Once I decided I was going to use diet as a way to heal my autoimmune disease, I crammed as much information in my head as possible. I attempted to read books on reversing autoimmune disease, but lets be honest being a mom and doing some light reading don’t mix too well.
Enter the wonderful creation of apps+podcasts. I can be making dinner, going on a walk, doing my make-up, driving to the grocery store and I am learning loads of new things from all kinds of experts. Each of these podcasts have given me the knowledge and motivation I need to keep pursuing a holistic lifestyle. Almost always there is someone is being interviewed who has struggled with their own disease, you learn about their pain, how they found relief, and by the end of it you are in tears (the good kind).
The beautiful thing about all these autoimmune disease focused podcasts is that they will manifest to you that you are not alone. There are so many others out there, just like you, who were just as overwhelmed with where to begin their healing process.
Today I gathered 13 of the best podcasts that I listen to regularly. Be prepared to be uplifted and inspired!
Why I listen: Last September I searched in the podcast app “Autoimmune Disease” and Julie Stiles was one of the first to come up. I fell in love with her in depth interviews, and her positivity in having a disease, hence the name “Autoimmune Adventures”.
Most Memorable Episode: Episode #44 The gal she interviewed was Jen Wittman, and at the time I didn’t know what a phenomenon Jen was in the autoimmune/thyroid community. She spoke about how changing your diet is the hardest thing to face when you have a disease (one that you will often times even deny as an option) and she like me, was angry about it. In the episode she is quoted saying “its really about taking the baby step, committing to one little thing to do, trying that seeing the result and then committing to the next step and then committing to the next step, and breaking it down to make it easy.”
Why I listen: The major reason I listened to these type of podcasts was because I was searching for SUCCESS STORIES, I needed to be fueled by others testimonials. And Eileen of Phoenix Helix has a series throughout her podcast called Healing Stories. She has a number of guests and they are all there to share how diet has brought them relief in their disease. Its the dose of positivity I need to keep at my efforts.
Most Memorable Episode: Episode #30 Eileen interviews 5 different people all ranging from Raynauds Syndrome to Graves disease. Each person talked about how their healing meant something different. Some were able to come off all medication others remained on theirs but were ok with where they were at in their journey.
Why I listen: Angie Alt, and Mickey Trescott are the masterminds behind this podcast. They run the Autoimmune-Paleo Blog, that is FULL of useful resources for those looking to transition to paleo or the AIP diet. And when they announced a couple weeks back they were starting a podcast I knew that would be just as useful information. And they have not let me down.
Most Memorable Episode: Episode #3 Angie and Mickey interview Sarah Ballantyne. She is such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to understanding your autoimmune disease and your environmental triggers. In this episode, the women all get very personal and emotional when discussing just how life changing the paleo diet has been for them.
Why I listen: This podcast is, like the others, has so much information about diet and disease. But Jessica and Sarah (the gals who run the show) put a meditational spin on healing. We often times forget that piece when trying to reach our optimal health. But they tie in meditation and self love, and who doesn’t need that reminder?!
Most Memorable Episode: Episode #2 I could not get enough of what was spoken in this episode. I am a total yogi at heart. So I speak that namaste language fluently, it may not appeal to you right away what all is said in this episode, but it is great for sparking that need to include meditation in your day to day life.
Why I listen: This podcast is like the autoimmunity bible! There is SO much information packed into each episode. The episodes break health habits down to bite size pieces. There is something new I learn in each time I listen.
Most Memorable Episode: Episode #25 I am such a huge fan of Dr. Terry Wahls. If you don’t know her name, you can watch her famous TED Talk on youtube to give you a little taste of who she is. This whole entire episode is focused on Dr. Wahls development of MS, and how she overcame it through her own nutrition protocol. You can’t help but get chills when listening to how she came out of such debilitating circumstances.
Why I listen: Dr. Anh is a certified Pharmacist, and I take a lot of comfort in that. She knows medications and drugs serve a purpose, but believes so much of disease can be healed and prevented with diet and lifestyle.
Most Memorable Episode: Episode #68 is focused on how essential oils can be incorporated into your health regimen. This is a topic and idea I totally left out of my wellness journey for a while. But since have began opening the doors to them and her guest Mariza Snyder explains just how useful they are, and they discuss my favorite topic, GREEN SMOOTHIES and how to do them right!
Why I listen: Chris Kressar has such a matter of fact way of debunking and uncovering common health myths. He addresses complicated health topics in such a thorough way. The man is wildly smart, but has a way of explaining things so that anyone could understand.
Most Memorable Episode: This episode delves into what exactly leaky gut its. Most people with an autoimmune disease almost always have this condition, but whats cool is he discusses how to test for leaky gut. He walks you through the process of understanding what it is, how it plays a role in your chronic illness, and how you can go about healing it.
Why I listen: Before I found out about my thyroid cancer, I knew something was terribly wrong with my thyroid. So I did some digging, and this woman is the thyroid connoisseur plus she is an actual doctor. If you have any sort of thyroid issues Dr. Amy Myers podcast and website will be a great resource for uncovering those issues.
Most Memorable Episode: Episode # 20 If you are going to listen to any of these recommended podcasts, please listen to this episode. Amy interviews Robb Wolf, who has quite the recovery story. But what I was most impressed with was how well the two of them break down why paleo works for autoimmune conditions, and with that being said why it may not work.