Check this out! Liz and I were together, in-person on a Facebook LIVE answering your questions! We kept our focus on stress.
Here are some cliff notes to our answers in the video.
Q: What tests should I ask my practitioner for, if I'm so stressed out I skipped my period?
Most medical doctors are not going to run blood work just because of stress. You may be able to tell something from a thyroid panel, but most likely your cortisol and sex hormones will be affected before the thyroid. Cortisol and your sex hormones can be tested with a salivary test from a functional doctor, naturopath, and some nutritionists.
We also strongly recommend removing the focus from blood work and instead, work on supporting your entire system.
Q: What are some good foods to have during high-stress periods?
Foods that are high in Vitamin C are crucial for high-stress periods, for example: freshly squeezed orange juice or frozen peaches. Chicken liver and bone broth are great sources of dense nutrition. Oysters are good for their zinc content, and focusing on fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E and K) is also very beneficial.
Q: How often do you indulge in non-paleo foods? Does it happen more if you're stressed?
For both of us, Paleo is really the template of how we eat, but we also do not beat ourselves up for indulging in other foods. For Liz, she enjoys homemade nachos which she recreates with Jackson's Honest Chips, cheese, and sauteed veggies pretty frequently and as a moderator, she eats whatever she wants whenever she wants. I will include foods like white rice, oats, and my recent favorite, goat's milk yogurt.
Q: I struggle with getting liver into my diet. What suggestions do you have?
I included the Bacon & Superfood Meatloaf recipe in the new addition of Practical Paleo to answer this question because it's an easy and delicious way to hide liver in a recipe for those who don't like the taste of it. I also have a Liver Pate recipe and Liz enjoys making “meatblobs” with chicken liver.
You may also want to supplement with Desiccated Liver Pills from Vital Proteins, although it is likely not the same nutrition profile as eating liver.
Q: Naturopath recommended I try a Vitamin C Flush, to support my body after a previous toxin exposure. Any thoughts?
If your naturopath recommended it, we suggest going for it. Vitamin C is a self-regulating nutrient that does not compete with other nutrients. Often, you'll see dosage to “bowel tolerance” meaning you will know when you have supplemented enough because you will start to have loose bowels.
Q: I've been eating clean, but am worried I still have visceral fat. How can I be sure?
It's possible what you're actually experiencing is bloating, as a result of eating high FODMAP and fiber-rich foods. If you actually have visceral fat, or organ fat, you could actually find out through testing. DEXA (or DXA) Scan measures lean mass, body fat, bone density, and visceral fat. If it is visceral fat, don't lose hope! Progress takes time, even when you're eating clean!
Want to learn even more from us?
Liz and I are co-creators of The Balanced Bites Master Class. If you enjoyed this video, you would love learning all about nutrition from us in our 10-week course.