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Angie Alt  Author📖 Pioneering AIP Blogger🌄 Wearer of Big Girl Panties👊 Also, Nutritional Therapy Consultant & Certified Health Coach

OMG! @sweetapricitycaramels sent me a lovely package! It’s been amazing to watch this AIP/Paleo centered company grow. With the holidays coming up they’ve got yummy, beautiful treats for us wherever we are on the health journey. Definitely go check them out, I’m going to be ordering stocking stuffers for sure. BTW, despite being sent products pretty regularly I don’t share very often, because I am not an “influencer.” I am trying my best to be a leader (scroll back a ways for my thoughts on the difference). If I’m sharing, it’s because I actually believe in the product & the mission of the company. ❤️🔥

A little #fridayfire 🔥post . . . My story is out there, so some of you might already know this, but I was in a deep mental health struggle right before I was diagnosed w/ celiac disease in 2012. I really can’t fully describe what exactly I was experiencing, but I can tell you I was deeply depressed, w/ all the classic symptoms, & struggling w/ intense anxiety that was culminating in regular panic attacks (for which I eventually took prescription anti-anxiety medication). I had trouble driving or navigating public situations (I had the sensation while in public buildings that the floor under me was tilting & it prevented me from staying calm). I had angry outbursts where I felt like I was outside myself observing my irrational reaction, but unable to control it. I cried unexpectedly & for hours.
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While I was seeing doctors & looking for help, I also started seeing a psychologist. We were working on a plan to admit myself to a mental health facility for a short stay in order to try to “get a grip.” I felt desperate & had started to believe that maybe I was having an emotional breakdown rather than a physical health problem, because no doctor found anything wrong.
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Days before we were going to enact the plan, I was referred to a GI doctor, had antibody testing done, which triggered an endoscopy, & resulted in my diagnosis. Suddenly I had an answer & learned in short order that a wide range of psychological problems can arise from untreated celiac. A few months later I started #aip cold-turkey & 3 days after that it was like the mental & emotional turmoil just melted away. I remember distinctly standing by the sliding glass door to my backyard & smiling. My then 11 yr old daughter saw me & ran into the other room yelling to my husband, “Mommy is smiling!”
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I am not saying that AIP can cure every mental health struggle, or that mental & emotional struggles don’t have more than malnourishment at the root, but what I am saying is that diet & lifestyle CAN make an impact. Maybe it won’t be like my experience, but anything that moves the needle is worthwhile. Are you happier than you were before AIP? Then it’s working. Happy Friday! #aipformentalhealth

Just throwing this out there for all my #endosisters that have been told this about 7,000 times. Yes, I understand the “why.” Yes, I know it works great for some women. But no, I am not gonna’ hit the gym to deal w/ my period pain. Stop w/ that. 🙄 (A little sassy humor to get us through the cycle. 😉)

VOTE! Do NOT give in to despair.

Sunday #batchcook details coming in!!! BTW, these are not Kodak Moments, ‘cause this is my real life peeps! My kitchen doesn’t have studio lighting, food isn’t styled for a magazine cover shoot, & there’s about 80 things happening at once while I cook #allthethings , hopefully you all appreciate reality as much as I do. LOL!
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Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls from @unboundwellness , found on her site. I made the suggested Nomato Sauce (found on her site) from @grassfedsalsa  for this dish. It’s my lunches for this week. #totesaip
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Red Cabbage Slaw w/ Tangy Carrot Ginger Dressing from @nomnompaleo , found on her site. This is also for lunches this week. It requires a mustard and egg #aipreintro for the dressing. I was on a cabbage kick this week!
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AIP Chicken Tarragon Pot Pie from @mickeytrescott. Recipe on our Autoimmune Wellness site. I made it in a casserole dish rather than a pie dish & that weird “pink” showing through the glass is a handknitted potholder from my grandma (she made them as part of a wedding gift & I’m still using them! Thanks grandma!). This was our Sunday night dinner. #totesaip
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Not pictured, Slow Cooker Beef Stew w/ Cranberries & Rosemary from @phoenixhelix , recipe found on her site. It was still cooking away in the crockpot by the time I wrapped up yesterday evening, but it’s dinner on Tuesday night. #totesaip And Healthy Soft Pumpkin Cookies from @ambitiouskitchen , recipe on her site. I didn’t make the frosting for these cookies and an #aipreintro of almonds and egg is required. I simply forgot to take the picture on this one! They are yummy though . . . and as I mention every week, treats in our house are for the whole family & when they are gone the party is over for the week. 😉
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Who else is getting their #batchcook on every week?? Gamechanger people!!! Is it helpful when I share mine? 🤔

🔥Here’s some real talk about starting the Autoimmune Protocol for #fridayfire. . .
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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.
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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."
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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.

