I love food! I do…I like grocery shopping, planning meals, cooking, baking and of course, eating! I enjoy feeding people and making foods that they enjoy. I spend a good part of my day in the kitchen and that isn’t a bad thing!
However, after really doing some soul searching, I know that my gut still has a long way to go until it is healed. The reality of that is that means a strict diet. But, how do you decide which healing diet is right for you? GAPS? Paleo? AIP? It can be down right overwhelming.
The truth is there is not a one size fits all diet plan. A person needs to look at their goals for healing….are you dealing with an autoimmune disorder? Food allergies? Digestive issues? For me, the autoimmune protocol appears to be a good fit for my goals.
What is the autoimmune protocol? It is a very strict version of the paleo diet. No grains, legumes, sugar, nuts, seeds, night shades, eggs and dairy. Yikes! So, the next question is what can you eat? I love this list from Phoneix Helix.
The plan is lots of healthy veggies and fruit, nourishing bone broth, happy bacteria filled fermented foods and beverages, chaga tea for healing and grass fed meats. This isn’t a lot different from our daily diet, other than reducing some of the veggies that are on the no no list and going dairy free.
Part of me wonders if I am nuts, why would I want to take this diet on? The truth is I have a strong desire to beat Hashimoto’s and to be healthy! I’m tired of feeling old and worrying about my health each day. Autoimmune conditions require you to work on healing your immune system, most of which is in your gut.
The idea of following the AIP is that you take out foods that cause inflammation anywhere from 30 days, to three months, or until your symptoms are reduced. At which point you can begin introducing food to see if your system can handle it or you need more time to heal.
My plan is to go at least three months before introducing foods. The hard part for me isn’t going to be cooking. I love a challenge in the kitchen! For me, it’s more emotional. I know I have an unhealthy attachment to food. It is something that I need to face and I pray that in the next three months my love for food will loosen it’s grip on my life.
Eating crap food because it tastes good or is fun is not worth poor health.
You’ll be seeing more posts from me about the autoimmune protocol…recipes and progress for sure!
I am also super excited about my upcoming appointment with a new functional medicine doctor and I will let you know how it goes and what the next step of action will be.
2014 is going to be a year of moving forward in good health with my family!!
Do you have a goal for 2014 to get healthy? I’d love to hear about it!