So I'm a pretty big fan of paleo, it works for me. I'm pretty active and I generally don't worry much about all the debates, i just do what seems to work for me. After all my random rants about paleo, my mom is curious and wondering how to change her diet to help ease some of her health problems. My mom as been asking me about inflammatory foods, the impact of wheat, and the cholesterol deba I'm having a hard time determining what is scientifically backed and what isn't. Here is a rough profile:
- 63 years old, probably around 160-170 pounds, 5'4"
- pretty much no exercise
- knee and hip arthritis
- shaky if she doesn't eat on schedule, didn't test pre-diabetic, but had slightly high blood sugar
- acid reflux/GERD- on prilosec
- had breast cancer at age 50- mastectomy and chemo with full recovery
- family history of cancer, heart disease, and congestive heart failure
- high blood pressure- taking two meds: amlodipine, metoprolol
- also, I think she might have high cortisol. She drinks 2+ cups of coffee a day, works 6-7 days a week and carries most of her weight around her midsection
My instinct is to tell her to cut out sugar, wheat and high GI carbs, start eating meat with high levels of omega 3's and low omega 6's, not worry about saturated fat, switch to green tea and cook with coconut oil. I've heard saturated fat aggravates GERD, so I hesitate to tell her to eat more of it.
So I'm trying to figure out:
Also, any recommended reading would be helpful.