How isolated do you feel on the autoimmune protocol?

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.

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Your body talks but are you listening?

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. 

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Week six on the Autoimmune Protocol.

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.

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Week five on the Autoimmune Protocol.

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.

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Week Three on AIP (Autoimmune Protocol)

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.

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Week Two on The Autoimmune Protocol

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. 

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Follow My Journey on The Autoimmune Protocol

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.

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Are You on a Diet For Your Thyroid?


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?  

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The Importance of Sleep in Chronic Illness

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.

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Why is Sugar So BAD For Us?

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. 

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Thyroid Disease Has a Face and It Is Someone You Know

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, 

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Hashimoto's or Hypothyroidism Controlling Your Life?

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.

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Blood Sugar, Thyroid and How They Relate

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.

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How Important is Your Thyroid?

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. 

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The Top Supplements for Thyroid Health

Heart palpitations, weight loss, tremors, anxiety, slow, sluggish, weight gain, cold hands and feet. 

Sound familiar?

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.

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What is the Cause of Your Thyroid Problems and What do you do About it?

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.

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Strategies for Changing Your Diet When You Have an Autoimmune Disease

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. 

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Three Things You Can Do to Combat Adrenal Fatigue with Autoimmune Disease

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. 

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