It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted, here on my blog. I have a few good reasons for this: 1) I’ve felt uninspired to create AIP recipes; 2) I’ve been transitioning to a more primal, ketogenic diet; and, 3) I’ve been working on several new projects. Truth is, ever since I put my lupus into remission, I’ve felt the need to expand, both my diet and my lifestyle choices. Little by little, I’ve been transitioning back into the person I was before I got sick. I really had no idea how much of my luster I had lost. My inquisitive nature has completely returned. I’m me again, only healthier and wiser!
Just so you understand, this new-old me is not abandoning you (those following me for AIP info). Simply because I’ve reached the end of my AIP journey, doesn’t mean that I can’t help you through yours. In fact, the fact that I’ve been so successful with it, makes me a great choice to go to for advice. So, you may notice some new not-so-AIP recipes and posts on my blog. As I continue on my journey of life, I will explore different diets and lifestyle changes. Although I may find new and different protocols that help with my current goals, I will always have a special place in my heart for the AIP. After all, it is the protocol that gave me myself back.
Now, let’s talk about what I’m up to! After reading Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore, and doing a ton of research, I’ve decided to start the ketogenic diet. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a very low carb, moderate protein, and high fat eating protocol. It has shown to be effective in treating epilepsy, diabetes, PCOS, MS and many other ailments. Basically, it forces your body to be fueled by ketones, rather than glucose. Plus, it burns fat like crazy, which makes it very popular with athletes. The main reason I’ve started the ketogenic protocol is to deal with some lingering issues. Although the AIP healed my gut and put my lupus into remission, I didn’t have much relief from my hormonal and endometriosis issues. Plus, I’m an older woman, trying to get into prime fitness competition shape. After reading about others’ success treating these problems, with the ketogenic diet, I chose to give it a try.
In order to get all the fat grams I need to eat to stay in a state of nutritional ketosis, I have added some organic dairy products into my diet. I have found that as long as I eat low-to-no casein dairy, I tolerate them very well. I also try to stick with raw and/or sheep or goat milk products as much as possible. Since adding dairy back into my life, I have been able to experiment with different recipes. This Primal Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is one I’ve used for 16 years! I’ve missed it so much over the last couple of years. It’s so nice to have it back in my life. And now, I want to share it with you.
I’ll follow up with another post on the ketogenic diet next week. In the mean time, feel free to ask me any questions you may have. I’m looking forward to sharing this new part of my journey with you.
As always, I wish you good health……..and, good food!
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