Why Is Reintroducing Foods On The AIP So Freakin’ Hard?

Why Is Reintroducing Foods On The AIP So Freakin’ Hard?

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Is this what you feel like reintroducing foods on the AIP?

I just ate a pecan. Now, I’m standing in my kitchen, awaiting the results. Did I just feel a twinge in my earlobe? Was that pain in my knee there before I ate the pecan? Is that a hive that just popped up on my finger?

I’m obviously making light of a very real situation for those of us on the AIP. This is pretty much me, every time I try reintroducing foods on the AIP. I feel like I’m always waiting for the first symptom to hit, never believing that I’ll be successful with the reintroduction. For so many of us, the fear of our symptoms returning from an unsuccessful reintroduction is very strong.

But, how do we know if the symptom we’re seeing or feeling is being caused by the reintroduced food? What if we just so happened to be under more stress that day? Or, what if our hormones were fluctuating, and that caused the flare? How can we ever be sure? Truth is, we can’t.

Now, in my experience, if you have an instant reaction, like IBD symptoms, shortness of breath, or a hive outbreak, it’s pretty safe to say it’s an unsuccessful reintroduction. But, if you have a reaction that’s a day or two later of painful joints or a rash, it could be something else. Let’s face it, reintroducing foods on the AIP is hard.

In my last post about fitness on the AIP, I wrote I wouldn’t be reintroducing foods on the AIP until after I saw what the increase in exercise did to my system. Since researching sports nutrition further, I have started to wonder if I’m missing out on some performance enhancing foods that my body may not even have a bad reaction to. I mean, I would love to add some nuts back into my diet. What if I could reintroduce them successfully?

So, that’s what had me in the kitchen, eating a pecan. I am happy to report that I was successful! I have also added cashews to the mix of reintroduced foods. If I had remained afraid, I would never have even tried reintroducing them.

My advice, don’t be afraid. You could be enjoying foods that are actually beneficial to your health. I’m not saying to go out there and eat a gluten-filled pizza or donut! That would just be stupid. Sorry, but that’s how I feel. But, if you’re reintroducing real, healthy foods, I’m all for it. I see far too many people moving to the extreme ends of the spectrum when dealing with reintroducing foods on the AIP. On one side are those who try too many food reintroductions, and ignore symptoms, just because they really want to add a certain food back into their diets. On the other end are those who read every little twinge or hiccup as a reason to consider a food reintroduction as unsuccessful. Are you on one end of this spectrum?

The only way to remedy this problem, and be sure you’re getting a true successful or unsuccessful reading, is by learning to properly reintroduce foods into your diet. The best resource for this is Reintroducing Foods On The Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird. In her book, she gives you all the tools you’ll need. I always refer to it when I reintroduce a new food. I even printed out some pages and laminated them. It’s much easier to pull those out any time I need them. You can get your copy here.

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I refuse to live my life in fear anymore. I’m even thinking of trying to reintroduce tomato sauce soon. If I run into a problem, I can always go back to the elimination phase of AIP any time. But, because I have been so successful on the elimination phase, I am now able to reintroduce many of the foods I had to give up. That just proves the elimination phase of the AIP works. It is not a forever diet. Wish me luck on the tomato sauce reintroduction!

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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How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions

As some of you may know, I’ve been reintroducing some foods over the last few weeks. It has not been going well. In fact, many of the food reintroductions I made in the past, are no longer working for me.

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How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions

The first food I tried adding back into my diet was eggs. I had previously reintroduced one egg back into my diet months ago. I figured it would be no big deal to add it back in, after a month of doing without. I served it up over a big grass fed hamburger patty. About an hour after eating it, I started to experience some stomach upset. I thought it was a fluke; so, I planned to eat another one a few days later. The next time, I ate a boiled egg instead. Several minutes later, I had bloating and stomach pains. The psoriasis rash on my arm started itching, also. It was official. The eggs were a no go. I was bummed, to say the least.

After a few days, I decided to give black pepper a go. This was also a food reintroduction I had been successful with before. I sprinkled a little on my lunch salad. Oh, how I had missed my pepper! I had no bad effects. At dinner, I sprinkled a little on my dinner. When I went to bed that night, I still had experienced no bad effects. The next morning, I woke up to a painful ulcer in my mouth. Since I was dealing with some stress at the time, I wanted to be sure the ulcer was caused by the pepper and not the stress. At lunch, I sprinkled a bit unto my salad again. That night, as I was brushing my teeth, my gums began to bleed. I had been here before; so, I knew the pepper was the culprit. I struck out again.

