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autoimmune.

Top o’ the Tuesday to you. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend (especially since it was a 3-day weekend for most here in the U.S. of A). We had a ton of fun here running errands and setting up more of the nursery for my cute little niece who will be here next month! I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown!

If you’ve followed us from the beginning of this little blog you may remember that I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyrioditis. This disease manifests itself as an under-active thryoid in my body. Since my diagnosis almost 2 years ago I have been on a journey to try to heal my thyroid and let her know that everything is A-OK. I’ve done a lot of reading, changing my diet, re-evaluating the ways in which I handle stress/exercise, etc. I’ve learned so much along the way and am so grateful for all of the support that I’ve received and continue to receive. It hasn’t been easy, but I feel blessed to say that I have learned so many things about myself along the way that I wouldn’t have learned any other way and I feel stronger for it.

I came across this article whilst perusing my usual blogs that really hit a chord in me because it reminded me what it was like to try to find a doctor who would listen to me without judging me as a hypochondriac/commit to helping me find the right diagnosis. This article comes from a blog I just discovered called Alt-Ternative Universe. If you or someone you know is struggling with an autoimmune condition please know that there is hope and that you’re not alone. You can read the article here.

And if I don’t post anything for the rest of the week, I hope that it’s a fantastic one!

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the autoimmune protocol.

Welcome to Wednesday everyone! I hope that your week is going well so far. I don’t know about you, but I’m already ready for the weekend and have been struggling to get back into the groove of things in my little world since the holiday break.

It’s been FREEZING (literally) here in Utah for what seems like forever (today the temperature hit a balmy 37 degrees – a nice change from the 8 degree weather we’ve been experiencing for the past two weeks). The air in the Salt Lake valley is like pea soup and I’ve thought more than once about driving to the top of a mountain to just breath and reintroduce myself to the sun. And, to top it all off, I’m detoxing from all of the holiday food naughtiness of which I partook. In short, I’m ready for January (my least favorite month) to be over.

On the bright side, I’m back at work at a job that I love and am in the midst of planning my future niece’s awesome baby shower. I can’t believe that I’ll get to kiss her chubby cheeks and squeeze her fat little it-looks-like-there-is-a-rubber-band-squeezed-around-each-joint appendages in 7 weeks! I’ve also been working on some New Year’s resolutions and am feeling pumped about all of the cool stuff that we’ll be doing this year (more in another post).

Which bring me to the title of this post – the autoimmune protocol. Towards the end of the holidays, when I was feeling tired and gross from all of the crap I’d put into my body, I decided to do some planning around hitting the Paleo/Primal-lifestyle-pavement hard come the new year. I came across The Paleo Mom blog (awesomesauce, btw) and, subsequently, an e-book titled The Autoimmune Paleo Plan. Seeing as I’ve been striving to “eat like a caveman” for a year and a half now and due to the fact that I have an autoimmune condition (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Hypothyroidism), this piqued my interest.

I bought the book (a short but awesome read) and decided that I was going to make it part of my New Year’s resolutions. Instead of jumping in full force after the holiday binge, I decided to ease into it (more opportunity for success). So, here I am. I’ve gone back to my fantastic, strictly Paleo way of eating for the next two weeks (and am detoxing like woah) and my plan is to try the AIP (autoimmune protocol) for at least a month after that. I’m excited to see how my body feels on this protocol and will keep you posted. Heaven knows that I’m ready to ditch this sore, tired, hungover-from-too-many-carbs body and get back to my fantastic, energetic self.

Now it’s your turn…what are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? What are you going to conquer this year? We’d love to hear all about it!

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