How to Limit Inflammation and Stick with the Autoimmune Protocol Over the Holidays
One of the scariest times for those of us working on our health is the holidays. How do I say no to my mom’s stuffing and gravy? What do you mean I can’t eat all the pie until I pass out? And no wine? That’s it. I’m out. (If you are gonna have wine though, make sure it’s Dry Farm Wines. Organic and no sugar added.)
Trust me. Been there, sister! It’s not easy. This isn’t a blog about how easy and amazing the holidays are without all the things you’re used to. But guess what? Sometimes life is hard and we GET to make decisions that are best for our bodies… even when it’s not the social norm or totally acceptable to Aunt Ruth.
You have to decide now, what matters most to you. Is it stuffing your face and getting into a food coma and kind of tipsy for the 17th Thanksgiving in a row? Or is it some sacrifice and shifts in lifestyle in order to live a PAIN FREE LIFE with a CLEAR MIND and PLENTY OF ENERGY? I don’t know about you, but after years of being miserable, I had enough and decided I wanted more for myself. If you’re here, something tells me you’re there or just about to be. So let me break this down for you in a digestible way.
Are you dealing with brain fog? Inflammation? Digestive issues? Sleep problems? Can’t seem to get out of bed? How’s that anxiety you always talk about? If you said yes to any of these symptoms, I truly believe the Autoimmune Protocol is an amazing way to attack the problems! Don’t let the name fool you. It’s not just for those of us dealing with autoimmune diseases. It’s actually the cleanest and best way to detox your body, rid yourself of inflammation and support your gut and immune system while giving you clear skin, a high functioning brain and energy to take on your day!
So here’s my guide for the holidays:
Buy the Paleo Approach now. Dr. Sarah Ballantyne does an incredible job of setting you up for success on the Autoimmune Protocol. And I suggest you start this before the holiday so you can get the hang of it.
Decide what your non-negotiables are. For example, gluten and soy were always absolute NO’s for me. If you’re willing to allow some sugar (hopefully just honey or maple) or some dairy in there (opt for heavy cream, real butter/ghee or grass-fed dairy if you’re going to let it happen) then make a plan before. I have to be honest though, I really think it’s better to go all in.
Have a plan! You know what the staple items are. You know Grandma is making that pecan pie you love. Think about saying no now so that you don’t have to mentally prepare for that on the day of. That is setting yourself up for failure. You have to think big picture healing and go in with that mentality.
Bring something Paleo/AIP friendly that you can share. My mom always cooks the food, so I decided I would make pumpkin pie and modify the green beans for a few years. Everyone loved the pie and I felt like I contributed and wasn’t all weird not eating anything or whining because there was nothing there I could have. Don’t be whiny. Come up with solutions. BAKE A PIE! Or make a yummy side dish. Like this!
Remember WHY you are doing this. The holidays don’t have to ruin something as important as your health. And it’s not about weight gain or restricting yourself. It’s about eliminating as many toxins and inflammation from your body as possible. You will see the benefits of this protocol within weeks, so if you stick with this through the holidays, imagine how amazing you’re going to feel when January 1 hits and everyone feels awful and you feel SO GOOD!!! YES! It’s tough to be the outlier, but seriously, it’s way better. And you get to set the example for your friends and family for what it can look like when you advocate for yourself. Don’t be like everyone else. That’s no fun. As always, questions, hop into the comments on my post! I’ve been doing this protocol for 7+ years and I’m just a click away.