I often get asked what I can’t eat and my usual reply is “It’s easier to answer with what I can eat”. I have decided to answer this question via blog post, for those of you who keep track of me (eh-hem parentals, in-laws, besties), hopefully this will give you a source to return to in the future if need be. I will break it down as easily as I can without going into to much detail and if you have any questions, let me know, I am happy to answer.
I am following an anti-inflammatory diet that is used to help reverse autoimmune disease and other chronic illnesses. I can’t say for sure that this will work for me and I can’t say for sure that it’s going to be easy to find out if it will work but nobody ever said hard work doesn’t pay off.
- No Gluten
- No Grains
- No Legumes
- No Dairy
- No Sugar or other Sweeteners
- No Eggs
- No Night Shade Vegetables (Eggplants, peppers (black pepper spice is fine), Potatoes (sweet potatoes are great), and Tomatoes)
- No Processed, Fast, or Junk Foods
- No Stimulants and Caffeine
- No Nuts
- No Soy
There, now do you see why I would rather list what I can and do eat? Yep, even looking at the list now is pretty overwhelming and I have been tackling this new lifestyle for months now. The fact of the matter is, all of the above “No’s” are foods that are linked to cause disruptions in our bodies, some causing major disruptions. When you have an autoimmune disease it takes much longer for your body to heal and fight back from the mess these foods can make inside your intestines. This is what this is all about, healing myself from the inside out.
- Quality Proteins (Organic, Grass-fed and Wild are best)
- Organic Vegetables (Minus the night shades I mentioned above)
- Healthy Fats (Avocado oil, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil)
- Organic Fruits
- Fresh Pressed juices
- Tea (caffeine free of course)
- Water, water, water!
Although the list of the “Do’s” are not as long, the options are endless. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a plate of juicy and flavorful tri-tip, sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil tossed in salt and pepper, and sauteed broccolini with garlic!! There is also the mouth watering broiled salmon covered in garlic and lemons paired with asparagus that has that perfect snap when you bite into it.
To be perfectly honest, breakfast time is the hardest meal for me. My go to breakfast is a fresh made smoothie of fruits and greens but I do get tired of that so I break out the bacon. Who doesn’t love bacon?!
Bottom line: This is challenging but this is a fight, a fight to take back my life! If there is even a minuscule possibility that I can reverse my Dermatomyositis and any other issues I may have, then you better bet your bottom dollar I am going to do this!
Interesting Fact: Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your intestines? This fact alone is what clarifies my decisions to change my diet over to heal my gut.