While I would really love to be able to eat nuts, seeds, eggs, and nightshade vegetables, my body has made it clear to me that this really isn’t an option if I want to feel good. These items make me very itchy and cause inflammation of my gut. Although at this point (September 2014) I have not been officially diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, my positive response to eliminating these problem foods makes me suspicious. Dr. Pimentel proposed in his 2014 IBS Global Symposium that IBS/SIBO may actually be an autoimmune condition. I believe it- my gut has some pretty intense inflammation, my mind doesn’t feel all there, and I am fatigued.
The main ways in which Autoimmune Paleo Protocol is different from Paleo is that it also excludes:
- Nightshade vegetables: eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, etc. See a complete list here.
- Nuts and seeds: that means coffee and chocolate too! I know, you probably just shut off and said nope, can’t do this. But really, you SHOULD do it if you want to reduce inflammation
- For a more elaborate list, check this out.
Here are some great blogs about the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol:
- Mickey Trescott
- Sarah Ballantyne, PhD (she also has two wonderful books: The Paleo Approach & The Paleo Approach Cookbook)
One of the things that you have to be careful with if you suffer from gut issues is that AIP does not exclude FODMAPs. You will have to become comfortable with which vegetables you can tolerate and experiment with testing them in your diet. In Sarah Ballantyne’s The Paleo Approach Cookbook, she identifies which recipes can be made low FODMAP. While my body personally disagrees with some of the vegetables that she says are low FODMAP, it is a helpful extra step she took in her book.