParents as well as the top-rated The Paleo View Podcast and her two cookbooks, Eat Like a Dinosaur and Beyond Bacon.

  • Teresa

    Great post!  Our family doctor recommended that we start giving our 15 month old daughter fermented cod liver oil daily, as well as take it ourselves.  I have not yet had to courage to purchase and try it yet…hopefully I will in the very near future!  Please let us know if and when you find a way to take it that makes it go down a bit easier.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       We took it in a shot of water and had no problems!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Beki-Dawson/764843252 Beki Dawson

      i have been taking every day for a year now. same brand (the best brand!) i always squirt it under my toung gently (not on top where i can taste) then take a few big swigs of milk. (raw from my goats) its all about getting the least direct toung contact. this method works great and i never really taste it at all.

  • Cat @ NeoHomesteading.com

    Good luck! Hope it clears you up. I <3 fermented foods!

    I have horrible excess skin. I keep praying I'll have the money to chop it off someday. I lose weight and I'm faced with skin that hangs around. (Cat wings to the … ew!) I see the standard paleo crowd as inspiring but far beyond out of my league. I just want to be healthy, happy and energetic for my kids.

  • Tina B.

    Thanks for being so honest Stacy! It is really refreshing and encouraging. Good luck on your next steps. Anxious to hear how it all goes! 

  • Linda195720769

    Best of luck, and thank you for sharing.  Especially the part about body image and performance issue.  I struggle with the exercise thing, I just don’t like it.  I try to get in through simple ways, a walk, some weights, etc.

  • Ashley Charlieparson

    I don’t have a colon anymore along with some “interesting” gut flora issues from ulcerative colitis. Even without my colon I still live with an infected rectum that can affect my Jpouch. I have recently had an aha moment. I do kimchi, fermented pickles, kombucha, kefir, yogurts and raw cheeses with also taking probiotics. I recently tried water kefir and had some major issues with it as I think I am fructose intolerant though kombucha doesn’t give me issues. The aha moment I had was I obviously have low stomach acid and despite my best efforts a more acidic ph which makes me feel like poop. I am also hypothyroid but whenever everything is just right my weight is down to 142. Low stomach acid is serious and I think most problems stem from this. I even think I have parasicidic issues because of it. I’m in the process of working on something for it but the trick for recovery will be fixing my ph. A cheap way is to use braggs apple cider vinegar with the mother a tbsp wih 8 ounces of water before a meal. It adds acid to your stomach while making you more alkaline. It also helps with energy. Do not take probiotics when you do this. The acid will kill the friendly flora. Other than that the increased acid may help absorb other supplements. I have no way to prove this though.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Wow! I really hope you find your health recipe. You have so much to overcome and have come so far with it!

  • Liz

    You know, I love your honesty. Thanks for sharing the adventure you’re about to embark on. It IS an adventure, as it’s so exciting to find something that makes us feel good, sleep better, work out harder, lose weight. You sharing your tips with me makes me want to keep experimenting with myself. Thanks for your courage and your hard work!

  • Kristin Danenberger

    Beautiful post! thank you so much for your honesty and frankness about the negativity I am seeing in this community. You and Matt are great role models. also, thanks for sharing some of the physical issues you are struggling with – although i still have a gall bladder, it seems like a lot of these issues are the same for me (especially the blurred vision when you get overtired/overworked, i had never heard of anyone else having that!!!). it is so helpful to know other people suffer from the same issues. i am doing the 21 day detox starting today as well, and if it doesn’t seem to help, maybe i will call Diana. Thank you!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Thank you for your support! Hope you have success with your own experiments!

  • AoS

    I can’t stand the taste of the oil either. I thought I read that it is available in capsules too and planned to check that out. Is it not true? I also do not have a gallbladder…and I’ve been stuck at my weight for a year now…perhaps I need to give Diana a call!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       I  believe so, but it is more expensive in pill form!

