AIP defined

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I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about the Autoimmune Protocol I followed for two years to put Hashimoto’s into remission.  When I began the AIP I knew it as the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol which was put together by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD.  It stood out to me amidst all the other healing protocols for these reasons:

  1. Sarah Ballantyne is a mom so presumably her ideas would fit a family lifestyle.
  2. She holds a PhD in Immunology and she could explain fairly complex biology in clear and straightforward ways.
  3. She pulled in pieces of research and information that seemed connected to her autoimmune diseases and built a protocol around it that other people had success with.  One of her initial followers, Mickey Trescott, had reversed Hashimotos using the protocol.
  4. The protocol bore some resemblance to the initial diet my endocrinologist had me try to level my blood sugar and get some energy coursing through me.

After seeking to follow the protocol for 18 months I had normal thyroid numbers and much better self care.  I was off my Synthroid medication.  Now I could call it the Almost Impossible Program.  Almost impossible because most people that I talked to (doctors, friends, family) couldn’t believe I was doing it (especially for so long) nor could they believe it would actually deliver results.  Despite the fact that it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, I’m really grateful I invested time, resources and energy into learning more about how to live well in this body of mine.

Healing Questions

Do you think there are other ways to heal besides the diet you tried?

Yes, I think there are lots of different ways to heal!  I think the important thing is to determine your objective, and then work toward it consistently.  There will be setbacks but if you can heal a little everyday amazing things happen!  For me the Paleo AIP seemed like the best fit and my goal was to stick with it until I was off my meds.  I liked that the approach incorporated motherhood, a PhD in immunology, nutrient dense eating, and common sense with lifestyle modifications too.  Then Ayurveda seemed like a good transition to more balanced and sustainable nutrition that aligned with my values.  I’m still tinkering with it and I don’t claim to have perfect health but learning to read my body’s cues has been huge and my outlook is different now.  I think life will get better in this body of mine the longer I live in it because I’ll keep learning how to care for it and use it to live fully and thrive!

I love questions, feel free to comment with one and I’ll answer in an upcoming post!  At the same time, let’s all remember that I’m not a doctor, just a fellow-traveler.  If you need medical advice, please seek the support of a professional.  If you live near me, I have the names of some great ones!