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How I AIP: A Guest Post from Petra Chambers-Sinclair of petra8paleo

This week the worldwide community of AIP bloggers has banded together to highlight how we each live our healing protocol lifestyle–in real life. We are each committed to taking personal responsibility for our own health, and supporting other people around the world who are interested in doing the same thing.

This week, as part of #AIP4me week, I’ve joined forces with four other paleo healing protocol bloggers. We’re each exploring two elements of the ‘AIP Evolved’ Manifesto created by Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott  and we’re publishing the results on each other’s blogs.

Here’s where you’ll find us:

These posts are rolling out all week and we’ll be linking them together as we go.

Join us – simply check out the Manifesto chose those items that resonate for you and tag your Facebook Post, Instagram, Twitter or Blog post with the hashtags #HowIAIP and/or  #AIP4me.


Here’s Petra:Matthew & Petra#2 Embrace the template:The Autoimmune Protocol is not one-size-fits-all; it’s a template that promotes individuality and self-discovery.

We all have unique health histories, genes, challenges and aspirations. As a result, we will each need a customized approach to healing.

Finding our ideal pattern of diet and lifestyle is a time-consuming (probably life-long!) process, especially as our ideal configuration is likely to evolve as we do.

That’s why I’m committed to n=1 experimentation: so that I can find out what works best for me, to optimize my health and the health of the people I care about.

The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is my template.

As one of the more restrictive paleo healing protocols, the AIP removes all foods known to contribute to systemic inflammation and autoimmune disease, and promotes lifestyle practices that encourage healing.

The AIP enables us to begin the process of healing, while simultaneously cleaning up our own personal laboratory (you are the laboratory). In this way, the AIP is an excellent starting place to stabilize health and begin to learn about you, as a unique organism.

The AIP Template

My husband Matthew and I embraced the AIP in 2013 when he was almost disabled by psoriatic arthritis.

Foodwise, Matthew adapted the AIP by also going low-FODMAP in 2014. Though a low-FODMAP diet wasn’t a long-term solution, it did enable him to reduce his symptoms so that he could work with his Functional Medicine Doctor to treat an underlying health issue that was not autoimmune.

All of his autoimmune symptoms have been reversing on the AIP. Some symptoms didn’t respond to the AIP, and that in itself helped us to determine that they were not autoimmune in origin and therefore needed a different kind of treatment.

Like Matthew, I’ve been on the AIP for 2½ years, but unlike him, I don’t have an autoimmune disease. I’ve reintroduced a few foods into my AIP template, like eggs, cocoa and nuts, but I’m not looking to change my diet much more than that in the future.

I’m also not looking to revert to my pre-AIP life in any other ways. Embracing the lifestyle elements of the AIP, including prioritizing sleep and focusing on stress management, helps me thrive, and now that I know what thriving feels like, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I’ve truly made the AIP template mine and now it’s the only way I want to live.

#4 Start simple:Begin with the foundations of diet, sleep, stress-management, movement, and relationships before delving deeper.

Here’s the paradox. We’re all individuals. Our bioindividuality determines what pattern of eating and living is ideal for each of us. And yet, we’re remarkably similar.

That’s why the AIP template works.

We are all descended from humans who lived in small interdependent groups, ate minimally processed foods, and spent their entire lives moving around in the natural world. Stress hormones were reserved for times when they faced actual danger, and though there was plenty of that, in between, when they weren’t organizing food and shelter or preparing for ceremonies, they spent a lot of time chilling. With each other.

Despite our unique histories and genes, all of our ancestors lived this way since the beginning of humankind.

This isn’t just paleo hyperbole. It’s supported by many of the newest, most cutting-edge findings in scientific and medical research. Whether researchers are aware of the ancestral health movement or not, their findings support the evolutionary premise.

Start Simple

The evolutionary premise: to find optimal health, we need to keep it simple and focus on:

  • A pre-industrial diet;
  • Quality sleep;
  • Stress-management;
  • Lots of appropriate movement; and
  • Relational connection.

