I’m taking a break from blogging. I’ll be back here soon!
I first learned about Toxin Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) from Dr John Cline, Matthew’s Functional Medicine Doctor.
TILT made sense because it describes a tipping point: how toxins accumulate in our bodies until our tolerance is compromised and we tip from an equilibrium of health into an equilibrium of illness.
As Dr Cline explains, “when our bodies accumulate enough toxins, often in combination with stressful life events, a tilt occurs, and our health then deteriorates rapidly in many ways”.
The idea behind TILT is that many chronic illnesses, as well as environmental sensitivities, originate in an accumulation of toxins in our bodies over time. At some point in this accumulation, susceptible individuals tip over into poor health. Continue reading
We’re in that season now in the Northern hemisphere, and it’s a bright and beautiful thing.
Brilliant summer evenings call for light, fun and festive food. Easy to prepare and easy to share. Continue reading
By that I mean, ordinary.
It was an ordinary Saturday. Like the weekends I remember. From our life before.
Here’s how it went:
We woke up early.
Noted that the #3 kid will likely have purple hair the next time we see her, based on the state of the bathroom.
Went back to bed.
Woke up later. Drank tea and bone broth. Put together a menu plan for the week (using the Healing Kitchen our new favourite cookbook). Wrote grocery lists.
Did house stuff.
I went to yoga. Matthew did the first wave of grocery shopping.
The teenager awoke: purple hair confirmed.
She went out.
We made tea in go-cups and drove to the beach. Watched the water and talked about nothing in particular.
Did more grocery shopping.
Bought water containers at Canadian Tire for our update-the-emergency-kit project (because Fort McMurray).
Came home. I filled up the containers with water and stashed them.
While eating, we watched the new episode of Peaky Blinders.
Played scrabble with the #3 kid when she got home.
Went to bed.
Are you still with me?
After 28 months on the AIP, Matthew went back to work. After 29 months, we had our first boring day.
It was wonderful.
It is the culmination of 2½ years blogging, the last 8 years caregiving for someone with chronic illness, and my 20+ year career creating intentional change in complex situations.
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Helping a Loved-one Heal
My new book is called Helping a Loved-one Heal: N=1 experimentation and paleo healing protocols for caregivers.
It’s designed to provide caregivers with the most effective new methods to support healing for the people they love, but it can also be used by people who want to heal themselves.
It’s the book I wish I’d had before I got so much hands-on experience!
- Outlines the various Paleo Healing Protocols and explains how to customize them;
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In this book I provide a template, not only for getting through the experience of caregiving but for becoming stronger in the process.
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A favourite was a neighbourhood brew pub that featured locally-sourced food, and my top-pick from that menu was always the Moules-frites.
Mussels and fries.
The Mussels were cooked in a gorgeous broth and the dish came with a glorious dollop of aioli, for dipping.
Really elegant comfort food. Continue reading
We are each committed to taking personal responsibility for our own health, and supporting other people around the planet who are interested in doing the same thing.
As part of #AIP4me week, I’ve joined forces with four other paleo healing protocol bloggers. We’re each exploring two elements of the ‘AIP Evolved’ Manifesto created by Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott and we’re publishing the results on each other’s blogs.
Here’s where you’ll find us:
- Emma from the Bacon Mum posted at Joanna Frankham and addresses manifesto elements #11 Seek help and #12 Test, don’t guess.
- Jaime from Gutsy by Nature is posting right here and tackling #14 Strive for balance and #17 Practice gratitude.
- Rory from the Paleo PI posted on Gutsy by Nature and is concentrating on #3 Information is power and #16 Reframe the negatives.
- Joanna from Joanna Frankham posted on the Paleo PI and focuses on #8 Be a nutrient-seeker and #18 Eyes on your own journey.
- I posted on the Bacon Mum and wrote about #2 Embrace the template and #4 Start simple.
These posts are rolling out all week and we’re linking them together as we go. #HowIAIP. #AIP4me.
Here’s Jaime Hartman with #14 Strive for balance and #17 Practice gratitude. Continue reading
After almost 2½ years on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), we’re finally in reintroduction territory!
Matthew has reintroduced coffee, white rice (occasionally), soaked and dehydrated pumpkin seeds, and eggs (sometimes). I have reintroduced soaked and dehydrated nuts, cocoa and eggs.
We overlap on the eggs, and that has been fun.
Where do eggs fit on the paleo healing protocols?
The elimination phase of the AIP excludes eggs, as do the Wahls Protocols.
Sarah Ballantyne explains why in this post.
When attempting egg reintroduction, starting with yolks is recommended. Eileen Laird has a how to video on how to separate whites and yolks three different ways, and also elaborates on the nutrient-density of eggs.
Find Eileen’s book on AIP reintroductions here.
If you find you can tolerate yolks but not whites, you can still make this recipe. Just use eight egg yolks rather than four whole eggs.
Some paleo protocols that don’t focus on autoimmunity recommend eggs as a dietary staple, if they come from naturally-raised chickens. These protocols include the Primal Blueprint, the Bulletproof Diet and the Whole 30.
Find the first on Joanna Frankham’s blog.
This post focuses on the top-three strategies for weight management identified through research that Joanna and I conducted with 20 long-term AIPers, 90% of whom indicated that weight management still causes them stress.
Through a confidential survey, one question we asked respondents was about weight management strategies that worked for them while on the AIP. The question wasn’t multiple choice: people had to come up with their own ideas.
11 of the 20 women who participated in the survey had not yet identified things that worked. Nine of the 20 women had. From these responses, three strategies emerged. Continue reading
When he took disability leave at the end of 2013 we thought he’d never work again.
At that time, he was taking 6-8 hydromorphone painkillers a day, as well as a high dose of Methotrexate by injection weekly.
He had developed severe and disabling nausea that no one could diagnose.
Now, the pain and nausea are manageable and he is medication-free, except for a few Tylenol Arthritis a week.
That sounds dramatic, and it is, but there were many times during the past 28 months when his health didn’t seem to be improving at all. And times when it was definitely getting worse rather than better.
But all of his autoimmune symptoms have gradually improved, and he is now in better health than he has been in eight years.
Back to Work
We honestly weren’t sure how the back-to-work experiment would go.
When he initiated it, he was partially bluffing. Continue reading