A Day in the Life
If you missed the first post on this topic, Paleo AIP is the Auto Immune Protocol for the Paleo diet. So while the Paleo diet means no wheat, grain, sugar, or dairy (which is traumatic enough, if you have eaten a standard american diet for most of your life), Paleo AIP goes a step further and removes nightshades (peppers [the veggie and the spices], potato, tomato, and eggplant) nuts, seeds (including chocolate and coffee) and eggs.
If it sounds awful, it kind of is. Unless you are seriously suffering some auto immune problems. Then you get kind of willing to consider this restrictive of a diet in hopes of relief and preventative care. Here’s a look at a normal day in my Paleo AIP life. It took A LOT of adjustment to get here, and I am still refining as I can:
Breakfast: Home-mixed pork sausage (to avoid the sugar and the pepper spices in the store kind) and broccoli, as well as ginger tea
Snack: Black tea with coconut milk and honey*, leftovers such as chicken and zucchini in olive oil
Lunch: Heavy garden salad (lettuce, cucumber, carrots, olives, chicken) with garlic infused olive oil
Dinner: Steak and spaghetti squash
Snack: Coconut milk shake with two strawberries, 1/2c blueberries, agave*, and coconut cream
*I had to go off chocolate, coffee, and cane sugar. I reserve the right to two or three teaspoons of honey each day, though I understand this is not strict Paleo.
I am shrinking. Not like, “Yay, weightloss” shrinking (though there’s that, too), I mean my hands, stomach, and feet are visibly (terrifyingly quickly) de-puffing. Who knows how long I have had immune flare-ups to these different foods that I am now allowing my body to heal from, but apparently I should have done this a long time ago. In 60 days I can try to reintroduce the Paleo AIP foods to see if I can eat them again (I really miss eggs for baking), but I will probably only get a few back. I also suspect I am allergic to tomatoes!
4 Transition Tips
- Let yourself be Paleo for a little while. Paleo is enough of an adjustment and it will make Paleo AIP a little easier.
- Wheat-flu is real. A week of hot and cold illness, fuzzy head, headaches, and complete and utter exhaustion. Then, suddenly, light breaks through. It’s been very pleasant since.
- Plan the crap out of everything. Overplan. Then plan again. Cook stuff and freeze stuff. Try new things.
- Read and find people going through the same thing: The Paleo Mom, Auto Immune Paleo, Plan to Eat, and The Paleo View Podcast (my personal favorite).
- It is surprisingly, shockingly, frustratingly emotional. It is isolating and frustrating, and weekends are the worst. Plan to not hang out with people for a few weeks.