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For as long as I can remember, Friday nights have been known to many families as “Pizza Night”. It makes the end of the week so much easier, get off work, pick up the kids, order a pizza, relax and bond with the family. So for those of us who have gone grain free, we may not be just missing the convenience and taste of pizza, but the memories we have associated with it.

While calling someone up to order a paleo pizza still isn’t an option, MANY pizza places do offer gluten free pizza, but it still isn’t paleo, and if you have celiac disease it’s usually to risky to hope for no cross contamination. There are convenient and easy gluten free options to make gluten free pizza at home (Udi’s, Rudis, Bob’s Red Mill), but if you want want a REAL paleo pizza crust, that actually resembles real pizza,  we’re hoping we’ve found the recipe for you. It’s easy, minimal ingredients, and no cauliflower to be found!

This pizza recipes comes from Ben Kreps, though he credits Liz from Eat the Cookie to giving him a starting off point. Ben seems to just be a normal guy living the primal lifestyle, but a fair warning, that he gives to anyone visiting his page: “If you are easily offended by the thoughts, words, or actions of others leave now. This site is my creative outlet to share anything and everything.” Besides sharing Ben’s recipe, we have also posted his video of the recipe below.

Now, if your ready, without any further adieu:

Perfect Primal Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Ingredients

4 eggs

1/2 cup of coconut milk

1/3 cup of SIFTED coconut flour

1/3 cup flax meal

1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions

– Preheat oven to 350°

– In a large mixing bowl, combine coconut milk and eggs

– Sift the dry ingredients together (coconut flour, flax meal, baking powder) into a separate bowl

– Add dry mixed ingredients to milk/egg mixture and mix well

– Once all ingredients have been thoroughly combined your “pizza crust” should have the consistency of pancake batter

– If you would like to add some flavor to your crust now would be the time to do so, Ben suggests garlic powder, oregano and basil to taste

– Line a baking pan with parchment paper and pour batter into whatever shape you want your pizza to be

– Cook at 350° (depending on your oven’s personality) for 10 minutes

– After 10 minutes, flip over your crust and cook for about another 10 or so until it is browned to whatever level you like, be aware that you will be putting it back in the oven one more time, so don’t darken this side too much

– While the crust is cooking prep your pizza toppings

– After the crust has cooked for about 10 minutes on each side, pull the pan out and load up the crust (feta, peppers, chicken, fresh tomato sauce, olive oil, whatever sounds good tonight)

– Switch the oven to broil and put the pizza back in until the cheese has melted or the crust has finished browning to your liking.

And that’s it! Cut it up and enjoy!

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Question

Why did pregnancy trigger my hypothyroidism?

Answer

Natural immune shifts during pregnancy, together with a genetic tendency and other predisposing factors, can trigger hypothyroidism in some women.

Hypothyroidism is an immune disease for most

For 90 percent of Americans, hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland.

The immune system has two major arms of function, one that reacts immediately to an invader, and one that reacts later to produce antibodies. When one of these arms of becomes overly dominant it can trigger an autoimmune disease.

Going into pregnancy predisposed

Pregnancy and the postpartum periods naturally polarize the immune system. In the third trimester the delayed immune response is dominant. Postpartum the immediate immune reaction is stronger.

If a genetically predisposed woman goes into pregnancy with an existing immune imbalance, these natural immune shifts could be the tipping point for Hashimoto’s.

When pregnancy is one stressor too many

Pregnancy can also cause hypothyroid symptoms secondary to chronic stress. Stressors such as gut infections, food intolerances, blood sugar imbalances, and hormonal imbalances can depress the pituitary gland, which controls hormone function in the body. As a result the pituitary fails to signal thyroid activity.

For many women this manifests not only as low thyroid function, but also postpartum depression. Because so many women enter pregnancy dealing with multiple chronic stressors, the increased demands of pregnancy overwhelm the pituitary gland and depress thyroid function.

Balancing health pre-conception lowers risk for mother and baby

A woman should address health and immune imbalances before conceiving to reduce her risk of developing hypothyroidism.

