Day 22: It's my Natey boy's 6th birthday and we're having his party this weekend. I've made every birthday cake since his first birthday and I don't want to make an exception this year even though I won't be able to partake. It's usually a Paleo type cake with coconut flour and honey or coconut sugar. I considered recipes that are AIP approved and decided that wouldn't be fair to him and his friends. I'm a little nervous about not being able to taste as I go and being tempted to. Feeling solid in my commitment yet this is definitely feeling difficult.
Day 24: Today's the party. I did most of the baking yesterday. I really haven't felt deprived this whole time nor tempted until now! I am having a rough time. I love baking and use to be quite the sugar addict. I think it's the fact that I'm making something "healthy" and paleo that makes it harder as I'm not generally tempted by much mainstream goodies anymore. The cake was a hit... I'm just left wanting!
Day 30: I've completed my 30 days... my original commitment. I'm feeling proud of myself for doing it (especially since I had such resistance to begin). In truth, 30 days is the minimum amount of time suggested with 60 - 90 days being a more optimal amount of time to get results. Of course some people are lucky and experience quicker healing. As for me, I may notice a little improvement with my psoriasis, but subtle at best. So my plan is to continue on and see how my body responds. I figure the hardest part is over and since I've adjusted to my new way of eating it seems like it would be a waste to start adding stuff back in at this time.
It's now the second week of March and I'm happy to report that my scalp is really starting to improve. The patch on my neck it still there but it is much less angry red and considerable less itchy.
I haven't been perfect during this time. I've had a few digressions (a bulletproof coffee, some cream and several brazil nuts) that I didn't strategically plan in terms of food re-introduction. My plan is to start reintroducing foods next month in a systematic way so I can see what my body can tolerate. Overall, I'm really pleased with my results (especially with my scalp psoriasis and PMS) and am reminded yet again that healing is a journey. It sometimes takes you where you think you're going and sometimes it takes an unexpected turn along the way. The more I find acceptance to the process and let go of quick results the easier it is to be at home and at peace in my body. I certainly wish that for all of us.