What is Paleo, Cajun Lady Style?

First, I’d like to welcome everyone to my new blog.  Those of you who have been following me on Boho and Mo’s blog, thank you for popping over to check out this one. I plan to focus my posts on healing autoimmune disease naturally.  Obviously, one of the ways I’ve chosen to heal myself is by following a paleo diet.

A little background info about me:

Last year, my life changed dramatically.  After years of practicing as an herbalist and homeopath, I founded Boho and Mo.  Due to losing loved ones in my life and my own failing health, I started a business helping families to remove the toxins in their homes and find alternative products.  I quickly branched out to include an Etsy shop and a DIY, holistic living blog.   Business was booming: but, my health was deteriorating.  I had visited a doctor the year before for different issues.  I was promptly referred to four other doctors.  At the time, I just didn’t have time for that,  I was just going to have to deal with my symptoms.

A year later, my symptoms were much worse.  I would wake up in the middle of the night vomitting.  I had rashes and hives all over my body. The rashes on my hands and face were the worst.  I had constant stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, and gas.  Oh, and my hair was falling out by the handfuls. My periods were painful, heavy and erratic. My mouth was filled with canker sores.  And, for no reason, I would bust out crying all the time.  I was a hot mess!

Luckily, I found and visited the doctor who had diagnosed my gall bladder disease years earlier.  She took one look at me and said, “You have an autoimmune disorder.”  She referred me to a specialist in gastrointestinal health and ordered a battery of tests.  We set out on our journey to figure out which one or combination of autoimmune disorders I had.

During the discovery phase (as I like to call it), I visited three doctors, ended up in an urgent care clinic with unexplained bleeding, endured three separate blood tests, an endoscopy, an ultrasound, biopsies and a colonoscopy.  The results of each were not good.  Every organ and body tissue they examined was inflamed.  I had a stomach ulcer, inflammation in my stomach, intestines and colon, a fibroid tumor, and groups of small lesions in my colon.

Two months later, I received the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE and lichen planus.  I was also gluten intolerant.

When my doctor outlined my treatment plan, which included steroids, more specialists, and more tests, I chose to hold off until I could do further research.  She told me the warning signs to be on the lookout for and asked me to call when I’d made my decision.

The research I did scared me…..badly.  There was no way I was going to use steroidal drugs, internally or externally.

I called my doctor the next day to tell her I was refusing treatment.  Needless to say, she wasn’t very happy with my choice.  That’s okay.  I wasn’t too happy with her treatment plan.  However, she was nice enough to let me know symptoms I should not ignore, such as those involving my kidneys or my heart.

Then, I set out to formulate a plan to heal myself naturally.  I read everything I could online, in books, and on social network platforms.  I determined that I should go gluten free.  I went a little nutty in the gluten free aisle at the grocery store, snatching up all the GF pasta and breads I could buy.  I also purchased herbs, supplements, and vitamins that could help in my healing.  Slowly, my health started to improve.  But, it still wasn’t enough.  I was dealing with some of the same symptoms; and, my hair was still falling out.  I could tell I was on the right track.  There was something I was missing.

Mo Meets Paleo

In December of 2013, I started reading about the paleolithic diet.  Many bloggers had written about the success they had treating their autoimmune disease by eating this way.  I chose to dip my toe into the water by doing The 21-Day Sugar Detox, starting on January 6, 2014.  If you’d like to read more about the results,  I posted for all 21 days on www.BohoandMo.com.

Once I was done with the detox, I added back a few foods, mostly nuts and raw dairy cheese.  I began to experience horrible symptoms again.  Thankfully, I found The Paleo Approach, by Dr. Sarah Ballentyne.  This wonderful book provide me with all the information I needed to fully understand my disease and conquer it.  I was going full paleo!  And, I was also doing a strict elimination plan until all my symptoms were gone.

Obviously, it’s been going well.  Otherwise, I doubt you’d be reading this on Paleo Cajun Lady.  Since I’ve started eating paleo, I’ve lost 17 pounds, healed ALL of my belly issues, slowed my hair loss, calmed most of my rashes (the butterfly rash on my face is GONE),  increased my energy, and reduced my joint pain, dramatically.

What I Got For You

What I’m hoping to provide for you in this blog, is a weapon in your arsenal to fight your autoimmune disease.  I’m going to give you recipes for yummy AIP paleo foods, standard paleo, and primal (in case you decide paleo is too restrictive).  I will give you my experience with different vitamins, supplements, and products.  Yes, I’m going to be a lab rat for you.  Now, I understand that just because something works for me, it may not work for you, and vise-versa. So, I will also give you information on things that have worked for others.

Together, we can head out on this journey to heal our autoimmune disease.  Welcome to the ride!

Tara "Mo" Perillo Paleo Cajun Lady
Tara “Mo” Perillo
Paleo Cajun Lady

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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