If you’ve been following Maxed Out Muscles for any period of time then you probably know that I have Crohn’s Disease and that it has been the contributing factor in a lot of hospital visits. I’ve had Crohn’s Disease since I was 15 and over the past 6 years I have learned some ways to keep the symptoms in remission.
I also answered a question from one of my readers, yesterday, about a condition she had called water diabetes. She was wondering how she could reduce tummy fat while having the condition. I told her the basic advice of eating healthy, weight training, and cardio.
However, we have to dig a little more in depth when it comes to our health and wellness. I think a lot of times our problems may come from malnutrition. From my experience, this is the case. I also believed that this is the case for the girl who asked me the question. Here are two things that I think are most important when it comes to diet:
Drink enough water! If you drink a lot of soda, beer, or orange juice it doesn’t count. Be strict with yourself to ensure that you are drinking enough water and hydrating your body. I know this seems odd, because
“How can something as simple as drinking more water actually help put a disease in remission?”
It may not by itself! But you would be surprised how much dehydration can damage your body when you are suffering from any kind of chronic inflammatory disease. Even if you aren’t suffering from some form of illness, studies have shown that 75% of Americans are severely dehydrated. That’s a huge percentage of Americans. If you have a condition that makes it easier to become dehydrated, then that is pouring gasoline on the fire.
Think of it this way: Just like a car needs gas to run, your body needs water. Drink plenty of water, and stay hydrated.
Last year, around this time, I had recovered from a severe Crohn’s flareup and I decided that I would try the Paleo Diet. In no time at all my Crohn’s Disease symptoms were gone, I was shedding body fat, and I felt happier than I ever had before. I was on top of the world! However, it wasn’t very sustainable. I had a few nights where I went off track, and over time I fell back into my junk food addiction and started having symptoms again.
So now that I am a year wiser and I am starting to eat clean again I have some advice for you. Don’t fall into the trapping that I did in proclaiming some miracle diet and focusing on it so much. There were days where I was miserable because I couldn’t have something starchy. Just eat cleanly and perhaps as strictly as a Paleo or Vegan diet starting out and then reintroduce foods to find what works best for you. If you can eat certain things without getting sick, more power to you.
Those are what I believe to be the only aspects of dieting and the only ideas you should really have to keep in mind while finding what works for you nutrition wise. You can do additional research if you want to find how many calories you should be eating or what macros, but as far as illnesses go I’d say I covered it.
Now I have covered nutrition based off of my experiences with Crohn’s. I’d like to add some other honorable mentions such as weight lifting, cardio, and maintaining your stress levels.
With a lot of sicknesses, keeping a low stress level is about as important as having a healthy diet. Thankfully, we can branch a low stress level together with weight lifting and cardio. For me, the gym is what relieves my stress so when I couple that with a good diet I have virtually no symptoms at all.
If that doesn’t work for you, I’d suggest also looking into some meditation and yoga.
Work on maintaining a low stress level, lift weights, do cardio, focus on diet, and find what works best for you. We are all different and it can be easy to compare ourselves to other people. Simply breathe, relax, and think about what is the most beneficial for you.
Remember, you can live healthy and happy!