My 30-Day Reset Autoimmune Diet Plan

The 30 Day Reset Autoimmune Diet

For many years I suspected that I had some form of thyroid problem based on my own research and symptoms like dry skin, occasional fatigue, trouble losing weight after having a baby, and hair thinning, but I was never able to get answers from conventional tests which showed that my T3 and T4 thyroid hormones were in the normal range.

Thankfully, I found an amazing doctor who specializes in hormones and endocrine problems and with additional blood testing and a thyroid ultrasound, he was able to finally figure out what I was struggling with: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (an autoimmune condition where the body creates antibodies to the thyroid).

What are Autoimmune Problems?

It turns out that many different disorders and diseases are autoimmune in nature but they manifest in different ways. As the Paleo Mom explains:

Autoimmune disease is caused by the immune system losing the ability to differentiate proteins belonging to your own body with proteins belonging to a foreign invader (like a bacteria, virus or parasite). What causes symptoms is the build up of damage to cells, tissues and/or organs in the body–damage caused by your own immune system attacking those cells. Which proteins/cells are attacked is what separates once disease from another. In Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, the thyroid gland is attacked. In Rheumatoid Arthritis, the tissues of your joints are attacked. In psoriasis, proteins within the layers of cells that make up your skin are attacked. However, the root cause is the same.

Genetic predisposition to autoimmunity makes up about one third of your risk of developing an autoimmune disease. The other two thirds of your risk come from environmental factors, which include: diet, lifestyle, infections (both prior and persistent) exposure to toxins, hormones, weight, etc. While you cannot control your genetics or whether or not you had mono as a kid, you do have an immense amount of control over your diet and lifestyle (and the extent that these affect hormones and weight and even toxin exposure). By removing the foods that contribute to a leaky gut, gut dysbiosis (the wrong numbers, relative quantities, or types of microorganisms typically growing in the wrong locations in your gut), hormone imbalance, and that stimulate inflammation and the immune system, you can create the opportunity for your body to heal. By addressing important lifestyle factors and changing your focus to eating nutrient-dense foods that support optimal gut health (and optimal health of your gut microorganisms), that restore levels of important nutrients and provide all of the building blocks that your body needs to heal and properly regulate the immune system, that help resolve inflammation and support organ function, you create an environment in your body conducive to healing.

Why Other Diets May Not Work

From my understanding, once the body has an autoimmune reaction, it can sometimes be necessary to remove a wide variety of potentially inflammatory foods for a short time and then reintroduce to test the response. The idea is similar to the theory behind the GAPS protocol but geared toward addressing autoimmune issues instead.

Since the body is in a state of heightened immune response, removing these foods can help it get back into a state of balance and reduce the autoimmune reaction.

Technically, an autoimmune disease cannot be “cured”, but in many cases, it is possible to put the condition into remission with careful diet and lifestyle changes.

My Experience

I switched to an autoimmune protocol diet after being diagnosed with Hashimotos in hopes of giving my immune system a little time to recover. I was hopeful that it would be beneficial, but I was AMAZED at how quickly it helped. Within the first week, I saw my bloating go away, my thyroid nodule felt noticeably smaller, I had more energy (after the first couple of days), and my skin improved.

Over the course of the almost two months I did the strict protocol, I lost some of my stubborn weight and felt incredibly better. It also helped me identify foods that I was not responding well to, but that I didn’t realize were problematic (like eggs, which was confirmed by blood test later).

I was able to reintroduce many of the foods after that time without a problem and I felt continually better (until I created a flare by not sleeping and stressing about finishing my book). Sleep and stress are both huge factors in overall health and are especially important for those with any kind of health condition.

The Specifics of the Autoimmune Diet

The general idea of the autoimmune diet is that you are removing any potentially inflammatory foods, but the specifics are a bit more difficult. Some sources consider foods like fruit and sweet potatoes ok, while others do not. For reference, some sources that I find most helpful are:

This particular post from the Paleo Mom is really helpful in understanding what foods are considered safe and which ones to temporarily avoid.

30 Day Autoimmune Reset

I’ll also be posting more autoimmune friendly recipes and meal plans soon, but those are great resources for getting started. You can download the complete food list I used by clicking here (PDF).

