Breaking The Chains of Restrictive Diets

So, those of you who have followed me for awhile know I’ve been rebelling against restrictive diets over the last couple of months. You just may not know the full reason for my change of direction. And, for those of you new to my blog, I’m afraid you’ve found me during a time of transition. I’m now going to take some time to explain myself, because I’m breaking the chains of restrictive diets.

After almost two years on strict AIP paleo, I was successful in putting my lupus into remission. I went through both the elimination phase and the reintroduction phase of the AIP, over the course of 31 months. Upon reaching remission, I remained on a paleo diet. During this time, I did still experience some psoriasis symptoms and many food intolerances and allergies (or what I was told were allergies). Although I was in remission of my lupus, I still struggled with lots of food reintroduction issues. It was annoying to say the least.

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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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Is My Healthy Lifestyle Bullsh*t?

So, I’m sure the title of this post has you curious. Is she getting ready to confess something? Has she finally gone completely mad? Why is she cursing (sort of) on her blog?

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Is My Healthy Lifestyle Bullshit? Absolutely not!

Well, first off, I had to use the word bullshit because that’s the word the person I’m going to talk about used in her post on Facebook.  And, I haven’t gone mad; but, I am angry. Lastly, no, I have nothing to confess. I actually put my real, healthy lifestyle out there for you all to see.

Actually, the reason for this post, and my anger, is a post I saw on Facebook, by one of the biggest fitness personalities, who I actually really admire (or at least used to). Basically, she said that Instagram was bullshit, and that it didn’t show a true depiction of posters’ healthy diets and lifestyles. She then posted a photo of a couple of hot dogs on what I’m guessing was whole wheat buns.  Now, I know what she was trying to do. I know she was trying to show that she was just like everyone else. But, at the same time, she managed to bash an entire community of people who actually do live their daily lives in a healing, health promoting way. And, we certainly don’t look at our lives or work as bullshit.

This kind of judgement and ignorance is exactly the crap we need to move away from. I can’t possibly speak for everyone on Instagram. But, I can speak for myself and several of my fellow bloggers who promote a healing lifestyle in the paleo, AIP, real food and keto communities.  Just about every day, we post our real food meals. We don’t do this to feed our own egos. We do this to help you.  We want to inspire you to eat healthier meals, to exercise, to batch cook, to heal autoimmunity, and the list goes on. And, most of us are not celebrities, on TV shows, and making tons of cash.

In reality, my diet is pretty impeccable.  It has to be. I don’t want to reactivate my lupus.  I don’t want to suffer the symptoms of my food allergies. When I make an unsuccessful reintroduction, I tell you about it. Every meal I post is exactly what I’m eating that day. No bullshit.

Alright, so I’ve said my peace. I just want you to know, the problem I had with that post was not the food she was eating. I don’t make judgements about people like that….at least not out loud or publicly. Hey, I never said I was perfect! My problem was the idea she put out to the public that because she allowed herself to “cheat” and eat not such healthy foods, no one else could possibly be truly eating healthy every day. Honestly, we all have busy, hectic lives. And, many of us DO eat healthy every single day, no matter what obstacles are thrown at us.  We have actual goals of healing ourselves, making gains at the gym, maintaining our health, or whatever your reason.  That type of dedication and discipline should be appreciated, not mocked.

My healthy lifestyle is not bullshit! And, that makes you, judgy post writer, the biggest loser. (hint, hint)

As always, I wish you good health…….and, good food!

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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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The Ketogenic Diet Experiment

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while, know that I love to experiment with my diet and workouts. In fact, I actually consider myself to be an ongoing experiment in health.

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The Ketogenic Diet Experiment

In my latest experiment, I tackled the ketogenic diet, a very low carb (less than 50 grams/day), moderate protein, and high fat diet. The most common ratios for obtaining and maintaining nutritional ketosis is to consume your daily caloric needs with 5% carbs, 20% proteins, and 75% fats. For me, that included 21 grams net carbs (net carbs are total carb grams minus fiber grams), 85 grams protein, and 162 grams fat, with a total daily calorie count of about 1700.

