Things AIP Has Improved For Me

  • Migraines
  • Acne
  • Fatigue and endurance
  • Pain in feet and legs every morning
  • Pain in previously injured joints
  • Gas and bloating
  • Chronic constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Chronic low BP including orthostatic hypotension
  • Neck pain
  • Congestion
  • Itchy eyes at bedtime
  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Brain fog
  • Anger
  • Ability to maintain or gain weight
  • Constant hunger and thirst
  • Irritated and overactive bladder
  • My immune system

    And most importantly:

    • My outlook on life

    There is actually something I can do to improve my health and daily well being. It’s not hopeless, I’m not crazy, and I don’t need to go on a bunch of medicines to deal with pain and side effects. As soon as I heard about and started working towards the Autoimmune Protocol, I felt an amazing sense of control. I had control over my health by the food choices I made. Over time, I have been able to pinpoint certain symptoms to certain foods such as dairy causes me acne and constipation while corn and oats cause me neck pain and itchy eyes. I have also learned the healing power of certain foods first hand, such as collagen for my joints and GI.

    As a culture, we don’t like thinking that what we eat is causing our health problems. We just want to eat what we like and whine about our bodies. I resisted cutting out grains and sugar and eggs. I resisted going paleo a few years ago when introduced to it by a friend. It was hard emotionally to adjust and I already had 9 years of practice being that weird gluten free girl. I struggled a lot at first and had to make new habits in thinking, shopping, cooking, and eating. My taste buds have adjusted (though I still have a sweet tooth) and I will gladly declare that I love braised collard greens.

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    MicroBlog Monday: Distraction

    This post and a break from Instagram (I’m not on Facebook), got me thinking more about distractions. I see the evidence that constant distraction is creating children who can’t face boredom with creativity and problem solving (see my post about being tv free), and I know I have a phone addiction issue, but I haven’t looked at it in a deeper way to analyze how being constantly entertained affects me. So, here are my park time musings while I watched the bugs and the grass in the breeze…

    Why do we distract ourselves? In what ways do we distract ourselves? Are other sentient beings capable of self-distraction?
    If we allow ourselves to just sit and pay attention to the nuanced things going on around us, then we might also notice the things going on inside of us. They might be upsetting thoughts or feelings or things that require effort and self-work to address. By distracting ourselves with automated instant gratification entertainment, we can avoid that self work.

    How did I feel socially involved pre smart phone? Why is being in my own head-space for hours on end uncomfortable when I used to revel in it? How does having a smart phone effect my parenting and my relationship with my son?

    Screens, especially tv, are a socially accepted and promoted version of self-distraction. Rather than work on our own inner and inter-personal issues, we can focus on the drama laid out in front of us be it the local news, a football game, or a drama series. We can then discuss those events on social media instead of talking about personal things with friends or taking social action and being involved in our communities. We can avoid eye contact with strangers, and thus the possibility of meaningful interaction, by being conveniently engaged by our phones.

    What long term effects will this constant distraction have on individuals and societies? Will we be less constructive, less happy, less creative? Will more people realize the negative effects and take action to limit the distractions in their lives?

    (I know this wasn’t micro by any means, but it’s what started coming out as I made the time to write in my own space and stop obsessively checking my phone.)

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    Poofy Organics Sale!

    This only happens a few times a year. Poofy Organics has put the entire line on sale for 15% off. You must enter the code at checkout.

    Poofy recently introduced a line of matte lip gloss, which is now available as singles for $25 or as a set of eight for $160.

    For first time customers, I give a 10% refund on your purchase (not including shipping). Please visit my site and send me an email with your purchase total!

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    AIP Sloppy Joes

    Back in the day, my first blog was all about gluten free food and life. At that time, the only gf bread I could get was dense and brick like and if I tried to eat out the phrase “gluten free” was met with a blank stare. Over the last 10 years, I slowly learned to cook from recipes, from an idea in my head, and from what I had on hand. I learned to love experimenting instead of fearing it. It amazes me what gluten free options there are now and how most people know what I’m talking about. But, I’ve been on the Autoimmune Protocol for nearly a year, necessitating me to cook outside my comfort zone and experiment with no break to eat out.

    Last week, I got the craving for sloppy joes. Instead of lamenting the loss of soft gluten free buns, I decided to not think about it and instead focus on problem solving. There’s almost nothing in mainstream sloppy joe recipes that are AIP compliant outside the meat and onion. Add to that my dislike of beets, which is commonly used in “nomato” sauces. But I wasn’t discouraged!

    I found this nightshade free sloppy joe recipe and made modifications on the fly.

    I didn’t have onion so I skipped it. I steamed about a cup and a half of carrots and retained the water. I used 1Tbs of apple cider vinegar instead of 3Tbs of white vinegar as I didn’t want it to be overpowering. Instead of brown sugar, I used coconut palm sugar that I had on hand. I skipped the allspice as I don’t think it is AIP and used a dash of turmeric instead of mustard powder. I am out of honey so didn’t bother and used the retained water and a little homemade soy sauce for the water and soy sauce. I put all the sauce ingredients in a blender while I browned the meat. I was a bit skeptical as it simmered but assumed it would at least be edible.

