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The following guest blog is by Emma King of The Bacon Mum.  Emma is a Brit who has been living State side for many years.  She is healing herself of Rheumatoid Arthritis and helping her daughter effectively manage an Autism Spectrum disorder, using the Autoimmune Protocol.  She is also a professional Learning Strategist and will soon, after deciding through her own journey that she wanted to help other families impacted by autoimmune disease and behavioral/learning difficulties onset by food sensitivities, be a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  You can find Emma here:

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Single Mother to an amazing six-year-old, Health Coach, Virtual Learning Strategist, British, Type A Personality, Resident Alien . . . yes, seriously I hold the credential of an Alien, and multiple Autoimmune Disease Sufferer! Yup that’s quite the list of credentials, but until March 2014, Autoimmune Disease Suffer was what physically defined me!

Since the age of 14, when I contracted Glandular Fever (Mono), I have been on a roller coaster of medical issues which have helped define me, break me, and rebuild me . . . Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Encephalitis from a reaction to a Yellow Fever vaccination, West Nile Virus (of course that infected mosquito found me), Rheumatoid Arthritis and Thyroid issues . . . the road nobody should want or have to travel – I have traveled. And the reality for millions of people (a recorded 50 million in the US), autoimmune conditions can control our lives.

My Rheumatoid Arthritis onset after the birth of my daughter when I was trying to build a Learning Strategy Consulting Business, facing life as a single mother, and dealing with a failed relationship! Stress levels were up there! I knew about the Mind, Body, Gut Connection and I needed to find a way to manage this debilitating pain without immune suppressing drugs (total oxymoron to me), because I could not afford as a single mother to drop the ball . . . Yes, I set that expectation for myself. I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO DROP THE BALL EVER!!

I had been gluten-free for several years at this point, but I stopped dairy, caffeine, alcohol (who can handle a hangover with a three-month-old anyway, LOL!) in an effort keep the disease at bay, and manage it I did . . . but I lived in constant excruciating pain, worked long 70+ hour weeks with disrupted sleep patterns while trying  to raise a child single handed – I constantly felt defeated . . . but my stubborn pride would never allow me to admit I was suffering. I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO DROP THE BALL EVER!! I will admit here (isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing?) for all my family, my ex, past, present, and future friends, and blog followers I was, at times, not in the most forgiving of moods. It was my way or the highway people! (Can I cringe here?) The reality was that my way was the easiest route for me to cope.

Internally, I was at rock bottom driven by the nonsensical notion that if I stopped, slowed down, slept during the day, admitted I was sick, took time for me, the world would crumble . . . (it doesn’t by the way) I drove myself hard! I had a job to do, I had several jobs to do, there was nobody else to do those jobs, I had to keep going! I was constantly fighting with myself, to push myself harder, to raise my game. It was my sole responsibility to keep a roof over our heads. I could not drop the ball ever!!

That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself, but it’s something inherent to parents. We drive ourselves hard!

Parenting is about highs, lows, challenges, triumphs and many sleepless nights. Our kids are on their own journey, learning and growing and developing their personalities. They will echo and learn from behaviors around them, so my daughter was developing a very driven, stubborn, feisty, sarcastic (she does have a British Mum…), sassy personality and oh how we clashed!! Now along with these traits she also has the funniest of mannerisms, a vocabulary beyond her years, phenomenal comical timing and a passion for dinosaurs, dancing and dragons! But this combination of personality traits, at times, required patience, understanding and tough boundaries. Patience with my pain seemed to elude me.

My pain would compound at the end of the day. We loved to read together, but I would grit my teeth, as she snuggled up, her closeness kept my sanity, but sometimes if she clambered onto me the wrong way, I would flinch and involuntarily shout out . . .  she would draw back from me, terrified of my reaction, and it broke my heart. I would adjust, pick her up and place her carefully on me and we would continue our snuggles, but the look in her eyes of rejection would haunt me. That same look would also appear if I lost my temper – I had such a short fuse, if my reserves were low, I often could not count to 10 and when the words “I hate you” came out of her mouth at five-years-old, I felt like I had failed and that I had dropped the ball!

I had to find a way to stop this pain, it wasn’t only destroying me, it was destroying her! I HAD to find an answer, and as I knew foods such as excessive sugar and gluten certainly triggered me, I started to eat a low-sugar, grain-free, dairy-free diet. As a result of eating a Paleo diet our dynamic improved for the better, however it was becoming clearer from reports from school, behavioral reports from her father, as well difficulty learning to read and write, that her behaivor wasn’t improving elsewhere.

