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The Autoimmune Protocol



Autoimmune diseases are quite common amongst individuals. If you find that you might suffer from one of these, taking action with your nutrition plan is extremely helpful. 

The following are some of the more common autoimmune diseases:

  • rheumatoid arthritis: inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues
  • systemic lupus erythematosus: affects skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs
  • celiac sprue disease: a reaction to gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley) that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine
  • pernicious anemia: decrease in red blood cells caused by inability to absorb vitamin B-12
  • vitiligo: white patches on the skin caused by loss of pigment
  • scleroderma: a connective tissue disease that causes changes in skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs
  • psoriasis: a skin condition that causes redness and irritation as well as thick, flaky, silver-white patches
  • inflammatory bowel diseases: a group of inflammatory diseases of the colon and small intestine
  • Hashimoto’s disease: inflammation of the thyroid gland
  • Addison’s disease: adrenal hormone insufficiency
  • Graves’ disease: overactive thyroid gland
  • reactive arthritis: inflammation of joints, urethra, and eyes; may cause sores on the skin and mucus membranes
  • Sjögren’s syndrome: destroys the glands that produce tears and saliva causing dry eyes and mouth; may affect kidneys and lungs
  • type 1 diabetes: destruction of insulin producing cells in the pancreas

    Following a diet that incorporates the Autoimmune Protocol can be beneficial for removing triggers that promote inflammation in
    the gut. Once the gut begins to heal, better health will be realized.



    Here are some guidelines for what is and is not allowed on this protocol:

    NOT ALLOWED:

    • Nuts (including nut oils like walnut and sesame seed oils)
    • Seeds (including flax, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and culinary herb seeds like cumin and coriander)
    • Beans/Legumes (this includes all beans like kidney, pinto, black as well as Soy in all its forms)
    • Grains (Corn, Wheat, Millet, Buckwheat, Rice, Sorghum, Amaranth, Rye, Spelt, Teff, Kamut, Oats etc)
    • Alternative sweeteners like xylitol, stevia, mannitol
    • Dried fruits and/or over-consumption of fructose (I recommend up to 2 pieces of fruit a day)
    • Dairy Products
    • All Processed Foods
    • Alcohol
    • Chocolate
    • Eggs
    • Gums  (guar gum, Tara gum, Gellan gum, Gum Arabic)
    • Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, paprika, mustard seeds, all chili's including spices)
    • No vegetable oils (NOTE: olive oil, lard, palm oil, cultured grass fed ghee and coconut oils are permitted)
    • Culinary herbs from seeds (mustard, cumin, coriander, fennel, cardamom, fenugreek, caraway, nutmeg, dill seed)
    • Tapicoa. I eliminate this the first 6-8 weeks because it is a known gluten cross reactor according to Cyrex Labs Gluten Cross-Reactivity Test

    ALLOWED:

    • Vegetables (except nightshades)
    • Fruits (limit to 15-20 grams fructose/day)
    • Coconut products including coconut oil, manna, creamed coconut, coconut aminos, canned coconut milk (with no additives like guar gum and carageen or bpa lined cans) shredded coconut (this list does not include coconut sugar and nectar)
    • Fats: olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, lard, bacon fat, cultured ghee (certified to be free of casein and lactose)
    • Fermented Foods (coconut yogurt, kombucha, water and coconut kefir, fermented vegetables)
    • Bone Broth
    • Grass Fed Meats, Poultry and Seafood
    • Non-Seed Herbal Teas
    • Green Tea
    • Vinegars: Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut vinegar, red wine vinegar, balsamic (that has no added sugar)
    • Sweeteners: occasional and sparse use of honey and maple syrup (1 tsp/day)
    • Herbs: all fresh and non-seed herbs are allowed (basil tarragon, thyme, mint, oregano, rosemary, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, savory, edible flowers)
    • Binders: Grass Fed Gelatin and Arrowroot Starch (watch the starch however if you have adrenal issues)



      While Noah does not have an autoimmune disease, when he simply cleaned up his diet to include macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) he was able to lean out and improve his health greatly. Here is his story...



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