Last Updated on October 23, 2020 by Renee’
One of the questions I get all the time is, “How did you go Paleo AIP?” “I don’t know if I could do it, I can’t give up my bread!”
Well, my answer is this, “Yes, it is hard but sooo worth it.” It was overwhelming in the beginning. (yes, I melted into tears at a local restaurant!)
After being diagnosed with 3 autoimmune diseases & my daughter being diagnosed with 2, I had to do something! I researched everything I could get my hands on & realized that the Paleo AIP diet is what we needed to do. We started with Paleo first & that helped with the transition to AIP.
Once I decided that the Paleo AIP diet was the best diet to hopefully reverse or at least put mine & my daughters’ auto-immune disease in remission, I had to try it.
The 1st thing we did was give up gluten.
Then I decided we needed to give up all Grains. This was huge for me. I love bread! I love pasta, but mostly, chips & salsa! I’ll be honest, it took about 5-7 days before I didn’t want to gnaw the moldings off the wall. It did get easier. Eventually, at some point, I realized that I didn’t even care about it anymore.
I was tasting the actual food for the first time in my life. Not all the fillers & junk. Before, I had never really noticed the real taste of a hamburger. Now, I prefer a burger with no bun. Everything tastes so much better. No masking the food anymore. I wasn’t sure how I would live without pasta, but I found out about the spiralizer & made Zucchini Noodles! OMG! Where had it been all my life? This is totally doable. Soon after, I learned about Spaghetti Squash. This was heaven!
I was eating vegetables I had never heard of.
So I cleaned out the pantry, fridge & freezer! If it’s not in the house, you can’t eat it! I got rid of everything & went grocery shopping. I concentrated on meats, veggies & fruits! It had to be simple. Read about how I did it here.
Then, I gave up dairy. This was not so hard. But Cheese, now that’s another story! I LOVE MY CHEESE! But since I couldn’t have crackers, no biggie. Not worth it! I traded my usual cheese & crackers with plantain chips & avocado.
I started with the basics of Paleo: Read here How to go Paleo in 6 weeks
No gluten, no grains, no beans (legumes), no dairy, no sugar or alcohol.
After about 6 months of Paleo, I transitioned to AIP. That meant, no nuts/seeds, eggs, nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, white potatoes, etc…) & coffee.
It was just, mind over matter. Read here Paleo to AIP in 28 days.
Another thing that was hard, as I had to rethink what to eat if I didn’t eat beans. That was a huge staple in my house. I am from the south, ya know! What’s funny is, without bread, I didn’t really miss the beans.
Giving up sugar is hard for most people, however for me, I didn’t have a sweet tooth, so that wasn’t such a big problem. But, once you detox from grains, it’s not so hard to give up sugar. The 1st few days are the hardest. Then, it just gets easier and easier.
Once I had mastered the above, I decided that I wanted my family to eat only organic if possible. I found a local farmer who practices all organic, non-GMO. His animals are 100% grass-fed, pastured, & free-range. He uses non-GMO feed for the animals that need feed. Costco & Kroger also have a lot of organic AIP options. If you are lucky & live near Whole Foods, that’s awesome!
Yes, it is more expensive, but, I decided that the money we saved from not going out to eat, not buying junk food, & avoiding prescription drugs, made it affordable. It might even be cheaper since we weren’t eating out. That was very hard at first, not having the convenience of going out, but also the social aspect of it. I kept returning to the most important thing, that was my families health.
Yes, it takes more time and effort. You can’t just go through the drive-through anymore. But, in no time, it becomes a way of life.
I learned to batch cook. It makes my life sooo much easier when I plan ahead. I’ll talk about this, in another post, in the near future. Big pots of soup are a blessing.
I also bought an Instant Pot! OMG! If you don’t have one, you need to get one! It was a lifesaver! Did I say, Life Saver? I use it every week to make Bone Broth, an essential for AIP/Paleo. Just for that alone, it is worth it.
After a couple of weeks, I had lost 8 lbs. And, I wasn’t even trying to lose weight. That was a plus. I wasn’t overweight but always needed to lose those last few lbs.
I was feeling so good. In fact, I felt the best I had felt in years. I suddenly had so much energy. I started working out more & not dreading it & I actually wanted to exercise. That’s just crazy!
If you are on the fence about what to do, you don’t feel good, have an autoimmune disease, or just want to lose weight, then just start.
Today is the 1st day of the rest of your life! It’s never too late! I never want to go back to feeling the way I did before! You won’t either!
*UPDATE: As of February 2019 I have put all 3 of my autoimmune diseases in remission. Yay Me!!! I am back to full Paleo & will never return to the Standard American Diet.