Okay folks, this is it! We have a full-fledged movement on our hands! This is where the rubber meets the road. The Autoimmune Protocol is changing tens of thousands of lives. If our blog readership is any measure, that number might be more like millions of lives. We are regularly contacted by doctors and other health and wellness practitioners saying that the positive changes they are witnessing in the the lives of their patients and clients are astounding. And more importantly, we hear from all of YOU, saying that AIP has been a game-changer. It’s not unusual for us to get more than one email a week that reduces us to tears of joy as another community member shares an incredible story of recovery.
We have also been at this long enough to see that AIP is evolving. Our future as a movement is growing and strengthening and being refined. It is that refining that we are addressing here today. We wanted to take a moment to share the concepts we see as core to the healing process and to the movement over all. These are the things we teach through our blog, books, social media, and programs. These are the key ideas that we share with our clients as we help them reclaim wellness. THIS is how we did it ourselves.
So…. here is the manifesto!
- Trust your intuition. You don’t need a guru to navigate this process successfully.
- Embrace the template. The Autoimmune Protocol is not one-size-fits-all; it’s a template that promotes individuality and self-discovery.
- Information is power. Learn enough to be an informed and proactive advocate for your health.
- Start simple. Begin with the foundations of diet, sleep, stress-management, movement, and relationships before delving deeper.
- Take it slow. Don’t be afraid to make changes in phases–it was the tortoise and not the hare that won the race!
- Food is your friend. It provides nourishment to every single cell in your body!
- Set yourself up for success. Planning and preparation are the key.
- Be a nutrient-seeker. Don’t ignore the foods that accelerate healing and restore health.
- Food over supplements. Nutrients are often synergistic and more potent in nature’s packaging.
- Don’t diet “harder.” Resist the temptation to further restrict instead of troubleshooting.
- Seek help. When necessary, thoughtfully add practitioners to your team that are willing to collaborate, not undermine your authority on you.
- Test, don’t guess. Always use testing to reveal root issues if progress is not as expected.
- Be skeptical. “Magic bullets” that only the elite can afford are not the solution to our healthcare crisis.
- Strive for balance. Restoring our health is a worthy pursuit but it is not a religion.
- Support is crucial. If your networks aren’t strong enough, explore ways to add to your human connections.
- Reframe the negatives. Find areas where your life has been expanded by your experience with illness.
- Practice gratitude. Give thought energy to what is good and right in your life.
- Eyes on your own journey. The path to wellness is unique for all of us. Resist the urge to compare.
- Health before image. Value wellness above numbers on a scale or reflections in a mirror.
- Vibrant health is a lifelong journey. Nobody ever regrets investing in their wellness. Enjoy the process of restoring your health!
We are so grateful to be a part of this movement. It is amazing to watch the connections grow and spread literally around the globe. Open-hearted communication, a spirit of collaboration, and strong support has naturally been built right into our community. That is due to the sincerity and authenticity of all of YOU. Our hope, as we continue to evolve, is that these tenets can serve as guideposts.