Today marks my 14th day on the AIP diet. This diet has not been the easiest diet in the world. Some days are harder than others. What really makes it hard for me is the fact that I have to take my fructose malabsorption into account. And to take that into account that means I have to double check everything on ingredients lists for the AIP diet and compare them to the FODMAP list of foods I can and cannot eat.
I also really like potatoes, and dairy and gluten type foods. It’s been hard to cut them out. So far I’ve cut the gluten out and the night shades. I have not succeeded with the dairy quite yet. It’s probably going to be the hardest thing for me to cut out.
Over the last two weeks I’ve noticed that my joints are doing better. I don’t wake up with them as achy as I used too. My bowels on the other hand I’m not so sure on. I’ve had some weird stuff going on the last couple of weeks on and off. So we will just have to wait and see what happens with that.
One thing I learned this week is that I need to check my recipes in the morning to see what needs marinated for the evening meal. This would help with not eating so late in the day. Some nights this week I was eating dinner around 9pm. Which we all know isn’t the best thing for you.
I did not do as much Yoga this week as I had hoped to do. Kinda forgot about it until Tuesday night. And by the time I remembered it that day was a bit late to be doing Yoga. If I’m too active in the evenings(like working out) I’ve noticed that I have a hard time falling asleep. Which is another thing I need to work on anyway.
Another thing I had a hard lesson on this week was to make sure I eat lunch! Before going on the AIP diet I would quite often work through lunch and not eat anything until I got home. I did that on Friday and it was a huge mistake. I was so hungry when I got home and I was ready to throw the whole diet thing out the window and eat whatever I wanted too.
Hopefully next week goes better. But it’s currently Friday night and I have yet to do any meal planning for next week. Oops.
Today marks my seventh day on the Autoimmune Protocol Diet(AIP). For those of you who don’t know, the AIP diet is a restricted version of the Paleo diet. The purpose of this diet is to take immune responsive(or potentially responsive) foods out of your diet and try to get your autoimmune diseases into remission. Here are the different foods I am not eating or drinking while I am in the elimination phase:
Fruit and Berry Based Spices
I’m slowly processing all of this food out, and I will be for the next few weeks. Once I complete eliminating all of these foods I will stay in the elimination phase for at least 30 days and I can take that time out longer if I feel I need too. After the elimination phase I will start to reintroduce foods back in to see if I have any reactions to them.
So far this first week was hard. I felt awful on Monday night after not having any simple carbs for a couple of days. I had a headache and a very upset stomach. I was very hungry all week so I was carrying around snacks like clementine’s and beef jerky I made at home. I’m slowly not feeling so very hungry all the time as the week goes on. I’m looking into different “fat bombs” that I can make to help with this diet and the whole process.
The beef jerky was ok, it’s going to be a learning process with smoking my own jerky but I look forward to the process. I have yet to make any bone broth, but I plan on doing that soon. I bought some at the store this week and it actually had a hole in it! I was thawing it in a bowl of water and lost all of my bone broth! It was so frustrating.
I did try some new stuff this week. I made an arugula salad with fennel and grapefruit with a lemon vinaigrette. It was actually pretty good. I wrote up a meal plan for the week to try and keep myself on track. It helped out quite a bit and I didn’t hold myself rigid to this schedule. I allowed stuff to be moved around if needed.
Another thing I’m doing is keeping a symptom journal. I want to know if the new diet is helping and if I have any reactions to new foods I’m eating. So far the worst thing with this diet is the hunger and the lethargy. I foresee that going away as my body gets used to this new diet. It’s used to having a lot of potatoes!
My goal with this diet is to help me feel better. I’m doing well on my medications. My bloodwork is coming back great and I have mucosal healing in my bowels as of Oct 2016, but most of the time I still don’t feel like I’m 100% well. My rheumatologist believes that there is inflammation going on in my body that science just isn’t good enough to see yet. But no one wants to put me on anymore medications. So what I have left is diet. I haven’t really given a diet a go since I was diagnosed with a fructose malabsorption. I figured it’s worth a shot.
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.
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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:
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.
In the mail today I got my lab results from last Thursday’s GI appointment. I have iron deficiency anemia. I’m happy to know why I’ve been so fatigued. It’s been pretty terrible the last week or so. I’ve been drinking a lot of tea to try and stay awake. Dr. S wants me to take a multivitamin if I’m not already. I do take one but I haven’t been good about taking my vitamins since my colonoscopy. It really threw off my whole schedule. So I really need to get better about that. And taking my probiotic.
Dr. S still recommends going gluten free which I’m really starting to look into. M is also willing to go on a gluten free diet which is awesome. I’m glad he’s being supportive with this. Although if he wants something with gluten in it we’ll make a special trip for it or whatever. I did get the Practical Paleo book by Diane Sanfilippo so I’m currently reading up on that. I’ll need to work on finding the best gluten free friendly stores in town. Although now I need to figure out what to do with all of the gluten things in my house.
My WBC count is still slightly high at 12.7 but that’s a lot better than the 18 it was at a few weeks ago. I’m figuring that number is high from the inflammation in my colon. Still no word on when I’ll be starting the Humira. Who knows how long it’ll take for that to go through the insurance.