As someone without a chronic health issue who has spent the past 2½ years focusing on the foundations of diet, sleep, stress-management, movement and relationships, I started simple.

I’m lucky, because without an autoimmune disease or any concurrent infections that I’m aware of, it’s been possible for me to start simple and stay simple.

So far I haven’t needed any interventions other than the basic AIP template to find optimal health.

That’s #HowIAIP.

Matthew has had to try additional experiments and treatments. But he started simple and continues to stick with the basics as he explores other options for healing.

That’s how he AIPs.

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Getting your Move On (and a Giveaway!)

Did you know that I walk 5 miles every day even in the long winter months?

Yes, I said every day.

And, that I achieve this while attending meetings and speaking with clients? In fact when I first started writing this blog post, I was walking at the time?

“How is that possible”, I hear you ask!

Well, I achieve this level of activity thanks my trusty TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. A robust ergonomically designed desk crafted to enable you to place a treadmill beneath it and walk while you work! It has been a key factor in keeping me moving, my brain engaged and my energy levels high since September 2014!

When I received my diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2009, I was told that movement would help, that light exercise was important, and that the more static I was the more painful my body would become.

The message was clear. Movement was critical.

But, to me this was crazy-talk. My body hurt. All over. The last thing I felt like doing was exercising.

I was so depressed – dealing with a level of postpartum depression coupled with the aftermath of a broken relationship, not to mention being a single mom to a 9 month old…

Why would I exercise? When would I exercise? Dang it! – why the hell should I?

At this time, I was working over 60 hours every week. When was I going to find the time?  Going to gym couldn’t be a priority!

Countless visits to my chiropractor resulted in a script detailing supplements to support my body, in combination with a Paleo diet, plus a line stating “30 Minutes of Low Impact Exercise Daily”.  I took the supplements. I ate the Paleo-style diet. But, I could not find the time nor the motivation to complete the required 30 minutes of low impact exercise daily.

As a result my lower back was seizing from sitting at my desk for hours on end, and my shoulders were becoming hunched, not to mention my legs were swollen from reduced lymphatic flow. My chiropractor would adjust me. I would feel better for a few days, but my posture  and time at my desk was counterproductive, and soon I conceded I just needed to move!

I was overweight, self-conscious and simply couldn’t find the time to physically go to the gym.

On days when I could manage 30 minutes at our local YMCA, I felt embarrassed about how I looked, not to mention intimidated by the pain and attempted to work out but I was quickly exhausted and overwhelmed.

So, I turned to home exercise DVDs. I would see advertisements and get sucked in by the promised results and think, if they can do it then I can do it

Sadly, the nature of intense exercise programs like Jillian Michaels’ Shred also defeated me. I would flare to the point where exercise was simply out of the question.

My body needed to gently get moving and slowly repair, not get hit over the head with a sledge hammer! What I was asking my body to do was the equivalent to attempting to run a marathon having just got up from the couch…

This pattern continued until I found The Autoimmune Protocol in 2014.

As I started to reverse my Autoimmune Diseases, my body really wanted to move again. At the same time, my depression started to lift, so not only was my body feeling stronger but my head too was back in the game!

When a former colleague posted on Facebook a picture of her working at a treadmill desk… – a light bulb went off.

I could work AND move!

For the first time, I saw hope on the horizon. For my birthday my parents bought me a treadmill and I invested in my TrekDesk!treadmill

Starting slowly I walked for 30 minutes each day. I would walk while attending meetings where I didn’t have to talk! As my body got stronger, I naturally increased the time I walked – even managing to coordinate typing, walking and talking!!!

It’s amazing what a girl can do when brain fog lifts!

I’m sure you can understand how I got a real kick out of seeing that Sarah Ballantyne a.k.a The Paleo Mom also has a TrekDesk when she shared a picture of herself using her own TrekDesk. Knowing how Sarah researches, I knew I was onto something good!

