Rising From The Ashes……Again!

When I decided to take a month off from blogging and social media last month, I was already beginning to feel the effects of a lupus flare. Determined to stop it before it got out of control, I immediately began the healing protocol that helped me reach remission before. But, this time I was stronger, wiser, and unafraid. This time, I was unstoppable.

Rising From The Ashes..Again! by Tara Perillo
Autoimmune disease is unpredictable.

Now, I know some will be quick to blame the ketogenic diet I was on, or all the exercise I was doing, or the stress of trying to put out a new book. I, however, am not blaming any one or combination of those things. My last birthday was the first birthday I actually FELT myself get older. It’s like my brain sent my hormones a memo saying “ She’s old. It’s time for y’all to crash.” I’m not trying to say that some of the other factors had nothing to do with my relapse; but, I don’t think they were the exact cause. I do have lots to report on the ketogenic diet specifically. It’s given me lots of blog posts to release over the next few months. But, to blame the diet for all my symptoms would be wrong.

AIP Approved Foods by Tara Perillo
AIP Approved Foods

Changing my diet, back to the AIP, was a no-brainer. I actually only went back to the AIP with reintroductions phase. The reintroductions I left in were coffee (1 cup/day), dark chocolate (1 small square, soy-free every other day), and soy-free eggs (3/week). I’ve left these foods in my diet because I’ve done the AIP elimination phase enough times to know they are 100% tolerated by my system. Had I not begun to recover so quickly, believe me, I would have easily removed these foods too.

Then, I had to rethink my workouts. For me, it was the perfect opportunity to retest the program I had created when I first began to exercise again. So, that’s what I did. It had been over a year since I had done the workouts that had seen me through my journey from sickness to fitness. This time I was starting out stronger and more fit than before; however, I was dealing with some of the same symptoms I’d had before. My joints were aching. I was fatigued beyond belief. And, I was dealing with serious inflammation and bloating. That didn’t stop me back then, or now.

Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide by Tara Perillo
Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide- Coming Soon!

A big part of my recovery has been lots of rest and stress management. When I was piecing together all of the research I’ve done over the past year and a half, I determined, because of my flare, it was going to take a bit longer to put out the original book I’d planned. So, what I chose to do instead is release my Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide, this month. This ebook contains everything you need to begin your very own sickness to fitness journey. It covers the entire program- nutrition, workouts, wellness practices, and recipes. There’s lots of information including calculating macros, foods to eat and avoid, specific exercises, batch cooking, meal prepping, and more. Plus, you’re not going to believe the price. I’ve priced it so that everyone can afford it. I want to make sure that anyone who needs help will be able to get it. I’m hoping to have it released on September 12th. I’ll be doing lots of announcements here, and on social media, when I have the specific date.

Happily, I can report, after a month of going back to the basics, I am doing great. No, I’m not completely over my flare. My fatigue, joint pain, rashes, hormonal imbalance, and other symptoms have greatly improved. In fact, I’m thinking this might turn out to be the shortest flare I’ve ever experienced.

Here I am, once again, rising from the ashes. Living with an autoimmune disease is always unpredictable. You can try to guess what’s causing a flare; but, you can never be totally sure. When you recover from a big flare, you’re often filled with fear that you’ll relapse. If you’re like me, you try to distance yourself from anything related to autoimmunity. It’s like, the less I talked about it, the less chance there was that I would flare again. Silly, silly me! You can’t run from an incurable disease. You can’t hide from it either. The best we can do is control it. I know that now. If anything, this latest flare was the best thing that could have happened to me. It encouraged me to share my experiences and successes even more. It taught me to do all I can to help as many people with autoimmune disease as I can reach. Now that the worse (in my mind) has happened, and I’ve been knocked out of remission, I can stop running, stop hiding, stop being fearful, and start conquering again. I now see that helping the autoimmune community is my calling. My entire focus will be on helping us heal.

Thanks to all of you for allowing me the time to rest and recuperate. It’s good to be back with y’all again.

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

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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Are You Ready To Get Healthy & Fit In The New Year?

New years are notorious for change. We go into them with a promise to ourselves…to get our health in check….to lose weight….to get fit…..to eat healthy…..to build confidence in ourselves. Some of us follow through. Some of us fizzle out. Which did you do last year? And, the year before?

Are You Ready To Get Healthy & Fit In The New Year? by Tara Perillo
Get Healthy & Fit in the new year!

For those of you who fizzled out, did you have support? Did you have someone to hold you accountable and help you with your choices? I’m willing to bet you didn’t.

On the flip side, I bet the majority of those who followed through with their resolutions had help getting there. I know I did.

When I set out to improve my health in January 2014, I basically just started alone. I had just been diagnosed with lupus (SLE), and was looking to heal my autoimmune disease, without medication. Through research, I found the paleo diet and lifestyle. I had already been eating gluten free for about six months; so, moving to paleo really wasn’t too hard. Although I experienced some healing, especially in my gut issues, I felt I needed to go further. That’s when I stumbled across The Paleo Approach, by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, otherwise known as The Paleo Mom. Now, when I first began the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), I didn’t have much support from many of the people around me, except for my hubby. So, I actively sought out support from others in the AIP community. I even travelled to meet Dr. Sarah Ballantyne herself! I surrounded myself with others who were making a difference in the autoimmune community.

Because of that support, encouragement, and accountability from experts in the autoimmune community, I am happy to report that I am in full remission from my lupus symptoms. I have no active inflammation anywhere in my body.

