When it comes to having lupus or another autoimmune disease, the number one thing you can do that will be the biggest help in reversing your autoimmunity and autoimmune symptoms, is to fix your crappy diet.
What? Me? A crappy diet?
Yeah, I’m looking’ at you. You know you’ve got some changes to make.
Let’s face it – there’s a lot of junk out there that tastes awesome or is cheap to buy.
But that’s not a good enough reason to buy and eat them if you have autoimmune symptoms.
Chronic fatigue, joint and muscle pain, insomnia, mood issues – you know those, right?
You know you have to follow a more autoimmune friendly version of the diet you’re currently eating.
A diet that is more anti-inflammatory and less pro-inflammatory.
But once you’ve made those changes, how do you guarantee your success in sticking to it?
How do you not get caught without a healthy afternoon snack so you can avoid the candy jar at work?
How do you make time to prepare a healthy meal from scratch every night for you and your family when you’re chronically fatigued to begin with and you just worked all day?
I’ve got the perfect solution for you.
In this video and blog post I will share my secret 3 step strategy for never getting caught with fast food in your mouth again and sticking to an autoimmune friendly diet.
Plan. Shop. Prepare.
My secret strategy is super simple: 1. Plan. 2. Shop. 3. Prepare.
The easiest way to never get caught with your hand in the candy jar is to have a good plan that ensures you will always have a healthy autoimmune friendly meal and/or snack available for you whenever you need it.
In this first step you are going to pick one day of the week and use it as your day to execute this entire strategy.
Sundays are generally the most practical and a great way to set yourself up for a successful week of eating, but choose whichever day works for you and your schedule.
The first thing you are going to do is sit down with a pen and paper and maybe a computer with internet access and PLAN out your entire week’s menu of meals and snacks.
You may want to write them in on a dedicated calendar or notebook so you can easily keep track of them.
Second, write out a list of every ingredient you will need to buy at the grocery store to make those meals and snacks.
When you’ve got your list complete you are ready to move on to step 2.
Wasn’t that fun?
In this second step you are hitting the grocery store (and maybe the farmer’s market if you have one local and in season).
Grab your list and go.
While at the store buy only the items that are on your list. This will help avoid impulse buys that can wreak havoc on an inflamed body with an autoimmune condition.
After you lug your haul into the house it’s time for the last part of my secret strategy for sticking to an autoimmune friendly diet.
It’s time to do all the prep work.
First, you’ll want to wash all the fruits, herbs and veggies that you bought.
If you’ll be using any of them for snacks during the week, such as cut up carrots or cauliflower, then you’ll want to package them in individual serving sizes for each day of the week they are on your calendar.
This will guarantee you will always have a go-to snack handy when hunger sneaks up on you and you’ll avoid the candy jar or swinging through the drive thru on the way home.
You’ll also want to pack any other foods that you’ll be having for snack that week.
When it comes to lunches and dinners, time to prepare healthy meals is always limited and can deter you from sticking to an autoimmune friendly diet at times.
Here’s how we get around that.
After you wash all of your vegetation, you’ll want to chop anything that will need to be chopped for meals for the week. If you plan on cooking later in the week you simply store them all ready to go.
You may even want to take this prepare step to the next level by actually batch cooking all of your meals for the week.
This will be especially helpful if you are working a full time job, carting your kids to all of their extra curricular activities and STILL need to get dinner on the table when you get home.
Wait, don’t you have autoimmune associated chronic fatigue?
Not a problem!
All your meals will be made ahead of time and ready to be reheated on the day you need them.
Just follow along with the meals that you scheduled out for the week with the ingredients you just purchased and knock them all out in one Sunday afternoon.
For meals the first few days of the week you should be able to just throw those in the refrigerator.
For meals further out in the week you may want to put them in the freezer until the night before you need them.
Simply pull it out the night before and put them in the refrigerator until you are ready to reheat it.
Sticking to Your Autoimmune Friendly Diet
You can easily find success on an autoimmune friendly diet by committing to it and sticking to it 100%.
My secret strategy of Plan Shop Prepare has helped hundreds of my clients with autoimmune and or weight issues save time and stick to a healthy eating plan all week long.
Try it yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Do you think this strategy could work for you?