Finale of the Italian odyssey: The Evolutionary Alkaline Paleo diet

Is the world's population evolving or devolving?  How much is our new SAD responsible for the what I see as the world's  de-evolution? I am asking myself these questions as we are on our way home after being in Italia for the last 6 months and am sitting in Bangkok International Airport.  We just ate by necessity a rather sweet meat and vegetable dish at an airport restaurant.  Everything is sweet in Thailand it seems. Till now I thought that the Thais' have been spared the SAD results … [Read more...]

Italian Odyssey 5: Feminine Leadership 5 Day Workshop: Yikes the food!

I used to go on quite a lot of retreats in the past.  About six months ago it occurred to me that I would no longer be able to participate in one of my favourite retreats.    Why? Because the meals are all vegetarian.  My retreat leaders believe that eating meat is not right for spiritual growth.  Wow,  I am excluded simply because I cannot eat  grains and pulses that are a substantial part of the fare provided. And now I am here in this wonderful location in Italy, at this wonderful Feminine … [Read more...]

I asked Dr Jay Wortman about cramping while in Italy and here is his answer. What a sweetheart!

Hi Dr Jay, A question if you have any idea as to what is going on. My husband and I have been on the low carb diet for 2 years. We have been in Italy for the last 4 months and lately started having cramps. The cramps as not as bad as the ones I had when I began the diet 2 years ago (I didn’t know then about the big need for salt). But my husband didn’t get them at all when he started the diet. I have made up bone broth a few times that has stopped our cramps for a while and then they start … [Read more...]

Italian Odyssey Part 4

I have been so remiss on updating the progress of my Italian odyssey! I'm sure everyone will be glad to hear that Ian and my Italian sourdough bread and cornetti cravings have abated.  When we order now at a restaurant we tell the waiters straight away we eat "Senza Glutine"  (without gluten), and everyone of them knows what we are talking about.  This means we don't have a bread basket on the table automatically which really helps.   Sometimes they have a bread or breakstick without gluten … [Read more...]

Italian Odyssey – Part 3

The After Effects of  Gluten Free Canolli and Gelati in Rome Ok, now is time to finally  fess up to a day of cheats which  took over a week to get over. We took Heidi and Mark to the Rome airport two weeks ago and decided to have a spot of gelati and a gluten free canolli (a gluten free canolli in Rome who would have thought?) as we really thought we could get away with it just the once.  Hmm....is there is there no level of self deception my mind is not low enough to stoop to? So off … [Read more...]

Do We Want to Truly Heal Just Yet?

My logical mind leaves the room Some people are just not ready to heal yet,  I know, in some moments, I'm still one of these people.  When tempted by foods I shouldn't eat I still occasionally become unconscious (the "me" that has logic and reasoning has left the room!) and I  tell myself I can eat those foods and when I do, I sabotage my healing. In the last 15 or so years I became aware to some extent that I was holding onto some pattern to remain sick,  but I just couldn't, for the life … [Read more...]

Italian Odyssey- Part 2

Jeepers have I been having some adventures here in Italy and now the UK. I now really know how hard it is to eat travelling if you can't afford to eat at a restaurant and can't cook for yourself. I have just visited my nephew in London and his girlfriend, Lili.   They live what is probably a typical London life in the sense they don't cook.  They eat only organic foods but the organic foods they tend to mostly eat are organic snack foods. They aren't vegetarian but I guess for them meat is … [Read more...]

Let me tell you my Story of Italy and How I Lost my Sanity

Italy on a alkaline paleo diet....hmm.... can I tell you about the cakes?  Northern Italy has the best cream cakes ever, well probably not as good as Holland but...France has the crustiest bread and the cherries and peaches in Italia are out of this world!  All these things have been absolutely no no's for me since I started using the Paleo diet  and getting well a year ago.  Oh, I haven't mentioned the Italian wines! I had been a year and a half on the Paleo diet and then.... I had been … [Read more...]