Cut to present day and I am now walking on average of 5 miles every day. And it feels great! My lymphatics have improved greatly and my posture and back pain have virtually been eliminated, to the point where I am now physically able to work out with a virtual personal trainer twice per week. Limited time still impacts me from going to the gym, so connecting with my personal trainer via SKYPE who checks my posture and my form is certainly key to me regaining my strength! The Bacon Kid even joins in!

Seriously people, I never thought I would say it’s good to plank, but it is!

The gentle movement also helped me stay far more focused on my work, helping me remain engaged in meetings that I am participating in, and also in helping me retain information that is being shared with me!  As a Learning Strategist who creates training courses to be interactive and engaging this makes so much sense as the movement is re engaging my brain to focus…

The investment I made in the TrekDesk ($500) and a Manual Treadmill ($129)  has been a truly life changing investment in my health, and really has helped me regain so much! Not to mention the savings I received from no longer needing the Chiropractor so regularly!

G I V E A W AY

My Trek Desk Buddy, Sarah Ballantyne of The Paleo Mom and I have teamed up and we have this fantastic giveaway which will ensure that you are getting your move on! Head over to Sarah’s blog to read the science behind the importance of gentle movement!

One lucky winner will win a TrekDesk, a Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill, and 1 month of AIP  Health Coaching ( 4 x 30 Minute Coaching Sessions) with yours truly!

Entering is easy!  Sign up for both ThePaleoMom and The Bacon Mum newsletters (don’t worry, you’re e-mail address is safe with us!  we’ll never share and we’ll never spam you) and get bonus entries for following each of us on social media sites and by commenting below!

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May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Book Review : He Won’t Know its Paleo

One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is cook! She loves the science and the process of cooking, especially baking, and feels a sense of achievement when said item is complete. I invested in a Guide Craft Kitchen Helper when she was about 18 months old and could stand long enough to help cook and I have such memories from photos I’ve taken with rolling pins in her mouth to flour in her hair, to the look of total joy when she looks at her finished product! So when we found out that certain foods were impacting her behavior, our favorite routine of looking through the pages of a cookbook to choose a recipe quickly become thwarted… especially when we’d try and modify recipes to meet our dietary restrictions and the item would not come out of the oven looking or tasting the way it should! Cooking gave my daughter a great sense of achievement and I didn’t want to lose that!

So when Mickey Trescott’s Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook was released in March 2014 you can imagine the joy we had that there was a cookbook that contained recipes we COULD eat, WITHOUT modification, that when made LOOKED like they SHOULD in the cookbook. Woot Woot! My daughter happily used her post-it notes to highlight recipes that we wanted to try and try we did… hey I even like Liver Pate done the Mickey Trescott Way!!.

Then Dr. Sarah D. Ballantyne’s The Paleo Approach Cookbook was released in August 2014, which combined the science behind the Autoimmune Protocol WITH delicious and mouthwatering recipes, which again was leafed through and post-it’d, and in December of 2014, Angie Alt’s Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook was released which highlighted the real journey of an AIPer with humorous antidotes and real life experience combined with deliciousness, beautiful photography and meals that appeal to the whole family.

AndCover-220x285 now in February just in time for Valentine’s Day, we have a new book on the Autoimmune Protocol Cookbook Block, from Bre’anna Emmitt of He Won’t Know its Paleo with a cookbook of the same name. This weekend my daughter and I again leafed through those pages to choose a recipe that we both would prepare and there was plenty to choose from!

My daughter immediately skipped to the Desserts & Beverages Section, where she studied long and hard for her recipe of choice, and made quick shortlist of Chocolate Ice Cream, Blackberry Cobblerand Chocolate Cup Cakes before heading to The Breakfast Section and picking the Bacon Maple Salmon (I’m called the Bacon Mum for a reason LOL) and then into the Entrée section for Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs. Simultaneously I was looking through the eBook on my Kindle, and choosing my recipe… my short list… Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs, Salmon Croquettes with Dill Aioli, Crab Bisque, Hot N’oatmeal, Breakfast Pate, Chocolate Ice Cream and Ultra Creamy Mint Ice Cream! The photography is so awesome that you are just compelled to bookmark away! Based upon our selections, it was either Baby Back Ribs or Chocolate Ice Cream, can you guess which won?

