By Erika Kaiser
Nowadays, it’s very easy to find someone on social media by just typing a name, a book, or the name of a company. In some cases, you are not looking for someone specifically but maybe you are looking for someone who is into something that interests you, like a lifestyle, a hobby, or a health condition you share. Just type some hashtags or keywords and viola! – you can get a bunch of information.
That’s how I found Dr. Brooke Goldner, author of “Goodbye Lupus, Goodbye Autoimmune Disease and Green Smoothie Recipes to Kick Start your Health and Healing”, and creator of hyper-nourishment nutrition protocol for Lupus Reversal. The most special thing for me regarding finding Dr. Goldner: she is also a lupus and kidney failure warrior that was able to reverse her own disease. She was diagnosed with lupus with kidney failure when she was 16 years old, after a long journey with pain, medications, fatigue, chemotherapy and so on, she changed her diet avoiding inflammatory foods and changing her lifestyle. Now she’s able to say, “I’m Lupus Free”. ( I will write it down again: “I’m Lupus Free”).
I think one of the most important things in our healing process is to have the opportunity to talk with someone who is going through the same condition or illness that we have. Sharing experiences and tips that can give us a different perspective, sometimes it is comforting to know that even though we are living with a chronic illness, we are here dealing with this in the best way that we could do. There is someone else who lives with an autoimmune disease and I feel she is a great role model for the rest of us. Dr. Brooke is not only a patient like you or me, she’s also a doctor and she had been studying the benefits of having the right diet for autoimmune diseases – avoiding inflammatory products and consuming healing foods.
She gives us 6 steps to prevent inflammation in her hyper -nourishment protocol. These steps include things like getting rid of dairy products: cheese, milk, yogurt… Nowadays we have a lot of options to replace them with, like almond milk, tofu, kefir. Eliminate processed food, animal products with hormones, and avoid added oils. At the end, the changes you decide to make are up to you, and I agree with Dr. G. about this when she says: “ Im not telling you that you should eliminate all that kind of food in your life immediately. It is a process, and you can choose what to eat, but for sure you could be able to feel so much better If you decide to eat more healthy.”
“Healing food” helps us repair our cells and achieve the greatest absorption of nutrients like Omega 3.
And it is not only about avoiding some products – we have to add the “medicine” – “Healing food” that helps us repair our cells and achieve the greatest absorption of nutrients like Omega 3. You can find a lot of Omega 3 in chia and flax seeds and you can have them on a smoothie or a salad. Also, Omega 3’s are anti-aging, prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. We should also have our greens and opt for cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, but in the correct way. Sometimes we think that eating an entire plate of cooked vegetables is the best option, but (if your digestive tract can handle it) it is so much better having raw vegetables, because you are going to receive an influx of nutrients and vitamins that remain in the food if you take them raw vs cooking them out of the food.
High water intake is also a must in our healing process. It helps us to release toxins, to be hydrated, and even to gain muscle. For some people, it’s common to think that if you have a terrible headache, you should take a pain reliever. But don’t we take enough medication as it is with lupus? And, in some cases, we can be experiencing a headache just because we haven’t ingested enough water.
For me, as someone who has dealt with lupus for years and had a kidney transplant, it’s essential to understand the way my body works, how food can interact with my illness, and the benefits that I can have if I consume the right products. I mean, not just memorizing the things that we should eat, but truly understanding why and how it’s possible to be healthier by consuming particular foods. I think that’s the best way to know how to take care of ourselves more holistically and make positive changes to our lifestyle over time.
For those of you who are interested in learning more about Dr. Brooke Goldner and her protocol, she gives free online classes of her protocol at www.goodbyelupus.com. Take care, Lupuschicks and don’t forget to drink/eat your greens!
Please remember to speak to your personal physician before starting any diet or supplementation program, as this article does not constitute medical advice.
About Erika Kaiser
Speaker, TV host, and World Transplant Games medalist in triathlon, Erika is also a lupus warrior who received a kidney transplant from her friend Gabriela. Immersed in the world of the media and journalism, shes committed to spreading the culture of organ donation, social causes and Crowdfunding. Always trying to share her experience to help others, she carried out one of the most important crowdfunding campaigns in Mexico and Spain “#ErikaQuiereVivir”.
Within the leadership and media, she has leaned towards issues of women’s empowerment, well-being, health and lifestyle. She is also a dancer and is currently immersed in the world of fitness & dance.Find her at: Instagram – erikaisermx, Twitter – erikaisermx, Facebook- Erika Kaiser