The Autoimmune Protocol

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TPA as a bookThe Paleo Approach is now available!   If you want the nitty gritty details (explained in an approachable way!), the diagrams and illustrations, the scientific citations, all of the information in one place, FAQ, information on supplements, help troubleshooting, practical implementation tips,  food lists, it’s all in my book:

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The Paleo Approach Cookbook is also now available! It provides expert tips on how to make the switch to The Paleo Approach easily and economically. It explains how to stay within your food budget, how to make the best use of your time in the kitchen, and where to shop for what you need. Complete food lists, shopping guides, meal plans, and over 200 recipes take the guesswork out of eating to maximize healing.

Note:  I will always keep this cliff notes version of the autoimmune protocol here for free for everyone to see.  That’s right.  I’m not holding this information hostage.  While my book goes into far more detail and explains the detailed WHYs behind these recommendations, you don’ t need to buy it to start making positive changes that can help regulate your immune system and heal your body.

Interested in learning even more about The Paleo Approach? This video from my YouTube Channel is just a quick tour (the book is so big that giving you a broad overview takes 13 minutes!) but you get to see just how comprehensive and detailed this book is.

My original research into the dietary guidelines for those with autoimmune disease started with the recommendations in The Paleo Solution, The Paleo Answer, and various podcast and YouTube interviews with Robb Wolf, Prof. Mat Lalonde and Dr. Terry Wahls (author of Food As Medicine and Minding My Mitochondria). These are all great sources for more information while you wait for my book to be released. However, as I have delved into thousands of scientific studies (1200 of which are referenced in my book) evaluating the roles of nutrients, hormones, and the bacteria in your gut in the development or prevention of autoimmune disease, I have refined these recommendations to reflect my new-found (very thorough) understanding of how the foods we eat interact with our gut barriers and influence our immune systems.

Autoimmune disease is caused by the immune system losing the ability to differentiate proteins belonging to your own body with proteins belonging to a foreign invader (like a bacteria, virus or parasite). What causes symptoms is the build up of damage to cells, tissues and/or organs in the body–damage caused by your own immune system attacking those cells. Which proteins/cells are attacked is what separates once disease from another. In Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, the thyroid gland is attacked. In Rheumatoid Arthritis, the tissues of your joints are attacked. In psoriasis, proteins within the layers of cells that make up your skin are attacked. However, the root cause is the same.

Genetic predisposition to autoimmunity makes up about one third of your risk of developing an autoimmune disease. The other two thirds of your risk come from environmental factors, which include: diet, lifestyle, infections (both prior and persistent) exposure to toxins, hormones, weight, etc. While you cannot control your genetics or whether or not you had mono as a kid, you do have an immense amount of control over your diet and lifestyle (and the extent that these affect hormones and weight and even toxin exposure). By removing the foods that contribute to a leaky gut, gut dysbiosis (the wrong numbers, relative quantities, or types of microorganisms typically growing in the wrong locations in your gut), hormone imbalance, and that stimulate inflammation and the immune system, you can create the opportunity for your body to heal. By addressing important lifestyle factors and changing your focus to eating nutrient-dense foods that support optimal gut health (and optimal health of your gut microorganisms), that restore levels of important nutrients and provide all of the building blocks that your body needs to heal and properly regulate the immune system, that help resolve inflammation and support organ function, you create an environment in your body conducive to healing.

This is not a cure (once your body learns to attack itself, it can never un-learn this), but you can put your disease into remission, often permanently. Depending on how long you have had your disease and how aggressive it is, there may be permanent damage (which might, for example mean that you need to take organ support supplements such as thyroid hormone in the case of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis for the rest of your life), but you can stop your immune system from attacking your body and heal substantially.

This diet is appropriate for everyone with diagnosed autoimmune disorders or with suspected autoimmune diseases. It is very simply an extremely nutrient-dense diet that is devoid of foods that irritate the gut, cause gut dysbiosis and activate the immune system. You will not be missing out on any nutrients and this diet is absolutely appropriate to follow for the rest of your life. If you have a specific autoimmune disease that causes extra food sensitivities, those should be taken into account with your food choices. Because I get asked this question more than any other question: yes, this diet will help you.

One of the most important contributors to autoimmune disease is nutrient deficiency (which of course, is built right into the Standard American diet, which while being rich in energy is very poor in actual nutrition). Even if you have been following a paleo, primal, GAPS, SCD, or WAPF diet for a while, it is likely that you have not corrected nutrient deficiencies (if you had, you probably wouldn’t be reading this page).

Gut dysbiosis and a leaky gut are believed to be involved in all autoimmune diseases (and are present in every autoimmune disease which has been tested). The presence of gut dysbiosis and a leaky gut are directly related to diet and lifestyle (the foods you eat, the foods you don’t eat, how much sleep you get and how stressed you are). The diet recommendations of The Paleo Approach are all designed to help heal the gut, to restore normal/healthy gut microorganisms, to reduce inflammation and to regulate the immune system both through healing the gut, regulating hormones and addressing micronutrient deficiencies.

My understanding of autoimmune disease goes beyond diet. The Paleo Approach will go into great detail about exactly why prioritizing sleep, managing stress, protecting circadian rhythms, and incorporating plenty of mild to moderately-intense activity (and avoiding strenuous activity) into your day is also exceptionally important. In fact, if you ignore these lifestyle factors, you might completely undermine all of the efforts you are making with your diet.

The first dietary recommendation for those with autoimmune disease is to adhere to a strict paleo diet with no cheating. To be clear, this means: no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no refined sugars, no modern vegetable oils, no processed food chemicals. While other people may be able to enjoy the occasional bowl of rice or corn chips or even ice cream, if you suffer from an autoimmune condition you are not one of these people. Gluten should be banned for life. Grains and legumes should never be consumed. Dairy of any kind (even grass-fed ghee which can still have trace lactose and dairy proteins!) should be avoided initially. This may be true for the rest of your life but some people may be able to reintroduce many foods after their diseases are in remission.

