It’s decided. We’re committing. On Friday 1st January 2016, The General and I are starting the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. I’m terrified. Not for having to relinquish eggs, or dark chocolate, or spices… but for the coffee. I feel like I need to enlist a psychologist to help me understand why those two or three espresso’s a day are so difficult for me to renounce. I actually did a month of AIP last year… but with coffee. Which is, like, cheating. But now, it has to be done. It’s got to be all-or-nothing. Friday is the day.
I wouldn’t even be contemplating this if it wasn’t for three important factors that are present in my life. One is my man, who really doesn’t need to do AIP, but who supports me in so many ways, and who is coming on board so that our life together runs smoothly. We’re a good team. Second are the young men at the Drug Rehabilitation Community where I teach yoga, who are living proof that huge, positive changes can be made, and are worth it, despite unimaginable conflicting circumstances. Committing to the AIP just seems so trivial when compared to what these guys are doing. Third are the individuals who make up the online Paleo, AIP and Whole 30 communities. I feel I’m not alone here, but rather part of a powerful and healing current of energy which is constantly being reinvigorated through incredible personal testimonies, and through the generous sharing of spirit, love and knowledge. I wouldn’t be considering this if it wasn’t for this network of highly motivated individuals. Long live Social Media! Thankyou, especially to everyone at The Paleo Approach Facebook Group.
We’re going to do it tough. January will be Whole 30 AIP. That means AIP with no cake or cookies, no – boohoo! – Paleo Gelato. Even though we’ve just invented Persimmon Coconut Cream Gelato, and it was one of the best things we’ve ever put into our mouths. Even though Persimmon are in season, and the trees are drooping with fruit. Through January, Persimmon Gelato is out. But February will come fast, and from Whole 30, we’ll flow into AIP for at least a month. And then… we’ll see how we go. Can I hold out through March as well? I’ll be listening to my body for the answer.
An elimination diet like this is not for the light-hearted. Although The General, it must be said, is taking it in his stride. I call him the General for a reason. Goals to be achieved through Determination and Will-Power are the sort of personal challenges he thrives on. He just decides, and does it. But as I said to my sister, Marissa, the other day over a Christmas Skype, I think we – meaning, women, and meaning, our family – have a relationship with food which taps into deep emotional currents. And these are not always easy to identify, or resolve.
So it’s taken me over a year to get to this point of contemplating the idea of giving up coffee, amongst all the other things, for two or three months. And as the day draws closer, there are things that need to be done. It’s Autoimmune Protocol Countdown time, my friends. And believe me, I’m counting.
I’ll be dedicating the next few days to preparing myself psychologically and physically for this momentous move. This list might change a little, but it’s the essence of what’ll be happening here at Via Rorin, Zugliano over the next five days. Starting from today.
- 5 Days to Go: Be Clear As To Why
- 4 Days to Go: Enlist Support, Surround Yourself with Love
- 3 Days to Go: The Power of Affirmations: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
- 2 Days to Go: Clear the Pantry, Pack the Fridge
- 1 Day to Go: One Last One for the Road
- Friday 1st January: Day 1 AIP.
I’ll be sharing the highs and lows of our AIP experience here on Paleomantic, so please join us both here and on our Facebook Page, on Twitter, on Instagram and on Pintrest. If you’re planning to AIP around the same time, please! join motivational forces so we can all stay strong! I’m looking forward to our comment threads, and thanks so much for sharing the Paleomantic message of Real Food, Radiant Health and a (R)evolutionary Lifestyle to all.
Best Wishes, Good Health