Since being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition there are many things I have learned about why and how we eat. The relationship humans have with food is a huge topic and nothing new to most of us who love to eat for comfort for emotional distress or just plain boredom. However one of the worst reasons we could possibly eat for is based on our behaviour..
So many clients make the confession during our catch up, where they had a little treat of something which they thought would be ok because they have been so good.
The problem with this mindset is that it’s based on a completely inaccurate false premise that ‘eating good’ is a benefit that you can now afford to be ‘a little bad’.
Your body doesn’t work that way even slightly.
Your body is a finely tuned piece of equipment which relies on a constant state of balance to be happy and to have everything in it’s correct working order. This is actually a science which works on sorting food as it comes down into the digestion tract, into digestible and non inflammatory or harmful and inflammatory. They are the two responses your body is constantly looking out for. Just because you haven’t had sugar for a week doesn’t suddenly mean that your digestion tract will let this small little piece slip by without causing an upset just because it hasn’t seen any sugar for a week. Inflammatory foods will ALWAYS cause a response in your digestion and therefore into other various parts of your body no matter how often or how little you eat them.
Of course if you have a completely healthy gut and your digestion is in tip top shape then this post is not really for you. I am specifically talking about people who have gut health issues, leaky gut and chronic inflammation.
So before you call me the fun police and assume that I am suggesting you are never allowed to consume any form of FUN foods ever again you are still really missing the point.
If your body is in an inflammatory state and you are experiencing symptoms of bloating, pain, IBS, headaches, digestion problems, gas, constipation or any form of autoimmune disorder than the last thing you want to do is keep the fire burning so to speak. And that’s exactly what one little piece of something sweet would do. Rekindle an old flame literally.
For some of us with autoimmune, our once favourite foods are no more because of the pain it will cause us that just isn’t worth it, but for some of you who have mild triggers to somewhat normal foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggs, nuts, cheese etc. The temptation can be a little more enticing if you don’t really have a specific symptom immediately after consuming.
This can make it difficult to always say no.
It’s times like these you need to remind yourself that just because there are not symptoms immediately, it doesn’t not mean that the damage isn’t occurring on the inside.
Chronic inflammation is the beginning of all autoimmune conditions, diabetes, heart conditions and even enters into some of the mental health spectrum. So it’s imperative to eat clean and ensure that the inflammation is reduced and even switched off so we can reverse these conditions and have our health back under our control.