In addition, if you have an autoimmune condition, you should completely avoid:

There are a variety of reasons these are omitted, including: causing gut irritation, causing gut dysbiosis (overgrowths are most common), acting as carrier molecules across the gut barrier, acting as adjuvants (stimulating the immune system), increasing gut permeability, causing inflammation. In addition, you should ensure that your blood sugar levels are well managed (this should happen naturally but for those with a history of diabetes, obesity, and/or metabolic syndrome, using a glucometer may be helpful). This does not mean low carb. It just means not high carb.

There is also some evidence that hormonal birth control can contribute to hunger and digestive hormone dysregulation, leading to inflammation and immune activation.

Perhaps even more importantly than removing foods that negatively impact gut health or stimulate the immune system, is eating a nutrient-dense diet. Micronutrient deficiencies are the strongest diet-related factors contributing to increased risk of autoimmune disease. If you have autoimmune disease, it is highly likely that you are deficient in one or more of: fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K), several minerals (zinc, iron, copper, magnesium, selenium, iodine, etc.), B-vitamins, vitamin C, antioxidants and other non-vitamin nutrients (like CoQ10), omega-3 fatty acid (in relation to omega-6 fatty acid intake), certain amino acids (like glycine), and fiber.

So, just as some foods should be eliminated, there is also a focus on eating more of the following:

  • organ meat and offal (aim for 5 times per week, the more the better)–read more here.
  • fish and shellfish (wild is best, but farmed is fine) (aim for at least 3 times per week, the more the better)–read more here and here.
  • vegetables of all kinds, as much variety as possible and the whole rainbow, aim for 8-14 cups per day
    • Green vegetables
    • Colorful vegetables and fruit (red, purple, blue, yellow, orange, white)
    • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnips, arugula, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, watercress, mustard greens, etc.)
    • Sea vegetables (excluding algae like chlorella and spirulina which are immune stimulators)
  • quality meats (grass-fed, pasture-raised, wild as much as possible) (poultry in moderation due to high omega-6 content unless you are eating a ton of fish)
  • quality fats (pasture-raised/grass-fed animal fats [rendered or as part of your meat], fatty fish, olive, avocado, coconut, palm [not palm kernel])
  • fruit (keeping fructose intake between 10g and 20 g daily)
  • probiotic foods (fermented vegetables or fruit, kombucha, water kefir, coconut milk kefir, coconut milk yogurt, supplements)–read about them here and here.
  • glycine-rich foods (anything with connective tissue, joints or skin, organ meat, and bone broth)

You can also improve your intake of important trace minerals by switching to Himalayan Pink Salt or “dirty” sea salt. Other tips like eating locally-grown organic produce can make a big difference (both in terms of micronutrients and in terms of probiotics). It is also very helpful to drink plenty of water between meals and to make sure you are consuming enough food. The body is not very efficient at healing itself when you are running a caloric deficit (you shouldn’t have to gain weight to heal, but losing weight may be a competing goal for now). If you are underweight or worried about losing weight, see this post.

Fruits and vegetables may be consumed raw or cooked. I recommend eating the rainbow and including something green with every meal (or at least most of them) and as much variety as possible. The only fruits or vegetables that are restricted on The Paleo Approach are nightshades and legumes. Dried fruit are high sugar and should be reserved for occasional treats due to their potential impact on blood sugar. All other fruits and vegetables are low or moderate glycemic load (which is more relevant than glycemic index in terms of impact on blood sugar) and the vast majority of people will be able to sufficiently regulate blood sugar levels without limiting or counting fruits or vegetables at all. In fact, eating a large amount of vegetables is really important and I think that there are so many fears about which vegetables might be bad (starchy vegetables for SIBO, FODMAPs, Salicylates, histamines (teaser excerpt from The Paleo Approach on this coming soon), goitrogens, insoluble fiber, high sugar from fruit, etc.) that people under-eat fruits and vegetables to the detriment of their healing. While some of these are certainly worthy areas to explore should you not experience dramatic improvement in 3-4 months, unless you have diagnosed fructose malabsorption or diagnosed histamine or salicylate sensitivity, that isn’t where you should start. Don’t like vegetables? I don’t care. Eat them. Eat liver, fish and oysters too.

Some quick myth-busting and FAQ:

