I have said it before and I will say it again. The autoimmune protocol is a challenge. I hate that it makes me feel so much better than a regular paleo diet. Believe me, that was way easier to manage than AIP. I have definitely decided though that it is worth the sacrifices I am making so that I can feel good again.Read More
Thoughts on food, supplements, and health — by Stephanie Ewals
I know I wasn’t. This is week 6 on the autoimmune protocol. Or maybe week 7. I have lost count and truthfully, don’t care all that much. My mind feels so good, my energy could use a little push along but it is getting there. I feel pretty good. I think it is really amazing how our moods can be so affected by food. Our bodies talk to us and all we have to do is listen.Read More
Will I ever stay on the wagon?
I ate some popcorn. With butter. I paid for it too. Slower digestion and immediate almost cystic like acne on my neck. That was it in week six but I am starting to wonder if I am ever going to have a week where I don’t find myself eating something not allowed on the protocol. Gah!
This diet is no joke. You know what though? I feel really good.Read More
My husband worked very hard to ensure there would be AIP compliant foods on our dinner table for Christmas. We host Christmas Eve and we do an appetizer sort of dinner rather than a fancy sit down dinner. We had a large pork shoulder in the freezer from our last pig so we smoked that on the grill and he made a spice blend (which he is sure he cannot recreate) from AIP approved spices. It was so nice to be taken care of in that way.Read More
It is so frustrating to be eating so well, so clean and still be having issues. It takes a strong individual to complete the Autoimmune Protocol. Warriors of our health is what we are. I am on the edge of giving up most days. I literally picture myself standing on a cliff, ready to jump (to where I don’t know, but this shit gets old real fast).Read More
I failed a bit this week. I enjoyed some chocolate and a Coconut Secret coconut bar made of chocolate, coconut, coconut sugar and mint. I really enjoyed it, twice. Plus I had a truffle. They all were good. I have not had any flares or issues except now that I think of it, I have had disturbed sleep this week. See how it pays to pay attention to your body and how it is trying to speak to you.Read More
Being so restricted makes it difficult to be social. It makes “date night” a little challenging and frankly, it really sucks. It is a challenge even at the places that make it convenient to eat healthy out. What restaurant doesn’t use both salt and pepper when they prepare a dish? I don’t go out to eat often with my husband but when we do, we go somewhere that is somewhat accommodating to my dietary needs. I do try to think positively about how this is allowing my body to heal by calming the inflammation that has been wreaking havoc on my life for so many years but we all need to vent occasionally.Read More
I have decided to dive in head first with the Autoimmune Protocol. Never thought I would commit to it but at this point I feel I just don’t have anything to lose except my symptoms. So, what is this whole idea about? The autoimmune protocol or AIP is about promoting healing, removing inflammatory foods so your body can calm down and work on healing itself. Food as medicine.Read More
Low fat, low carb, avoid goitrogens, paleo, primal, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Slimfast, Whole 30, starvation, blood type. The list really goes on and on and on. What kind of diet have you tried?Read More
I have been having lots of trouble sleeping over the last couple of months due to a change in my thyroid medication. It has been so frustrating for me but also for my entire family. You know the old saying, “If Mom isn’t happy, then no one is happy”. That could not have been more true for me over the last couple of months. One can only go so long without sleep.Read More
I have been doing a sugar detox with my RESTART students. It has been nine months since my last detox which went off with out a hitch. This time around it feels like it is taking forever to get over with and it has only been a week. I am also on the Autoimmune protocol which eliminates the nightshade veggies and nuts and seeds so I don’t have my good old stash of nuts to fall back on.Read More
There is a face of Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism. That face is your neighbor. That face is your co worker. That face is your boss. That face is the person checking you out at the store.
It is estimated that 12% of Americans have or will have a thyroid problem in their lifetime. Around 20 million Americans have either hypo or hyperthyroidism,Read More
Sunday night I took half of my NatureThroid because I had forgotten to take it during the day. I took it right before I went to bed and found myself wide awake at 1:30 in the morning. I never went back to sleep. This has been a regular pattern in my life for the last couple of months.Read More
I have loved sugar my whole life. Who hasn’t really. I grew up having dessert after every dinner we had. We had a steady rotation of chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake (lovingly called crazy cake), apple, cherry and blueberry crisp (made from canned fruit). Standard fare in the 80’s. I became addicted to sugar at a very young age and still struggle with it well in to my 40’s.Read More
Insomnia. It comes and goes. It is Wednesday and so far since the beginning of the week I have had one good nights sleep. I am not a spring chicken and not getting good sleep deeply affects me. Foggy thinking. Heavy head. Poor decision making. I have three kids that I take care of largely by myself. My other have travels often for work.Read More
Heart palpitations, weight loss, tremors, anxiety, slow, sluggish, weight gain, cold hands and feet.
Feel like you are going crazy?
In the early stages of Hashimoto’s you can have any of those symptoms. Your immune system is on attack.Read More
Did you know there can be many causes or should I say triggers for hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after my second child, a boy, was born. He was born in January 2002 and I went to the doctor in early summer for nerve pain which I thought was from sitting all the time while nursing him. I told my doctor how tired I was and he decided to test my thyroid.Read More
I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, and I have to be honest. The whole idea of doing an elimination diet was really overwhelming to me. I was seeing a chiropractor for a thyroid protocol that they had last spring and the good doctor put me on an elimination diet along with a gut healing supplement for a month. It was doable but the thought was really overwhelming at first.Read More
Just about a year ago I was in the middle of my NTP program. I had just finished midterms and a long intense weekend of learning with my classmates. I wasn’t sleeping well. When I am stressed, usually the first thing affected is my sleep. I was getting maybe 4 hours a night for 3 or 4 days. It took a toll on me.Read More