bacon and lime intolerance?

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Bacon+Lime

Wait, what?… The blog?… The foods?…

Uh, yeah. It is looking like I might have an intolerance to bacon and lime and baconandlime.

First things first. I named my blog baconandlime because those are two of my favorite flavors in the world, and I was excited about Paleo and AIP support for eating bacon with near abandon. And lime too, I presumed.

One astute blog reader recently asked me if bacon was allowed on the Paleo Approach. Yes! It most certainly is. Why then, a reader might wonder, had I not yet, six weeks into my autoimmune-healing experiment, extolled bacon’s health-enhancing and tastebud-delighting virtues and posted a pic of even one, let alone numerous, baconified meal? Great question!… The answer is that my pastured pork supplier, which is located a 4 hour roundtrip drive from my home, requires pre-order of about 10 days on bacon, and the first time we picked up pastured beef, pork and lamb we did not know that. The second time we made the drive to stock up on pastured meats came up too quickly after the first time to get an order in timely. And since we loaded up so much on non-bacon meats in order to increase the time between return trips, we haven’t been back to the supplier and it will be awhile before we return. So, yeah, that has left me in that sad, sad, dreadful position of having a green light on bacon consumption with a red light on bacon in hand… What is even worse: The bacon consumption light now appears to have turned yellow. Maybe red. Simply dreadful.

Stay tuned… more details to follow in my next post.

Report: Six-Weeks on AIP–Part 1

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Things that are worse:

  • Right hand thumb pain and swelling, with some days better than others. Currently I am improving from a peak thumb pain setback a couple of weeks ago, but overall the right thumb swelling and range of motion limitation is worse than when I started the Paleo Approach (AIP). Sometimes I wonder if I might have “texting thumb,” tendonosis issues unrelated to RA. Not that I use my phone that much, but I wonder if it could also correlate with trackpad use–repetitive stress injury.
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Right thumb a week ago (10/6), some swelling and reduced capacity to flex (bend) at the knuckle nearest the tip of my thumb.

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Right thumb today. More swelling, more limited range of motion.

Things that are about the same:

  • Sleep quality and duration, usually great

Things that are somewhat improved:

  • Foot pain and swelling diminished. Pain/swelling is still mildly bothersome, but I can bear weight on both feet, even barefoot for short periods, without wincing
  • Dry skin diminished
  • Morning red, dry & glassy eyes diminished (possible Sjögren’s?)

Things that are much better:

  • Fatigue gone
  • Morning headaches gone
  • Periodic episodes of muscular weakness gone
  • Periodic shortness of breath gone
  • Energy level more consistently good
  • Parched mouth, excessive thirst cleared up (possible Sjögren’s?)
  • Cracked lip corners & sores gone (possible Sjögren’s?)
  • Dry lips diminished. (For years I have applied lip balm multiple times a day, now I only occasionally apply a touch of pure shea butter, maybe once every three days)
  • Successful reduction of thyroid medication from 90mg/day to 60mg/day