My family slowly started transitioning to a natural Paleo lifestyle because I have gut issues & I was obese (lost over 50kg so far), the kids had eczema and other skin issues and we all have a long list of food allergies and sensitivities.
The trouble was, I didn’t personally know anyone in real life that was going through what I was going through or was following a natural Paleo lifestyle.
So I started a Paleo Lunchbox Ideas group on Facebook, initially to find healthy foods to pack in my kids lunchboxes, but the group turned into so much more.
Paleo Online Support Group
If it wasn’t for the help of my online community I don’t know where I would be.
I was so sick I couldn’t leave my house to pick up my kids from school. I thought I was very good at hiding my illness, but my eldest son (who was 6 years old at the time) started to notice and would worry when I was sick.
None of the doctors I had seen over the previous 12 years could help me, and I was considering getting a colostomy bag, so I could live my life, leave my house and care for my kids.
I was beyond the point of having anxiety about “what if I can’t find a toilet in time?” I was terrified, confused and felt ashamed, despondent, and so very isolated.
Thanks to the help of some of the members of my online group, after 12 years, I finally found a doctor that diagnosed my and my kids medical issues properly, did the correct blood tests to find out what we were allergic to, and now we are slowly healing under his treatment & the AIP/ Paleo diet.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style” – Maya Angelou
I am not just getting better, I am thriving.
I don’t know if I forgot what that was, or if I have never felt this way before.
I can show you a before and after photo of what I used to look like, but physical appearance is only a small part of my transformation.
How I feel is even more incredible.
I used to have brain fog, poor memory and felt like I was ploughing through quicksand. Everything was so exhausting and such a big effort.
Now I wake up in the morning, full of energy. I get up with my toddler before the sun rises, but I am still going strong at my dance class that sometimes doesn’t finish until after 9pm.
I don’t need coffee to wake up or wine to wind down. I went from drinking a lot of alcohol, as a way of coping with my illness, stress & anxiety disorder, and now I don’t drink at all.
I have been sober for over two years, and after reading this article I don’t think I will start drinking again.
Healthy Natural High
I don’t need to, I know how to get naturally high and chilled out now.
Through yoga, meditation, spending time in nature, sleep, dancing, swimming in the ocean, magnesium baths, reading, setting boundaries, eating nourishing food and spending time with high vibrational people who respect and love me for who I truly am.
We still have not even healed 100% and some days it feels like one step forward and two steps back. I think I have it all under control and then I find out my child has yet another allergy/ sensitivity, congenital disorder or medical condition that we were not aware of.
But I am looking forward to the future, healing and feeling even more amazing.
Good health is such a blessing and a gift, it’s truly priceless. My wish is that everyone will be able to experience that in their lifetime.
My humble little group has grown to over 11,000 members and I have started more groups for other specific purposes.
Paleo Facebook Groups
Autoimmune Protocol/ Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Facebook Groups
Gratitude doesn’t even come close describing how I feel about finding my online community.
I feel very lucky, like I have dodged a bullet.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. 1000 times thank you for all the people out their sharing their story, wisdom and advice with me & shining their light.
You have inspired me to do the same.
You helped me by speaking your truth and now I am speaking mine.
Sending many blessings, good health and fortune your way!
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