I am on day 19 of my 30-days strict AIP, so I thought I’d pop in today to share with you how I’m doing on the autoimmune protocol and doctor’s appointment check-in that happened yesterday.
Autoimmune Protocol and Doctor’s Appointment Check-In
It is serving me very well, and if you recall, the main reason I was doing it was not because of symptomatic gut issues, but instead because of lingering skin issues.
I am learning that, while I have been feeling phenomenal doing AIP and the skin issues seem to be healing, the real underlying cause for the skin issues are due to hormones (remember, I destroyed my hormones). So even though AIP as a stand alone might assist in healing, it has been (and will continue to be) other things I’m doing that are making the real difference. Once I really get a grip on the skin issue, I’m planning to write a post to share everything I did to heal it.
My cravings for all the chocolate and peanut butter and cakey-carby are completely in check because of the AIP bread recipe I perfected.
I don’t eat “breakfast foods” for breakfast and “dinner foods” for dinner. I just eat according to cravings, hunger levels and what I can feel my body needs at any given moment. Here is a list of my favorite AIP-approved foods that I tend to eat most currently. (Click HERE to save this list for later.)
I have “cheated” two times only. One time I had 2 ounces of Vodka; the other time 4 ounces of wine. I discussed alcohol at length with my doctor, and for me, the jury is still out, but more than likely I will need to stick with 2 ounces or less per week for quite some time still. Sad. I know.
My intentions are to finish these 30 days, and then decide how I’ll move forward.
Doctor’s Appointment Check-In
I’ll just give it to you straight from his notes, my plan for moving forward and finding even more healing on this journey:
- Repeat the SIBO test. We want to make sure it’s gone.
- Continue LDN.
- Repeat a different stool test. Full disclosure: I am going to deny this one because at this time I don’t think it’s necessary.
- When done with the test, focus on rebuilding an even healthier gut with probiotics and prebiotics.
- Continue with the HCL, adding in a little apple cider vinegar as well. We are trying to decrease the number of HCL I take with meals and hoping the ACV will help.
- Add in some liver support and additional GI support. These are both via supplements and we are doing them for the skin issues in particular.
- Advanced adrenal support.
- My plan and tactics for managing stress, including meditation.
Note: these are just some of the main new things. I still have several things I do and take daily to support the healing process. At some point, I’m hoping to just dedicate an entire page on my blog to all supplements, etc. I take/have taken/am encouraged to take.
Most of the things we are focusing on now are directed towards my skin, “adrenal fatigue” and managing/helping all the current stress I presently feel/have.
My doctor commented several times that when it comes to understanding how to heal core issues and/or how to not have a relapse, I get it, and I am focusing in all the right areas. Where he supports me 100% is directing me to the appropriate supplements and giving me ideas and confirmation for things I need to do in my life to help myself.
After my appointment with him, things seemed to be even clearer, and I know that if I can stick to the plan and get myself re-adjusted physically and emotionally, my healing efforts will continue to be strong as ever.