Fitness Friday – Be More Human

Hello AIP Community!

How’s the burpee challenge going?  They should be getting much easier by now, and your capacity should be growing significantly! 

A few days ago, Tim and I took the car in for an oil change and did something out of the ordinary, we left the car there and walked to the chiropractor for our weekly tune up.  What a simple idea, a little over a mile round trip, but out walking nonetheless.  On the way back to get the car I felt different.  There was something so nice and natural about being out walking.  I felt more human.  We rarely go anywhere without our car because time is such a precious thing, and our to-do lists are always pages long.  But that day, we decided that we’d let it all go, and enjoy a slower paced morning and get some fresh air.  It was delightful!

CrossFit lauched their “Be More Human” slogan sometime last year if I’m not mistaken, suggesting that CrossFitters get out of their boxes and go outside to play.  Ski, swim, bike, run, hike, etc.  I loved their message, but back when it came out I was so busy working on recovering my health, being a mommy and running our CrossFit gym, that I couldn’t find time to “Be more human.”  How ironic, the one thing I needed, I was too busy for.

The goal for all of us this weekend, starting today -Fitness Friday, is to be more human.  Unplug from daily life – I said it – leave the electronics behind for a while.  Choose from any of the following activities that will get you moving and out in the sunshine a bit:

Walking, Riding a bike, Swimming, Running, Jogging, go to a Farmers Market, Water Skiing, Rafting, wake boarding, paddle boating, row boat, play at the park with your kids, Kick a soccer ball around at the park, dance…you get where I’m going with this!

Accountability: Today I’m walking to the gym, working out, then walking to meet Kat for tea and some AIP work.  Then Tim and I are taking Ashleigh to family camp, Camp Augusta, for the weekend where there is no cell signal and no where to plug in electronics…and we’re going to dance, swim, hike, play, climb, zip line, do yoga, make lip balm, etc.  I’ve put it out there, and I’m sticking to it!  No barbells, no Metcons, no TV, no Computer, no Pokemon Go, no work – I’m going to focus on being more human, and my wish is that you do to!

Signing off until Monday,

Coach Lori

 

AI Awareness – Celiac Disease

Hello AIP Community!

I’m not one to reinvent the wheel, here’s our post about Celiac Disease from our Instagram account. 🙂

MTHFR Gene Defect

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Hello AIP Community,

Have you heard of the MTHFR gene mutation?  Kat has, and Lori hasn’t.  After discovering she in fact has this, Kat wanted to share this information with all of you to raise awareness, and maybe help you understand why certain things are happening to you and your health.

 “An MTHFR mutation is a problem associated with poor methylation and enzyme production. MTHFR mutations affect every person differently, sometimes contributing to hardly any noticeable symptoms at all, while other times leading to serious, long-term health problems.” – Dr. Axe

It is estimated that 45% of people suffer from a MTHFR defect, which causes gene deficiencies.  This leads to poor cellular health, hormonal imbalances, decreased immune function and mitochondrial dysfunction.

This crappy gene inhibits Glutathione production, which makes you more vulnerable to toxins.  The accumulation of these toxins leads to disease and premature aging.

What are some things we can do to battle this mutation?
  • consume more leafy greens, asparagus, romaine lettuce, broccoli, avocado and bright fruits to boost Natural Folate, b6 and b12!
  • treat leaky gut
  • reduce anxiety and stress
  • heart health – work on it, keep up those natural supplements and AIP foods
  • detox – Lori uses her Bulletproof coconut charcoal relgiously
  • Sleep

Knowing is half the battle – this is certainly something worth knowing when you’re battling autoimmune diseases.  I know I’m emailing my Dr now to test for this gene during my September bloodwork!

Keep it clean! ~Lori

 

What’s with Wheat?

“What’s With Wheat,” is in my opinion, one of the most important documentaries you can watch regarding nutrition, and information on food and health in general.  There is so much misinformation out there, and for those of us battling diagnosed autoimmune diseases, these facts are crucial to our healing.

Here’s a link to Youtube so you can view this informative documentary.  Most of the information in here I already knew from years of learning from some of the brightest nutritionists and naturopaths.  There were still things in here that I didn’t know and that blew me away.

I encourage you to take the time to watch this.  You can also get this on netflix if you’d prefer to watch it on your tv.

