Autoimmune Disease Diet – These are just 5 of the many autoimmune disease diet changes that you can make to alleviate symptoms and improve your overall health. But, unfortunately thousands of mainstream doctors tell their autoimmune disease patients that making diet changes will not improve your body or disease. They are absolutely wrong.
My Doctor Said That an “Autoimmune Disease Diet” Wouldn’t Change Anything
People have a hard time believing that their diets can make such an enormous difference in their overall health, well-being and even appearance. And we don’t blame you! We are continually told by numerous doctors (many times, even our own specialists) that diet won’t change anything, and the only possible treatment for our our disease is medication, surgeries, or both!
This is just simply not true!
We are in no way suggesting that you should stop your medication right now, and that diet is the ultimate healer. No, we are so grateful for western medicine, and know that in so many cases, it is lifesaving. But we also believe in the power of food, and that food is medicine by it’s very nature.
The way an anti-inflammatory diet fits into a person’s life is completely individual. Some people may find their most beneficial regimen is eating an anti-inflammatory diet alongside continuing treatment with medication, while many others are able to switch to more mild medications, and others have been able to completely stop them (I myself am on an extremely mild medication, and treat the rest with supplements and diet).
There is no shame or failure in whatever path works best for you. So although we are not claiming that ALL you need is diet, we can promise that diet will make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in your health, inflammation, and overall well-being.
5 Autoimmune Disease Diet Changes
We know there are skeptics — so, today I am sharing with you from our Autoimmune Sisters Wellness Provider Directory personal experiences. Plus, a bit from the Autoimmune Sisters team too.
#1: Mindful Eating
After struggling with extra weight, hormonal issues and fatigue in my 30s and 40s, now in my early 50s I feel healthier, lighter and happier. But it’s mindful March and I’m in the midst of 31 days of mindfulness. Therefore, I am very aware that mindful eating has been huge in my healing journey from Hashimoto’s.
Mindful eating is not just what we eat, it’s how and why we eat. It’s about reducing stress and getting quality sleep so we can properly digest. It’s about gratitude, slowing down, chewing our food and mindfully choosing healing foods to nourish our mind, body and spirit.
via Karen Dubs; a Health Coach with continuing education in Gut Health. Learn more: Flexible Warrior Website
#2: Take a Food Sensitivity Test
Consider taking a Complete Food Sensitivity Test by Equi Life. This test is a complete food sensitivity test that helps you establish if the foods you are eating could be causing your health issues. Even healthy foods could be negatively affect your immune system or exacerbating inflammatory effects.
This Complete Food Sensitivity Test can help pinpoint the foods that your body is reacting too. When you eliminate inflammatory foods from your diet, you begin to reduce your body’s negative response to them. Over time, you’ll be able to incorporate some of these foods back into your diet without having an inflammatory reaction. If you’d like to order this lab and have me review it with you, just book a brief lab selection chat with me with me HERE.
via Jessica Green; a Certified Health Coach, Health Practioner and Detox Specialist. Connect with Jessica at Jessica Green Wellness.
#3: Add Nutritious Substitutions to your Autoimmune Disease Diet
There is no one-size-fits-all for dietary changes when living with autoimmune disease; you have to find what works for you. Tara made many changes to her diet and knows that it can sometimes feel confining or restrictive.
So here’s her insight! Instead of thinking about what you’re taking out of your diet, think of what you are adding to your diet. Try new ingredients and experiment with new recipes like Against All Grain and Rachael’s Good Eats. Be curious about nutritious substitutions and try to see this as an opportunity to get creative with your food and enhance your diet.
via Tara Buhagiar; a Mindfulness Medication Teacher and Registered Yoga Teacher. Connect with Tara here.
#4: 21 Day Anti-Inflammatory Plan: A Perfect Autoimmune Disease Diet
Last year, Autoimmune Sisters launched our very own 21 Day Anti-inflammatory Plan – the perfect autoimmune disease diet introduction. This 21 Day Plan provides a low stress format where information is provided over the course of 21 days. Our Plan includes not only helping you remove inflammatory foods, but also providing healthy alternatives, anti-inflammatory supplement suggestions and gut healing tips.
Each day you can expect to receive scientific evidence, healthful tips, resources, eBooks and downloads to make gradual and lasting changes.
Our 21 Day Anti-Inflammatory Plan can dramatically reduce systemic inflammation and is perfect for anyone with an active inflammatory or autoimmune condition. Come join us. We start the first Tuesday of every month.
#5: Adopt a Clean Eating Diet
Ivy was diagnosed multiple sclerosis (MS), in 1998 at the age of twenty-two. At the time of her diagnosis, Ivy’s neurologist at the University of Miami, the late Dr. William Sheremata, made the highly unusual recommendation for her to follow an anti-inflammatory diet to slow the progression of the disease.
Once it became apparent that MS was not the only disease made worse by inflammation, Ivy felt that she had to do something. Over many years, Ivy developed Clean Cuisine, an anti-inflammatory nutrition plan developed to reduce inflammation using food. In fact, inflammation is now being linked to just about every health condition. Examples of inflammatory diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, fibromyalgia and even Alzheimer’s.
So, if cutting out major food groups sounds either too stressful or overwhelming. Consider adopting a clean eating diet by adding new recipes from Clean Cuisine to your menu. Some of our favorites: Apple Pie Parfaits, Celeriac Leek Stew, Cinnamon Sugar Donuts, and Homemade Gummy Bears.