Does the Autoimmune Protocol Work? My Progress With the AIP/ Paleo Diet.

Does the Autoimmune Protocol Work? I am starting to notice drastic improvements in my health since starting AIP! Below is my experience with some of the changes I have noticed in my first 7 weeks of the AIP/paleo diet.

Health Struggles Before AIP

Skin Issues

Before starting AIP I was starting to have health and beauty issues. I noticed my skin looked very grey and dull. I also had  blotchy uneven skin and dark spots on my forehead and on my upper lip. An esthetician pointed this out to me and told me it was called melasma and was caused by hormone imbalances that cause your skin cells to be more sensitive to the sun. I no longer felt very beautiful when I looked in the mirror. I told myself it was because I didn’t have time to put on makeup or do my hair anymore because I was focusing on graduate school. Also, I was thinking that maybe I was just starting to age, after all I was 29.

Weight Gain

My weight was also creeping up. I had never struggled with weight in my life, and in fact was underweight for a long time due to my Grave’s disease. I was only about 10-15 lbs over my ideal weight but I wasn’t as happy as I used to be with the way clothes fit.

Low Energy

I also had very low energy and would sit at work sometimes and struggle to find the will and the energy to get up and complete a task.

How AIP Has Helped Me

Lifestyle Changes: Diet and Exercise

Recently I started making some lifestyle changes. I am currently taking dance classes  (ballet, contemporary, or pole) about once a day. I have also been on the AIP/Paleo diet for 7 weeks now (~1.5 months). Check out my AIP weekly meal prep menus to see what I have been eating.

Weight Loss

I weighed myself yesterday and realized that I already lost 11 lbs!

On Oct 10, 2017 I weighed in at 129 lbs, my BMI was 21.47, and my body fat percentage was 25.41%

I started AIP on Jan 2, 2018

On Feb 16, 2018 I weighed in at 118 lbs, my BMI was 19.64, and my body fat percentage was 21.23%

On March 23, 2018 I weighed in at 118 lbs, my BMI was 19.64, and my body fat percentage was 21.57%

BMI Healthy range: 18.5-24.9

Body Fat percentage ranges: Athlete range:14-20% / Fitness Range: 21-24%/ Average Range: 25-31%

So I have been in the healthy range of BMI this whole time but now my body fat percentage went down from average to a range the fitness range. I don’t really want to lose anymore weight than this so hopefully I will be able to continue on AIP while maintaining this current weight.

Reduced Resting Heart Rate

A normal resting heart rate for adults can range from 60-100 beats per minute (BPM). A lower resting heart rate usually implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. My resting heart rate has gone down since starting AIP, although I also started doing more dance classes when I started AIP too, so I could just be improving my fitness in that way. My thyroid disorder actually normally makes my heart run really fast so I am hoping that the reduced heart rate is a reflection of my thyroid calming down.

Oct 10,2017: 81 BPM

Feb 16,2018: 96 BPM

March 5: 93 BPM

March 23: 63 BPM

My skin looks much better

I also have noticed that my skin is bright and vibrant and no longer grey. My acne has subsided. The past few days when I have looked in the mirror I am slightly surprised to like what I see. Suddenly, I feel beautiful and young again. It is amazing how much your health is reflected in your face.

Healthier Hair

My hair is growing longer and is less frizzy.

Energy Levels

I am still working on getting my energy levels up and on trying to improve my Grave’s disease but this drastic progress is keeping me motivated and hopeful that other areas of my health will benefit as well if I stick to it!

Moral of the story is that if you are unhappy with your health, you don’t have to just accept it as a sign of aging. You can change the way you eat and that can drastically affect the way you look and feel!

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AIP Paleo Pot Roast

10 minPrep Time

3 hrCook Time

3 hr, 10 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb grass fed chuck roast
  • 7 carrots
  • 4 celery sticks
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Mushrooms
  • 2 cups broth
  • ½ cup red wine
  • Rosemary sprig
  • 2 tbsp Olive or Avocado oil
  • Splash of apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to your dutch oven and heat over medium high heat
  2. Cut onion into large chunks
  3. Brown the onions quickly in the hot dutch oven
  4. Remove onions to a bowl and set aside
  5. Brown your chopped carrots in the dutch oven
  6. Remove carrots to a bowl and set aside
  7. Add salt to the chuck roast
  8. Quickly Sear your chuck roast on each side just to get it slightly browned on the outside
  9. Turn the heat to high and deglaze the dutch oven by adding first ½ cup of red wine and then 1 cup of the broth
  10. Add the chuck roast, carrots, onions, garlic, chopped celery, mushrooms, the rest of the broth and a splash of apple cider vinegar to the dutch oven
  11. Add 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary to the broth
  12. Cover pot and roast in the oven for 3-4 hours
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