Holy Cow!! 50 days on this diet! It feels like I’ve been doing this diet for longer. It’s definitely become a way of life for me. I have had some intense cravings for something crunchy or sweet or bready but I haven’t given into them and they have passed.
If you’re not feeling well and thinking about starting a healing diet, I encourage you to just do it. There is never a perfect time to start so just do it now. Even if you go off of the plan a little you will at least be started on your road to healing.
I have so many more good days than I did a few months ago. I still have difficult days but I have the knowledge and experience that they will pass because they always do. If I stick to taking care of myself I will continue to become healthier. If you don’t change your diet then your health won’t change for the better.
Even if you aren’t fully committed to SCD or the Autoimmune Protocol, start making changes in your diet by taking out the big allergens like gluten, dairy and soy. Or just take out one food that you think may be upsetting your system. Or make the commitment to buy better quality foods. Just start somewhere. I promise that when you notice that you feel even a little better you will be motivated to keep going. If you don’t do anything you’re going to feel stuck like I was and that’s not a good place for living a life worth living.
I know that it can be challenging to change your diet as food is not just what we eat but interwoven with our social lives. You can still be social and eat well to heal. Commit to taking care of yourself first. You are worth it.
Top Tips for Starting
- Look at what you are going to add versus take away. Healing diets aren’t only about what you’re going to take away but what you’re going to add. As humans when we focus on what we can’t have we want it more. Instead of focusing on not having gluten, focus on foods that you’re gonna add. All kinds of veggies, healthy fats like ghee and bacon fat, and the fatty cuts of meat you avoided during your low fat Snackwells days.
- Go on Pinterest and look at pictures of all the foods that fit your eating plan. Visually seeing the variety and deliciousness of the foods you’ll add can be motivating.
- Enlist the support of your partner, friend, family or online social network. The more positive people you have encouraging you the easier it is to make a change. Also making your commitment known to other people helps you to stick to it. Knowing that other people may ask you how your progress is going can help you to make the changes you committed to.
- Clear out all the foods you won’t be eating on your healing diet. Not having them there will make it easier not to eat them. Fill up your fridge and cabinet with foods that you can eat.
- Learn how to batch cook. Healing diets require food prep. If you’re not someone who loves to cook everyday then batch cooking makes it so much easier. Put aside a few hours on a day when you’re not rushed and cook up a bunch of meat, veggies and other recipes that you can freeze in portions to eat during the rest of the week. AIP Batch Cook is a great program to help you get organized.
I’d love to hear what helped you get started making healthier changes or if you need some support, let me know.
Pre breakfast-2 tbsp collagen and colostrum
Breakfast-turkey, turkey/liver muffin, red kuri squash and artichoke
Snack-red kuri bites
Lunch-turkey/liver muffin, red kuri squash and artichoke
Snack-turkey/liver muffin and applesauce
Dinner-bison/butternut meatballs, sugar pie pumkin puree, artichoke and avocado