Now, I don’t want you to think that all this happened overnight. I made mistakes along the way. I learned new things along the way, too. In fact, it wasn’t until I added exercise to my healing protocol, I was finally able to reach full remission. New studies have shown that moderate to heavy exercise actually suppresses the immune system. Well, if your immune system is in overdrive, due to an autoimmune condition, doesn’t it make sense that suppressing it would be a good thing? But, I didn’t just start out doing rigorous workouts. I mean, even though my health had greatly improved on the AIP, I hadn’t really exercised for a year and a half. Luckily for me, I had been a fitness trainer since the 1980’s. Yes, I am that old! Being that I hadn’t trained in so long, I sought out a workout program I could easily start out with. I found it!

Results after first 60 days of Beachbody workouts- Tara Perillo
Results after first 60 days of Beachbody workouts.

I didn’t stop there. I continued to do workout programs to help me progress in my fitness goals. In the meanwhile, I put my lupus into remission, and built my body back up to what it was before I got sick. Actually, I think it’s even better than before!

Why am I telling you all of this? Because now I want to help you to be successful with your new year resolutions! Some of you may have seen that I’m starting up a new site, Tara’s Healing Home, in January 2016. On the new site, I will be hosting Warrior Fit Challenge Groups. Each month, I will host two new challenge groups, AI Warrior Fit group, especially created for those of you with autoimmunity or health conditions, and my Warrior Fit group, for those of you who do not have health conditions, but want to lose weight, build muscle, or just get ripped. I will be your fitness coach, to help you reach your health and fitness goals.

Warrior Fit Challenge Group starting January 4, 2016! Join Today!
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Now, because I am a very up front person, I want to make sure you understand what these challenge groups are all about. In order to get into shape again, I started doing Beachbody programs; Piyo, P90X3, Combat, and Hammer and Chisel. After doing my first program, I was hooked! It was important to me that I could build up my strength again….at home. Working out at the gym, just wasn’t something I was into. I felt overwhelmed, out of shape, embarrassed, and insecure, while there. And, I have been working in gyms all my life! I decided to make my home into my own personal gym. I also decided to partner with Beachbody, because I love their workouts, and because they work. So, the workouts we’ll be doing in the workout groups are Beachbody workouts.

When you join a Warrior Fit Challenge Group, I will:
*  Help you choose a Beachbody workout to help you fit your needs and goals. You will be responsible for purchasing your workout program.
*  Provide daily encouragement, support and accountability.
*  Provide you with my exclusive Facebook group where you can post any questions, challenges, or accomplishments.
*  Provide daily video clips with fitness and nutrition tips
*  Let you in on special Beachbody discounts and new releases
*  Provide you with information on entering the Team Beachbody Challenge, where you can win cash and other prizes!

And, all of my coaching is FREE! The only thing you pay for is your program, and any of the products, you choose to buy for yourself. That’s it!

If you’d like to join either of my January 4, 2016 Warrior Fit Challenge groups, fill out the contact form below. You’ll need to order your program a week ahead of the start date of the challenge group; so email me today. We need to figure out which program is going to work best for you; so, I need a little time to get to know you and your goals. Should you want to join a later group, still email me now. That way, we can get you set up in plenty of time to start the new group. I will be listing all new Warrior Fit Challenge Groups on my Facebook page HERE.

There’s more! In January, I will also be offering 30 day meal plans for AIP, paleo, and gluten free programs. These are personalized meal plans, created to help you reach your nutrition health goals. For those of you starting the AIP, this is an excellent way to learn about what foods to eat.

Coming in January- 30 Day AIP, Paleo & Gluten Free Meal Plans by Tara Perillo
Coming in January- 30 Day AIP, Paleo, & Gluten Free Meal Plans!

Each meal plan includes:
*  A goal questionnaire, to determine food likes and dislikes, your personal goals, macro necessities, and personal and medical needs, including any food allergies.
*  A full 30 day meal plan: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks
*  A digital cookbook, featuring over 100 recipes and recipe links, for meals to fit your program requirements (AIP, paleo, or gluten free).
*  Batch Cooking Tips e-book.
*  My personal email, where you can ask questions or just get some much needed encouragement.
Personalized meal plans will sell for $49.95/month. Information on when they become available will be posted on Tara’s Healing Home. If you have any questions, email me HERE.

Tara's Healing Home- January 2016!
Coming In January, Tara’s Healing Home!

Hopefully, I’ve given you some tools to make your resolutions in the new year successful! Combining my Warrior Fit Challenge groups and your personalized meal plan, is the best way to become the healthiest, fittest you! Plus, even if you purchase a Beachbody program and a meal plan, it’s still cheaper than a gym membership, sessions with a personal trainer, or nutritional counseling! And, you get me as your coach, someone who’s successfully recaptured my health and rebuilt my body after illness! Let me help you get healthy, too!

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

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 Healing Kitchen Review & Giveaway

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When I first heard Alaena Haber from Grazed and Enthused, and Sarah Ballantyne from The Paleo Mom, were working on a cookbook together, I knew I was in for a real treat. I actually met both of these talented ladies at the same time, for Sarah’s book signing in Chicago. It seems only natural that these two would collaborate to create this amazing AIP paleo resource, The Healing Kitchen, for all of us in the autoimmune community. Continue reading “The Healing Kitchen Review & Giveaway”

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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