When you’re feeling sick and hopeless, the last thing you need is to be taken advantage of. Unfortunately, it seems there are a lot of folks out there who want to do exactly that. After almost 20 years in the alternative health industry, I have discovered serious flaws in the science of alternative healthcare, and the entire diet and supplement industries. I am now committing myself, and my blog, to exposing the pros, cons, and outright lies of the diet, supplement, alternative healthcare, pharmaceutical, and traditional medicine industries. It’s about time you know the truth; so, you can make the best healthcare and wellness choices for yourself and your family.
When I first started my autoimmune healing journey, there was nothing I wanted more than to feel better. In October 2013, I was suffering from a lupus flare, stomach ulcer, inflamed hiatal hernia, pockets of inflammation throughout my intestines and colon, various psoriatic rashes and lesions, joint pain, hair loss, mouth ulcers and gum bleeding, weight gain from prednisone, and an uptick in my vitiligo symptoms, which caused it to spread to my face. I was completely miserable.
Almost two years later, I am happy to have reached remission in my lupus, vitiligo and psoriasis symptoms. My latest blood test have revealed exceptional improvement in my inflammation markers. I have no active rashes or lesions. All of my IBD and gastrointestinal issues have been resolved. I have discovered many of my triggers, and have learned how to cope with them in a more effective way. So then, why am I not screaming about my great news over every mountaintop?
I feel guilty.
If anyone would have told me, when I first began this journey, that I would feel guilt for getting better, I would have said they were nuts. But, here I am, all better, feeling bad that I’m healthy, while so many others are still suffering. It’s like I feel as though I don’t want to shove it in people’s faces. Even though I put in the work and sacrifice over the last two years, and I know I deserve to feel better because of it, I just feel bad for those who are still experiencing flares.
Honestly, I’m not sure if anyone else has ever felt this way. Most people are quick to shout out about their healing triumphs, especially in the autoimmune community. But, I’m sure I can’t be the only one that’s ever felt this way. The feeling is so great, it’s affecting my sleep. Every night, I have dreams, which feel like I’m awake, of my symptoms returning. I feel everything from severe joint pain to nausea, migraines, itching and sore throat. As I sleep, I feel like I’m suffering. Then, when I wake, I’m perfectly fine! I have no pain, no nausea, no anything! Weird, right?
So, that’s why I’m coming clean today. This is my mountaintop to shout it from. I AM IN REMISSION!
Hopefully, I can get some sleep tonight……without painful dreams!
Over the weekend, I will be changing some of the pages on my blog to reflect my new status. I encourage any of you who have not been with me from the beginning to check out some of the older posts I’ve written. I’ve actually written about many of the struggles of living on the AIP. I still do maintain a mostly AIP with reintroductions diet because of my various food allergies. Many of those I’ve had for years. They’re not going anywhere. Here are a few of my favorite posts:
Also, let’s not forget how I got here. I don’t believe I could have ever healed without The Paleo Approach. Had I not followed the diet and lifestyle changes outlined in this protocol by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, I would not have been able to put my autoimmunity into remission.
I’m also thankful to all of The Paleo Approach Approved autoimmune bloggers and authors who have provided such wonderful resources and recipes to help me heal. You can find all of them here: Autoimmune Bloggers & Sites.
Here are a few of my favorite resources and cookbooks:
Know that I’m praying for all of y’all who are still suffering. I sincerely hope you all, one day, feel as good as I do right now. I know the journey is long and hard. Even I had doubts throughout these two years. But, now I feel as though all things are possible. I’ll be right here, to help get you there too!
As always, I wish you all good health……..and, good food!
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Have you started reintroducing foods on the AIP? If you have, are you finding it easy, or hard?
Most people I talk to find reintroducing foods on the AIP to be the hardest part of the protocol. Sometimes, it’s pretty easy to tell if a food is not going to work out for you. You’ll break out in hives, a rash, brain fog or joint pain. But, you’ll always have those foods that make things a little more difficult to tell.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of food reintroductions lately. And, some of those foods don’t even fall under the paleo umbrella. Now, before you go calling the paleo police on me, I should tell you those foods were still considered healthy, real foods. I believe these foods are essential to my fitness goals; so, I’ve reintroduced them. Those foods are gluten free oatmeal, rice noodles, and pure whey protein.
When deciding which foods to reintroduce on the AIP, you should always consider your health goals. Some of you may want to consider your mental health goals as well. If it would do your mind good to reintroduce some real, dark chocolate, then that would fit into your health goals. Don’t concern yourself too much with eating strict paleo. The main focus of paleo is to eat real, minimally processed foods that nourish your body. That’s why you’ll often see the leaders in the paleo community chowing down on dairy products or homemade gluten free treats. There’s a reason why they made up the 80/20, 90/10, or 95/5 rules.
Now, if you haven’t tried reintroducing foods on the AIP, I am going to suggest you get Eileen Laird’s ebook Reintroducing Foods On The Autoimmune Protocol. When I first started doing food reintroductions, I seriously did it all wrong. I ended up damaging my immune system and sending it right back into high gear. After finding, and reading Eileen’s ebook, I was able to do my reintroductions correctly, and without destroying all of the healing I had gained. There is definitely a right and wrong way to do things.
And, don’t expect to be successful with every food reintroduction. So far, I have been unsuccessful with hemp protein, hemp seeds, raw tomatoes, potatoes, soy and black pepper. I’m sure I’ll be adding more foods to that list as I try more reintroductions. There may be some foods I’ll never be able to add to my diet. Prepare yourself for that reality.
The main things to keep in mind when reintroducing foods on the AIP, is to take your time, learn to do it properly, and focus on your health goals. If you do those three things, you will find the process more enjoyable.
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