Supplements or Superfoods: A Personal Story

I first started taking the standard synthetic multivitamins found in most drug and grocery stores. I took these standard preparations for most of my life. I felt that these vitamins were “insurance” against my less than ideal diet. As for my diet, I was a vegetarian for six years. But most of my life, I consumed the Standard American Diet (SAD) with a low fat focus.

In 2001, I fell sick after the birth of my first child. I tried all the normal medications recommended by the medical profession. These drugs helped with symptoms of my disorder but never seemed to treat the root cause. I started thinking about diet and nutrition. I upgraded my multivitamins to the kind found in health food stores.

In 2003, after the birth of my second child, I went on Weight Watchers. The diet is an eat anything you want but be low fat program. I lost over 40 pounds on Weight Watchers. I was still on all my medications. I frequently got sick and I was extremely tired all the time. I was taking a standard multivitamin found in health food stores.

In 2004, I decided to update my multivitamin supplements. I chose the “best supplements in the world” produced by Life Extension Foundation. They have an extensive program which focuses on longevity and using nutraceuticals for treatment of common chronic disorders. If you would like to see Life Extension’s program read: Top 10 Steps for Achieving Ultimate Health. I did most of this program which is not cheap. I was spending about $2500 a year or $6.85 a day on supplements. I used their program for about three years.

In 2005, I learned about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I took the Weight Watchers program and removed foods not allowed on the SCD. I saw an immediate improvement in my condition. I started withdrawing from all my asthma and allergy medications. I was on the full nutraceutical program produced by Life Extension Foundation.

In 2007, I learned about the Weston A Price Foundation. I learned about nutrient dense foods and why it was important to get your nutrients from whole foods. It was my first introduction to the idea that traditional fats were safer than modern vegetable oils. It took me months of research to finally consider that saturated fats might not be as dangerous as I once thought.

This was a big breakthrough for me. I even read books on Atkin’s low-carbohydrate diets, something that in my Weight Watchers days I would never even consider. Using the protocol from Life Without Bread by Wolfgang Lutz, I went high-fat and low-carbohydrate with the SCD. I stopped all nutraceuticals from Life Extension Foundation.

In 2008, I stopped my anti-convulsion medication for epilepsy. I have been drug and seizure free for a year. I am now pharmaceutical free. I do not suffer from allergies, asthma, sinus infections, yeast infections, hormone imbalances, osteoarthritis or epilepsy.

1. I eat a diet comprised of nourishing traditional foods. This includes: bone broths; meat and fat from pastured animals; raw or fermented pastured dairy; lacto-fermented vegetables; and local seasonal vegetable and fruits. I eat some raw animal products numerous times each week. I follow a low-carbohydrate version of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. My personal macro-nutrient ratios are: 65-70% fat, 15-20% protein, and about 10-15% carbohydrate. My personal carbohydrate load is 40-60gm per day and I can safely go to 90gm if very active.
2. I take the following supplements daily: 1tsp fermented cod liver oil, and 1tsp high vitamin butter oil and Swedish Bitters before each meal.
3. I eat the following superfoods. (I am a very small woman. Larger women or men would have to eat more to maintain their weight.)
2-3 whole pastured eggs, daily (preferably pastured and/or organic)
1-3c raw whole milk, 1c homemade whole yoghurt, 1/4c heavy no-additive cream or 1/4c raw cheese, daily (preferably raw, pastured and/or organic)
1-3T unsalted no-additive butter, daily (preferably raw, pastured and/or organic)
1-3T virgin coconut oil, seasonal (organic)
1-3T pastured pork lard, seasonal (pastured and/or organic)
1tsp unrefined celtic sea salt or other quality mineral salts, daily (wildcraft)
1/2-1c liver, 1-2 times weekly (pastured and/or organic)
1c wild salmon, shellfish and/or fish eggs, 2-3 times weekly, seasonal (wildcraft)
4. I use special superfoods for personal use. (I do not use these special superfoods regularly. The last four, I use very rarely.)
raw honey, pollen and propolis (enzymes and immunity)
variety of herbs (seasonal tonic)
traditional homeopathic remedy
Custom Probiotics (gut dysbiosis)
Serrapeptase (colds/sinus infections)
Lugol’s iodine solution (thyroid and endocrine system)
omega 3 oil (joint pain)
rhodiola (adaptogen)