Well… as it was Valentine’s Day – Chocolate Ice Cream won out :) (and Oh My Goodness was it worth it). Firstly this Ice Cream involved simple ingredients that I already had in my pantry, secondly the preparation time was only 10 minutes, and extended to 20 minutes with a 6 year old involved… which is important to keep your child’s attention span! This is a common theme seen throughout the book, as Bre’anna is a Mom of 3, soon to be 4 children, her recipes are designed for the busy parents out there, with quick preparation times and tips for speeding up the process. e.g. the Ice Cream Mixture needed to be cooled for 4 hours, but Bre’anna shared that if you placed the mixture in a ziplock bag submerged in ice, it would chill much quicker – Great TIMG_5821ip :)

After we poured the ice cream batter into the Ice Cream maker, my daughter was eagerly waiting for the ice cream to complete and, as I said above, we weren’t disappointed. A creamy chocolaty treat if ever there was one, which could become my new comfort food…. Oh Bre’anna what have you started :)

You can get a copy of He Won’t Know its Paleo by Bre’anna Emmitt by following this link!

 

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Test-Clear-Heal

Anybody who knows me, knows that from an early age I’ve been inquisitive and been driven by the desire to learn about things that intuitively I am drawn to  and answer questions that I’ve felt at the time I’ve needed to uncover.  

I’ve studied reflexology, massage, psychotherapy, faith healing, astronomy, color therapy, crystal healing, juicing and many other alternative healing therapies as I’ve helped my body cope with, what I now know was Autoimmune Disease.

This is a story common to many of us with Autoimmune Disease who have suffered unexplained symptoms ranging from depression to exhaustion & fatigue to cramping stomach complaints to constipation to infertility to severe skin conditions often being told that its psychological or misdiagnosed with other diseases which mimic Autoimmune Diseases.

Finding doctors who will take the time to listen, order the right tests, be able to interpret those tests and act on them sadly are few and far between, certainly in mainstream medicine.  Thankfully many Functional Doctors are educated and are ordering the right tests but if you are anything like me I want to understand exactly what those tests really mean.  It took many years but I have been incredibly lucky in finding a Functional Doctor who was happy to sit and explain each and every test I’ve ever taken but what if you can’t find a doctor locally who will order those tests –  then what do you do?

Test – Clear – Heal is a revolutionary group coaching program that starts  February 16 2015 offered by Anne Angelone MS., L.Ac

Anne is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist dedicated to reversing autoimmune et al chronic disease with diet and natural medicine. Anne complements her practice of Chinese Medicine with Functional Medicine and Paleo nutrition to effectively serve patients suffering from chronic immune and inflammatory conditions. The Group Coaching Program is aimed at helping YOU learn about the best functional medicine tests to order for autoimmune and inflammatory disease and how to interpret the results.  This will be a Video Driven Education, paired with a Secret Facebook group to support you through the process and journey.

This program is going to empower so many people to explore, understand and act on their own health and I’m excited to say that not only will I be participating BUT that I will be acting as Teachers Aid following my graduation as a Certified Health Coach! I am excited to be part of the program and look forward to supporting other participants and sharing my experiences relating to lifestyle, diet and nutrition.

 If you are interested in furthering your knowledge to heal from your autoimmune disease or inflammatory illness, I strongly recommend this program. The program starts on February 16 and further information can be found here

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Template for Success : Preparing a Healing Diet

NOTE : This post was originally featured as a guest post on Angie's Alt's Blog but has been updated and republished with enhancements to the template

As any working parent will know, the thought of getting food on the table after a long day can be overwhelming. Bring into the mix food intolerance/allergies and fussy eaters and putting a meal on the table starts to feel like climbing Mount Everest in flip flops!

By profession I am a Learning Strategist, I consult with Fortune 500 companies to bring their corporate learning to life inside a Virtual Classroom or Virtual Online Event. Any challenge a client throws at me I can typically, with some careful thought, provide them with a template for success. So I applied that same logic and project planning to bring healing foods and healthful plates to the family table as a single mum, after all I can’t use drive-thrus as backup or rely on a partner to help out with the grocery shopping, meal planning, or cooking.