It can seem overwhelming, but this way of eating is actually relatively simple if you follow a template. My typical day on the autoimmune diet was:

Breakfast– A scramble of meat and cooked vegetables, a cup of homemade bone broth, some fermented vegetables, and supplements.
Lunch– A huge salad with leftover protein (meat, offal or fish) and a small piece of fruit, a cup of bone broth, fermented water kefir or kombucha and olives.
Dinner– A stir fry with some type of protein (meat, offal, seafood) with a lot of vegetables and allowed spices, evening supplements and at least 1 cup of healthy starch like cooked winter squash, pumpkin, etc. I also made a lot of stuffed squashes and soups.

We rely heavily on big salads, stir frys and casseroles while on the autoimmune diet. When I first started, it seemed like I couldn’t eat anything and I was depriving myself of everything, but it is important to remember that many times the body is deficient in certain nutrients because of an autoimmune disease so during the course of the 30-day reset, I focused on extensively nourishing my body with as many high quality proteins, vegetables and healthy fats as I could consume. I may have been tired of my food choices at times, but I certainly never went hungry.

I also focused on consuming a TON of vegetables during this time, after talking to Dr. Terry Wahls and reading her book, The Wahls Protocol. Dr. Wahls emphasizes the importance of consuming at least 9 cups of vegetables a day, especially brightly colored vegetables, leafy greens, and onions and garlic.

Other Factors

Diet is hugely important for all aspects of health, and for me, it became even more important after being diagnosed with autoimmune disease, but it is by no means the only factor. Personally, I found that these factors were equally important to recovery for me:

  • Sleep. It is my nemesis. I love to stay up late and skimp on sleep so I can get more done. My body does not love this. I’ve found that when I sleep at least 8-8.5 hours per night, I see my health markers improve (blood tests, fasting blood glucose, etc).
  • Stress reduction. Also a tough one for me, but stress can have as much of an impact as diet on gut health and hormone levels. I found that even with a good diet, I started to notice symptoms creeping back in while under the stress of finishing my book.
  • Supplements. I hesitated to include this part because if diet, stress and sleep aren’t under control, this won’t help at all, but I found certain supplements helped tremendously once I had optimized other factors. I personally take: WP-Throid thyroid medication (under the care of my doctor), Betaine HCL with protein meals, 5-MTHF and Methyl-B12, Folate, Probiotics, Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Cortisol support, Omega-3s, Vitamin D (and sunshine daily in the morning), Magnesium, L-glutamine, Gelatin, and Vitamin C. I would highly recommend seeing a good functional medicine doctor and finding out what you personally need before taking any supplements.

Autoimmune Diet Encouragement

This diet is difficult. So is pregnancy. Sometimes the best things in life require some work and denial of self. An elimination diet is temporary and it gives you a window into your own body and what you need to eat for optimal health.

Don’t let is cause you extra stress. Don’t let this keep you up at night. Try to focus on nourishing and loving your body and providing it with the building blocks it needs to function optimally. If you can, encourage a friend or family member to make the journey with you for support.

If you’ve ever struggled with autoimmune issues, take 30 days and give this a try to see if it helps you!

Do it with me! Are you in? Let me know below what your struggle is and the results you see!

I used this 30-day reset autoimmune diet plan to help manage my Hashimotos Thyroiditis and get my autoimmune disease into remission.

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  1. Love this, thank you for posting!

    I noticed tea is allowed but not coffee…not even decaf?

      • Hey Katie & Jill,
        I quit decaf by using Dandy Blend, which is just dandelion and chicory root and I don’t miss the coffee at all. Just wondering what your thoughts are on Dandy Blend and if you have ever tried it? thanks!

        • i’m having a terrible time quitting coffee as it’s also like an antidepressant for me..for a time rena tea helped… but where do you get the dandy tea and does it give you energy? but check out rena tea online it’s great…

          my problem is mucus… i wonder if this diet decreases mucus… iused have bronchitis and upper respiratory infections far too often.. i’m wondering if slippery elm bark has been by tried..

