🔥Here’s some real talk about starting the Autoimmune Protocol for #fridayfire. . .
The initial adjustment to your lifestyle is a doozy! I’m coming up on 7 years following this path, but I still remember the start. My first few weeks I had a couple literal temper-tantrums & I'm really not that sorta' lady. I transitioned into AIP shortly after returning from 3 yrs living in West Africa. I was used to no electricity for days, no potable water, fridges that couldn't keep up w/ the heat & humidity, insect infestations, & very, very limited access to anything we would remotely recognize as a grocery store in the US. I knew how to cook literally everything from scratch. Even after all of that, I found the first few weeks of AIP exhausting & emotionally rough, just as rough as the major culture shock I'd handled in one of the world's least developed countries.
In some ways, I think that being in US culture actually made it tougher. Choosing to heal in this way means going against the mainstream. It requires deviance. Our society promotes a life of easy & generally low-quality food. Feeding ourselves in such a hands-on way & changing our lives to prioritize rest, stress mgmt, movement, & connection means stepping up to the plate in a way that is really, really challenging. You are taking responsibility for your health in a society that says, "Just take a pill. And stop for fast food on the way home from the pharmacy. You can eat it while you binge on TV & go numb to all other aspects of your life."
From that perspective, you realize that the adjustment is not just about rearranging your schedule or your kitchen or your food budget . . . it's also about rearranging what you see as normal. It is okay to have some melt-downs, because in all honesty, AIP is probably one of the harder things you'll ever do. That said, it really does get much easier w/ time. You'll have it wired soon & as healing takes hold & energy returns, you won't believe you thought that any other way was "normal." In fact, I bet you’ll be downright comfortable living as a deviant. 😉 Happy Friday.