I was diagnosed with my (first) autoimmune disease about a decade ago. At the time, it was a major bummer – I didn’t have many resources to explore outside of what my doctors were telling me. But, I’m actually kind of happy it turned out that way.
My advantage? I wasn’t bombarded with a giant info-bomb about leaky gut, environmental triggers, infections, and all the other things that contribute to autoimmune disease. The rate at which I picked up this information was slow and digestible.
Instead, I learned about bits and pieces of autoimmune disease from doctors and online health summits over the course of years. And although I didn’t do it purposely, exposing myself to those smaller chunks of information helped me not to feel so overwhelmed about learning it all.
Today? Not the case.
Don’t get me wrong, the amount of autoimmune resources is amazing and growing exponentially – books, blogs, podcasts, summits, and thankfully, more doctors taking the functional medicine approach.
But man, if I was newly diagnosed, and dove in head first to all these resources, I’d be a mess! I’d find myself in a major information overload and that alone would send me into an autoimmune flare.
THEN… I’d have to take all of that information and figure out how I’m going to apply it to my recovery. On top of it, I’d feel like I’m doing it myself because the majority of us can’t seem to find a doctor who can actually help.
Yes, sadly, recovery from autoimmune disease can often feel like a massive DIY project. But thankfully, there’s a resource that helps with the whole “do-it-yourself” part.
It’s called the Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: A DIY Guide to Living Well with Chronic Illness, written by Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt, founders of the very popular blog: Autoimmune Wellness.
I’m here to tell about the book because, well… I’m not aware of any other book like it on the market. It is truly unique (and fabulous).
This is literally a handbook – small enough to pack in your bag and take with you on your daily travels.
The best part is that it puts YOU in the driver’s seat (not your doctor). When you’re so exhausted and can’t handle the information overload due to brain fog, you need a trust-worthy companion that lays out a plan, and helps YOU determine which steps to take next.
It’s not just a bunch of information. This book empowers you.
Not only does it address diet, it covers several critical components of managing autoimmune disease that are rarely discussed – things like building your team of practitioners, managing your doctors, managing your stress, building an autoimmune-friendly social life, and more.
With a resource like this, recovering from your autoimmune disease using a whole-body, whole-life approach becomes possible and achievable.
In fact, Mickey and Angie simplify the process so much that they only use one-word action verbs for each of the main chapters:
Then, the last chapters bring it all together:
- Recipes + Meal Plan
- Lifestyle Guide + Exercises
- Putting It All Together
And if you’re confused about all those functional medicine buzz words you hear – leaky gut, SIBO, dysbiosis, blah blah blah, then this book will clear it up using simple language, in short, easy-to-digest paragraphs.
They also include self-assessments for each chapter to help you figure out where to focus first. This is super important, because your journey is completely unique and shouldn’t fit into a one-size-fits-all approach.
Fortunately for you, the layout of the chapters, the information contained within them, and self-assessments makes for an effective and personal way to step through your new autoimmune lifestyle.
I am not aware of any other book on the market that is as comprehensive for learning about and embracing every aspect of an autoimmune-friendly life.
You’d have to read hundreds of blog posts and piece them all together before landing on an organized resource like this.
I would say that the one thing missing from this book is a larger emphasis on living a toxin-free life – especially since ingredients found in beauty products, for example, can actually act as a trigger for autoimmune flares.
But pair it with another book, like the Autoimmune Solution by Dr. Amy Myers, and I’d say you have yourself a super-duo that covers just about everything you need to start out.
Mickey and Angie’s mission is to fuel the autoimmune revolution that is beginning to take hold around the world. They want to inspire all of us to view and manage our diseases with the belief that if we give our bodies what they need – sleep, food, movement, etc., then we can live a healthier and happier life.
I’m in. I think our blog is proof of it. If you are too, then you can grab your copy on Amazon, or rent it from your local library.
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Hi! I’m Anna, co-founder of Healthy Habits Reset. After managing my own autoimmune diseases using lifestyle, habit, and mindset changes, I now work to teach others how to navigate the treacherous and confusing journey of chronic illness living. I firmly believe YOU hold the power to question, think critically, and become your own rock-solid advocate in a world full of unhealthy habits. Consider me, and my husband, Frank, your autoimmune disease health coaches. Are you ready?!