      • Marielle

        Have you thought about buying gelatin capsules and using a little dropper/pipette to fill them up with oil? I recently made homemade calcium supplements out of ground eggshells I’d saved up (god knows I’ve amassed enough!) and scooped into 0-sized capsules that I bought on Amazon. I think for oil you’d probably want a bigger size (00-000, the latter being the biggest), but they’re pretty easy to fill and cap. Not super practical, but it’d definitely make it go down easily. :) But after typing all of this I just read that you’ve found a way to take it without issue so maybe this is moot haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19302507 Laura Beth Schoenfeld

    Great post, Stacy! I agree, all the talk about ‘performance vs. optimization’ gets a little tiring when 90% of the people who we need to get the Palo message to just don’t want to be sick anymore. Thanks for a great post, will definitely be sharing this one. :)

  • Spiraldancer27

    Thanks so much for this. After losing 30 lbs on Paleo Ive been stuck at the same weight for over a year, still about 50 lbs heavy. The energy I had at first has dissapated as well, and the doctors keep saying its just a matter of time before they take my gallbladder though I am going to keep it as long as I can. That and other lingering issues make it pretty discouraging – I read all these amazing success stories and can’t figure out what I am doing wrong. Seems like the Paleo game is not nearly as simple as it at first seems, especially for women. All that said, though, I’m still never going back. IBS and GERD were miserable things to live with and I am thankful they are gone!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       That’s rough. I hope you discover your own path to health!

  • Meredith

    Thanks for sharing… after researching this paleo/primal approach for months now, it’s refreshing to see a shift to bio-individuality now (physically and mentally) – over the one-size-fits-all regimented paleo-diet/training protocol. 

    It sure seems that any plateau in life is telling you something – whether it’s your body seeking some other nutrient or your mind/heart telling you to change your career.  We are dynamic in all aspects and over all time-scales.  I have never met anyone who wouldn’t benefit from change in some way.  That’s what makes this ride so exciting to me :)

    Good luck monkeying with your food-meds… looking forward to hearing about your success!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       To be honest, there’s a lot of focus on the individual in paleo. Robb Wolf is always emphasizing self-experimentation.

      Thanks for your support!

  • Kelly G.

    Omg, thank you so much for this post. Stacy, you and Matt are the ones who inspired me to pursue a paleo lifestyle. I in no way identify with the crossfitters, and really don’t want to. All I want is to have energy, feel comfortable in my body, and rid myself of very annoying health problems, like reflux and food allergies. (and prevent heart disease, cancer, and arthritis). AND it would be phenomenal if whole food lifestyles would become way more mainstream because it is crazy to have to police what my children are fed daily at school and wherever because of others’ ignorance and acceptance of processed crap, yet, I don’t want my children to feel bad or be made fun of because I want them to eat healthfully.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       We’re happy to help! Hope you gain all the health you deserve!

  • TashaOrlovsky

    I have struggled with yeast infections since my teens, I’m pretty sure, I just didn’t know what they were back then. I’m on a somewhat intensive supplement protocol for yeast overgrowth and my poor serotonin production (depression & anxiety) and it has helped a lot. Sometimes I feel really overwhelmed being this “strict” about my diet so I can feel better, but I remember the alternative and it helps!

  • Lucia

    Oh, the cinnamon flavor… so, so wrong! Doesn’t help that it’s a liquid, I hated going through my bottle. The next time, I purchased the FCLO/ butter oil blend–I’m sure if Diana didn’t tell you to do the blend, she obviously just wants you to do the FCLO alone, but I found the blend much more palatable. Or even just the unflavored–cinnamon and fish oil so do not work!

    • http://themagneys.blogspot.com/ Sarah

      I was going to say the same type of thing.  We tried the flavored ones and they are just WRONG.  The plain one still isn’t great, but at least it’s fish oil that actually tastes like fish oil.  

  • Marni

    Thank-you SO much for sharing this! I am quite similar to you, and it is very encouraging and comforting to read about your journey so far. I also have joint pain, and the candidas overgrowth. I’m quite new to paleo eating (2 months in) and this last month was also sugar free. I still have joint pain, so I know I need more support.  Thanks so much!

  • http://www.healthylivinghowto.com/ Vanessa

    Stacy, this is awesome!!!! Yes, food is medicine, however, sometimes we need more than food. I personally believe there is nothing wrong with supplements when warranted. Symptoms are the body’s way of communicating with us. While mainstream medicine would have you cover up the symptoms with a prescription drug, you are choosing to heal yourself! Kudos! I look forward to hearing about your results in May! 

