Autoimmune Musings: Are We Ever Fully Healed?

Lately, I’ve been in a musing mood. I’ve been thinking a lot about my healing, how far I’ve come and what I’m looking for in the future. I’ve really began to wonder if we are ever fully healed. Although I’ve been in remission (lupus, SLE) for almost a full year now, I’ve still had to deal with hormonal fluctuations, arthritic damage to my joints, vitiligo, fibroids, psoriasis flares, PMS, adrenal fatigue and soft tissue damage left over from my last lupus flare. Now, I completely understand that autoimmune disease is tricky, and all of these symptoms and issues are the result of stress and damage from past health crises.  But, understanding that didn’t make me feel much better. Then, I started to muse.

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Autoimmune Musings: Can We Ever Fully Heal?

What are we expecting when we start a healing protocol? Are we expecting to never have to deal with another illness or symptom? To be honest with you, I kinda was expecting that. My diet is impeccable. I get 4 to 6 workouts in a week. I practice stress reducing strategies constantly. I love myself. I get plenty enough sleep. So, why then do I continually experience symptoms? Why is it when one thing clears, another one pops up? Because I am an imperfect, human being, as are you. Continue reading “Autoimmune Musings: Are We Ever Fully Healed?”

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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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Eliminate Your Stress- Relax ebook Review

One of the most important factors in putting my lupus into remission was getting my stress under control.  Let’s face it, we live in very stressful times right now.  Not only do we have our daily stresses, but we also have to worry about a slow economy, terrorism, and people just going bat sh*t crazy on us.  Stress is everywhere we look!

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We may not be able to take away the stresses of life; but, we can change how we deal with them. By practicing certain techniques, we are able to process stress in a much less damaging way.  That’s what I learned to do by performing the activities in RELAX: 60+ Inexpensive And Easy Ways To Naturally Eliminate Stress by Michele Spring from Thriving On Paleo.

In RELAX, Michele gives you easy to apply tips (many that are completely free) for eliminating your stress. She covers activities such as crafts, movement, thoughts and actions, travel, food, DIY spa, and even expensive but worth it treats.  Each page is filled with workable solutions to eliminating your stress.  There are even links to helpful apps, lessons, and videos. Michele has even included tutorials and recipes for amazing DIY spa products that will send your head straight into the clouds. Simply looking at the beautiful photos in RELAX took my stress away.

To give you a little background on Michele, she is the blogger behind ThrivingOnPaleo.com.  She is a wife and mother of two young boys.  She was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and extreme adrenal fatigue.  Like me, she found success with healing her symptoms through following The Paleo Approach.  Her story is truly inspirational! I encourage you to check out her blog.

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RELAX by Michele Spring

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Do yourself a favor, get this helpful ebook. Then, practice the techniques within. We all know the importance of getting our stress under control.  For me, it was the key that opened the door to managing my symptoms.  Isn’t that what we’re all looking for?

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

*This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive compensation. Thank you for helping to support my blogging efforts, here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

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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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Will The Real AIP Please Stand Up

Recently, while going through one of my social media feeds, I came across a description of the AIP that disturbed me. It described AIP as “a very strict form of paleo”. It wasn’t just words. It was the combination of the words and the tone of the post that upset me. A few days later, on a different social media site, written by a different paleo blogger, I saw the same description once again. This time I knew something was up.

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It’s descriptions like that one that scare people, who could benefit from the AIP, away from trying it. Frankly, I find it terribly irresponsible, especially when coming from others in the paleo community. Our first responsibility should be to accurately describe all healing protocols to our readers. And, by accurately, I mean with the facts.

Facts about the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, author of The Paleo Approach, and also known as The Paleo Mom,  is the modern expert on all things AIP. She is a scientist and master researcher on autoimmune disease and it’s relation to diet and lifestyle factors. She also suffers from autoimmune diseases. She has provided the autoimmune community with a plethora of information on nutrition, sleep, adrenal fatigue, exercise, scientific studies, and so much more. Anything you need to know about the AIP can be found in her books or on her website. She also has a real compassion for those of us suffering from autoimmune disease, as she is one of us.
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The elimination phase is strict. I wouldn’t, however, describe it as “very strict”. You will still have plenty of foods to choose from. Just take one look at my Instagram feed; and, you’ll see I’m not suffering. Plus, it isn’t meant to last forever! That’s right, I said it. The elimination phase is only part of the AIP. Now, it is a very important part. You’re basically eliminating all foods that could be feeding your already amped up immune system. There is actual science behind the elimination of these foods and the improvement in autoimmune symptoms. Once you have healed your gut, and put most or all of your symptoms into remission, you move on to the reintroduction phase. In this phase, you start methodically adding foods back into your diet. Most people are able to reintroduce foods such as eggs, spices, and even white rice back into their diets. Fact is, the AIP elimination phase does not last forever.

The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is not just for people with autoimmune disease. Many people have found relief of psychological, neurological, and other health conditions on the AIP. Some discovered food allergies, they didn’t even know they had. It’s a great protocol to help kick start your health journey.

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Dishes from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

The Autoimmune Protocol does not cause disordered eating. In fact, it teaches you how to eat nutrient dense foods to complement your healing. When followed properly, it can help you to avoid unhealthy foods with questionable ingredients, which can be harmful to anyone. Learning to cook and eat real foods is actually healthy. Just because someone turns down a potentially harmful paleo treat containing guar gum, doesn’t mean they’re suffering disordered eating. It actually means they’re smart. Read the science behind guar gum and other potentially harmful ingredients here.

Fact is, there is a lot of misinformation being spread about the AIP. I urge you to seek out only those sources with The Paleo Approach Approved seal. We go through a rigorous vetting process to earn this seal. We are expected to live up to the standards set by Sarah Ballantyne in The Paleo Approach. We work tirelessly to provide you with the most helpful autoimmune topics, scientific data, resources and let’s not forget, the best AIP recipes on the internet and beyond.

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The more informed you are, the better prepared you are to make decisions about your health. Let’s not get confused by bad information, put out by people with no skin in the game. Get your information from people who live in the trenches of autoimmune disease and other medical conditions. We walk the walk and talk the talk. We don’t ask you to do anything we’re not doing ourselves. We’re not super-humans or freaks for taking our health into our own hands and following a “very strict form of paleo”. We are autoimmune warriors, fighting very real, and often serious diseases. Our willpower is strong. But, our will to survive is even stronger!

Has the AIP helped you? I would love to hear your story. Please, share in comments, or email me at tara@paleocajunlady.com.

As always, my fellow autoimmune warriors, I wish you good health…and good eating!

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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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