I have hashi's and adrenal issues. I have heard that HIIT and Crossfit might not be best for people with autoimmune diseases. What exercises are best? Can I still get intense?!
asked byAshley_3 (20)
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on June 27, 2012
at 03:44 PM
I like to refer to myself as "Autoimmune Clusterfuck NOS" with Celiac, PCOS with pretty severe insulin resistance, mild Ulcerative Colitis and Fibromyalgia. I've been hypothyroid before as well but have not been in a few years since cutting out gluten, weirdly.
I've never done crossfit specifically but am able to do small amounts of short and intense interval workouts. Jillian Michaels has 22 minute work outs on her 30 day shred dvd which I can do up to twice a week without throwing myself into a chronic pain and fatigue flare up.
You just have to listen to your body and experiment when you can afford to (not before important events, obviously). I feel like this is one of those areas where everyone is different. My biggest lesson with exercise was that I should only do it when I am rested. Working out consistently when I'm already tired/fatigued has resulted in big time flare ups, though that was also when I was eating SAD. Getting moving can help with the fatigue (hiking, walking at a reasonable pace) but pushing it is not in my best interest.
I'd suggest an energy journal where you record your exercise, daily activities, emotional stress and diet. That was the eye opener for me.
on August 15, 2011
at 12:14 PM
Good question that I'd like feedback on too. I went Primal/Archevore 1/11. I used to do chronic cardio, yoga, hiking and some weights and ended up with chronic fatigue over the span of a few years, pre-Paleo.
I gave up everything except short easy daily hikes with the dog 'cause I just couldn't physically do them anymore. Once I found Paleo 1/11, I decided to follow Sissan's workout recommendations for beginner workouts, once a week - scaling.
I did my first easy HITT w/a sprint 17 days ago and the chronic fatigue returned with a vengance for 5 days! I thought I'd progressed up enough to handle the real simple circuit I did in the woods (movNat) - guess not. I ended up needed midday naps for 2 days and midday coffee the other days. I haven't needed naps and afternoon coffee since pre-Paleo!Maybe it was humidity that did me in? I scaled back my next WOW dramatically and only had delayed onset of muscle fatigue - no whole body chronic fatigue.
I was never dx with insulin resistance or adrenal issues the whole 4 yrs I complained to my doc - not sure if adrenal issues show up in regular blood work or not. B12 deficiency was all they found. But from my own research I would say I was pre-diabetic with adrenal issues.
Was taking cyano B12 but Dr. Kresser's blog on methyl B12 changed my consumption choice. My neuropathy went away with methyl B12 but came back after the HIIT. Still lingering for me now ever so slightly. Does intense physical activity
I keep wondering if I should IF and want to do HIIT, scaled for me, but am I doing more damage than good? Was it just the aerobic portion that did me in?
Love this site btw!