Paleo Auto-Immune

I have been following the Paleo food regime since September. More accurately the Pale-Autoimmune diet to help me reduce inflammation and possibly quiet some autoimmune issues I have. I do most of the cooking in our house, so it is rather impossible for the Paleo-thing to not intrude upon how my husband and 2 growing boys eat.  They are eating much healthier than before, less grains and more fresh organic food.  One awesome amazing "side effect" of this diet is that I dropped 23 lbs in 2 months. 23 stubborn pounds that didn't want to budge before. Well guess what, they budged and are gone and I do not miss them at all. I had that one pair of ultra skinny jeans in my closet for about 8 years that still had the tags on. I vowed that I would one day again slip into those tiny things. Victory!


I knew I had some issues with gluten before this, so I had pretty much already cut that out before starting this regimen. It can be pretty rough on people when they have to cut out gluten for the first time. I have done that for years, so that wasn't too difficult.  I don't miss pasta, but I miss really good bread. You know the kind that crackles when you squeeze it.

Bread and Butter Illustration

You know what I'm talking about.


Losing my beloved eggs, (which I typically had 2 each morning for the past several years) coffee, rice, all grains, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, nuts, wine, sugar (sigh) and more was not easy.  What was left? Organic chicken, beef, wild raised salmon and a few other fish, most green vegetables, herbal teas, 2-3 servings of fruit a day, some fermented food, broth, olive or avocado oil and not too much more.

I am slowly getting my foods back, under the direction of my doctor. I have my eggs back. Yes....That was a happy day when I heard that. I almost hugged my doctor. Adding rice back in was helpful as well. I make a lot of soups, with rice noodles that I can eat for days. Preparing in advance is really crucial so you always have something to eat. If you are aren't prepared, you'll get stressed out quick.  You can start to feel and think that this can't be done and you aren't strong enough to stick it through.  I am so very glad I did this. I feel great, more energy, better sleep at night. And did I mention I reunited with my skinny jeans?

Welcome to Drawn to Eat

What can I say, in addition to being a full time illustrator, I also love to cook. I decided to put these two things I love into the same pot, let them simmer over low heat and see what happens.  Although currently, I follow a Paleo Auto-Immune diet, I'll be posting Paleo and traditional dishes. Enjoy!