Tomorrow, I’ll be starting the Paleo Diet.
Here’s a basic breakdown of what the diet entails:
The only difference is that I will also be giving up the Nightshades as well, which includes potatoes, tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant, tomatillos, paprika, cayenne, etc. These are known to be inflammatory foods that can adversely affect people with autoimmune conditions.
I know that dairy is my main trigger food for Hidradenitis, but we think it may not be the only one. I had done some light research and happened upon this blog. A woman who suffered from HS was able to use this diet to find that potatoes (of all things) were her trigger food! Now she stays away from potatoes and has little to no problems. Amazing, right?
I will follow this diet strictly for 60 days, and then I will reintroduce foods back into my system in varied amounts one week at a time to isolate the specific foods that may be harming my body. Can I have bread? How much? Maybe 1 serving a day is okay, but is there a tipping point? These are things I’ll have to keep in mind as I move forward. I’ll also be keeping a food diary so that I’ll be able to find a common denominator regarding foods that help or harm me.
I’ve told several people this, but I’m sure if I were just doing this diet to lose weight or test my willpower, I’d quit within a week. But it’s different because my wellbeing actually depends on it, which means quitting isn’t an option.
That being said, I’m trying to take this one week at a time. I sat down last night and planned out my meals for the next week, using that as a guide to create a grocery list. We’ll see if this strategy works for me!
I know I will have to get creative in order to keep things interesting. I’ll be posting helpful recipes and giving updates on my experience with the diet. Please let me know if you have tips, recipes, or any suggestions for me as I embark on this new journey to a healthy life and body!