Okay, so now I’ve been on the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (AIP) for well over two months, and (knock on wood) it looks like things are going pretty well.
To recap: For the past year or so, my gut consistently been in some type of pain. A good day just meant less nausea and pain than usual. A bad day is when the nausea and pain are so bad that I can’t really think about anything else.
But after a couple months (okay, it’s getting closer to three — I’m a little late on this update) on the AIP, I can honestly say I’ve had some moments where I’m not in any sort of pain. Not just low amounts of pain that I can try to ignore. But, really, no pain. I’ve also not been feeling quite as shaky and light-headed. My neck is no longer inflamed, and I don’t seem to be retaining as much water in my face and stomach. Oh, and my skin is looking clearer.
I’m still having some pretty bad days, but there are some good days mixed it. So I’m hopeful that I’ll continue to see improvements.
In addition to eating according to the AIP, I’ve recently started taking beef gelatin as a supplement. It’s pretty gross mixed up in water, but I’ve added it to stews and made some healthy gummies out of it. I’m not sure if it was just a coincidence, but it was after I began supplementing with gelatin for a couple of days, that I started to see some major gut improvements.
I’ve been using this unflavored gelatin from Great Lakes. I get the reddish orange bottle because it has gelling properties. Apparently the green can doesn’t. So if you want this stuff to make candy or gummies, make sure you get the one that gels.
I’ve also tried adding L-Glutamine, which is an amino acid known to promote gastrointestinal health, but I think it may be causing me to feel manic and making it difficult for me to sleep. So, I’m going to skip the L-Glutamine for a few days and see what happens.
Disclosure: I started writing this post last week, and have had a couple of really bad days again since then (including the appearance of some mysterious rashes/bruises), but I still believe that my gut is improving overall. Sometimes, when things aren’t going well it seems like nothing is improving. But a year ago, I was having trouble eating any meals without vomiting. Now, I’m eating regularly, not puking and having a few days where I barely even think about my gut. Good changes are happening, albeit much slower than I originally hoped.