The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol

A couple of months ago when I visited Paleo F(x), I met Stephanie Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo. Since starting paleo, I had found her to be an inspiration in her blog and Instagram posts. I bought her new cookbook, The Performance Paleo Cookbook, in the hopes that I would soon be able to use it. As she signed my cookbook, I chatted with her about my situation of having my autoimmune diagnosis and symptoms sideline my Crossfit training. She was able to offer me some encouragement and motivation. I left our chat session with a renewed commitment to become the best AIP athlete I could be with my autoimmune disease.

stephanie gaudreau from stupid easy paleo aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol IMG 1770 768x1024
Meeting Stephanie Gaudreau from Stupid Easy Paleo at Paleo F(x)

Once back home, I formulated an AIP fitness and diet plan that would allow me to take things slowly, while still giving me the fitness and endurance gains I was looking to attain. As for my diet, I would be following the autoimmune protocol, with the successful reintroductions of soy free eggs and white rice. I would also forgo any new reintroductions until I saw how my body handled the stress of training. It’s important not to add too many stressors at one time. That’s a quick way to send your autoimmune system into overdrive. When formulating an AIP fitness plan, it’s important to go low and slow.

To begin, my AIP athlete fitness plan consisted of weight lifting, yoga, and very little cardio. I scheduled two days of lifting with 5 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training) running. Basically, I would run as fast as I could for 30 seconds, then do a slow jog for a minute and a half, and repeat until my 5 minutes was up. I scheduled yoga for two days, and three days for total rest. I followed this schedule for three weeks before kicking it up a notch.

The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol IMG 6461 1024x933
Becoming The AIP Athlete

To gain some knowledge on the best way to incorporate the proper paleo diet into my new training program, I read Stephanie Gaudreau’s book, The Paleo Athlete. To help put together the most effective fitness diet, you need to know the right nutrients to feed your body at the right times. Stephanie’s book is very efficient in explaining the whats and whys involved in pre and post workout nutrition. It’s also helpful that it’s written from a woman’s perspective. She understands the special needs of a female athlete.

The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol IMG 6462 1024x914
The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol

With the information in The Paleo Athlete, I was able to plan my AIP athlete diet. For inspiration, be sure to check out my Instagram feed. I always post my meals for the day, including any pre and post workout meals. The trick is to be sure you’re feeding your muscles properly with the necessary mix of proteins, fats, and carbs. It isn’t as hard as I thought it would be to keep my diet AIP while training. In fact, it’s been pretty darn easy.

Perfect Post-Workout Meal by Paleo Cajun Lady aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol IMG 4047 1024x1024
Perfect Post-Workout Meal, Tuna salad over greens and a baked sweet potato

Obviously, I’ve been working at becoming the ultimate AIP athlete since the beginning of May. Since then, I’ve followed my plan and adapted to different situations my autoimmune disease presented, like joint pain, bloating, and other fun stuff. The important thing is, I didn’t quit. I kept going. Because I kept going, I am so happy to announce that I will be starting Crossfit next month! That’s right lovelies, I’ve reached such a great place in my healing, I am able to go back to Crossfit!

See, it can be done! You too can reach and even surpass your fitness goals.. Don’t let your autoimmune disease, or any illness, stop you from reaching for your dreams. You just need to formulate a realistic plan to attaining your fitness goals. Perhaps, you don’t want to be an AIP athlete, you just want to get a little yoga in every week. Or, maybe you were a runner before your diagnosis; and, you want to try to start running again. No matter what level of fitness you want to succeed at, you can’t do anything if you don’t take that first step. Make a plan. Stick to it. Adapt where necessary. Succeed! That’s it!

AIP Athlete by Paleo Cajun Lady aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol IMG 6460 1024x922
Reach your AIP fitness goals!

Now, it’s your turn. I want to know what you need help with. I’m not going to take you by the hand and do everything for you; but, I can lead you in the right direction. Are there any other AIP athletes out there? Have any of you had fitness success on the AIP? If so, how? I want to know it all! I’m planning on devoting a few posts a month to fitness, Crossfit, and AIP sports nutrition. Is that something you’re interested in, or is it just me? Let me know!

As always, I wish you good health…….and, good food!
aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol q  encoding UTF8 ASIN 1624141013 Format  SL250  ID AsinImage MarketPlace US ServiceVersion 20070822 WS 1 tag boanmo05 20aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a 1624141013aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol q  encoding UTF8 ASIN B00HUDCU08 Format  SL250  ID AsinImage MarketPlace US ServiceVersion 20070822 WS 1 tag boanmo05 20aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B00HUDCU08

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive compensation. Thanks for helping to support my blogging efforts here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol fullsizeoutput 281f

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!

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
Twitter aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol twitterFacebook aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol facebookPinterest aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol pinterestGoogle Plus aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol googleplusYouTube aip athlete The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol youtube

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.

how to deal with the disappointment of Unsuccessful food reintroductions food reintroductions How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions IMG 6226
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.

feeling left out because of unsuccessful food reintroductions food reintroductions How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions IMG 6227
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!

Eileen Laird ebook food reintroductions How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions IMG 4111

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

food reintroductions How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions fullsizeoutput 281f

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!

