From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

Easing into the autoimmune protocol…?

Alright, I am taking the first step.  I am not even going to tell you guys where I am headed with this because I really don’t know.  There is a part of me that wants to go in whole hog and really do this AIP.  But it is HARD!  So I am going to ease in and see if I get some results one food at a time.  I am going to start with my kombucha.  I realize this isn’t the first food people think of with AIP.  The biggies are eggs, nuts, seeds and nightshades.  However, kombucha contains yeast and that is often a problem for people with autoimmune issues.  And as much as I love my kombucha in the morning, my husband is convinced that it is giving me gas.  He’s probably right.  I didn’t have it while we were at Disney and the gas was noticeably better even though I was eating other things that I normally wouldn’t eat.  Presley is the only other one in the house who likes kombucha so he is getting the rest of my stash.  If there isn’t enough improvement with dropping the kombucha then I will decide what I want to deal with next.  One step at a time is all I can manage right now.  I’m not even totally convinced that the digestive stuff is food related.  I am convinced that my biggest issue right now is lack of sleep.  I know it is hormonally driven and over the course of my investigating, I have realized that all of my digestive complaints can be explained by my hormonal imbalance.  I just have a strong gut feeling that nothing else is truly going to resolve until my sleep issues are resolved.  To this end, I have listened to several of the webinars on The Healthy Life Summit.  They have only served to cement my idea about the sleep.  The first one I listened to was Chris Kresser’s talk on Chronodisruption.  As a light therapy practitioner, most of the info was repeat, but he did have a couple good studies that I hadn’t heard about and his presentation was super easy to follow.  The next one I listened to was Liz Wolfe.  Seeing as I already have the Skintervention Guide, her stuff was also mostly repeat, but I just LOVE her.  Last night while cooking dinner I listened to Vanessa Romero.  Her story was so similar to mine that I cried.  I wanted to cry a little more when she said it took her a full year to regain her sleep cycles. Oh my!  But after a few moments, I felt hopeful.  Healing takes time and I know this.  Her story and her transformation are truly inspirational.  I encourage you guys to check her out.  Especially if you have ever suffered with adrenal fatigue.

Here is an example of why I am hesitant to go full force with the AIP.  I made these for the kids this morning, but I just had to have one fresh out of the oven with some grass-fed butter.  So good.  All of Danielle’s recipes are awesome.  Try this one, you won’t regret it- Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chip Streusel.

Banana Chip Muffins

Banana Chip Muffins

Last night when I went to read to Finn and tuck her in, I found her doing this.  I’m not really sure where she picked it up.  She does do yoga with me sometimes, but I don’t really chant and she was “ommmming” to beat the band!

Finn getting her "OM" on!

Finn getting her “OM” on!

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21 Day Sugar Detox- Day 19

Just 2 more days!! I’m not sure why I am really excited because I have no plans to go on a sugar bender.  Guess it just feels good to finish something.  Except a book.  Lately finishing books has felt a little sad.  I LOVE that feeling of suspense, of not being able to wait til I have a quiet moment to pick up my latest and bury myself in a world that is not my own.  Bittersweet for sure.  And Downton Abbey!  That did not feel good to finish last night!  Why in the world did they do that??  I think maybe they are going to try to hook up Tom and Mary.  Doug (my hubby) says no, but I think they have worked too hard to give Tom awesome hair to not make him center stage!  More on topic, I am feeling better today. My joint pain is not getting any worse and my energy level and sleeping are improving.  I went to CrossFit today.  I can’t really do snatch because of the inflammation in my elbow, so I did backsquat and clean.  I went up by 5 pounds on each of those lifts so I was happy.  Slow and steady!  The WOD was 5 hand stand push ups, 5 pull ups and shuttle runs across the gym for 8 rounds.  My time was 6:57 which seemed pretty good. I did my HSPU off a box, but I did my pull ups without a band:)

Here’s some pictures of a few of the things going on around here:

Liver Stew

Liver Stew

This was the second attempt at liver and it was much easier to eat than the first.  My husband made it once again because I still haven’t worked up to cooking it myself.  But I will!

Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver/Butter Oil Blend

Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver/Butter Oil Blend

Finally got my Fermented Cod Liver Oil!  It comes highly recommended by Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe.  I am only taking about 1/4 tsp right now to get acclimated.  We’ll see how it goes.

Sausage and spaghetti squash "pasta"

Sausage and spaghetti squash “pasta”

This was breakfast for me today and it was so good!  I found this pastured, local sausage and then added it to cooked spaghetti squash with a little full fat coconut milk, ghee and parsley.  Very yummy!

