It’s so good, I hardly want to talk about it for fear of jinxing it. Yes, I’m feeling better. After 5 weeks on the AIP, I’m feeling better than I have for the last three years. I feel like the wad of inflammation in my lower back is melting away. The chronic pain in my hips doesn’t feel like it has a strong-hold any more; rather, it feels like it’s simply a little injured, and needs rest and time to heal.
I’m finding that I’m preparing myself for pain as I move towards those particular, troublesome movements – washing my legs in the shower, putting on my shoes – any movement where I have to bring my leg up at the same time as bend my torso down – and the pain is either not there, or it’s a shadow of it’s former self.
I’m rolling over normally in bed, rather than pressing my hips down hard and shift-sliding. And when I get up, I hop out like a normal woman, instead of having to push off with my hands, and then hold onto the dresser for support. Oh, it’s so good!
I’m wondering what it is – exactly – that is making the difference. We’ve been Paleo for over a year, and, yes, there were improvements, but not like this. Could it be that, through the elimination of coffee and tea, and drinking, instead, Lemon juice, Tumeric Tea and Chicory, that my body has shifted into a more alkaline state? Or is it the elimination of eggs? Or almonds? Or seeds?
I have no idea. Yet. But the reintroductions will be slow, notwithstanding the fact that it’s Carnevale here, and there are fritelle and crostoli everywhere, staring down my eyeballs. This week, I’ve had some coffee. One at home, after lunch, last Sunday. An espresso at a bar on Wednesday, and one on Friday, with a girlfriend. I think I’d like to keep my intake that low: two or three a week, instead of two or three a day. That’s transformation.
Yes, I’m starting to identify with much more clarity what’s going on in my insides. I know, now, what the FODMAPS are, and this is the next thing: working out what, exactly, is causing the discomfort. It’s getting easier.
And, yes, I’m enjoying the whole process. I keep discovering new foods -tonight we ate Chicken Livers and Hearts for the first time. I followed a recipe from Mel Joulwan’s Well Fed 2, and they were good! I’m following some lovely and inspiring people, such as Kate over at Healing Family Eats, and Eileen at Phoenix Helix.
I’ve found that it’s not so hard to change habits. Thirty days is truly enough to establish a transformation. Now, I can’t think of drinking anything other than my Tumeric Tea with Lemon and Ginger every morning, but I thought it was going to be like the end of the world, to give up my morning black tea. And the taste buds definitely change. Last week, I followed a recipe for an AIP treat that I found online, and we actually found it too sweet. I want sardines, and I think I’d miss liver if I skipped a week.
It’s not so hard. Really, it’s not. I made up a Weekly Meal Plan, and it’s the best thing I did. I do a big shop, once a week. I wrap the protein into meal-sized portions, and put it in the freezer. And then every day, I say, ‘What’s the menu for tomorrow?’, and pull out of the freezer what’s on the plan. It takes out the effort of thinking, but there’s plenty of room for creativity and flexibility. We don’t feel limited by what I can’t eat – on the contrary, we’re blown away by how well we are eating. Even without spices, you can make a fine, flavoursome Seafood Laksa. Eating out is not to eat better than what we can at home – it’s just to have a break from the kitchen, and to socialise.
Yes, I’m totally convinced that the AIP is the way to go for immunity issues. What I would like is to heal my gut and strengthen my immune system well enough so that, every now and again, I can go on holiday and eat what I want, without suffering inflammatory consequences. I want to enjoy the Paleo Lifestyle, without being obsessive: 90/10 would be great. If getting to that point means committing to the AIP for a long time, then I’m perfectly, happily and enthusiastically okay with that.
How are you going on your AIP journey? I would love to hear your story – drop me a line in the comments. I’d love to know how long it took for you to feel the results, and how you’ve gone with the reintroductions.
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