I knew that food had to be culprit, and after a lot of coaxing I got her Dad to agree to some allergy tests by Cyrex Labs. The results overwhelmed me, despite my improved relationship with food . . . my daughter was heading into the Autism Spectrum with patterns of Cerebellar Dysfunction. She was allergic to ALL grains, dairy, casein and nightshades. We started a phased elimination diet (phasing out foods got her adjusted and made the transition so much easier) and we saw results almost instantly – my five-year-old brought a book to me, opened the page and fluently read to me just two weeks later!!

My own journey also continued I had been attempting to follow the Autoimmune Protocol for several months, I felt it was the missing puzzle in my disease and behavioral management, but it was my daughter’s diagnosis that drove to take the next step. I had to be pain free to help her through her own journey; it had to start with me! So I started AIP in March 2014 with the health coaching of Angie and it’s been the key to unlocking a life that I look forward to living every day! I can honestly say that my relationship with my daughter has improved tenfold, we laugh, we dance, we play and sing, and the joy and mood in our house has lifted from hurricane force winds to sunny with a chance of light showers . . . Hey come on there is always the reality that the family dynamic can never 100% sunny . . . so when you hear your child say “I like the new you” you know you’ve got it right!

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LOVE OH MY GOODNESS!!  In a little less than a month my cookbook will launch and I wanted to give you a recipe sneak peak!  The final pieces of the design are being perfected and all the last details of getting it out to all of you are being put together.  I wanted to tell you a little about my team today, because it has been amazing to see a year long effort come together with their help.

I put so much trust into each member of my team and they have not disappointed me.  It's like they were able to see where my heart was going and magically make my vision reality.  First, my little sister, Jenifer, who I asked to collaborate with me on recipe development was perfect in helping prevent a "narrow" AIP cookbook.  I wanted to make sure we had recipes that would appeal even to folks who do not need dietary restrictions for healing and she delivered!  Next, my photographer, Toni, learned food photography just for me.  I'm sure you'll agree, her newly developed skill truly showcases nourishing food and it's incredible natural beauty.  Then, I added an editor, Anne, to the team.  Anne is meticulous!  She really gave all of the stories and recipes a professional polish (I admit I am terrible with that sort of thing!).  And last, but definitely not least, I found a designer, Chelsey.  You guys she is making this whole creation so gorgeous!  Somehow she knows how to make the photos and the words express something more special than I could have ever dreamed.  The cherry on top?  All of the members of my team are either autoimmune warriors themselves or huge supporters of the community, something that was deeply important to me.  I feel so lucky to have these women behind my project!

So, now that you know a little about the lovely ladies helping me out . . . let me share one of the delicious recipes with you!

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Shallot & Rosemary Roasted Butternut Squash
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Serves: 4-6
 
Tired of sweet preparations for butternut squash? Me too! Here's a savory version to go with your next dinner.
Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put diced squash in a large bowl and drizzle with oil. Add shallots, rosemary and salt. Stir to coat.
  2. Spread squash in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast 30 minutes, stirring halfway through for even browning. Serve and enjoy!

I am getting so darn excited to share with the growing circle of people using food to heal!  The cookbook will launch in e-book AND print formats (through Amazon print-on-demand) in just a few more weeks.  Watch for announcements and THANK YOU for letting me have a voice in this community!  It is an honor.

 

 

The following guest blog is by Vanessa Colleran of True North AIP.  Vanessa is a Canadian healing herself of Lyme Disease & two diagnosed autoimmune diseases, using the Autoimmune Protocol.  She is also a certified Primal Blueprint Expert through Mark Sission of Mark's Daily Apple & is studying through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.  You can find Vanessa here:

Lyme Maple

In my previous post, Chronic Lyme Disease and the Autoimmune Protocol – Part One, I mentioned that Lyme is a controversial disease, especially in Canada, which often leaves more questions than answers. But why is Lyme Disease, especially Chronic Lyme, so controversial in Canada? And why are so many people going undiagnosed and untreated in a country whose health care system is supposed to one of the best in the world?