Pork Burgers over Arugula

Pork Burgers over Arugula

Lunch- Pork Burgers from Paleo Indulgences. I used some Tessmae’s Zesty Ranch over it and it was quite yummy!

Popsicle eating sickies

Popsicle eating sickies

My 3 babies all eating popsicles.  A rare treat around here- generally only allowed when they are sick, which they all are:(



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January 31, 2013

First off, I just published a random, half-finished old post.  Forgive me.  I’m not sure how it was still hanging around from months ago.  I should have deleted it, but when I saw my nephew’s sweet little face I just couldn’t do it.

I’m still getting the hang of writing these in the morning. I should probably jot down a few notes during the day so I don’t forget things.  I know that I slept well because I have slept great all week! Something I am so grateful for every morning!  And throughout the day as my kids (or whatever) test my patience.  I can deal SO much better when I have been sleeping.  It was Thursday, so no CrossFit.  I did 35 minutes of yoga in the afternoon, but that was it for exercise.  Part of me is wanting to go back to CrossFit on Tuesdays, making it 4 days a week, but part of me doesn’t.  I’m conflicted.  I would actually like to find a yoga studio that I can go to a couple of times a week, but all the good ones are way across town.  We’ll see. Maybe something will fall into my path.

Interesting food news- I ate sardines for breakfast!  Liz Wolfe talked about how good the omega’s were for your skin so I gave it a shot.There is lots of Omega talk at the gym too, but I don’t tolerate those vitamins very well.  They always make me nauseated. Plus, I always think if you can get it from food you are better off.  I think your body tends to assimilate and use it more efficiently that way. I thought the sardines would be nasty and hard to choke down, but they weren’t bad.  I put a little avocado with it, and I almost enjoyed it:)

My CrossFit girls and I met at LuLu Lemon to help Diane spend a gift card she got for Christmas.  I was totally wantin’ me some leggings and this super cute jacket, but I resisted.  First off, the trip wasn’t about me and second, I really didn’t need to spend the money.  After LuLu, we went across the street for lunch which ended up lasting 2 hours.  We all ordered the same thing which we got a little tickled over.  It tends to happen when you all eat paleo.  Options were limited.  We talked and laughed, talked and laughed, and talked and laughed.  We actually had other patrons of the restaurant giggling as they overheard our bawdy talk:)  It was super fun! I love those girls!!

My CrossFit Girls at Sharky's

My CrossFit Girls at Sharky’s



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January 28th, 2013

As I mentioned earlier, I am trying to go to bed earlier.  Reading The Primal Connection has solidified the importance of this for me so I am trying to cut off my media after dark.  Point being, I am going to try writing these blogs in the early morning for the day before.  Not sure how my memory will hold up, but I guess we’ll see.  Monday is a CrossFit day.  We had the usual lengthy warm up.  400 meter run, spider mans, mixed grip pull ups, burpees and some mobility.  Lifts were Snatch and Back Squat.  Snatch is my least favorite lift.  I’m going light and working on form.  That is pretty much the case for all my lifts right now because I am trying to keep my stress level low.  WOD was 500m row, 12 KB swings and 12 pull ups. 3 Rounds. My time was 11:47 which is fine by me.  I got to take an outdoor walk during Finn’s acrobatics class.  Per the usual these days, I listened to a podcast.  Diane and Liz had Mark Sisson on talking about The Primal Connection. Mark is a big proponent of barefoot walking so I gave it a try and I encountered glass in the grass after about 10 seconds so the shoes went back on pretty quickly.  I’ll have to try it again in my own yard.  Oh, I started using Liz Wolfe’s coconut oil/baking soda deodorant yesterday.  I warned all my peeps at the gym just in case!  After a long day, CrossFit, and an  outdoor walk, there was no stink at the end of the day!  I was super pumped about that.  However, I am still do the No Poo hair washing method and I cannot give that glowing reviews so far.  I am a grease pit today!  Liz says to stick it out for 2 weeks before you make a verdict so I am doing that. Will keep you posted.  Also, I got some godly council about my 3 way situation at Bible study yesterday. Just confirmed that scripture really says that vengeance belongs to God and not to me.  I just need to stand firm in the knowledge that I am doing what He called me to do and he will intercede on my behalf.  That is how I was feeling anyway, but it was nice to have that confirmed.

