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Folks have asked me about the autoimmune Paleo protocol that I've been following, with fairly good success so far. So I thought I'd give a brief description:

This diet focuses mainly on meats and fishes (grass-fed and wild-caught, if possible), lots of vegetables, some fruit, and fats/oils (no vegetable oils - mostly animals fats, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, etc).

This is a list of foods to avoid, at least initially:
All grains, including quinoa
Dairy products
Nuts and seeds
All nightshade family plants - tomato, potato, peppers, eggplants, chili powder, paprika, curry, etc

This diet avoids most of the common foods that people can be sensitive to. Once your symptoms significantly improve, you can start testing the foods (one at a time) to see which ones are giving you problems and which ones are OK for you to eat. Many folks also have to test themselves with other foods not on this list, as everyone has different food sensitivities.

This protocol can be done as a NSD or LSD, or you can eat more starch if you choose (such as sweet potato, bananas, winter squash, etc). I've had to add more carbs/starch to this protocol than many people, as I have major adrenal issues and going near a ketogenic state can be life-threatening for me.

Some people, such as Andrea (bettyrawker) have found that doing a juice fast for 1-2 weeks can quickly get them to a pain-free state. From there, it is much easier to determine which foods can aggravate your pain.

One great online resource about using the autoimmune protocol can be found at this website:
Sarah is using this diet to help heal her form of psoriasis. I've found her blog posts very helpful.

Another person with useful information on identifying your own food sensitivities for arthritis is the author of "Conquering Arthritis", Barbara Allan.

My own pain levels dropped quite a bit after starting the protocol on July 1st. I tested 1/2 egg one morning early last month, and my pain shot up badly before sunset, and my eye inflammation also flared up that same night. Took a week to improve again. Since then, I've tested various nuts, with no signs of problems with them.

But I've been dealing with a respiratory infection for weeks now, and I'm not testing anything else yet until I get better. But my pain has increased again this week, and I think it's from a new supplement my Functional Medicine doctor prescribed - it has soy lecithin in it, and I suspect that's the culprit.

Anyway, even on the full protocol, I still have some residual pain and inflammation - just not enough to need any pain meds, as long as I don't overdo my activities. So I think I need to expand my search for more food sensitivities. I plan to conduct a juice fast myself, supervised by my new doctor, in the hopes to reach a pain-free baseline before I test more foods. I have to be extremely careful because of my life-threatening adrenal problem.

Anyway, this protocol is pretty close to the NSD/LSD, and some people have good success combining them. Hope this information helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

Psoriatic spondylitis for just 3 years, already on disability. Failed with anti-TNF's and methotrexate; can't take NSAIDS; not on any regular pain meds. On the autoimmune protocol of the Paleo diet, with pretty good results so far. Also have to avoid high-oxalate foods.
Joined: Feb 2011
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Joined: Feb 2011
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+1 for following and seeing very good results when sticking strictly to the AI protocol.

I'm having a glass (or two) of wine and eating dark chocolate at this very moment... ah well, it's Friday. wink

But seriously, I seem very sensitive to a myriad of eatable things, so having transitioned from NSD to 'aip' has pushed my improvements ahead even further, albeit very slowly.

Sometime I have to 'stop' and reminisce about how I felt the same time last year to realize that things are still 'coming along'!

Being at the Ketogenic state isn't so swell for me either. Have experienced some of the less fun 'side effects' of that state. A few green grapes and lots of EVOO/coconut fat help take care of that problem.

Eggs, nuts, and soy lethicin are all no-gos for me.

And yes, is a great read.


B27+, 2nd Rheumy: 'inflammatory backpain'.
IBS + SI/lumbar/thoracic/cervical/knee/elbow stiffness & pain.
Managing inflammation very well with diet since Jan 2011.
Slow but consistent reduction in symptoms year by year.
Haven't seen a physician in years.
Took LDN (4.5mg) between 2013-2015, 2018-2019.
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 30
Joined: Mar 2012
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"like" thanks for these posts - I'm currently taking a break from any diet but am researching for a while until I'm ready to start again and try a stricter version. Thanks for this post as I was very curious about the paleo autoimmune protocol and it's relation to the NSD regime.

Diagnosed March 2012
First symptoms December 2011
31 years old
Determined to change my poison into medicine!
Runner, stamp collector, cat lover, cheese lover

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