I’m Bea, a French woman who has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (ankylosing spondylitis) in February 2007.
After almost 11 years of taking a lot of strong painkillers (from Sulfasalazine to NSAIDs and anti-TNF drugs: Enbrel, then Humira and finally Simponi for more than 4 years) I decided to try healing myself naturally.
Finding the best diet for myself
It took me a while to find out the best diet for myself. When it comes to food, you can read so many books and articles on the subject. And not one agrees with the other!
Some say you should be a vegetarian or vegan because everything coming from animals provokes inflammation. While others on the contrary will say that you should eat a lot of meat.
Then, there’s also the question of should I cook my food or should I eat everything raw? To find out more about that, you can read my article: Raw food diet pros and cons.
Should I go on a gluten free, dairy free, whatever free diet?
Taking a food intolerance test
After spending many nights and pretty much all weekends reading about all kinds of diets, about people going gluten free and learning about gut health I was convinced that I should try something out. But I was scared about doing this alone.
So I went to a functional medicine doctor and he got me to take a food intolerance test.
The one I took is the Imupro test (which is available worldwide).
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Thanks to this food intolerance test I discovered that I had to remove 18 foodstuffs. Amongst them are very common allergens like gluten, cow dairy, yeast, eggs. But also some that are usually not suspected as potential culprits. Do not hesitate to read my article What food can we be intolerant to? in order to find out more about this subject.
A little over a year on this diet I quit taking Simponi and about 9 months later I was off all medication!
The thing is, my own food intolerances differ from other's. Because everyone is different.
So the best diet for you is the one that is custom-made for you.
If you can afford it, I strongly recommend an IgG test to find out your own food intolerances.
What if you can't afford a food intolerance test?
If you can’t afford it, try to figure them out by yourself with an elimination diet followed by reintroductions. There are a few different elimination diets out there. You can look into AIP, GAPS, low FODMAP, whole30...
Healing naturally is about so much more than just diet alone
In my personal experience, diet alone is not enough. Healing naturally is much more than just diet. In order to heal naturally an autoimmune disease or other chronic illness you will have to consider :
- reducing stress
- get enough quality sleep
- reducing toxicity in your environment
- exercise (you might want to read the article ankylosing spondilitis exercise)
- learn to listen to your body
- reconsidering your career if you hate your current job
- staying away from toxic relationships
amongst many other things!
With this method, not only did I stop taking any drugs for my ankylosing spondylitis but I also lost 33 pounds of overweight (you can read my article Gut Health and Weight Loss How I lost 33 pounds to find out more about that), cured my keratosis pilaris, gained a lot of energy, stopped being cranky when I’m hungry, learnt to listen to my body and much more.
Note: this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.