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Welcome to our Autoimmune Protocol Community!

We are so happy to share with all of you the combined years of knowledge we’ve gained and implemented while battling our autoimmune diseases.  We can’t wait to share ideas on nutrition, detoxifying, exercise, recipes, resources, meditation, essential oils, shopping tips, cosmetics, cleaning products, building your support network and so much more!   We’re just getting started on this amazing journey with you, make sure to subscribe and check back daily for more great tips and tricks to get you back to health and wellness!

Keep it Clean,

 Kat & Lori

When your child displays Autoimmune symptoms

So this topic is one I hold close to my heart.  At age 2 1/2 we took our daughter off gluten to see if it would help with her bowel withholding.  Note that 7 years ago I was not gluten free, and I didn’t have much understanding as to what it was, or why we should eliminate it from her diet.   What’s bowel withholding?  In short, sometimes Ash would hold in her poop for upwards of a week, and then when she could no longer hold it she would scream bloody murder, it was an extremely painful experience until the next time.  I would worry that a neighbor would call the police – it hurt her that badly and she screamed that loudly.

So back to gluten removal – I took her off breads and crackers and all the things little kids love.  I learned quickly how to make gluten free things and buy pre-made gluten free items.  Again, I didn’t realize that the sugars, corn, rice, etc. used in gluten free products was bad back then.

Ash did much better, and between the gluten free living, and my making up bathroom songs like “Pooping is fun,”  ” I love to poop,” and Bye Bye Turds,” she was able to get to every other day bowel movements.  A huge improvement, and it helped us avoid all the invasive, terrifying testing her Dr wanted to do.  I was pleased with the progress, and she was no longer scared to poop.

Personally, I went back and forth to gluten free and gluten full – and when I went 100% Paleo, Ash was 5.  I finally understood nutrition and  I worked tirelessly to make foods that she enjoyed in a healthier version.  Every birthday party she attended I sent her with paleo cake, and paleo pizza (or whatever food the other kids were eating).  Seriously, I did.  When her father and I divorced, she ate healthy with me and crappy with him.  I could always tell when she had gluten because she’d get pink circles under her eyes, and cough and wheeze all night and have IBS.  Her clothes would fit on Friday when she went to her dads, and when she came home Sunday, she couldn’t button her pants.  (keep in mind, she’s 5 at this point).  Finally through a court order he had to keep her gluten free, and to the best of his knowledge he did, not realizing soy sauce, chicken broth and other basic items usually have wheat in them.  So the struggle continued.

When Ash was in 2nd grade she developed cold uticaria – meaning if she got too cold she’d would be covered in hives.  She was in the nurses office 3-4 times a week during school.  It was AWFUL and no one could tell me what was happening.  Kaiser did a blood panel and said she was fine.  Obviously she was not.  I pleaded with her doctor to do something, and he said to try taking dairy out of her diet.  We did, and amazingly enough, she started doing really well.  So my 7 year old is gluten and dairy intolerant, we can handle this.  But WHY is my child having such issues?  And why are the hives not completely gone?

Ash is now 9 1/2.  Her health is a battle.  She has all the signs of hypoglycemia, her weight is constantly fluctuating, no matter how much she sleeps she’s fatigued, her hives came back this summer and her mood is all over the place too.  She reminds me of me when I was diagnosed with a thyroid issue.   The need to get a hold on whatever is going on before she hits puberty is crucial, and I find that her health is the #1 cause of stress in my life.  I research, and spend hours cooking for her, removing toxins from her life, keeping her childhood as normal as can be.

So today, I emailed my NP and asked if we should do a blood draw and check her thyroid and other key markers to look for autoimmune disease, namely thyroid.  And then I sent Kat a text and I told her that I just emailed my NP and asked what we should test Ash for – Thyroid, fasting glucose, etc. and that I felt Bananas about it.  I was reading what I was writing and felt like an idiot – and I KNOW about all these health issues…and I STILL felt this way.  And Kat text me back and it was this moment of clarity….see the text below:

This text exchange is a reminder that

1. We need to be proactive and work with NPs when MDs don’t get us answers.  Find the WHY – no band aids!

2.  Even thought we LIVE with Autoimmune diseases and KNOW what we’re feeling and suffering through, we sometimes feel crazy saying it out loud – because our illness is sometimes less visible, and not everyone is sympathetic or even believing what you are saying.

3.  We can’t let fear keep us from getting answers, and finding out what’s happening – the ostrich head in the sand wont help your child.

4.  We need to respect the fact that we know our children better than anyone, and truly are the only ones that can make a difference for them.

5.  Catching issues sooner than later is best – stop things before a bigger problem emerges

The crappy Microbiome I was born with, was certainly passed on to my daughter, and I’ll do all I can to help restore better gut health to her and prevent any larger issues from arising.  Talking about children and their health issues is never fun, or easy, but in this case I felt it was necessary.  I hope this message from the heart helps.

 

 

MTHFR Gene Defect

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Hello AIP Community,

Have you heard of the MTHFR gene mutation?  Kat has, and Lori hasn’t.  After discovering she in fact has this, Kat wanted to share this information with all of you to raise awareness, and maybe help you understand why certain things are happening to you and your health.