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January 27th, 2013

Last night was the best night’s sleep I have had since starting the thyroid med.  I went to sleep about 10:15 and awoke at 6:00.  I would have preferred longer, but still good.  No major exercising, but I did take a short morning walk while I finished up the season finale of Parenthood.  I LOVE that show.  The Braverman’s are awesome.  I love that I cry in EVERY episode.  It’s one of those good kind of cries.  Cleansing.  I also took another walk in the afternoon because the sun started to shine and I wanted to be out in it.  I strapped on my iPOD and listened to an old Balanced Bites Podcast.  I’m going back to the beginning and listening to the old episodes- today was #3.  I am integrating more of Liz Wolfe’s recommendations.  The whole family had Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast on their dinner tonight.  Along with sauerkraut.  All 3 of the kids ate it!  Awesome!!!  Next thing to try it going to be sardines.  I’m really not looking forward to it, but I am really feeling committed to getting my nutrients through as much real food as possible and it seems like a good way to get omega 3s.  Other than that, it was a pretty low key day. Oh, yeah, did I mention I am reading the Primal Connection? I am only about half way through, but I love it!  It’s not really new information for me, but it is from a different perspective and I love that.  I often find that it takes hearing something multiples times in multiple ways before it really gets ingrained in your psyche.  I highly recommend it.

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January 25th-26th, 2013

I had to work Friday and Saturday night so I didn’t get to my post.  We had a couple of light seminars.  They went well, but not nearly the attendance we hoped for.  I have to try not to worry too much about that.  I have to keep believing that the people that need to be there will be there and let go of the rest.  Something else I am trying not to worry about is a rumor I was informed of last night.  Apparently since about last October, there has been a rumor going through the company that my friend and I had a 3 way with one of our male seminar speakers! Yes, you read that right.  Apparently, he told some young guys in the company this in scathing (imaginary) detail and it has spread throughout the whole community.  I’m not sure how it took so long to get back to us, but it did.  Last night I had to call our CEO and tell her that there was absolutely NO truth in that.  Not only have I not had a sexual relationship with this man, but I haven’t even had a bawdy conversation with this man!  We have never really talked about anything that didn’t involve light, energy, medicine, health, etc.  I am in a weird place now of not wanting to give this situation a lot of my energy, but also not wanting people that I have a relationship with to question my integrity.  Besides, if I ever have a 3 way it will be with Adam Levine and Channing Tatum;)

In other news, the thyroid med is going well.  I didn’t sleep super good the first night, but it has improved steadily since then.  I started using the “No Poo” hair cleansing method this morning.  I have to admit that I am nervous about it.  I am afraid it will be a greasy, limp disaster, but I am committing to 2 full weeks per Liz Wolfe’s recommendation.  I started doing pull-ups without a band again.  Not dead hang, but when we are kipping during a WOD.  I did them on Friday and it was hard, but not crazy hard.  I think that is about it for now, but will check back in tonight for the days update.

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January 24th, 2013

My plan to go to sleep early worked great in the beginning.  I fell asleep easily around 10:15.  I know that is not super early, but it was my best for that day.  However, I awoke at 3:00am.  I slept off and on until 7:15 so it was not a total loss, but I really love those nights when I don’t wake up until it is time to be up for real.  I am hoping for a better night tonight.  I started my thyroid medication this morning.  My doctor tells me it is such a small dose that it would be highly unusual for me to feel any side effects.  So far so good.  The things I am on the look out for would be insomnia, heart palpitation and jitteriness.  I don’t think that is really a word, but I like it.   Let me tell you what else I like- Fermented Blue Cod Liver Oil.  Ok, so I haven’t tried it yet, but I am convinced that I would LOVE it.  My husband had a good laugh because these are the types of things that I ask him to get me.  He says to me, “How many wives do you think turn on their sexy voice and ask for fermented blue cod liver oil?”  Oh, well.  Typical flowers and jewelry is just boring!  Speaking of boring, I didn’t work out at all today.  Like at all!  I did have to run around a lot today so I wasn’t sedentary, just nothing intentional.  Guess what else…I didn’t feel guilty about it.  That’s HUGE!!!  I am going to have to get my photo skills working because I want to show you guys some of what I have been eating.  Tonight’s dinner was the bomb!  I made The Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew and Mashed Potatoes.  Yes, yes, Ree is certainly not paleo, but this recipe was pretty darn close.  It had a tablespoon of butter (we use grass-fed) in the stew but everything else was definitely legal.  Most paleo people do butter anyway.   As for the mashed potatoes, those were for the kids.  She called for cream cheese and heavy cream so I just omitted the cream cheese and used canned coconut milk.  The kids tore them up.  I snuck a couple of bites and they were pretty dreamy.  I used a grass fed “mock tenderloin” which I was unaware was so freakin’ good.  The lovely lady butcher at Whole Foods cut it up for me.  It was so tender and yummy! I keep trying to add a link to the recipe, but it won’t let me!  Have I told you guys I am a little computer illiterate?  It’s what comes from having an IT genius for a husband.  He just does it for me.  I’ll get him to show me what I am doing wrong and post it for you guys tomorrow.

