Following on from my previous posts: Wish Me Luck! and WML! Update #1 and #2…
For the last two weeks I’ve been on full elimination AIP (Auto Immune Protocol) having stopped eating various food groups gradually over the last 7 weeks. This means no alcohol, grains, nightshades, legumes, dairy, eggs, nuts or seeds. I do eat a wide variety of veggies, herbs and meats as well as healthy fats and plenty of very nutrient dense things like liver, fermented foods and pro-biotic drinks. My hubby has started making our own komboucha and water kefir!
I’ve also been attending to my sleep, and have made some changes to my patterns so now I’m getting 8+ hrs a night instead of 5-6 hrs and the quality and depth of my sleep is better too.
I’ve lost weight, about 1lb p/wk, and my BMI has gone down.
I’ve been able to start exercising, walking gently and doing some strengthening exercises designed for people with chronic pain and autoimmune diseases.
Over the last three weeks I’ve been reducing my pred dose via DSNS from 9.5 to 9mg and haven’t felt any ill effects at all which has never happened before.
I have so much more energy and less pain that I have to be careful not to overdo things.
I feel good!
It’s taking a lot of commitment and determination and a lot of planning and creativity to make it interesting but even so it’s easier…and more yummy!…than I expected.
So now I continue as I am on this elimination phase for at least another month, maybe a lot longer, until I feel stable enough to start gradually reintroducing things, a little at a time, to see what effect they have.
I know there’s no cure for PMR and I’m not expecting that. I just want to see how well I can feel even though I have an AI disease and OA and permanent A/F.
It’s still quite early days and it might get much tougher but I haven’t slipped up yet and I wouldn’t go back now!
Thank you all for your support which makes such a huge difference, just knowing i can check in here, especially if things don’t go so well.
So, onwards and hopefully upwards…
Wish me luck!
(For more see: Wish Me Luck! Update #4)