At that point, I chose to suspend any new food reintroductions until I could get my stress under control and recover fully.

If you’ve tried and been unsuccessful at food reintroductions, you have probably experienced some serious disappointment. To make matters worse, you watch others be successful with their own reintroductions. Of course, you’re happy for them; but, at the same time you feel a sense of loss. This feeling has led many people to ignore symptoms, just to be able to add that treasured food back into their diet. That can be very destructive to your healing. It’s important that you face your food reintroductions truthfully.

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Unsuccessful food reintroductions can make you feel left out

So, how do you cope with unsuccessful food reintroductions?

1.  Be sure you give each food reintroduction a good try. You should try each food at least two to three times, unless you have an immediate and extreme reaction. You may also want to try a different brand or variety of that same food as well. For example, I tried a store bought, cage free, organic egg the first time. The second egg was a farm fresh egg. Although neither of them worked for me, at least I was able to see if perhaps I would have tolerated one of them.
2.  Allow yourself to heal from each unsuccessful food reintroduction. If you try the next food too soon, you may get a false negative response because your body is in a state of inflammation. It’s best to let yourself heal completely from one reaction, before starting another one.
3.  Don’t believe everything you see or read online. Like I said before, some people will ignore symptoms, just to be able to eat a food again.
4.  Keep a food diary. The reason I suggest this is because it can help to see dates, so you don’t try unsuccessful food reintroductions too early. You know how it is, you think it’s been a month, when it’s really been two weeks. That happens to me all the time. Also, you can see if some food combinations are not working for you. What I mean by that is, the next time you try the food, eat it with a different combination of foods. So, if you ate the egg with beef and cabbage, next time, try it with bacon and sweet potato. Mix it up. Sometimes, it’s the combination of foods that make the difference.
5.  Don’t mourn the loss of your food. It’s important to realize that you may be able to successfully add that food back into your diet at a later time. Someone told me, just the other day, it took them 16 months to add eggs back into her diet. She had had a few failed attempts; but, she never gave up. You should never give up either!
6.  Focus on the foods you can eat. Okay, I know this is a hard one! Our goal is to get to a place in our health journey where we can enjoy as many foods as possible. Until, we get to that point, we have to be happy with what we’re eating. If you focus too much on the foods you can’t eat, you can get really depressed. Trust me when I say, that isn’t going to help you. Depression does not lead to healing. That is a fact.

Knowing others, like me, are in the same boat as you, can be a comfort. You can empathize with those who are experiencing the same disappointment. You are definitely not alone! I, for one, crinkle my nose a bit when I see someone sharing a photo of their recent successful food reintroduction, especially if it’s something I want. I’m happy for them; but, I’m sad for me. I just pick myself up again, knowing that one day someone else will be crinkling their nose at me when I finally successfully reintroduce those eggs.

One of the best resources you can invest in is Eileen Laird’s book, Reintroducing Foods On The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. This book has helped me to do things the right way. I’ve always been honest about the fact that I did reintroductions wrong the first time around. Because of my epic fail, I caused myself many more months on the elimination phase of the AIP. I wish I’d had this book back then. At least now I know how to do it right!

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As always, I wish y’all good health….and, successful reintroductions!

*This post contains an affiliate link.  If you make a purchase using this link, I may receive compensation.  Thank you for helping to support my blogging 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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The Paleo Approach One Month Results

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The Paleo Approach Results

Well, I’ve been following The Paleo Approach diet for an entire month, as of today.  Over the course of this past month, I’ve definitely had my ups and downs.  And, because not all my symptoms have disappeared, I’ve decided to continue on, without adding new foods into my diet.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do feel much better, today.  But, three days ago, I didn’t feel so hot. I awoke with joint pain in my left hip and both knees.  In fact, my joints were so swollen, they popped when I moved them. This went on for two days.  I couldn’t walk without serious discomfort.  Kneeling in church yesterday, was excruciating.  Then, out of the blue, this morning, they were fine.

There is also the matter of my rashes and hives.  My worst rash, although much better, is still not completely healed.  And, I am getting the occasional hive breakout.  Plus, my allergy response is still pretty high, with sneezing and a runny nose.

All of this tells me that I am still in the process of healing.  To add foods to my diet that could bring on a reaction,  would not be helpful to my recovery.  So, I will continue on with my elimination diet, unchanged.

