A super quick mid-week update as I say goodbye to week 5 on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).
I read this line recently from the Whole 30 Website in reference to their diet protocol and just loved it – I changed my perspective instantly:
"It is not hard. Don't you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You won't get any coddling, and you won't get any sympathy for your 'struggles.'"
Puts things in perspective, right?!
There are days when I whinge and whine about not being able to have a big fluffy almond milk latte, or my favourite breakfast of poached eggs on gluten free toast. In those moments I feel hard done by and deprived. I do my little “why me” dance and then proceed to stuff my face with food - albeit AIP approved foods. Then a simple little sentence comes into my life and I have a good laugh at myself. Seriously - Talk about 1st world problems! This statement had me pulling up my big girl panties and reminding myself that no one is forcing me to do this – it is entirely my choice.
During week 5, I’ve seen no real major changes, and if I’m being honest, I’ve felt less than great more times than I felt good, however there are little signs that show me I’m on the right pathway. Small things like my nails have started to grow again and get stronger. Something that hasn’t happened in a few years. Sleep is also something that’s started to come back into my life. This past week I’ve actually slept through the night more times than not. Whoop whoop. I’ve also started walking back into work again – I’m not getting the whole way in, but at least half way, which is way more than I was doing the previous few weeks.
So all in all, I’m feeling positive. I’m trying to remain patient and at peace with it all, and this little quote has kicked me up the bum and inspired me on wards. Perhaps it will help you too?