Lately, I’ve been in a musing mood. I’ve been thinking a lot about my healing, how far I’ve come and what I’m looking for in the future. I’ve really began to wonder if we are ever fully healed. Although I’ve been in remission (lupus, SLE) for almost a full year now, I’ve still had to deal with hormonal fluctuations, arthritic damage to my joints, vitiligo, fibroids, psoriasis flares, PMS, adrenal fatigue and soft tissue damage left over from my last lupus flare. Now, I completely understand that autoimmune disease is tricky, and all of these symptoms and issues are the result of stress and damage from past health crises. But, understanding that didn’t make me feel much better. Then, I started to muse.
What are we expecting when we start a healing protocol? Are we expecting to never have to deal with another illness or symptom? To be honest with you, I kinda was expecting that. My diet is impeccable. I get 4 to 6 workouts in a week. I practice stress reducing strategies constantly. I love myself. I get plenty enough sleep. So, why then do I continually experience symptoms? Why is it when one thing clears, another one pops up? Because I am an imperfect, human being, as are you.It scares me, when I read some of your comments or questions, that you may be under the impression, if you do the autoimmune protocol, you believe you will heal, and never have any health woes ever again. I hate to be the bearer of bad news; but, that simply isn’t the way it works.
I want to take this moment to explain to you exactly what I am, and what I’m not. I put my lupus into remission following The Paleo Approach by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. I can not, and will not, recommend or discuss any other autoimmune protocol. I will also not answer any more questions as to why Dr. Ballantyne has chosen to omit certain foods from her protocol. I didn’t create the program. I trust her completely. You should too. I have included a Foods To Eat list and a Foods To Avoid list on my site merely for your convenience. As it states on the bottom of these lists, you can get a full list in The Paleo Approach. I am also NOT a certified nutritionist. I have absolutely no interest in being one. I will not answer any questions about autoimmune nutrition. Instead, I will always refer you to the experts here.
Now, let me talk about what I am. I am a woman who healed her gut, and put her lupus into remission following the autoimmune protocol. Also, I am a bit of a mad scientist, who tries different diet, fitness, and lifestyle protocols, in my search to be the healthiest person I can be. I am a fitness and yoga instructor, certified herbalist and homeopath, author, recipe creator, batch cooking goddess, and a damn good home cook. Those are the things I’m good at. Those are the things I can help you with. Please, don’t ask me to be what I’m not.
The reason I felt the need to explain how I can help you, and how I can’t, was because I’m trying to reduce some of the stress I’m under right now. Perhaps because of my age, I seem to be dealing with lots of hormonal issues. The autoimmune protocol does not stop us from aging. It does not heal all of our woes, or damage from previous flares. It does not make all of life’s stressors simply disappear. It is not a miracle.
You need to be realistic about your expectations when following the autoimmune protocol. Do I feel better now than if I had not followed The Paleo Approach? You bet I do! Even if I’m still dealing with symptoms? Abso-freakin-lutely! The Paleo Approach taught me how to eat for maximum health. It gave me a template to healthy eating. It helped me discover which foods were actually harming my health. It showed me what lifestyle changes I needed to practice to get better. It saved me from a very short lifetime of pain and suffering. And, even though I still have some health issues, I know they would be so much worse had I never changed my habits.
Hopefully, none of you get discouraged after reading this post. If you do, then you’ve missed my point completely. It’s like when people take a supplement they’ve read keeps cancer away…..and, then they get cancer. They’re completely baffled, because they thought there was a guarantee. There are no guarantees in health. There is no such thing as a magic pill, serum, diet, program, protocol, beauty product, or food. It does not exist. We can merely do the things that nourish our bodies, minds, and spirits, while encouraging the best health outcomes we can achieve.
So, I’d have to say, the answer to my question is no. I’m not sure that in this world we live in today, surrounded by hatred, incompetence, dangerous chemicals, overly processed foods, stress, and everything else we have to worry about, that anyone can be fully healed. But, to do nothing, and watch your health decline, is cruel and unnecessary. We may not be able to reach full healing, where we feel spectacular every single day; but, you can get pretty darn close. You can increase the amount of good days you have. And, that’s enough for me! How about you?
As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!
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