  • Lauren Matheson

    I am so happy to see this. NOT because I want you to be in suboptimal health! But because I also have that sneaking suspicion that increasing what one can deadlift is NOT really the purpose of life, and most ppl attracted to paleo are here because we have a background of health problems that will not go away – real food is absolutely the foundation, but what about backfilling the holes UNDER that? Never mind creatine powder, how can I make sure my unborn child has the best start possible considering my epigenetic and nutritional deficits?
    These kind of breakthroughs are the very best effect of conferences, I think: you get like-minded, motivated people together and give them time and space to jam and see what is born :)
    Check the WAP blogs for tips on how to take FCLO (or how to get kids to take it). 
    (Psst: Check the year in #4 in your timeline.)

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Year 4?

      • PaleoFitMD

        Maybe she is referring to the year of the oil? Like is it expired? 

        • Karen C

           In the first set of numbers, it says “Fall of 2012″. Obviously a typo :)

      • Emma-who@

        No, you said the fall of 2012 and we haven’t even made it to the fall of 2012 yet. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/aseafish Pamela Malouf

    Great post. I don’t have anything really to add to all the wonderful comments, just one additional thank you.

  • Alta

    Stacy, thanks for sharing all of this! Your honesty is refreshing and helps SO many struggling people. I’m excited to see how you feel after a few weeks. Hoping you’ll be closer to that 8 or 9 on the energy scale! :)

  • Molly

    The FCLO capsules are definitely the way to go.  I simply CANNOT stomach the liquid.  You have to take a bunch of capsules.
    I can only afford to take 4 a day.  I take them with my biggest meal and no burping of fish oil.  Thank you for the great post.  I am like you too but with a gallbladder.  But other than that, we are the same.  Luckily for me, my husband is very supportive of my efforts and joins along except he eats sandwiches for lunch.  I am going to start the GAPS diet after Easter.  I wish you well.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       We took it in a shot of water with no problems.

      That’s for your support!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=551812218 Beau N. Kelly

    You have come soooo far!!
    You have had to overcome far more then most of those haters!
    To bash you, the Paleo community or anyone who is trying to better their health is pure anger and jealousy on their part!
    So many people are stuck and doing nothing about it. You did something about and shared! What an encouragement and help it has been.

    You know, everyone has their opinion and we all know what happens when we ASSume! Haters be hating, but you keep rolling girl!

  • HeatherB

    I so appreciate your realness and vulnerability here. I take the cinnamon tingle FCO/Butter oil gel and the only way I stomach it is if I take a swig of water first, then drop a blob of it into my mouth with the water, and then swallow it all down together. You don’t taste it as much that way!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       We just put it in a shot of water and had no issues. Thanks for your support!

  • Leanne Palmerston

    Looking forward to seeing how things go.

    Do you and Matt make your own fermented veggies? Dead easy. Quick to make, cheap, yummy and guaranteed to be raw and full of life.

    I take the cinnamon FCLO, too. I can’t afford to take the caps; the liquid is just easier on the pocket. I have a medicine syringe I use to take my morning dose. I aim it towards the side of the back of my throat so that it doesn’t hit my gag reflex. I found that this is the easiest way to get it down without really tasting it. But, I also noticed that it got easier to take over time.

    Have you also considered lots of bone broths for helping to heal the gut? Have you done GAPS or looked at that? 

    You’re an inspiration! And gorgeous!  You are doing such a great job.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       We’ve tried, but clearly we do it wrong!

      We took it in a shot of water this evening with no issues.

      We do do that quite a lot!

      Thank you so much!

  • Sharon

    Thanks for this post!  I suffer from some of the same issues (no gallbladder, excess skin, poor digestion, trouble staying asleep) and will be following with interest.  Some friends came up with a novel way to take cod liver oil–in a shot of orange juice.  Orange juice in a shot glass, add the CLO on top, and drink quickly–like a shot of alcohol.  You obviously won’t do orange juice right now, but you might be able to use their idea with some other liquid.  Good luck!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       We used a shot of water this evening. Worked just fine!

      • Melanie

        I take mine the same way – in a shot glass.  My other tip would be, switch to the mint flavor!  It is much more tolerable.  I couldnt stand the cinnamon one for the life of me but the mint is not so bad.

