Ok. So as you know, I've started on The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) and have now eliminated from my daily diet all of those foods that cause immune reactions and inflammation in my body (see here). I've cleaned out my pantry and fridge and I'm slowly (very slowly) resetting my thinking. Now it's time to focus on adding more of the good stuff in.
It's so easy to get wrapped up and emotional in all of the eliminated foods, but as discussed in depth by Dr Sarah Ballantyne, as well as by those who have already adopted the AIP lifestyle, we are not to overlook the equally important foods that MUST be included in our diet. Flooding our bodies with micronutrients to correct both deficiencies and imbalances will help support our immune, hormone and detoxification systems.
Did you know that micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances are extremely common in those of us with an autoimmune disease?
Research and testimonials show that healing is accelerated and energy levels dramatically increased when eating an abundance of these powerhouse foods, which include bone broth, organic grass-fed meats and organ meats, fermented vegetables, oily cold water fish and shellfish and a huge variety of fruits and vegetables.
It's time to up the ante!
Here's a list of those foods I'll be enjoying in abundance over the next little while. . .
"Our hope is that with mindfulness and self-awareness, we can all approach healing with diet and lifestyle with a spirit of enjoyment and transformation"
- The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, by Mickey Tresscott and Angie Alt.