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I Used Meditation with AIP and Here’s What Happened

When I first read about AIP, I found that it’s much more than just a food diet. It shocked me to find that AIP is a real lifestyle that includes both dietary changes as well as lifestyle improvements. All things like getting enough rest, reducing stress, blocking toxic people from getting to you – all of these come to complete the physical diet and improve its beneficial effects.

And to be completely honest with you, reading all of this about the AIP diet scared me a little, because I was not a spiritual person before, and I had absolutely no idea how to handle something so deep like meditation and conversation with my inner self.

If I rewind my life a bit and remember the way I used to be before discovering this diet, I remember a lot of anxiety, self-induced stress and fear that i used to feel 24/7. And it was all in my head. Psychologist Joseph Murphy explains this state of mind in very few simple words: the way any life situation makes you feel and the way you perceive life in all its aspects – is only generated by your mind.

So I might get over-stressed by situations that don't stress another person at all, which proves my mind is the one that created the stress, not the situation itself. 

And the only way I could actually feel these words was by experimenting the first authentic introspection of my life. It didn’t come natural, because I didn’t understand the role of meditation before. It just seemed like something unproven and useless. And for skeptical people like I used to be, meditation never comes natural from the first attempt, especially as we are programmed by our environment, by our families and by society to live with certain beliefs, feelings and fears. And maybe the greatest challenge is to leave all these behind. But nothing is impossible! And even if I only managed to get into this state by constant practice that I’ve been doing in the past 7 days, I feel so satisfied because I tried it with all my heart.

And I didn’t do any yoga, simply because right now I was so determined and I wanted this to be a 100% authentic experience with me being alone in my own company. However, the principles of yoga are strongly connected to my personal experiences presented in this article.

And my findings were absolutely incredible for myself. I think I managed to deeply get to my inner self for the first time in my life. And I did this by practicing some self-induced new feelings: I practiced forgiveness, I practiced gratitude and found an answer to a question that had been haunting me for so much time:

Why do things happen to us? Why do we attract certain situations, certain people, or certain diseases into our lives?

Well, the answer I’ve figured out was that nothing in this life is arbitrary. We are all made of Divine energy and we attract or reject different kinds of energy only by our way of thinking – that turns into our way of feeling. And I also had to do a comprehensive research on the human mind to figure this thing out. Joseph Murphy, an author who got me out of my mind’s darkness, and who was also a priest before being a psychologist, offers an interesting idea in that even the Bible itself connects the Divine power to our subconscious mind, treating our inner self as a gate to Divinity. And if we think about it, intuitions, coincidences and just about all the situations we cannot explain ourselves using our conscious mind, are generated by energies in our inner self.

During this past week I analyzed the impact of my autoimmune disease and of the AIP diet on my physical body. The impact of the disease was really generated by both negative thoughts and emotions that I had constantly developed and experienced, thus printing them deep in my subconscious mind. And I compared all of these negative states of mind that I’d been having with positive emotions and listened to my body while doing this. And so, with the help and guidance of bright and spiritual people who opened my inner eyes, I reached one important conclusion that I actually felt:

We are what we believe we are, we are our fears, our disappointments, our grief and our pain. And at the same time, we are anything that we strongly believe in!

After I’ve seen a self-healing documentary called “Heal” (you can find it on Netflix), I thought about all the people who miraculously healed only by their strong belief that they can be healed, so I gave the placebo effect a second thought. What is the placebo effect? It is nothing more than our brain’s reaction to something that we strongly believe is good for us. The studies conducted with patients who had been given actual medication vs patients given sugar pills and still obtaining the same effect – are absolutely amazing to prove how strong our brain can influence us if we believe strong enough in an idea, if we are deeply and strongly convinced by something. You can find more such examples in the documentary.

And then I thought about how great the AIP diet made me feel. And about how my antibodies lowered with this diet, while being sure that only medication couldn’t have done that – as I’d seen through my blood tests.

