Autoimmune Disease and a Healthy Lifestyle

I found it amazing that this question came up on our Instagram poll,

as this is exactly the niche I am moving into with my online business this month. In fact, before I go on, I would love to know how many of you struggle with autoimmune disease? And what it is you would love to find on offer in the online community? Shoot us a comment below please.

Let’s first discuss what autoimmune disease is.

It is the body responding to a stressful event, bacteria or other. Rather than fighting off that foreign issue the body fights itself in an automatic response. Illnesses like Polycystic ovaries, diabetes and even Irritable bowel syndrome are considered autoimmune. There are schools of thought that claim the idea of the body turning on itself is short sighted. But the medical industry is just calling it as it sees it.

Those who struggle with autoimmune, or other chronic disease, can feel quite disregarded in this or even any community. It is as though everyone else can manage workouts and eating out. Calling us out as being lazy for not being able to. Why is this? Well autoimmune disease can leave you feeling weak and tired and is often referred to as spoonie syndrome. In other words, we only have enough energy to perform certain tasks, beyond that we are borrowing energy (spoons) from the next day. This causes most of us to skip workouts, hide out at home in PJs. Or not want to face the bombardment of “why didn’t you show up” questions.

It is so important for us all to feel included within the health and fitness industry.

We all deserve a space in it and we can absolutely take part in activities but it is important to know your limits. Learn what works and what doesn’t and keep moving forward in a positive light. I obviously cannot give you an in-depth look into all the aspects of living with disease and what changes to make. But I do want to give you some homework to look into.

What changes can you make in your life today that will ensure you are living at your healthiest possible?

Keep track of your food intake in a diary for at least a week. At the end of each day entry record
how you felt. Did you have energy to train? Were you bloated? Did you skip the weights and do yoga instead? This will help you make connections as to what foods trigger you and what boosts your health.

 In keeping with the above, keep a record of how you feel with every training session. Some
forms of exercise can really trigger feelings of ill health, sluggish digestion and general over stress. I find in times where I am not feeling 100% HIIT training and heavy weights need to take a back seat.

Are you really focusing on good quality sleep? I have written a few blog posts about this before
and it cannot be underestimated! Those who sleep less than 7 hours a night are more likely to

In short, you need to keep track of all areas of your life and find what works and what doesn’t. The management of autoimmune disease is not a one-size-fits-all. Often working with a coach who can keep you accountable will help, and like anything else: Health comes first.

P.s I am not a doctor (I am an autoimmune disease specialist coach), so please consult your doctor before making any big changes to your lifestyle.

Good luck lovelies
Yours in health,


Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.healthandfitness

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