Basic food with all those RESTRICTIONS is what usually comes to mind when you think of the autoimmune protocol. But with a little creativity, wholesome home-cooking can be incredibly tasty … and budget-friendly.
My own history with autoimmune disease started at 22, when a bout of
infectious mononucleosis tipped me into full blown celiac disease. Unfortunately, it wasn’t diagnosed, and I struggled with brain fog, fatigue, migraines and malaise for thirty years without knowing why. My son remembers me as the mom who never laughed. And the worst part was that without a diagnosis, I didn’t know how to fix myself, or get help.
In a crisis, and out of desperation, I decided to eliminate gluten from my diet. It was a big help. The migraines were gone and brain fog greatly reduced, and my energy levels were never normal.
But ten years later, I began to get excruciating muscle and nerve pain that would leave me writhing on the floor in agony. The pain left me unable to sleep more than an hour at a time. Ironically, it was this new development that led me to finally get the help I needed.
In September 2015 I heard Mickey Trescott speak about the autoimmune protocol on The Evolution of Medicine Summit. One week later, I started the autoimmune protocol. I was pretty good, except the occasional bite of cheese. Oh, and a bit of black pepper now and then. And guar gum (why is it always in coconut milk?). And the occasional nibble of … Unsurprisingly, my results were less than spectacular.
But once I finally toughened up and became 100% compliant, that’s when I got miraculous results. I’m so much stronger, healthier and full of joy than I’ve been in years. And so, if I can pass on anything I’ve learned, it’s be persistent in seeking help. And a big part of that is being open to using food to heal ourselves.
UPDATE: after 9 months on the autoimmune protocol I have also been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. May natural desiccated thyroid boost my energy levels back to something approaching normal.
So I hope you enjoy the recipes! And give the autoimmune protocol a try.