  • Starchy Vegetables (GAPS, SCD): Avoiding starchy vegetables for SIBO has not been validated in the scientific literature (but eating low FODMAP has been proven very effective for people with IBS, IBD and SIBO). Many people do anecdotally find symptom relief from starving overgrowths with these very low carb approaches, but the low carbohydrate/fiber intake can be stressful on the thyroid and cause dysregulated cortisol (and both of those are bad!). The two diet factors that have been shown in the scientific literature to have the most dramatic corrective impact on gut microorganims is high omega-3 fatty acid intake (lots of fish!) and high fiber intake (from vegetables and fruit), both soluble and insoluble. If you do have confirmed SIBO or strong gastrointestinal symptoms, you may want to combine the autoimmune protocol with a low FODMAP approach or you may wish to save low FODMAP for troubleshooting a month or two down the road.
  • Insoluble fiber: While insoluble fiber gets a bad reputation as being an “irritating” fiber, recent studies actually show that higher insoluble fiber intake speeds healing in models of colitis and diverticulitis. Also, the higher the intake of insoluble fiber, the lower the chances someone will have high c-reactive protein (implying that it reduces or prevents inflammation). Soluble fiber reduces the chance of having high c-reactive protein too, but not as much as insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber also reduces risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. I can’t find a single scientific journal article that actually shows that insoluble fiber irritates the gut and I have a feeling this is myth. Instead, I can find evidence that it reduces bile acid loss (which ultimately improves digestion), is an essential signal for ghrelin suppression after meals (which has a ton of different important effects in the body), that it improves insulin sensitivity, and helps to remove toxins from the body. I can’t find a single reason why insoluble fiber should be limited. If you have intact pieces of high insoluble fiber vegetables in your stool, add digestive support supplements (especially plant enzymes) and try limiting yourself to cooked vegetables until your digestion improves. For more information, see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 of my Fiber Manifesto series.
  • Goitrogenic vegetables for thyroid disorders: Again, there is no scientific evidence for their exclusion even for those with thyroid disorders. I explain in detail in this post.
  • Fruit: Many people avoid fruit because it is high in sugar. If you have FODMAP-intolerance, you will want to avoid high fructose fruits and everyone will want to keep their fructose intake below 20g per day, but fruit in moderation is endorsed and is actually a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Depending on which fruit you choose, and how you define a serving, you can typically enjoy 2-5 servings of fruit per day and stay below 20g of fructose.
  • Omega-3 intake is very important: Aim for between 1:1 and 1:3 ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids. If you eat grass-fed, pasture-raised meat, not too much poultry, and some fish, this will be natural. If you eat more conventional meat or more frequent servings of poultry, you will need to increase your intake of oily cold-water fish (like salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, kipper, anchovies, trout, fresh tuna, and carp). Rendered animal fats used for cooking should always come from grass-fed or pasture-raised animals. Omega-3 fatty acid intake is one of the most important factors for correcting gut dysbiosis. It is better to get your omega-3 fats from fresh fish rather than fish oil. Plants-based omega-3s are predominantly ALA, which is not as usable by your body as the long chain DHA and EPA in fish and pasture-raised/grass-fed meat. Increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake has been shown to dramatically reduce the need for NSAIDs in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Protein is important: You can heal your body by limiting your animal-based foods to fish and shellfish, but you need protein. The protein in fish and shellfish is more digestible than meat (and meat protein is more digestible than any protein from plants), which may be relevant for those with severely damaged guts.
  • Vegetables are important: don’t skimp on the vegetables. If you are a person who has a very hard time eating large servings of vegetables, smoothies or vegetable juices might be consumed in moderation as part of a meal (and not as a meal replacement because chewing is an important signal for digestion). If you have trouble digesting large amounts of vegetables (if you have any gastrointestinal symptoms or can identify intact vegetable particles in your stool), try taking digestive support supplements with your meals and limiting yourself to cooked vegetables initially (plant enzymes are especially helpful for breaking down fiber).
  • Gray Areas: egg yolks, legumes with edible pods (such as green beans and snow peas), walnut oil, macadamia nut oil, grass-fed ghee, and gluten-free alcohol when used in cooking are gray areas. I suggest omitting them in the beginning, but can typically be reintroduced much earlier than other foods. Whole coconut products (coconut butter, coconut cream concentrate, creamed coconut, coconut flakes, coconut chips, fresh coconut) should be consumed in moderation (due to being very high in inulin fiber and moderately high in phytic acid). Coconut milk and coconut cream (not to be confused with creamed coconut or coconut cream concentrate) should be guar-gum free and limited to 1 cup per day. Coconut oil is fine if well-tolerated.
  • FAQ Foods:
    • carob, rooibos tea, black and green tea in moderation, DGL, apple cider vinegar, wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, coconut water vinegar, coconut water in moderation, vanilla extract (if cooked), pomegranate molasses in moderation, maple syrup and maple sugar very occasionally, honey very occasionally, dried fruit very occasionally, dates and date sugar very occasionally, molasses very occasionally, unrefined cane sugar (sucanat, evaporated cane juice, muscovado, very occasionally, coconut aminos, are okay.
    • algae (chlorella, spirulina), wheat grass (contains wheat germ agglutinin), barley grass, brown rice protein, pea protein, hemp protein, licorice root (except DGL), aloe, slippery elm, chia, flax, lemon balm (tea is probably okay but avoid in supplement form), commercial egg replacers, decaf coffee, herbal sleep aids that contain oat seed, some adaptogenic supplements (ashwagandha is a nightshade), are not okay.
  • Meal FAQ: It is better to eat larger meals spaced farther apart and not snack, unless you have a very damaged gut that can not handle digesting large amounts of food all at once. If you are used to grazing, transition slowly. You should not intermittent fast if you have autoimmune disease. You should not endeavor to be in nutritional ketosis if you have an autoimmune disease (teaser excerpt from The Paleo Approach on this coming soon). You should not eat when under duress. It is better to avoid excessive liquid with your meals, chew your food thoroughly and not rush to the next activity when you eat. You should not eat within 2 hours of bedtime (disrupts sleep). Meals should always include animal foods and plant foods (within the guidelines above), including a quality fat source, and some carbohydrates. There are not firm guidelines for proportion of your meals that are protein, fat and carbohydrate (make sure you get “enough” of each, and then just eat what makes you happy).
  • Useful Supplements:
  • Quality Matters (but it isn’t everything): the better quality food you can source, the better. But if you just can’t afford all grass-fed/pasture-raised meat, wild-caught fish, and organic locally-grown produce, just do the best you can. My post on the importance of grass-fed meat contains some suggestions for incorporating it into your diet in a budget-conscious way. This post ranks different animal proteins to help you prioritize which ones to buy. Whole9Life has a wonderful chart on when fruits and vegetables are in season including which fruits and vegetables are important to buy organic and which aren’t, if budget is an important concern.
  • Your body knows best: If you know that a food that is omitted from The Paleo Approach works very well for you (such as raw grass-fed dairy) or if you know that a food normally recommended on The Paleo Approach does not work well for you (such as coconut oil), then it’s find to modify accordingly. If you aren’t sure or aren’t seeing success, go with the above recommendations. If you find something that truly works for you, whatever it is, stick with it.
  • Reintroductions: Ideally, you should wait until your disease is in full remission before attempting reintroductions (which are discussed in this post). If you are feeling very deprived, you may choose to attempt some reintroductions once you are no longer taking DMARDs or steroids and can see substantial improvement in your disease symptoms. If you do not feel deprived, there is no compelling reason to reintroduce any foods.

Don’t forget the crucial importance of: getting enough sleep (at least 8-10 hours every night), managing stress (mindful meditation is very well studied in the scientific literature and universally shown to be beneficial), protecting circadian rhythms (being outside during the day, being in the dark at night and avoiding bright lights in the evening), nurturing social connection, having fun, making time for hobbies, relaxing, and getting lots of mild to moderately intense activity (while avoiding intense/strenuous activity).

