Today’s post is quite different than all the others so far. This one is going to be all about adapting to the AIP lifestyle! To the best of my knowledge, there are no insane tricks to implement but instead, it’s a process of learning yourself and what is best for your body, mind and soul.
Now, I am not the type of person who thinks “just do what makes you happy” or “I put my happiness above everything and everyone.” No. Sometimes I feel we NEED to go through struggles, discomfort and unhappiness in our life to grow as an individual and define our true character. But during life’s lessons, it is still possible to take care of yourself and show yourself love along the way.
Anyhoo the four main aspects of the AIP lifestyle to implement are: sleep, stress reduction (or management), socializing (or connecting) and being active. I’ll let you know right now the hardest one for me is socializing. I am a big fat introvert who could live on an island with my husband and kids forever and be just fine. It’s not that I have social anxiety or am painfully shy or anything.. I’m just happy being by myself.
Remember the book Ferdinand the Bull? He was content to sit under the Cork tree all alone and smell the flowers. That’s me. 😉 Except it would be a book and I would sniff the pages because brand new books smell the best. Is there a New Book scented candle out there anywhere?
1) Get some sleep!
Twice this week I’ve gone to bed before 9:30pm! It’s amazing the difference it makes the next morning. Now, with Hypothyroidism, I could drop and take a nap at any given minute but alas, children do not allow that to happen. So instead, I am attempting to go to bed earlier. My struggle is, John, my husband, is a night owl so often times, due to his work schedule, I need to stay up late in order for us to spend time together. So going to bed early doesn’t always happen but twice this week it did. Progress!
Just know, the most important thing in your journey to remission is sleep because that’s when your body heals itself. Shoot for 8-10 hours each evening! If that made you snort and chortle to yourself because of the improbability of that happening, I understand. Just know, the less sleep you get though, the less you’ll heal.
2) Just say NO!
I was approached a few weeks ago to help with VBS during the month of June and I immediately told the person asking to give me a week to decide. My husband could have immediately shot off a huge resounding no but for me, it’s much harder to say that. After some time went by though, I went back and told her no but was racked with guilt. Later, my husband said he was proud of me for saying no. Why? Because teaching stresses me out to the max but I did something to preserve myself. We’ve arrived now at VBS week, I stuck to my no, and am so grateful I did. It’s been such a peaceful week!
Say no to extra commitments, people. Even if it’s just for a while. When you’re dealing with stressful, painful and exhausting autoimmune disease, the best thing you can do for yourself is create moments of peace.
3) Connect with other humans!
Okay, so maybe I have no business telling you to do this because it’s a tough one for me. But, last Saturday we went to a rented out water park birthday party bash an hour away with my husband’s boss, his family and their friends. Let me tell you, we had a blast. *I* had a blast. It was an absolutely beautiful day!
I even have been so bold as to plan a BBQ this weekend with to other couples and their kids! I’m telling you, I’m on a roll here. So get out there and connect with other humans that rejuvenate you.
4) Do stuff! Get active.
From getting moderate exercise to just making time for a hobby, get yourself active. It gives you an opportunity to release good, healing endorphins instead of constant cortisol.
Recently, I was able to go to an outdoor fine arts market. Slowly weaving through all the tents, taking in the gorgeous creativity and ooo-ing over beautiful pieces was exactly what I needed. Arts and Crafts is my jam.
Is this stitched art not the cutest?! I took a picture hoping I could figure out how to do it myself. 😉 Update on that is I couldn’t figure it out with my sewing machine so I decided to make wreaths with my kids instead (pictured below).
The kids actually just made the one on the far right. They used a hanging wall art picture and wire wreath shape from Dollar Tree and clothespins from Walmart. The other two were what I made out of Dollar Tree tablecloths. Not bad, huh!
So what is it you do to adopt the AIP lifestyle?
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