Have you heard about the Wahl’s Protocol? It is both a book and diet approach created by Dr. Terry Wahl’s, who used paleo principles and functional medicine to begin healing her auto-immune disease. The book is a great read and it is amazing to witness the reversal of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms experienced by Dr. Wahl’s through a stringent change in diet.
I recently read this book and was truly shocked by the significant improvement in quality of life due to diet. I do not have an auto-immune disease, but I do enjoy treating my body well and living as vibrantly healthy as possible. My husband and I strictly followed the Wahl’s Protocol diet for about a month. It made me feel AMAZING!!! While following this protocol I have a ton of energy and clarity, good-bye brain fog! I also found that my mood in general was really positive when eating so squeaky clean.
The amount of menu planning and food prep required is one of the challenges of this protocol because you are eating all real foods; a LOT of veggies, grass-fed meats, and fermented foods – and trying to maintain some general ratios of certain types of veggies, etc. Although I love to cook and enjoy preparing real food, sometimes it is nice to take a break from the extensive menu planning. So we do not strictly adhere to this protocol on a regular basis (although if we were trying to heal an auto-immune disease, regular adherence would be critical). We now pick and choose some of the Wahl’s protocol recipes and principles to incorporate regularly, while maintaining our primal/paleo way of eating.
We continue to include fermented foods in our diet on a regular basis to help maintain a healthy gut. We also have kept many of the recommended bone broth soups in the meal plan rotation because bone broth is another healing food.
Some of my favorite recipes we continue to use are the after dinner snacks, especially the Wahl’s Protocol Hot Cocoa recipe! It is sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free deliciousness that is the perfect ‘sweet’ treat after dinner. Even though there is no sweetener of any kind in it, the cinnamon makes it feel like a luxurious, sweet dessert drink. The Wahl’s version does not include Peppermint essential oil*, but of course I had to spike it with some essential oils! And Peppermint is perfect for a minty chocolate treat.
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Hot Cocoa for Two
1 can of coconut milk (I use a brand with BPA-free cans)
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil**
Blend all ingredients together, heat in a pan on stove top, pour into two mugs – enjoy!
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