Chronic Autoimmune Conditions, Inflammation, and Diet

Hey y’all,

Did you know that many of the chronic, “incurable” health conditions today are due to inflammation? It’s true!

Most of the time, chronic conditions like eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s, high cholesterol, seasonal allergies, and more are often linked to inflammation in the body. These conditions can be made better through diet.

I have eczema. This was me before and after changing my diet:

Bonus: I was also on steroid medications in the first picture, and I had gotten off them in the second.

I spent years going to many, many doctors who all told me that all I could do was manage my condition (which is true to a point), and that food had nothing to do with it.

Oh, how upset I was when I learned after 20 years that eczema can be “managed” so well purely through diet.

There are many specifics when it comes to reducing inflammation through diet, and I’ll discuss those in other posts, and they are much less stringent than the first line of defense, which is cutting out FREDG foods.

FREDG (pronounced like fridge) is an acronym coined by Michelle Mills, and it stands for Fried foods, Refined sugar, Eggs, Dairy, and Gluten. These 5 foods are some of the most inflammatory foods today, and, unfortunately, the Standard American Diet runs rampant with them. Cutting out or drastically reducing these foods from your diet will almost guarantee that your chronic condition will get noticeably better within a few weeks.

To be completely transparent, there were two years between the two above pictures, and I still had seasonal difficulties for a third year. However, when I did cut out FREDG foods, I was able to see a difference in my skin in 24 hours, and the worst aspects of my eczema were gone after three months.

If this interests you, I do have an Eczema-specific food list on Etsy. This list is a compilation of FREDG foods, salicylates, histamines, candida-causing foods, and other inflammatory foods. I originally made this super spreadsheet to make life easier for myself, but I don’t want to keep it all. I can share. Sharing is awesome.

Good luck on your journey!

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