About Me

My name is Pooja Parikh, I am 27 years old and I am from Oklahoma. I currently live in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I attend a doctoral program in School Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Go Big Red!

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I originally started this blog with no real direction. I planned on blogging about whatever came to mind, whenever it came to my mind. As I’ve thought more about it, I’ve gained a little more insight into what I’m wanting to convey.

I have a disease called Hidradenitis Suppurativa, which has determined much of my life throughout the past several years (you can read about my story here). My family and I have been through more than I could have ever imagined–in less than a year’s time, I went from running my first full marathon to being so sick that I was in a wheelchair and completely dependent on others for menial tasks like brushing my teeth or feeding myself. I know and have experienced the true horror of this disease, and I want to try to provide any advice/help/support to anyone suffering from it as well.

Four years ago, I tried an elimination diet using the Paleo Diet as a base and later reintroducing foods to find what foods were potential triggers for me. At that time, I found that nightshades were my main triggers, and I have steered clear of them since then. Now I am on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP–hence the name AIPooja!), which I’ve learned is more of a lifestyle than simply a diet. I’m seeking healing, peace, wellness, and some sense of normalcy. 

I read various fitness/health/food blogs, and although I love them and keep up with them daily, there is a large part of me that feels unable to relate. The various Paleo blogs I read inspire me, but I am often unable to access or afford some of the ingredients they use, so I tend to improvise to find ways to get creative with food. Another large limiting factor for me is time–as a working grad student, it can be difficult to spend large amounts of time in the kitchen. Most of the recipes and tips I share on this blog will help those who want to try Paleo/AIP, but feel like they have too busy of a schedule to fully commit.

One person (yes, person) who will most likely pop up on here from time to time is Margo. She is my favorite person and ultimate source of support. And bonus: she loves vegetables just as much as I do. Here’s Margo:

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One thing that I feel is necessary to mention is that anything I explain on my blog is based on my own understanding. Do not take my words as proof for facts, but please feel free to correct me if need be. And I’m always willing to provide more information (through reputable sources) if there are questions or confusion!

3 Responses to About Me

  1. Monica says:

    I love the direction you’re about to take with this blog! I can’t wait to read your upcoming posts. =)

  2. Otilia says:

    Hi Pooja,

    I recently discovered your blog and wanted to thank you for sharing your story, you are the first athlete I found to share about living with hidradenitis suppurativa and Paleo diet. Your story is inspirational, I would like to write a blog post about your marathon in April. Best of luck!

    • Pooja Parikh says:

      Hey Otilia, thank you so much for reading my blog. Marathon training has definitely been a challenge while dealing with the disease, but it gives me a reason to keep going. I would be honored for you to write a post about my upcoming marathon. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you!

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