And so I became aware of the superpower laying in our minds. I always feared negative energy, but in my conscious mind I could not define this negative energy through a deep and comprehensible definition. Because I had never truly felt neither positive nor negative energy. I only felt frustration and anger that I would ease though a vicious life. I didn't know what those two antagonistic ideas felt like. Because they were abstract in my mind. And this loss of mine to understand them is probably because I was never really connected to my inner self like I am now. We cannot feel something we didn't experience before, because we're programmed to follow predefined patterns: predefined by family, by environment, by previous experiences. 

So meditation helped me achieve a deep connection with my inner self and my body, and helped me figure out once more that my healing diet is the right choice for me, besides medication. I had never done this before, but instead I would only be certain that the AIP diet is good for me and that it would heal me. I used to have this belief unconsciously before meditating on it in depth. This kind of faith – the faith of healing – is the core belief that spirituality and yoga actually promote. The faith that you will get healed.

And then I thought about all these people in support groups who say that the AIP diet is not good for them and that it makes them feel sick and brings them all these symptoms they didn’t have before. And so I figured out something new:

If our brain accepts an idea, which in psychology is called auto-suggestion, our body will follow that idea as long as we believe in it strong enough. What is strong enough? You may ask now, because I've been asking myself the same question. The answer is that strong enough is not physical strong but spiritual strong. So if my brain is 100% convinced that the AIP diet, or any other diet - is not good for me, my body will respond accordingly and will reject that diet - it will give me these symptoms and signals that do nothing more than strengthening my belief. 

And I practiced this, like the “Heal” movie shows in an example, with body reactions to other stimuli that are not physical but are only in my imagination. Like the lemon. I closed my eyes and I imagined I am licking half a lemon. My salivary glands already started to work, generated by a simple thought! So I didn’t have any lemon, I just imagined licking one and my body started to listen to my induced thought.

Stress is also an example. Whenever we feel stress, out body gives us all these physical reactions: we have stomach aches, sometimes nausea, headaches and so on. And all of these are generated by a simple thought! Stress is just a thought in our head, it is not real! It is just generated by our brain by our fears, by our frustrations and by our beliefs that something is probably going to hurt us at that moment. And so the body reacts to this thought.

By reading Joseph Murphy’s book “The power of your Subconscious Mind“, I found that the mind is an incredibly powerful source of energy. Both for ourselves and for others. And the secret is to turn this energy into positive and deviate it away from negative. And how to do that? Well, a simple explanation is this:

  • The first generator of energy is the thought
  • If this thought is accepted as being real by our brain, it creates a feeling
  • Then the feeling influences us and our body instantly (there is no delay in feelings, they act on the spot)

So, by simple deduction, if the thought is positive – the result will be a good influence on our body. And in the same way, if the thought is negative – it will have a negative impact on our body. And we all know that negative thoughts don’t come alone. They like company, so they trigger more negative thoughts and hence, more body reactions.

The above theory is not supported by traditional medicine, but then again, neither is the AIP diet. What brought me to the conclusion that “we are what we think about” is the research I made on the real life cases of diseases put into remission by the simple thoughts of faith and positiveness. So when medicine gave no other alternative for stage 4 cancer patients for example, as you will see in the “Heal” documentary, they used the healing power of their minds.

This article does not promote the cut of medication or the self-treatment! Science has its important role and it always works if we put the same strong BELIEF in it! In the same way presented above, there are people who put all their faith in doctors and medication and can be healed in the same way! Because they focus on this thought and so their body reacts in a positive way – in the way of healing. This is also the power of thought but just focused in a different direction. At the same time, there are people who don’t think the AIP diet is good for them and they may find comfort in any other diet out there – paleo diet, keto diet or any diet that they trust and believe in. They just have to believe in its healing effects and they will surely see results.

I am not a mentalist, but I do feel greater than ever now, after I figured out that my greatest, strongest wish is HEALING. I also feel incredibly good when I help people. I am just a person who was diagnosed with Graves disease and who tried all the healing options out there and who now found the answer deep inside. I did this with the help of Joseph Murphy’s books and with motivating documentaries like “Heal”, “Memory Hackers” and others.

