If you have an autoimmune disease or other health issue, you might think that a particular diet could help you. And you’d be correct. However, finding the “right” diet is frustrating at best and debilitating at worst. Go ahead, type in your condition followed by the word “diet”. Hashimotos Diet, Sarcoidosis Diet, Celiac Diet (you’d think that would be straight forward, right?), Swollen Leg Diet, etc… You’ll get at least a basquillian (yes; that’s a made-up number) pages for each. So which do you choose?
I’ve gone from strict Vegan (for 2 years) to Paleo and everything in-between. It’s taken years of research, lot’s of books and a bunch of trial and error to determine that there’s merit in all of them: except for Vegan, so if you’re Vegan, you can lambaste me privately and I’ll tell you why I don’t think there’s merit in it.
Anti-inflammatory diets, GAPS, Paleo, Paleo AIP, SCD, Whole30 and Metabolic Typing **(yes; I’ve actually tried them all) are all similar in that they promote getting totally away from processed foods. As we say “if it comes out of a box, bag or can, then you can’t eat it”. The majority of them get rid of ALL grains and dairy or significantly reduce the intake of them. And the majority of these promote organic, non-GMO, grass-fed, etc… foods. After about a decade of trial and error, this is where we’re at:
- We eat organic fruits/veggies when the pocket book allows
- We buy grass-fed/pastured meat from local farmers when we can’t raise it ourselves
- We don’t eat grains (sorry grain people)
- We don’t eat dairy because we can’t find raw dairy
- We don’t eat legumes (peas and string beans excluded)
- We don’t eat nuts because of allergies
- We eat a BOAT LOAD of fat (olives, avocados, bacon grease*, olive oil)
- We eat bone broth (homemade)
- We eat sauerkraut and other fermented foods
- We eat for our individual Metabolic Types**
So there it is. Take it or leave it. I think it’s worth checking into these various diets, but what I find personally is that some overemphasize the need for fat, bone broth and/or fermented foods while others just skim by them as an optional thing to add. My experience is that they’re all necessary. Our family experience has shown that eating for your Metabolic Type** is essential. After 10 years, we finally have a “diet” that works for us. Now it’s just figuring out how to make it interesting. Stay tuned for more food adventures.
*We only eat uncured, nitrate/nitrite free bacon, ham, etc…
**A note of caution when Googling Metabolic Typing Diet; there’s a lot of junk out there.