          • I have learned that when I do not eat dairy then I have less mucus. Hope that helps 🙂

          • Kali bich 30, Kali sulph 30, Kali Mir 30 for mucus problems. Use all three! I have the same problem. I think it is the milk.?

          • Try an alkaline diet . Keeping PH above a certain level helps expel mucus . Dr. Sebi is a huge ambassador.

          • Swish oil in your mouth for 20mins. It cleans the mucus out. Best to use coconut oil or veggie oil. Try to do it everyday. It’s called oil pulling, it is detoxifying.

      • I was curious what you meant by cross reactive to gluten? I have celiac disease and am gluten free but I usually have coffee so that peaked my curiosity.

        • Some people with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity will have minor reactions to coffee since the proteins are relatively similar

          • this is going to extremely difficult since I don’t eat red meat and most of my protein comes from beans and I drink almond milk but I am excited to try

      • What does cross reactive mean?

        • It means that you will also react (that is, have or develop an allergy) to it. For example, people who are allergic may be or become allergic to avocado as well. They are cross reactive.

          • Thank you

          • Wow, that makes total sense about avocados. I get violently ill when I eat them. I have not had testing done to confirm gluten intolerance but I was diagnosed with Hashimotos at age 11. (I just turned 32). My endo said he would assume I am gluten intolerant due to symptoms and said scoping me and testing is pretty pointless. When I was 21 they removed my thyroid because it was so enlarged I couldn’t swallow. I sure wish I knew then what I know now and would have never had the surgery. I have asked my endocrinologist if I still have have Hasimotos even though I don’t have a thyroid and he had no answer for me….but I would think I would still have some sort of autoimmunity since the root cause was not dealt with. I have a 2.5 year old and ever since I had him I have not felt well. Tired all the time, thinning hair, major anxiety, some depression and just not myself at all. I am going to give this diet a shot. I think it might be just what I need and will also read more on the Paleo Mom. Thanks so much for all you do- I DEVOUR your blog quite often :).

          • Ashley, I too have Hashimoto’s and felt terrible beginning with the birth of my son. Ask to see if you are positive for the MTHFR gene mutation. It can be determined through a simple blood test. If so, your ability to process folic acid (synthethtic form of folate) is significantly reduced so it builds up in your system. My doctor, unaware of this, gave me a prescription for folic acid, which I took for the first three months of pregnancy. Folic Acid can be very good for you and especially pregnant gals, unless you have this gene mutation.

          • Cross reactive to what? I dont understand.

          • Basically, some proteins in other foods can resemble the proteins in gluten to the body and create an inflammation response. Science is still learning about this, and there is definitely debate about which foods may be problematic, but this might be why some people experience problems even after eliminating the main problem food. This post explains more:

          • How do I know if I am allergic to coffee?

      • can we use home made Almond milk?

          • Can you eat chick peas?

      • Can you explain what “cross reactive with gluten” means? Thank you so much!

        • It means that some people with a gluten sensitivity may react to it because it contains similar proteins and the body can view it as a problem

        • I have done it while breastfeeding and will during pregnancy if I have another baby, but check with a doc or midwife to be sure.

      • I feel so frustrated because no matter what i eat I have horrible stomach pains afterwards. I just ate bone broth and an avocado and my stomach already hurts. I took an ALCAT food sensitivity test and I am positive for MTFHR gene and my top severe foods are salmon and chicken which what I was trying to eat for the autoimmune protocall. Any suggestions? Please let me know. I feel so lost 🙁

        • if these are okay Beef is super and another choice of fish try swapping avocado incase your allergy to it like Katie says can happen above
          please don’t lose hope
          there’s a lot of options out there
          you’ll soon find what will work for you and your body

        • Bone broth is high in Free Glutamate. Something people with MTHFR gene mutations should avoid. Look up Amy Yasko and her list of excitotoxins. You will find that gelatin, which comes from bones, is on there. I too cannot handle Chicken. I found out during my elimination diet process. Amy Yasko has been a wonderful resource for me.

          • You’re kidding! Everything I love is a no no, either for autoimmune issues or because I’m homozygous for MTHFR. I’m doomed.

