Today we are joined by Astrid Fox who blogs about the autoimmune protocol and her experiences over at Heal Me in the Kitchen. She has graciously volunteered to share her story with you all as I focus on my move and spend the holidays with my family. Please go check out her blog and show her some love!
Hello Everyone, This is Astrid from Heal me in the Kitchen and I am excited to be guest posting here on Sweet Potatoes and Social Change! Thanks you Samantha for giving me the opportunity to do so. Samantha asked me to talk about my AIP experience. Instead of repeating what is on my blog, Heal me in the Kitchen , I made this timeline to show key events that lead up to today. Please come visit my blog to learn more about the details of my process.
When my health started to change, I started a food/ symptoms log in the form of a private blog. It was probably the smartest thing I did. I highly recommend this practice to anyone who wishes learn how to heal with food.
How I got into Paleo?
Like most people, I started my healing-with-food journey through Paleo. When I made the decision to go on short term steroids to bring down the inflammation in my gut during my first real flare, I knew I need to search harder to find a way to live with Colitis without relying on medications. While I searched for the answer to better health through food, I heard an interview podcast from the SCD Lifestyle guys and they had Danielle Walker share her story about how she got her Ulcerative Colitis under control by giving up grains. Her book Against All Grains was an eye opener for me.
What Was I doing Before AIP?
I researched the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, SCD and GAPS, but I wasn’t ready for those two regimens and felt very overwhelmed so I let them go. I remained on Paleo with improvements but when I was 8 months into grain free eating, a stressor hit and Paleo alone could not compensate for the emotional aspects of UC. I got into another flare, a long lingering one I might add. I was still new to the gut healing game and was again hit with the uncertainty of whether I can heal my body the holistic way.
How I got into AIP?
I started reading about the autoimmune protocol but was overwhelmed and hesitant about changing my diet. I continued learning more about AIP on The Paleo Mom website, Dr. Sara Ballantyne’s scientific explanation really appealed to the geek in me and made the transition to AIP a lot easier. Through Social Media, I started meeting many AIP bloggers and found their positive attitude and support invigorating, I was nowhere near remission at that point and looked forward to a day where I could have the same, positive, attitude about living with UC.
How I am doing on AIP?
Well, you can see on my timeline that I shortly after I started AIP, I decided to pay attention on low FODMAP too. Why? Intuition. I felt that foods that are on the high FODMAP list had given me digestion symptoms before but just disregarded the signal as the fickle nature of UC.
Being on AIP low FODMAP has finally given me clarity about how my gut is healing and what foods are triggering reactions. I am happy that I am finally on a healing path that can really combat the seemingly fickle nature of the IBD beast. I am solving my ulcerative colitis mystery slowly and little by little.
What AIP has Taught me?
Food aside, I have finally adapted to these simple life lessons that I never learned until I embraced the AIP healing regimen. Here they are: