Most of us have heard of the paleo diet but what you don’t hear much about is the Autoimmune Paleo diet (also known as the Autoimmune Protocol diet or AIP). I happened to run across info about this diet on the internet while down one of those deep dark rabbit holes that you tend to find yourself in when one search leads to another, to another and yet to another. The word “autoimmune” caught my attention right away. You see, I have two autoimmune diseases one of which is vitilago. Vitilago is a disease that causes you to randomly lose pigment in your skin leaving patches of white spots all over your body. See my previous post HERE with pics.
There are approximately 80 different autoimmune diseases currently. Autoimmune disorders include hundreds of medical conditions that are due to the body’s own immune system attacking its own organs. One of the most frustrating things autoimmune conditions is that there is no curative treatment for them. By using food as medicine, AIP followers are able to reduce troublesome symptoms and heal underlying imbalances by decreasing inflammation and healing gut dysfunction. The diet focuses on a nutrient-dense intake and eliminates inflammatory and allergenic foods to support the body in cooling down the immune system (which is what’s going awry).
So what does this really mean? It means no gluten, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no sugar, no eggs, no spice or peppers, no nuts and seeds, tomatoes (SO hard), and no alcohol with keeping fruit to a minimum (which I’m not doing so well with thus far – baby steps). Basically, you can eat meat and vegetables with caution to oil and spice. Here is a great beginners guide with a chart.
Why go through this…what appears to be a somewhat horrific experience? Well, I have been gluten free for almost eight years and doing this initially made a huge impact on my first autoimmune disease but didn’t have too much of an impact on the vitilago. Although, after going gluten free, most of the white patches on my face re-pigmented, thank GOD! However, it is still spreading fast and furious on my hands, feet, and knees. This disease, while not painful physically, is very painful emotionally. If there is a chance that I can heal a portion of all of the vitilago through diet, why not? I have nothing to lose at this point. I’m going to give the diet a trail run from 30-90 days to see if any re-pigmentation occurs. Many diseases can be healed through diet. They say you are what you eat, right? Well let’s see what happens. Stay tuned for more.
* The pic above shows two jars of nomato ketchup that I made over the weekend. You can find the recipe HERE.