Liz and I Talk Stress

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Check this out! Liz and I were together, in-person on a Facebook LIVE answering your questions! We kept our focus on stress.

Here are some cliff notes to our answers in the video.

bb-post-tall-stressQ: What tests should I ask my practitioner for, if I'm so stressed out I skipped my period?

Most medical doctors are not going to run blood work just because of stress. You may be able to tell something from a thyroid panel, but most likely your cortisol and sex hormones will be affected before the thyroid. Cortisol and your sex hormones can be tested with a salivary test from a functional doctor, naturopath, and some nutritionists.

We also strongly recommend removing the focus from blood work and instead, work on supporting your entire system.

Q: What are some good foods to have during high-stress periods?

Foods that are high in Vitamin C are crucial for high-stress periods, for example: freshly squeezed orange juice or frozen peaches. Chicken liver and bone broth are great sources of dense nutrition. Oysters are good for their zinc content, and focusing on fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E and K) is also very beneficial.

Q: How often do you indulge in non-paleo foods? Does it happen more if you're stressed?

For both of us, Paleo is really the template of how we eat, but we also do not beat ourselves up for indulging in other foods. For Liz, she enjoys homemade nachos which she recreates with Jackson's Honest Chips, cheese, and sauteed veggies pretty frequently and as a moderator, she eats whatever she wants whenever she wants. I will include foods like white rice, oats, and my recent favorite, goat's milk yogurt.

Q: I struggle with getting liver into my diet. What suggestions do you have?

I included the Bacon & Superfood Meatloaf recipe in the new addition of Practical Paleo to answer this question because it's an easy and delicious way to hide liver in a recipe for those who don't like the taste of it. I also have a Liver Pate recipe and Liz enjoys making “meatblobs” with chicken liver.

You may also want to supplement with Desiccated Liver Pills from Vital Proteins, although it is likely not the same nutrition profile as eating liver.

Q: Naturopath recommended I try a Vitamin C Flush, to support my body after a previous toxin exposure. Any thoughts?

If your naturopath recommended it, we suggest going for it. Vitamin C is a self-regulating nutrient that does not compete with other nutrients. Often, you'll see dosage to “bowel tolerance” meaning you will know when you have supplemented enough because you will start to have loose bowels.

Q: I've been eating clean, but am worried I still have visceral fat. How can I be sure?

It's possible what you're actually experiencing is bloating, as a result of eating high FODMAP and fiber-rich foods. If you actually have visceral fat, or organ fat, you could actually find out through testing. DEXA (or DXA) Scan measures lean mass, body fat, bone density, and visceral fat. If it is visceral fat, don't lose hope! Progress takes time, even when you're eating clean!

Want to learn even more from us?

Liz and I are co-creators of The Balanced Bites Master Class. If you enjoyed this video, you would love learning all about nutrition from us in our 10-week course.

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  1. I just love these videos. They are so helpful. I know both of you ladies have stated that you aren’t “militant Paleo.” And that’s ok, but I must tell you this. After one month on the sugar detox Paleo plan, I lost weight and NEVER FELT BETTER. I have suffered from endometriosis leading to hysterectomy, Hashimoto’s disease, high blood pressure, lactose intolerance, non celiac gluten intolerance most of my adult life. I’ve been overweight in probably the last 15 years since my thyroid stopped working and was recently diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis and severe arthritis. I have never had a good relationship with food. My father and sister threw up their food to control weight. My mother starved herself and binged, and so did I. I have been searching for a solution to all this craziness for 15 years. My friend asked me to go on the sugar detox Paleo plan for 30 days. At the time, I was almost there with my meal plans anyway bc of the food intolerances. So, I agreed. I have more energy, and within 4 days of this plan, the chronic pain in my spine and right hip completely vanished. I think it might be the solution my body has needed. I know it’s strict, and my doctor is not thrilled about this food plan. But, it might be what I need to heal my gut and my body. AND if I have to remain on it for the rest of my life, well so be it. Thank you so much for what you do! P.S. I joined your 21 detox sugar plan to get more information about how to maintain this lifestyle.

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      I’m SO glad we’ve helped you and you made healthy changes for yourself, Jacquelyn!! I’ll say this, Liz and I used to be much more strict about it all earlier on. And there’s value in that for sure! Over time, however, the goal is to stay the course of eating healthy foods to fuel yourself, but also to find the best of what works for you personally aside from those “rules,” ya know? Once your body is healthier, you typically don’t need to be so strict 100% of the time, and that’s a good thing – but do what’s working for you and keep rocking it!!

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