I hope my experience with meditation and with the AIP diet will be able to help you in any way and I am sure you have the healing power right there, in your mind. You only have to wish for it and I’m 100% convinced you will achieve it, just the way you are able to achieve anything else you want in your life. I am sending you lots of positive energy to support your strength. BECAUSE YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK!

Just remember: fear, disappointment and hate are biologically transmitted to our physical body and turned into negative energy, harming us and affecting our health. If we replace these with love, forgiveness and gratitude, our body will respond so good, in ways that we never imagined! And if we have the AIP diet, or any other healthy diet, to provide our physical nurture, besides our spiritual “food”, we can be sure that the only way is up!

One of my next articles will be about me training my mother into mindful meditation for healing. She suffers from Hashimoto's and she is a very positive person on the outside, however deep inside she has a very heavy luggage of fear, grief and disappointment that she will need to throw away. She has always encouraged me to be positive, but she never actually told me how to do that, and especially what I can obtain out of it. Because she didn't have these answers herself. So this will be me, actually training my trainer 🙂 

Until next time, I wish you speedy healing and if you have any questions feel free to join our AIP and Paleo Support Group on Facebook!

And remember: YOU ARE IN CONTROL! ❤

AIP Hearts & Gizzards a la Gloria

A big shoutout to my mother, Gloria, who gets all the credit for this super-delicious AIP recipe. My mother is a great Romanian cook with an incredible sense of taste, so I am naming this recipe “Hearts & Gizzards a la Gloria”! ❤

Offal is highly recommended in the AIP diet, as it accelerates the gut healing process, so besides the healthy fats, gelatin, collagen and fermented foods, offal should be consumed at least weekly. You can also replace heavy types of meat with offal if you don’t tolerate red meat for example.

List of ingredients (measured in grams and ml):

  • 500 g frozen spinach
  • 500 g chicken hearts and gizzards
  • 250 ml bone broth
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 white onions
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 cup dill (chopped)
  • salt (as per taste)

And here’s how to make the sensational dish:

  • Heat the coconut oil in a larger pan o medium heat, then add in the chicken hearts and gizzards. Put a cover over the pot and add half of the bone broth in bit by bit. You need to let them cook with the cover until the hearts and gizzards tender well (you can test them with a fork, if they’re not cooked enough leave them a bit longer).
  • When the offal is tender, add in the minced onion, stir well and let it cook for a couple of more minutes.
  • You then add in the spinach and the other half of the bone broth, the chopped parsley, chopped dill, turmeric, ginger, vinegar and salt, stir and let everything cook for 2-3 more minutes.

And Voila! The Hearts & Gizzards a la Gloria are now set using this amazing Autoimmune Paleo recipe!

Enjoy and speedy healing! ❤

AIP Lipia Bread for Appetizers

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Now getting back to our recipe, I should first tell you that since I’ve been on AIP, I really missed appetizers (we like to call them tapas). And while I previously made AIP appetizers using sweet potato as the base, I couldn’t help but wondering what replacement I could find for bread or toast that I’d been using before this diet.

So I tried a very simple combination of plantain flour, olive oil, salt and water and baked the mixture. What turned out was an excellent AIP bread lipia that can can be used with any AIP compliant topping to create the perfect tapas.

Here are the ingredients I used:

  • 200 grams plantain flour – I used this flour from NuNaturals:
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 150 ml water
  • Pinch of salt

And here’s how I made the lipia:

  • I preheated the oven at 400 F or 180 C.
  • I mixed the flour and the salt in a bowl and added in the olive oil to the mixture. I then added in the water bit by bit, while continuing to mix. What formed was a dough that was easy to mold.
  • I placed the dough on a baking sheet and using another baking sheet that I put on top, I pressed it until I made it thin enough. Like this thin:
  • I placed the baking paper in a baking pan and put it n the oven, where I left it for about 20 minutes. After 15 minutes I checked it regularly to avoid it getting burnt.
  • When taken out of the oven, it should come out crunchy on the edges and just a bit puffy in the middle.

