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post #46 of 183 (permalink) Old 01-16-2016, 07:16 PM
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Re: Strict Paleo diet for A/I issues??

I can't believe I missed this thread!!!

You guys are my tribe, that none of us want to be in. I have read up on the Paleo, it's very doable and I am going to try once my D returns to school. The only bad thing thing is that most of my favorite veggies , fruits, herbs and spices are night shades. That sucks.

But I have to do something new because I can't continue to live like this. I can't take meds because I have tons of allergies and they mess up my stomach. My H said he will do it with me, we will see.

Learning so much from this thread. So, glad I found it.

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I started yesterday and so far so good. The first thing I noticed was I slept all night last night. Took a two hour nap today and already tired again. VERY interesting. Happy, did you go through extra fatigue in your first days of AIP? At least this is fatigue where I can sleep.

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I started yesterday and so far so good. The first thing I noticed was I slept all night last night. Took a two hour nap today and already tired again. VERY interesting. Happy, did you go through extra fatigue in your first days of AIP? At least this is fatigue where I can sleep.
I would think that would be normal with the reduced carbohydrate intake.

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I would think that would be normal with the reduced carbohydrate intake.

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Could be, far

I've had AI for so long it dawns on me as you say that, that I probably no longer know what normal sleep rhythms are.

Right after I wrote that post I got REALLY tired all of a sudden. My body is definitely trying to adjust.

How much fruit are you guys eating?

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Blossom, I didn't feel tired at all. In fact just the opposite. I have had lots more energy since the beginning (on Day 17 now). But I agree with far, you could be fatigued from lack of carbs and low blood sugar levels.

I think more than lack of carbs though, it could be lack of calories...?? Are you eating plenty of olive oil, coconut oil, and meat? I eat avocados, full-fat coconut milk, coconut flour and flakes, fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and trout. Also, you can get plenty of carbs through sweet potatoes, acorn squash, butternut squash, winter squash, plantains, parsnips, turnips, etc. I dice them, mix them all together and sauté in olive oil. Yum.

I don't eat a lot of fruit (1-2 servings per day) but then again I have never been much of a fruit eater. I do eat LOADS of vegetables per day, and I mean loads!

I think it's possible you may be having a bit of a Herxheimer effect ("die-off" of harmful pathogens). You can read about it here:

Is A Healing Crisis Really Healing? - Autoimmune Paleo

There's some very useful info in that article.

Here's another very good article with lots of ideas for eating. Her site (Wellness Mama dot com) is also full of good recipes:

http://wellnessmama.com/22689/autoimmune-diet/

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I also expected more energy too. @happy as a clam Are you drinking coffee?

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Just wanted to share this delicious breakfast recipe. It's a great substitute for oatmeal... cooks up nice and warm and hearty, and VERY filling.

If you're doing the 30-day A/I diet, eliminate the egg and used mashed banana instead. The banana adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

Paleo "Oatmeal"

Yield: Makes 1 serving (multiply recipe if desired)
This creamy, satisfying bowl of coconut porridge may remind you of traditional oatmeal. This makes one serving, but the recipe is easily multiplied to serve more people. Enjoy with your favorite oatmeal toppings.


1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk PLUS 1/4 cup water OR 3/4 cup homemade coconut milk
3 Tbs. coconut flour
2 Tbs. finely shredded coconut
1 pastured egg OR 1/2 banana, mashed for egg-free option**
Oatmeal toppings of your choice

In a small saucepan, mix together the liquid, coconut flour and shredded coconut. Bring to a boil (mixture will be thick), cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Stir halfway through.

Off the heat, crack the egg into the saucepan and whisk quickly to prevent the egg from scrambling with the heat. Then, return to the heat and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.

** For the egg-free version: follow the instructions above but don't add the egg. Instead, whisk in the mashed banana and stir briefly.

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Yum. I love oatmeal. I also saw a butternut squash version of this.

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I also expected more energy too. @happy as a clam Are you drinking coffee?
Yes, but I only drink decaf. Gave up caffeine years ago -- too many heart palpitations.
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Ahhh... Interesting. I ordered a roasted chicory, dandelion herb blend that will be here Thursday to substitute. Has carob in it. I skipped coffee yesterday and boooooyyyy were my feelings hurt. lol. I had chicken thighs and roasted cinnamon butternut squash this morning for breakfast. You mentioning salmon this morning has me craving fish for tonight, one of my favs being CATFISH! Yum! Are you off all dairy including sour cream? I was following gaps for a while this summer and and often would have a full fat sour cream with meats and fish. Surprisingly yummy and very good for gut flora.


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I had chicken thighs and roasted cinnamon butternut squash this morning for breakfast.
Yum! Now that's my kind of breakfast!

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Are you off all dairy including sour cream? I was following gaps for a while this summer and and often would have a full fat sour cream with meats and fish. Surprisingly yummy and very good for gut flora.
I am off all dairy, but only for 30 days while I'm on the strict A/I diet. Dairy is the first thing that I will add back in. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will not cause any issues. I've never had a problem (that I know of) with dairy in the past, and I am really missing eggs, butter and kefir. And I love me some sour cream too!

I plan to permanently continue with Paleo but not the strict A/I detox diet. That is, assuming I can add these things back. It's very important once you start adding foods back in to add only one thing at a time, and give yourself enough time (3-7 days) to see if you have any kind of reaction -- skin, hives, G/I, brain fog, congestion, etc. Any reaction, and that food is back off the list for awhile. In other words, don't add ALL dairy back at once -- start with butter, then egg yolks, then whole eggs (a lot of people have problems with the proteins in egg whites), then cheese, then yogurt, then milk, etc. Then on to the next food group that you want to add.

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Yea, it definitely takes strategic attention.

I'm dealing with a raging headache third day in.

I'll be glad when this phase is done.

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Guys what cookbooks are you using?
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Guys what cookbooks are you using?

Practical Paleo was my Bible. They even have it at Target now I noticed. It's worth the $40.

Also follow the Nom Nom Paleo girl on Facebook. She is really good. I bought her app and her book to send her some very deserved support.


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Practical Paleo was my Bible. They even have it at Target now I noticed. It's worth the $40.

Also follow the Nom Nom Paleo girl on Facebook. She is really good. I bought her app and her book to send her some very deserved support.


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Thanks erica1, I will put that on my list. Trying to get some cookbooks to get started. I will check out the Nom Nom girl.
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