So after researching what my fellow autoimmune bloggers had to say and with some inherited tips and tricks from my Mum, I built the following template that I’d like to share with you.

  1. Buy Proteins in Bulk – Typically I do this monthly. Having a stash of  core ingredients in the freezer ensures I have ingredients on hand. I use a lot of cheap cuts of meats such as bacon (well I am TheBaconMum) pork butt, ribs, flank steak, tenderloins, whole chickens, ground turkey, pork, lamb, beef, bison etc. There are many online organic meat companies that deliver to your door, which makes buying organic food in bulk more economical. However, if organic meats aren’t within your budget (it isn’t always possible within mine) many local grocery stores will often sell items in bulk too, just check that there are no nitrates or hormones added.{Oh and get home warranty insurance to cover your freezer should it fail you don’t want to spend on bulk proteins and loose them if your freezer fails}
  2. Stock up on Staple Ingredients – Always have your staple ingredients in stock. My Mum taught me as a child to always have two of the same item in the pantry, the one you are using and the replacement for when that’s gone. Once you open the second item, replace it the next time you shop. This way you will never run out and will always have the ingredients on hand to make your meal.
  3. Enroll into a CSA – With pesticides being sprayed on our crops, it’s really important to try to afford organic veggies whenever possible. Joining a CSA, especially one that gets delivered to your door, is budget friendly and a huge time saver! (To find a local supplier click here.) If you can’t afford to go 100% organic – try to buy organic those foods listed as The Dirty Dozen.
  4. Batch Cook – Never prepare your meals just for one meal time, double or triple the recipe and freeze into portions for days when you know it will be hard to get food on the table.
  5. Invest in a Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker – This for me is my lifesaver. Many recipes call for browning the proteins before cooking but I honestly have no time for that . . . I throw ALL ingredients into said pot and presto six-eight hours later dinner smells divine as I walk through the door. This model of Crock Pot is one I would recommend (http://amzn.to/1yVhYas)
  6. Invest in a Pressure Cooker – This is my new favorite kitchen gadget and you will be seeing a number of recipes in the coming weeks as a I master them!  30-45 Minutes and something that would take 6-8 hours in a slow cooker / crock pot can be ready… can’t beat that after a long day! Many people are investing in an Instant Pot (http://amzn.to/1wLPQRp) however you can also get a great pressure cooker that is not so ‘overwhelming’ (http://amzn.to/1yVhqRW)
  7. Maximize Your Time – When you are clearing up the kitchen after dinner use this time to prepare lunches for the following day and prepare that crock-pot meal to place in the fridge overnight. The following morning as you are reaching for the pre-prepared lunchboxes, plug in the crock pot and rush out of that door!
  8. Maximize Oven Time – Never switch on your oven for just one item, always be thinking about what other recipes you can prepare at the same time. My favorite is to make up three-four batches of meatballs and burger sliders and cook them all in the oven at the same time. Let them cook, cool and freeze them in large Ziploc bags for school lunches and/or dinner time!
  9. Frozen is OK –Ever forgotten to remove the dinner from the freezer the night before? Don’t be afraid to use frozen protein in your crock-pot! While some may advise you otherwise, I can assure you I haven’t ever become sick, or any of my family, from using frozen protein in a crock-pot – From frozen solid chicken to succulent roast chicken in six hours – YES Please!!!
  10. Involve the Family – Kids can often get frustrated, certainly if they are only children, when you are constantly in the kitchen preparing foods. Involving children teaches them how to pair ingredients and provides them with the skills necessary to continue their healing diet as they flee the nest. My daughter loves to cook with me and on my weekends it’s rare that we don’t cook together. We start by choosing a recipe each from the wonderful selection of healing food recipe books that are now becoming available! (Don’t forget Angie’s cookbook is coming in out in December!!) This process has really helped my daughter understand what it takes to bring a meal to the table and that it’s polite to always try a new dish or new food. She knows she would be heartbroken if I didn’t taste her recipe and therefore she will always try a courtesy bite from my recipe too and nine times out of 10 she likes what she’s eating, emphasizing that taste buds do change, especially if they aren’t being over powered by chemicals and processed foods!

