Remember how I mentioned I’d be prioritizing my time and closing down my Paleo AIP blog? Here’s the rest of a series of posts that I wrote for that blog but will pull back to this site so that everyone can read them. Thanks for sticking with me!
I was just writing about how crappy I feel after a holiday of rice, popcorn, and chocolate and this paragraph came out:
I prayed and suffered for so long, hoping to understand how to treat my body for the ultimate health (because it really, really wasn’t calories and exercise). And now that I have the answer, I’m complaining it’s too hard? Of course the answer was going to be hard. Because it was too, too easy to be unhealthy. The world is fine with you being unhealthy because the world doesn’t have your best interests at heart. So doing something that is counterculture for your own health and happiness (which is awfully similar to most religious practices, don’t you think?) makes perfect sense. I’m incredibly blessed to have found AIP, to be able to financially prioritize the food and supplements I eat, that there’s such a vibrant online community for it, and that I had immediate relief from living it.
I really see AIP as an answer to my prayers. I’ve been shown a road out of my disease. A hard road, but a road! When you first get your diagnosis and feel your symptoms, it can be a very dark time. Finding out there’s a way out is a very powerful thing, and I wonder how that plays out in the spiritual life of others.
Right after I discovered AIP, I remember hearing the Sidewalk Prophet’s lyrics “If there’s a road I should walk, help me find it / If I need to be still, give me peace for the moment” as if for the first time. It was very meaningful to me to realize that just finding the path is a huge challenge. THEN you get to walk it!
I think AIP helps us become more in tune with who we are and how we live our lives. It certainly calls us to analyze just about every moment of our lives to see how each moment affects our health! And when you put your food and stress habits under a microscope…. suddenly you start to see a lot you can change for the better.
I’m often resentful and frustrated that I have to eat this way. But when I feel my best, I am grateful to have found AIP. Here’s to feeling grateful more often than not!