I have really been struggling to find some balance this week. Being sick for two weeks seriously set me behind in so many things I needed to take care of. This week, I’ve been trying to catch up. It certainly hasn’t been easy! But, I’m staying positive on The Autoimmune Protocol, no matter how hard it is!
So, this week, I’m hosting two Instagram accounts (I’m guest hosting at AutoimmunePaleo), ironically promoting balance on The Autoimmune Protocol with my fellow AIP bloggers, had to bring my doggie to the vet to have her teeth cleaned (she then had to be cared for like a princess), grocery shop (which is me, going to like ten different stores), teach my Wednesday night class (for which I had to create my lesson plan and shop for supplies for our craft project), and a ton of other things I don’t want to bore you with. There just doesn’t seem to be time in my day to do everything I have to and want to do. Plus, the toll the medication is taking on my gut is well…gut wrenching. When times like these come around, it’s hard to keep your spirits up.
The good thing is, I don’t have time to worry about the other things that can cause negative thoughts. You know, like the fact that I can’t eat the same foods at family get togethers as everyone else. Or, that I’m pretty sure this medication I had to take for my respiratory infection is causing a psoriasis, and possibly a lupus flare. Or, that I’m sad I can’t be with my family in Louisiana for Christmas. All of this could seriously make me lose my Christmas spirit, if I let it. I’m sure you all can relate with your own feelings of fear, sadness, loneliness, and dread.
Staying positive on The Autoimmune Protocol is easy, if you do these three things:
1. Don’t feel sorry for yourself.
2. Think about the positive things happening in your life.
3. Follow The Autoimmune Protocol.
Now, I’m going to break them down for you.
Don’t feel sorry for yourself.
This is the hardest, in my opinion. I find myself saying all of these negative things to myself. I start thinking about why it is that I have to feel bad, have an autoimmune disease, can’t enjoy Christmas cookies, or whatever my pity party leads me to cry about. But, the more negative self talk you allow, the further you will dip into sadness. Trust me, I know. You have chosen to follow The Autoimmune Protocol. You should feel proud of yourself! You are doing something very difficult because you want to feel better and live a fuller life. Don’t shortchange yourself.
Think about the positive things happening in your life.
I know some of you may not have a long list of positive things; so, use the short list. I always think of the good health of other family members, or maybe something small, like when I perfect a meal or new recipe. I’m sure you can think of at least a few things to be positive about. Then, when you think about them, amplify them in your mind. What I mean is, make them bigger than what they are. An example would be if you get blood test results that have improved, even slightly, you should totally celebrate! Do a happy dance, sing a tune, cook yourself a grand meal, with dessert! Go all out for yourself and celebrate your win!
Follow The Autoimmune Protocol
Many people I know personally have reported their feelings of depression and anxiety have lessened or disappeared entirely while following The Autoimmune Protocol. It may have to do with the improved health they are experiencing. Or, it may be a combination of the nutrient dense foods and lifestyle changes implemented with The Autoimmune Protocol. There have been many scientific links to the brain-gut connection. I have noticed a great improvement with my PTSD. My issues are not so much with depression, but with anger. Don’t get me wrong, I still get angry. But, it’s more like a fleeting anger that passes very quickly. It’s like I forget what I’m mad about; and, just stop, excuse my french, bitching. Plus, it’s no where near the level of anger that it used to be. I have a problem with my adrenalin levels. They escalate too quickly. When I became angry, I could seriously hurl a car at someone. Yeah, I was kind of like Bruce Banner, turning into the Hulk. “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” The blood vessels in my eyes would actually burst, which of course, was frightening for anyone around me. Yikes! I can honestly say, I haven’t had an episode like that in a long time. And, when I get sad about something, it doesn’t fester. I do my little cry, and move on. I ain’t got no time for that. So, whatever it is that makes emotional issues better, I like it!
I’m sending out healing vibes and prayers to all of y’all. I hope you find some peace and happiness with The Autoimmune Protocol, like I have. Sorry I don’t have a recipe for y’all this week. But, I figured your well being was more important. I do have some great recipe links for y’all though. During my week guest hosting the Autoimmune Paleo Instagram account, I’ve focused on sharing some of my favorite AIP bloggers’ recipes. Here are a some of the recipes I featured, or will be in the next few days:
Delicata Squash Anna by Healing Family Eats
Blueberry Topped Baked Sweet Potato by Comfort Bites Blog
Avocado Carob Fudge Bars by Grazed and Enthused
Roasted Lamb Ribs with Garlic and Parsley by Comfort Bites Blog
Pumpkin Spice Bread by He Won’t Know It’s Paleo
Smoked Salmon and Avocado Boats by A Squirrel In The Kitchen
Swedish Meatballs & Gravy by Sweet Treats
Bacon, Mushroom Liver Pate by Gutsy by Nature
Mexican Crab Cakes by Beyond the Bite
AIP Restaurant Salsa by The Primordial Table
Roast Chicken Drumsticks with Blueberry Marinade by Provincial Paleo
Cran-Blackberry Sauce by The Paleo Partridge
Scarborough Fair Chicken by Enjoying This Journey