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The holiday season is upon us and the lovely aroma of gingerbread cookies is filling the streets and shopping centers. Rather than reaching for a typical gingerbread cookie, made with flour, sugar, and vegetable oil, you should try our Paleo gingerbread cookies instead. This wholesome Paleo snack is sure favorite whether you’re hosting or going to a holiday party.
We’re using whole dates to achieve a mild sweetness. Dates, of course contain a large amount of natural sugar by weight, but also add polyphenols, fiber, and modest amounts of potassium. Most importantly, we’re limiting the sugar quantity by using only fifteen dates for the entire recipe, meaning each serving contains only one or two dates.
Instead of flour, we’re using a mixture of almonds and dried, unsweetened coconut, also known as desiccated coconut. It’s important to soak the almonds beforehand for at least 8 hours. Soaking initiates the process of germination, which reduces antinutrient levels within the almonds. Antinutrients include phytic acid, oxalates, and enzyme inhibitors, which, collectively, can interfere with digestion and impede the absorption of minerals.
Soaking doesn’t eliminate antinutrients entirely, but does yield significant results, with longer soaking times promoting greater reductions. You can soak almonds and other nuts/seeds for up 24 hours, and after you’ve discarded the water, they’ll keep in the refrigerator for a few days.
- 1 cup almonds, soaked at least 8 hours
- ½ cup desiccated coconut
- 1 tbsp ginger powder
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- 15 dates, pitted
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 eggs
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Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.
Christopher James Clark, B.B.A. is an award-winning writer, consultant, and chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science and healing cuisine. He has a Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and formerly worked as a revenue management analyst for a Fortune 100 company. For the past decade-plus, he has been designing menus, recipes, and food concepts for restaurants and spas, coaching private clients, teaching cooking workshops worldwide, and managing the kitchen for a renowned Greek yoga resort. Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning book, Nutritional Grail.
 Abd El-Hady, EA and Habiba, RA. (May 2003). Effect of soaking and extrusion conditions on antinutrients and protein digestibility of legume seeds. LWT – Food Science and Technology, 36(3). Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0023643802002177
Hello Paleo Diet Team,
I’d like any information you might have on how The Paleo Diet has helped with thyroid issues. I have Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease and am having trouble getting consistent thyroid levels with medication. Thank you for your help.
Trevor Connor’s Response:
First a quick clarification on Hyper/hypothyroidism vs Hashimoto’s for our readers. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. We measure TgAB and thyroglobulin to track the progess of the disease. As Hashimoto’s progresses, the thyroid stops functioning properly and the patient experiences hyper- or hypothyroidism. They are tracked by looking at the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), triiodothyronine (T3), and thyroxine (T4) levels. However, a patient can have hyper- or hypothyroidism without any autoimmune processes.
With that being said, we had 18 Hashimoto’s subjects of which eight provided medical records. Eight of our 18 subjects saw clear signs of improvement following The Paleo Diet and four were able to reduce medication. One of the subjects provided medical records with TgAB and Thyroglobulin levels over three years. His levels improved after going on The Paleo Diet and was eventually able to stop taking medication.
The primary process we are looking at is an imbalance between T-help cells (Th17) and Treg cells in autoimmune conditions. I’ve read a lot of research showing a clear imbalance towards Th17 in people with Hashimoto’s and a fair amount of research has shown that a wheat-based diet can promote a Th17 imbalance.
Purge the wheat from your diet, and check out Dr. Cordain’s Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism) to learn more about the healthful benefits of adopting The Paleo Diet to treat Hashimoto’s Disease.
The Paleo Diet Team
Trevor Connor is Dr. Cordain’s last mentored graduate student and will complete his M.S. in HES and Nutrition from the Colorado State University this year and later enter the Ph.D. program. Connor was the Principle Investigator in a large case study, approximately 100 subjects, in which he and Dr. Cordain examined autoimmune patients following The Paleo Diet or Paleo-like diets.