Okay, so despite it all (sigh) I got my #batchcook handled on Sunday. Guys, gettin’ it handled is WORTH it! I didn’t have any kitchen duty yesterday & I won’t have any today either. I could probably even get away w/ it on Wed. too (#leftovers). My breakfast simply requires frying a sausage patty & my lunches are made. It makes my work week so. much. less. stressful!
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Here’s the deets . . . @adventuresinpartaking ‘s Greek Chicken Avocado Salad, recipe on her blog. I omitted the chicken. This is for lunches this week. #totesaip
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@joromerofood ‘s Lamb & Mint Meatball, Red Onion, & Sweet Potato Bake, recipe in her ebook “Spice.” I changed the method a little (just baked & did not fry meatballs). This is for lunches this week. BTW, if you haven’t got her “Spice” ebook, peddle to the metal. #totesaip
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The Beef Curry Soup from my & @mickeytrescott ‘s book, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. This is dinner tonight. This recipe rotates pretty often in my house, because it’s yummy & because it’s a great way to use up the grassfed beef stew cubes I get in my monthly meat CSA from my farmer @clarksfarm #totesaip
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@elanaspantry ‘s Paleo Fruitcake, recipe on her blog. This requires almond, walnut, & egg #aipreintros . I made this for our treat this week for two reasons: I have a ton of dried fruit I need to use up (I sometimes get bags to use for other recipes, but we are not dry fruit snackers, so it sits for a long time) & I am starting to experiment for Christmas recipes. Also, the rules you all know by now: This is it for the whole family, when it’s gone for the week, #partyover
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Not pictured 8 pints of #bonebroth & the Moroccan Chicken Thighs w/ Apricots & Olives from The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook that I made for Sunday night dinner (we had it last night too). 🙌🏻

It took me all day, because I was early voting!!! And going to the dentist. I didn’t want to miss this week’s installment of “Do Something About It!” Today is about why. We have less than 8 days. Here’s 1 last voter registration reminder & 3 reasons why these issues matter:
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1. REGISTER to vote (you can do it here, copy/paste the link: https://www.rockthevote.org/ ):
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CO=10/29 (Today!)
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VT=can register up until Election Day (but there are some limits)
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ND=not necessary to register, you can show up & vote. However, if you are Native American in ND there is a push to suppress your vote. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has a hotline you can call for assistance: 701-854-VOTE (8683).
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2. PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. Healthcare is THE issue that everyone is concerned about w/. It matters here, because the WHOLE autoimmune community is a pre-existing condition (honestly, life is a pre-existing condition). Both our health insurance system & the actual way we do healthcare are badly in need of improvement in the US. You already know that, it’s probably part of why you tried AIP in the 1st place! Until we’re able to get better systems in place though, not being able to access care because we may have a condition that requires accessing care is ludicrous. (Learn more from NBC News, Politico, The Washington Post & others. They’ve all run worthwhile coverage on this issue in the last 1-2 wks.)
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3. GUN SENSE LAWS. This issue apparently doesn’t make it to the top of the pile in terms of issues voters are concerned w/, but super obviously . . . it should concern us while choosing who will lead us. It matters here, because not being shot to death is fundamental to the health & wellness of every human being. (Learn more from @everytown.)
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4. THE OTHER STUFF. There’s too much of it to detail in 1 post, but if you’ve been here w/ me for a while you know that I see things like reproductive & gender rights, immigration, & climate change as connected to our health & wellness as individuals. My journey w/ AI disease clarified those connections. Maybe your journey impacted your understanding of these issues too. If so, vote like your life depends on it. ✅

To prevent children from being murdered while learning in their schools, we’ll give the teachers guns. And place armed guards at the doors. Like a prison.
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To prevent Christians from being murdered while praying in their churches, we’ll give the pastors guns. And place armed guards at the doors. Like a prison.
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To prevent Jews from being murdered while praying in their synagogues, we’ll give the rabbis guns. And place armed guards at the doors. Like a prison.
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To prevent Muslims from being murdered while praying in their mosques, we’ll give the imams guns. And place armed guards at the doors. Like a prison.
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To prevent concertgoers from being murdered while listening to music at their festivals, we’ll give the musicians guns. And place armed guards at the gates. Like a prison.
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To prevent nightclubbers from being murdered while dancing in their nightclubs, we’ll give the bartenders guns. And place armed guards at the entrances. Like a prison.
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To prevent shoppers from being murdered while buying food in their grocery stores, we’ll give the clerks guns. And place armed guards at the entrances. Like a prison.
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To prevent movie goers from being murdered while watching movies in their theaters, we’ll give the ticket takers guns. And place armed guards at the entrances. Like a prison.
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To prevent employees from being murdered while working at their jobs, we’ll give the employers guns. And place armed guards at the entrances. Like a prison.
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To prevent mass murder we’ll all give up our freedom and move from one guarded location to the next while someone with a gun watches us. And we’ll do it quietly and orderly and not speak up, because it’s easier to pretend it isn’t happening.
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Like a prison.
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I’m batch cooking today, but my heart is heavy. And I am sad that nobody even comments on the violent death of other human beings anymore. It makes me feel like my emotions are frozen, so I’m sharing here even if it makes others uncomfortable, in case it is making you feel isolated w/ your emotions too. I hope all of you are safe, healthy, and with your loved ones today. ❤️