I know from experience that this is a very challenging task. I also know from experience that, in many cases, 90% is not good enough (and the more serious your condition, the more important compliance is until your body has healed). I know from experience that this increases your food budget (although perhaps this can be negated by decreasing your medical expenses). I try to focus on the delicious foods that I do get to eat (yes, there are lots of them!). I try to focus on the fact that I have a strategy for improving my health that is far more powerful than any prescription medication (Note that in many cases you will still need to be on prescription medications, especially those that support organs attacked by your disease, although you may be able to reduce your dose. Please work with your doctor on this one!). And, compliance gets much easier once you start to see improvement (how long this takes will be different for everyone, but typically anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months). It’s only effort until it’s routine.

Additional Resources

Autoimmune Paleo CookbookWant a great cookbook to help you get started (and while you wait for my cookbook to be released)? The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook was written by my friend Mickey Trescott.  The print version which was just released contains 150 recipes and the e-book version contains 110 autoimmune protocol-friendly recipes including some wonderful treats (and only 3 or 4 are similar to recipes in the e-book version and about a dozen in the printer version as what will be included in my book, so it’s a great compliment to The Paleo Approach). Read my full review of the e-book version here and see preview recipes here and here.

My friend and functional medicine specialist Anne Angelone has written a set of very handy guides to help you get started, including:

These are great additions to your paleo autoimmune library. And, you can actually get all three and a bunch of other great stuff in Anne’s The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough Kit.  This is definitely worth checking out.


Also, my assistant Christina Feindel has released an e-book called 28 Days of AIP which contains a 28-day autoimmune protocol meal plan (including several new, exclusive recipes) to help you get started, stay on track, and illustrate that the AIP is a flavorful diet full of variety. Check it out here.

Another great resource for reintroducing foods into your diet safely is Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird. Eileen walks you through the process of reintroducing foods one at a time and gives you pointers on when to start reintroducing foods, keeping a food journal, and how to know if you have a reaction. She also provides recipes appropriate for various stages of reintroducing! Get the e-book here.

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What diet do you recommend for Parkinson’s?

I am a vegetarian for ~ 2 1/2 years, which has helped the PD tremendously. Haven’t had wheat, rye, oats or barley for ~ 22 years; don’t do any dairy (exception: low fat yogurt); don’t do any sugar (haven’t for ~ 22 years); drink only filtered water and coffee daily

Am unable to exercise as much as I used to, but do walk 3-4/week– about a mike each time.

Strict Autoimmune Paleo (AIP).

Ditch the Vegetarianism, low fat yogurt (including all other forms of dairy), and coffee (including all other forms of caffeine).

I have vitiligo since 25 years ago; now I am 32. Do you think if I start with paleo diet I can recovery my illness? And how long does it take recovering the illness more or less?
Thank you very much,

A paleo diet will not help you. You require an Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet.

Your illness may or may not recover. What is important is that AIP is the most scientifically proven diet and will dramatically help those with conditions similar to yours.

It will take the rest of your natural life.

Hi there,

I’m 7 days into the 30 day reset and am experiencing worse acid-reflux and gas in the belly than before I started. Is this normal at this point in the process? Perhaps I should ease off on the fermented foods. I am trying to address my vitiligo and also have celiac’s and have had severe acid reflux before going gluten free a couple of years ago. Should I be concerned with these side-effects (other than the discomfort)? What do you recommend?

Thank you!

Hi Kristin,

I am trying to reverse my vitiligo too and I have started with paleo diet. Now I am about 2 weeks with paleo diet, so I think it is to early to see any result. Also, I have vitiligo since I was 7 and now I am 32, so I think this reverse will be quite long for me. Anyway I would like to be in contact with you and know how is going your evolution.
Regarding to acid-reflux and gas, I can tell you that I haven´t got any symptom like you and, also, my gases have gone and my digestions are better than before. However, it is true that I don’t eat fermented foods.
Good luck Kris!

Hi Kristin –
Did you ever figure this out? I came across your comment while googling to find information about the acid-reflux and gas that I am currently experiencing. I’m on day 8 of AIP and am also trying to address vitiligo, as well as Hashimoto’s.

The acid-reflux and gas that I got today really caught me by surprise so any tips you might have would be greatly appreciated!

I found that leaving out the fermented foods for the first 3 weeks gave me relief from extra gas until my digestive track become more accustomed to the AIP Paleo eating, and I then started eating fermented foods once a day for the next few weeks and felt okay. That’s just my experience. 😉

I just bought your book and am very excited to get started. I have been going back and forth between Paleo and GAPS for about 2 years now but I have seen no change in symptoms. I recently did a food sensitivity test and found I have a pretty severe reaction to eggs (which I have been eating an abundance of on these diets). I’m wondering about homemade almond milk. I know AIP calls for no nuts because of the skin, but if I remove the skin in making my almond milk would it be safe to consume during the 30 day reset?


Paleo and GAPS will do nothing for you that Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) will not do far better.

Almonds (with or without skin) are not healthy to consume.

Almonds (a form of seed) are packed with many antinutrients, often at high levels. This is why people notice dramatic health improvements when removing seeds (grains, pseuodograins, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, spices, coconut, chocolate, coffee, etc.) from their diet.


I feel like I have nothing left to eat! I am having a major issue with candida/yeast overgrowth. My naturopaths say that the candida have turned more into a fungus in my large intestine poking holes in the wall which lets undigested food into my blood. This is causing me food intolerance issues with so many foods that I would be able to eat normally on an anti-candida diet. They don’t want me to eat the same foods two days in a row. I am starving all the time and then end up binge eating. Please help me. I need a better plan!

I’m in the same position as this woman. All started with a chronic illness, one problem leading to another, and so on. “Follow this diet.” “Now, follow this diet.” Now, here I am, with nothing left to eat that doesn’t make me feel like hell, apart from some vegetables. Can’t very well live off those.

Life sucks. Oh well. Not really living anymore anyway. What’s death gonna hurt?

I was so sad to read your post. I have been dealing with a chronic back problem for a year and a 1/2 and just found out that it is spondylitis. I know it seems hopeless, but try to stay strong and hope for new answers. I’m not sure of what your illness is, but if it has to do with candida overgrowth check with your md about using baking soda 3 times a day. I had to use 1/4 tsp in 8 ounces of water 3 times a day due to h-pylori and it does make a huge difference. I was to the point that all I could have was a slice of dry toast daily and that was hard to keep down. I know baking soda seems ridiculous but if you’d tried everything maybe this can help. Good luck. P.s. death is not a option:)

Antonio, try not to give up hope. I know it’s very difficult when all food makes you sink. It’s so disheartening. Please try to find a supportive friend, family, or doctor. This can be a dark road without support. I see you’ve tried different diets, so you support with supplements like digestive enzymes or HCL to help break down food? I’ve recently added xymogens colostrum supplement and feel it has helped tremendously. Hang in there!