Here are some of the facts:

The Tick

  • Lyme Disease was first found in 1977 Old Lyme, Connecticut when a group of parents noticed arthritis like symptoms in their children and brought this to the attention of health officials.
  • A majority of Lyme cases ended up being found in a number of eastern states in the U.S., but it wasn’t believed to be prevalent in many areas of Canada at the time (although Canada’s Public Health Agency didn’t start requiring the disease to be reported until 2009).
  • People suspecting they had Lyme Disease in Canada were told it was impossible as the ticks that carry the disease weren’t endemic to many areas. In addition, there was a growing concern among doctors over misdiagnoses of this largely unknown disease and of course, the overuse of antibiotics (Lyme’s primary recommended treatment).
  • Such things as a patients travel history weren’t regularly considered nor the possibility of the ticks themselves being able to travel and spread the disease.
  • Reforestation and suburban expansion have helped to spread the disease opening up new habitats and allowing for deer and rodents that are carrying the infected ticks to move.
  • Black legged ticks carrying the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and its common co infections such as Bartonella and/or Babesia, travel not only on the backs of deer and rodents, but also by some 3 million land birds and songbirds that migrate to Canada each year.
  • Climate change is making things worse. Canadian authorities in 2014, admitted that Lyme Disease, the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S., is indeed an ‘emerging’ threat in Canada. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also added Lyme Disease to its list of “climate change indicators” – which is meant to help the public ascertain the documented effects of climate change.

This is where we stand today: Canada’s Public Health Authority now recognizes endemic populations of ticks that could carry the disease in six provinces in Canada: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Although Jim Wilson, president of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (Can Lyme), believes that Lyme Disease is indeed present in most of Canada.

 The Tests

  • There hasn’t been a reliable test used that directly tests for the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria responsible for the causing Lyme disease.
  • What has been used as a screen in Canada, is a two tiered testing protocol (ELISA and Western Blot) the first of which has a bad track record of false negatives. This is due in part because it tests instead for someone’s immune response to the bacteria, something that might not be strong enough to register, especially in the beginning stages of the disease.
  • The ELISA test used in Canada doesn’t screen for two specific bacterial proteins, bands 31 and 34, which are two of the most reliable markers for the disease. So if you test negative on the first of this two tiered testing protocol with this ELISA test (which 50% - 75% of patients will), you aren’t allowed to proceed to get tested with the Western Blot, the second of the two tests, which can be moderately more reliable.
  • There are doctors aware of Lyme disease, that believe in its existence and that know about this flawed testing protocol. But unfortunately because of these negative test results, they can’t get permission to actually treat their patients.
  • Health Canada admitted to the low reliability of these tests and has stated so on their website:  “The currently available Lyme disease test kits have been found to have     limitations of sensitivity and specificity, particularly when used on patients with acute infection, which is usually easily treated with antibiotics. Even when the conventional two-tiered testing approach is used, the sensitivity and specificity of the combined test results can be less than optimal. In a comprehensive study of 280 serum samples from well-characterized Lyme disease patients, the sensitivity of the two-tiered approach was as low as 38% . . . ”

The Canadian Health Care system needs to admit that a negative test result does not necessarily mean you don’t have Lyme, especially when these particular tests are in use. For instance, in Virginia in 2013, legislation was enacted that any patient in the state testing negative for Lyme must be informed that a negative test result does not mean that they don’t have the disease. Also until the system in Canada starts including a patient’s history and symptoms as reliable indicators to the possibility of this disease, patients that are indeed infected with Lyme will continue to test negative and not be treated.

The Symptoms

  • The signs and symptoms can be very non-specific and found in a multitude of other conditions. Given the fact that testing is so faulty and that many doctors do not believe that Lyme is endemic in many regions, a person could be misdiagnosed with something else.
  • Conventional wisdom states that Lyme is always accompanied by the presence of a bulls eye rash. Many Lyme advocacy groups, as well as Lyme literate doctors, dispute this though, referencing evidence that a rash isn’t always present in the first stages (or any stage) of the disease. According the Can Lyme website, only 30% of Lyme patients actually report a rash and only 9% describe it as being the classic bull’s eye rash.
  • You can easily not know you’ve been bitten by a tick – less than 50% of people do. The adult black-legged ticks are about the size of a sesame seed and the nymphs are the size of a poppy seed, so they can easily go undetected.
  • The following website lists some of the symptoms you may find if you have Lyme Disease: http://canlyme.com/lyme-basics/symptoms/

Again, what isn’t emphasized by doctor's is the importance of a history, as well as symptoms that a patient may have to indicate Lyme. Following are the four areas that you should consider to determine whether you might have Lyme Disease, according to Dr. Marty Ross of Treat Lyme and Associative Diseases.

