I’m Going On A Diet, The Autoimmune Protocol Diet

My cat Kally helping me with research.

It’s so daunting to think of. The fact that I’m going to change my diet. But I’m tired of not feeling well. And food is one of the things that I can control.

I’m getting tired of not feeling well. And my doctors are kind of meh 🤷‍♂️, when it comes to what to do with me. I’m symptomatic, but I’m not in a flare, and my blood work is normal. So, what can you do? My rheumatologist wants my biologic to stay the same. And I’m currently on 3mg of budesonide. But I’m sure once it’s all gone, I’ll be done with it.

Which only leaves diet. Well, and exercise(yoga for me!). Along with seeing my chiropractor and acupuncturist. This past weekend when I was seeing my chiropractor and my acupuncturist they both mentioned diet to me when I told them what was going on. My body is having a lot of immune responses right now, and is very unhappy.

So now, I’m trying to find out what I can about the Autoimmune Protocol(AIP). And the Paleo diet. And it’s all a bit overwhelming and daunting. I’m hoping to get another book that helps to explain it more and what I need to do. Along with keeping a food journal again.

I know that my food tolerances have changed since the last time I did a food journal because I can eat cucumbers again. Which is weird, I know. But it’ll be good for me to figure out what foods I can eat and what I can’t.

The AIP will be slightly more complicated because I also suffer from fructose malabsorption. Which means I don’t process fructose very well. Fructose is found in a lot of plants, veggies and fruits so I will really have to double check everything when I start up this diet.

And that is where meal planning comes into play. I found a meal plan layout that I like. And I found out about a meal planning website that has a lot of the AIP meals on it and it will help you schedule everything. But it’s a paid service and I’m still deciding if I want to try it or not. I really wish they had a 7 day trail or something.

Until next time ✌

Have Food Allergies/Intolerances/Diet Restrictions? Check Out the DineSafe App!

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Disclosure: “This is a sponsored post for DineSafe App. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”

 

DineSafe is a new app that recently come out to help people find food they can eat at restaurants, even if they have very specific diet restrictions. It is a free app to use for both the user and the restaurant. It is currently available on Android and iPhones. It works off of your phone’s GPS to find the restaurants closest to you who have signed up for DineSafe. I love that it works off of GPS. This feature will be very handy for me especially when I travel. It would be nice to know what restaurants in the area I’m staying have food that I can eat before I get there or have to spend time trying to find their menu online.

This app will allow people to find what foods they can and cannot eat so they don’t always have to download nutritional menus for the places that they want to eat. I know I’ve had to do that in the past for places I’ve wanted to go to. Like Subway or McDonald’s. Although, getting that kind of information from a restaurant isn’t always easy. And it can be time consuming. This is where DineSafe steps in.

My diet restrictions are for fructose malabsorption. Currently there isn’t an option for fructose(I really hope that there is soon!) but I can say that I can’t have tomatoes, onions and MSG. They also have some of the other common allergies listed like milk, gluten, shellfish, peanuts, ect.

They also have eight different diets you can choose from:

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DineSafe Diet Restrictions

After you have chosen what your allergen and diet restrictions are you can then start looking for restaurants in your area. Currently there aren’t any restaurants where I live that use this app but I was able to see how it would work by looking up a couple of restaurants in Florida and Oregon.

As you can see it makes it very easy to see what you can and can’t have. The color codes also let you see if the dish can be modified so you can still have it. If the item isn’t highlighted with red or yellow it means that it contains none of the restrictions that you have listed. Yellow means that they can take the item that you can’t have out(ie, tomato or onion). The red means that the ingredient in the dish, like tomato, can’t be taken out.

A new feature that came out this week is that you can petition and endorse restaurants in your area to join DineSafe. I have created petitions for two restaurants in my area. I hope that they join soon! I have a lot of high hopes for this app and I feel that it would be an amazing tool for people to use. I highly encourage people to download it and use it in their area even if there aren’t any restaurants currently using it. You can still create petitions to try and encourage them to sign up. The more of us that use it the greater the success this app will be.

Traveling With IBD

Traveling with IBD isn’t always the easiest thing to do. I’ve had to travel to the other side of the country a few times since being diagnosed with IBD and I’m slowly getting the hang of it. I’ve started to make sure that when I book my flights that I either have an aisle seat or at least a middle seat. I used to always get a window seat but I don’t want to have to go through that many people if I have to go to the bathroom. I also carry extra underwear in my book bag just in case.

For my checked luggage there is a list of things that I make sure to back:

  • Calmoseptine Ointment
  • Panty Liners
  • Prednisone
  • Wet Wipes
  • Extra underwear
  • Tylenol
  • Angel Baby Bottom Balm

Eating while traveling isn’t the easiest thing in the world. There are times I have a hard time figuring out what to eat that isn’t going to upset my stomach. Especially with having fructose malabsorption. I tend to stick to soups and salads if I’m traveling to the training academy for work. For dinner I just try and read the menu well and try to figure out what to eat that won’t give me an upset stomach. My problem is normally getting abdominal cramping when food doesn’t sit well.

SIBO

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.

I’m pretty sure I have it. Again. Which means another elimination diet that will last 4-6 weeks. Which will be hard to do now that I’m out of town for three weeks for work.

It’s either SIBO or my fructose malabsorption is getting  worse. Foods that didn’t really used to bug me that much(like cucumbers) now bug me a lot more. I end up having more abdominal cramping and such.

Either way, it sucks.

I Had Another GI Appointment Today

Today I had another doctors appointment with my GI specialist. This was basically another follow up after my stay at the hospital. My doctor is happy with the progress I’ve made since the last time I saw her. I’m definitely feeling much better. I haven’t felt this good in a long time.

I did not find out what new medicine I’m being put on yet. My doctor wanted to consult with one or two of the other GIs at the practice and they were not available while I was there. I’m supposed to know by Monday what I will be on. Hopefully this new medicine works the way it’s supposed too.

I am starting to step down my steroid amount though. I’m going down 10mg every ten days so I will be on it for another 40 days. My doctor did tell me that when we get down to 10mg and below that my symptoms could come back. Hearing this did stress me out a bit. I will be in that range while I’m traveling to Ohio for a friends wedding and I would rather not be sick for that. I swear everything in my life right now has the worst timing 😦

My fructose intolerance has been bugging me more recently. I’ve been feeling super bloated and have had some abdominal cramping along with acid reflex. I think I’ve been eating too many things that are tomato based. I plan on avoiding them for a few days to see if my stomach will settle down. I really hope it does.