6 Tips to Thrive with Autoimmunity
Believe it or your body knows what it needs. Connecting your body and honoring its wishes can be the first steps toward healing. Ask your body what it needs and then do your best to deliver. The results might surprise you!
How you think about your illness determines how you experience your illness; your mind is one of the best tools you can use to start feeling better. Identify thoughts that help you feel empowered and then practice thinking them daily. Try something like this: “I am learning to care for my body and facilitate healing to the best of my ability.”
Identify three healing foods that make your body feel amazing and be sure to have plenty of them on hand. There are proven links between autoimmune disease and certain inflammatory foods that can be detrimental to gut health. Making the right changes to your diet will not only help heal your gut long-term but can help address symptoms relatively quickly. Healing foods are things like high quality proteins, organic fruits and veggies, and healthy fats.
Be compassionate and give yourself permission to rest. Pushing through your agenda when your body is screaming “STOP!” will only make matters worse. You know the saying - “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sometimes a little bit of rest now will prevent a major crash later. So, give your body what it needs to recharge. Your future self will thank you!
Think about your friends and family, spouse, co-workers, coaches, therapists & healthcare practitioners as a team, and get clear on who you can trust under these conditions. Not everyone will be up for the job, but the right ones will have your back when you need it. You might be surprised by who becomes a great source of support, and who doesn’t. Try to not take it personally–most people don’t grow this much until they are forced to. Understanding your condition will take some time and some experimentation, so having the right people on your side to help you navigate is imperative.
One of the great purposes of life is to have joy – even during challenges. Do you know what brings you joy? Often when energy is low and time is short, those are the first things to go. Make a list of things that bring you joy and weave them into your life. Creating joy will not only make you happier, it will make you healthier too!
A Roadmap to Take Your Health Back
Despite its challenges, facing a chronic illness(es) has the potential to make you a stronger and a more mindful person than you may have ever thought possible. Choosing to see it this way has changed my life for the better and for this, I am more grateful than ever before for the
perspective it’s brought to my life.
Over the years, through lots of trial and error to becoming a healthier version of myself, I made a choice to take all this to a new level and I registered for an extensive year long program through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As a graduate of the program, I have been a practicing Health Coach since 2012. It is my deepest desire to help those around me navigate their wellness goals, just as I did, through personalized lifestyle changes. My formal education and life experiences, combined with years of studying under the most well-respected functional medicine an holistic practitioners combined with cutting edge coaching tools, have made me who I am today.