Starting Autoimmune Protocol Diet & Detox “juice”

I was initially going to start this diet on July 1st, but the husband thought we may as start at June 30th, seeing as: 1. It’s the start of the week; 2. We’ve eaten enough (very delicious) crap to last us a while.

I woke up feeling a tad bit dry (what else is new), but overall ok. My skin was a fairly normal shade, as usual. Lately I can clearly discern when I’m flaring as I turn red in flaring spots.

Yesterday we attempted to go shopping for all the things we’d need this week, but it was clear from today that we need more veggies. Today’s meal consisted mainly of the huge chicken and veggie roast we made last night. It was so good even though all the seasoning we used was salt and pepper.

I made some bone broth which will hopefully last us the week. If my mom can see all the food I’m making, she’d be so proud and amazed. :D

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I’ve also started to drink Detox “juice”. It’s been famous in Korea for some time now. You first boil broccoli, tomato, carrots and lettuce. Then you take the water of these boiled substances, and the veggies, and blend it with an apple and banana. To my surprise, it tastes pretty good! Since nightshades are not allowed on the AIP, I didn’t use any tomato.

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The doctor who advocates this drink warns that we may get worse before we get better as body starts to detox. Well, I certainly got worse. Starting from about 6/7pm I started to get very itchy. I was flaring in various spots and now at 3am I’m oozing a little on my neck, jawline, left armpit and right elbow flexure.

I shall keep you updated on how I do. This should be an interesting month.

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Month 10 update

Hello! By the time you see this, I will be on a plane to Australia!! Crazy! I will let you know how the plane affects me.

Month ten has been disappointing for me. I steadily got worse on the whole. Day to day conditions fluctuated, one day I was a bit better, next not as much, but in the whole not much improvement. Attempting to follow normal sleep cycle, sleeping with another body on a twin bed who is very bad at sleeping affected my ability to sleep as well. The last couple months of above was really detrimental to my ability to sleep. I can count on my hands the number of times I felt like I got good sleep. Considering how well I was doing with sleep before, I think I should probably go back to what I was doing. I’m sure lack of sleep doesn’t help with healing.

Another thing I think may affect my ability to heal is my expectations. I feel pressured, both by others and by myself, to act like I’m better – I’m ten months in, after all. However, upon looking back on my posts, I’m doing as well as month 5 or so. I’ll probably start lightly exercising regularly once I’m at Australia in hopes I’ll feel better and more energized. If you are going through topical steroid withdrawal while working (both in and out of house) full time, you deserve ALL THE PRAISES! I don’t know how you do it. Humans are strong creatures indeed.

I am really dry on my face and my neck. I oozed a little bit on my face and neck. Last few days I was careless and I ate whatever – gluten, dairy, sugar, msg, etc- and my skin was also worse. I think it’s correlated but we will know for sure once I go on really strict autoimmune protocol diet come October.

I started to take cod liver oil, l- glutamine and probiotic, but stopped after few days because I felt like I was doing worse. I will probably resume once I’m at Australia and things settle down. I know everybody says how awesome Sun is supposed to be, but for me the heat makes me inflamed and irritated. My skin- especially face and neck region- have been radiating heat again. Not as bad as first few months, but combined with southern California weather, I had to resort to ice packs here and there. I think Australian winter will help me feel better, as cold always did.

Pictures are from today, 6/23/14 right after a shower so I’m extra dry looking and inflamed.

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Edit: 6/25
I arrived at Melbourne!! Airplane messed with my skin big time! I wasn’t necessarily extra itchy but I was super super dry.

6/27 – last two days I’ve been shedding a lot, especially my face and neck but now my skin looks much better! I had about hour or two of minor flares in which I was burning a bit and was red but that subsided. Now skin looks better than before airplane! Pictures coming soon. My skin really likes the cold! It combats the burn big time.