#fridayfire time! Recently, a group member I’m coaching had a breakthrough in her thinking about herself. She realized that she kept doing workouts that were way too punishing in an effort to prove she was strong despite her autoimmune diagnosis and to make up for the perception that she was just “lazy” prior to diagnosis.
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She suddenly realized that she doesn’t need extra proof though. She was carrying on with life, doing all the things necessary while carrying around this extra burden she couldn’t even identify and now that she knows, she’s carrying on with life + working hard to restore her health. She’s ALREADY strong. No extra proof required.
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If you are here with me, I’d say there’s a 95% chance you have an autoimmune disease too (or, if you’re extra lucky like me, maybe you have more than 1!). If that’s you, are you pushing yourself way past reasonable so you have proof that you are strong?
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Friend, you ARE proof! That body you’re walking around in . . . it’s proof. That mind you’re using . . . it’s proof. You are strong. Maybe even strong enough to rest. Happy Friday! 🔥

I decided to start something new around here in Sep. I don’t think I take the opportunity to share the amazing, incredible, #badass wins that my group members and clients have all the time. Sharing those wins is as much for me and my fuel, as I hope it will be for all of you and your inspiration. ✨
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The super honest truth is that as much as I am passionate about my work, I also have periods where I work intensely hard. So hard that it is very easy to get lost in all the tiny tasks of running a business, and for me & others like me, in the heavy lift required to take a movement from grassroots to mainstream. But the actual heart of my work is directly helping people reclaim their health and this year alone my team and I have worked w/ over 400 people in that. That is SO MANY opportunities to see something extraordinary happen. Focusing on those wins, remembering what an honor it is that someone trusted my team and I to help them at their most vulnerable, and reflecting on what a privilege it is to help someone restore their power is the fuel I need. And maybe it’s the fuel you need? ⛽️
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Here’s the Oct “Big Deal” a man between 45-54 with Hashimoto’s Disease (autoimmune). On October 12th, after 6 weeks transitioning to the full autoimmune protocol in my program, SAD to AIP in SIX, he reported to our coaching group that he had seen his doctor to get some blood work done and had lost 6 lbs, reduced his total cholesterol by 60 points (including reducing his LDL), reduced his triglycerides by 117 points, & had positive changes in his thyroid panel. He is a BIG DEAL! 💗
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This shit works guys. Viva la REAL FOOD Revolution. 🔥

I’m in a really privileged position. I run my own business & I can afford to take Election Day off, if I want to. I’m also the mom of an adult, so I don’t have to worry about how she’s going to be taken care of while I try to vote on Election Day. I don’t have to worry how long the wait will be, I don’t have to plan a complicated juggling act w/ my husband so we can both get it done. And I have access to a reliable vehicle, so I can easily get to the polls. You may have these same privileges and have friends, family, or neighbors w/out them. Ladies make a plan & help get your sisters to the polls! Today is all about how you can get organized before the mid-terms. We have less than 15 days. Here’s three things you can do:
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1. REGISTER, first of all, to vote (you can do it here, copy/paste the link: https://www.rockthevote.org/ ). Here’s some deadlines coming up:
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-AL, CA, SD=10/22 (TODAY!)
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-WY=10/22 (mail), can register in-person by 10/22 or on Election Day
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-NH=10/24 (mail), can register in-person on Election Day
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-IA=10/27
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2. VOTE EARLY or absentee. You may have the opportunity in your area to vote early or even via absentee ballot (even if you’ll be around). You can find out if you state allows this here (copy/paste link): https://ballotpedia.org/Early_voting
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3. WOMEN ORGANIZE w/ your friends. Election day is 2 wks away, start reaching out to your friends to see who: needs childcare, needs rides, or could use help getting dinner on & kids fed so parents can go vote after work. Who in your circle can watch kids during the day, who can drive folks around, & who can throw in on some dinner prep? Make a plan to divide up these tasks & support each other to get to the polls. 🔥
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(This post took me 1 hr to research & write. It’s a damn good use of my time. More coming all month. Thanks for sharing & taking action.)

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