Doing so also may lower the risk of her infant developing eczema, asthma, food allergies, and even autism, which has been found to be caused by an autoimmune disease in many. When the mother’s immune system is healthy and balanced, there’s a stronger possibility her baby’s will be too.

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Question

I learned I have intolerances and allergies to certain foods, and that I need to avoid those foods if I want to lose weight. Isn’t it just a matter of eating fewer calories?

Answer

Some people find they can’t lose weight through calorie restriction alone. When that happens several issues need to be investigated. One of the most important is food intolerances. Eating foods to which you are allergic or intolerant will prevent weight loss.

Food intolerances cause inflammation

Food intolerances and allergies create inflammation, and inflammation prevents weight loss. Every time you eat gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, or some other food that may be a problem for you, you create inflammation in your body.

Leaky gut is a primary culprit

For many people today, a variety of foods trigger inflammation. This is due largely to intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut,” which allows undigested food particles to slip into the bloodstream through damaged and inflamed intestinal walls. Leaky gut is very common today due to poor diets, excessive sweets, chronic stress, and other maladies of modern life. Gluten intolerance and celiac disease are also common and cause leaky gut.

As these food particles circulate throughout the body the immune system responds by attacking and destroying them for removal, just as it would respond to a viral or bacterial infection. Unfortunately, if the food is eaten regularly, this keeps the immune system constantly at work, hence creating chronic inflammation. Symptoms can be obvious in the way of joint pain, skin issues, abdominal pain, or even brain fog, memory loss, or moodiness. Sometimes the inflammation is not obvious, yet a person finds she or he can’t lose weight.

Inflammation halts weight loss

Studies show the immune compounds that cause inflammation also make insulin receptors less sensitive, creating insulin resistance. As a result glucose can’t get into cells and blood sugar becomes too high. The body lowers blood sugar by converting it to fat for storage. Insulin resistance also hinders fat burning.

Inflammation also has been shown to cause leptin resistance, which stimulates hunger and promotes fat storage. Furthermore, excess body fat secretes immune messenger cells that trigger inflammation, promoting a vicious cycle that prevents weight loss.

Although moderating caloric intake and exercising are recommended for weight loss, effective and lasting weight loss depends in part on tackling chronic inflammation and food sensitivities.

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Question

I went to see my natural medicine practitioner for depression and she wants to work on my digestive health. I don’t get the connection.

Answer

Many people would be surprised to learn how greatly gut health affects brain health. A poor diet, inflamed gut, and intestinal permeability definitely can promote depression.

Depression a not-so-obvious symptom of poor digestion

Sometimes digestion issues are obvious; they cause gas, bloating, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal pain. For others the main symptom is not so obvious—depression. An unhealthy diet and compromised gut health can promote depression in several ways.

Poor nutrition

When one eats a junk food diet laden with processed foods, trans fats, sugars, and artificial chemicals, the brain suffers. The brain needs healthy fats, high-quality protein, abundant vitamins and minerals, and a diet low in starchy foods and sugars.

Gluten

Gluten is directly linked to depression in some. It causes gut inflammation, which can lead to inflammation in areas of the brain that regulate mood. Some people digest gluten into gluteomorphin, an opioid similar to heroin or morphine that can cause depression (not to mention constipation). Gluten can also cause autoimmune attacks in the brain with symptoms of depression.

Dairy or other foods may also cause depression, depending on sensitivity.

Leaky gut

Leaky gut happens when the lining of the intestines becomes overly permeable. This allows undigested foods, bacteria, and other pathogens into the bloodstream, creating inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation in the brain may cause depression.

Inflammation in the gut also inhibits absorption of nutrients necessary for good brain function. An example of such a nutrient is tryptophan, an amino acid found in proteins. The brain synthesizes tryptophan into serotonin, a brain chemical that promotes feelings of well-being and joy.

Always consider gut health

Depression is a complex, multi-faceted condition that can have its roots in various causes. However the role of diet and digestive health should always be included in a functional approach to depression.

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