How you choose to show up magnetizes what shows up for you….
Let that sink in for a moment.
We are all energy, and emit a vibration. What we put out into the world creates what comes into our lives. All of our thoughts, our choices – everything builds on itself.
But more than that, and the point of this post, and why I was silent in blogging for a while, how we choose to be there for OURSELVES, is what we believe and value about ourselves. You cannot expect anything of the world, of others, if you cannot offer that to yourself.
Thus my break, where I focused inward, on some healing. This last year was about self love/self care, boundaries and communicating my truth. Anyone with an autoimmune disease knows that the body attacks itself. Doesn’t know where to differentiate self from non self and is in this state of battle. Thus my intentions. Be there for me, my mind, body and soul. Be compassionate to my body, even when I am in pain, fatigued, and frustrated. And my body will be there for me.
The amazing thing is showing a little love for yourself isn’t radical – counter to what others may think. It shifts the environment in the body, in the mind, and maybe even more importantly in your emotions to that of gratitude for who you are.
My AIP update is that after a full year of taking high doses of turmeric daily, of showing myself a little love every day in many ways, of energy work (through a kinesiologist – more on that later), emotional awareness, and truly valuing me now: every single part, even the sick parts…. I feel remarkably better. I can sleep for the first time in my life, and feel rested! I no longer ache every day and wake up with swollen hands and feet. The inflammation from endo is all but gone and I don’t require surgery any more. My digestion moves smoothly, the brain fog has cleared. And honestly, something I never thought possible, I can eat a variety of foods again. Three times a week I can eat eggs, tomatoes, peppers. Almonds, cocoa and coffee are back. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in a nutrient dense, whole food diet, and at home I mostly still eat autoimmune paleo because I enjoy it. The point is knowing that my body is not attacking every single particle of food that comes into it anymore is a huge transformation – and a major shift in my life.
Phew, that was a long one. So all that being said, I’ve gotten back to basics. Keeping it simple- keeping it real. I take probiotics, digestive enzymes, turmeric and magnesium. Thats it. I eat real food. I sleep. I practice yoga and meditation and journal. I show up for myself, so that I can show up for others. And somewhere in there my body, mind and soul show up for me.
If you want to find out more about the autoimmune paleo diet, check my resources page here
or see my previous update from January of 2016 here
And now on to the new recipe that is a staple in the winter. Lets be honest. Who doesn’t love cooking once and then having several meals??? This takes a few steps at first, but then you are left with the most warming, delicious meals that freeze and reheat extremely well.
- 2 packages ground turkey
- 3 stalks parsnip, in bite sized pieces
- 1 small bag mini carrots (approx 2 cups)
- 2 large cans pumpkin
- 4 cups either vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 tbsp dried minced onion
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp herbamare
- 1 bag baby spinach
- in large frying pan, begin cooking ground turkey
- meanwhile, boil a large pot of water
- add chopped parsnips and carrots
- Open cans of pumpkin and broth to large (at least 8qt) crock pot.
- Continue stirring and turning turkey until well fried and add to broth.
- Parsnips and carrots should be slightly soft, then drain and add to broth.
- Sprinkle on spices and mix all together.
- Finally cover with spinach (don't mix again) and place lid on top.
- Cook in crock pot for another 4 hours.
- Either serve immediately or move into containers. I usually get 8 servings.
- Freezes well!
This really is the most perfect wintery-recipe. Please let me know when you make it! And I would love to hear all your stories of growth and change this last year.