You will get better, I’m gonna get better, please think some positive thoughts. This diet will only be a SMALL part of your life!!!!! It’s worth it, hang in there!!! Praying you won’t give up!!!!!!!!!!!! Take some baby steps, do what feels good to your body. You are worth it!!!!!!

I am in the same boat with food intolerances… Have you had any success? I cannot break down meat or fat either and have started binging on gluten free desserts. I am pretty hopeless.

Hi there! One of my worst problems is constipation. About 5 months ago I discovered ‘Smooth Move’ Tea by Traditional Medicinals, and ‘Get Regular’ by Yogi Tea. These are working wonderfully. I now can go 5 to 6 times a week (without any other ‘stimulants’, enemas, etc.). What a relief. However, I don’t see anything about SENNA LEAF in the Autoimmune book… which is the main herb used in these teas. Is SENNA LEAF ok to consume?
Also… these teas contain BITTER FENNEL FRUIT (which might come from the seed)… I wonder if that herb/seed is OK. (One of the teas only has Senna, Chamomile, fennel, and peppermint leaf… does that sound OK?…
… and finally, a few of the other ‘Smooth Move’ varieties have more ingredients, like Licorice Root, Cardamon seed, black pepper, etc. They do work wonders for me… but should I avoid drinking these varieties since they have ‘forbidden’ herbs in them?
If you have ANY recommendations for a good herbal tea to relieve constipation besides these, please advise… I want to stay regular.
Thanks so much!

I have had a lot of trouble with constipation due to Norco for my chronic pain. I found that taking Metamucil 2 times a day works great! If you hate the mix it also comes in capsules. Good luck


Magnesium supplement in the form of citrate helps for constipation. – If you are NOT constipated other forms of Magnesium are better. I buy from Viridian Nutrition, it’s water soluble Magnesium citrate powder, no additives at all. I have been taking half a teaspoon in water per day for a couple of weeks and it’s great. I’m not sure how good it is to use daily in the long run, but magnesium is often recommended as supplement in the Paleo world.

You have probably already done lots of research, but one important thing is how to sit on the toilet; You can use a low kitchen stool or a pile of books under the feet.

I have found regular exercise is good to prevent constipation, a little each or every other day, including some cardio training.

The way you breathe might be of help, this link is for women with pelvic floor issues, but there’s some good advice which could be helpful for men too.

Steve, I too have had a lifetime struggle with constipation to the point that my bowels shut down for 3 months and as per my GI doc he had me taking so many laxatives and enemas that still didn’t produce a thing and I was very concerned. Had tons of testing and still no answers. The only relief I have had is with the new drug called LINZESS. I have no side effects and can eliminate every 3 days or so without any side effects. I since have learned that I have a Motility Disorder. Have you had a Sitz Marker Study done to see if that could be your issue too? Try to incorporate a good fish oil into your diet as well as a good probiotic and digestive enzyme. I also see a Kinesiologist that helps me by muscle testing for which nutrients my body needs. Word of Caution about Smooth Move! I used it for years as my only way to release but after having colonoscopies and upper endoscopies that showed the lining of my intestines turning black I was told to discontinue the Smooth Move Tea or any laxatives containing sena!
I am sticking with the Linzess and am Gluten Free Dairy Free Soy Free. I am investigating the AIP and Paleo. Good Luck

How do you know when your autoimmune disease is in remission if you always have to take medication? I have Hashimoto’s, though have no symptoms. My TSH has come down on its own, but still not low enough. I still take medication. Exactly what constitutes remission?


What about CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy) or TM (Transverse Myelitis)? Currently doing IVIG every three weeks since April – no continued worsening, but also no improvements.

I’m curious if either indica or sativa based organically grown marijuana would be AIP freindly?
Thanks for your time and consideration!

There is some research that you can acquire quite easily via google that has shown some intestinal permeability in regards to consuming cannabis. This is why many hospitals recommend vaporizing (not combusting) the cannabis.


I read in The Paleo Approach that collagen supplements are recommended for those battling autoimmune skin diseases like psoriasis. Is there a particular brand you recommend?

Also, I read that gelatin helps with leaky gut. Is it recommended to take both collagen and gelatin or is one or the other good enough?


You body will not take as well to supplements as it will to whole food. You should consume bone broth (in soups, gravies, as tea, etc.); eat pork: ears (terrine), skin (cracklings), tail (snacks); chicken wings and feet; and any other forms of gelatinous animal products.

I just stumbled across your article and found it very interesting. I have Hashimoto’s and have been on medication for year my weight and indigestion is a constant yo-yo along with hair loss and mood swings. I also have restless leg syndrome. I am interested in starting this. I hope it makes a difference.

Stick with a strict Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet and will it make a world of difference for you. Then show your appreciation by supporting those like Sarah who work tirelessly to bring this information forward and pass on the information you have learned to others you may think will benefit from it.

I have a dumb question but I’ve spent the last hour trying to figure it out…what are “FAQ Foods”? I was trying to figure out if licorice root is allowed on AIP and that led me to that section. I panicked today that you couldn’t because I have been drinking a tea with it in it. I also panicked cause I realized almost all my yogi organic teas have black pepper in it :( bummed.

No question is ever dumb (really).

Licorice root is allowed on AIP. Black pepper on the other hand is not.

Do not be “bummed” out. In this day and age with all the things hidden if food and missing from labels, things can pass your defences. Just be glad you discovered it now and did not continue to consume it for many years to come.

I appreciate your research and articles, however, this information makes me hopeless. I have MS and realize the autoimmune approach is what you suggest. But I feel like this diet/lifestyle is so difficult. I was trying to eat Paleo, and that was a stretch. Now, I can can’t eat eggs, coffee, tomatoes, nuts, peppers, wine…sheesh. So, the rest of my life is liver and sardines? Not sure if that’s a better life. Thanks for offering this information, but I was already struggling with the paleo diet. And it’s recommended never to cheat. Wow…Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching seem pretty dismal.

