TPM Tidbit: Updates to Autoimmune Protocol and Food Reintroduction

October 4, 2012 in Categories: by

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With my new understanding of gluten cross-reactive foods, I have made a couple of adjustments to both Modifying Paleo for Autoimmune Conditions (i.e., The Autoimmune Protocol) and Reintroducing Foods after Following the Autoimmune Protocol.  If this is relevant to you, I highly suggest re-reading these posts.


This might be a dumb question but when you say no dairy because of the Lactose, is Lactose-free stuff ok? I have been drinking Lactaid milk (small amount per day) for years. It doesn’t seem to bother me as far as I know. Please advise. I have crohns and hashimoto’s. I’m been following your AI protocal since earlier this year and have lost 25+ pounds. Add bonus since I have also been on steroids since 2004 and gained lots of weight from those. Thanks!

The issues with dairy go far beyond lactose. Most of the proteins in milk are highly allergenic and can cross-react with gluten, which is why all dairy is excluded from the autoimmune protocol. But, if you are lucky enough to tolerate milk, then you can have it. I would suggest trying a month without and then reintroducing and see how you feel.

I think that many people do really well with it and there are a lot of potential health benefits… if you are not sensitive/allergic. I always recommend cutting out dairy for a few weeks and then reintroducing to see if you have obvious symptoms.

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