An Autoimmune Disease Diet: Should You Try Paleo This Year?

40888370 - vegetables on woodOne of the most difficult parts of having an autoimmune disease is trying to figure out how your lifestyle should change to help treat it. Your lifestyle can be anything from your sleeping schedule to your eating habits. It takes a lot of trial and error. Unfortunately, there isn’t one complete and specific answer that will work for every single person and every single autoimmune disease. But that’s no reason to think of changing your lifestyle as an impossible task. It isn’t at all! Instead, this trial-and-error can be great because it’s a period in your life where it’s totally okay to say, “Yeah, this really isn’t for me.” How many other times can you do that and have zero judgement as a result?

One way that most women with an autoimmune disease focus on is their eating habits. As you’re working with your doctor, you may be surprised at just how much what you eat affects your health and your lifestyle. It may just make you cringe at how many rows of Oreos you consumed in your younger years.

What you eat can really help or hinder your health. Many women who suffer from chronic pain or other similar illnesses will probably try out a variety of diets to see what works best for them. A common diet is the Paleo diet. This diet is just one of many that are worth looking into, but it’s especially trendy right now. Is this diet right for you? That can be a tough question to ask, but a necessary one as you’re deciding which lifestyle changes really help you feel healthier and happier.

This is what you need to know about the Paleo diet to help you decide if it will be right for helping you with your autoimmune disease.

The Paleo diet is also known as the caveman diet. It basically means that you eat the natural, whole foods that come directly from the Earth. The Paleo diet asks the question, “What would the first people on Earth eat?” This generally means fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and nuts.

There is no eating processed foods, fatty foods or basically anything that was created in the 21st Century. The idea behind this diet is that whole foods are better for our bodies, which in turn keep us healthy and fit. Whole foods are higher in nutrients and give us all of the foods we need to survive. This can be a great idea for those of us suffering from an autoimmune disease because it focuses on only eating foods that have benefited man since the beginning of time.

What are the pros of eating a Paleo diet?

The benefits of eating on a Paleo diet are, first and foremost, that you will keep your body free of any saturated, processed foods that have already been proven to be bad for your body. Instead, you will be filling your body with foods that are whole and nutritious. These foods are full of the proteins, vitamins and minerals that the human body needs to thrive.

This diet keeps your body free of any chemicals or unnatural foods that aren’t really providing any nutritional benefits to your body. Fatty, saturated and processed foods are something anyone should stay away from if they want to be healthier. This is especially true for those of us who have an autoimmune disease.

What are the cons of eating a Paleo diet?

Like many diets out there, the Paleo diet can be a little more time consuming than the fast food regimen that many moms love. Cooking whole, fresh foods can take a lot of time to prepare. Processed foods can often be quicker and less expensive. The Paleo diet will likely not save you much money when you go to the supermarket. You’ll also have to take the time to plan out your meals and ensure that you’re sticking to the diet as much as possible. It’s a good idea to invest in a book, blogger or even online chatroom for support and guidance to help you as you get started with the diet. This diet may not be very chill and easy, if that’s the kind of thing you’re looking for with your autoimmune disease.

There are plenty of diets out there that will be beneficial to you as you’re living with an autoimmune disease and chronic pain. We’d like to stress that everyone is different and one diet won’t work for everyone, so don’t worry if this diet isn’t in the cards for you. There are plenty other diets and lifestyle changes to try out.



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Katie Cleary is founder of  She lives with her autoimmune conditions and her family in Austin, Texas.

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