Hi Cori

I feel for you, I have 5 autoimmune diseases already – vitiligo, pernicious anemia, hashiomotos and psoriasis which all started from an unknown leaky gut at 23, I am now 46 and still trying to figure it all out!
I was scared I was going to develop RA that my late father developed before cancer, I am also mainly concerned about MS but wanted to share this utube clip with you that hopefully will lift your spirits.

All the best to you!

Hi Cori
I want to give you encouragement to try the Autoimmune Protocol (not just the diet). I have Graves Disease. I was VERY ill and disabled. Although I was under excellent medical care, I really feel this diet and protocol is what is tremendously helping me. I have been on the diet for 8 months. YES, it was VERY difficult at first, but each month got easier as my knowledge grew. I have learned many ways to help “stay” 100% on the diet. I have tried foods that I have never had before and love them. There are many brillent recipes out on the web for autoimmune. While simply making real food is the key, on the weekends we like to splurge on brunch… we had baked pumpkin pancakes topped with coconut cream and fresh, organic berries and bacon. My Graves is under control. I have lost 30#’s since going on the diet, even though I never tried to lose a pound! I eat all I want, when I want…..I just stay on the list of AIP approved foods. I’ve learned to order in restaurants and how to eat at friends and relatives. Thanksgiving and Christmas will not be a problem. IT’s all in the planning. I wish you the best! I don’t have a blog, but you can check out some of my recipes at I’m still experimenting…..I seem to have posted some of my more “fun” foods, thinking most people can make meat/fish and vegetables without a recipe. Made a faux spaghetti last night that I will post soon….absolutely delish. Really, poke around on the web. There are lots of ideas of foods you can eat and be well satisfied!
Best Wishes

Very encouraging Kat! I was diagnosed non-Celiac gluten sensitive several years ago, have hypothyroidism, and most recently working on possible SIBO. I’m now ready to move on to the AIP because of more healing needed. Your post gives me a lot hope and encouragement to go for it now! I will be checking out your facebook too.

Hi Cori,

I too have MS and am currently living the paleo lifestyle. I tried an elimination diet when first diagnosed, but it was too expensive, time consuming and I was way too medicated to get the energy needed to cook my meals. Paleo works much better for me and I have a ton more energy, at least for an MSer. I too am skeptical of any lifestyle eating plan that forbids treating ourselves once in a while. That’s just not real world living and then you’re left feeling guilty when you partake in the family holiday meals. Now I am off all my meds and feel a ton better and all that money saved on meds is now used to buy tasty grass fed meat. All my meds were causing severe depression and that was why I ended my relationship with 63 pills per week and one injection. Everyone is different and I think we all just need to make the best choices that we can. I wish you the best!

You should do some research on transplants. There is some research showing amazing resultswith MS and other aautoimmune diseases.

I have three questions:
1. Is it advisable to be in the AIP reintroduction phase while you’re trying to get pregnant or pregnant?
2. Would the potential immune system flare ups (caused by reintroductions) affect fertility and put you at risk for miscarriage?
3. Does staying on the AIP throughout pregnancy put your child at risk for developing allergies to eggs, nightshades, nuts/seeds, dairy etc. (the food groups avoided on AIP)?

1. No. Immune reactions could have an impact on your fertility or put the fetus as risk.

2. Yes. Immune reactions will affect your fertility and will put your fetus at risk of a miscarriage.

3. No. AIP will allow for greater nutrient uptake which will dramatically help the development of your fetus (specifically brain development) and will not put your future child at risk of any food allergies (whether he or she will be able to eat those foods will be determined by the epigenetic and genome markers that are passed down from you and your spouse).

I firmly believe that what you eat while pregnant affects what the child will lean toward while growing up. I have no scientific research other than my experience (and that of others I know). When I was pregnant, for example, I ate lots of fruits and vegtables and my kids were nuts about them to the point that they preferred them over the junk food around them. Even influencing others. So the thought is that if you’re eating right while pregnant, your child may just be influenced as well.

I have hashiomotos. I have found that the inconsistencies in the autoimmune paleo world very frustrating. I am seeing big progress from two things: use of cider vinegar daily and acupuncture. The cider vinegar is taken in hot water as 2 tsp with 1 tsp or less of honey. This sets up acid in your stomach and after 3 weeks of that, all of my pain went away. The acupuncture is hard as it is the spleen line that must be used to get at the other areas. But after 2 treatments focused on that I have more energy, am not tired after being on my feet for an hour or so and am sleeping a bit less. All in all, this is a difficult thing to accomplish and each of our bodies is different and so an individualized approach is needed. I found it ironic that you talked about having fun and getting out etc when all of this researching and trying to find things you can eat absorbs a huge amount of time. Best wishes to all of you out there. I have used digestive enzymes and they have been a tremendous help.

The treatment of hashimoto’s requires a science based (factual) approach. The science behind autoimmune paleo is concrete at this point in time and spans multiple science disciplines (biology, evolution, anthropology, nutrition, psychology, to name a few). What you describe as inconsistencies may in fact be your lack of science education in being able to make sense of or interpret the information.

The treatments you described (cider vinegar and acupuncture) are anecdotal in the case of the former and placebo (nothing is actually happening you just perceive it as happening and so feel better about it) in the form of the latter. These are very dangerous methods when dealing with serious illnesses. The spleen line you speak of, otherwise known as meridians upon which chi (eternal life force) travel upon do not exist in the human body. This is why western medicine does not recommend acupuncture and why it is considered an alternative medicine (loosely meaning there is no scientific evidence that it works).

If you take your health seriously. You will follow a strict Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet. This will dramatically improve your condition, give you the energy you desire, and increase your healing.

Fun is trivial until you are healthy enough to enjoy it.

Watch out for paleo versus autoimmune paleo. A lot of on line comments do not differentiate and so that makes doing research very difficult.

This is because Paleo and AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) are very different things. Paleo eliminates grains, dairy, legumes, refined sugar and alcohol. AIP goes even further by eliminating beans, seeds, nuts, nightshades and eggs.

