All tagged autoimmune disease

When Your Doctor Says You're Fine, Part 2 - Analyzing Stool Test Results

Stool testing can be an important diagnostic tool for anyone with an autoimmune disease, or chronic illness. These tests can give you an inside look into one of the most complex systems in your body, your gut.

However, simply relying on conventional stool testing, without doing your own research to determine how the lab is analyzing the sample could leave you with some missing pieces to your gut health puzzle.

I recommend using a functional stool test (like GI MAP or Viome) in order to get you the most complete and accurate read on what’s actually going on inside your gut.

These tests are going to be a little pricier than what you’ll get from your GI doc (and most likely won’t be covered by insurance), but if your finances allow it’s so totally worth it to have a higher degree of certainty that you aren’t missing anything in your gut that could be contributing to your ill health.

How the Hustle is Hurting Your Health

Hustling for those worldly achievements, like promotion or staying out late with friends, is just what society tells us is normal these days.

But when you’re dealing with a chronic illness trying to keep up can often times hurt your health.

Succumbing to the hustle just isn’t worth it, not when you’re doing it to please someone else or live up to society’s standards. And especially not if you’re hurting your health in the process.

So, I encourage you to find your own path to success and contentment, even if it looks nothing like society tells you it should - one that brings you joy and leads to a healthy, full life.

Healing Power of the Mind-Body Connection in Chronic Illness

In a guest post from my wonderful mother, she shares her journey with chronic illness, autoimmune disease, and the relationship that stress has played in her health for her entire life.

It was only until she discovered and cultivated a meditation practice was she able to take control of her anxiety and fear, and successfully manage her stress - and in turn successfully manage her health.

The mind-body connection is a powerful thing, and it’s truly quite amazing that we have been given the ability to control our thoughts, emotions, and ultimately our health!

Tips for Eating Out With Celiac Disease (or Any Food Intolerances)

Eating out with Celiac Disease, any Autoimmune condition, or food intolerance can be a daunting and scary task.

Whenever you eat out, you’re trusting your health and wellbeing to the restaurant staff - who most of the time, doesn’t have your best interest in mind when preparing your food.

Since I’ve needed to switch to a 100% gluten free diet, I’ve been able to come up with some tried and true techniques to feeling as comfortable as I can while dining out.

I’ve used these tips to successfully eat gluten free at many restaurants for years, and now I want to share them with you!