My Story: Changing My Diet Got Me Off My Lupus, PCOS, & Hypothyroidism Medications

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I had my first CT scan in 6th grade because of migraines, and I was later treated with medications for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypothyroidism, as well as lupus, an autoimmune disease.

I always knew my migraines were influenced by my diet, but it took me until my 30’s to realize that I was eating a pro-inflammatory diet that was also affecting my other conditions. For a long time I thought I was eating a healthy diet, but after transitioning to an diet free of any processed foods, and removing foods that I determined bothered me (namely gluten and dairy) I experienced the biggest, positive impact.  In small doses I can tolerate soy, peanuts and corn, but I generally avoid these.

I figured out what foods worked for me and what didn’t work for me by doing an “elimination diet.” An elimination diet is where one removes foods that are commonly associated with sensitivities. Often this helps to identify foods that are associated with various discomforts and overall immune system suppression. For myself, I realized that removing (or in some cases minimizing) foods that trigger my immune system helped to reduce the frequency and intensity of numerous symptoms such as chronic bloating, migraines, rashes and arthritis.

Since making these dietary changes and making fitness non-negotiable, I have come off of all of my medications and I ran the NYC marathon in 2013!

Now, when I eat, I not only pay attention to the taste and experience of the food, but also to how it serves my health.

 

Note: PLEASE consult with  your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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