So, I’m about to finish up my 12th week AIP, and I’m still going strong! I’ve reintroduced two more items. Red wine and chocolate. Red wine seems to be fine. I just don’t have the urge to drink a whole lot of it. Not sure about chocolate. I may have to try that again when I haven’t eaten a new cabbage dish for the two days prior.
Again, a bonus of AIP (for me anyway), is weight loss. I am constantly surprised by this. I’ve maintained or gained for so many years. LOSING weight is refreshing and startling all at the same time. I keep expecting to gain it back. I know I shouldn’t, but I swear the years of maintaining and gaining have brainwashed me. I’m working on a revised way of thinking. I’m wearing things in my closet that I haven’t worn in YEARS!
I haven’t talked about working out so much lately. I still do it. I have a solid 3 workouts per week. Two zumba and one tap class. Three days per week seems to work for me. Although, I plan to add some weight/strength training. That’s something I can do at home in addition to the workouts I have outside of my home. Tap will end this weekend, so I’ll have to add another cardio workout to maintain my three.
I’m still happy with AIP. I’ll admit I can get a little down sometimes about what I can’t eat, but I get over it rather quickly. Like I’ve said before, I’ve figured out how to make my comfort foods compliant. When I need them, I can make them!
I also feel good about educating others about AIP and Hashimotos. They are not easy topics to discuss or easy to get people to understand. Hell, any autoimmune disease is tough to explain. I think bringing these diseases to the forefront can only help those of us that suffer from them. More collaboration, more discussion, more support! I know that I am very lucky to have supportive family and friends. I didn’t talk about it at all when I was first diagnosed other than to say what my issue was. After a few years, I realized that the little pill wasn’t working, so I started my own research. After that, I realized I needed to talk about it more in order to make people understand that’s it not just something that can be taken care of with a pill.
I just want you to realize that if you have an autoimmune disease, you’re not alone. There is support out there if you’re not getting support at home.
It’s almost Friday, y’all! Have a great weekend!