Ready for a Change

I’ve taken quite a lengthy break from blogging anything. I’ve been dealing with some health issues that I’m still unsure about. I’ve seen my PCP several times but have gotten nowhere. I’m going to start seeing a new PCP next week to hopefully have someone that is going to be willing to help me explore the issues I’m having, and hopefully help me find a solution. So this feels like the right time to start writing again.

I’ve been Paleo for almost 21 months now. Sure there have been some bumps in the road, but overall, it’s been pretty successful for me. However, I’ve been feeling for a while that I need to make a change with my Paleo diet. So…..I’m going to dive headfirst into the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).

What is AIP? The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is a diet that works to reduce inflammation within the gut. When your body develops an autoimmune disease, it can’t tell the difference between the proteins that belong inside your body and ones that come from the outside. When you follow an AIP diet, you eliminate all of those potentially inflammatory foods in order to allow your gut the time that it needs to heal. In addition to the foods that are eliminated on a typical Paleo diet, those inflammatory foods that are eliminated include:

- nuts (including flours, butters and oils derived from those nuts)
- seeds (including flours, butters and oils derived from those seeds, as well as cocoa, coffee and seed based spices)
- alcohol
- chocolate
- eggs
- nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes*, peppers, eggplant, chiles including chile based spices) *sweet potatoes are okay

The length of time you spend on AIP can vary from person to person. You should do a minimum of 30 days of strict Paleo/AIP, but longer is sometimes necessary depending on the severity of your disease.

What made me decide to finally give it a try? Over the course of the past year, I’ve gained a fair amount of weight. I’ve had some major mood swings. My emotions are on a huge roller coaster. My menstrual cycle is out of whack. I’m exhausted and fatigued most of the time. My cholesterol has tested high for the first time. I’m anxious a lot. I haven’t been able to handle stress of any kind (this one is difficult because I have 2 elementary school children that I need to take care of). And 2 weeks ago I had an allergic reaction to nuts!!

All of these things have lead me to believe that I have an underlying thyroid issue. I have had an under/over active thryoid history along with some antibody test results that came back positive in 2006 and 2008. Those test results were never given to me by my PCP. Another reason I’m going to begin seeing a new doctor.

Today brings day 1 to an end. The worst thing I’ve experienced today is major caffeine withdrawl headaches from not drinking coffee. Hopefully that won’t last more than a few days. If you’re on Instagram and are interested in checking out photos that I post throughout the day, my IG tag is “cavemomlife”. I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with everyone and the progress I make as I move along.

#whole30 & #21dsd Day12 dinner - roasted sweet potato & Brussels sprouts topped w/ @tessemaes hot wing sauce, and a burger (3oz. ground beef & 2oz. of sugar free bacon from US Wellness Meats) topped w/ mustard, tomato & hot sauce all wrapped in a romaine lettuce leaf.

#whole30 & #21dsd Day12 dinner - roasted sweet potato & Brussels sprouts topped w/ @tessemaes hot wing sauce, and a burger (3oz. ground beef & 2oz. of sugar free bacon from US Wellness Meats) topped w/ mustard, tomato & hot sauce all wrapped in a romaine lettuce leaf.

#lategram of today #whole30 & #21dsd Day12 lunch: red cabbage sautéed w/ scallions & garlic and seasoned with @flavorgod spicy seasoning (burned my mouth off -may have used a little too much seasoning, but it was still awesome) and mocha-rubbed slow cooked boneless beef roast from @stupideasypaleo. Um…..yeah. So that beef was absolutely AMAZING!! In the recipe, Stephanie mentions boiling the liquid from the slow cooker to reduce it by half and then putting it on top of the shredded beef. So glad I did. I’ll say it again……yum!!

#lategram of today #whole30 & #21dsd Day12 lunch: red cabbage sautéed w/ scallions & garlic and seasoned with @flavorgod spicy seasoning (burned my mouth off -may have used a little too much seasoning, but it was still awesome) and mocha-rubbed slow cooked boneless beef roast from @stupideasypaleo. Um…..yeah. So that beef was absolutely AMAZING!! In the recipe, Stephanie mentions boiling the liquid from the slow cooker to reduce it by half and then putting it on top of the shredded beef. So glad I did. I’ll say it again……yum!!

