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

All the ladies w/ Endo yell, “Can you hear me now?!” Yep, I’m angry! 😡
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My personal battle with Endometriosis was all the experience I needed to tell me this disease is a social justice issue. Then I met more & more women w/ the same experience & I joined online groups w/ even more women (one of them has nearly 45,000 members) & since my diagnosis in 2010 (15 yrs after I started struggling w/ excruciating periods!) women are being more public, so I’ve read more & more stories of women w/ the same experience. .
Then this past weekend The Washington Post published a story (link in my profile) about a woman in her 40’s who just LOST HER KIDNEY, because her pain was dismissed by doctor after doctor. She was told not to “practice Google medicine,” until she eventually had to have a 9-hr surgery & lost ALL of her reproductive organs & her KIDNEY! Her story is extreme, but it’s not entirely unusual. My last surgery was 6 hrs long, I lost 1 organ & a portion of another (in 3 surgeries, I’ve lost all or a portion of 3 organs).
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How can all these women have a disease that causes this much pain & we still can’t get some god damn help the 1st time we ask?! Because this is a Social Justice Issue!! The core of a social justice issue is unequal access, support, or treatment, based on a trait. The trait is being a woman. We have a breakdown of accurate information, a CRISIS in access to appropriate care, a disaster in pain management, & a total failure to recognize the financial loss to women for this disease.
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If you want to get informed & add your voice to this issue, you can read the blog I wrote in 2016 about Endo as a social justice issue (https://autoimmunewellness.com/endometriosis-social-justice/) or listen to a recent podcast I did on the same topic w/ @livewell_christina (http://www.christinatidwell.com/blog/2018/9/11/live-well-podcast-episode-14-endometriosis-as-a-social-justice-issue-with-angie-alt). You’ll need to copy/paste these links.
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Now f*ck . . . #fightlikeagirl 💪🏻👊🏻🔥

Here’s those #batchcook deets, folks:
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The Tom Kha Gai soup from my first cookbook, The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook. I made it yesterday for dinner tonight. #totesaip
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The Bacon Burger Mega-Meatballs also from my cookbook. They are part of an easy reheat brekkie this week. #totesaip
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A crazzzzzzzy delish pork roast recipe that I just made up. Stay tuned for the recipe on the Autoimmune Wellness blog in October. That’s for lunch this week. #totesaip
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Roasted sweet potato, also for lunch this week. I just stirred the chopping sweets in melted coconut oil, ginger, vanilla powder, & sea salt & then roasted. #totesaip
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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad by @mickeytrescott, recipe on the Autoimmune Wellness blog. That’s for lunches too. #totesaip
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Annnnnd, the Chewey Gooey Cassava Brownies from @ottosnaturals, I added some sea salt. You need egg & choco #aipreintros for this one. These are for the whole fam, for the whole week. When they gone, the treat game over! 😂
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That was a successful batch! 💪🏻💥 How’d you guys do?

The Chicken & Bok Choy Stir Fry from my first book, The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook. I made it for dinner last night, having it for lunch today. Having it over white rice, an #aipreintro, but if you serve it over cauli rice it’s #totesaip. ‘Bout to start that #batchcook, while watching “The Great British Baking Show.” Even though as a Celiac I’m never eating gluten again I love the show & I get inspiration from it. BTW, I know there was a big controversy over the current hosts, but I like Noel Fielding. He used to do this incredibly weird show, “The Mighty Boosh.” Anybody ever watched it? 😂 And who’s batching today??!!

