|View at the back of my head|
|View from the top of my head|
I am now nine weeks into my auto immune Paleo experiment. Since the last picture was posted at five and half weeks I have seen a lot more white fuzz appear. As you can see from the photos below.
Food wise I have not been as super strict as the first few weeks allowing myself on occasion the odd cup of decaf coffee with a small bit of milk or I had a total blowout one night and had some strawberries and double cream ....mmmm delicious. Apart from this and the odd indulgent spoon or two of hazelnut butter I am sticking to it and plan to go back to super strict for the next few weeks.
As you can see from the photos below the fuzzy hair is multiplying which is very encouraging and helps to keep me motivated to stick to this way of eating. I have so much hair now, lol, that I am going to have to shave it off. I wear a suction wig and because of the fuzz it is not sticking as well as it should to my head. A good complaint I think.
So what am I eating? My diet mainly consists of some type of meat chicken, fish, lamb, steak, rashers etc. Luckily I am living in Ireland which has lush green fields and animals are raised mainly in a traditional way, being grass fed in summer and fed silage (fermented grass) in the winter. I am eating vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, rocket, asparagus, cauliflower, avocados etc. I also on occasion will scramble the yolks of eggs, these are fresh from a local farm. After that I try to fill up on fats such as ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil, fat from meat and some butter.
I have recently purchased a Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker and am making bone broth from that. Also I just got a delivery of Pickl It jars and am going to make some batches of fermented vegetables in these to increase the beneficial bacteria in my gut.
I would love to hear from others who are following the autoimmune Paleo protocol, so that we could share our experiences and the challenges we face eating in this way.
My hopes are that eating this way I will heal my gut and my hair will grow back and that in time I will be able to eat a more liberal diet, always sticking to Paleo principles but perhaps being able to follow Mark Sisson's 80/20 rule.
Please feel free to add your comments below and I will update you again in a couple of weeks...