Why I have decided to try the AIP protocol…

After suffering on and off the last 4 years with aches and pains and a few back issues, I thought it was just middle age setting in and after all I had began pushing myself with running and exercise after the brain infection episode . Early December last year whilst mowing the lawn for my dad (who has stage 4 lung cancer), I fell and badly twisted my ankle, sprained the tendons and spent Christmas in a moonboot. I had also fallen on my sacrum and stress fractured parts of my SI joint. ????☹️  So I plodded on until in March this year when I was still having excruciating pain in my back, neck, ankle and especially my buttock area. Chiro and physio most weeks, swimming and walking slowly  began to help heal a little but some days it felt like one step forward, two steps back. But I wasn’t healing like I thought I should, in fact some days it seemed to be getting worse, and with not being able to lie down in bed, sleeping on the floor was the only comfort and little relief. Paleonutter was going great guns and so I felt like a fraud. Even with persistence and lots of research, I wasn’t happy with the results I was getting. So I went back to chiro and the doctors and asked lots of questions, had more tests and finally found out recently that I have AS. Ankylosing sponderlytis is a form of disease that eventually causes ankylosis of vertebral and sacroiliac joints. Not great! I went completely in denial. Not me!! I just had a fall and I will heal soon! The pain and struggle to get out of bed in the morning is an absolute nightmare. I’m saying that not to get sympathy, but because I realised there are lots of people like me learning about and how to live and nourish our bodies through real food and using food as medicine. It can seem frustrating when we are doing all the right things, and wham we are still suffering! So I took a deep breath and reminded myself that there are so many more people out there who are much worse off than I am . And I will heal or go into remission. Now I feel humbled, like i have been given a gift so that I will be able to connect with so many more Nutters out there because of AS. It’s now my new super power, because I won’t let it stop me, but remind me that we are all unique, we all have our battles to face every day. But instead of writing a book about it in ten years time, through technology I’m going to share, spread and live my journey. So if you are having a bad day, or a good one, 13315450_905825679526415_3632106833656971826_n 13406790_905825632859753_1529013893043257792_n-1can’t decide what you fancy for breakfast, lunch or tea then come and follow me as I’ll update what I do to tweak the Ten Week Program to suit me. The exercises are fantastic and Bendy is a Godsend. We don’t have to go through any struggles alone! Stay strong, stay happy and stay healthy as we are all Paleo Warriors fighting this cause! X

4 thoughts on “Why I have decided to try the AIP protocol…

  1. Deirdre Fitzgerald Reply

    That’s great Mel and you’ve just inspired me to get back on track. I too have AS as well as PsA and started the 10 week AIP two weeks ago. After first week I stopped and went strict Paleo but after reading your blog I’m going to start back on AIP tomorrow. You’re right – it’s hard but you’ve got through first week – well done.

    1. Admin Reply

      Thanks Deirdre,

      Yes week 3 and I’m finding it easier. I will post some of the meals and coconut balls tomorrow. I’m so glad you got back on it. Stick with it and PM on FB if you need a chat. M x

  2. Lori Woodhouse Reply

    Hi Mel, well done on your first week. The meals sound lovely although I’m sure it’s been hard stretching the imagination! I’m going to follow you as I am psyching myself up to do the same. I have chronic pain and endometriosis and have quit work as a clinical nurse in the theatre to get well. My job was stressful and hard work. I just decided I couldn’t go on like I was but I’m inspired by your efforts to heal. Lori xxxx

    1. Admin Reply

      Hey Lori,

      I’m so hearing ya! I haven’t gotten round to writing week two so i will post the last two weeks tomorrow. I’m feeling brighter and things are getting a little easier. I have found some coconut AIP snack balls that I am introducing next week as they have dates in them. I’ll post the recipe here too. Stay nutty, M X

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