I decided on today’s #fridayfire post last wk. It was the first wk of all of my Sep coaching grps, & it also marked, for most folks across the US, the beginning of the school yr. What I observed among all my groups was A TON of stress, most of which is rooted in trying to live in ways that aren’t livable. I observe this every Sep & I’ve honed my coaching approach to it not only through professional experience, but also personal experience. (I know better, but sometimes I lean into “unlivable” territory too.)
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When I say “live livable lives” I mean we have to be realistic & not demand from ourselves unsustainable schedules & standards. Not expect to make vast changes overnight or execute new skills perfectly before we’ve even learned or practiced. Why are we, & I’m talking about women with autoimmune disease specifically here, so cruel to ourselves? A livable life is not unrelenting, it’s enjoyable. What is the point in restoring our health & wellness, if getting there is draining & once there we don’t even celebrate? With no room made for grace on the front end, the result on the back end is insecurity about whether or not we have done enough to heal.
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I’m working harder than ever as a coach (& I think the leadership in the broader AIP community is too) to promote a healing lifestyle that is simple & sustainable. Adding layers & layers of "rules" is not helping, it is burdening. Multiple protocols around timing, measuring, separating, combining, weighing, supplementing, etc., etc. coupled with grueling schedules, endless research, comparison traps, & sky-high expectations IS NOT livable. 🚫
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My belief & the thing I am trying to both practice & preach is that temporarily eliminating inflammatory foods, adding nutrient-dense foods long-term, & prioritizing essential biological needs like sleep, not living in constant stress, moving the body, & connecting w/ the natural world & other humans is the simple recipe to restoring wellness. 🔥 Is your life livable? Happy Friday. ❤️

You guys! 🤢 Creeping me out! My office is in a building w/ hallways LINED (like every 6’ practically) w/ these plug-in air fresheners. Inside my actual office I’m safe & I run my trusty little essential oil diffuser, but whenever I step in the hallway I basically hold my breath. These things are like hormone disrupting danger zone, due to phthalates, which are a chemical meant to make the scent last longer. There’s also formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, p-dichlorobenzene, and aerosol propellants spewing out of these evil little scent bots. 👃🏻🤖 Even the EPA advises against their use.
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I don’t actually have trouble w/ them due to allergic reaction. If you are sensitive to scents in that way it could indicate you need some gentle liver support. BUT I still get grossed out because of all that other stuff I mentioned. SOOO . . . question, should I secretly sabotage them (Angie against the Scent Bot Army) or handle this like a mature adult & lobby the landlord to remove them? 😉

Public Service Announcement: 📢 .
In an emergency situation you just do whatever is necessary to be safe. Period. AIP can be an important component of your long-term health with autoimmune disease, but short-term safety beats AIP every time. Life has hierarchies.
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I’m sharing this message today because over the last several years leading SAD to AIP in SIX groups we’ve had members go through all kinds of natural disasters. I wanted anyone in our community preparing for or evacuating ahead of Hurricane Florence to hear it from an “AIP Authority” that your best is good enough right now and you and your family’s safety is priority number one. 💯 .
That said, here are some resources that might help should any of you need them (you’ll need to copy and paste these links into your browser):
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http://www.slightlylostgirl.com/2014/…/06/aip-survival-tips/
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysrfyz7FGhM&feature=youtu.be
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Thank you @slightlylostgirl @wendisaipkitchen Sending the best vibes for safety and little to no damage for all the folks facing this right now. The AIP community is thinking of you. ❤️

I decided to start something new around here. 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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So, I’m starting “The Big Deal Report” to remind me & share w/ you. Today’s “Big Deal” is a woman between 55-64 with Pulmonary Sarcoidosis, Hashimoto's Disease (both autoimmune), & Type 2 diabetes who is on oxygen 24/7, Prednisone, and needs medication to manage the Type 2. She just finished 10 weeks in my program. That means she spent 6 weeks transitioning slowly to the full Autoimmune Protocol & then 4 weeks maintaining it (she is still going w/ me in another program). On Sunday, the end of the 10th week, she reported to our coaching group that she had lost 17 pounds, was successfully tapering off the Prednisone (w/ her doctor’s help) AND has been able to reduce her oxygen needs by 10%. She is a BIG DEAL! 💗
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This shit works guys. Viva la REAL FOOD Revolution. 🔥