  • Cindi@MyPrimalAdventures

    Stacy,
    Thank you for your honesty.  I, too, found that while my health definately improved with paleo, it did not cure everything.  I didn’t know what I was doing wrong.  I have tried several experiments–completely eliminating dairy, a Whole30, trying ultra-low-carb/keto, exercising more, exercising less…  I haven’t been able to figure out why I still get headaches, why I still have heartburn and reflux, why I am still having food cravings despite my high-fat diet.  I have been trying to write a blog on this subject and haven’t been able to get the words out quite right to express my level of frustration.  My husband has tried to suggest that we have hit a plateau and this is as good as it gets for us, and I refuse to believe that.  There is just something….missing…. that we haven’t found yet.  It would appear that paleo is more complex than it seemed, that there are MANY pieces to the puzzle, and paleo is an important one, but not the only one.  I look forward to hearing more about this from you, maybe I will find a few of those missing puzzle pieces of my own.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Health is more complex than it seems! Hope you find your own recipe!

    • Brandy

       Have you tried looking at the foods you are currently eating? Even eating paleo I had to cut out many things to get rid of my pain and digestive problems. I also have a problem with my gut. I can’t eat any fruit, starchy vegetables, nightshades or sweeteners. I also don’t digest beef and pork well at this time or uncooked vegetables. I am also celiac and I feel that my digestive system has just been so damaged that it will take a long time to heal it. But as long as I stick to the foods that I do well on, I feel pretty good and my weight is good too.

  • http://frugalportland.com/ Frugal Portland

    Thank you for your honesty, and good luck!

  • Jenny

    Stacy you’re awesome.  I *have* a gallbladder and I’ve not had nearly the success on Paleo that you have.  I’ve regained half of the 50 lbs I lost and I don’t even know why.  I still have like 100 lbs to lose.  It’s depressing and frustrating.  Do I feel better?  Tons.  But you’re right… there are just so many pieces to this very complex puzzle.  I wish I could figure them out.  I bought the FCLO too… oh god it was horrible.  Took it once, switched to capsules.  Much better.  You’re an inspiration… and every detail-filled, honest post helps so many of us!  Thank you!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Thanks! We hope you find your own recipe to health and get the results you’re looking for!

  • Dawn

    Thank you for this post AND congratulations on finding some more ways to help your body!!  :D

  • Alicia K

    Oh Stacy, I LOVE this post. You guys have been and continue to be such an invaluable resource! I cannot thank you and your family enough for letting us into your lives in such an intimate way. My husband and I have been having a blast cooking our way through ELaD and look forward to sharing it with our children someday. I wish you the best of luck on this new journey!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Thanks! We’re so happy to help!

  • Emily

    Hallelujah!  Stacy, thanks for boldly making this post.  In love and light….

  • Kathy

    Great info and thanks for sharing your journey! The FCLO/butter oil is not only more palatable but fits the bill for WAP and the book “Cure Tooth Decay” in terms of improving tooth healthy and healing tooth decay:-) If you don’t have a gallbladder I assume  you nutritionist has you taking something like lipase, or in your case I think you said ox bile, because you are missing an organ that helps digest fats.
    Best of luck on your journey!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      I don’t do casein, so the butter blend is out – I’ve since found a way to take the CLO happily :)  Yes, I’m taking a couple of supplements to help digestion due to lack of ability to digest fats :)

  • Joyknight

    Stacy, I am so encouraged to find someone in the Paleo-world talking about Candida overgrowth.  We (myself, my 3 kids, and husband) have been eating a Paleo diet for the past year and have seen some great improvement in symptoms.  My 4 year old has some allergy/asthma issues that we have been working on.  We learned this year that he and my 6 year old (and probably me, too) have candida overgrowth that is underlying all the other symptoms.  It has been very difficult to find information about how to proceed with treatment that seems realistic for a 4 year old. I am curious about your thoughts for a “protocol” when treating a child with candida overgrowth?

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      I would focus on GAPs friendly foods. I might even allow berries. The gut CAN heal candida with some (low) sugars, but it takes longer. If you switch to fats, add lots of coconut, reduce sugar drastically and use only honey or stevia as occasional sweeteners I bet a kid could heal in a few months with added fermented foods and CLO. That’s my completely unscientific and random guessed answer :)

  • Lamakofka

    Amazing post Stacy! This journey is so not about weight but health, of course it would be nice to achieve a six pack but that is just not reality for the majority of us women who have had kids. Good luck and will look forward to updates on how you are doing.

    I have a question. Do you know if heating the saurkraut destroys the good bacteria? I like to put it in my eggs but it makes them cold if I don’t warm it up – I am wondering if that defeats its purpose?

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      I know that heat does destroy it, but not sure if that amount of heat would do the trick. I’m sure you can look it up… but I would suggest luke warm runny eggs and then go to town!