        • When doing your test and being found positive what was the end result or let us look at what might not have happened. Let us go back to the starting point before the test. What did you eat? Was it just the food you listed (2 things I believe you mentioned). I grew up in the 50’s. Got sick doc came to the home and gave a shot of penicillin and on your way to better health. Yet the best part is the only way we could get out of school was to put 2 pennies in your shoe and be sent home from school with a fever. Mom always cleaned the counters with Peroxide after preparing meats. I was amazed as a child to see the many bubbles and the red blood would always rise to the top of the counter with 99.9 percent clean.Well, back then not everything was put in throw away itemed products, such as Potato Chips before they were packaged in TIN CAN’s, Cereals in Boxes not in Wax paper. Oh and Milk in Wax Carton’s. Yes environment has a lot to do with the Autoimmune Problem’s that exist today.

          The best part is that I never had stomach issues till they stopped putting milk in GLASS BOTTLE’s. Then we have an epidemic of on our hands. I wont bore you with listing all with a list I am sure you read.
          Who am I, I am into Natural Cures and have done many Friends who want to get away from conventional medicines. It is not conventional medicine’s you have to turn away yet make yourself aware for the needs maybe just not one item as it could be multiple conditions within the Autoimmune System where the Problem needs to be corrected. Time to feed the Brain the Fuel it need’s to bring on a better balance and in a very short period of time you will start feeling better. Be Well Start with Loving you Today! Mddoc13 Robert F Sawart II ND

      • so is no lemons allowed on the autoimmune protocall? I normally have warm water with lemon everyday .. thanks!

        • WHy no lemons I thought fruit was OK I dont understand

        • Lemons are allowed.

      • Is lemon tea water okay on autoimmune reset diet? I usually squeeze a small lemon in the morning, before eating, with hot water to cleanse my liver (to cleanse gallbladder sludge out) and increase acid production in stomach. Should I give up for the 30 day reset?
        And is dandy blend okay on reset diet?
        Thank you

        • Lemon and ginger water is fine on the reset… I’d avoid the dandy blend though for at least the first few weeks…

      • Hi there! What does “cross reactive mean?” I

        • Generally, it means if you react to one, you react to the other. So people allergic to latex often also react to bananas, and vice versa… Or in this case, if you are sensitive to gluten, then coffee can set you off too.

      • Instant coffee is cross reactive. Check out Cyrex Lab Array 4.

      • Hi katie- trying to figure out what to do- I’ve been a little stressed trying not to be -have lost a lot of sleep over 3 years going on 4 from a back injury (2012). Gained some weight and trying to loose it now learning more about helping my own body and cleansing it after watching the truth about cancer. Since I had my little girl (2011) I have always had a pain on right button abs by hip area. I get it off and on and now i have noticed- just after dealing with stress dealing with workers comp case – financial change due to case, physical activity decreased tremendously due to injury… – I noticed that my throat hurts under my chin top of throat area but I’m not sick. I’m thinking maybe thyroid problem with everything I’m dealing with or autoimmune. Been trying to do Bone Broth, Kefir, Coconut oil detox teas and more veges and good protien when I feel like eating it. Wondering if this diet would be good to follow? Would love to hear what you have to say – of course I know need to follow up with dr. Have an appt coming up soon with DO – so I will also be going over this with her too. Would really like to see what you think – thank you

        • Glad you are seeing a doc to hopefully get some tests and answers. I personally do think this 30-day reset is helpful, as it seems to help reduce inflammation and I noticed a drastic difference. Also, since it really just focuses on eating really clean whole foods, it can help nourish the body. I hope you are able to find answers soon and resolve your issues… I’ve been there too and it is so frustrating to know something is wrong but not have a diagnosis yet. Hugs!

          • TY Katie for responding – Yes this week we will see wat doctor says 🙂 thanks for your response and will look at this cleanse 🙂

          • Hi Katie,
            I have a question regarding the supplements. (I am unable to see a naturopathic doctor at the moment) while on the 30-day reset, is it crucial to find out what nutrients your body is deficient in or is it okay to by pass the supplements all together during the reset? Thank you!

