Getting diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, it is more than likely that you will have many deficiencies. Therefore, it’s important for you to supplement with vitamins. I suggest following up with your doctor, a dietician, or a naturopath in order to run some tests and figure out which supplements you will need.
3. Get cooking!
This is a big one! Seeing as you now have to be extremely cautious of what’s entering your body, the luxury of just grabbing any food will no longer be a thing. That being said, I suggest experimenting in the kitchen. This may seem very strenuous for some of you when starting out, but fear not as this will help you learn which foods and flours work best for you and your body. To top it off, the feeling is also very rewarding once you get into the swing of things.
Although I loved exercising prior to my diagnosis, autoimmune diseases affect several bodily functions and thus, celiac’s amongst other autoimmune disease sufferers are more prone to other conditions such as osteoporosis. Therefore, it is extremely important to supplement a healthy diet with some exercise to keep them bones strong and healthy! I suggest at least 30 minutes of physical activity 3 times per week in order to reap the benefits. This will help you keep in tip top shape physically and mentally! 🙂
5. Last but not least, surround yourself with a great support group!
What many do not know is that celiac also affects mental health which is why I believe that it is so important to surround yourself with a great group of friends and family who support you, help you, and love you when the going gets tough. It won’t always be easy, but with some positivity, it will definitely get better.
Bottom line, don’t surround yourself with people who make you feel bad about your lifestyle choices.
And that marks the end of my post! 🙂 On a final note, whether you are living with an autoimmune disease or not, I believe that we can all benefit from these tips in order to lead a healthier lifestyle! 🙂
I hope this helps some of you and encourages you to take charge and start making some healthy choices!
xox Léa S.