Like most of you guys know, I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, it sounds scary but it pretty much means my body hates my thyroid… and is trying to kill it… with fire. Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, but really it wants it to die. All my antibody army is fighting to kill it because for some incredibly odd reason my body thinks my thyroid needs to go. So no, I do not have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, because it’s constantly being acted like a virus, my thyroid likes to act up so some days I’m hot and hyper (Hyper thyroid) and some other days I’m cold, exhausted and super moody (Hypo thyroid). Fun huh?!
After much research I decided to follow the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP. Hashi is an autoimmune disease, so this “diet” which is more of a lifestyle is supposed to help me feel better and help me hopefully some day get off my medication. AIP, helps all people with autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, celiac disease, alopecia, to name a few). By eliminating food that are inflammatory and not the greatest for your body, you start feeling better, you’re body starts healing and you eventually find your root cause. The core reason for your illness.
If after some research you decide this is something you can do, here are some tips to help you succeed, because we are surrounded by SAD (Standard American Diet) and it gets hard before it gets easier.
- RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH
I can not tell you enough how important it is to do some research. I am guilty of jumping into a new fad diet usually on a Monday because I want to loose some weight. This is NOT! that kind of diet. AIP is a lifestyle, a way of living. I recommend you read some books.
2. DON’T CHEAT!!
Ok, that was harsh but seriously don’t! While most diets allow a cheat day every so often, AIP is not a diet (I know I sound like a broken record). one indulgence can set you back on all your progress and I’m sure you don’t want that! But once you start feeling good, you’re not inflammed anymore and you’re finally getting your life back, you start seeing food for what it is FUEL.
3. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SUPER EXPENSIVE.
When I started it got super pricey! organic meats, vegetables and fruits and lots of herbs and spices you just don’t use that often. It adds up, specially if you are doing it alone and you still have to buy regular food for your family. I did a post HERE, on how you can save money on AIP and how it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. No one should settle for junkie food just because they can’t afford it.
4. YOU DO YOU!
This one is important…You’re friend’s mother’s daughter says bacon causes cancer, how can your “healthy” diet allow you to eat so much of it?! Your in laws make faces when you talk about your new life style. Your friends/coworkers think you can go out with them anymore because you went full hippie and don’t eat regular food anymore. People are telling you to stop loosing weight. YOU DO YOU! Nobody helps you get out of bed when you are feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, nobody pays your damn food bill, NOBODY lives in your body but you! If you are feeling better, if you have real true friends, everyone that truly loves you will be happy and glad when they see you looking and feeling healthy. The rest? well the rest can go F**k themselves.
5. IS NOT ALL ABOUT WEIGHT
Once you start getting healthy, everything else will fall into place. But let me make this super clear, weight loss is not the main goal of this lifestyle. If you need to loose weight more than likely you’ll loose some on AIP, but don’t do it just because of that. I’ve met people who haven’t lost any weight on it but they look about 30 lbs lighter because they don’t have anymore inflammation. I personally lost 25 lbs on the first 3 months of it and more inflammation that I say. I felt so much better and my symptoms were getting better everyday.
6. STAY POSITIVE AND RELAX
Stress is a HUGE part of what makes people sick, if you’re constantly worrying about your illness, if you have a hectic life and if you stress easily (this is sooooooooo me) Try to take a step back and relax. Try yoga, meditation, take on a hobby you enjoy. I started crocheting and it helped a ton! Just sitting back with some yummy tea and a big ball of yarn is both relaxing and it makes you feel accomplished even if all you made was a granny square. You don’t have to take on anything new, a simple walk everyday can make a huge difference.
I hope all these tips help you, I understand how hard it is to change your lifestyle, but it can be done. You don’t have to jump in with both feet, starting slow and just adding a few things to your normal routines and eliminating junkie foods slowly can make a huge difference and by the time you notice it, you’ll be feeling better and making a HUGE difference in your life.