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Gaining weight on Paleo autoimmune protocol?

Answered on November 12, 2014
Created July 07, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I've read through all the threads on gaining weight on Paleo, but they often advocate sweet potatoes and dairy. Both seem to be causing my spondylitis/arthritis to trigger.

How can I gain weight on a strict autoimmune paleo diet? Currently I'm eating the following with some success:

Meats (grassfed/local) - fish, fowl, beef, pork, etc. Non-starchy veggies - broccoli, cauliflower, brussels, cabbage, winter squash (summer squash seems to cause problems for some reason?), leeks, onions, radish, salad greens, carrots Avocados - two a day to try to up calories Coconut - half a day of fresh coconut (meat and liquid blended together) Fruit - half an apple and handful berries (keeping sugar low)

Despite eating BIG portions, I'm getting icky skeletal. Any advice would be really appreciated. I'm determined to kick spondylitis into remission by healing my gut. :)

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on November 12, 2014
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I have a number of gut issues and a very limited diet as well, so I feel for your frustration. I don't have an outright answer for you, but do have a few suggestions to help get more calories. If your gut is damaged, it may take healing that first before you'll be able to absorb the needed nutrients and start gaining weight, so if more calories doesn't work at first, focus on the gut health and it'll work out.

Two things to consider:

1) Why such a low-carb approach? I see your note that sweet potatoes don't work for you, but finding something that does could really help with weight gain. Maybe bananas or plantains? You'll have to find what works for you, but low-carb isn't a particularly useful approach if you're hoping to gain weight.

2) Add some fats. Again, you'll have to find what works for you, but maybe try some MCT Oil, Coconut Oils, Ghee, and/or Olive Oil. If you tolerate these alright, you can add a lot of good calories by adding some to each meal.

Good luck!

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