  • Your risk of transmission
  • Symptoms consistent with a diagnosis and not explained by another illness
  • Physical exam findings
  • Supportive testing

The Cases in Canada

Compare the following:

Reported Cases / Year

Canada                                                            USA

69 in 2004-2006                                                10,000 in 1991

128 in 2009                                                        27,000 in 2013

310 in 2014                                                        *300,000 in 2014

  • *The CDC realized that they had been grossly underestimating this disease and adjusted their numbers to more than 10 times their initial estimation of 30,000 - up to 300,000 in May of 2014. This doesn’t include the patients that were treated without testing because they did have the tell tale bulls eye rash, so actual numbers would be much higher.
  • At a legislative hearing in Cananda in May of 2014, an infectious disease specialist stated that this disease will affect more than 10,000 Canadians by the year 2020.
  • Though according to Jim Wilson of Can Lyme, we are most likely already at 10,000 cases annually. When you compare the numbers above, it certainly seems more than likely.

The Treatment

  • Early detection and treatment is critical and if caught early, the disease can often be treated effectively with a two-three week course of antibiotics.
  • If left untreated, Lyme Disease can progress to affect neurological and motor functions and many patients can end up with a misdiagnose (MS, Parkinson’s and ALS as some examples). It can also spread to the joints, the nervous system, and even the heart. But with Chronic Lyme there is such a long list of nonspecific symptoms that it is a very hard disease to diagnose. There also is additional controversy whether prolonged antibiotic treatment for chronic Lyme is effective or even safe.
  • The Canadian government as well as with the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) set the treatment guidelines. These guidelines currently state that Lyme Disease can be effectively treated with no more that four weeks of antibiotics, which is hotly disputed by patients and Lyme literate doctors who recognize that long term (sometimes several years worth) of antibiotics are necessary in some chronic cases.
  • If you are a Canadian doctor you run the risk of being disciplined and having your medical licenses revoked if you were to prescribe such a treatment that extends beyond the four week protocol. This ends up forcing patients seeking treatment to go south of the border at their own expense.

If you are lucky enough to live in a province like British Columbia such as myself however, naturopaths now can prescribe antibiotics and will offer you a treatment plan without the additional expense of having to travel to the United States to get it.

The Canadian Plan

  • There may be a bit of hope. Elizabeth May, a political leader has proposed a national action plan against Lyme disease this year. It has passed through the House of Commons and has been referred to the Senate. She states that Canada has been in denial for so long now about the existence of Lyme, that lawsuits are piling up and misdiagnosis is more common that not. Canadians are suffering not getting the help they need and are beginning to insist on a change to the system.

It’s people, patients like you or me, that are demanding this change. And it can’t happen soon enough.

Link to references:

  1. http://elizabethmaymp.ca/parliament/speeches/2014/03/03/national-lyme-disease-strategy-act-bill-c-442-2/
  2. http://www.macleans.ca/society/health/health-canadas-new-lyme-disease-plan-you-act-well-watch/
  3. http://www.straight.com/news/738301/lyme-disease-spreads-bewildering-debilitating-array-misery-and-afflictions
  4. http://www.straight.com/news/738356/lyme-disease-surges-north-canada-moves-out-denial
  5. http://canlyme.com/about/
  6. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp
  7. mps/alt_formats/pdf/medeff/bulletin/carnbcei_v22n4-eng.pdf

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The following guest blog is by Vanessa Colleran of True North AIP.  Vanessa is a Canadian healing herself of Lyme Disease & two diagnosed autoimmune diseases, using the Autoimmune Protocol.  She is also a certified Primal Blueprint Expert through Mark Sission of Mark's Daily Apple & is studying through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.  You can find Vanessa here:

Lyme Maple

I have Chronic Lyme Disease. Well, at least I think I do.

How strange to not know right? Even while I sit down to write this, it's hard for me to say those words and really believe them. There is so much doubt and uncertainty surrounding this disease it can leave you with more questions than answers. The reason for this is that that there is still so much that is unknown about Chronic Lyme and the best way to diagnose and  treat it.

