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Autoimmune Disease Psychology

Living With Autoimmune Disease and Food Allergies

Since the Month of May is Celiac Awareness Month, and the week of May 8 2016 through May 14 2016 is Food Allergy Awareness week, I decided to share, both personally and professionally, about what living with an autoimmune disease and food allergies are like.

While your results may vary, there are aspects of living with a chronic condition (involving the attacking of the body’s tissues from your immune system), and living with severe food allergies, that overlap.

Much of the overlap falls in the realm of psychological and social health, not just physical health. It is here that we become one community, even if our symptoms aren’t exactly the same. Frankly, having an autoimmune disease sucks. So does having one or more food allergies.

And in suffering through the suck, I’ve discovered there is this whole other life out there — and in here (*pointing to brain*). If you know someone who has autoimmune disease and/or serious food allergies, please feel free to share this post with them.

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Change Psychology

Time to Get Cooking

Nutrition, Health, Weight Loss, Mental Health, Food News

In Seattle, it’s easy to believe we have reached Spring, as there are flowers and trees blooming, and afternoon temperatures have reached the 50’s and low 60’s. Yes, we feel for you on the East Coast, and then the rest of us are walking around town with big smiles on our faces, taking in the sunshine, riding our bicycles on the roads and trails, or like the Man-Geek did, gliding his SUP (standup paddleboard) on a local lake.

Nutrition is essential to physical and mental health. It's time to start cooking and make nutritious foods that are free of yuck. Photo by Imei, taken on an iPhone 5S.
Nutrition is essential to physical and mental health. It’s time to start cooking and make nutritious foods that are free of yuck. How about gluten free flatbread for a pizza dough free from corn, soy, and wheat? Photo by Imei, home bread machine, taken on an iPhone 5S.

 

Just about every week of winter, one of the major journals, whether it be Nature, Cell, or Scientific American, has released new information about the consequences of eating processed foods with chemicals, or about the mysteries of the intestinal microbiome, what I call our “second brain.” Heart disease, obesity, and GI disorders are just some of the consequences of eating out or eating in with processed foods and additives, along with lack of exercise, increased stress, and poor sleep/rest patterns.

How are the of spring weather and nutrition related? Simply this: you can’t get out and enjoy the great outdoors unless you take time to get cooking in the kitchen and learn to eat real food. Do one without the other, and you miss the benefit of both. Here’s three reasons why you need to learn how to cook and eat real food at home, and most likely, select your food choices more carefully when you go out to eat.