It's a Twinderful Life

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Twin Eats

Hi Kids. This is Britt. Let’s talk about twin eats, or in other words, the delicious food that we stuff ourselves with almost every day.

My eating habits have changed over the past year due to some health issues that I have  been dealing with (and as soon as Bre found out she was kind enough to support me by changing her eating habits as well). In July of 2011, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a chronic autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own thyroid. With this diagnosis they are finding that there are usually undiscovered food allergies that make this condition worse (for example 90% of those with Hashimoto’s have a gluten allergy – and gluten is a main staple of our American diet). Unfortunately I was no exception. After a thorough blood test, I found out that I am allergic to dairy (even goat milk) and eggs. Technically I am one of the lucky 10% who does not have a gluten allergy, but there was a slight intolerance, and after doing a trial run off of the stuff, I felt so much better.

I have to give props to my FABULOUS doctor, Dr. Matthew Burnett at Utah Natural Medicine (I’ll do a post on why I choose a naturopathic doctor vs. an endocrinologist/internest in a later post). He was the first doctor I had ever had that actually took the time to do a complete history, extremely thorough testing, and who had the knowledge about what/what not to eat with my condition. He suggested that I stick to a strict way of eating that cut out processed foods, gluten (and most grains), dairy, and refined sugars – basically the way the human diet was when we were hunter/gatherers. This way of eating is called Paleo, or Primal. You’ll find the nitty-gritty on what it means exactly to eat a Paleo/Primal diet here, but suffice it to say that it is very different from the way I had been eating my entire life. It was a HUGE life change for me.

Many times change is good, but sometimes it may be accompanied  by fear, frustration, and hopelessness. Here you will find our story as to why I (and subsequently Bre) decided to make such a major change in what we put into our bodies along with the feelings/realizations that have surrounded it. We hope that this will bring hope to everyone who is dealing with adjusting to a major change in life (since this is inevitable for all of us) as well as give you some ideas as to what has helped make the transition smoother for us (realizing that these may not work for everyone). We’ll also tell about the fabulous food that we now eat along with some of our favorite recipes. We hope you enjoy it!