Updated June 21, 2013: Just an update on Serrapeptase. The company I got it from has moved from tablets to capsules. Unfortunately, they use ?rice flour? for a flow agent in the capsules. I react to the tiny amounts of rice flour in the supplement so now the supplement does not work for me. I have found another solution, ionic silver. I didn?t get sick or develop a sinus infection this winter. I used the Sovereign Silver nasal spray if I felt a bit ?stuffy?, but there are other good brands available or you can make your own at home. I have only used ionic silver externally so I have no experience with internal use. From my experience, ionic silver is also great for cuts, scraps and wart removal.

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  3. Wow! I am incredibly pleased to have found your site. My 3 year old has just started the classic ketogenic diet. we had hoped he would do well on a low ratio 2:1:1 say.. but no – we hit the 4:1.

  4. Opps, sorry; he is now on the 4:1 ratio. You sound like you are on your own version of about 3.5 to 1? my son is seriously affected by dairy and wheat (Possibly not gluten, though true coeliac runs in the extended family.) He is becoming terribly asthmatic. I am trying to repair his gut, probiotics, zinc, cod liver oil, no nasty foods…it sounds like you have walked this road before me. I am starting to steer towards superfoods not supplements, but it will take a while.
    I live in Sydney, Australia. Our local response to asthma, excema etc:

    It avoids natural food chemicals like, salacilytes, amines and glutamtes. Have you come across this? Ultimately it sounds like any diet that take the load of our intestines and enables them to heal (and then delivers high quality nutrients) is a winner. My issue is….which way to tackle it now? Caroline do you have a list that details certain recipes for yourself? My apologies for the rambling post. I am digesting about a decades worth of pondering into a small space

    Cheers, Mary-Anne

  5. Hi Mary-Anne,

    Yes, I have a number of recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD also called GAPS. I just do a low carbohydrate version of the diet. The SDC/GAPS focus on gut health which is a problem for many people. Here are the recipes. Just look at the recipes and decide which ones are low enough in carbohydrates for your use:

    I do have a few extra commons. But first are you doing a ketogenic diet because of seizures or some other brain disorder? You only mentioned asthma. I am assuming you are doing a ketogenic diet for seizure control. If this is not the case please correct me:
    1. If there is ciliac disease that runs in your family going off all grains would be a very good idea even if your son does not have the genetic marker for ciliac disease. Doing a ketogenic diet is easier if you remove all the grains, beans and legumes for his diet. Be very careful with industrial food; almost all of it is contaminated with industrial products from these base foods. It’s easier just to avoid all industrial foods too.
    2. If you are doing a “traditional” ketogenic diet, I pray you are not loading up on industrial vegetable oils. These oils are metabolically destructive after long term use. Load your son up with natural animal and seafood fats such as: beef tallow, pastured lard, chicken fat, oily fish, fish eggs, shellfish, crustaceans, etc. If he can tolerate butter use that or give ghee a try. The only safe plant oils I would recommend is coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.
    3. You son will need a good protein source. Look for a local source of whole pastured animals and wild seafoods. You will need to start eating all whole foods if at all possible. Protein can convert to carbohydrates but I wouldn’t restrict at first and go with his nature appetite for protein.
    4. You son would be best to get his carbohydrate load from the vegetative part of the plant: leaf, stem, and sometimes the flower. Avoid the roots (starches) and fruits (sugars) of the plant. The vegetative part of the will help balance his gut flora by feeding the “good” bacteria. Avoid the starch and sugar part of the plant starves out the “bad” bacteria.

    Young children can improve very well on the SCD/GAPS program. My youngest daughter was also asthmatic. She is completely free of asthma now as long as she doesn’t eat the wrong foods. She does not need to be low carbohydrate for her health. As for me, a low carbohydrate version of the SCD/GAPS cured my epilepsy.

    Here is more on gut health. Read what you can find from Dr Campbell-McBride:

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