I have been following The Paleo Mom for a couple of years to stay up to date on what is going on in the paleo world these days.
In The Paleo Mom's recent email newsletter that I received last week she announced she was just
diagnosed with "fibromyalgia and likely some form of arthritis in every single joint
I wonder if we will see any changes to the full AIP diet she promotes in her books as she addresses her new diagnosis of fibro and arthritis? Overall I find most "AIP" recipes are generally higher in starches then regular "Paleo" recipes, this is because AIP recipes will often increase the use of starches like tapioca starch, cassava, arrowroot starch, plantains, tiger nuts, and sweet potatoes to replace the common paleo ingredients of eggs, nuts, and seeds as they (eggs, nuts, and seeds) are not allowed on AIP. AIP also includes other paleo staples like bone broth, pasture raised meats, veggies, greens, and fruits.
And you can do AIP without the starch but it is a much more limited diet then the "Low Starch Paleo" Diet I enjoy daily. Of course I would love to eat sweet potatoes and plantains but those are huge painful flare-up triggers for me! While foods not allowed on AIP like eggs, nuts and seeds don't trigger any AS symptoms for me, thank goodness. And I am totally nightshade free which is something I do like about AIP as it avoids nightshades too.
Excerpt from The Paleo Mom newsletter last week. I can't link to the actual newsletter from my email, but here is an excerpt I cut and pasted from it (along with a couple screen shots below):
More than anything, I'm hoping to make my health a top priority as we head into the fall. As you know, this year has been a year of diagnosis for me, generally putting new labels onto old problems. Twice in my twenties, I was told that my thyroid was low and "we'd keep an eye on it", but this January I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. As I've also mentioned before, a contrast-enhanced x-ray of my hands in my late twenties revealed probable arthritis that was also never followed up. Well, last month I had a full-body thermography scan done. The main purpose was breast cancer screening (I am getting close to that age after all), but I was also very curious about what else thermography could reveal so I opted to have the whole shebang. The scan showed that I don't anything cancer-ish, so that's a major plus, but I do have fibromyalgia and likely some form of arthritis in every single joint. It's interesting to get a diagnosis like this when you're not looking for it, but it does explain some of the lingering symptoms I have every day--like morning stiffness which I've had most of my life and mediocre sleep quality no matter what I do--and it explains how quickly I feel terrible when I'm not doing everything right (like letting sleep slide, or getting stressed, or eating a tomato).
I really appreciate how open and honest The Paleo Mom is with all of us. And I will be curious to see if/how she treats the new diagnosis of arthritis and fibro going forward? I wonder if she will try a low starch paleo approach too? Or maybe she will have insight into other ways to treat arthritis and fibro though a holistic approach...