Edit: some background on what I eat--I generally eat moderate carb, zero grain, a little butter, weekly WAPF beans (budget reasons), and all pastured meats. Plenty of veg, some fruit.
Last week I got glutened by something--contaminated spices? the dried beans I got that were processed with wheat? no idea--and have felt like I was run over by a truck since then. I only just realized the CC issues with the beans, so I assume it's that which bothered me. However, it now seems that I'm reacting to everything. I've been eating loads of eggs and nightshades lately, and thought that maybe doing the AI protocol for a while would help get rid of residual inflammation. Honestly, I just need to be able to sleep again without aching to take motrin or Tums or antihistamines... or something. (I ended up with horrible joint pain, fatigue, brain fog, a psoriasis flare, and HIVES of all things--first time THAT's happened with gluten.)
Anyway, the question. (Sorry for the long background.) For those who've done the AI protocol, did you find your carb intake to make a difference one way or another? Did high fat/low carb/low protein (i.e., therapeutic ketogenic) help? Or did moderate protein/high fat work for you? Or, alternatively, did eating a higher carb strict paleo diet (w/ sweet potatoes and fruit) help? Also, how long did it take for you to start feeling better? And finally, were you ever able to add some foods back in (specifically nightshades... missing tomato/bell pepper season and not using chili powder makes me want to cry)?
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on July 21, 2012
at 04:51 AM
I have the autoimmune disorder ankylosing spondylitis (with digestive complications and spinal arthritis).
One thing that has helped me in the past is to eat straight meat for a day or so to calm my symptoms. It's the easiest thing to digest. Yes, I do have to eat an almost no-starch, ketogenic diet.
Once you get your symptoms under control, try adding easy things such as carrots, squash, celery, lettuce, kale (really well cooked), and lots of healthy herbs. For example, a meal might look like a nice cut of fish (go crazy on anti-inflammatory seafood), a side of spaghetti squash (feels like carb), and some carrots and celery.
Beans are horrible for those of us with compromised digestion. Nightshades can cause issues with autoimmune (peppers, tomatoes, paprika...watch your spices!). Also, egg whites can really cause havoc (I do eat the yolks that are well separated). Stay away from nuts for awhile too since they have a gut irritant. Try avoiding dairy, or if you have to use butter, try Ghee. Better to use coconut oil or duck fat.
Do use coconut oil liberally! While I have trouble digesting coconut flour/meal, I have no issues with the oil. I use tons while cooking and even eat tablespoons plain to soothe stomach lining and intestines. Lots of other people swear by broths for stomach healing.
Autoimmune is a complex mess of symptoms and attempts and trials. We're constantly tweaking, but I think we're getting close to what helps. :)
on July 20, 2012
at 11:47 PM
Strict paleo 60 - 90 days, no fruit whatsoever, no grains, beans or starches. Eat Lean proteins and vegetables, raw salads, no juicing. Take something for your liver like molybdenum or lipoceutical gLutathione. No sugar or anything that turns to sugar, avoid nightshades. Get checked for candida. Not fun but you will get used to it and it will work. Start the molybdenum asap it will help with the die off symptoms you are describing