My goals may seem impossibly far-fetched when really they’re not.
Break them down into steps and see how I accomplish great things.
I can easily reach from A to B.
I can manage from B to C.
I can then make it from C to D.
And so eventually, I will find my way from A to Z.
― Richelle E. Goodrich
AIP Creepage is a thing. At least, it’s a thing that I’m naming.
It’s a phenomenon that happens to many (if not all) of us. It certainly happens to me.
What is AIP Creepage?
AIP Creepage is what I’m calling the very human phenomenon of the lowering of a performance norm or expectation in relation to your personal Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) way of life.
In simple terms, it’s when you’ve been following your personalised version of the template – both the elimination diet and the lifestyle factors, but for any given reason your performance in terms of sticking to the letter of the protocol starts to slide.
slow, imperceptible movement.
It can be a slippery slope. A very slippery slope…
But here’s the thing – creepage is human nature.
It happens to the best of us.
It’s even normal.
Just how much AIP creepage you allow is up to you…
If we plot many human behaviours on a graph – with our performance on the y-axis and time on the x-axis*, we find that over time our performance can drop. There are many reasons for this – we can lose focus, life can get in the way, we can develop new and different priorities, we can fail to see the sort of results we would like… The list goes on!
But – and this is important – if we catch our drop in performance early (refer point a. on the graph above), it can be significantly easier to recalibrate back to our AIP baseline than if we allow our performance to continue to dip further (refer point b.) The bigger the blowout, the more difficult it is to claw back.
Perhaps you can relate?
How Do You Prevent Creepage?
Well, the short answer is that it’s almost impossible to stop some degree of creepage. And this is because we can’t control all the variables in our life.
But we can certainly mitigate the damage and recalibrate!
Here are some tools I recommend…
Keep a Food and Mood Diary – the very best thing you can do to keep on track with the template, even when life throws you curve balls, is to keep a food and mood diary. This simple tool helps you to break down your personal AIP template into manageable chunks so that you can effect constant changes to improve your health. And, a food and mood diary keeps you honest. So you catch the behaviour dips early.
Become an N = 1 Experiment – Stay sharp by treating your body as your own personal experiment. An ‘N=1’ is an experiment with one participant. You. Pick the trickiest part of the protocol and experiment with finding ways to incorporate it into your life. And, if you need some help with this, check out my Practical Goal Setting eCourse. It’s your step-by-step guide for creating achievable goals to help you improve your health in small, incremental steps.
Join the next AIP Reset – AIP Reset is a 30-day online program to help you get back on track with your AIP template. It is designed to help you recalibrate when things have slipped a little too far for your liking, and it has the added benefit of introducing you to fellow experienced AIPers who understand what you are going through.
Connect with your AIP Mentorship crew – AIP Mentorship is your members-only Facebook coaching group where you can confidently continue to personalise your AIP caper and stay on track in a private space filled with like-minded fellow AIPers. This AIP adventure doesn’t have to be one of isolation. This is your inclusive, informative and encouraging corner of the world where you can be you – on good days and not so good ones – safe in the knowledge that you are surrounded by others who get it.
Be gentle with yourself – Autoimmune sufferers are notoriously hard on themselves. We hold ourselves to a very high standard, and this means when we fall, it hurts! So, it’s important to realise that AIP Creepage happens to the best of us.
When it happens to you, pause and consider what measures you can take to get back on track; then let it go.
Remember that perfection is overrated!
*do you feel like you’re back at school? Maths was never my thing!