Autoimmune Paleo Diet Goals

The Autoimmune protocol has been said to be a version of the Paleo diet, but really, I see that it is so much more than that; it is a dramatic way to address inflammation that is driving Autoimmune Disease that has its beginning roots in the gut. Diet is one aspect of healing.

This diet has 3 goals:

  1. Remove immune triggers.
  2. Focus on vegetables, essential fats, and fermented foods.
  3. Eat frequently and stay hydrated with plenty of fresh, filtered water.

What are immune triggers?

The goal of this diet is to remove immune triggers that promote inflammation and yeast overgrowth in the gut, and intestinal permeability. This includes nuts, dairy, eggs, nightshade vegetables, peppers, high glycemic fruits, etc. Chronic inflammation can lead to symptoms like headaches, irritable bowels, stress, insomnia, intolerance for heat, brain fog, etc., and can develop into long term autoimmune or gastrointestinal disorders. By calming inflammation in the gut, you will be able to better calm inflammation throughout the body and brain, resulting in better overall health and relief from symptoms.

Reducing chronic inflammation for me has been a must. I have bad allergies to dust and need all the help I can get.

Why focus on vegetables?

Focus on ample vegetables, essential fatty acids (such as from olives, olive oil, and fish), and fermented foods to support healthy gut flora. Healthy gut flora is essential to overall health.

Why eat frequently?

Eat frequently enough to avoid the energy crashes of low blood sugar—do not let yourself get hungry, and stay hydrated with plenty of fresh, filtered water. Sraying hydrated is essential to allowing the body to flush out toxins and keep the system running smoothly.

One of the ways I have ensured that I eat frequently is cooking in bulk, and having fresh cut fruits, cut veggies, and pickled items for snacking. I also pack a lunch box of fresh fruits, veggies, and pickled things for snacks--grapes, strawberries, apple, celery stick, garlic stuffed olives, pickled okra, and tea, as well as a smoothie or extra water.

What are the benefits?

Once I started this diet, as long as I was eating regularly, my cravings for comfort food or junk food were basically gone, and I didn’t feel like I needed more food.

Calorie count says I get full on only about 1500–1800 calories. This also meets the caloric recommendations for someone of my age, height, and weight.

This information was taken from:

  • Dr K’s Autoimmune Gut Repair Diet on his site:
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