I am nearly through with Liz Wolfe’s Skintervention Guide.  I’m sure I will be asking for more than Cod Liver Oil by the end of it.  I will also keep you guys posted on what I think about anything I try!

Sunday Night Beef Stew– Ok, hubby showed me how to do it so here is the link:)

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January 23rd, 2013

I didn’t feel as good today as I have been, but it was still a good day.  I think it’s due to the fact that it has been taking me longer to get to sleep the past couple of nights and I have been waking up really early.  I actually like waking up early, but it would be helpful if I could go to sleep earlier.  I am going to do my best to stop reading at 10:00 tonight.  I tend to get involved in whatever I am reading and then look up and it’s 11:30!

Went to CrossFit this morning.  I am loving lifting lighter weights but having great form.  I think this is really the way for me to go right now.  I also did another outdoor walk today.  I have just been loving sucking up the sun this week.  It’s probably not enough to really be giving me much vitamin D, but it still seems to help my mood.  My kids rode their bikes and scooters while I walked and listened to my Balanced Bites podcast.  I’m totally in love with Diane and Liz!  One day I want to be doing some version of what they are doing.

I had pesto shrimp zucchini pasta tonight and half an apple and so far no belly bloat.  Two nights in a row!  Super happy about that.  The recipe was from Practical Paleo and my boys loved it! Two bowls each!!  I’m always excited when they eat dinner.  My daughter, however, picked out her shrimp and left the rest:(

I start my Armour Thyroid tomorrow morning!  Will be blogging about how I am adjusting to that.



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January 22, 2013

Today was a low key day.  I love it when one of those days comes along on a weekday where I don’t have anywhere I have to be at any specific time.  Sure, I’m still a homeschooling mom of 3 with a part time business so I wasn’t lacking for things to keep me busy- but I just like it when I don’t have to “get dressed and get somewhere” if I don’t want to!  It was a day off from CrossFit so I took an easy 30 minute walk while watching The Biggest Loser.  In light of all my adrenal issues it makes me wonder how those people can work out like they do and not risk adrenal fatigue?  I know they need to lose the weight, but it seems like the way they do it might not be the best way?  Anyway, I also did 30 minutes of yoga (15 this morning and 15 this afternoon).  I have Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl Workout on my Kindle and I love that I can take it anywhere in the house (or outside for that matter) and do it.  So convenient.  Can you guys tell I’m in love with my Kindle Fire HD???  I will admit that Bethenny is a little annoying, but the workouts are good.  They are challenging strength wise but they don’t get my heart rate up which is good since I am trying not to do much cardio right now.

Couple other pieces of good news- I got my latest round of blood tests back and things looked better.  My testosterone was up from 16 to 28.   Granted, my doctor would like to see it closer to 60, but that is still nearly double and I do think it is making me feel better.  My thyroid numbers look pretty normal at this point but due to my history he thinks they still need to be tweaked so he has me starting a low dose Armour thyroid this week.  We’ll see how that goes.  The last piece of business- No Belly Bloat tonight!!! Woo Hoot!!  I’ve been listening to the Everyday Paleo podcast and they addressed a similar issue and seemed to think it was either from too many veggies (which seems weird, I know- think it has to do with too much fiber, especially if you have suffered from any digestive issues) and/or an issues with fructose digestion.  I think I could fit into both of those categories so I am trying to keep and eye on my evening meal since it seems that is when I am most susceptible.

I started reading Liz Wolfe’s Paleo skincare guide last night so I will let you guys know what I think about that soon.  I already started doing the oil cleansing (which I love) and using Grandma’s Lye soap (which I also love).  My hubby has bad problem skin (cyctic acne) so I can’t wait to see what I can do with him.  Using oil on his face pretty much creeps him out, but he trusts me so he is going to let me boss him around in this arena for a while and see what happens:)

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