How I Really Feel About AIP Paleo Treats

Okay, so you know I believe in telling it like it is. If you don’t know this, then you’re gonna find that out real soon. In the spirit of total transparency, I should tell you I’m writing this the day before I bake Bre’anna’s AIP Strawberry Layer Cake from her cookbook, He Won’t Know It’s Paleo. But, I should also tell you, it’s for my birthday, the next day.

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How I Really Feel About AIP Paleo Treats

So, here goes, I’m not a big fan of AIP paleo treats. And, here’s why…………

I think, too often, AIP paleo treats are abused. One person’s idea of moderation is another’s downfall. I mean, what is moderation anyway? I hear this word being thrown around by some of the unhealthiest eaters I’ve ever met. I think to myself, and sometimes aloud, “That’s not moderation.” One cookie or treat a day is not moderation to me. In my brain, treats are meant for special occasions, hormonal struggle days, or perhaps, to celebrate something. It’s this screwed up version of moderation that gets us into trouble. Eventually, it becomes an excuse, more than anything else.

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Coconut Apricot Date Balls

Another thing that bothers me about AIP paleo treats is that some people should not be eating the sugar in them. Whether its natural sugar in honey or maple syrup, or date sugar, coconut sugar, or whatever, it’s still sugar. If you’re eating large amounts of sugar every day, you’re going to have problems. Sugar feeds many diseases, like cancer and candida. It can cause damage to your organs, especially if you suffer from diabetes or hypoglycemia. No matter what you suffer with, large amounts of sugar are not good for you.

My third thing about AIP paleo treats I don’t like, I freakin’ HATE making gelatin eggs. Hate it! I mean seriously, who came up with this torture?! Do those things really come out right for y’all? Is it just me? Seriously.

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Carrot Cake Macaroons|The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook

Now, all that being said, it is absolutely necessary for an AIP paleo blogger to create and post treat recipes. That’s right, I said it; and I’ll tell you why. I post at least one recipe a week on this blog and on social media. I hardly ever post one of my own AIP paleo treat recipes. When I do, I get five to ten times more views, likes and comments. I can post the most delicious chicken recipe in the world; but, it will not get as much attention as a carob covered thingamadoodle. In order to stay relevant, we have to give people what they want. And, they want AIP paleo treats!

Apparently, there are a lot of you out there who feel the way I do about AIP paleo treats. We all have our own reasons. Some of you are on low-FODMAP or have specific food allergies, and so on. I’m reaching out to you right now. Just because I believe in the once-in-a-great-while AIP paleo treat, I would never judge or condemn an AIP paleo blogger who is creating treat recipes. It is not their, or my, responsibility to cover everyone’s specific dietary needs within the AIP. Everybody needs to take ownership of their own healing journey ( I stole that from the ever eloquent Angie Alt). If ingredients in an AIP paleo blogger’s treat don’t work for you, guess what….don’t make it. And, there is absolutely no need to chastise them for trying to help others in the AIP community. That’s just rude.

There are many people who would not be able to sustain the AIP elimination phase, without the addition of treats. Think of what we’ve accomplished so far. We have completely changed the foods we eat. Many of us have gone from picking up fast food, to batch cooking our meals every week. We have overcome the odds to heal ourselves. By creating AIP paleo treat recipes, we are often helping those who could not stay on the AIP without them. It is then up to them to control how often they consume them. I mean, come on, we’re all adults here.

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Avocado Carob Date Bars by Grazed and Enthused

Well, I’ve got to get to the kitchen. I want to get all my ingredients ready to make my AIP Strawberry Layer Cake tomorrow. Just so you know, I could have chosen to make myself a paleo cake, with actual eggs; but, instead, I chose to stand in solidarity with my AIP paleo blogger community. They work really hard to create these wonderful and delicious AIP paleo treat recipes for us all to enjoy (once in awhile..wink, wink). So, I will cope with my hatred of making gelatin eggs (I have to make 2 of them, ugh!), and make Bre’anna’s lovely cake for my birthday. And, you bet darn well, I’m going to enjoy it!

