If you have Addison’s Disease, Don’t Ignore Your Diet!

Being diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disorder is life changing. As we discussed in our last post when you have an autoimmune disorder your body has started attacking itself, targeting specific tissues. In the case of Addison’s Disease, your adrenal cortex is under attack.

According to Dr. Sarah Gottfried, the latest theory of autoimmunity suggests that a leaky gut (literally, tiny holes in your gut wall) lies at the root of virtually all autoimmune diseases. Here’s how it goes: tiny particles of food, bacteria and other gunk from the inside of your intestines can escape through a leaky gut and trigger your immune system to produce inflammation. If the leaky gut never heals, the inflammation becomes ‘chronic’, and can eventually result in tissue damage, otherwise known as autoimmune disease.

Enter the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet

The goal of the AIP diet is to reduce inflammation in the gut which allows your gut to heal and potentially push your autoimmune disease into remission. Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

The challenge with the AIP Diet for most people is how restrictive it is. When following this diet you have to completely cut out grains, dairy, legumes, nuts and seeds, nightshades, eggs, industrial seed oils (except for olive and avocado oils), processed foods, NSAIDs, Sugar, starches, fruits, yeasts, and FODMAPs.

When you take on this diet, it’s important that instead of focusing on what you can’t eat, focus on what you CAN eat. Now don’t fret, following this diet is not a forever thing, it’s a short-term plan to help heal your gut. How long? That’s between you and your health practitioner. For us, it was 12 weeks. With new foods brought back into the diet every 4 weeks to monitor how your body reacts.

One of the challenges many people have following this diet is eating with their families at home, or going out to eat at restaurants with friends can be difficult.

How do you cook for such a restrictive diet?

Most restaurants will understand your request, and as long as you know what you can eat, you can order something that fits your needs.

At home, cooking can be a larger challenge because you have a whole family to please. First, sacrifice is in order for the members of the family that aren’t following the AIP diet. Eating healthy isn’t such a bad thing, and supporting your loved one in their journey to better health should be a top priority!!

In our family, our dinners consist of a protein and a cooked vegetable. We also have a large salad with EVOO and red wine vinegar. It sounds boring if you’ve been living off of bread and pasta. I promise, if you make the effort to reduce your carb intake, you’ll feel better. I follow a ketogenic diet myself. In the past 3 years, I’ve lost almost 60 pounds!

I’m not going into too much detail about the AIP diet (or Ketosis for that matter) but I wanted to share with you how we eat so that when we share food recipes, you understand how the food could fit into your plans.

We’re not doctors, and we always recommend talking with a local health practitioner about your unique situation. It can be such a challenge to know what you are eating is right for your body and your unique situation.

Honestly, when my wife first started going to a health practitioner, I was not as supportive as I could have been. I didn’t understand why we were taking on the additional financial burden.

Hindsight is 20/20

I know now that the information, blood work, and treatment plan our health practitioner has recommended for my wife has been one of the most important investments we’ve made in my wife’s health.

Still not convinced?

When you have Addison’s Disease, a visit to the hospital is the last thing you want. Eating healthy will equip your body and immune system with the tools it needs to fight off minor infections that could turn into major medical emergencies!

Are you seeing a health practitioner? What are you doing to manage your diet? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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