Books and things

This is a lot of work, writing a book! I have friends who have written more than one, and I wonder how they did it! Maybe they didn’t have a full-time job, part time home business, part time certification course, and a dog to take care of.

YES, I am really writing a book. So far, it’s called “The Book”, and I’ve got as far as starting chapter two. Not bad for 2 weeks of writing in between all that other stuff. I hope to have at least a draft manuscript completed in 5 to 6 months, and hope to have enough money saved up to start the plan with a self publisher. Self publishing seems the best and quickest route to take for this sort of thing. It’ll get my book in stores (both brick and mortar, and e-stores) a lot faster than sending my manuscript to 100 publishers and have them all say “no”, which could take several years. It’ll also be a lot better for my own psyche I think! LOL!

What’s it about you ask? It is my story, about how sick I was with autoimmune disease, my struggles with conventional medicine, decades of misdiagnoses, and my journey to health with the paleo autoimmune protocol. It’s been a long bumpy road, and I would like to share my knowledge with a wider audience, so that maybe I can help somebody else avoid the 4 decades of pain and suffering that I endured. There’s no need to suffer. There is help out there. We don’t have a cure, but this is what we have for now, and it is very effective! I myself have 2 of my autoimmune diseases into remission, just with diet alone, one is managed to be much less invasive to my quality of life, and the fourth was in remission from conventional medicine. Sometimes we need to use conventional medicine and AIP in tandem, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that. Diseases like type 1 diabetes, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis and lupus, and more, may require allopathic medicine, as well as a diet and lifestyle overhaul like AIP to improve health outcomes, and quality of life.

The AIP certification course is quite intensive, with LOTS of information from both Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, aka The Paleo Mom as well as the 2 lovely women at Autoimmune Wellness,  Mickey Trescott, NTP, and Angie Alt, CHC, NCP. I value their knowledge and expertise. The course material that they have put together is phenomenal, and will be a valuable tool for my own practice with AIP clients. I can’t wait to have the certification medallion to post on my website.

Along with all this going on, I’ve even managed to find some time for recreational reading! Imagine that! Writing a book, plus the required reading for the AIP course, AND recreational reading? Yes, I am woman, hear me roar. *snarf* I’m currently reading “The Vegetarian Myth – food, justice, and sustainability” This one is not just for vegetarians for vegans. This is for environmentalists. For nutritionists. For foodie enthusiasts. This book is for everyone who wants to know more about how our current farming practices are destroying our planet, destroying our health, and how vegetarianism/veganism is NOT the answer. Lierre Keith, being a former vegan herself, maps out her journey to the realization that even the most strictly vegan diet involves the death of something living. I’m not quite halfway through the book (yeah, I don’t have a lot of spare time!) but I will have a full review once I’ve finished it. I’m really enjoying this book, and find myself not wanting to start work because I want to finish reading it!

I’ve been trying something new on my Facebook page, I wonder if you’ve noticed? Recently Facebook made some changes to their newsfeed algorithms after polling users. Apparently, users said they don’t want to see so many shares of outside information, and less “selling”. I don’t sell my services or products on my Facebook page very often, but I do share quite A LOT! I had been noticing that my posts were not being seen by a whole lot of people, some days as few as 30. Since I changed how I post, my message is getting out to 3 times as many people! This is because of Facebook’s new “rules”, which were not advertised to users of course, we just had to work this out for ourselves. In my case, someone else had figured it out, and told someone, and they told someone, and so on…So, if you’ve been seeing my posts on your newsfeed more often now, and wondered where I had gone before, it’s because Facebook algorithms. If you’re missing some of your groups and pages from your newsfeed, go hunt them down, and see what they’re doing most often. If they’re sharing outside websites, or sharing in general, rather than creating “original” posts, then Facebook is not putting that out on newsfeeds. Now you know.

I do hope that you find the information that I share to be useful, both on my business page, and in my Autoimmune Support for Canadians group.  I share different things sometimes for each page, I target more specifically to the issues I know people in the group are dealing with that I think will be helpful to them.  I created the group because I couldn’t find too much support on Facebook specifically for Canadians. There are a lot of groups for every known autoimmune disease, but none specifically for Canadians. Our healthcare system is so different from the US, our culture is different than the US, I felt we could be better served with Canadian only information. If you are Canadian struggling with autoimmune disease, or you know a Canadian struggling with autoimmune disease, please come join us, and share the link with friends and family. The more the merrier.

My latest newsletter included an exclusive sneak peek at a new cookie recipe I created. It is AIP and vegan, and is ready for fall and the start of holiday season! OMG, did I just say that? EEK! If you’re not on my newsletter subscription list, then you missed out on the recipe, but it’ll be posted on my website in a few weeks, after subscribers have it all to themselves for a while. If you’d like the recipe, you can subscribe now, and I’ll send it out to you.

Well, that’s about it for this week! I’ll be posting some helpful video tips on my Facebook page later in the week on how to survive FanExpo and other fan conventions, even if you are strictly AIP! It can be done, and it can be yummy! Stay tuned.

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