Episode 53: When A Healing Diet Leads To Disordered Eating

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Summary: Thanks for joining us for episode 53 of The Ancestral RD podcast. If you want to keep up with our podcasts, subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode! Remember, please send us your question if you'd like us to answer it on the show! Today we are answering the following question from a listener: “Hello. I love your podcast. I’m an RD with an autoimmune disease living in a place where I have minimal access to high quality foods to heal leaky gut and thus heal my messed up immune system. Plus, I have a hard time with the cost of it all. So I often feel like this conundrum alone leads to disordered eating. I know what to eat but have a hard time getting it all the time. So instead of eating stuff that makes me have symptoms like breakouts, flushing, bloating, fatigue, I don’t eat as much as I should. Can you talk about the fine line between eating to heal disease and disordered eating? I know many people dealing with this situation. Or as dietitians, how you handle patients who can’t financially afford the changes you recommend. Thanks.” Eating to heal is challenging. It requires approaching food in a new way. It’s tough to figure out which foods you don’t react to and find the foods that will support healing, all while maintaining your budget. It's common for this situation to lead to a disordered way of eating. Many times people begin to under eat due to an elimination diet, or simply not having access to “perfect” food. Listen today as we discuss under eating due to stressing over food and the effects this has on trying to heal from autoimmune disease, or any health condition.  We share helpful tips for you to maximize your nutrient intake while on a tight budget without totally sacrificing food quality. You’ll also learn how to de-stress during mealtime to approach food differently. You really can eat to heal! Here's what Laura and Kelsey will be discussing in this episode: The effect of skipping meals or under eating on your body’s homeostasis How prolonged elimination diets can lead to a viscous cycle of more food sensitivities and under eating Why under eating negatively affects your microbiome and therefore can worsen autoimmune disease What to expect as you reintroduce more foods into your diet How to think about money spent for healthy foods as an investment and future money saver Tips to eating with autoimmune disease when finances are low Why the foods that you add in are as important as the foods you take out when trying to heal from leaky gut Tips to maximizing your nutrient intake while on a tight budget without sacrificing food quality Why your protein needs increase as you lower carbs, and vice versa The effect of stress hormones on the appetite when chronically under eating The negative effect stressing out about your diet has on symptoms and quality of life The mind-body connection on how your thoughts affect your immune system and digestion A relaxation exercise for taking the fear and stress out of reintroducing foods Links Discussed: WildFoods.co - Use the code WILDRD for a free gift TRANSCRIPT Laura: Hi, everyone. Welcome to episode 53 of the Ancestral RDs podcast. I’m Laura Schoenfeld, and back with me today is Kelsey Marksteiner. Kelsey: Hi, everyone. Laura: So Kelsey, why don’t you tell us about how your retreat is going? Kelsey: Oh, it’s really nice. It’s in Calistoga, California, which is like in the Napa Valley area. I’ve never been up here. I’ve been to San Francisco once before in my life when I was pretty young so I don’t really remember a whole lot. So I spent a couple days in San Francisco with some friends and then came up here on Sunday night. It is gorgeous. It’s so green, it’s so warm. I’ve been trying to take pictures to send to my friends and family and make them all jealous. It seriously can’t even capture how beautiful it is. You go to bed and hear all those nature sounds, which is awesome.