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Anyone successfully treated an autoimmune condition using paleo? how to avoid weightloss in doing so

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Hello,

Hope everyone is doing well. I have some complicated medical stuff going on POTS, Mast cell activation disorder and a few other things.

in short i have been gluten free for almost 2 years now, and PALEO/FODMAP fairly strict. i think my problems are autoimmune related but the science isnt there yet.

The MAST cell problems causes pseudo allergic reactions in response to all sorts. one day i can eat a sweet potato and be fine, the next have an allergic response.

To take things up a notch i'm now focusing on autoimmune side of diet, i.e removal of eggs, soya (bad i know), seeds/ nuts and possibly reduction in fruit.

However removal of all these foods will be problematic as it will no doubt cause weight loss. have lost tons of weight already and dont want to lose more. i have to walk for a couple of hours per day and do weights 3 X per week so already have a hard time with calorie deficit.

Cant do soya really, or coconut/oils, but really need some high calorie foods to prevent further weight loss when on this autoimmune protocol, any ideas on suitable high cal foods?

Thanks

Aaron

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at 04:36 PM

Thanks, i will have a look @ this diet. something about high fat foods doesnt agree with me though. High fat food causes ectopic beats and worsen GI Issues for me.

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at 04:07 PM

I second this if not losing weight is the main focus especially using coconut oil as opposed to butter (dairy) even ghee

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on July 29, 2012
at 01:25 PM

In addition to eating lots of protein and fats, physical activity is important to get the anabolic process going. I struggle with rheumatoid arthritis and am underweight. A modified paleo diet (no eggs, no nuts/seeds, no fruits, VLC, very strict, no nightshade vegetables, no land animal meat) has helped a LOT in reducing symptoms. It doesn't go all the way so as to cure the disease, but it keeps me functional.

I've always had trouble gaining/keeping weight, though. My body just likes to be very light. There isn't anything terrible about that.

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on July 29, 2012
at 12:39 PM

I would focus on adding in what fats you can tolerate because of their caloric denseness, drizzle olive or avocaso oil over your well...everything. Also have you hears of the GAPS diet? Very difficult but people who have made it through the protocol end up healing a number of different issues including auto-immune disease.

http://www.gapsdiet.com/

55af3830100f17c157af2ad1c4362764

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Thanks, i will have a look @ this diet. something about high fat foods doesnt agree with me though. High fat food causes ectopic beats and worsen GI Issues for me.

Eead82aa93bbcdada0bcd817d0952e58

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:07 PM

I second this if not losing weight is the main focus especially using coconut oil as opposed to butter (dairy) even ghee

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Eead82aa93bbcdada0bcd817d0952e58

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:12 PM

I have Lupus and have managed to put myself into remission largely due to my diet IMHO. I started off going GF, then did Swarzbein so lower carb, then onto Primal then finally Paleo where I have been for 15 months. I still mess around with dairy as it has proved the hardest to kick to the curb, but I would say that ditching ANY sugar including and especially fructose (so no fruit especially dried) and being low carb has helped tremendously. I would keep a food journal especially given what you said about the mast activation anbd daily variances and try to find a pattern if you can. As i mentioned under someone else's post, if you don't want to lose weight then focus on good fats you can tolerate- coconut oil is likely to be safe as is coconut milk and you can try avocados though it may activate the mast cell issues. I personally love snacking on unsweetened coconut flakes- the large, organic ones and coconut butter is UNREAL!

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