Pain, numbness, fatigue and brain fog..... GOODBYE!!!!!

I figured there is no time like the present to start a new chapter of eating.  I NEED to focus and reboot!!  I have gotten into a slump since my ankle injury, almost 2 years ago.  I keep making excuses and back peddling.... I am sure you can relate!  Unfortunately, I do not have the mobility that I did two years ago. Although, it is getting better as time moves on!  This is a time for me to eat better and move more.  I need to build up my endurance and maybe take off a few pounds that have snuck on during the last 22 months.

On Monday, April 16th I will begin eating in a way that will decrease the overall inflammation throughout my body.  It is called Autoimmune Protocol or AIP.  It is a way of eating that is similar Paleo, but stricter.

Eating strict AIP is not forever.  I will be eating this way for 30+ days.  Inflammation is not something we can usually see with autoimmune diseases.  It usually manifests itself with symptoms.  My symptoms are pain, numbness, fatigue, weakness and brain fog.  If I see a great improvement in my symptoms at 30 days, I will slowly reintroduce foods that have the greatest potential for causing inflammation.  If my symptoms are still quite bad I will eat strict AIP until I see an improvement.

 

Things I can eat:

◾Meats (healthy and clean)

◾Fats (healthy)

◾Fruits 1-2 servings per day (mostly berries)

◾Vegetables (excluding nightshades and starchy ones like potatoes and corn)

◾Herbs and Spices (excluding those made with nightshades or come from seeds)

◾Teas (caffeine free)

 

Things to avoid:

◾Anything Artificial and Processed

◾Eggs

◾Nuts/ Seeds

◾Refined Sugars

◾Dried Legumes

◾Dairy

◾Alcohol

◾Grains (including corn)

◾Rice

 

Basically I will go back to the basics and eat things in their natural form.  The way food was meant to be eaten before we started processing and packaging our food.

My family always tries to eat as clean as possible….. where our budget allows.  We try to eat organic grass fed meats which are nitrate free and organic fruits and veggies.  We also eat gluten free at our house.  We recently learned our daughter has an allergy to dairy.  My son and I are sensitive to dairy.

I know that this is not easy.  Processed prepackaged foods are fast, convenient and less expensive but I also know how I personally feel after I eat them.  Eating AIP takes some time and planning.  I will cook things in bigger batches so I have leftovers to eat for other meals.

I have attempted this way of eating one other time, and felt fantastic.  My mistake was adding back all the restricted foods at once.  In a fury, back came my pain and numbness.  My biggest culprit is sugar…. (I think).  The sugars can be natural like honey and maple syrup, and they still cause me problems.  But oh how I LOVE cookies and baked goods.  I tend to eat when I am not feeling well, which in turn always make me feel worse.  UGH!!!

 

I have dedicated the next 30 days to getting myself back on track!!!!!

 

Some goals I have made for myself:

◾Eat AIP

◾Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water a day

◾Walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day

◾Drink a smoothie every day

◾Drink bone broth weekly

◾Create a menu meal plan and grocery list weekly

◾Slowly add other exercise back

◾Journal daily

◾Blog my success and failures

 

If you want to follow me on this journey or learn what I do during the next 30 days, then watch for my next blog post for further updates.

 

Resources for learning about AIP:

http://www.thepaleomom.com/autoimmunity/the-autoimmune-protocol

http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/06/02/paleo-aip-grocery-list/

Here are a couple books that have been helpful for me:

The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body

A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

The Healing Kitchen: 175+ Quick & Easy Paleo Recipes to Help You Thrive

There are many recipes on Pinterest.

Carrie Dick