I had a pretty good diet before I got ill. I worked most my life off and on in natural foods so I was/am fairly savvy about food in general. I was mostly vegetarian for large part of my life but realized I felt better with more protein but didn't start eating red meat until my fatigue and pain set it. the only thing food wise I know for sure is that I feel better eating meat and my joint pain is worse from nightshades. I have the usual symptoms fatigue. sever pain, insomnia etc. but its my gut has been bothering me more lately ( mostly gas) as well as my crashes increasing and worsening. I also have Haushiomotos. I tried doing the GAPS diet over a year ago, I lasted about 6 weeks and it was hell. I felt hungry all the time and it sure didn't make me feel any better. I also snacked on permitted foods and didn't do a keto type diet. I also lost weight I couldn't afford. I thought going off sugar was what going off of crack must be like! So now that my GI is getting worse. I am back looking at trying it again. First to heal my GI... calm things down then second to reintroduce foods to see if I can get a clear read on specific foods. Mostly its that nagging feeling what if I could have felt better by stop eating blah blah and I didn't do it. Would love to know of anyone who tried doing the AIP protocol or GAPS ? I ve read 10 books on these type of diets the worst was " the paleo approach" by sarah ballantye, not because it was a bad book its very well done but its depressing beyond words. She gives very solid research on why practically every food causes problems in humans.....and of course with us that is probably even more true. I am so much worse then I was last year, cooking eating and cleaning ... you know! and I also have this weird food aversion thing, only want certain foods, the thought of eating say a salad makes me ill one day and eggs the other. I use to throw back wheat grass juice like it was whiskey.....I don't think I could even smell either one of those things now. I usually want to have buttered toast. most of these books tell you that you need to go it " all the way" to not only heal the GI and that the process takes months and months before you can introduce foods and that you should not eat grains, legumes and dairy ever again. whats worse I don't like coconut! its my fellow warrior's here that know what this is like to tackle so really appreciate your experiences. While I have "symptoms" none of them are brutal enough to make me not eat something.... which is good and bad. thank you!!!!!!!! beautiful humans!!!!!