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 InstagramStaring at this lettuce with real [romaine] heart eyes. #weirdfoodmydoglikes . #aip #autoimmuneprotocol #paleo #autoimmunepaleo #aippaleo #paleodog #chiweenie #chiweeniesofinstagram #chiweeniesofig #dogsofinstagram #dogs #mansbestfriend #eatyourveggies #dogsloveveggiestooThis week is Mental Health Awareness Week, which is perhaps one of the most important weeks of the year. . I know what it feels like to feel broken and unable to fit back together. I know what it’s like to not want to be alive anymore. I know how exhausting it feels to have to move through life as though you’re wading through water. It’s suffocating. I know. . Follow the link in my profile to read a post from earlier this year on some of my battle with mental illness. . And know that if you need a friend, I’m here for you.Turning 30 was something I dreaded for some reason. I saw it as this deadline for getting my life to look a certain way, and as I approached 30 I felt like kind of a failure for not achieving that goal. . But it turns out that turning 30 has nothing to do with those things. There’s no subjective goal I needed to reach, and there was nothing keeping me from feeling fulfilled in my own life except for my own apprehension and insecurities. . I am more than okay with being 30—I’m HAPPY with it. . Much of that has to do with the incredible, thoughtful people I have in my life who reminded me of what it’s actually about: love and connection. . Thank you to every single person who has gone out of your way to make me feel special, this week and every week.Celebrating 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.