Now, I think it’s only fair to give you a little background on my interest in the ketogenic diet. The first time I heard of it, was at PaleoFX. last year. Fact is, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, gave a speech on the positive negative effects of the ketogenic diet, especially on women. I was actually talking with her about her speech, at dinner the night before. After listening intently to her speech, which included much compelling evidence to some of the dangers to women’s health, I pretty much determined it was something I would never try.

Flash forward almost one whole year later. By this time, I have put my lupus into remission, with help from the AIP diet, as outlined in The Paleo Approach, and a workout program, created by myself. I had also been experimenting with different macro ratios, in order to keep my fitness level progressing. In my research, I came across the ketogenic diet once again. This time, I reached out to the masters in ketogenic, low carb, and high fat diets. Hearing what they had to say, and reading up on their research, I decided to put aside my earlier fears, and give it a go. The ketogenic diet experiment began.

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Tools of the ketogenic diet

The first thing I had to do was get together all the items I would need to begin: keto urine strips, a blood ketone/glucose monitor and strips, a macro counting app (I like MyMacros+), a food scale, and lots of fats.

After calculating my proper macros (above), and beginning to follow the recommended ratio, it took me only four days to start producing trace amounts of ketones. I had tons of energy and mental clarity. Within a week, I had lost 2 pounds of fat. I continued to feel this way and lose weight for eight weeks. Then, I hit a brick wall.

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Leaning out on the ketogenic diet

One of the reasons I began the ketogenic diet was to help with some hormonal and skin issues that were lingering. My first period, while on the ketogenic diet, was completely pain-free. This was something I hadn’t experienced in years. And, I didn’t suffer from the horrible PMS symptoms I usually did. Unfortunately, it didn’t repeat with my second period. I also experienced some relief in my skin rashes, in the beginning six weeks. But then, those came back, even worse than before. All of the energy and mental clarity I had experienced disappeared.

To be completely honest though, I don’t blame the ketogenic diet. I know, after years of experiments and research, it’s just what my body does when I’ve been on any regimen for eight weeks. It’s actually the same way for many of you. Once your body gets used to a particular diet or workout program, it simply stops working at it’s ultimate level. That’s not the time to give up. It’s the time to shake things up a bit.

It was important to the experiment for me to remove some of the variables, to be sure they weren’t affecting my results. I stopped exercising for four days, and followed that with a week of decreased workouts. I also cut out or decreased some of the foods I had reintroduced, such as nightshades and dairy. These changes actually made my symptoms worse, not better. Trust me, I was happy it wasn’t all the cheese I had been eating. So, it was back to the drawing board.

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Batch cooking on the ketogenic diet

What now? The next phase of my experiment has begun. As of this past Sunday, I have increased my carbs to 50 grams a day. I have also increased my protein to 110 grams, and my fats to 174 grams, while I focus on building muscle again. This works out to daily caloric intake of 9% carbs, 20% proteins, and 71% fats. It’s still well within the ketogenic diet range. As of yesterday, I am still producing ketones, even with the new ratios. I will also be doing a carb cycling day each week. On those days, I will increase my carbs to about 100 grams, and lower my fats to about 50 grams. If you increase your fats and carbs by large amounts, at the same time, you will gain fat. One day a week of doing that might not hurt you; but, over time, it will catch up with you.

My workouts will also be changing. I’ll be doing five days of weightlifting split workouts, two days of 20 minute HIIT running sprint workouts, and three days of 30 to 40 minutes dance practice. That may seem like a rigorous schedule; but, I’ve seen that I don’t do well with less exercise. For me, a strenuous workout program keeps my immune system suppressed, which keeps my symptoms to a minimum. However, I do take a week off from weightlifting and HIIT workouts every eight to twelve weeks. That ensures my body can fully recover.

I’ll definitely keep y’all informed as I move through this new phase of the ketogenic diet. Even though we are all different in what works for us, and what doesn’t, that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn something from others’ experiences. I really hate when those trying to hawk their books or whatnot, try to tell you not to try other ways of healing. It’s one thing to make you aware of some of the dangers. It’s quite another to say your way is the only way. You should always experiment with different protocols. Some may help to heal certain symptoms, while others get rid of lingering ones. Finding the combination that works for you is the hard part.

Some great ketogenic diet reading:
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As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!

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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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