Autoimmune Paleo Diet and Hashimoto’s
Inside: Ways to improve Hashimoto's by following Autoimmune Paleo Diet. What are the foods to eat, foods to avoid and best practices for autoimmune paleo diet when you have Hashimoto's
People suffering from Hashimoto’s have observed remarkable improvement by following numerous dietary protocols. Hence, the dietary approach has resulted in the complete remission of the condition by reducing inflammation and eating foods that make a person feel better.
Although it is an individualized approach, in many cases Autoimmune Paleo Diet has shown amazing results in people suffering from Hashimoto’s and reduced their symptoms of fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, muscle ache, sleep quality, gas, and bloating.
Generally, people with Hashimoto’s have sensitivities to a wide range of foods such as Gluten, Dairy, and Soy which are commonly omitted in the Paleo Diet.
The Paleo Diet generally focuses on eliminating grains, legumes, soy, and processed foods and focus on enriching the diet with nutrient-dense foods, such as organic or grass-fed meats, wild-caught fish, and organic vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs from pasture-raised hens.
To talk specifically about Hashimoto’s there are certain foods that trigger inflammation in people who have an autoimmune disease, hence Paleo Diet is restructured as Autoimmune Paleo Diet where such foods are eliminated and the complete focus is on healing leaky gut. Removal of commonly problematic foods helps in reducing inflammation in people with autoimmune diseases and therefore heals the symptoms.
Therefore, people have observed a sigh of relief after incorporating Autoimmune Paleo Diet into their lifestyle.
People adapting to Autoimmune Paleo Diet can see significant results in approximately 30-90 days of time span. During this period, you can also keep on experimenting with certain foods in your diet one by one to know which food is performing better for your body and what not.
Following an Autoimmune Paleo Diet not only shows improvement in Hashimoto’s and its symptoms but also reduces the number of thyroid antibodies. To get an easy start, one can focus on taking baby steps to adapt to Autoimmune Paleo Diet.
For instance, a person can start from a complete Gluten Free Diet and then move forward with Gluten and Soy Free. This will help your body to adapt the diet easily to your lifestyle without the feeling of missing too much.
Foods to Avoid for Autoimmune Paleo Diet
There are certain guidelines that you can follow for Autoimmune Paleo Diet to know which foods you should completely avoid and which ones to incorporate.
Let’s get a closer look by knowing which foods should be avoided while following Autoimmune Paleo Diet:
- Grains (including corn, quinoa, buckwheat, and rice)
- Beans and legumes
- Nightshades – tomatoes, potatoes (except for sweet potatoes), eggplant, peppers, goji berries, ashwagandha (a herb that helps balance adrenals), paprika, and other nightshade spices
- Seaweed and other sea vegetables*
- Sweeteners (including honey, maple syrup, and agave) in high quantities (small amounts are allowed)
- Canned foods, processed foods, coffee
- High Glycemic Index Foods
- All nuts and seeds (except coconut)
Generally, seaweed and other sea vegetables are not avoided in Autoimmune Paleo Diet but it will be beneficial if you avoid them as it contains high content of iodine that may exacerbate autoimmune thyroid disease.
Foods to Eat for Autoimmune Diet
Once, you have a list ready of the food items that you should avoid, you should also focus on the foods that should be included in your Autoimmune Diet to give you the required nutrients.
- Organic vegetables (except nightshades and legumes)
- Fermented foods (sauerkraut, nightshade-free kimchi, coconut kefir, kombucha, fermented vegetables, and jams)
- Organic and grass-fed meats
- Organic and grass-fed organ meats
- Wild-caught fish
- Fats and oils
- Low-glycemic organic fruits
- Coconut (including coconut milk and coconut oil)
- Herbs and spices
- Hydrolyzed Beef Protein
- Sweet potatoes
Autoimmune Paleo Diet Best Practices
Having a calculative diet chart and sticking to the foods that are allowed in Autoimmune Paleo Diet will help you to easily adapt to the changes in your lifestyle. Hence, here are some of the best practices that can help you easily implement the Autoimmune Paleo Diet in your routine.
- Take fruits that are low on the glycemic index and limit their servings to 1-2 per day.
- Include 6-8 servings of vegetables per day
- Distribute each meal between 80% vegetables and 20% meat or fish.
- Focus on sauces, dips, and broths
- Include plenty of fats and oils (coconut oil, duck fat, beef tallow, avocado oil, olive oil), cooked at the appropriate temperature
- Take your meal time and chew your food thoroughly
- Learn to ferment your vegetables
- Drink plenty of filtered water
- Check your supplement labels to make sure that the ingredients are in accordance with your diet.
Following this Autoimmune Paleo Diet will allow your body to reduce inflammation and give your gut a chance to heal. It improves the way you feel about yourself as it eliminates the symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases.
Hence, it is definitely worth trying if you are looking for relief from Hashimoto’s and its symptoms. Although it seems a little intimidating initially the moment you feel the results of this diet, it will outweigh all the inconveniences. Therefore, stick to the guidelines and keep experimenting with your meal chart to know your body better and the way it is responding to the changes. Soon, you will be amazed by the significant improvement that comes along and the way certain foods are making you feel better day by day.
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