(Following on from my previous posts: Wish Me Luck! and Wish Me Luck! Updates #1 to #3)
Since April 2nd I’ve been following the AutoImmune Protocol (AIP) and it’s become second nature now.
AIP is a nutrient-rich approach that removes foods that irritate the gut, cause gut imbalance and activate the immune system. It helps to reduce inflammation, regulate hormones and addresses micronutrient deficiencies.
It isn’t just a diet however but also looks carefully at lifestyle factors including sleep, exercise, stress management and social interaction.
I’m still doing really well on it! That awful fatigue has gone and I feel very alive!!!
Since I started I’ve managed to reduce my Pred dose from 10mg to 8.5mg following DSNS tapering method and I’m about to start tapering to 8mg which is close to the kind of dose that will challenge my adrenals to kick back in. We shall see how that goes!
I’ve continued to lose about 1lb per week which is exactly what I hoped for and my BMI has gone down from Obese to Overweight.
I’m still doing daily strength exercises and gentle walking. I feel much stronger and more flexible.
I meditate daily and feel more calm.
My hair has stopped falling out and my nails are stronger.
The swelling in my ankles has gone down significantly.
I’ve reduced by half the amount of Codeine I take for OA pain.
However, I still have tinnitus and my sleep is less good than it was a month ago. I’d seen an increase from 6+ hrs to 8+ hrs since April and it’s now back down to around 6 hrs. I think this may be to do with the heat we’re experiencing in the UK at the moment and possibly something to do with my general increased energy and vitality combined with Pred. Nothing else has changed so I don’t know what else it could be but I’m investigating ways to improve this area.
I’m still not good at seeing people face-to-face. This is my biggest challenge. I’m your classic artist in a garret and have always been an extreme introvert but PMR and Pred have certainly exaggerated this trait and the stress of seeing even very close friends is something I still avoid if at all possible.
So...I’m staying on AIP for now and don’t plan to start reintroducing any of the foods I’ve eliminated until I’m on a much lower dose of Pred. This may be a very long time and requires a lot of discipline and management but to me it’s absolutely worth it. I know my general underlying health is improving and I feel like I’m doing the very best I can for my all-round wellbeing.
The diet part of AIP is not an easy option but I’m SO glad I came across it and decided to give it a go. The benefits are palpable and huge!