So, let’s stay positive folks, when dealing with each other. We may all have different healing journeys; but, we’re all working for the same result….better, healthier lives. We are a loving, supportive community. Let’s always act that way. Smooches!

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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On my way to Paleo f(x)!

It’s finally here!  Today, I’m flying to Austin, TX, to participate in all that is Paleo f(x).  It’s thrilling and horrifying, at the same time.

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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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Reflections On My First Year Of The AIP

As some of you may know already, I celebrated my one year anniversary of being on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). I really kept my celebration low-key, until I saw a photo of myself from before I started my AIP journey. I quickly compared it to a photo I had of myself from a couple of months ago. The difference shocked me.

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I mean, I knew I felt better; but, I had no idea how much better I looked. Now, this is not a vanity play. I simply noticed how much healthier I looked. My face had lost the puffiness from the steroid medication and liver inflammation. My lupus butterfly rash had disappeared. In my before photo, I could see the psoriasis rash that had covered my hands. That rash was now gone. My hair, which had been straggly and thinning, was now full and flowing. The dark circles under my eyes had vanished. And, I had a smile on my face in my after photo. I looked healthier and happier!

After seeing the differences in my photos, I started to reflect on my journey this year on the AIP. Although I hit a few bumps in the road with food reintroductions gone wrong, a severe respiratory infection, and a family member’s stressful medical emergency, I have refused to be defeated in my fight for better health. I have learned so many things this year, including the importance of batch cooking, food prepping, eating nutrient dense foods, managing my stress, getting enough sleep, relying on community, and practicing self love. I have learned how to fight for what’s truly important to me, my life.

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My first year on the AIP reflections.

Plus, I think of my family, and how they would feel if I had just given up after my diagnosis. How unloved and discarded would my husband have felt if I had chosen not to do everything in my power to live my life with him? And, my crazy, little dog, Gideon, how would she live without the Mama, who treats her like the most wonderful creature in the world? How would my Mom deal with watching her oldest (and favorite!) child suffer and wither away? Would my sisters and brother ever forgive me for leaving them without a fight? Would my nephews and niece ever know the aunt who loved them from afar? Don’t worry, my dear family, as y’all know, I’m not that kind of girl. This girl is a warrior!

So, when someone asks me how I could possibly have stayed on the AIP so long, I have a nice, long list of the reasons I did it, and continue to do it.

A year later, I have gotten my lupus and psoriasis under control. I have started to exercise again. My butterfly rash and psoriasis rashes have subsided, and in some cases, completely disappeared. I have lost 20 pounds of inflammation and steroid weight. I have stopped losing my hair. In fact, it’s growing like crazy again. I have discovered new foods that I enjoy so much more than the foods I gave up. I discovered a helpful, loving, accepting, encouraging community of autoimmune warriors, just like myself. I met my mentor, the amazing woman who wrote the book that saved my life, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. And, the most important part, I got my life back.

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Photos from my first year on the AIP by Paleo Cajun Lady

If you’re struggling with autoimmune disease, I beg you to fight. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your family, friends, or anyone else who wants you to live. Give the AIP a shot. It’s really not that hard, once you get going. Don’t let your lack of willpower prevent you from enjoying a symptom free life. I’m going to give you a little tough love here, so hang on. There is no such thing as kind of doing the AIP. You must commit to the elimination phase, with NO CHEATING, for a minimum of 30 days. Then, you must do the reintroduction phase honestly and correctly. There is no way you will feel the full benefits of the AIP, if you do not follow it properly. You may hate me now; but, if you follow it to the letter, you WILL thank me afterwards. Believe me, if you would have told me a year ago, I would have followed the autoimmune protocol for this long, I would have told you how nuts I thought you were. But now, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Hopefully, I’ve convinced you to become an autoimmune warrior. There are tons of resources to help get you through this. Here are a few:

How To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

The AIP Blogging Community

Grocery and Resource Shop

Recipes

The book that saved my life, The Paleo Approach.

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

*This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase from 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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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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