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
Twitter food reintroductions How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions twitterFacebook food reintroductions How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions facebookPinterest food reintroductions How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions pinterestGoogle Plus food reintroductions How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions googleplusYouTube food reintroductions How To Deal With The Disappointment of Unsuccessful Food Reintroductions youtube

Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

So, you’ve put on your big girl or boy pants and decided to start the Autoimmune Protocol in the new year! Well, good for you! The hardest part is actually over. Deciding to take your health into your own hands is not easy. It often takes months, sometimes years, of suffering before we opt to make changes to our diets, in the hopes of recovering from our symptoms.

starting the aip by paleo cajun lady the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) IMG 6211
Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

What I hope to do in this post and the next is make the transition to the Autoimmune Protocol as easy for you as possible. There are quite a few things I wish I would have known before I started the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). In this post, I will focus on reference materials. These are the materials you’ll want to have by your side as you dip your toe into the Autoimmune Protocol pond, so to speak. Now, let’s get started.

The first resource you’re going to want to get is my printable list of foods to eat and foods to avoid on the Autoimmune Protocol. You can download your free copy here. This list will give you a pretty good idea of foods you’re going to be enjoying over the next month or so. With this list, you will be able to plan your grocery list and menu for the upcoming first week. It’s better if you plan ahead for what meals you’re going to eat when you begin the Autoimmune Protocol.

The next part of your plan should be finding recipes for foods you want to make in the upcoming weeks. You can start by checking out the recipes on my AIP Paleo board on Pinterest. You can see them here. Obviously, you will also find several recipes in my archives. Just type in AIP recipes in my Search tab. Also, don’t forget to check out the recipes of some of my fellow AIP bloggers, here. All of the bloggers listed are The Paleo Approach approved sites. Always look for that seal from The Paleo Mom to be sure you are getting a true, approved AIP recipe. Usually, you’ll find it in the blog’s sidebar.

Medal300 the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Medal300

Now that you have your recipes, it’s time to go grocery shopping. Just stick to your list of approved foods. It’s that easy.

Okay, you want more. Here are some great resources to help you start the Autoimmune Protocol successfully.

Everyone wanting to start the Autoimmune Protocol should have a copy of The Paleo Approach by Dr. Sarah Ballentyne. You will find everything, and I do mean everything you need to start the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) the right way.

the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) q  encoding UTF8 ASIN 1936608391 Format  SL250  ID AsinImage MarketPlace US ServiceVersion 20070822 WS 1 tag boanmo05 20the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a 1936608391

If you feel you need an AIP coach, check out Angie Alt’s group here. Angie has also recently released The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook. You can get a copy of her ebook here or her print version here. What I like most about this cookbook is that it also has recipes for once you begin reintroducing foods back into your diet. There is a ton of really good information for starting the Autoimmune Protocol elimination phase and how to reintroduce foods properly, once you’re ready for that phase.

the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) q  encoding UTF8 ASIN 0692342907 Format  SL250  ID AsinImage MarketPlace US ServiceVersion 20070822 WS 1 tag boanmo05 20the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a 0692342907

As far as my favorite AIP cookbook, that is Mickey Trescott’s The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. I use many of Mickey’s recipes weekly. Her AIP Ranch dressing is a staple in my house. Enough said.

the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) q  encoding UTF8 ASIN 0578135213 Format  SL250  ID AsinImage MarketPlace US ServiceVersion 20070822 WS 1 tag boanmo05 20the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a 0578135213

If menu planning is your weakness, you probably want to invest in Christina Feindel’s 28 Days of AIP. And, if you’re interested in Low FODMAP, check out her new ebook, 28 Days of LOW- FODMAP AIP. Each ebook will give you 28 full days of menus with recipes. Trust me, this will make your life a lot easier.

28 days of aip ebook by christina feindel the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) 28 Days of AIP 252x300
28 Days of AIP ebook by Christina Feindel of ACleanPlate.com

IMG_5573 the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) IMG 5573 231x300

When you’re ready for the reintroduction phase of the Autoimmune Protocol, you really need to make sure you do it correctly. I did this step all wrong the first time I did it. I find it very confusing; and, found Eileen Laird’s ebook, Reintroducing Foods On The Autoimmune Protocol, to be a lifesaver. This ebook can help you determine if you truly are ready for the reintroduction phase and everything you need to do it with ease.

Eileen Laird ebook the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) IMG 4111 300x230

I INTERRUPT THIS POST FOR A MAJOR AIP RESOURCE ANNOUNCEMENT! COMING JANUARY 1, 2015, GET THE NEW EBOOK RELEASE, 85 AMAZING AIP BREAKFASTS!

aip breakfast cookbook the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) IMG 0345 300x185

Some of us AIP bloggers have come together to bring you this awesome cookbook with 85 AIP breakfast recipes. You’ll get everything from soups to skillets to pancakes. And, they’re ALL the Autoimmune Protocol approved. Get your copy today by clicking here, or on the photo above.

The last resource I want to mention is the AIP community. Get involved and interact with us! You can follow all of us AIP bloggers on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Be sure to ask us any questions you may have. Go ahead and tag us when you cook our recipes. We all love creating relationships in the Autoimmune Protocol community. I love hearing from y’all!

My next post will cover different food staples and kitchen equipment that will make your time on the Autoimmune Protocol much easier. I’ll go over everything you need, and a few things you may just want. I know most of you want to start fresh on Monday, January 5, rather than on January 1. This should give you plenty of time to prepare. I’ll have this post out for you this weekend, if not before.

happy new year from paleo cajun lady the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) IMG 6212
Start your new year with the Autoimmune Protocol!

Well, I’m so proud of you. You’ve really made a great decision. Be sure to pat yourself on the back. You deserve it!

*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 at Paleo Cajun Lady.  I really appreciate it!**

the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) fullsizeoutput 281f

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!

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
Twitter the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) twitterFacebook the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) facebookPinterest the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) pinterestGoogle Plus the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) googleplusYouTube the autoimmune protocol Everything You Need To Start The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) youtube