I have to be completely honest here. I wish I was diagnosed with something else. Not that I wish to have any other disease (of course !) and not that I discount the agony that other people suffer with other diseases. But I do wish that I was diagnosed with something that was at the very least, extremely black-and-white. Something that wasn't so controversial, something that my western medicine doctor didn't deny even existed, something where the symptoms were clear-cut, something where the treatment was easily defined and where progress could be monitored as steady improvement, instead of the waxing and waning vagueness of Lyme Disease. But I didn't get that disease . . . I got Lyme.

I have been suffering from a fairly acute onset of autoimmune disorders (Psoriasis, Reynaud’s Syndrome) as well as a long list of other complaints (extreme fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, sinusitis, allergies….) for about nine years now. Collectively, these have all contributed to a fairly tough existence on all but the few "good" days. Prior to this, I was active and healthy and barely spent a moment in a doctor’s office. Since the onset though, I have spent the last nine years in and out of GP’s and specialist’s offices, getting CT scanned, x-rayed, ultra sounded, blood pulled time and time again . . . all with the hope to identify what it was that triggered such a dramatic decline in my health. All of these tests were not able to provide me with any answers.

Fast-forwarding to a year and a half ago, I started on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) after hitting what I guess you could call my rock bottom. It was an act of desperation to make this radical a shift in my diet, but one I was willing to commit to in the hopes that something . . . anything . . . could be improved. Little did I know that it was going to be this diet that led me down the road to getting the Lyme diagnosis to begin with.

They say after having been on a dedicated autoimmune protocol for a period of time, you should start to see some improvements in your autoimmune disease. You are going to certainly notice a difference in many of the other symptoms that you have. But if you don’t start seeing any change in the "big stuff," your specific autoimmune disease(s), then you need to dig a little deeper and see if there is something, like an infection, that could be keeping your immune system suppressed and preventing further healing. This is exactly how the journey looked for me.

After months on AIP and seeing dramatic improvements in my energy levels, sleep, etc.  . . . my "big stuff" wasn’t budging. My skin wasn’t healing. And since it was my skin that was having enough of an impact on my quality of life, I needed to keep going. So I dug a little deeper and visited a naturopath whom I knew was going to be able to test me for the most obvious culprit(s) and for her that ended up being Lyme. Had my test result come back negative, she would have still recommended treatment based on my symptoms alone, as they were so indicative of someone that was indeed battling more than autoimmunity.

So what exactly is involved with treating Lyme Disease? How can someone take a disease that is wrapped up in so much doubt and controversy, and devise a plan to help treat it? It’s to keep it simple and address the following:

  • Diet / Nutritional Supplements
  • Immune Support
  • Antibacterials
  • Detoxification

Since my focus on my health journey up until this point had been primarily centered around the diet, this was the first thing I wanted to address as I was certainly curious about the recommendations that were going to be made. And after being on the AIP for what felt like forever at the time, I certainly wasn’t interested in any more restrictions! But what I was happy to hear was the exact diet the naturopath recommended . . . was for the most part the exact diet, AIP, that I had just mastered. And when I thought about it . . . it made a lot of sense.

With Lyme Disease, you have an immune system that is working hard at keeping the bacteria and inflammation under control, but is struggling to keep up.

With Autoimmune Disease, you have an immune system that is out of control causing inflammation and declaring a war on your own body.

What is needed in both of these situations, the common thread, is nutrition. And the LAST thing you need in either one of these scenarios, but especially in a combined situation like I have, is to continue to add to the insults and make your immune system work harder. Your focus needs to be on a diet that is nutrient dense and void of anything that can:

  • continue to damage your gut and cause intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut…one of the 3 predisposing factors in any autoimmune disease)
  • or suppress your immune system or add to your bodies already inflamed condition.

In regards to diet, “Micronutrient deficiencies that arise from not eating enough nutritionally dense foods (or not digesting those foods properly) contribute to a defective immune system and hinder the body’s ability to heal. A variety of mineral and vitamin deficiencies have been very strongly correlated with autoimmune disease.” -Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Approach.

In regards to supplements, To heal and feel better requires a multi­vitamin with an essential set of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. A good multi­vitamin improves functioning of the immune system, muscles, brain and nerves, hormones, organs including the kidney and liver, detoxification, and decreases inflammation. It also protects the body from the toxic effect of prescriptive antibiotics.” -Marty Ross, MD, Treat Lyme and Associated Diseases.

