An autoimmune disease is a condition which occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks one’s own tissue. Like one in five people in the Western world, you may have been diagnosed with one and have been told that what you eat has nothing to do with your condition, but are wondering if there is anything that you can do to help yourself. It’s hard not to see that the food we choose to put into our bodies every day has a direct impact on the rapid increase in chronic illness, especially if we look at how our modern diet has evolved. Our food is over processed, with the emphasis on grains, refined sugar, chemicals, toxins and pesticides.
This ebooklet uses the Autoimmune Protocol, a version of an ancestral diet that removes foods such as grains, beans, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades and food chemicals like artificial sweeteners. This diet is designed to heal the gut, which is a factor in contributing to autoimmune disease. Despite how daunting it may sound on paper, it is entirely possible to eat varied, flavourful and interesting meals while on the Autoimmune Protocol, even with the most common and convenient foods removed.
While avoiding foods that contribute to leaky gut and dysbiosis, equally important is increasing the amount of nutrient-dense foods. This means eating a varied diet that includes organ meals, fatty fish, seaweed, fermented foods and plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables. I would encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and make an effort to include these foods in order to bring more nutrients into your diet. Once you find yourself seeing a measureable improvement in your symptoms, you can start introducing some egg yolk and seed spices and keep a journal of your symptoms. As you introduce more foods and learn to gauge your reactions to them, your will start to piece together a safe diet that best manages your condition. If you have been on the Autoimmune Protocol for a few months with no improvement, it may be appropriate to meet with a nutritional therapist to help with further testing.
There are other factors that can help you on your road to recovery, which I will just mention briefly. Make sure that you are sleeping well, managing your stress, making an effort to do some gentle exercise and getting adequate sunlight exposure.