  • Shannon93

    Thanks for this post, Stacy. I get discouraged sometimes and think I’m not doing something right because I don’t do Crossfit or have time for much other exercise.It’s nice to be reminded why I chose Paleo for me and my family – because, as a scientist and medical professional, it’s the correct human diet from an evolutionary biology perspective. As far as supplements are concerned, you (or anyone else) taking them is no different than our ancestors experimenting with roots, shoots, or whatever to make themselves feel better. Heck, that’s why medicine exists! And, vegans take supplements, too. As you probably well know, vegans should be taking a B12 supplement because they can’t get it from their food – B12 bio-available to humans only through animal foods. In fact, it’s that one little piece of nutrition knowledge that made this former vegan turn away from a no animal products diet and turn to an ancestral diet full of animal products. Well, that, and when I got pregnant and my body was screaming at me to eat meat, eggs, and fat, while the very thought of tofu made me nauseous. Anway, thanks for continuing to be an inspiration to the Paleo community, and good luck with your health journey.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       I grew up a vegetarian and understand completely where you’re coming from. B12 and K2 FTW! ;)

  • http://profiles.google.com/mjoulwan Melissa Joulwan

    I’m just catching up with this… brilliant post! Good luck with your new protocol. As you know, I’m struggling with my weight right now, and I, too, will be starting some new habits soon. Interesting when you said “By the very virtue of the fact that I am missing an organ which has an active role in the body, I need a supplement to do that work for me.” I’m missing one, too (thyroid), and I forget that means stuff inside me doesn’t work the way it does for others. Grrrr.

    Anyway, best wishes to you… thank you for sharing this.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Hearing you talk about your thyroid on Jimmy and Angelo’s show is one of the triggers that made me realize an ox bile supplement for me is exactly like a thyroid medication for you – and that NEITHER OF US should have any shame in the need for it.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I adore your blog so it’s nice to “see you” :)

  • Shannon

    I appreciate your post Stacy.  I am in a constant state of underlying depression because of my weight.  I work full time plus I have a home based business and have four kids, three being 5 and under (including 20 month old twins).  I haven’t not felt tired since I got pregnant with the twins.  And I haven’t lost any of the weight since they were born…in fact I’ve probably gained some.   I eat well.  I am not 100% paleo but essentially grain free and refined sugar free.  I used to exercise regularly and hard, but I’ve since changed jobs and am now struggling to figure out when to work out.  Do I give up on 1 of my precious 6 hours of sleep?  Anyway, I’ll be honest, I am so tired and stressed the thought of you’re extreme food plan is too much for me, and frankly, it angers me to think that I cannot lose weight by eating the way I do when i look at others and what they consume and how thin they are.  I really have no other health problems other than extreme fatigue and the blurry vision.

    I appreciate your honesty with your struggles and the feedback other readers have shared with their own struggles.  It just isn’t fair.  I hope your new path works for you.  I definitely would be interested in hearing how things progress.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Shannon, it took me 2 years to need to get to this level. Basic full paleo did the trick for most of the time. It’s the extreme stress on my body and my lack of a gallbladder that’s making me need supplements.

      We all have different hormones. I know it’s frustrating, but anger won’t solve the problem. If you can go paleo you will get more energy, you’ll want to sleep at the right times and generally things will naturally balance. Hormones are key, and the anti-inflammatory unprocessed foods will drastically help with hormones and inflammation.

      Best of luck!

  • http://www.lifeasaplate.com/ AndreAnna

    Like you had mentioned, it’s funny we all seem to be hitting this Wall” at the same time. I, too, am missing a gall bladder but don’t have any of the associated symptoms you do (which I think I am thankful for, ha!) but I do know that I am suffering from some kind of adrenal-type fatigue and that my body was no longer functioning properly. I’m curious to see the results of your new protocol and maybe learn some new things to implement to help mine heal.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      If you don’t have a gallbladder I HIGHLY recommend you fill out Diane’s customer questionare survey. It really made me realize where my problems were: digestion and adrenals. From there, it was just a matter of which supplements would be right for me. Within 36 hours I noticed a difference in cravings and appetite from the supplements helping me digest foods better. My body was like, FINALLY I CAN BREAK THESE NUTRIENTS DOWN PROPERLY. I’m not a pill pusher, and have avoided it for 5 years – but, may they never run out of ox bile in this world now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vered.leb Vered Leb

    i think you’re great, and you’re making loads of efforts to meet your needs.
    you’re certainly not the mainstream america, sorry to tell you that…

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Thanks. It’s certainly our goal to be as healthy as possible!

