When people ask me what food I miss the most since following AIP they’re often surprised by my less than obvious answer. Yes of course I miss chocolate, I was after all a total sugar monster, and yes I miss patatas alioli and all that Spanish love but more than anything I miss spices. I desperately crave Middle-Eastern and Indian dishes. If I was given a consequence-free ticket to eat whatever I want for the day I’d take myself down to a Brick Lane curry house, a Persian or Moroccan souk restaurant and gorge until I could no longer breathe.
Until now, my blog and videos have been rather alopecia-centric. This is mostly due to the fact that my first ever YouTube video was a bit of a shocker – I revealed my AA bald patches in all their shiny, slimy glory and pledged to eradicate them with a new diet. Naturally, anybody with AA has chosen to follow me on this journey so I’ve tried to share my experience of this particular autoimmune disease in more detail. By following the Autoimmune Protocol I have reversed alopecia and seen incredible hair growth. Of course I am enthralled by this result, but it’s not the greatest achievement with the diet.
Reversing my inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s, is.
For the past month I have been crowd-fundraising to pay for a course in Naturopathic Nutrition and I’m delighted to tell you that I have now officially enrolled and will begin in January 2016 thanks to everybody’s incredible support. I couldn’t have got started without the £1205 you helped raise towards the first year of fees so thank you all very very much. I am SO excited!!
The course is part-time for three years and at the end I will be a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist. This means I’ll be able to take on my own clients to truly help them get to the bottom of their autoimmune disorders as well as a range of other ailments. As I learn each week I will also be better equipped to share my advice here on the blog and test out all the remedies I discover.
As I’ve said many a time before, I am not an expert or a nutritional therapist, but I’m certainly turning into a professional autoimmune patient. I’m a full-time AIPer constantly looking for new ways to boost my health and keep autoimmunity at bay. In response to your questions about what else I am doing alongside the AIP diet to help with healing, I have outlined the benefits of four supplements I take on a daily basis for both Alopecia Areata and Crohn’s Disease. There are many other benefits to taking these supplements but I have limited the information here to that which is most conducive to healing from autoimmune disease. Please be aware that these are self-prescribed supplements that I have read about across a number of books related to gut health and are not necessarily needed by everyone. Please do your research and make decisions that are right for you.