Monday, September 1, 2014

Feeding My Man

I don't live near my man quite yet, but I'm looking at different diets and recipes for feeding him.  Sounds easy, but he has AIP (acute intermittent porphyria).  That's right, porphyria - the vampire disease.  What this means is that he has weird blood production.

Wikipedia (and other websites) say:
Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is a rare autosomal dominant metabolic disorder affecting the production of heme, the oxygen-binding prosthetic group of hemoglobin. It is characterized by a deficiency of the enzyme porphobilinogen deaminase.

As well as:
A Swedish study indicated that approximately 90% of cases of acute intermittent porphyria are due to a mutation that causes decreased amounts of the enzyme, and to a lesser degree by a mutation that causes decreased activity of each enzyme molecule.
Under normal circumstances, heme synthesis begins in the mitochondrion, proceeds into the cytoplasm, and finishes back in the mitochondrion. However, without porphobilinogen deaminase, a necessary cytoplasmic enzyme, heme synthesis cannot finish, and the metabolite porphobilinogen accumulates in the cytoplasm.
 I've been on the phone with my guy when he has an attack.  His legs usually seize up and he's in constant pain.  Its terrible to listen to and its terrible to know that there's not a damned thing I can do.  Having a thyroid problem myself, I know that diet can do a lot.  I eat paleo.  So what do people with AIP need to eat?  My guy always tells me that he has to eat chocolate - which he loves to consume.

I came across some blogs that seem to be a little helpful.
I ventured out to Barnes & Noble today on a quest to look at various specialty diet cookbooks.  Of course, they didn't have anything on AIP dietary needs.  I had to rely on what I knew from my brief readings on AIP diets and from what my guy has told me over the last two years.  He needs carbohydrates, so paleo and atkins are out.  I know he has blood sugar issues, but I'm not sure if I should look at the diabetes cookbooks - so I just nixed that.  I picked up The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Mediterranean Diet and ended up buying it after briefly looking through it.

The Mediterranean Diet  - If you're going to put a plate together should primarily be made up of
fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.  Meat should be lean, preferably seafood, fowl, eggs, dairy, yogurt; little or no red meat.  Little or no sweets (like overly sugary crap).  Processed foods are a big NO.  A glass of wine or red grape juice is encouraged - one glass a day.  Instead of juice or tea or whatever, drink water...lots and lots of water.  Use olive oil or coconut oil as your main cooking oils and in place of butter.

Does that sound like a good diet plan for those with AIP?  I'm really looking for some feedback since I'm new to the AIP thing.  I love to cook and I don't want to make my guy food that's going to bring on some fucked up AIP attack.  He is also trying to drop some weight.  Tips anyone?

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