Treating autoimmune disease is a multi-layered process. It requires some patience but the rewards are great. All of us are pretty sick and tired of feeling sick and tired so when relief starts to come, inspiration soon follows.
Here’s the bottom line on treatment:
Getting the chemical shit storm out of our lives is the overall key to moving forward.
Where are those chemicals?
- In the foods that we eat and the containers that we store them in.
- Makeup, skin care products, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, soap, etc
- Cleaning products
- Stress – yes stress creates bad chemistry in your body
Regardless of which autoimmune disease you suffer from, wrangling our food based inflammation should be at the top of everyone’s list. It can also be the most challenging because we are social animals and we have a LOT of emotions tied to the foods we consume. It is not, however, undoable.
I follow the AIP diet and eat like a queen. Do I eat differently than I used to? Absolutely, but no one is suffering at my house.
For most of us letting go of what I call the big 5 – gluten, dairy, corn, soy and processed foods is easier said than done. That’s why I coach people to not get overwhelmed. You just have to tackle one offensive food and when you are ready, tackle the next. Eventually you’ll get to where you want to be. It doesn’t take long to start feeling better and when momentum becomes your friend, you can dive in head first and feel some really positive changes. Starting is what matters. Fine tuning it comes as you move forward.
When I was told I needed to give up gluten I laughed a big fat belly laugh. That wasn’t MY problem! Everyone I knew who had problems with gluten had gastrointestinal issues. I didn’t have any of those so I couldn’t possibly have a gluten problem, right?
How wrong I was.
Cumulatively this clean up process is known as the autoimmune protocol (AIP) and it has been a game changer for me and just about everyone who has followed it. The food portion is a modified version of the paleo diet and it finds it’s strength in clean and nutritious foods. You can read my blog post about the AIP DIET HERE.
It’s not rocket science. It’s just cleaner living and eating.
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