      • Hi Katie left a message earlier – been reviewing autoimmune – I am now thinking I don’t have this but something going on- this is xoxoM and have had a few things happening the last 3-4 yrs – after having a baby 2011 and getting back injury in 2012. I been trying to get back to as healthy as I was before injury and feeling a little bit achy and throat hurting even though it’s not cold or flu. I have been trying to eat more clean even though I ate healthy but combined some American diet in it- and now doing gaps diet and trying to getting used to eating more real foods than American diet. So I’m wondering if my throat hurting may be from the change in diet? I’m also taking coconut oil and acv with honey and turmeric hoping to keep sickness at bay … Cleansing my body seems like to be taking a toll on it – would love to hear what you suggest . Ty in advance

        • Hi mirka, I saw your post and was just wondering if you found any answers?? I’ve had similar issues since the birth of my daughter (pain in lower abdomen, pain/swelling in throat, some achy joints, fatigue), and I feel like I’ve been through every test known to man! Colonoscopy, d&c, ultrasounds, CT scan, blood work. Nothing shows up as being wrong other than testing positive for some inflammation, but that’s a very non specific test. So if you’ve made any discoveries I’d love to hear them. Thanks!

          • Could it be candida?

          • Hi Carly,
            I’ve had similar symptoms you mentioned since giving birth to my son, but my worst was skin inflammation (eczema) on my face, and allergy type symptoms like itchy eyes, runny nose, lump in throat. I am hypothyroid and I’m thinking it’s Hashimoto’s but haven’t been diagnosed. I’m thinking the stress of pregnancy triggered more antibodies and lowered my thyoid level because even on thyroid medication my levels are low. You should look into checking your thyroid levels or for Hashimoto’s, some standard blood tests aren’t accurate so I would see a naturopath for this. I started eating mostly Paleo/AIP (other than some quinoa/amaranth and seeds) and noticed HUGE difference, especially going off of dairy, gluten, eggs, nuts, corn, potatoes, and processed sugar. I recently had food sensitivity testing (IgG) and getting the foods I’m sensitive out of my diet has also really, really helped with inflammation. I would definitely recommend that! I’m planning on doing a candida cleanse once I’m done breastfeeding because I think that also may be affecting me. Best wishes with your healing process!

          • Hi Carly will find out more on the 1st of July soon … will let you know. Just FYI – Ive been doing my own cleansing trying to wean of traditional diet and my social drinking – have to have my treats and unwind ..
            bone broth is addicting and eating or drinking healthy is so good… have been doing smoothies in the morning mixed with kefir and salads for lunch and dinner or veggies …really it feels good…lost about 15 lbs… still worried about digestive stuff and healing and detoxing… we will see how it goes in the few weeks.
            the pain isn’t so bad because of my diet ..but heard from a call i got from my doctor that it may be hypothyroidism …but don’t have tails yet.. will keep you posted 🙂 ty for asking. If your trying to find out whats going on – Get a complete work up blood work and everything and change doc to a DO Osteopathic doctor or holistic. It will change your life . Keep learning and researching so much to learn.

        • I find my throat aches when there is over production of stomach acid that pushes upwards – feels like a strep throat. I use to treat it with Altosec. I have all the same symptoms as you including a back injury pain all day. I have been back and forth for 4 years to doctors to no avail. I also have hypothyroidism. Two days ago the chronic pain was unbearable, and I was at my lowest point ever after leaving my neurologist office where prognosis for back pain was so poor. . I did some research found the AIP reset diet, stopped all meds started the diet. Wow what a difference – no morning stiffness, back pain is calming down, no joint pain, no ulcer pain. I am not as tired. A little bit headachy from the sinuses draining which I believe is to be expected.

      • I am on day 5 of the reset. I have been having about 5 servings of fresh fruit a day. Is that okay? I feel like I would be in the candy store ASAP without fruit!

      • Did you eat organic vegetables in your 30 day program?

      • Katie what kinda teas are safe That have caffeine ?

    • Hi there. I’m not sure if Teechino is allowed or not but if it is they now have a gluten free coffee substitute!

      • I’m fairly sure Techino is grain based although it has chicory root – that may be probelmatic…. Katie?

        • Every Teecino I’ve seen does have grain of some kind but roasted dandelion root makes a great substitute.

          • Teecino’s Roasted Dandelion and Dandelion Caramel Nut are both gluten-free (and grain-free), but of course the latter has nuts in it (almonds).

