Episode 115: Autoimmune Diet: Why It’s Not Working
Autoimmune Diet: Why It’s Not Working (and what to try instead) Are you tired of trying to figure out WTF you should do for your autoimmune condition? Specifically, if there is an “autoimmune diet” you should follow? Have you tried EVERYTHING? Given up lots of foods only to find that you are still having symptoms? Here’s the thing – it doesn’t make you weird, or wrong, in even incapable of healing. There are so many experts out there shouting “do this!” and “get rid of that!” and because they look like experts and when we are suffering we are desperate for something to work – we jump on board and then find ourselves still suffering from symptoms and on top of that now suffering in emotional ways because we gave up our favorite foods. We are changing that today friend! Today we are talking about foods you can ADD to your autoimmune diet that are delish and help you heal and we are getting rid of some MAJOR misconceptions about what the perfect autoimmune diet really is. 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Autoimmune Diet: Why It's Not Working (and what to try instead) Transcript (this is fairly raw transcript - there will be errors) Autoimmune Diet: Why It Isn’t Working and What to Try Instead Are you tired of trying to figure out WTF you should do for your autoimmune condition? Specifically, if there is an “autoimmune diet” you should follow? Have you tried EVERYTHING? Given up lots of foods only to find that you are still having symptoms? Here’s the thing – it doesn’t make you weird, or wrong, in even incapable of healing. There are so many experts out there shouting “do this!” and “get rid of that!” and because they look like experts and when we are suffering we are desperate for something to work – we jump on board and then find ourselves still suffering from symptoms and on top of that now suffering in emotional ways because we gave up our favorite foods. We are changing that today friend! Today we are talking about foods you can ADD to your autoimmune diet that are delish and help you heal and we are getting rid of some MAJOR misconceptions about what the perfect autoimmune diet really is. Welcome if this is your first time listening – I’m Audrey Christie – I’m a functional and integrative nurse nutritionist and energy medicine practitioner. I help women stop chasing symptoms and find relief and ultimately learn how to heal their bodies from autoimmune disease. Which Autoimmune Diets have you tried? I’ve seen it 1000s of times – some version of “Audrey I have tried everything, I’m taking a supplement protocol, and I’m eating 100% keto and not getting better.” You could swap keto with literally any autoimmune diet: AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Low or no Fodmaps Vegan Raw vegan Paleo Keto Veto You get the idea right? Here’s the thing – if you just throw spaghetti at the wall by trying whatever diet plan is the next best thing – then guess what you get? Some spaghetti might stick but ultimately you get a big ol’ mess. Why isn’t my Autoimmune Diet Plan working? Because of this little principle called bio-individuality. One of the things our human suits have in common is that we are all unique. Here’s a recent example – (I absolutely adore getting feedback from you – ratings, reviews, comments on your fav podcast provider, comments and messages on social, and feedback from clients in my 1:1s and group programs…it helps me to help more people and sometimes I get the BEST questions too – recently I had a question about tinnitus. Tinnitus is ringing in the ears…) This Instagram follower asked – Hi Audrey….: what about Tinnitus? Can this be reversible? I had anxiety for many years and then 2.5 years ago developed insomnia and tinnitus at the time. I work for a (Reishi mushroom) company and it healed my anxiety and insomnia. But still, have tinnitus and recently got diagnosed with leaky gut?? parasites? Out of fluke. I took a live blood cell analysis and this is how I found out! What are your thoughts? What can you take from this? She tried a common (and really good solution) for reducing inflammation and healing her body – and she got partial results with a big problem still remaining – well a couple – tinnitus and leaky gut, right? It didn’t heal her tinnitus – and its not because reishi isn’t a valid solution that helps many with similar or even the same problem. Its because she is unique, a bio-individual. And just to put a bug in your ear here – if you think bio-individuality only applies to natural healing holistic techniques – you would be mistaken. It applies to pharmaceuticals too, and over the counter meds. That cholesterol pill, steroid, birth control, allergy med, I could go on and on, is blanket applied to Y people with X diagnosis and is not useful or effective and even harmful for most. For this submitted question – you need to know that one of the things that are touted oh-so-healthy for so many (because it is!) can actually seriously aggravate and cause tinnitus – eating raw veggies. They can cause the eustachian tubes to constrict which leads to ear ringing. So can dairy or even something more mechanical like nerve over facilitation. My point is – that something that is so healthy giving, like raw veggies may not be right for you right now. (We already know that dairy isn’t healthy for humans.) What could you try instead? So what the HECK do you do instead? I get it – you are all thinking, “great Audrey, thanks for bursting my bubble and now I have wasted another 12 bucks on the diet book that is going to cure all of my ailments.” It’s totally fine, we all have! At least there are likely some good recipes in there. The good news is that you CAN take some steps to tune into your body and get a sense of what is right for you and what isn’t. Another one of my favorite strategies is to increase the good on your plate instead of focusing on what to take away. The reason is: there’s a truckload of food triggers that could be happening – some could be real – and some could be a secondary effect of other troubles in your human suit. Try moving in a positive direction… Let’s look at what we can add on the plate TODAY that will help to start your path to becoming CLEAR. Adding nutrients can be so much easier mentally and energetically than avoiding certain favorite foods. You want to make sure that as many of your foods are organic as possible AND if you can’t find it organic then DO ensure it is not on the Dirty Dozen List. Papayas Wild Blueberries Raspberries Strawberries Celery (I’m not against drinking celery juice – just make sure it’s organic and it is not your only strategy) Cruciferous Veggies Cucumbers Leafy Greens Sprouts and Microgreens Sweet Potatoes Cilantro Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric Chaga mushrooms Are these the ONLY foods to eat? No way. This isn’t even a list of ALL of the healing foods. But DO try to weave these in as often as possible, try them cooked, raw, blended and see which foods make you feel alive and vibrant and which ones don’t. What we covered If you are hopping from nutrition plan to nutrition plan and hoping that an out-of-the-box restriction based autoimmune diet will work for you – lets stop and try something new. Will you do that with me? I created a free resource for you, its called 5 Steps to Staring Healing from Your Autoimmune Disease TODAY. And its specifically simple steps you can take right now – including changing your mindset, enhancing your sleep, and adding nutrients to your plate. You can download it on the show notes page or your podcast player, or at audreychristie.com/115 and it always lives at audreychristie.com/autoimmune. To wrap this up – Let’s work to add plants to your plate and stop hopping from autoimmune diet to autoimmune diet because ultimately what works physiologically in your body will be different than what works for others. Thank you so much for tuning in, if you have a second it would mean the world to me if you could leave a rating or review! That helps me help more people get clear of autoimmune disease. I’d be oh so grateful. Be well.