This post serves as an AIP PSA of sorts. I’m joining many other bloggers this week in sharing how I live the manifesto.
Having been on my “healing journey” for over
three four years now (AIP came a few months after primal), I cannot imagine being where I am now without support. But for the sake of painting a picture… without the support, I’d probably be a fairly miserable hot mess with even more unexplained symptoms than I did three years ago. I also likely wouldn’t have received the two additional diagnoses.
While I believe there are many faces of support, my home is my support lifeline. Am I lucky that The Mister supports me? Well, I’m not sure I would call it “luck”. For those who don’t know how far we’ve come or how “yin-yang” our relationship is, I’ve supported him absolutely over the 15 years I’ve known him. That is simply how we roll. And while he does support me and has seen clearly how food affects me (a certain failed reintroduction of nuts comes to mind), he still challenges my way of thinking and plays the devil’s advocate role to keep me grounded and reminds me this “diet” is not a religion, and to not completely obsess over the details.
That’s not to say I don’t have nay-sayers in my life. Oh, I do. I simply keep a good distance from them for my sanity. I’ve said this before: when someone takes issue with me choosing to eat real food or go to bed “early” in order to dramatically reduce my symptoms, give myself a chance to feel my best, and increase my quality of life – it speaks volumes about them.
For those who have more nay-sayers in their life than supporters, it’s time to even the playing field. Seek out support. Whether it is online support (Facebook groups, following AIP bloggers on Facebook, and/or following fellow AIPers on Instagram), finding local AIP meet ups, or taking up penpalling with those walking a similar path living with autoimmune disease and chronic illness- there are people out there that will encourage you, can sympathize with you, and want to see you thrive.
That support can be the ace up your sleeve when it comes to reversing your autoimmune disease. Perhaps best of all, you can be someone else’s ace and support them.