I am always keen to read about the success or not of other people’s reintroductions on the autoimmune protocol. You too?
Hopefully I won’t bore you with this litany of woes and of celebrations. In October of last year I started the autoimmune protocol but, for reasons I won’t go into here, I didn’t exclude black pepper or sharp white cheddar (oh that Dubliner that is soooo yummy on crackers and sandwiches … sigh). I had some improvement by Christmas but not what you would expect. Christmas came and went and wine, wasabi (apparently this is almost always contaminated with soy or corn and/or coloring) in my beef jerky marinade and chocolate caused increased pain and sores down the sides of my tongue. So the first of January rolled around and I started the AIP 100%.
After three months strictly following the autoimmune protocol I had what I would term a miraculous recovery: severe burning pain in my arms gone; ability to raise my arms above my head mostly restored; most of the pain behind my knees gone, able to kneel down and hug grandchildren, able to pick up the little ones.
I am now almost 9 months in on the AIP and I would say that I am pretty much back to what I would consider “normal”. These are the reintros that I have experimented with. As you can see there aren’t that many because my healing has been so wonderful and I am leery to rock the boat.
4 months: tried black pepper. At the time I wasn’t sure if this was a successful reintro since I still had some soreness in the tendons and ligaments behind my knees so it was hard to gauge if I was having a reaction or not. Since that time I use black pepper sporadically … this was something that I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to give up so I was pleasantly surprised when I found that I could take it or leave it. Recently I almost always add black pepper after I’ve prepared a dish.
4 1/2 months: tried a marble size of grass fed butter in some sauteed veggies. It was evident almost immediately that this was not successful. For three weeks I had a recurrence of the burning nerve pain in my arms, increased difficulty sleeping and increased soreness behind my knees.
5 months: tried green beans and green peas. This has been a successful reintro although I’ve found that I haven’t been eating them very often.
5 1/2 months: tried cumin successfully but surprisingly I’ve lost my taste for it so I haven’t added it back into my cooking on a regular basis.
6 months: tried a 5 ounce glass of white wine. Unsuccessful with burning pain in my arms for two to three weeks.
Almost 9 months and I tried white wine, almonds and some CANDY all at once while on our camping trip to the Oregon coast. I AM FINE!!!! No reactions, no pain, YAYYY. My thinking is that my gut has healed to the point where these things are okay.
When I get home I plan to start a proper reintroduction program like you can find here at Phoenix Helix.
Remember that all of us are different and what took me nine months to reintroduce may take you three months or two years. Also, please don’t do what what I did and add a bunch of things back all at once!!