Back in the day I used to be addicted to almond butter bars of various sorts in my local grocery store. I’m not sure what all that company adds into their product to make it stay together so well, but nowadays I hardly trust prepackaged items. I prefer to get the raw ingredients myself and make things myself. That way I know exactly what is going into my body. I’m discovering that it’s not always as perfect as the store bought version, but sometimes its damn close and that’s good enough for me. Especially when I have the security of knowing it’s definitely gluten free, dairy free and totally safe for me to eat. My most recent experiment was homemade almond butter, which came out so smooth and lovely that it encouraged me to recreate almond butter bars as well.
Something that comes along with going 100% gluten free (that I was guilty of forgetting about myself) is making sure your makeup and other topical products are gluten free as well. It may seem like it doesn’t matter, but these products are being absorbed into your skin and therefore absorbed into your bloodstream. When I first switched over to gluten free make up, I noticed that my face wasn’t as itchy and red as it used to be. Hopefully over time, and with the continually use of this new gluten free make up I found maybe the chronic redness in my face that I’ve always suffered from will go away (fingers crossed that gluten was the cause!)
Autoimmune Protocol Diet, otherwise known as ‘AIP’ is very similar to the Paleo diet because it takes out nearly everything, especially things man made. The reason this diet, or lifestyle change is important for those with autoimmune diseases or disorders comes down to how your body reacts to the foods modern day Americans have been used to eating. We’ve become numb to what we put into our bodies and what it’s actually doing to our insides. Which is a lot of damage, especially to those with a compromised immune system.
Here’s what you’ll be taking out with the AIP diet: