AI Awareness – Lyme Disease

 

While attending family camp this weekend I met a lot of people suffering from various AI diseases. Upwards of 50% of us had dietary restrictions because of this. The kitchen staff was amazing and the camp staff had posted flyers and camp songs about ticks in every bathroom. Lyme disease was forefront on the radar and I wanted to post about it today. I only know 3 people with Lyme, and all of their experiences are different. Their treatment regiments are vastly different. One of them couldn’t find a MD that believed in Lyme Disease. One gave up hope early if ever regaining his health. One common thread for them is nutrition. Good, solid, AIP nutrition does a lot for them. Today we put Lyme Disease out there to help raise awareness. #lymedisease #lymewarrior💚 #aipworks#aip #inflammation#beyourownadvocateforhealth #guthealth#fightfatiguewithfood #ticks#knowledgeispower #dontgiveup

Take me Shopping Tuesday – Fats are Fabulous!

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Take me shopping 🛒 Tuesday! @costco makes all the difference in our food budget 💵! Let’s talk fats for a minute  coconut oil and avocado 🥑 oil are AIP staples. Knowing your fats and cooking temps is huge too, so as a rule of thumb anytime I’m grilling or cooking above 375 degrees these two are my go to oils 😉 just a few months back we were paying over $25 for the coconut oil so Hooray for the price drop! I’ve searched high and low and this is by far the greatest deal I’ve seen on avocado oil as well! Bye for those that have reintroduced egg yolks, let me know if you want the most amazing avocado oil mayo recipe that takes less than 2 minutes to make 😉🙌🏻#avocadooil #coconutoil #healthyfats#keepitclean #yahforsales #foodbudget#tipsandtricks #fatsaregood #paleomayo#highheatoils #costcorocks#takemeshoppingtuesday #aipcommunity #aipliving#aipiseasy

 — at Costco.

Fitness Friday, what’s a Grasshopper?

 

Hi AIP Community!  Happy Friday!  This week I’ve really tried to mix things up with my workouts because my stomach and energy are not 100%…perhaps the 10 weeks of constant running around over summer has caught up?  My system is OFF and I’m feeling lousy, but I need to keep moving.  SO no, I’m not pregnant, I’m inflamed – what a GREAT T-shirt idea, huh?  copyright Coach Lori 🙂

So this week I did the WOD (workout of the day) at my gym, Tuesday, we went for a hike and that was my workout.  Wednesday I did the WOD at my gym, and Thursday I walked a few miles then did a 3×8 overhead squat at 105# and decided I was DONE.  So below is my Friday workout, that I wrote for all of YOU!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Be Well!

 

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.

 

 

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.

We’re going camping – what can we eat?

The good news is that my little one eats gluten and dairy free (she’s Paleo-ish) and Tim and I eat AIP, so this little post will help both our Baby Steppers and our Cold Turkey AIP’rs !

Here’s what I bought ~

Produce (Organic is best if your budget allows it.  If not, you can find herbacide and pesticide free produce at Farmer’s Markets that are presumably a healthier choice)   Celery Hearts, Baby Carrots, mangoes, green & red apples, apricots, 5# of various Squash.

Meats – 1 rack of Pork Ribs, 3# of Chicken Breasts, 1 package turkey breakfast sausage, organic turkey hot dogs (Paleo – paprika makes it NOT AIP)

AIP treats – Emmy’s coconut cookies

Smores for the kiddos – (These are NOT AIP, and if you’re staying strict paleo, just have the dark chocolate)  Gluten & Dairy free graham crackers, gluten free organic marshmallows, Dark Chocolate 70% or higher

Paleo  snacks – Justin’s single serving almond butter, EPIC Bars, Turkey sticks (have paprika so they’re not AIP)  Grainless Granola you can eat it dry or put it in some almond milk!

AIP Snacks – Plantain chips – Terra chips are cooked in coconut Oil, Yah!  Tiger Nuts, NO they’re not nuts, they’re little tubers!  boom!  Organic Raisins.

Aside from water, we packed dark chocolate Almond Milk  & almond milk for Ash – single servings and they do not require refrigeration.

 

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Heat that oven to 375.  Line a glass Pyrex with parchment paper, season the underside of the ribs with sea salt & garlic salt, turn over, put the same seasoning on top and coat in Coconut aminos.  Bake for 60 minutes.  it is Divine!Displaying camping6.jpg

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Celery, Carrots, Mangoes, Apricots, Green & Red Apples…fab-u-lous!

It took Ashleigh and me 1 hour to hit 2 stores, and then I spent 1 hour and 30 minutes getting everything ready for our trip – 3 days of food prepped and ready to go in 1 1/2 hours.

Enjoy these little tips for clean camping!

 

21 day Hormone Reset for Stubborn Weight Loss

Happy Hump Day, friends.  I see my post regarding weight loss on IG and FB caused quite the stir and had many of you asking for more info!

The book I am quoting from is called The Hormone Reset Diet by Sara Gottfried, MD.

When I decided to add this to my AIP journey, I saw immediate weight loss results.  Truth be told, it was only the first 3 of 7 items to eliminate that I had to erase.  1.  Red Meat, 2. Sugar, 3.  Fruit, 4. Caffeine, 5. Grains, 6.  Dairy, 7 Toxins.  So rejoice my fellow AIP friends…you’ve nailed all but 4 straight out the gate!

Key points – limit your carb intake to 49 grams or less a day.

Erase one item from the list (in order given) each day for 21 days.  So days 1-3 no red meat, while continuing that for the remaining 18 days,  erase Sugar days 4-6, then fruit days 7-10, so on and so forth.  The items continue to stay out the duration of the 21 days.

What do you mean “Toxins?”   Well, for many of my female friends, this is not going to make me popular in your eyes.  It means your shampoo/conditioner, detangler, dry shampoo, styling products, cosmetics, lotions, body wash, nail polish, laundry detergent, cleaning agents. etc.  It was a super sad day when I called MAC and discovered my primer was full of wheat, corn, rice and toxic chemicals.  $300 worth of makeup down the drain, but what a relief to learn that ELF cosmetics is one of the cleanest around and you can get it at Target for a few dollars.  Roll with the punches and celebrate the daily steps of cleaning out your cabinets!

It’s important to note that everyone’s results vary.  What Autoimmune disease are you battling?  Is your problem a simple Leptin imbalance/resistance, (in which case the fruitless stage will reset it for you)? Have you become insulin resistant?  Pre-diabetic? Do you suffer from PCOS or other hormone related problems?  Are you eating things that are keeping the weight on, like inadvertently getting hidden gluten in foods?  Consuming too many carbs?  Too much fruit?

Grab a copy of this book and give it your all for 21 days. Seriously, 3 weeks friends.  That’s not asking a lot!

You can click on the Nutrition tab on our page to learn more about going Paleo and AIP.

Keep it Clean,

Kat & Lori