This week the worldwide community of Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) bloggers has banded together to highlight how we each live our healing protocol lifestyle–in real life.
We are each committed to taking personal responsibility for our own health, and supporting other people around the planet who are interested in doing the same thing.
As part of #AIP4me week, I’ve joined forces with four other paleo healing protocol bloggers. We’re each exploring two elements of the ‘AIP Evolved’ Manifesto created by Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott and we’re publishing the results on each other’s blogs.
When attempting egg reintroduction, starting with yolks is recommended. Eileen Laird has a how to video on how to separate whites and yolks three different ways, and also elaborates on the nutrient-density of eggs.
This post focuses on the top-three strategies for weight management identified through research that Joanna and I conducted with 20 long-term AIPers, 90% of whom indicated that weight management still causes them stress.
Through a confidential survey, one question we asked respondents was about weight management strategies that worked for them while on the AIP. The question wasn’t multiple choice: people had to come up with their own ideas.
11 of the 20 women who participated in the survey had not yet identified things that worked. Nine of the 20 women had. From these responses, three strategies emerged. Read More
When he took disability leave at the end of 2013 we thought he’d never work again.
At that time, he was taking 6-8 hydromorphone painkillers a day, as well as a high dose of Methotrexate by injection weekly.
He had developed severe and disabling nausea that no one could diagnose.
Now, the pain and nausea are manageable and he is medication-free, except for a few Tylenol Arthritis a week.
That sounds dramatic, and it is, but there were many times during the past 28 months when his health didn’t seem to be improving at all. And times when it was definitely getting worse rather than better.
But all of his autoimmune symptoms have gradually improved, and he is now in better health than he has been in eight years.
Back to Work
We honestly weren’t sure how the back-to-work experiment would go.
When he initiated it, he was partially bluffing. Read More
Carl Jung referred to the rejected and hidden part of the self as ‘the shadow’.
The shadow self is unknown. Inherently. When it’s existence is also denied, it can cause serious problems.
“Everyone carries a shadow,” wrote Jung, “and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.“
According to Jungian psychology, we try protect ourselves by denying the existence of our shadow self. Usually this results in projecting the contents of our shadow onto others. Anytime we blame someone rather than taking responsibility, or judge others rather than working to improve ourselves, chances are good that the shadow is at play.
We each have a shadow, and entire societies also have a collective shadow.
When ignored, this shadow creates tremendous pressure.
It needs to be expressed.
If we don’t take charge of it’s expression, it will find it’s own way. And is likely to do harm in the process.
Many people who improve their autoimmune symptoms want to share what they have learned, so others can benefit too.
Most people just start a blog.
Vivek Mandan is creating Autoimmune Citizen Science, a free site that will enable anyone with an autoimmune condition to track personalized data to support their healing process.
Vivek and his team are looking for testers for the beta launch of their site this Spring. I’ve already signed up. Anyone else who is interested in the potential of measurement as part of their recovery will want to scoot over to Autoimmune Citizen Science to sign up as a beta user, too.
Consider this post to be your personal invitation from Vivek!
This month, I interviewed Vivek, who is 24 and lives in Ohio, USA, to find out more about his experience with autoimmune disease and about his vision for how Autoimmune Citizen Science could change the way we research and treat complex chronic health conditions. Read More
If someone you love has a chronic health condition, you need to get really good at taking care of yourself.
Especially if they have an illness that is going to affect you in the long term.
For a short-term situation, like a broken bone or a cancer that resolves, you may be able get away with running your caregiving efforts on stress hormones. With the idea that when the crisis is over, you can take time to recover.
But by taking that approach, you are gambling with your future. You are assuming that the crisis will resolve, and that life will return to some kind of normal.
And that is not always the case.
First, because there is always the chance that the situation you are facing with your loved one will get worse.
Second, because a new situation might emerge.
Not taking care of yourself when you find yourself in the role of caregiver is like buying stuff on credit. Of course we all have to do it sometimes. But if you rely on it too heavily and you can’t pay down your debt, the compound interest will start to create problems all on its own.