The Paleo Approach QuickStart Guide to Reintroducing Foods What is The Paleo Approach?
What is The Paleo Approach?
The Paleo Approach (also known as the auto immune protocol or AIP) is a more specific version of the paleo diet aimed at regulating the immune system and giving the body the opportunity to
heal from the damage of autoimmune disease. It works by addressing four key areas known to be important contributors to immune and autoimmune diseases. Drawing on insights gleaned from more than 1,200 scientific studies, these diet and lifestyle recommendations specifically target:
The first dietary recommendation for those with autoimmune disease is to adhere to a strict paleo diet with no cheating. To be clear, this means: no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no refined sugars, no modern vegetable oils, and no processed food
chemicals. While other people may be able to enjoy the occasional bowl of rice or corn chips or even
ice cream, if you suffer from an autoimmune con diction, you are most likely not one of these people.
Gluten containing grains should be banned for life. Other grains and legumes can be very problematic for those with autoimmune conditions. Dairy of any kind (even grass-fed ghee which can still have trace lactose and dairy proteins!) should be avoided initial ly. This may be true for the rest of your life but some people may be able to reintroduce many foods after their diseases are in remission.
If you have an autoimmune condition, other
foods can be triggers, including: eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades, gluten cross-reactive foods, fructose in
excess of 20g per day, alcohol, NSAIDS, nonnutri tive sweeteners, and food additives. These foods are
also omitted from the Paleo Approach because they cause gut irritation, cause gut dysbiosis (overgrowths are most common), act as carrier molecules across
the gut barrier, stimulate the immune system, in crease gut permeability, and/or cause inflammation.
In addition, its important to ensure that your blood sugar levels are well managed. This does not mean low carb. It just means not high carb.
Perhaps even more important than removing
foods that negatively impact gut health or stimulate the immune system is eating a nutrientdense diet. Micronutrient deficiencies are the strongest dietre lated factors contributing to increased risk of auto immune disease. If you have autoimmune disease,
it is highly likely that you are deficient in a number of nutrients. So, just as some foods should be elimi nated, there is also a focus on eating more highly nutrientdense foods like organ meat, fish and shell fish, green and colorful vegetables, fruit, cruciferous vegetables, sea vegetables, quality meats and fats, probiotic foods, and bone broth.
However, the autoimmune protocol is not a life sentence. Reintroducing some foods after your health has improved can be a big boost to quality of life for many people. Being able to eat eggs for breakfast or bake with almond flour or
enjoy a square of dark chocolate can make a huge difference in terms of being able to sustain your healthy new habits. However, don’t be too eager
to start reintroducing foods. Generally, the more time you give your body to heal, the greater the likelihood that you will be able to reintroduce some foods successfully.