All the diets in the world couldn't save me!
You name it, I did it!! Keto, Vegetarian, Vegan, Plant Based, Fasting, Gluten free, Low FODMAP…...etc. Nothing really seemed to do the trick until I went on the holy grail of all diets.
My main concern at this point was just to feel better. I wanted to be able to feel like I had some sort of control with what I was putting into my body without feeling crappy. I had heard of this diet called the AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet. I was given this book from my sweet client and it laid out everything I had to do to take on this diet. This diet was meant for people with autoimmune diseases to help reduce inflammation in the body to help combat what it was going through. Since I had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I thought I would give it a try. Let me tell you…..legit the hardest diet I have ever done. I did it for about a month and a half and it was hard. But you know what…..I felt better. Since I had to remove so many things from my diet I had to slowly let things back in but pay a ton of attention to how I reacted to each food group.
Once I was avoiding as much of my food sensitivities as possible everything got even better. I am currently working with a nutritionist that has recommended I do an elimination diet specifically from the foods that cause me discomfort like bloat, gas or fatigue. Honestly... it has been the easiest eating lifestyle I have ever taken on. I don't feel uncomfortable and I don't have to worry about something upsetting me.
Here is the deal. It doesn't matter what diet you're on. In fact...you should probably just remove the word diet and change it to elimination. I stress that the word diet does not mean something to live by forever. I mean literally the word “die” is in it. It is important to test out some things until you get to a lifestyle that supports you fully from the inside out. You don't want to wait your whole life looking for the right diet instead of looking for a way of eating that makes your body, mind and soul feel good. Once you get there you’re simply living your best life. Even an elimination diet isn’t meant to be forever. It’s meant to give your body a break so eventually you can process those foods and not have to be afraid.
Did I mention that this has been an ongoing journey for 8 years? Yeah….that's a long time and a long time to not give up. But you know what...I'm important and I needed to give back to myself to be better not only for me but for people around me. Sometimes the best thing to do is to choose yourself. Choose that you want to put in the work to become your best self. Excuses are nothing but reasons to stop you from achieving things. Don't let diets trap you in a box. Especially if they are not working for you in more ways than one.