Well, I said I was going to do it…..and, I did. I ate gluten! Actually, I ate a slice of Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted 100% Whole Grain Bread.
When I decided to take a month off from blogging and social media last month, I was already beginning to feel the effects of a lupus flare. Determined to stop it before it got out of control, I immediately began the healing protocol that helped me reach remission before. But, this time I was stronger, wiser, and unafraid. This time, I was unstoppable.
Now, I know some will be quick to blame the ketogenic diet I was on, or all the exercise I was doing, or the stress of trying to put out a new book. I, however, am not blaming any one or combination of those things. My last birthday was the first birthday I actually FELT myself get older. It’s like my brain sent my hormones a memo saying “ She’s old. It’s time for y’all to crash.” I’m not trying to say that some of the other factors had nothing to do with my relapse; but, I don’t think they were the exact cause. I do have lots to report on the ketogenic diet specifically. It’s given me lots of blog posts to release over the next few months. But, to blame the diet for all my symptoms would be wrong.
Changing my diet, back to the AIP, was a no-brainer. I actually only went back to the AIP with reintroductions phase. The reintroductions I left in were coffee (1 cup/day), dark chocolate (1 small square, soy-free every other day), and soy-free eggs (3/week). I’ve left these foods in my diet because I’ve done the AIP elimination phase enough times to know they are 100% tolerated by my system. Had I not begun to recover so quickly, believe me, I would have easily removed these foods too.
Then, I had to rethink my workouts. For me, it was the perfect opportunity to retest the program I had created when I first began to exercise again. So, that’s what I did. It had been over a year since I had done the workouts that had seen me through my journey from sickness to fitness. This time I was starting out stronger and more fit than before; however, I was dealing with some of the same symptoms I’d had before. My joints were aching. I was fatigued beyond belief. And, I was dealing with serious inflammation and bloating. That didn’t stop me back then, or now.
A big part of my recovery has been lots of rest and stress management. When I was piecing together all of the research I’ve done over the past year and a half, I determined, because of my flare, it was going to take a bit longer to put out the original book I’d planned. So, what I chose to do instead is release my Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide, this month. This ebook contains everything you need to begin your very own sickness to fitness journey. It covers the entire program- nutrition, workouts, wellness practices, and recipes. There’s lots of information including calculating macros, foods to eat and avoid, specific exercises, batch cooking, meal prepping, and more. Plus, you’re not going to believe the price. I’ve priced it so that everyone can afford it. I want to make sure that anyone who needs help will be able to get it. I’m hoping to have it released on September 12th. I’ll be doing lots of announcements here, and on social media, when I have the specific date.
Happily, I can report, after a month of going back to the basics, I am doing great. No, I’m not completely over my flare. My fatigue, joint pain, rashes, hormonal imbalance, and other symptoms have greatly improved. In fact, I’m thinking this might turn out to be the shortest flare I’ve ever experienced.
Here I am, once again, rising from the ashes. Living with an autoimmune disease is always unpredictable. You can try to guess what’s causing a flare; but, you can never be totally sure. When you recover from a big flare, you’re often filled with fear that you’ll relapse. If you’re like me, you try to distance yourself from anything related to autoimmunity. It’s like, the less I talked about it, the less chance there was that I would flare again. Silly, silly me! You can’t run from an incurable disease. You can’t hide from it either. The best we can do is control it. I know that now. If anything, this latest flare was the best thing that could have happened to me. It encouraged me to share my experiences and successes even more. It taught me to do all I can to help as many people with autoimmune disease as I can reach. Now that the worse (in my mind) has happened, and I’ve been knocked out of remission, I can stop running, stop hiding, stop being fearful, and start conquering again. I now see that helping the autoimmune community is my calling. My entire focus will be on helping us heal.
Thanks to all of you for allowing me the time to rest and recuperate. It’s good to be back with y’all again.
As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!
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. Continue reading “Autoimmune Musings: Are We Ever Fully Healed?”