“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
I don’t always agree with Mr Nietzsche. But, in this, I do.
Here’s the thing.
The Autoimmune Protocol is a template
It’s not 100% prescriptive. There’s no one ‘right way’ to do it.
Sure. There are common themes.
- There is an elimination diet to allow you to heal your gut with an anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense approach.
- Sleep is a priority for everyone.
- Getting a good handle on just how you manage stress is very important
- Regular time outside in both nature and in sunlight matters
- Gentle movement is encouraged
- Fostering positive social connections is a goal
But, what this means for you is likely to look different to how it looks for me.
So, just as when you go shopping for a new sweater, you will need to try on different sweaters for fit – size, shape, style, colour; so too, you need to do something similar with your personal AIP experience.
If you get lucky, the first thing you try will work. But, more often than not, you’ll have to try several different options out for size before you find your fit. The fit that works for you.
And just when you think you have it bedded down,
there’ll be a tricky bit.
The tricky bit usually pops up just when you think you’ve got this baby sorted. When you’ve finally got your head around all that the protocol entails.
And, it can trip you up.
So, as with all things AIP, it’s important to be as prepared as possible.
- have strong foundations in place
- develop a ‘food and mood journal’ practice that works for you
- understand your limitations
- ensure you have a support network (perhaps get a health coach to help!)
- be gentle with yourself – this is a marathon, not a sprint
- break the protocol down into manageable ‘you-sized’ chunks
AIP can be transformative. But it takes a bit of work.