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)
- 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.