My Alimentary Adventure: Day 2
Being 100% AIP is not. easy. I’ve spent a good deal of my life being aware of what I put into my body. I don’t drink sodas but a couple times a year. I try to avoid heavily processed foods (Twinkies=scary!) But that doesn’t mean I’m used to reading every single label. If nothing else, it is extremely difficult to avoid sugar and un-AIP oils (seed oils, corn oil, canola oil, etc.)
Today I started drinking some kombucha tea I bought last week, only to check the label halfway through and find out it had “evaporated cane juice,” which is sugar. All my favorite root chips (i.e. sweet potato, beet) are cooked in sunflower, safflower, or canola oil. Even my favorite on-the-go, all-natural bars have nuts!
When people tell you going AIP isn’t a diet, but a lifestyle change, they mean it.
What is AIP?
The autoimmune protocol is an extension of the Paleo diet that focuses on healing the gut, thereby addressing many autoimmune disorders and dysfunction. Where the Paleo diet focuses on sticking to foods that would have been available and eaten by our evolutionary ancestors (grass-fed meats and organs, fresh produce, fish and shellfish, raw dairy, nuts, and seeds), the AIP goes even deeper to cut out all foods that are a potential trigger for inflammation in the body. But, as the authors point out in The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, “The Autoimmune Protocol is not one-size-fits-all; it’s a template that promotes individuality and self-discovery.”
Without going too deeply into the backgrounds of these diets today, I just want to note that it is definitely a big adjustment – even going from Paleo to Paleo AIP. It’s almost humorous to remember that five years ago I was a vegetarian!
March 2, 2017
Today I ate:
- Breakfast – cherry lime gelatin gummies, tangerines, a few bites of beef heart (see below: waking up was difficult today)
- Lunch – EPIC maple pork cracklings, coconut chips, and turkey jerky (not great, I admit it)
- Dinner – baked salmon, roasted sweet potatoes, and a baked banana with honey and cinnamon
Today I exercised:
- Not really at all…
- I did, however, go to the post office to mail off my specimen to the American Gut Project and to the grocery store, where I carried a heavy basket all around the store.
Today I felt: Tired.
I didn’t sleep very well last night, and as a result I was exhausted this morning. It took me an hour just to get out of bed. The next hour I spent in and out of bed trying to get my bearings. I have an appointment with a neurologist to discuss a sleep study on the 29th, but that feels so far away. I’ve tried many things to help me sleep better, but nothing seemed to work last night.