Welcome to AIPooja!
My name is Pooja, and I am trying to keep my head above water while balancing disease, wellness, and graduate school. Continually learning and growing, with no end in sight. I hope you find something you can relate to here!
Follow AIPooja on InstagramCelebrating the start of Fall today with this amazing cinnamon roll bread from Kristen at @livinglovingpaleo. . I subbed gluten-free flour for the almond flour because it’s what I had on hand, added a cinnamon roll filling swirl (grass-fed butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut sugar), and made cream cheese icing for the top with @kitehillfoods cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. TO DIE FOR. . Swipe 👉🏽 to see my first homemade PSL because I just couldn’t resist with these cooler temps. . #fall #autumn #fallfood #glutenfree #glutenfreebaking #paleo #dairyfree #paleodiet #nutfree #soyfree #baking #autoimmunedisease #autoimmunewarrior #healingfoods #coffee #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #pumpkinspicelatte #cinnamonrolls #breakfast #breakfastclub #glutenfreerecipesNEW recipe on the blog: Curry-Spiced Meatballs. Paleo, AIP, and Whole30-compliant. . These meatballs are insanely flavorful and juicy. They’re perfect for batch cooking because they taste even better the next day! . Don’t hesitate for a second to make these delicious meatballs, made with whole ingredients and a lot of love. . Follow the link in my profile for the recipe! . Don’t forget to tag me when you make my recipes!! I love to follow along.😊 . #aip #autoimmuneprotocol #paleo #paleodiet #aippaleo #autoimmunepaleo #totesaip #autoimmunediet #whole30 #whole30recipes #paleorecipes #whole30compliant #grainfree #nutfree #dairyfree #soyfree #glutenfree #nightshadefree #indianfood #chronicillness #antiinflammatory #antiinflammatorydiet #autoimmunedisease #autoimmunewarrior #hidradenitissuppurativa #hidradenitissuppurativaawareness #buzzfeedfood #meatballs #healingdiet*This is a pretty, calming photo of my street when I lived in Nebraska to precede the rant on which I’m about to embark. Also, I’m ready for Autumn.* . Years ago, I remember a friend saying that me getting sick was no longer “news” to him because it seemed to happen so often. That bewildered feeling I experienced has never left me, because...guess what? It’s ALWAYS news to me. . Sure, I’ve had many surgeries. But I don’t “got this” because I’m more experienced with surgery. Unfortunately, practice does not make perfect when it comes to an event that totally disrupts your life, strips you of your independence, and causes unimaginable pain. . I still need just as much support; it’s still just as hard; it’s still a major life event; and it is ALWAYS NEWS. . I remember feeling like such an inconvenience when he said that to me. Like I’m so sorry that my problems used to burden you and I’m so glad they no longer do...right? Something like that? I shouldn’t feel like I’m drowning anymore because it’s old news? . It got me to wonder whether others in my life feel that way. Whether it’s juuuuust another health upset for Pooja, but she’ll be fine because she always is. . You know what, though? At times, it actually feels like it gets harder. Yes, I’m stronger. Yes, I have more knowledge and experience. Yes, my pain tolerance grows. But DAMN IT if I’m not exhausted and tired of fighting so hard to be “normal.” . Does anyone else feel this way at times? You’re not alone. Your battle IS a big deal. You’re not weak because you’re in pain. Your emotions are VALID. You are loved. And your pain is always, always, always news.As I’m sure many of you have noticed, this little muffin basket has not left my side much this week. When I got home from surgery, Margo came up to me, gently sniffed each of my incisions, then sweetly curled into my lap. . It was all fine and dandy until last night when she nestled just a liiiiiiiiittle too close to me while I was lying down and ended up elbowing me in the abdomen...the pain made my eyes water 😳 . That being said, I’m 100% sure her snuggles have helped heal me. I love my intuitive little fur baby, and she makes every day better. . Anyone else loving on their pets a little extra today? . #chiweenie #chiweeniesofinstagram #dogs #dogsofinstagram #mansbestfriend #surgery #healing #pets #petsofinstagram #gallbladdersurgery #gallbladderremoval #healingjourney #chronicillness #autoimmunedisease #autoimmunewarriorA few weeks ago, I posted on here about an extremely negative ER experience and the importance of advocating for yourself. . TL;DR: I had my gallbladder removed last week after initially being diagnosed with constipation. FIGHT FOR YOURSELF. . I was not satisfied when the ER doctor diagnosed me with constipation and sent me on my way, so I sought out a gastroenterologist who was willing to see me. It was a painstaking process—most specialists in my area weren’t taking new patients until October or November. We were ready to just go to another ER so that I could be seen by another doctor, so desperate because I was in so much pain. . Finally, after many calls during which I was crying and begging to be squeezed in with any GI specialist, someone had a cancellation and was able to get me in the following week. . Things moved fairly quickly after that. The doctor LISTENED to me, ordered tests & confirmed it was my gallbladder, and a week later I had consulted with a general surgeon and was going in for surgery. . I was so apprehensive to trust either doctor after my experience in the ER, but both were very attentive, caring, and understanding. Both doctors trusted me when I expressed how well I knew my body. Both doctors took the time to specifically explain what was going on with my body . Both doctors treated me like we were a team instead of dismissing me like I knew nothing. . Please, please advocate for yourself. I KNEW in my gut (literally, har har) that something was wrong. I wasn’t going to stop fighting until I found out what it was. And you shouldn’t either. . Ps. I haven’t been posting on here because my body and mind need to rest. As soon as I’m able, you better believe things will resume as normal around here. Thanks for sticking with me throughout this journey. I’m grateful for you all. ♥️This #weirdfoodmydoglikes is a #throwback, which is why Margo looks like a little canine raptor. But evidence that she’s like veggies since she was a wee puppy! . #dogsofinstagram #chiweenie #chiweeniesofinstagram #chiweeniesofig #paleodog #aip #autoimmuneprotocol #dogs #mansbestfriend #eatyourveggies #dogsloveveggiestoo #flashbackfriday