In my previous post I wrote about me being at a german clinic to take care of my crohns. It was a journey, physically and mentally. Since I have been almost symptom free I have been telling myself that I’m not really that sick. I wanted to live a normal life with no restrictions. I also hid behind my busy life and told myself that I cannot uphold a diet or strict supplement scheme because of this or that. But the stay at the clinic put me to face everything, face myself and my lies.
I came to two revelations. First, that I really am sick. And two, the more scary one: I will die of this if I do not change my lifestyle. Not now, not in a year, but I will not have a normal life, as there will be complications and many things that trigger autoimmune diseases and increases inflammation in the body also leads to cancer. Crohns patients have an increased risk of intestinal and colon cancer.
The clinic gave me a boost, invigourated my cells, my blood and I got more energy now, which unfortunately is quickly sucked out of me with badly slept nights and lots of work this week. That is my third relevation: I need to cope with stress in another way. Stress is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to Crohns, and also cancer, so I need to adress this very soon, I just don’t know how yet.
So, back home now, I started a strict diet, the auto immune protocol. The idea is to eliminate everything that causes irritation and inflammation in the intestines, to heal the leaky gut that caused the autoimmune disease in the first place and then slowly reintroduce foods back into the diet. You can read more about AIP on DR Sara Gottfrieds blog and Paleo mom.
I will write soon about my first week on AIP, I’m two days in and allthough I eat loads I feel hungry all the time. As a sleepdeprived mother taking away my morning coffee feels cruel. Wine for that matter too. 🙂