My Mantra – Prepare, Multiply, Store & Succeed!

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Link Love : 38 AIP Soup Recipes from The AIP Blogging Community

I don’t know about you but as the colder weather draws in there is always a part of me that  wants to snuggle up with a large bowl or mug of soup…

The typical soups I grew up on as a child, Tomato, Minestrone, Chicken Noodle are full of ingredients that are not AIP Compliant, so I reached out my fabulous community of AIP Food Bloggers and present to you a wonderful collection of 38 AIP Soup Recipes which are Compliant with the Autoimmune Protocol will warm even the coldest of you!

Warm Wishes from Us to You

Chicken

  1. Chicken Zoodle Faux Pho – The Paleo Partridge
  2. Chicken Broccoli and Not Potato Soup – Meatified
  3. Homemade Chicken Soup – Phoenix Helix
  4. Summers Over Harvest Chicken Soup – Adventures in Parktaking
  5. Cosy Sweet Potato & Chicken Soup – The Bacon Mum
  6. Fragant Herb Coconut Chicken Soup – Comfort Bites
  7. Slow Cooker Chicken & Broth – It’s Me Charlotte

 Beef

  1. Chunky Beef Stew – The Primordial Table
  2. Magic Chili – Autoimmune Paleo – Mickey Trescott
  3. Tarragon Beef Stew – Enjoying this Journey
  4. Pressure Cooker Beef Stew – Enjoying this Journey
  5. Better Consommé – Heal Me in The Kitchen

Pork

  1. Sweet Potato, Artichoke & Bacon Soup – A Clean Plate
  2. Sausage Kale Soup with Sweet Potato – Sweet Treats
  3. Paleo Pumpkin Sausage Soup – Beyond the Bite
  4. Creamy Sausage Soup with Greens – Meatified
  5. Watercress, Pork & Pear Bone Broth Soup – Provincial Paleo

Seafood

  1. Creamy Leek Salmon Soup – Meatified
  2. Sweet Coconut Shrimp Curry – Phoenix Helix
  3. Creamy Seafood Chowder – Adventures in Partaking
  4. Pumpkin Clam Chowder – The Primordial Table
  5. Hearty Fish Chowder – Beyond the Bite for Life
  6. Shrimp Okra Gumbo – Paleo Cajun Lady

Curry

  1. Coconut Curry Soup– Beyond the Bite

Vegetable

  1. Mexicali Kitchen Soup – Petra8Paleo
  2. AIP and Vegan Cheesy Broccoli Soup – Comfort Bites
  3. Golden Carrot & Parsnip Soup – The Paleo Partridge
  4. Celeriac Leek Soup – Autoimmune Paleo – Mickey Trescott
  5. Quick Onion Soup – Meatified
  6. AIP Carrot & Sweet Potato Chili – Autoimmune Paleo – Mickey Trescott
  7. Parsnip & Pear Soup with Fried Sage – Autoimmune Paleo – Mickey Trescott
  8. Garlic Carrot Soup – Adventures in Partaking
  9. Tomatoless Soup – The Primordial Table
  10. Creamy Cauliflower Soup – Kaiku Lifestyle
  11. Mushroom & Fennel Soup – Comfort Bites
  12. Ginger Orange Squash Soup – It’s Me Charlotte
  13. Roasted Squash Soup with Thyme – Healing Family Eats
  14. Celeriac & Pear Soup – Healing Family Eats
  15. Easy Parsnip & Leek Soup – Paleo Cajun Lady
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Angie Alt – Virtual Book Tour

Welcome to the next stop on Angie Alt’s incredible Virtual Book Tour!

