I Have an Autoimmune Disease
Allergies are often a precursor to autoimmunity. I have flirted with it all my life thanks to lifelong undiagnosed food allergies, chronic fatigue, food addictions, and constant inflammation.
But those symptoms were all disappearing. All the hard work was paying off.
And then I got pregnant.
Pregnancy is rough on a mama’s body, y’all. When you have chronic nutrient deficiencies, it can throw you into a tailspin.
The fatigue was back in full force, I was always short of breath, and I gained a lot of weight from the food I couldn’t stop shoving into my gullet. A lot.
About those foods…there is never a time when food tastes better than during pregnancy.
Dunkin Donuts, baked goods by the truckload, raw milk by the gallon, hot ham and cheese sandwiches on onion rolls, messy burgers loaded up with toppings and hugged by a brioche bun. It was glorious.
My addictions had me by the proverbial bollocks and bulldozed any attempt at self-restraint.
And then it happened…
A couple of weeks ago, at four months postpartum, I had my required yearly physical. I have a set of amazing integrated health doctors who automatically do a comprehensive blood test that covers everything imaginable including Celiac Disease.
I tested positive for the first time ever. Drat.
While breastfeeding another wee bairn who showed immediate sensitivities, I went back to Autoimmune Paleo + white rice. I’m so grateful I knew about AIP and had loosely been following it.
Though I don’t have a lifestyle overhaul to worry about now, there’s still a whole mental shift requiring a support system, resources, and a change in thinking.
A detox bath and some activated charcoal won’t erase the oopsy of that random scone anymore.
A Mind Shift
It has only been a couple of days, but I think this diagnosis will be good for me. I can fully step out of old habits and finish shaking off any lingering health issues.
It will be hard. It will hurt. I will probably, or definitely, throw tantrums on occasion but I’ll be healthier because of it.
I have to be. I have two children to guide on their healing journeys.
I’ll be talking more about the tools I’m using to get back into balance and share resources that can help you on your healing journey.
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.