    It turned out really good! I think I will add a tad more acv the next time I make it. I could also see making a double batch of the sauce and freezing half for the next time. I ate the leftovers with AIP root vegetable biscuits and think it tasted better as leftovers.

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    MicroBlog Monday: Blog Bog

    Sometimes I get overwhelmed by life and all the things I want to write about, or avoid processing, and so I do not blog about anything at all. Here are nine things I need to blog about:

    1. My sick cat. This is taking up time and money and is a big stressor on me at the moment.
    2. RV updates. I do not have a timeline for being on the road and what little progress I was making financially just got used up on vet bills.
    3. An update on my daith piercing. Yay, it healed!
    4. My ridiculously precocious child and all the things he loves and does.
    5. Exercise and health and how much I miss riding my bike.
    6. A review of a Poofy Organics product.
    7. All the thoughts and feelings about Wallace wanting to see Grandpa and me making that happen.
    8. How much I want to have another child and how I do not know when I will be fnancially and physically able to.
    9. My thoughts on Easter as a Buddhist who was raised Lutheran and doesn’t really get along with my family.

    This four year old of mine…

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    MicroBlog Monday: I’m Not Starving

    It has been nearly a year since I started working toward the Autoimmine Protocol (I have Celiac disease and undiagnosed chronic pain and fatigue). It was a hard transition despite having been gluten free for 10 years and dairy free for 8 months. I had to get used to not eating grains, eggs, nightshades, legumes, seeds, and nuts (I still eat some nuts), and get used to eating more vegetables and healthy fats. My body craved starches for a long time and I lost a couple pounds before I realized I needed to prioritize compliant starches twice a day – mostly sweet potatoes, plantains, and squash.

    I am not healed but I am in less pain and have more energy. I feel in control because I know that what I choose to eat can positively impact my health, unlike when I felt hopeless because the doctors wouldn’t help me. I am not perfectly compliant because I allow myself some gluten, grain, and dairy free chocolate and peanut butter and do not eat the full 8 cups of vegetables everyday or the bone broth and organ meat I should be focusing on.

    I used to constantly get asked what I could eat and still get a lot of negative feedback about undertaking this health diet. In response, I take a lot of pictures of my food as proof that I am not starving! I just made it to 106lbs, which is amazing for my 4ft 11.5in self. So, here’s a sample of what I eat.

    Chicken and vegetable soup with homemade bone broth and root vegetable biscuits (made with canned pumpkin).

    Crockpot teryaki chicken, with broccoli, and the rare treat of basmat rice.

    Uncured bacon and braises collard greens. Turns out I love collard greens.

    AIP compliant version of Samoa Girl Scout cookies. They were worth all the time it took to make them!

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    Bath Time

    When I was pregnant, I started really researching the ingredients in my personal care and cleaning products. I knew Johnson & Johnson was atrocious, to the point that people have gotten cancer from the iconoc baby powder. There was no way I was going to give Wallace his first bath with such a toxic product, and that the hospital was just so glad to provide. At first I found some green-washers like Babyganics, and ended up giving a bottle to a friend who felt comfortable using it. Instead, his first baths were just water and herbs and it was glorious.

    As poop and puke happened, I switched to using small amounts on Dr Bronner’s unscented for washing and wipes, and coconut oil for lotion. Over the last 4 years, I’ve discovered he has some chemical sensitivities, like me. He started getting eczema from playing in the tub in which my dad used various shampoos and soaps. He also got eczema from a couple brands of diapers and all brands of disposable wipes (try them on your own butt!). So, I began washing Wallace in a Rubbermade tub to prevent the reaction, keep him from slipping in the tub, and reduce the amount of water we used.

    This fall, I realized in 3 1/2 years he had never had a bubble bath. He always loved playing in his baths, but a bunch of bubbles takes it to a whole new level. I splurged and ordered him some Poofy Organics Sleepy Sleep Bubble Bath  knowing that I was okay with all of the ingredients and that they wouldn’t sell a bubble bath if they didn’t know it would work well. I was expecting fewer bubbles than the chemical laden varieties, but it far exceeded my expectations! The bubbles get a couple inches thick, last a good 20 minutes, smell heavenly, and don’t require as much soap as I thought it would. Better yet, Wallace loves it!

    To get the most bubbles, I squirt in a small amount as I start to fill up the tub and swish vigorously with my hand. Wallace usually cheers me on and gets excited, but that’s optional. He loves to drive his bulldozer through the “snow,” wash his animals and dinosaurs, or just enjoy the feel of the bubbles. Tonight, he had fun making bubble beards, I childhood right of passage.

    *If you decide to place an order with Poofy Organics, please follow my link and sign up as a customer. Send me an email and I will refund you 10% of your first order!*

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