The Paleo diet is based on an ancestral way of eating that eliminates grains, legumes, processed foods and sometimes dairy and adds nutrient rich vegetables, free range animal meats, nuts, seeds, and lots of healthy vegetable and animal fats. Based on the premise that humanity has not evolved to assimilate grains and other post agricultural foods and that industrial foods are the cause of most modern diseases, the Paleo diet gets back to a way of eating associated with hunter-gatherers. Not long ago Paleo eaters were a fringe group who found that eating this way not only increased their performance in their athletic endeavors but improved their total well being. Today there are millions adopting a Paleo diet and lifestyle. And while it is still controversial among mainstream society the science surrounding it is gaining traction and it is no longer just a fringe group of cave men. It was the #1 Googled diet in 2013 and according to this article about 1% of Americans are eating this way. For even more information try this.
While many are finding success with weight loss and better health overall through eating Paleo there are some who are taking it a step further in the hopes of reversing specific auto-immune conditions. Things like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, Celiac Disease and hashimotos thyroid disease are some of the conditions that have been reversed through the Auto-Immune Paleo Protocol.
The AIP Protocol eliminates additional foods from the base Paleo diet for a period of time in the hopes of decreasing the inflammation caused by an overactive immune system. Night shade vegetables (potatoes, peppers, and eggplant to name a few), eggs, nuts, dairy, chocolate, seeds, coffee and night-shade spices are all eliminated until symptoms improve and then carefully added back in one at a time to see if there is a sensitivity or if a particular food causes a flare in symptoms.
For myself I had been loosely adopting a Paleo diet for a year or so when I developed arthritis( or maybe redeveloped as over the years I’ve experienced unexplained joint pain and inflammation) that the rheumatologist diagnosed as Psoriatic arthritis(PsA). In January of 2014 I had severe joint pain in feet, hands and spine and I was experiencing increasing fatigue. I have dabbled in the Auto Immune Protocol but until recently hadn’t completely given into eating this way. I have had some improvement in my symptoms through diet and some alternative interventions and supplements and the prescription drug Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN). I hope to continue to improve my symptoms through the Auto-Immune Protocol. Don’t Eat Daisies is my journey through this and my attempt to provide additional resources to those wanting to follow the AIP Protocol to improve their own auto-immune condition. Specifically I hope to help those who are eating this way in a family where not everyone eats Paleo let alone AIP Paleo.