Who was curious about my big batch cook yesterday?? 🧐Here’s the deets (pretty pictures not included, this is #whatireallyeat):
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Big pot of Beef Curry soup from @mickeytrescott and my book, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. Made it yesterday for dinner today. Beef, kale, onion, & carrots from my farmer @clarksfarm & I couldn’t find parsnips, so I subbed in rutabaga. #totesaip
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Sheet pan baked chicken thighs for lunches this week. I didn’t follow a recipe here, I just mixed some herbs & salt, coated the chicken & cooked ‘em up. #totesaip
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Coconut, Fig, & Kale Salad from @grazedandenthused and @thepaleomom’s book, The Healing Kitchen. It’s also for lunches. #totesaip
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@ottos_cassava_flour Chocolate Chip Cookies, I added pecan to them. There’s 12. They a treat for the whole family for the whole week. When they are gone, it’s over. That’s how treats work around here. LOL! #aipreintro required of chocolate & pecan.
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Sheet pan roasted white potatoes for lunches this week. Again, I didn’t follow a recipe here, fat, herbs, salt, potatoes, roast (actually I roasted them in the drippings from the chicken thighs). #aipreintro required of white potato
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#bonebroth My farmer over at @clarksfarm for the win again. This was a beef femur & knuckle bone broth. I threw in leftover carrots, onion, garlic, & lemongrass + salt & ACV. #totesaip
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Our dinner last night, Date & Bacon Crusted Salmon by @grazedandenthused. The recipe can be found on our Autoimmune Wellness blog. #totesaip Fennel & Dijon Mustard Brussel Sprouts from @popular_paleo’s blog. She recommends stove top cooking & I tweaked that & roasted them. Delish!! #aipreintro required of fennel seed and mustard. White rice w/ olive oil. ‘Cause I do better w/ some starch, peeps! 🍚 #aipreintro, obvi.

Beet greens w/ brekkie. ‘Bout to start that #batchcook. Hubby has Springsteen on the record player & I’m feeling fueled & inspired to crush some cook-up. You guys batching today too?? 💪🏻

Were you guys starting to think I wouldn’t have any #fridayfire 🔥 for you this week?? Honestly, I was too. I just had the dumbest day (it involved a locksmith) and despite my stated goals two Fridays ago (to go #slower), I have had a crazy week. But read on for my Friday Fire reflections . . .
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The dictionary says (yes, for real, badassery is in the dictionary) that badassery is behavior, characteristics, or actions that are formidably impressive. Shit, you guys, if telling your autoimmune disease there’s a new sheriff in town isn’t formidably impressive I just don’t know what is. And I’ve been thinking about that since yesterday, because I recorded a podcast w/ @thetinyfitdiva & she asked me to tell my story & I freaking got choked up. I’ve told that story about a billion times now, but sometimes it still catches me. Yesterday it caught me when I told her, “A year after I started AIP I changed everything about my life, including my career, in order to support other folks with autoimmune disease.” Boom! Badassery!
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But I’m certianly NOT the only one, just this week I handed out some #badassery badges to my friend @girlinhealing ‘cause she just celebrated 3 yrs of running her business & being committed to “WICKED important stuff” as she says (and I adore that!). And @jay_quellen_ ‘cause who just had colon removal, got an ileostomy (which she named “Eustace Bagge”), & is just puttin’ it out there & bravely sharing her inspiring life w/ us. And the reason my week was crazy was because between myself, my coaching team, & the AIP Hashi Study team, we’re helping about 120 people start, like right now, this week, the AIP journey. They all deserve some #badassery badges too!
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So, hell to the yes for some autoimmune #badassery ! Happy Friday. ❤️

Following the lead of my friend, colleague, & coaching team member Jaime of @gutsybynature w/ an installment of #whatireallyeat This is white rice, topped w/ roasted cabbage, & Lemon-Basil Shredded Beef from the lovely @eat_heal_thrive Not necessarily a Kodak moment or I guess for the modern age Insta Worthy pic, but very yummy. I was surprised w/ the beef recipe, because lemon & basil w/ beef aren’t flavors I’d typically combine. Martine is still full of surprises! ❤️ Big Thank You to my farmer 👩‍🌾 as usual. She grew the cabbage & the beef. #nofarmsnofood BTW, this is all leftovers. #foodwasteisacrime

THIS. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. ALL. DAY. 🔥
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To clarify . . . I am not an NFL fan, I have one Nike item, a pair of shoes I bought almost 9 yrs ago, & until he kneeled I did not know who Colin Kaepernick was, but I have SO MUCH respect for him & the responsibility he took on when he realized his platform could give voice to the cause, & I appreciate that Nike is using their platform to help shoulder some of that responsibility. What would our world be like if more of us were willing to make a sacrifice? #colinkaepernick #nike #justdoit #believeinsomething #sacrifice #responsibility

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