Rory Linehan is the Australian blogger behind the Paleo PI. Rory developed acute Mononucleosis at the age of 18 and slowly watched his health unravel over the following years. He developed rosacea, ocular rosacea, lethargy, brain fog, bloating and eventually depression. He spent years troubleshooting his health to no avail until finding the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. AIP gave Rory his life back, restoring his mood, energy and above all his goals and dreams. Rory troubleshoots the final pieces of his health jigsaw at the Paleo PI. The site helps others reclaim their health by providing people the tools to troubleshoot their health, including research on chronic illness, their root causes, how to integrate the AIP into every-day life, co-hosting a webinar on autoimmune disease and more. You can find Rory at The Paleo PI website through his Facebook page.
It’s hard to find the words to express what finding the Paleo diet meant for me. Relief, hope, joy and promise are but a few which come to mind.
Before Paleo, I was bouncing from one specialist to the next (to no avail), in an effort to uncover why my health was deteriorating so sharply. At the age of 24, I was witnessing my health unravel right before my very eyes (you can read about my story here). It was heartbreaking because not only was my health unravelling but so were my dreams, goals and ambitions.
Yet here I am today, two years later, running a successful blog, helping others reclaim their health and working my dream day job – with health that supports, not hinders, these endeavours. I am profoundly grateful.
So how did I get here? How did I change my future in just two short years? It started with the Paleo Diet but diet alone wasn’t enough…. They say things comes in threes, well it turns out so does good health!
If you are reading this post, chances are you know how the food we eat promotes or detracts from our health.
Eating food which detracts from our health (processed sugars, white flours, trans-fats, etc.) creates an inflammatory response in the body. When we consistently eat foods which provoke this inflammatory response we increase our chances of developing chronic inflammation1. Chronic inflammation is not so good for health, in fact, it is a proven catalyst for a number of health conditions including, cardiac disease, autoimmune disease, autism, allergies and asthma2.
The good news is that there are a raft of foods which are health promoting! I know I’m preaching to the converted so I won’t delve into the details (check out Sarah’s book for that). But I do want to emphasize that we are all unique what works for one person may not work for another (bio-individuality). Even within a Paleo template you may need to do some self-testing before arriving at your “perfect diet” (think FODMAPs, eggs, nightshades, etc.).
“Choose the right foods, and you may be able to reduce your risk of illness. Consistently pick the wrong ones, and you could accelerate the inflammatory disease process” – Harvard Health Publications
Chronically stressed, sleep deprived, not exercising or spending time outdoors?
Intuitively we know anyone who falls under any or all of these categories is compromising their health yet for one reason or another, these are often the areas which are most neglected in Western Society.
The Paleo Community is placing an increasing emphasis on promoting health through lifestyle – and rightly so! Study3 after study4 is showing that lifestyle factors can adversely affect our health, particularly for those with compromised immune systems (e.g. autoimmune disease). If not managed properly, lifestyle factors can create undue stress on our bodies which in turn will adversely impact your health.
“If you do not manage stress, it will completely undermine all the other positive changes you make” – Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Approach
Mindset is the most neglected pillar and rarely gets much airtime. It’s a shame, because changing my mindset was the key to reaching a level of healing that diet and lifestyle alone could not provide.
What do I mean by mindset? It’s our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and perceptions.
Again, intuitively, we know that negative thoughts often lead to negative outcomes while positive thoughts beget positive outcomes.
This field of science is called ‘behavioural epigenetics’ and studies how our mindset affects our health. The work of scientists in this field, including Dr Bruce Lipton, shows that environmental signals (including thoughts and beliefs) directly turn on or off DNA expression in each of the trillions of cells in our body56.
This means that our mindset directly controls how our DNA expresses, our thoughts influence our health. Pretty profound right?
So if you are constantly surrounding by negative people or negative thoughts, this is something you must improve before truly obtaining great health.
“We can control our lives by controlling our perceptions” – Dr Bruce Lipton, Cellular Biologist
Diet is an incredibly powerful tool to improve health, but it’s not the only one!
As I’ve found in my personal life, the three pillars of Diet, Lifestyle and Mindset together provide the strongest possible foundation for good health. Health which enables us to achieve fulfil our ambitions, desires and that enables us to lead a truly happy life.