Auto-Immune Diets

Auto-immune diseases diagnoses are often given with no recommended treatments. But food can play a role in helping the body heal.

As a highly experienced food consultant focusing on nutrition and a passion for plant based diets, I’m here to help you on your journey in understanding the impact of the foods we eat if you suffer with auto-immune conditions.

Photo courtesy of Food Revolution

Photo courtesy of Food Revolution

In order to restore health and reduce inflammation, I’ve got some great ways of improving how you feel which I hope will give you a better understanding of your relationship with food. First things first, it should be noted that there’s various strategies out there surrounding what to eat if you suffer with an auto-immune disease. Here I cover a few examples.

Low-Carb Diets

Many people consider a diet with between 50-100 grams of carbs each day a low-carb diet. Some people have seen weight loss, effective against neurological disorders and even some cancers but what is the purpose of a low-carb diet? The main definition is if the number of carbs consumed is enough to put a person into ketosis; a process where the body relies on ketones and glucose to supply energy to the body which is achieved by eating less than 25 grams a day.

Candida and SCD Diet

Essentially this diet aims to get rid of foods that feed the overgrowth in the gut (such as starches). This also includes food which are in the auto-immune protocol such as sweet potatoes, milk, fruit, squash, tapioca, sweeteners and other foods. Why try this diet? This diet can help reduce symptoms for those experiencing overgrowths but cannot eliminate pathogens by themselves.

Low- FODMAP Diet

In a nutshell, this diet eliminates short-chain fermentable carbs that feed the overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. Those suffering with bloating, gas, constipation, IBS and diarrhoea all use this diet to get their issues under control.All high FODMAP foods are excluded for several weeks and then slowly reintroduced to see the body’s tolerance to each type.

GAPS Diet

Similar to the Candida and SCD diet, the GAPS diet incorporates specific pathogen approach, but doesn’t pinpoint allergens and gut nourishing nutrients. Foods include well cooked meat, vegetables, and broth until more foods are introduced across time. First up is ghee, dairy, egg yolks, nuts, probiotics, and fermented vegetables.

Photo courtesy of My Republica

Photo courtesy of My Republica

Food Lists

Fill up on these delicious goodies to help your auto-immune disease!

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Fruits and vegetables- the colourful versions!

  • Sea vegetables

  • All types of vegetables- a good variety

  • Turnips

  • Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and similar green leaf veggies.

Steer clear of:

  • Potatoes- sweet potatoes

  • Tomatoes

  • Hot Peppers

  • Eggplant/ Aubergine

  • Goji berries

  • Paprika

Protein

  • Fish and shellfish

  • Venison

  • Turkey, chicken and pheasant (not excess amounts)

  • Rabbit

  • Offal

  • Glycine-rich foods

  • Pork

  • Lamb

  • Beef and buffalo

  • Duck (in moderation)

Fats

  • Animal fats

  • Coconut

  • Fatty fish

  • Avocados

  • Olives

There’s plenty more foods you can enjoy and ones you should definitely avoid! Get in touch to discuss how I can help deliver delicious, nutritious food which will help with your auto-immune conditions. I look forward to working with you for a bright and fulfilling future in the world of food.