Prednisone & the FMD
FMD Prescription on Prednisone
Are you searching for a food prescription to help you manage the unpleasant side effects of prednisone? Do you need a plan to help you lose those stubborn pounds? For those of you who aren’t familiar with prednisone, it is a steroid prescribed to patients for a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions and can have many different side effects. Prednisone can speed up our anti-inflammatory hormones, it can disrupt our natural cortisol levels, and its one of the reasons why we get lots of aggressive weight gain. But there is a solution! By making a few adjustments to the Fast Metabolism Diet, we can help to reduce the unfriendly side effects of your prednisone and get you to the health your deserve.
I get that it’s hard when it feels like your medications are working against you. I’ve had my own struggles when prescribed prednisone, and I know what it’s like to be frustrated with an autoimmune condition. The Fast Metabolism Diet is a solution that uses targeted foods on specific days at strategic times. If you’re being prescribed prednisone, you’re going to make a few very specific changes to the standard FMD plan to help best manage blood sugars and to control any unwanted side effects. I want you to be asking yourself “Did I Eat Today” (D.I.E.T.) on a regular basis so that we can begin to eat our way to health and get the metabolic pathways working for you!
Use This Tailored Fast Metabolism Diet Plan If You Are Currently Taking Prednisone
- Manage Your Blood Sugars. The most important thing to do when on prednisone is to be very consistent with managing the blood sugars. You must take your prescription (eat) six times a day. That means you will be eating every 3-4 hours and have 3 meals and 3 snacks every day.
- Add a Snack Before Bed. We need to make sure that right before bed we have a steady blood sugar. You’ll have a phase specific protein and vegetable snack in phase 1 and 2, and a fat and vegetable snack in Phase 3.
- Add Fruit Before Exercise. If it’s cardio, strength, or a stress-reducing activity, you must have fruit before. Even on Phase 2, you will need to add fruit before your exercise. We need to elevate the glycemic level before significant exercise to support the body’s natural metabolic pathways that allow the muscle to store glycogen and allow the liver to trigger fat metabolism.
- Increase Intensity in Your Workouts. That means on Phase 1, you’ll need to increase your cardio intensity and keep the heart rate between 140-145 beats per minute. During Phase 2, you’ll need to lift heavy weights in your strength session.
- Work Closely With Your Doctor. Discuss the timing of your prednisone and figure out the best way to manipulate how this drug may be affecting you. For me, this made a huge difference! While prednisone is often prescribed first thing in the morning, what it can do is suppress the body’s natural cortisol production. Cortisol is supposed to decline naturally throughout the day, so I found that when I switched from taking my dose in the morning to the evening, it coincided with the normal suppression of cortisol and I didn’t have as many side effects.
- Success Boosters. My I-Burn tea is a really great success booster to integrate into your FMD prescription when dealing with the side effects of prednisone. I personally love adding this in when I have an autoimmune flare up or start feeling a bit inflamed. The full recipe can be found in my book, The Burn.
How Will Your Day Look Different On FMD While Taking Prednisone?
Phase 1: You’ll have a Phase 1 fruit like an apple or orange before your cardio workout. You’ll add an additional snack 30 minutes before bed that consists of a protein and vegetable like nitrate-free deli meat and sliced cucumber.
Phase 2: Even in Phase 2, you’ll add a fruit such as a green apple right before your strength-training session. You’ll also add a protein and vegetable snack 30 minutes before bed. I love our delicious Sautéed Garlic and Lemon Greens recipe that you can pair with a slice of turkey jerky or chicken strips.
Phase 3: You’ll have a Phase 3 fruit like a peach or plum before your stress-reducing activity. You’ll also add a third vegetable and fat snack 30 minutes before bed. Try carrots and hummus or celery and almond butter.
I understand how frustrating it can be when your body feels like it’s working against itself. But I’m here to tell you that we can use food, the safest and most powerful form of medicine, to get you back to the body you love and desire. We’ll achieve a healthy metabolism with this tailored Fast Metabolism Diet plan.
If you have an autoimmune condition, my post on 5 Steps to Build a Peace Plan for Autoimmune Conditions is also a great place to start. For more information on autoimmune conditions, you can also check out my new book Food Rx, to help you build your health dream team and a strategic plan for success.