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.

Correct me if this is not right on, but I’ve come to understand (also common sense) that milk from other animals is not created for human beings and just really not the best option for our bodies because we are a different species. I’ve talked to several homeopaths and health / nutrition coaches and they have stressed this to me.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, Sarah! Or if anyone else has more information on this.

I have Hashimotos, Hypothyroidism and a goiter with growths on it. I’m doing the Autoimmune Paleo Protocal diet and it’s helping according to my doctor. So I’m still on a long journey to learning and eating right and making this a healthy journey for my son – 6 years of age.

Hi Sarah. I’ll keep things short and sweet as I know you’re busy busy! I love love love everything you stand for, and as an aspiring nutritionist – you truly are my role model. I have one confusion however – that as soon as I find an answer, something else contradicts it! —- I am confused as to the stance on additives, such as – if soy lecethin or guar gum were in say some coconut milk – would that be considered not paleo, even though it is in such a tiny amount? I know if it were something artificial it would definitely not be paleo – but something more natural based that isn’t quite paleo? Thank you so much for taking the time to answer this!

I am so very new to even the idea of eating this way but I have very bad allergies, and now have been told that it is possible I may have graves as well. I am looking into a better way of living. I don’t know what to do and I was looking into this. can you help suggest a path please ? I have been told this AIP (and or) the blood type diet would be best. I know that the internet is great but I do tend to get info overload and I just thought i would ask for help thanks

AIP can be incredibly healing for those with autoimmune conditions (like graves) as well as food allergies. I’d recommend you check out The Paleo Approach which goes into great detail about how autoimmune conditions start and how to heal them by healing the lining of the gut. -Kiersten

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