Well, it’s my birthday so I decided to do something either brave, or foolhardy, depending on your point of view… I got dressed in the Biggest Loser outfit, Oi Vey I hate that name.. But you know the one I mean, a pair of skintight leggings and a sports bra.. And I actually walked in to look in my full length mirror!!
Now, you know I’ve been on the AIP for six weeks now. It’s clearly Not a diet to lose weight but to change your health. I did lose 11 pounds in the first couple weeks.. And since then, nothing!! So why I thought my venture into the hallway was a good idea, I’m not sure. Well, as a woman of a “certain age” that has three adult children, had two different cancers and more than a dozen surgeries over the years, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I winced as I peeked. And then was surprised… Yes, my skin is saggier and wrinkly-er than I would like it to be.. And yes my health history is evident by all the scars… But.. I noticed that my ever-present bloated belly was gone… The puffiness under my skin had disappeared.. The swelling in my knees had diminished.. And this woman of a certain age didn’t look half bad!!
Finding foods that trigger inflammation in your body is one of the most important tools that you have in your quest for a better, healthier future!! Yes the AIP is an elimination diet as you all know. Some of the trigger foods you will discover can Never be added again because of their affects on your body. And I say Good Riddance!! I don’t want to ever again eat food that will hurt my body, even if I don’t instantly feel it!! I honestly was unaware of the damage that re-introducing foods had been doing to me. Looking at myself in the mirror was proof that this old body looks much better without the inflammation that has plagued me!
I know, because I hear it from some of you.. You don’t have the willpower. It’s too difficult. You don’t like cooking. You don’t feel any inflammation so you don’t need to change your way of eating. Or… You simply don’t feel bad enough yet. Throw those leggings and sports bra on… and take a good long, honest look in the mirror. Got any swollen joints? Bloated belly? Edema? Bags under your eyes? Perhaps a couple pounds more than you would like to have hanging around. Or the more intangible clues.. Fatigue, Pain, Insomnia, Depression, Memory Loss, Brain Fog??
When you’re ready for a change, let me know.. and join me!! You do have the power to change your life!
Once again, check out The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballentyne
(You really didn’t expect to see a selfie of me in my little outfit did you? Ha ha!!)