Does The AIP Diet Work
I keep on getting asked if the AIP diet really works, people are even asking me if I want it to work – just because I’m writing a blog about it! Well I really believe that it does work but I wanted to prove this and was ready to test the foods that I thought might be trigger foods. So for the last nine days I have been off of the autoimmune approach and have been recording my results…. I must say that I will not be doing this again, as I feel really ill and my pain levels have shot through the roof.
I have eaten what I call the average diet, high in so-called “empty” calories, I have still eaten fruit vegetables and meat but have also eaten take aways and chocolate, sweets, bread and cake. I have just eaten without thinking about what I was eating like a lot of people do. I was going to eat like this for 14 days but after 9 days I feel to ill to carry on. I woke this morning at 4am gasping for breath, bloated, swollen and in pain. Enough is enough! This is real and there is no going back! I have braved the scales and have gained 11lbs in 9 days!!!!! The last straw for me was a take away Chinese meal I ate last night, I knew that I was risking a flare up but I almost needed to make myself ill so that I could get back on track. The sugar addition that I have been fighting and I had won, has reared its ugly head once again, and I am now craving chocolate and cake. I am now facing a week or two of misery with a huge and difficult struggle to kick it again! Why I do this to myself I really don’t know, but I do. Everything I have learnt about sugar and its effects on our bodies, and I go running back to it, just to prove that yes it is really bad for me, uurghh I am a fool!
What did I learn?
I learnt that when you have an autoimmune disease you are much more sensitive to bad foods after you have taken them away. Foods that I didn’t really know effected me negatively wiped the floor with me, I already knew that alcohol wasn’t very good for me but I didn’t know that wine was really, really bad. The Chinese food I suspected, but I discovered it is one of the worst foods for me and it is also my favourite take away food. That delicious gravy they use on the chips seems to be the worse, more so that the sweet and sour sauces. Eating this energy-rich, nutrient-poor diet just for a short time is having a huge impact to my day today and I really don’t know how long it will take to recover? Eating this way has made me feel exhausted, on edge and irritable. Here are some of my symptoms that I have recorded over the last week:
- I have felt more tired and more often
- I have experienced muscle twitching and leg and hand cramps
- I have been anxious and have found it hard to unwind
- I have experienced more sleep problems/insomnia
- I have felt irritable
- I have experienced cravings
- I have had difficulty concentrating
- I have had much more mental fogginess
- I have felt generally ill like I’ve got a low grade cold
- My breathing has been heavy
- I have gained weight
So what am I going to do now is remind myself and you of the other illnesses that are connected to the white stuff.
An increasing number of studies have linked sugar with the following:
Gout: A type of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid, which is now linked to excess fructose consumption. High uric acid levels can also effect the kidneys.
Alzheimer’s disease: People on a high-sugar high-carbohydrate diet are four times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. A study from Albany University in New York shows that 70 per cent of people with type 2 diabetes will go on to develop Alzheimer’s.
Kidney failure: Linked to type 2 diabetes. Kidneys contain blood vessels that act like filters for the blood. High levels of blood sugar make the kidneys filter to much blood which puts too much pressure on them. The kidneys can start to leak and eventually fail.
Cancers: Sugar molecules can aid the growth of malignant cells. High-sugar diets have also been recently linked to pancreatic cancer.
Candida: These are parasites living in the gut that love sugars and feed off them. They are a type of yeast that, when out of control, can cause fungal infections. Generally, the protocol for getting candida under control is cutting out all sugar from the diet for at least six months.
Excessive sugar consumption is also linked to hypertension (high blood pressure), tooth decay and inflammation.