  • Sharon

    Stacy, is there a particular brand of ox bile you are taking? 

    • Sharon

       Also wondering about ” Diane’s customer questionnaire survey”, is this on her web site somewhere?
      Thanks

      • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

         This is a part of her practice, a tool she uses with clients in order to determine what would best help them.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       All my supplements are BioMetrics brand!

  • Mollyh

    Thanks for writing about this! so many people are afraid of supplements and try to stay of different meds and such.  I am now strict paleo.. and I am missing 2.5 organs.  (gallbladder, thyroid and some of my parathyroids) so needless to say.. i take supplements. :). I struggle with being tired and at the same time being ‘hyper’ do to the levels of my thyroid medication.. which leads to all sorts of digestive issues and fatigue.. and on top of that I need to be aware of blood calcium. For along time after losing those vital organs i struggled with weight gain.  But now i feel like I have re found my balance, and weight is coming off at a quick pace.  But some days are still a struggle with the fatigue. so thanks for being a needed voice in this paleo sphere.  I am much more aware of my health and wellness due to bloggers like you and will fight not keep the rest of my parts in place.  :)  (fyi.. I am only 36.. had them all removed by the time I was 29!)    

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30901803 Krista Gallagher

    Go you!!! What is most important is how we feel, and how we care for ourselves- looks shouldn’t fall into the equation!  Lots of great info on here thanks for sharing your journey :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/colleengavan Colleen Gavan

    Thanks for your honest post! Question– what is this about kombucha and candida? I thought that the probiotics in kombucha would be anti-candida….? I went to the link but didn’t see anything about kombucha there. Thanks!

  • Alex

    Stacy, have you ever been tested for sleep apnea? Your grinding your teeth at night is a big clue. Sleep apnea causes low energy and carb cravings, and messes up your appetite regulation. It also causes hypertension, in case that’s one of your symptoms. It’s not surprising, when you stop to consider it, that starving your brain of oxygen throughout the night would have profound effects.

    If finding a doctor to do a sleep study feels like a big deal when you have so much going on, you might start off by recording yourself, video and audio, as you sleep. Look for the snoring where your breathing just stops for a bit. You can find sleep apnea videos on YouTube to see what it looks and sounds like. You can probably get a monitor to record your oxygen saturation throughout the night. If your O2 stats are dropping at times, that is not good.

    Best of luck. I love your blog!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Before we started Paleo Stacy had very bad sleep apnea that kept me up at night. Very troubling to hear! The past two years, however have been issue free. Losing the weight and the congestion has really helped her out in that department!

  • Cecilia Krueger

    Bless you! One of my ‘gurus’ Charlotte Siems lost over 100+ lbs and used body brushing to help with loose skin – it is a great stimulant for our largest eliminative organ too – she is at charlottesiems.com,

  • Tasha

    My sister is having some issues that sound similar to yours–have you considered Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth?  She did some mail-away stool tests revealing she isn’t absorbing nutrients in her gut–hence everything is out of whack.
    Also check out the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS diet, which I’m sure you’ve heard of)

  • Danielle O.

    Well said, Stacy. You are quite the inspiration.

    And MAN you are right about that cod liver oil. Ugh, just had my first syringe yesterday of the stuff and MAN it was nasty. I just shot it in the back of my throat to minimize the contact with my taste buds. And when the fish burps came, just didn’t breathe through my nose for a few minutes! Hopefull all that work will pay off…

    Good luck to you and would love to hear an update on how your superfoods are working for you!

  • Thebungalowgirl

    Just a heads up… kimchi and eggs go great together, also look up recipes for kimchi stew…it’s amazing!

  • Lisanewby1

    Stacy you could be me. Infact when I read your story I thought I wrote it. I have tried Paleo on and off for about 3 months. But, a week ago I really put my mind to it. So far so good. I hope I can achieve the success that you had. Keep up the good work.