I have noticed significant improvement in all of my belly issues.  I don’t get heartburn, gas, and bloating anymore.  I also haven’t had diarrhea or been constipated all month long.  And, I’ve lost another 5 pounds.  It’s an awesome feeling when your gut is cooperating! I’ve added two supplements to my regimen that I believe are really helping to heal my gut.  The first is Probiotics.  These are the ones I take, Nutrition Now Pb 8 Pro-biotic Acidophilus – 120 Capsules (120)the paleo approach The Paleo Approach One Month Results ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B005P0NZVG
The second is OX bile.  If you’ve had your gallbladder removed, or if yours isn’t working the way it should, you may want to consider taking this supplement.  It helps your body to produce the bile needed to digest your foods properly.  I had my gallbladder out 15 years ago.  Since then, I never knew when something I ate would send me rushing to a bathroom.  I wish someone had told me about Ox Bile back then!  With these two little pills, I’m able to digest my foods properly, without suffering.  I use these, Ox Bile 125 mg 180 Capsulesthe paleo approach The Paleo Approach One Month Results ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B003GHA5GS
I actually have mine on scheduled delivery from Amazon, to be sure I never miss my dose.  I started by taking one with lunch and 2 with dinner.  Now, I take 2 with lunch and 2 or 3 with dinner, depending on how much fat I’m eating with my meal.  It’s best to start your dosage low, and then, increase as you see how your body deals with it.

My skin has also improved dramatically!  I have completely eliminated my butterfly rash!  Also, I have faded my facial discolorations from vitiligo to help them blend into my skintone better.  And, the rashes on my palms and fingers, are under control and much less noticeable.  In fact, unless you know they’re there, you wouldn’t even notice them.  I know diet has helped clear my skin.  But, I also know that changing my skincare products to only include non-toxic, natural products was necessary to help me heal.  I have a few products for sale that I created to heal my skin.  I sell them through my etsy shop, if you’re interested.  I know, not everyone is big on making products themselves.  That’s why I created these, Orange I Beautiful Vitamin C Toner, Orange I Beautiful Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum, and Heal My Skin Lavender Salt Soak.  Each batch is made to order, to ensure the freshest product for you.  I priced them with a low introductory price so everyone could afford to try them.  What good are quality products, if the people who need them most, can’t afford them?  Also, if you purchase them at the introductory price, you are grandfathered in, at that price.   That means, your price never goes up!  These products worked great for me.  That’s why I wanted to share them with you.

Other than those couple of days of joint pain, I’ve noticed an improvement in my mobility.  My hands, in particular, are not as painful as they used to be.  I used to have so much pain in them, I could barely move my fingers some days.  My reaction, during those two days of joint pain, may have been caused by a change in weather or temperature. It was much warmer, on those two days, than it’s been in quite some time.  I do have significant, diagnosed arthritis in my left knee.  It’s completely possible that I also have it in my right knee and left hip.  It could be a totally different issue than my lupus.  Because I didn’t change my diet before the joint pain increased, I’m inclined to think it had more to do with the weather than my diet.

So, after only a month following The Paleo Approach, I can report great improvement.  I know not every day is going to bring lollypops and roses.  I know I still have a lot of healing yet to do.  But, I feel better!  And, that’s worth so much!

If you’re on the same journey as I am, you may have discovered the same results.  Many of your symptoms may have subsided.  But, you’re still dealing with the occasional flare.  Or, perhaps your symptoms have completely disappeared.  If that’s the case, congratulations!  I’m so happy for you!  Or, you could have noticed no change in your symptoms at all.  If this is you, please email me personally at tmoperillo@gmail.com.  I would love to work with you to see if we can figure out what’s going wrong. Maybe, I can help you to tweak things to get better results.

Although this elimination phase is pretty restrictive,  I haven’t really felt like I’m missing out on very much.  I’ve been working hard to create delicious recipes with AIP approved ingredients.  I’ve actually had some pretty amazing meals!  Hopefully, you’ve been able to enjoy some of my recipes.  I’m going to keep them coming to you.

I would love if you could share some of your results in the comments.  You could let me know what topics you’d like to see more information about.  In my next blog post, I will give you tips on how to keep eating paleo when your symptoms are still flaring.  I know, it can be difficult to stay on such a restrictive eating regimen.  I do it every day!  There is no cheating for us! Cheating means pain and suffering!  Hopefully, my tips can get you through it, when the going gets tough.

You can do this!  Keep going!  Be strong!  We WILL heal ourselves!





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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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