Thank you for sharing this. I have a severe cluster of autoimmune reactions that include thyroid antibodies, platelet loss (leading to hematomas), tendinitis, and arthritis. Years ago I linked this to foods and through a standard elimination diet discovered that my food triggers include gluten grains + oats, all dairy except butter, all dried legumes except (oddly) kidney beans, most fermented foods, and some mushrooms.

So far this looks pretty close to the standard exclusions. Now the weird part: I also trigger from yams (only tried orange) and salmon. I’ve tested this repeatedly, and they’re definitely both triggers. Lately I’ve found that more fish seem to have become triggers — halibut, sole, and cod. Canned tuna seems to be ok still. Shrimp is fine. Oysters are fine. It’s only fish that cause problems. All the fish I reacted to were frozen, wild caught. Have you ever heard of fish being a problem? Eggs seem fine for me, btw. As do rice and corn. I’m interested in any structured diet with proven benefits. But the emphasis on fish and the exclusion of several of the very few foods that have tested safe for me, leaves me thinking this may not be the choice for me. Any thoughts?


I’m like you with fish, sadly, and sometimes mushrooms. I find that if I follow the AIP (with the few exceptions similar to yours) and a low histamine diet I do much better. Look up histamine intolerance. A LOT of the foods removed on the AIP are also high histamine foods, so removing a few more or limiting them helps–I can tolerate the histamine-releasing foods (like bananas and strawberries) and occasionally small amounts of high histamine foods (although barely any at a time) but absolutely none of the highest-histamine foods in normal amounts. Unfortunately, fish is one of those foods that tends to be highest in histamines and actually has the potential to be deadly to persons who can’t break down histamines very well. I cannot eat it anymore since getting hit with Hashimoto’s (I tried after healing my gut and feeling better and was on the couch for several hours with a racing heart and dizziness). Even fish oil supplements tend to cause a small flare. I have added the use of Hist-Tame when I think I will need it, on top of the digestive enzymes and betaine HCL I already use regularly to aid my digestion, but it can only do so much.

So appreciate this site. A client MAILED me your book. Oh my, do I read myself in this. Four years of prednisone and immuran and dozens of hospital trips due to inflammation in the brain… You are right – 90% is not enough in my case. I use Cacao in my morning smoothie. I find I respond well to eggs and cashews. No? I tend to lose weight very quickly and I don’t tolerate potatoes. Love white rice and can only eat small amounts of food at a time before I feel absolutely sick (foggy brain, fuzzy eyes, problems swallowing, etc.). Thoughts?

Have you completed at least 30 days of all-in, no cheats elimination? Often, once people start to reintroduce, they discover they are extremely sensitive to foods they never were prior. It’s impossible to know until you’ve strictly followed AIP until your symptoms go away (varied time table for everyone) and then you slowly try to reintroduce.

I am wondering where to begin. I’ve had multiple sclerosis and hashimoto disease for over 15 years. I am lactose intolerant. Vegetables cause terrible gas and bloating. I am severely allergic to garlic. What would be a helpful book and cookbook to read? I am so frustrated with food. I like to eat, but so many foods bother my digestive tract. Advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

I have mobility and stability issues because of the MS. I need some rather easy solutions for healthy food intake. I really would appreciate some advice. Thank you.

This diet put my HS into remission and helped my candida. Will always have the celiac. Still have more healing to be done for candida, but this diet WORKS for autoimmune. I have my LIFE back!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I have about 7 trigger foods I will never eat again, and that is FINE by me!!!!!!!!! Stay positive, do the work, it’s sooooooo worth it!!!!!!!

Hi thepaleomom team

I am 24 and from Switzerland. I am using the aip diet now for over a weak. My seborrheic dermatitis and chronic folliculitis on my scalp improved so much and my acne too.

The diet is very heavy to follow for me and my question is, if my problems are autoimmun related, am I ever be able to eat white bread again (Gluten) or is it possible that it is just nightshades or something else? For sure I want to change my eating forever but I am not sure If I can live without going to a restaurant with my friends and eat a Pizza (gluten) once a while in my whole life.

Thank you for your answer.

This may seem like an off the wall question, but when it comes to autoimmune issues (and I have a form of psoriasis and am being tested for psoriatic arthritis) how do the seed/nut oils used on the skin have an effect? I have recently been using a raw hemp oil balm on my red and insanely itch skin, which has helped with the actual itching, but the patches seemed to have grown and spread. So I wasn’t sure if using the seed oil had contributed to this or whether it was another factor, probably dietary. I am determined to combat this without a lifetime of drugs!

Sounds like the oil could be an issue. I know for myself that I cannot tolerate any products with corn (one time use of hand cream caused a relapse in my symptoms). This makes sense if you think of the skin as an organ- which it is- that absorbs everything into your body- which it does. If you wouldn’t eat it don’t apply it to your skin.

Thanks Karen, that’s kinda what I was thinking! I can’t used coconut oil unfortunately, because it makes the itching exponentially worse. I’ll keep looking for something that works that doesn’t contain steroids!

My daughter has had alopecia areata for 4 1/2 years now and I have always felt that “leaky gut” has contributed to her issues. She is also a “gassy” kiddo but has regular bowel movements. She is now a teenager and trying the auto paleo diet might be a challenge. I know the hardest things for her to eliminate will be the occasional pizzas and Doritos/chips that all the other kids like as Friday snacks when hanging out. Do you know of others with alopecia areata or alopeical universalis that have has success on this diet? She’s a very good veggie and fruit eater…it’s the no nuts/seeds that will challenge her (thoughts these were better snacks to have) in addition to the grain and processed snacks elimination that has always been the toughest things for her.

Suffer Graves and RA…bought the book and trying to go all in. Question is, had a Alcat sensitivity test and many staples of AIP diet are listed as sensitive. Ex. Testing said olive is an avoid always, which is hard to believe cuz I lived off olive oil forever… do you merge a comprehensive sensitivity test like alcat with AIP diet…if I adhere to both It will be brutal?

Unfortunately, anything you test sensitive to should be avoided. How to avoid those foods and do an elimination diet at the same time to determine other food sensitivities is really something you should work with your doctor or nutritionist about.