With all the modesty I can tell you it was tastier than any other AIP bread I’ve tried so far. I ate mine with thin prosciutto slices on top but you might as well top it with any other AIP compliant ingredient (guacamole, offal pate, bacon, etc). You can also eat it as it is because mine is salty enough that I tastes like a biscuit – I like my food saltier 🙂

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

AIP – 30 Day Reset Phase – Allowed and Banned Foods

Before adopting the AIP diet for your autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s, Graves, Lupus, Celiac or others), you may wonder what this diet can do for you and your symptoms. In this article I’m going to explain the role of the diet and the allowed foods list in the simplest words and by real examples.

Ruxandra Cuna

First things first, what is the AIP diet?

The Autoimmune Paleo diet starts from the idea that most autoimmune diseases are caused by a leaky gut syndrome. In simple words, this can be explained as below.

By triggers like eating unhealthy foods, by stress and excesses, our gut is attacked by inflammations that create small holes in the membrane of the intestine and get toxins spread out into our immune system. This way, our immune system reacts to these toxins and starts attacking organs in our body, like in the examples below:

  • it attacks thyroid in Hashimoto’s or Graves Disease
  • it attacks small intestine in Celiac disease
  • it attacks the immune system itself by Lupus

So the purpose of the AIP diet is to heal the inflammations, or holes in the gut and make it recover, to prevent these inflammations from leaking toxins into our immune system. But for this gut healing process to take place, the gut needs an initial recovery period, which is the 30 days (or even more) Reset Period, during which the AIP diet only allows anti-inflammatory foods. These specific foods are meant to heal the membrane of the gut and stop the autoimmune symptoms.

While it has ben proven that the AIP diet helps in most autoimmune conditions, there is also a slight possibility that it may not work in some cases, most likely because there are also other measures to take for healing autoimmune. These are a change of lifestyle with more rest, less stress and a gradual elimination of the triggers causing autoimmunity in general. But it’s definitely Worth trying, just considering that it’s such a healthy choice it can’t actually do harm to the body.


The AIP diet has two main phases:
  1. The 30 day Reset Phase-extended until up to 90 days if needed, or until symptoms improve considerably and antibody blood tests also back up the efficiency.
  2. The Re-introductions Phase – which follows right after the Reset Period and involves the gradual and careful re-introduction of the foods that have been banned in the 30-90 day Reset Phase.

Now let’s take the 1st phase separately, the Reset Phase, and see what we’re allowed to eat 🙂


The 30 days Reset Phase – Allowed and Banned Foods List

Like mentioned above, the 30 day Reset Phase may be extended to up to 90 days if the symptoms of your disease are not yet improved considerably, or if your antibody blood tests are not modified for the best.

I’ve been quite strict on my 30 days Reset Phase, making it 45 days Reset in my case, as I wanted to make sure I offer my gut enough time to heal by eating all organic and anti-inflammatory foods.

Here’s what you’re allowed to eat in the Reset Phase:

Meat (Grass fed or Organic)

PorkLamb
ChickenGoat
Offal (liver, heart, tongue, kidney)Duck
BeefGoose
RabbitFish-Seafood (moderate for Hyper)

Vegetables (Excluding Beans + Peas + Nightshades: tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, potatoes)

Sweet potatoSpinachBrussel SproutKale
BeetsBroccoliButternut SquashMushrooms
RadishRed OnionLettuceCarrots
ParsleyPumpkinSquashAvocado
Celery + rootParsnipOkraBok Choy
CauliflowerCabbageZucchiniLeeks
Acorn SquashCucumberSquashJicama
ArtichokeFennelTurnipsEndive
AsparagusGreen onionCassava

Healthy fats

Olive oil (for salads)Coconut oil (high temp cooking)
Avocado oilDuck fat
Pork lardBeef tallow

Fruit (maximum 2 servings per day, non-tropical fruit recommended)


ApplesPearsBerries
BananasCoconutPineapple
MangoPlumsMelon

Spices

BasilTurmenicChives
GarlicGingerDill
CilantroSaltRosemary

Flour

Coconut flourArrowroot powder
Cassava flourPlantain flour
Tiger-nut flourTapioca flour

