We are so excited to share this week’s episode with you. Liz Anthony, aka The Paleo Girl, chatted with me about her own journey with her autoimmune diagnosis. As I told you in Episode 7 (Weak May Die: How a Life Flight Changed My Path), I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease on my 18th birthday. Liz was also diagnosed with lupus at 18 years old and lost a lot of weight at that time.
“I went through a period of being very sick. Looking back I think it was both in body and mind. I had no idea what to make of this new life with chronic illness. And then I was diagnosed with celiac disease. It was at that point that I realized whatever I was doing was not working,” she said.
She took her celiac diagnosis very seriously. Celiac is an autoimmune immune disease that primarily affects the small intestine and is triggered by a severe reaction to gluten. Liz wasn’t going to wait any longer to take charge of her life. She adapted her entire diet and lifestyle and started on her journey to tune into her body, listen to it, and support it naturally.
“It's been a really big emotional journey for me in terms of learning what it means to slow down and to be OK with that,” Liz said. “Digging into my own perfectionist tendencies and how that may have contributed to me getting sick and how it may have been preventing me from healing.”
As her Instagram handle indicates, The Paleo Girl follows the Paleo diet and it has completely changed her health. She was able to gain back weight and feel a lot better than she had before. But of course, as with any autoimmune disease, it is still a daily battle.
“I was so sick of being sick, that for me to have any glimmer of hope of a new kind of life, and to see that I could play a role in creating that life for myself, that was the greatest motivation I could have had to make any sort of great lifestyle change,” Liz said.
“I try to be really honest about it. If I’m having a bad day where I literally get out of bed once or twice, I’ll tell you.” With that transparency, Liz has created a solid and faithful following who come to her for health advice, tips, and inspiration.
Get inspired by the full episode and enjoy a thoroughly motivational hour with The Paleo Girl.
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