I have a 3 year old son whom has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I currently have him on a low carb high fat with the aim to eventually shift him towards a ketogenic diet. Do you know of or have a tailored AIP diet that would cater for Type 1 diabetics that should not be eating carbs at all?

Been on AIP for 2 weeks with 17 year old daughter. Her IBS symptoms have suddenly become much worse — 3 times in one week rather than once a month. I think she may have had too much fruit, but I’m not sure that’s true for each time. Your thoughts?

Thank you so much for all of this helpful information. I just bought your book and feel hopeful about my disease process for the first time in as long as I can remember. One question: I already had pretty low blood sugar, and after starting plaquenil (a DMARD) it dips even lower (into the 50s and 60s if I don’t eat consistently every 2-3 hours). Because of this, I usually eat a carby snack with protein right before bed, otherwise I wake up around 4-5am, heart racing, sweating, trembling and about to pass out with blood sugars in the 50s. Is there some other way around this, since I see you recommend definitely not eating within 2 hours of bedtime? Thank you again for everything you do.


Please help!

I know that chlorella and spirulina are not recommended, but what about astaxanthin? I’ve heard that this can be good for auto immune issues.

Too much obsession. We should listen to our bodies. We all know what’s good or bad for us, we feel it after eating. Livr a healthy and happy life, looking for balance, is what’s more important. Peace!

Actually, I think lots of us are here because we *don’t* feel it right after eating. Food that felt good this morning is wreaking havoc in my gut this evening. In the case of nightshade sensitivity, evidence days it’s a cumulative problem rather than an immediate one.

I want to know why I don’t feel well. I want to know how to feed my body better because caring for it is *not* obvious and it didn’t come with an instruction manual.

Patricia, you could benefit from some sensitivity training in your healthy happy life. Peace!

Agreed Patricia. Our issues are often complex and poorly understood by the medical profession. Look how long it took for medicine to understand the heart and that is only a muscle! We are dealing with an entire cascade of reactions and messages between our brain, nervous system and immune system with all the cells and nerves that go along with.

I am the first to be skeptical of a new diet; having been on 3 severely restricted diets by the age of 6 (I’m over 40 now). If you don’t have a need to be this precise, congratulations to you. But, don’t be so harsh on ill and sometimes severely ill people who are looking for science based answers to help them survive. We get enough of that criticism from doctors and relatives!

I have read all the comments and no one mentione Rosacea. I have terrible Rosacea on my cheeks that came while I was pregnant with my fourth child and has not left (baby is 8 months now). Anyone have any experience with Rosacea??

What if you have Gout on top of an autoimmune condition? It would definately eliminate organ meat and offal. I would also think it would limit red, meat in general and require you to eat a lot of chicken and fish. Maybe pork would be okay. I know I can always take a pill for Gout.

I have Celiac Disease, and I do adhere to a gluten free diet, but I still consume other grains, and dairy. I’ve always been a picky eater when it came to fruits and veggies, so how could I adjust to a paleo diet? Also, what kind of things can you drink, tea, coffee, other? I can deal with tea, but never found coffee appealing!

‘Ditch the vegetarianism’? Really?? Some of us dont want to eat corspes… and believe it wrong. That attitude is SO disrespecful!!

Any specific recommendations for psoriasis PLEASE? I have been battling this disfiguring disease for 35+ years w/ pharmaceuticals on & off until age 35 when I stopped listening to doctors and believed my gut…. That it had something to do with food. How ironic that it was ALL in my gut. I was healed for years by eliminating gluten but have had a relapse. I am 30 days in on a strict Whole30 (paleo diet). Today I am beginning the AIP as I have had zero improvement. I also have swelling and no movement in my index finger, possibly caused by psoriatic arthritis. I am in waiting room at doctors now. I am drinking bone broth and taking probiotics. But have been eating night shades and red meat :/ like crazy. Is bone broth made with beef bones ok? Or should this be made with chicken and turkey only??I also supplement with fish oil and evening primrose oil amongst other things? Continue or no? I realize whole foods are best. I will NOT succumb to pharmaceuticals. But I have to find relief. Anyone out there have advice or a story to share?

I am struggling with weight big time, I have been at this autoimunme hishimotos for 2 plus years
What can I eat ?? I am vegan, I do at times have seafood, in sushi but limited, so now I have learned to ditch coffee although I cannot wake up in the morning without it and coconut is not okay, just raw correct because I drink coconut milk ? I cannot have nuts due to lectins, what about the white rice in sushi ? and my protein rice drink ? so I am having a Metagenics rice protein drink x1 per day, 1 banana a day, a smoothie w strawbs blues mango pinapple avacado spinach and coconut milk I make a huge one, and then later at night some Resistant starch plantain power, I am taking many supplements but cannot budge the wt.
but I m hungrey at night what else can I eat, please suggestions

Loved your books, Dr. Ballantyne! I am in a class where we design a mobile application for a need we see. (And boy did I bend technology to help me with a food diary designed for food reintroductions, symptom tracking, when I used the AIP to get my Rhematoid Arthritis under control) and I need to do interviews with other people who would be helped by such an application. Anybody reading this wants to give me their two cents, I would sure appreciate it. Shot me a message at

I am in my late 40s, and have Crohn’s Disease & recently Diverticulitis, for 20+ years. I also have hypothyroidism, and am menopausal. I have been to various doctors over the years, and diet seems to enjoy put on the back burner, they all have varied opinions! No matter what I eat ( always has been fresh foods ), i get a reaction from one medical issue or all of them. This has been a lifestyle I have had to overcome from my early 20s. I am looking for someone who can help me with a final outcome and not try this one month, and see how it goes, I am extremely exhausted with the guinea pig experiences. These past 3 years have been most difficult, I now am also struggling with my weight. I have been on restricted diets (mostly ensure, when my digestive system shuts down ), and am looking for a new approach to a better quality way of life.
Appreciate your input.

I am afflicted with Idiopathic Transverse Myelitis, which left me paralyzed from the waist down. I regained nearly all functions, and learned to walk again. I have lesions on my spinal cord from C6 to T10.
I know nearly all of the foods which cause me inflammation and pain. Are you familiar with this disorder, and do you know for certain you can recommend a diet that will benefit me?

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