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Auto immune disease/diabetes - DR gave me 30 days to change . . .


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So, I am not new to Whole30, I have done this twice before. I just am doing it a bit more focused this time....

 

So I have always been fairly health conscious but lived in the south for a few years and it absolutely wrecked my health. I have moved back to the West Coast in September and have been working on rebuilding my health since then. Long story short I ended up in the emergency room on Christmas and for the first time in years I have a PCP. He diagnosed me with diabetes (numbers are very borderline), raynauds syndrome and food allergies (already knew that) , and thinks that all of this is due to an underlying auto immune disease.  I was firm in my conviction that I do not want to take any meds. He stated that I have 30 days to show improvement in symptoms and the lab numbers. SO.... I am doing a whole 30 again (I go back January 31).

 

However the whole concept of auto immune disorders is new to me. Im familiar with diabetes as my family history is positive for diabetes and I have been hypoglycemic for years.

 

Anybody have thoughts for what to build into my whole30 for optimal results? I am unable to have nuts, shellfish or fresh fruit with the exception of citrus and blueberries.

 

Thanks in advance!

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You might try doing the Autoimmune Protocol. Here is an excellent resource for that: http://www.thepaleomom.com/autoimmunity/the-autoimmune-protocol although, I do know that It Starts With Food briefly covers the AIP.

 

I'm actually following this for my January Whole30, as I have autoimmune issues as well. This article is really excellent on it because it not only addresses what foods you should avoid, but what foods you might want to emphasis. It can all fit well into the Whole30 framework, too. 

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I second the Autoimmune Protocol, given the circumstances.

 

There's quite a lot of AIP posts in the forum and some blogs post AIP recipes too, like FeedMeRachel's AIP condiments

http://www.feedmerachel.com/2013/04/29/carrot-ketchup-carrup-nightshadesugarvinegargluten-free-paleo-vegan-aip/

 

One of the key factors of Autoimmune is inflammation. Foods that fight inflammation are likely to be a benefit and the ones that are the opposite might make things tougher. Go organic or non-GMO where possible (not always available or affordable).

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