Below you can enjoy an informal chat that Angie and I had on the week of her book launch.  In the video you will learn more about why Angie chose to become a health coach, and what motivated her to write a book with her little sister Jenifer .  Angie’s book is available in Print or ebook version and can be ordered using this link. The Amazon review’s are speaking for themselves but if you’d like to review my book review you can also do so here :)

 

AND as I’m in the Christmas Spirit I’m providing  YOU all with a chance to WIN Angie’s book as a hard copy ! This Giveaway is open until January 5th and you will be notified via Facebook and email if you are the successful winner!

SO ENTER THE  G I V E A WA Y below, and Good Luck &  Happy Holidays

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SIBO – Let’s peel another layer

When you’ve had an autoimmune disease for as long as I have and only just found a way to heal, the journey will take time. Compare it a long car journey with your kids, they think it will be never ending, they will ask “Are we there yet” several times over and each time you stop for another potty break you feel like the journey WILL be never ending, not to mention the travel delays – Oh the travel delays!

My Health Journey has been no different and last week I discovered that I have SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth which refers to a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria are present in the small intestine: the types of bacteria found in the small intestine are more like the bacteria found in the colon and they don’t belong there :( (To read the The Paleo Mom’s Overview of SIBO can be found here)

When I eat I have a bloated and gassy feeling for about 1 hour after consumption of certain foods, and it makes me pretty uncomfortable. So how do you cure it? You eliminate certain foods from your diet FODMAPS that the bacteria feeds on (typically for 28 days) and you take some supplements to carry out a gut-kill of these bad boys!

When I shared this news with a family member, they looked at me quizzically “You are going to restrict more foods? What will you eat?” and I have to say in some way I had thought the same! I was then questioned was the Autoimmune Protocol was really working for me if I now had SIBO – which is a great question and the answer is a resounding YES, because without healing my leaky gut, I would not have been able to get to the next layer of healing.

Years ago when I was studying to be a psychotherapist, I would often think of therapy as peeling off layers, like a skin of an onion, to get to the core of an issue. Healing an Auto Immune Disease(s) is no different. As your body begins to heal, you may establish that you have other Autoimmune Diseases or have other hurdles you need to navigate, such as my SIBO diagnosis. It will happen, it does happen and it does not mean that the diet is failing you.

The way I cope with a long journey is to provide myself with plenty of reading material and tools to keep me occupied and my journey on AIP is no different. Upon hearing the words SIBO I scanned through the internet to learn more. However using Dr. Google to find answers can often be overwhelming and I know from the early days of AIP that when you eliminate foods, it can be hard to keep track of what you can and can’t eat and it can lead to malnutrition, and lead you to feel overwhelmed and overly stressed and oops there goes that catch 22 again… stress, diet, lack of sleep… there has to be an easier way!

Which is why when A Clean Plate announced her 28 Day of Low FODMAP Plan which is Autoimmune Paleo compliant I was super excited! A simple easy to follow protocol for just 28 Days will kick start me and hopefully enable me to peel off another layer of that onion and get deep to the core of better health.

But I’m not going to stress myself out over this and certainly not over the holidays! So while I have read the book from cover to cover and have already started to remove high FODMAP foods from my diet but made the decision that I will be starting the FULL 28 Day Protocol on January 5th and I will be blogging every step of the way. So if you know or suspect you may have SIBO based on any of the symptoms below I would welcome you to get tested, and join me on this journey.

I’ll be honest I could do with your support, and I’m more than willing to support you as we move through this process after all its only 28 Days! If you are interested download A Clear Plates Book 28 Day of Low FODMAP Plan and email me at emmaking@thebaconmum.com and we can setup a support group to help us all through!

You have until January 4th to decide!

Below are the Symptoms and the Risk Factors for potential SIBO

SIBO Symptoms

  • Excess wind.
  • Abdominal bloating and distension.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Constipation.
  • Abdominal pain.

Risk factors for SIBO

  • Low stomach acid
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Celiac disease (long-standing)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Prior bowel surgery
  • Diabetes mellitus (type I and type II)
  • Multiple courses of antibiotics
  • Organ system dysfunction, such as liver cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, or renal failure

Wishing you a safe and healthful week!

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