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.)
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.
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. 🚫
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. ❤️