Me with Paleo Mag fave – Version 2

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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  1. Hi Tara,

    I am a 32 year old, southern California sun baby who is an urban farmer. I work for a non-profit where I teach kids in under-served communities how to grow their own food and cook with it. I feel so lucky to be able to work with nature and share my love of gardening with others which is why I’m terrified of being diagnosed with lupus (recently tested because my myriad symptoms) — I’m afraid I won’t be able to work outside anymore (skin lesions) or use my hands (noticing the starts of hitchhiker’s thumb.)

    You seem incredibly strong and healthy which gives me inspiration that I can move through this. I’ve been on the AIP since August for Hashimoto’s and have had tremendous success all winter but just recently had a set back (when the days got longer) that caused all sorts of symptoms to return.

    The reason why I’m writing to you is because I’m curious how you coped when you were first diagnosed? I feel far from graceful and it makes me sad that I can’t just pull up my bootstraps and move on. I would be so grateful to hear any words of wisdom.

    Much Appreciation,


    1. Hi Laila,
      So sorry to hear about your recent set back. Hopefully, it will be short lived. I can certainly understand not wanting to miss out on any of the wonderful life you’ve created.

      When I was diagnosed, I went through an entire series of emotions. First, I felt relief to finally know what I was up against. Then, I felt anger, sadness, anger again, and fear. In a matter of a couple of weeks, I went from participating in combat sports and competing in fitness competitions, to being in a hospital bed, being told that I may never be able to do those things again. But, I had the one thing I needed to survive it all…..a fighting spirit.

      I have found, through my years fighting autoimmune, those of us who value our active lifestyles, are better able to heal ourselves. While you may have to discover new ways to continue your lifestyle, I see no reason why you can’t continue doing the things you enjoy. For me, I just looked at it as a new challenge. Yes, it’s true, I had to stop doing some of the things I loved, such as combat sports. But, I never gave up on the idea I would do it again some day. Finding new ways to continue the activities you enjoy will be crucial to dealing with your illness. Perhaps, if you develop skin lesions, you could work with gloves on. And, for the soreness in your hands, you could try wearing magnet wraps, during your downtime. I found great success in using those and compression gloves at night. It’s going to take a little more thought and planning, to continue your lifestyle; but, it can be done. Don’t look at lupus being a life sentence. It’s just a life-right-now phase.

      You’ve already taken great steps in recovery, by following the AIP, and reaching out for encouragement. You should be very proud of yourself. No mater what diagnosis you receive, you can beat this. Just keep the hope of healing in your heart, and you will be victorious. Stay strong! Please let me know how you’re progressing. I’m always around, anytime you need any words of encouragement.


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