I’m on day 1146 alcohol free and about day 43 of the AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet. I felt pretty great in the beginning of the diet, but then felt continuously lethargic and kept getting sick and then had a crazy experience last week that I’m still getting over.

It was Wednesday and I had to drive out to my niece’s award ceremony after work, about an hour away. Let me just say that the entire situation was identical to me talking myself into moderating my drinking- or giving myself an excuse to relapse.

I thought I would skip dinner after the ceremony- or just bring my own food. OR, worse case scenario, I would eat restaurant food but keep it healthy with low fat protein and veggies.

The whole week was busy. I had to drive the same niece and her boyfriend to the airport after work on Monday, then had to drive far again on Wednesday, plus I hadn’t been feeling well so I was dreading the chaos. I didn’t do as much meal prepping on the weekend as I should have so my meals were lame. By Tuesday night I wasn’t so stressed about packing a ton of food for Wednesday and had pretty much decided that I’d just eat at the restaurant (thank you, addictive voice).

Only problem is, we ended up at a bar/restaurant and the menu basically had bar food, plus salads, which I was 1000% NOT in the mood for.

I chose a cheeseburger and onion rings. So I had gluten (only ate half of everything), dairy, sugar (in the ketchup, and probably everywhere else), and probably a ton of other chemicals/antibiotics/etc.

I felt fine there and I felt fine after I got home. I put my leftovers in the fridge thinking maybe I’d eat them for lunch the next day.

I hate to admit this, but part of me was scared of not reacting.

What if this is all for nothing?

What if I’m just making myself worse?

Does abstaining from these things really matter?

It was a long day and soon after getting home I was absent mindedly zoning on my couch. After a little bit, my back started hurting. The chairs at the ceremony, and the restaurant weren’t very comfortable, so I assumed when I went to bed and stretched out, it would feel better.

Only it just got worse. By the time I laid down for bed, I had a cramping like pain in my upper right shoulder and it hurt to take deep breaths. It reminded me of when I got pleural effusion and I wondered if maybe for me, pleural effusion was a result of an RA flair and maybe this food made it flair again.

All I can say is that it was pretty awful!! I was in agony for a bit, ended up taking Motrin and finally going to sleep. The next day was also pretty bad, but the Motrin seemed to help. I had to give a student our state‚Äôs standardized test the following morning. Usually testing students is super easy, but not when you’re in agony. My breathing was okay, I just felt so exhausted that I couldn’t wait for him to finish so I could lay in the back of my room and take a nap. And I did, a nap so deep that for a moment I woke up wondering if I overslept.

I can’t say for sure that it was that meal that caused it, but I can tell you that the rest of that meal went straight into the trash! I had reached out to other AIP peeps and got lots of suggestions that it might be a gallbladder attack from all the fat. I guess my worries of this diet being all for nothing is null.

Each day my back/breathing pain has gotten better, but last week was a rough one. I’ve been eating healthy since.

I finally started working out again yesterday, with just a short walk. I got up early before work today and ran for 30 mins (2 min run/1 min walk). Its been a few weeks, so it feels SOOOOOO good to get back on my machines! I hope my energy doesn’t disappear again- that really stunk!

When I was home sick last week I signed up for a half marathon, so I do have a little flame under my bum. Although its not until April 2023, so I have plenty of time. It’s at my favorite local park, so I am VERY excited!

Alright, I think that’s it. Now let’s all have a great week!!

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