In the 1990’s the film Fievel Goes West was released. It is a cute film about a young little mouse moving from New York to the far West. On the train ride West he unfortunately falls from the train and is left to make the rest of the journey in the hot dry desert. He is overwhelming thirsty and eventually says to himself and a mirage, “water, water, I need water!” When we endeavor to pursue any of the big four diets (Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), Paleo, Keto, or Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) ) our poor little cells will experience what little Fievel did on his trip West! They will need water!
When inflammatory foods are removed from our diet like the extra sugar and grains found in the Standard American Diet (SAD) our inflammation in our cells and bodies will reduce which results in a smaller amount swelling and water retention…that’s what we’re going for right (this is one of the biggest reason a person will go on the AIP diet)?! Right! However, though our bodies will adjust we need to drink much more water and ensure we are getting ample amounts of magnesium, potassium, and sodium. This will help our bodies fully adjust while we may need to work through constipation and fatigue.
In time our bodies will adjust typically around the 3rd week but we need to ensure we are eating the best we can to receive the nutrition we need while this recalibration takes place. Eating potassium rich foods like leafy greens, wild salmon, or avocado with some magnesium supplementation will help with this process. We can’t forget about sodium either...it may seem like a contradiction because people are always telling us to lay off the sodium but when we start a restrictive diet like the AIP, Paleo, SCD or Keto our sodium levels will drop particularly in the first few weeks.
We love our Autoimmune Health & Nutrition Paleo Perfection Protein Powder for this very purpose. It is a high quality grass-fed beef protein that includes and organic superfood blend. You will need to eat the foods suggested above but this product does contain some magnesium, potassium, and sodium to get you started. We don’t claim to solve every need but we can help with them.
Like Fievel we will eventually arrive to where we are going if we stick to it. Staying hydrated and eating the right foods to accommodate for that initial loss will launch us into a success new lifestyle of our choice…viva AIP, Paleo, SCD, and Keto!