An “autoimmune disease” develops when your immune system (which defends your body against disease) decides your own healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy body cells.
An autoimmune dietary protocol eliminates foods that can trigger inflammation in people with more sensitive digestion that may be autoimmune related. The foods typically eliminated include nuts, seeds, beans, grains, artificial sweeteners, dairy, alcohol, chocolate and nightshades.
The remaining foods largely involve vegetables, seafood and animal products. Given that Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition I have also created a lower insulin load diabetes-friendly autoimmune list of foods that will be more gentle on blood glucose levels.
Although sticking to the autoimmune friendly list of foods is restrictive, it is typically very nutrient dense approach as it removes many of the more nutrient poor foods.
An autoimmune protocol is often used as a short-term ‘reset’ where inflammatory foods are eliminated for a period. Once things settle down potential other possible trigger foods are slowly reintroduced to see which foods can be tolerated.
A short list of autoimmune friendly foods is listed below. For a more extensive list of autoimmune food and meals tailored to your goals get your free personalised Nutrient Optimiser report here and select ‘autoimmune’ as a condition.
vegetables, spices and fruit
- chicory greens
- fish roe
- beef brains
- lamb liver