Someone was complaining to me the other day about how hard the autoimmune protocol (AIP) was. All of us, myself included, initially resist the changes we need to make in order to heal. And you’ve heard me say this before….
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What lies on the other side?
Why is it worth the work?
For me, feeling better, much better, is its own reward.
It’s time for some encouragement.
Here are the top 5 improvements I’ve seen in my health since deciding do go on the AIP.
Improved energy. I can count on one hand the number of days per month that I get kicked in the behind with low or crashing energy. Usually, it has nothing to do with my autoimmune disease but what I’ve put into my pie hole.
Like everyone, I do some stress eating and while my choices are way better than the average person’s, blood sugar crashes are inevitable when I eat processed foods. They may be organic, gluten free, soy free, corn free – blah, blah, blah – but junk food is junk food no matter how pretty they make it look.
Weight loss. Maintaining my ideal weight has been easier than ever before. During the elimination process (which lasted almost 4-5 months for me) I had a difficult time keep weight on. I was on a combined AIP/Candida diet and at 5’10” I dropped down to 120 lbs and looked like I was dying. In the summer I hover around 135ish and in the winter I usually gain another 10lbs or so. I eat a large volume of food but I don’t gain weight from it.
Joint pain gone! I had so much inflammation in my body that the bottom of my feet hurt, no joke. My hands, my knees, my back…all of it ached all the time. No more. The vast majority of my inflammation disappeared when I eliminated gluten.
Less brain fog! There were many days I worried that I was getting early onset Alzheimers, no joke. While I find that the fog has lifted substantially, it is not gone away completely. Again, I find that what I eat and what I think (stress) are the triggers for the fog that lingers.
Improved digestion! For decades I thought that my burping was no big deal. I hardly ever got heartburn or discomfort from burping so I figured all was good. Oh, how wrong I was.
Once I discovered my gut was leaking and started working to repair that and I started taking digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid to help me digest my foods more easily, my world changed dramatically.
Everyone thinks I live in perfect little Jodi food world, and honestly, I do. But it took time to figure out what works and doesn’t work for me after I healed my gut. Gut repair and improved autoimmune response is a process and one I encourage everyone to explore.
Living the AIP lifestyle hasn’t been the easiest thing I’ve done in my life but it has been the BEST gift I’ve given myself in years. Feeling GREAT is the best reward ever. I hadn’t realized how long I was miserable until I started feeling really great.
Do the work. It’s well worth it.
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