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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Autoimmune Life: The Guilt of Recovery

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.

Autoimmune Life: The Guilt of Recovery by Tara Perillo
Autoimmune Life: The Guilt of Recovery

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?

Autoimmune Life- Before photo 10/2013   After photo 9/2015
Autoimmune Life- Before photo 10/2013 After photo 9/2015

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:

Traumatic Stress and Autoimmune- Is There A Link?

Living With Autoimmune- The Bad Days

The Loneliness of Autoimmune Disease

Staying Positive on The Autoimmune Protocol

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:

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook

Nourish

He Won’t Know It’s Paleo Cookbook

28 Days of AIP

28 Days of One Pot AIP

Reintroducing Foods On the Autoimmune Protocol

85 Amazing AIP Breakfast Recipes

AIP Paleo Cajun Cookbook

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!

*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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AIP Paleo Roast Beef with Cabbage Steaks & Mushrooms Recipe

AIP Paleo Roasted White Sweet Potatoes with Dill Recipe by Paleo Cajun Lady

Well, I certainly hope you all enjoyed your summer! Although technically we still have a couple of weeks left until Autumn hits, most of us recognize Labor Day as the end of summer.  It’s time to switch over from light, refreshing meals to heavier, heartier fare.  This Roast Beef with Cabbage Steaks & Mushrooms recipe is perfect to help you make the transition.

Roast Beef with Cabbage Steaks & Mushrooms  Recipe by Paleo Cajun Lady
Roast Beef with Cabbage Steaks & Mushrooms

Normally, I wouldn’t be looking forward to Autumn.  I never considered it to be one of my favorite seasons.  But, this year, I am actually excited about it.  Maybe, it’s because the summer was the coldest and wettest, for those of us in Illinois.  I think it’s more because I feel so much better than I have in a really long time.  As the air gets chillier, I don’t worry as much about the joint pain that usually comes with it.  Instead, I can look at it with new eyes, enjoying all the pretty colors and sites that come with it.  I can savor all of the flavors that come with it, too. Who’s not looking forward to the tastes of pumpkin, acorn squash, apples, and fall spices? And, of course, there’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup or chili, to warm you up on a brisk Autumn day.  So, goodbye summer,  I’ve got some pumpkins to buy!

AIP Paleo Roast Beef with Cabbage Steaks & Mushrooms Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

AIP Paleo Roast Beef with Cabbage Steaks & Mushrooms Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Cut 9 small slices into roast.
  3. Stuff a piece of garlic into each slice.
  4. Place cabbage rounds in large baking dish.
  5. Salt cabbage to taste.
  6. Lie roast onto cabbage steaks.
  7. Add mushrooms to baking dish.
  8. Pour in broth.
  9. Sprinkle with parsley, oregano, and salt.
  10. Drizzle with olive oil.
  11. Place baking dish in oven and cook for 1 hour for medium rare.
  12. Cook longer if you like it well done.
  13. Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing.
  14. Serve.
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You’re going to love this Roast Beef with Cabbage Steaks & Mushrooms recipe.  It cooks in only one dish and is easy to prepare.  That’s perfect for when you’re trying to make dinner while adjusting to your new Autumn schedule.  Of course, it tastes pretty good, too.

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

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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