Miscellaneous

Gelatin (grass fed)Tapioca pearls
Carob powderBaking powder (gluten-free)

Here’s what you’re not allowed to eat in the Reset Phase

Gluten and grains

WheatRiceQuinoa
CornAmaranthRye
BarleyMilletSorghum

Dairy (only banned in the Reset Phase)

MilkCheese
YoghurtGhee
ButterCream

Nightshades (only banned in the Reset Phase)

TomatoesEggplants
PotatoesPeppers
Red spicesGround cherries

Legumes (only banned in the Reset Phase)

BeansPeas
Soy beans Lentils

All nuts and seeds (only banned in the Reset Phase)

SunflowerPeanutsWalnuts
CoffeeCocoaPumpkin
HazelnutsAlmondsCashew

Miscellaneous (only banned in the Reset Phase)

Eggs
Alcohol

I will return shortly with the article on the 2nd phase of the diet, the re-introductions phase. Meanwhile, you can get inspiration from my daily recipes and start healing your autoimmunity. 🙂

The recipes I post on the blog are 100% AIP compliant, with special mention in case some ingredients may not be allowed in the Reset Phase, but are to be introduced in the Re-introductions phase. For example, if I use Eggs in a recipe, I will sure mention that Eggs are not allowed in the Reset Phase and suggest a replacing option for them, for example gelatin egg, which can be used in the Reset Phase.

Ruxandra Cuna

I hope the AIP foods list will help up at least as much as it helped me and I’m here to support you on your autoimmune healing journey with an open heart 🙂

You can refer to the comments section or to the AIP and Paleo Facebook page and group for any support in your autoimmune healing through AIP!

Coconut Bread Rolls – AIP and Paleo

I missed bread during my AIP diet! Guilty as charged! Just wanted to remember the taste of baked flour in my mouth after almost 2 months of being on a strict AIP diet (in elimination phase).

So I put together some ingredients that gave me these delicious AIP bread rolls I’m very proud of!

Of course they’re gluten-free, egg-free and dairy free and they served me as a great side-dish for my delicious traditional Romanian “bucket meat”.

Here’s what I put in them (measurement unit in grams for flour and ml for liquid):

  • 180 g tapioca flour
  • 40 g coconut flour – I used my favorite from Swanson:
  • 2/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground Himalaya salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp gelatin for making a gelatin egg
  • 80 ml water
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, for brushing the rolls
  • 1 Tbsp thyme, for sprinkling over the baked rolls

Here’s how I made my rolls:

  • I first preheated my oven at 200 C or 400 F.
  • I mixed all the dry ingredients in a bowl until well combined (tapioca and coconut flour, garlic powder, salt and baking soda).
Dry ingredients before mixing
  • I then started working on my gelatin egg: I put the water in a small saucepan and sprinkled the gelatin over evenly, making sure it does not create any clumps! I let it sit for 5 minutes and then put the pan on medium heat for one more minute. I then started to stir slowly until I made sure it is all dissolved.
  • Once dissolved, I put the gelatin egg and the apple cider vinegar in the bowl with the dry ingredients and mixed them using a wooden spoon until dough was formed.
  • I let the dough rest for 5 minutes and prepared for creating my rolls by dusting some tapioca flour on my hands to make sure the dough doesn’t stick.
Dough ready for shaping
  • I then divided the dough into eight separate pieces, trying to make them all as equal sized as possible. I then modeled the pieces as rolls and placed them on the baking tray lined with a parchment paper, making sure there’s enough space between them.
  • Before putting them in the oven, I brushed them with olive oil until completely covered and baked them for 12 minutes. I then took them out and brushed them again with olive oil to make sure they turn to a golden color. I put them back in the oven and baked them again for another 12 minutes. Then I took them out and brushed them again with olive oil for the third time and let them bake for another 2-3 minutes or until their crust turned to golden.
  • After the last round of baking I took them out of the oven and sprinkled thyme on all the rolls.

They turned out delicious!