It's been 26 (edit: whoops, 27) days for me on the AIP elimination diet, and I had something interesting happen to me today. I went to see my counselor, who was on vacation last week so I hadn't seen her in 2 weeks. As soon as she saw me she said, "Wow, you look great! You look *so* much better! You really look good!" and so on. I hadn't told her anything about the diet yet, and these completely unsolicited compliments made me stop and think about the changes that have gradually been taking place over the last three and a half weeks.
I'm sleeping better... not waking up in the night as often.
I generally have more energy during the day.
My plantar fasciitis pain is nearly gone. It's more along the lines of your typical, mild PF that aches when you get out of bed in the morning or when you stand for too long, but nothing debilitating like it was in the past.
My skin looks better. I don't have any breakouts at all. And for the past year or two, I have noticed that the skin on my cheeks and across my nose has been bright red... almost like a sunburn. I've had to wear makeup to cover it because it looked SO red and rashy, and nothing I tried made it fade. Now, it has faded on its own, to the point that I don't even need foundation to make my face look normal. The redness is gone.
I feel like I can think more clearly and my emotions are more level. I am more calm in the face of stress.
Looking back in my AIP journal, I see that I felt kind of lousy for the first few days on the diet, but on Day 5 I started to feel better and see these positive changes begin. Now, on Day 27, it is very clear to me that this diet has benefited my mind *and* my body. I *do* believe that starting thyroid medication around the same time as I started AIP has contributed to a lot of these improvements as well.
So excited to see what the future holds for me!
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