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Doesanyonesufferfromanyautoimmunediseasesorfoodintolerances?

Ameris Jimenez
Ameris Jimenez Mogul President at The University of Illinois
over 1 year Champaign, IL, United States Conversation

Just recently I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease and my doctor told me that I have to basically live a gluten and dairy free diet for basically my whole life. For the whole month (up until Feb 29th) I had to adhere to a strict diet which was no gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, eggs, or alcohol. So far it has been so hard for me to find places to eat out and not to mention, all of these alternative foods that I'm buying are so damn expensive.

Is anyone else going through the same thing as me? How do you guys deal with it physically, mentally, and financially? 

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  • 27MillionVoicesToday
    27MillionVoicesToday Millennial Woman Of Many Hats
    over 1 year ago East Coast United States

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you! I pray for complete recovery for you. I somewhat understand. I have an auto immune problem as well. I was diagnosed with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) at age 12, non food based allergies/asthma at age 9,and arthritis at age 14. CFS and arthritis has been a struggle but I try to stay on top of it as best as can be however with diet and low impact exercise. I can't push myself too hard without my body reacting to it so pacing myself is one major aspect. Vitamins can be of help however. Financially it can be difficult with any auto immune disease, sometimes local markets have better deals than larger owned corporate one's. Maybe shop around for supplements/foods that can be of help and get with you doctor about any decently priced supplements,etc that can be of help to you. Please take care of yourself. <3  

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you! I pray for complete recovery for you. I somewhat understand. I have an auto immune problem as well. I was diagnosed with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) at age 12, non food based allergies/asthma at age 9,and arthritis at age 14. CFS and arthritis has been a struggle but I try to stay on top of it as best as can be however with diet and low impact exercise. I can't push myself too hard without my body reacting to it so pacing myself is one major aspect. Vitamins can be of help however. Financially it can be difficult with any auto immune disease, sometimes local markets have better deals than larger owned corporate one's. Maybe shop around for supplements/foods that can be of help and get with you doctor about any decently priced supplements,etc that can be of help to you. Please take care of yourself. <3  

    • Ameris Jimenez
      Ameris Jimenez Mogul President at The University of Illinois
      over 1 year ago Champaign, IL, United States

      Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and support <3 I am currently taking multivitamins right now and have an active lifestyle by working out at least 4-5 times a week. I'm also waiting for my doctor to send me deals for supplements. 

      Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and support <3 I am currently taking multivitamins right now and have an active lifestyle by working out at least 4-5 times a week. I'm also waiting for my doctor to send me deals for supplements. 

  • Tina Kapinos
    Tina Kapinos Mogul Influencer
    over 1 year ago Chicago, IL, United States

    My daughter had to adopt a gluten- and dairy-free diet more than five years ago. It's tough at first, but eventually reading food labels and peppering food servers with questions in restaurants will become second nature. I would check with your university to find out if there are any groups on campus where you can connect with other students with food allergies or sensitivities. If not, consider starting one yourself. Magazines like Gluten Free and More have lots of recipes and information on how to deal with food allergies. There are Apps you can download that will list restaurants in your area that offer gluten-free options. If you have time to cook for yourself, that's the best way to cut costs. Just make sure you're not sharing items like toasters with a gluten-consuming roommate to avoid cross-contamination. There are lots of gluten-free and vegan blogs where you can find recipes. Boneless, skinless chicken dipped in crushed tortilla chips (dip in water first and you won't need egg to make them stick) or quinoa mixed with diced vegetables and a few spices were favorites in my house. For a snack, try sprinkling some nutritional yeast on popcorn. The nutritional yeast will give the popcorn a cheesy taste, and it's loaded with vitamins. And never leave the house without a snack so you'll have something safe to eat wherever you are--dried fruit, nuts or a gluten free bar can be lifesavers. 

    My daughter had to adopt a gluten- and dairy-free diet more than five years ago. It's tough at first, but eventually reading food labels and peppering food servers with questions in restaurants will become second nature. I would check with your university to find out if there are any groups on campus where you can connect with other students with food allergies or sensitivities. If not, consider starting one yourself. Magazines like Gluten Free and More have lots of recipes and information on how to deal with food allergies. There are Apps you can download that will list restaurants in your area that offer gluten-free options. If you have time to cook for yourself, that's the best way to cut costs. Just make sure you're not sharing items like toasters with a gluten-consuming roommate to avoid cross-contamination. There are lots of gluten-free and vegan blogs where you can find recipes. Boneless, skinless chicken dipped in crushed tortilla chips (dip in water first and you won't need egg to make them stick) or quinoa mixed with diced vegetables and a few spices were favorites in my house. For a snack, try sprinkling some nutritional yeast on popcorn. The nutritional yeast will give the popcorn a cheesy taste, and it's loaded with vitamins. And never leave the house without a snack so you'll have something safe to eat wherever you are--dried fruit, nuts or a gluten free bar can be lifesavers. 

    • Ameris Jimenez
      Ameris Jimenez Mogul President at The University of Illinois
      over 1 year ago Champaign, IL, United States

      thank you for all of the tips @Tina Kapinos! I will definitely look into those magazines and apps too :) 

      thank you for all of the tips @Tina Kapinos! I will definitely look into those magazines and apps too :) 


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