You know you’ve been Paleo for a while when you get excited about starting another batch of bone broth after realizing the bag of bones buried in the freezer were pork neck bones and not beef bones. Yeah for pork stock!!

You know you’ve been Paleo for a while when you get excited about starting another batch of bone broth after realizing the bag of bones buried in the freezer were pork neck bones and not beef bones. Yeah for pork stock!!

#whole 30 & #21dsd Day11 breakfast - the other half of the stuffed acorn squash I had for lunch yesterday with an egg on top (you can see a second egg peeking on the side). I used a recipe from @stupideasypaleo, but stuffed mine w/ lamb & green beans (instead of ground beef & apples - wanted to use up what I already had prepped in the fridge) that had been sautéed w/ onions & bacon. Yum!!! Great breakfast to refuel post-workout.

#whole 30 & #21dsd Day11 breakfast - the other half of the stuffed acorn squash I had for lunch yesterday with an egg on top (you can see a second egg peeking on the side). I used a recipe from @stupideasypaleo, but stuffed mine w/ lamb & green beans (instead of ground beef & apples - wanted to use up what I already had prepped in the fridge) that had been sautéed w/ onions & bacon. Yum!!! Great breakfast to refuel post-workout.

#whole30 & #21dsd Day10 dinner - leftover curried cauliflower soup from #weeknightpaleocooking by @cavegirlcuisine, and diced up perfect pork chops from #beyondbacon w/ broccoli, chopped tomato & @tessemaes hot wing sauce. Yum!!

#whole30 & #21dsd Day10 dinner - leftover curried cauliflower soup from #weeknightpaleocooking by @cavegirlcuisine, and diced up perfect pork chops from #beyondbacon w/ broccoli, chopped tomato & @tessemaes hot wing sauce. Yum!!

Picture looks dark, but it tastes awesome!! #whole30 & #21dsd Day10 lunch: stuffed acorn squash from @stupideasypaleo. I modified it slightly to use meat & veggies that I already had in the fridge - leftover lamb instead of ground beef, and sautéed green beans/onions/bacon leftover from last night (instead of cooking another onion, bacon & an apple).

Picture looks dark, but it tastes awesome!! #whole30 & #21dsd Day10 lunch: stuffed acorn squash from @stupideasypaleo. I modified it slightly to use meat & veggies that I already had in the fridge - leftover lamb instead of ground beef, and sautéed green beans/onions/bacon leftover from last night (instead of cooking another onion, bacon & an apple).

Ron Burgnady gives the Ikea milk frother his approval. I mixed 8oz. of coffee with 4oz. of homemade nut milk and then frothed it up! I’ll admit that this is my 2nd cup. :)

For the nut milk, I used the recipe from @balancedbites. You can find it in both of her recent books the #21dsdbook and #21dsdcookbook. I didn’t have any almonds, so I used walnuts instead. Still tastes great!!!

Ron Burgnady gives the Ikea milk frother his approval. I mixed 8oz. of coffee with 4oz. of homemade nut milk and then frothed it up! I’ll admit that this is my 2nd cup. :)

For the nut milk, I used the recipe from @balancedbites. You can find it in both of her recent books the #21dsdbook and #21dsdcookbook. I didn’t have any almonds, so I used walnuts instead. Still tastes great!!!

#21dsd & #whole30 Day10 breakfast: scotch eggs (I only ate 1 1/2), red cabbage sautéed in bacon fat, banana w/ almond butter, and a mug of bone broth. Now to take the husband to work and then the kids to school in a few hours. School wasn’t cancelled, but we do have a 2 hot delay.

#21dsd & #whole30 Day10 breakfast: scotch eggs (I only ate 1 1/2), red cabbage sautéed in bacon fat, banana w/ almond butter, and a mug of bone broth. Now to take the husband to work and then the kids to school in a few hours. School wasn’t cancelled, but we do have a 2 hot delay.

#21dsd & #whole30 Day10 dinner - leftover slow roasted lamb from @thepaleomom, roasted green beans w/ US Wellness Meats sugar-free bacon & onions, and red cabbage sautéed in bacon fat.

#21dsd & #whole30 Day10 dinner - leftover slow roasted lamb from @thepaleomom, roasted green beans w/ US Wellness Meats sugar-free bacon & onions, and red cabbage sautéed in bacon fat.