So without me even realizing it, I had already taken the biggest step I could to help my body get strong enough to fight this infection or any other infection I might be dealing with, by adopting the Autoimmune Protocol. Making a shift to this elimination diet, my ND explained, is the hardest part of the treatment protocol and what she finds her patients struggle with the most, but the work is imperative. With any disease you may be trying to heal yourself from, if you don’t have your diet correct, then all the time and money spent on medications and other treatments might end up being a big, fat waste. It’s the diet, the provider of basic nourishment and building blocks for all of your body systems . . . the immune system being in the spot light here . . . that is essential for any healing to happen. Make this your starting place. Don’t get paralyzed by all the unknowns and uncertainty surrounding this disease as there is much you can do immediately to begin feeling better again.

If I were to be asked for advice from someone that may just be starting out on the long road with Lyme & AI disease, what I would do first, I would say this. For me, it’s twofold:

  • Address your diet. And be honest with yourself about this. Healing from Lyme can take on average 2 years so you’re already in this for the long haul. Healing from an autoimmune disease takes just as much of a commitment. Take the steps to ensure you can provide your body with the basic nutrition it needs to strengthen the immune system and heal. Reach out and get help if you need to. Angie Alt has a great program called SAD to AIP in SIX, where she will guide you and a community of others just like you, through this transformation in a gentle, supported way. Check out her program here: http://autoimmune-paleo.com/groupcoaching/
  • Let your symptoms and your history be your guide and trust in those. There are many problems with the testing surrounding Lyme. You can easily obtain false positives and false negatives in your tests, so don’t let the result of any one test stall you. If your symptoms and history lean towards Lyme as a possibility . . . then trust this part of your story.

A couple great places to get started:

 

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UPDATE:  This giveaway is over.  The winner was Melissa S.  Congrats to Melissa!  Go checkout this book folks and join me on Instagram at http://instagram.com/angie.alt !  You will not be disappointed in the cookbook and hopefully you'll have fun with me on IG too!

I've been trying really hard for a long time now to practice as much balance as I can with social media.  It sorta' has a way of taking over our lives, especially the lives of bloggers.  One way I've tried to hold the line is by limiting my social media accounts.  Another way I try to practice balance is by using a dumb phone.  That's right . . . I don't own a super cool smart phone, I own a slider from, like, probably 1999.  I know it is totally lame, but honestly all I want my phone to do is make a call (granted my phone is so old I basically have to get in a time machine to make the call, but that's beside the point).  Limiting the number of accounts I have & not owning a smart phone meant that I wasn't hanging out at the most happening spot on the internet though.  You guys know the spot I'm talking about . . . INSTAGRAM!  But I didn't care, I told folks my getting a smart phone & joining Instagram would essentially herald the End Times.

Signs of The End Times:

  • War
  • Famine
  • False Prophets
  • Angie joining Instagram

My AIP soul-sister, Mickey, of Autoimmune Paleo, came to stay with me a few weeks ago though & like a true sister, she gave it to me straight.  "Angie, you need to get real & get on Instagram."  We went to party with some local bloggers & they all ganged up on me.  Naturally, I succumbed to peer pressure like a total weakling.  Geez!  Good thing they weren't drug dealers!  I could have easily ended up a junkie on the streets in a matter of weeks thanks to their extreme pressure tactics.  LOL!

You can find me on Instagram HERE now.  My smart phone has been ordered & in the mean time I'm lugging around my Ipad & learning the ropes.  I'll admit all the pictures are alot of fun to peruse & I hope soon I'll have lots of interesting stuff for you guys to check out.  So far you can probably find me at the hashtag #noideawhatiamdoing .  Hahaha!

Giveaway

So, let's get to the point, this is a giveaway after all!!  I'd love to have you join me (& teach me!) on Instagram & I wanna' sweeten the deal.  I have a brand new, SIGNED copy of The Paleo Approach Cookbook by our favorite lady, Sarah Ballatyne (aka The Paleo Mom).  You can win it by following me on Instagram!  All you have to do to enter is follow my Instagram account:  http://instagram.com/angie.alt & leave a comment on the picture of The Paleo Approach Cookook.  One of the comments will be chosen at random & I'll announce a winner on October 12, 2014.  I'll ship anywhere in the world, so get in there Australia, NZ, & Europe (I know you guys are around!).  Can't wait to hang out with on Instagram!!