These are the two questions I get asked the most when someone finds out I follow the autoimmune paleo lifestyle. I guess for me both answers are pretty easy. I can do it because I’ve done the research and I can’t imagine eating like I did a year ago. The thought of putting GMO, processed food into my body just makes me cringe. Do I miss it? No! I really don’t. I have found other favorite foods to replace all my old ones. Maybe because I’m full right now ( just had one of my favorite snacks of plantain chips and guacamole) but I can’t think of anything I truly miss, maybe chocolate but not that much. I have had so much fun trying all these other dishes that have such rich flavors that I feel satisfied. I think that because I know exactly what I’m putting in my body and am learning how it works with my body that I’m more satisfied than eating a bag of corn chips with fake cheese in a jar. ( I use to eat a whole jar and most of a bag of chips in one sitting)

How do I find the time? I lucked out, cooking and living this way has become a passion for me. So what if I have to make my toothpaste before I can brush my teeth. Dinner takes longer and I dirty more dishes but I find it relaxing and fun. Part of this life style is to have more fun. And a lot of things don’t take as long as they sound. Bone broth? 10 minutes to get it in the crock pot and maybe 30 minutes when it’s done to get into jars. Sauerkraut 20 minutes tops, kombucha, again 20 minutes.

The hardest thing for me is the amount of money I spend on groceries. I’m slowly learning to cook less expensive meats like ground turkey and canned tuna. I only buy the dirty dozen organic and I try not to snack so much. (I don’t snack because I’m hungry but because it is an old habit.) It’s also hard to have food around that my boys will snack on. Kids love to be able to just grab something and eat it. They are getting use to grabbing carrots or apples but I know they wish there were chips and pop around.

The biggest reason I can do this and find the time to do it is because I am healing. My eyes are getting better, though slightly, they are getting better. I am not always perfect, like today when I had a bar that did have nuts in it or there are days I just eat too much. I don’t get outside enough and I need to reduce my stress, a lot!! Every week I do feel stronger, more organized and like I’m getting closer to the finish line. Not that when I get there I will eat non paleo but when I get there I won’t have to think so much about what is and what is not; Paleo will be normal.

3 thoughts on ““How can you do that?” and “How do you find the time?”

  1. Hi Tracy! Everything you’re saying in this post sounds like déjà vu to me, down to the money part and how it’s about making the best decisions you can for your health, not about being PERFECT. AIP is a challenge but so incredibly doable – I hope more people with autoimmune problems (mine is Ulcerative Colitis/proctitis) could realize that this lifestyle is so worth it!

  2. Thanks Erika! Summer is so much harder because is it so less structured! Than add in a trip and accidental ( or by choice) exposure happens! Like the microbrewery my family just HAD to go to. I’m happy to report that the beer just didn’t taste that good so I won’t be tempted again! Oh, and I switched to a new URL:
    http://www.almostpaleowi.com
    Take Care,
    Tracy

  3. Tracy my wife and I really struggle with the cost thing too! It’s also a challenge for us to figure out what are great snacks to send with our kids that are semi- convenient too. Thanks for writing this!

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