Sometimes life treats my world like a big fat snow globe and gives me a good shake – and that’s exactly what’s happened with my family over the past couple weeks! We made the very tough decision, with just two weeks left before school was scheduled to start, to move to a town about an hour away from what I’ve called home for over 20 years. It was a crazy whirlwind but we’re here, we’re getting settled, our daughter was successfully enrolled in the local private school and life is smoothing out once again, thank goodness. But with all the chaos, want to take a guess as to what suffered?
My food choices.
And it shows.
Take a look at my face.
The pictures are not edited, altered or filtered.
I don’t care that they’re not flattering. My skin is full of breakouts, my neck is swollen, my eyes are puffy and dark, sinuses congested and eyes droopy.
These pictures are reality.
They’re PROOF of a internal problem manifesting in a physical way.
But what you can’t see is how I feel, which is sick. All. The. Time.
I’ve listed my symptoms before but I’ll do so again so that, as my AIP journey continues, I can mark off what is no longer an issue for me. My goal is to eventually be completely symptom free and in complete remission from my Hypothyroidism! Bonus: I’ve added 3 positive affirmations to the bottom of this post to help me, and hopefully you as well, to stay back on track with the Autoimmune Protocol diet.
*Read about my hypo story here.
My Current Autoimmune Symptoms
Premature Wrinkly Hands
Black Hairs on Face
Trouble Staying Asleep
40lbs of Extra Weight
Slow Hair Growth
No Desire to Dress Up
Feeling Overwhelmed Easily
Running into Door Frames
Overall Lack of Motivation
Lapses in Awareness
Slow Heart Rate
So here I am, at day three of the Autoimmune Protocol diet. I like to think of this program as one big science experiment composed of controlled variables (AIP “yes” foods). Once a contaminant is introduced (off plan food choices), the whole experiment has been compromised and needs to be completely brought back to square one.
I took various body measurements and my weight in order to gauge my inflammation and track progress but I’ll discuss that in a future post. To be clear, this diet is about healing and not about weight loss! 🙂
But, even though I’ve had to start over, I’m back at it with a positive attitude and determination to continue my journey of healing. I’ve even decided to go pretty hardcore too and added some beef liver to my diet! My three year old son tried it and immediately said, “Mom, liver makes me shiver.” And then he refused to eat any more haha
Unfortunately, liver gave me a stomach ache, similarly (but not as extreme) to what mushrooms do. So far I’ve eaten liver three times and each time has resulted in the same upset stomach so I think I’ll have to find a different offal to introduce.
I may wait a month and give it another try just to make absolutely sure the stomach issues aren’t stemming from something else. The taste, to me, isn’t all that bad so hopefully trying again is a success.
So I bought these fun little Zipzicle thingys at Hyvee the other day and absolutely love them. They hold quite a bit too, which is nice! They’ve got me thinking about coming up with an all-in-one protein/fat/low carb concoction for a quick, easy breakfast. For now though, I simply blend up strawberries, bananas and avocado into a smoothie mixture then poor it in and freeze. Suuuuuper easy! (And my kids love them too.)
After dirtying up about every dish in the house for breakfast, lunch and snack, I finished with a lazy dinner of sweet potato chips and guac. And of course, my absolute FAVORITE variety of Spindrift – grapefruit! ♥
Occasionally, my mind throws a pity party about having to eat like this but I’ve decided to try some positive affirmations to keep my head space where it needs to be for success. Here they are:
3 Positive AIP Affirmations
- I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to eat this way.
- Every cell in my body is healing with every healthy meal I eat.
- Three months from now doesn’t have to feel sick like today. The choice is mine.
Are there any affirmations you use? Drop them in the comments! ♥
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