 “An MTHFR mutation is a problem associated with poor methylation and enzyme production. MTHFR mutations affect every person differently, sometimes contributing to hardly any noticeable symptoms at all, while other times leading to serious, long-term health problems.” – Dr. Axe

It is estimated that 45% of people suffer from a MTHFR defect, which causes gene deficiencies.  This leads to poor cellular health, hormonal imbalances, decreased immune function and mitochondrial dysfunction.

This crappy gene inhibits Glutathione production, which makes you more vulnerable to toxins.  The accumulation of these toxins leads to disease and premature aging.

What are some things we can do to battle this mutation?
  • consume more leafy greens, asparagus, romaine lettuce, broccoli, avocado and bright fruits to boost Natural Folate, b6 and b12!
  • treat leaky gut
  • reduce anxiety and stress
  • heart health – work on it, keep up those natural supplements and AIP foods
  • detox – Lori uses her Bulletproof coconut charcoal relgiously
  • Sleep

Knowing is half the battle – this is certainly something worth knowing when you’re battling autoimmune diseases.  I know I’m emailing my Dr now to test for this gene during my September bloodwork!

Keep it clean! ~Lori

 

What’s with Wheat?

“What’s With Wheat,” is in my opinion, one of the most important documentaries you can watch regarding nutrition, and information on food and health in general.  There is so much misinformation out there, and for those of us battling diagnosed autoimmune diseases, these facts are crucial to our healing.

Here’s a link to Youtube so you can view this informative documentary.  Most of the information in here I already knew from years of learning from some of the brightest nutritionists and naturopaths.  There were still things in here that I didn’t know and that blew me away.

I encourage you to take the time to watch this.  You can also get this on netflix if you’d prefer to watch it on your tv.

Fitness Friday – Burpee Challenge 30 days of feeling good~

Hello AIP Community,

It’s time for a 30 day fitness challenge – it’s one movement and it can be done in addition to your workouts.

Today you will set the clock as follows

Level 1 – 1 minute

Level 2 – 2 minutes

Level 3 – 3 minutes

Do as many burpees as you can in the time for your level.  Write that # down.  Each day add 2 burpees to that #.  So if today, you get 10 burpees, tomorrow you do 12, then next day 14, and so on!

Watch the video for form and scaling!

Keep moving to keep moving, friends!

 

Meditation

Hello AIP Community,

I wanted to talk a bit about the importance of Meditation on your healing journey.  I was the #1 disbeliever of meditation until my friends, Alex & Shell told me about Dr. Joe Dispenza and his book “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. ”  It took me a few months to read through the book and start the actual meditations, but when I did, it was nothing short of life transforming.  STRESS is a huge inhibitor of healing, and many times the cause of flareups for most autoimmune diseases.  Stress is linked to cancer, stroke and other life threatening diseases as well.  So why not embrace something that can erase this toxicity from your life?

I’ll admit, making time to meditate was ROUGH.  But stop and think for a moment, we don’t talk ourselves out of making time to shower, eat, brush our teeth, etc…and meditation should fall into the necessity category.  I find that each night before bed, meditating in my bed is perfect – I stay awake for the duration, and my sleep number bed is far more comfortable on my back than sitting in a chair, so Voila, there ya have it.  Some days, like this very day, I steal away for 20 minutes and do a short meditation and it refreshes me and gives me some energy for the remainder of my day.

Start small – Headspace takes you through 10 minute sessions teaching you how to meditate, and the first 10 sessions are free.  Calm is another good App you can put on your phone and use.  My favorite meditations come from Joe Dispenza.  The last 25 minute section of the water rising meditation has me learning how to live each day in gratitude for not only what I have, but what I want to materialize – giving thanks as though it’s already happened, and moving me closer to it actually happening.  SO many good things have come to be since I started this meditation – my thyroid condition is 90% better,  my income has increased, weight came down, my business is thriving, and these are just a few of many examples.

The point is this, Worrying about something is like praying for it to happen. If our thoughts are that powerful, why not put them to POSITIVE use and make amazing things happen for ourselves and others?  You can even meditate and visualize disease and illness leaving your body.  The possibilities are endless, and the stress of daily life withers away.

My challenge to you is to start meditating this week.  Start with a promise that 2-3 times a week you’ll dedicate 10 minutes to meditating…and build from there.  Just like with nutrition – you’re not on a DIET or some crash course for temporary results.  You’re making a lifestyle change that will increase your health forever!

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Fitness Friday – new move to try!

This is a fun one – those headcutters really make the legs work!

 

Anti-Inflammatory help – FISH OIL

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All good things about this fish oil by Apex Energetics.  It keeps your Omega 3s and 6s in balance and greatly reduces inflammation.  I set it up next to the rubber ducky unicorn, because to me, it’s equally as magical!

When my inflammation was super high I took 2 tablespoons in the morning, and 2 before bed.  Now that things are better, I take 1 tablespoon in the morning right after I drink my 2 cups of freshly juiced organic celery.