How I Came To The Paleo Diet
Hi y’all! I am Tara Perillo. I should probably start out by telling you, I am a displaced Cajun lady. Although I was born and raised in Louisiana, I now live in Illinois, with my hubby and little dog, Giddy. I am a certified herbalist, homeopath and yoga instructor.
Last year, I was diagnosed with lupus and gluten intolerance. I knew I didn’t want to take the traditional medicine route. Some of the side effects of the medications prescribed to me seemed worse than the illness itself. I set out to heal myself in the most natural ways possible. First, I tried going gluten free. I felt a little better, but not great.
That’s when I stumbled upon the paleo diet. I started The 21-Day Sugar Detox. Once I had completed the detox, I knew I had found the answer to my prayers.
At around the same time, The Paleo Approach, by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, was released. The Paleo Approach incorporated the autoimmune protocol or AIP. I jumped right into it. With the AIP, I was able to treat my chronic inflammation and knock it on it’s butt. I haven’t looked back since. It’s become a true way of life for me.
One of the toughest things for me to deal with when I went paleo and specifically, on the AIP, was the thought that I would never be able to enjoy my favorite Cajun foods, from my childhood, ever again. Some of the recipes I’ll be sharing in my post , will be my attempts to create those same foods, AIP paleo Cajun lady style. In fact, going AIP paleo to help heal my autoimmune diseases, Lupus, vitiligo, and plaque psoriasis, has brought me closer to my Cajun roots. My grandparents, Ma and PaPa, taught me many years ago, to live off the land and sea. My PaPa was a shrimper. His boat was the Cajun Lady. That’s a photo of the Cajun Lady in the header of my blog. He would trawl for seafood, which he would then sell, trade for other foods, or bring home to feed his family. My Ma grew her own veggies, fruits, and herbs in her garden. She also tended her own chicken coop, which provided eggs and meat. They taught me how to live a fully sustainable lifestyle. Unfortunately, over the years, I forgot how important it is to live that way. My illness and AIP paleo has brought it back to me. So, now I’m getting back to planting my own garden and eating local, organic, pastured, and grass-fed foods. The paleo lifestyle has not only helped me in alleviating some of my symptoms; but, it’s helped me to reconnect with the lifestyle I was born to live. Well, that’s enough about me. I don’t like writing about myself, unless it’s in relation to helping you. If I can relate my experiences in order to help you, I can write for hours. But, writing just about myself, is silly to me. I’ll let the photos speak for me.