By: Eileen Laird
The Prevalence of Autoimmune Disease
According to the NIH, autoimmune disease affects 23 million Americans, and the AARDA puts that number closer to 50 million. The standard course of treatment is a lifetime of medication which can cost as much as $2,000 month, and comes with potentially dangerous side effects. Many people are looking elsewhere for answers, and finding the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. Originally developed by Dr. Loren Cordain, it was popularized by Robb Wolf in his book, The Paleo Solution, and expanded by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, author of the upcoming book, The Paleo Approach.
What is the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)?
The AIP is an elimination diet. You stop eating certain foods for 30 days (or longer), and then slowly reintroduce them to test your body for food intolerance. If your body reacts positively, you can happily reintegrate that food into your diet. If your body reacts negatively, you know that food is an inflammation trigger for you, and best to avoid. This communication has allowed many people with autoimmune disease to reduce their symptoms dramatically, some even going into remission.
Which foods are eliminated? The AIP permanently eliminates non-paleo foods: processed foods, refined oils, refined sugars, grains, legumes and soy. The AIP temporarily eliminates the following foods for 30 days, before they are reintroduced one at a time: dairy, eggs, nightshades, nuts and seeds.
AIP-Friendly Shopping at US Wellness Meats
As you can imagine, this diet is a challenge, but the rewards make it very worthwhile. Autoimmune disease brings with it some of the most debilitating symptoms of any illness. US Wellness believes passionately in the nutritious power of real food, and it’s inspiring to see people applying nutrition to successfully reverse autoimmune disease. To help, we have a list of AIP-Friendly foods that we offer. These include convenience foods (all nightshade-free). We’ve also linked to some nutrient-dense foods recommended for healing, such as bones for broth, and organ meats. Enjoy!
Sugar Free Pork Bacon
Sugar Free Beef Bacon
Plain Beef Jerky Sticks
Plain Turkey Jerky
Plain Beef Pemmican Bar
Beef Pemmican with Cherries and Honey
Cooked Sockeye Salmon Packs (Shelf-Stable)
Canned Wild Red Salmon
Canned Albacore Tuna
Bone Broth Ingredients
Beef Organ Meat
Lamb Organ Meat
Poultry Organ Meat
Original Pork Rinds
Eileen Laird, author of the blog, Phoenix Helix, used the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol to reduce her rheumatoid arthritis symptoms by 95%. She reached out to US Wellness to help them identify their AIP-friendly offerings. Through her blog, she also hosts a weekly Recipe Roundtable, where people share AIP-friendly recipes.