  • Deliciouslyhealing

    You should check out the dietary advice of Ray Peat, Josh Rubin of East West Healing, and Matt Stone’s diet recovery. Paleo, fermented, and anti-candida diets did not fix my digestion and I have found this other dietary advice to work much better for me. I just kept eliminating things and feeling a bit better at first and than worse again, and eliminating more things until there was very little food that I could eat without issues. I was not feeling well at all and getting worse. Now I eat wheat, dairy and sugar and feel amazing and have no weight gain and don’t have to obsess over every thing I eat. What is your morning basal temp and pulse, and your pulse and temp after eating?

  • Jess

    I feel like you wrote this for me! thank you!

  • JenniferB

    If you’re still struggling with yeast. I HAVE to recommend an AMAZING probiotic sold here in Canada. My son’s LIFE long candida was cured after only one round! It’s pricey but OMG so worth it. It’s called VSL 3.

  • Whitney

    A quick suggestion for the FCLO: we moved away from the flavors and now take the unflavored. Nothing can really cover the fish flavor and none of the flavors they had really went with a strong fish flavor (in our opinion). What we do now is put some coarse sea salt on our tongue, suck for a second to get the flavor, squirt in the FCLO, and swallow. Salt and fish ‘go together’ mentally for us. We also take it at night to minimize burping it and having to relive it. :) I hope this helps someone!

    PS I’m pretty new to the site and just read our brand new copy of Eat Like a Dinosaur in it’s entirety (LOVE it!). Thank you so much for sharing your journey and lessons with all of us. I can’t wait to get my boys into the cookbook with me!

  • Robbie

    I’m so grateful for the podcast and for your blog! 9 days into the AIP I am recovering my sense of SMELL. I’ve had chronic sinusitis my whole life, sinus surgery, and life-threatening asthma that had me on long courses of prednisone and in oxygen tents and mainline adrenaline for attacks, when nothing else worked. Just over a month ago I couldn’t smell vinegar when my nose was in the bottle.

    Just over a week on AIP and I can smell sage and onion on my hands an hour after I’ve been cooking, after several hand washings. Food smells so powerfully and my sense of taste is so amplified right now that it’s quite overwhelming to even eat, but it’s a VERY good thing and I know it will calm down as my nervous system gets used to the input. I’m hoping that my lung function will improve and that it will show up in my physical in a little over a month.

    By being so fearless and honest and kind, you’ve really created a pathway and a kind of sanctuary for me and obviously for MANY people, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it! I’m leaning VERY hard on you guys right now (as well as the book Practical Paleo), but I must say I never feel hungry or deprived in any way, I have near zero cravings for food that’s even off the protocol, and I feel sated, energized and cared for even on the AIP.

    Thank you so much for all you do.

    Robbie

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Awesome! So happy we can help along your journey :)

  • sarah

    Good on you for all the weight loss! Is it so sensible to go so low carb, when you just mentioned earlier in the same post that your body does not like it? Have you read the perfect health diet? Everything in there is making sense to me so far, and it even means eating more carbs.. im happy about that :)

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      I have to eat a moderate amount of carbs to help digest fats because of my gallbladder, but I’ve blogged a lot about how carbs influence my metabolism and make me gain weight and mess with my head… also, as a celiac I can’t/shouldn’t eat any grains since they’re gluten cross-reactors. Everyone has to figure out what works for their body!

  • Lisa

    Stacy – thanks for all your honest talk about your health, women’s bodies, and our perspectives on “beauty” in this messed up world we live in. It is really inspiring to read your posts. I also love that you and Matt are so clearly on this journey together. Through thick and thin, through good times and bad. You two are a model for us all.

  • Monique

    I loved reading this article and I so needed to hear it today. Thank you.

  • Sally

    I think you are brilliant and you have done wonders for yourself and your family. A true inspiration!! Don’t even listen to anyone who tells you otherwise, their negativity is a waste of time. Keep it up!

  • Tina

    Good luck! Praying for your health. Yes the Cinnamon Tingle is so so nasty! I have tried so many times to quit booch I can’t :(

  • Pamela Van Eyck Prinkkila

    Stacy, if you don’t want to buy the FCLO capsules, you can use a syringe to fill empty ones from a food coop. I had to do that with the (Bulletproof) Glutathione. That stuff tastes like something died – really! (I was told it’s the sulfur compounds.) There is NO way I would be able to choke that stuff down without the capsules. I get the “00” size, which are pretty large. I admit I take the easy way out and buy the FCLO/Butter blend IN the capsules for all of us. LOL Good Luck and keep on keepin’ on! :)

  • momo ni

    very nice keep going