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  • Jenny Cathcart

Change My Diet to Change My Future

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

Every year my doctor orders bloodwork. She looks at my thyroid levels, cholesterol, fasting glucose, and a few other things. This year we added a food sensitivity test to see if some foods may be causing my body to hold onto inflammation, therefore keeping me from losing weight. When I was on high doses of several medications for my nerve pain, I gained 40 pounds. I’ve been able to lose about 15 of those pounds but can’t seem to go further. I really eat pretty clean other than a few treats here and there. I recently got this year’s lab results back and once again my fasting glucose was higher than the normal range and this year my cholesterol was off. Regarding the food sensitivity test, she tested the 6 major culprits and I was extremely sensitive to all 6! My cholesterol needs some work, but the glucose may be what scared me the most. I know I must correct that in order to avoid a diabetes diagnosis later. I also know that my cholesterol being jacked up has a close relationship to my glucose and indications of future issues. After visiting with my doctor, she said based on my numbers and food sensitivities she is pretty certain I have leaky gut.

Now I have spent a lot of time learning about leaky gut in the past, so I was surprised I didn’t come to that conclusion on my own but am incredibly grateful she did. This also makes everything easier to understand. Most likely all the meds I had to be on (continue to be on a couple) for the nerve pain, probably did the damage. This would also explain why I am not seeing the results I would like with what I have been doing. So, what is the answer? She wants me to go on the autoimmune protocol diet (AIP) for 90 days and add a supplement with glutamine and aloe to help.

If you are not familiar with AIP, I heard a woman on you tube explain it best. She said, “AIP is basically paleo without the things that would bring you joy”. I’ve eaten paleo off and on for the last 10 years so that is not scary or a big deal to me at all. But AIP, it is on another level. Basically, any of the quick snacks you could grab on paleo, are off limits on AIP. So, I spent a few hours after hearing this a little sad and overwhelmed. Which is somewhat weird since I study the healing power of food all the time. I know how powerful it is. I still sat around and thought about all the birthdays coming up that would be hard to celebrate my usual way and realized that I would be ending the AIP and starting reintroduction at the same time we are leaving for our summer vacation. After a brief pity party, I knew that I needed to change my thoughts and get in a good mindset if I was going to be successful. I decided to look at the good in the situation. The good is that I found out. That I have a chance to fix it on my own before it turns into something bad. I am grateful that my doctor looks for these things and does not prescribe a pill for all my ills! I am grateful that I have a ton of knowledge already that makes this transition way easier that if I were starting from scratch. I also know that going through this is a great way for me to support my coaching clients. The emotional component that comes in to play when the changes are medically necessary is overwhelming. I’ve done a lot of dietary changes for myself, but this is the first time that it is medically necessary and that brings with it a lot of emotions. The next 90 days are going to be challenging but I know that I can do it and I am confident that I will see the changes I need, and the changes I want.

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