After much resistance, I will be starting the AIP diet on Monday 4/20. That stands for: Auto Immune Protocol diet. I am already gluten free and dairy free (with occasional cheating on dairy) – so I think I can tough this out.
By using food as medicine, autoimmune protocol (AIP) followers are able to reduce troublesome symptoms and heal underlying imbalances by decreasing inflammation and healing gut dysfunction. The diet focuses on a nutrient-dense intake and eliminates inflammatory and allergenic foods to support the body in cooling down the immune system (which is what’s going awry). http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/autoimmune-protocol/
A lot, well… pretty much all of the allowed foods are foods that I love – it will just be a matter of eliminating even more foods. This is going to be a challenge for me, in that I’ll have to make every effort to prepare my foods in advance, so that I don’t wait until the last minute to eat and then have no energy to make a starch or some such ingredient. This is mostly a problem due to the energy at hand.. but I’ll just have to maximize my productivity when I have energy. The carbohydrates will become limited, which is fine, I don’t crave them so much as I just want a nice balanced diet as much as possible.
Not that I overindulged in sugar, but I will miss a sugar (of all kinds), I will also miss alcohol. I like to enjoy alcohol 3-4 times a week in the evenings after work so that will be a challenge. If the diet does in fact start showing signs of improvement, the one thing I won’t miss, is feeling bad all of the time. I am hoping feeling better will greatly outweigh my missing certain foods (grains, legumes, & nightshades) as well as treat style foods. If anything I hope this helps me to treat treats… well as they are… treats.
I think after a month of the diet I will assess the situation and see how I am doing. I may re-integrate foods occasionally or sparingly but it really all depends on the outcome. I’ll keep posting here on my experiences with the AIP diet.