Meditation

Hello AIP Community,

I wanted to talk a bit about the importance of Meditation on your healing journey.  I was the #1 disbeliever of meditation until my friends, Alex & Shell told me about Dr. Joe Dispenza and his book “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. ”  It took me a few months to read through the book and start the actual meditations, but when I did, it was nothing short of life transforming.  STRESS is a huge inhibitor of healing, and many times the cause of flareups for most autoimmune diseases.  Stress is linked to cancer, stroke and other life threatening diseases as well.  So why not embrace something that can erase this toxicity from your life?

I’ll admit, making time to meditate was ROUGH.  But stop and think for a moment, we don’t talk ourselves out of making time to shower, eat, brush our teeth, etc…and meditation should fall into the necessity category.  I find that each night before bed, meditating in my bed is perfect – I stay awake for the duration, and my sleep number bed is far more comfortable on my back than sitting in a chair, so Voila, there ya have it.  Some days, like this very day, I steal away for 20 minutes and do a short meditation and it refreshes me and gives me some energy for the remainder of my day.

Start small – Headspace takes you through 10 minute sessions teaching you how to meditate, and the first 10 sessions are free.  Calm is another good App you can put on your phone and use.  My favorite meditations come from Joe Dispenza.  The last 25 minute section of the water rising meditation has me learning how to live each day in gratitude for not only what I have, but what I want to materialize – giving thanks as though it’s already happened, and moving me closer to it actually happening.  SO many good things have come to be since I started this meditation – my thyroid condition is 90% better,  my income has increased, weight came down, my business is thriving, and these are just a few of many examples.

The point is this, Worrying about something is like praying for it to happen. If our thoughts are that powerful, why not put them to POSITIVE use and make amazing things happen for ourselves and others?  You can even meditate and visualize disease and illness leaving your body.  The possibilities are endless, and the stress of daily life withers away.

My challenge to you is to start meditating this week.  Start with a promise that 2-3 times a week you’ll dedicate 10 minutes to meditating…and build from there.  Just like with nutrition – you’re not on a DIET or some crash course for temporary results.  You’re making a lifestyle change that will increase your health forever!

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Monday – Lupus awareness and Inflammation reflection

Here’s our post from IG.  Each week we highlight one of 100 Autoimmune diseases.  Today I stepped back for a moment and made some observations – so obvious in retrospect, but things come to us at certain times, so we take it as it comes – here’s what I wrote:

There are 100 autoimmune diseases and of all the ones I’ve been researching there is one common thread – inflammation. And if there’s one thing I can share with you from my own experience and countless other people I’ve helped with the Autoimmune Protocol, cutting out the foods and toxins that cause inflammation gives you your health back. Is it difficult cutting out all the foods you’ve spent your life eating? Absolutely. Is it easy living day in and day out feeling like sh*t? Absolutely not. So take that leap of faith and dedicate the next 90+ days going 💯 AIP. There are no cheat days because that’s only cheating your health and halting progress. Kat and I are here for You. We love this, we heal from this and there’s no reason why you won’t heal too. Community and support makes all things possible. We’re so thank you that You are a part of our AIP Community ❤️ #lupus #aipcommunity #aipworkouts#AIPworks #aipforhealth #glutenfree #inflammation #starttoday #bewell#wearehereforyou

It is our SINCERE hope that through the information and experiences we share with all of you through our website, IG, Twitter, FB and Pintrest accounts that we touch lives and HELP others.  It was a lonely journey for us when we got started, so we hope that having a community of supporters and friends gets you to better health.

Foodie Friday – AIP Everything Sauce

It’s our very own AIP Everything Sauce

It’s more than just a “ranch” wanna be – it’s something that is so amazing it goes with most everything!

Start with 1 – 5.3 ounce CoYo Natural flavored Coconut Yogurt Alternative (Whole Foods will Special order it for you if they don’t carry it)

Add in:

1/2 Tablespoon Trader Joe’s Onion Salt Blend (which includes Granulated onion, garlic, minced onion, kosher salt, green onion, dried chives).

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon dried dill

MIX WELL and serve with everything!

It can also sub for an amazing sour cream alternative on your AIP Mexican Food dishes.  We put it over garlic prawns the other night with