      • I have created some DELICIOUS herbal coffees:

        Love yourself herbal “coffee”
        3 parts roasted chicory root
        2 parts roasted dandelion root
        1 part licorice root
        1 part cinnamon (chips)
        1 part rose petals

        Ginger ZING herbal “coffee”
        4 parts roasted chicory root
        2 parts dried ginger root
        1 part roasted dandelion root
        1 part licorice root

        Mint-a-licious herbal coffee
        2 parts roasted chicory root
        2 parts peppermint
        1 part licorice root
        1 part roasted dandelion root

        If I can quit coffee and caffeine, ANYONE can!

        Enjoy, loves!

        • Thank you Duchess! Awesome!

        • Hi Duchess
          I made your first coffee recipe and I love it. Delicious! I have been off coffee for 3 months. I was out with a friend n had chamomile tea while she was getting refills of coffee. I was so ready to cheat!! So I remembered your recipe and got the ingredients. The only thing is I’m not supposed to have licorice root (I did include it anyway) on the AIP diet. Any suggestions in replacing it? Thanks

        • Where do you get your ingredients?

    • hi i’m Veena recently diganosed with hypothyroid… question is need to take mutlivitamin can you please let me know which multivitamins are good…I read lot of supplements contain soy….I think soy is not good for thyroid…please let me know…

      you are awesome 🙂

    • I am so interested in the auto immune reset diet. I don’t understand why night vegetables are not included, also nuts, seeds and spices that come from seeds. I have hashimoto’s. Tomorrow I begin GAPS protocol for leaky gut. On occasion I have muscle aches, but no problems with joints. Would that mean that night vegetables would be ok for me?

      • I did AIP for a year for my Hashimoto’s. I also had quite severe muscle (not joint) pain that went with it. It is quite common for people with Hashimoto’s to also show symptoms of or be diagnosed with fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue.

        Nightshade vegetables have high levels of certain alkaloids that can be quite problematic and inflammatory for some people. Sensitivity to nightshades often shows up in the joints, but not exclusively. To give your body the best shot at healing, it would be best to eliminate nightshades for a while and then reintroduce them and see what happens. Peppers are my kryptonite. Even just trace amounts and I can feel the pain returning to my muscles within hours and the flare will last for a few days.

        Nuts and seeds are eliminated because they are very common allergens. People with autoimmune diseases have a compromised gut and are more susceptible to developing allergies/sensitivities as a result. If you continue to eat them and they are an irritant for you, it can prevent your gut from healing. As a result, it is best to eliminate them for a while and then reintroduce to see if you notice any changes. For most people, it will be a “just in case” measure, but for some people, it can make a big difference to their healing.

    • Hi there 🙂
      I’m wondering if you ladies can tell me, does this process help with Hidradenitis Suppurativa?
      It has not been confirmed to be a auto immune disorder, though I have noticed certain foods cause me to flare.
      I am desperate to find a way to regain control over my body and my health!!

      • Hi Amy
        Did any one answer you on this? I also have HS and it has gotten SO bad. I’m at wits end and. I idea what to try. Do you have anythings that help you? I also have MS (auto immune) and wonder if there is spent in else going on. I’m horrified of modifying my diet because I don’t know where to start. Anything you can suggest would help!

        • I have HS, too. It got so bad, I started doing my own research and diagnosed myself bc no doctor could help me. I gave up gluten, all nightshades, nuts and seeds, eggs and legumes. Giving up these things has helped SO much with my flares, but I still have alcohol about 1-2x’s a week and I haven’t given up dairy yet. It is very difficult, but I am trying to take healing to the next level. Although my breakout’s have diminished SO much, I still break out and am not even close to being healed. I eat too many empty gluten free calories that aren’t helping. I think it is imperative to completely avoid ALL food sensitivities, eat lots of vegetables as well as supplementing to heal the gut with some determined patience!

    • Hi there I was diagnosed a month ago I was feeling in perfect health just joint pain in my hip which was becoming chronic and stubborn weight gain despite being vegan andhiking daily .My doct find my tpos in the hundreds.So now am on a paleo diet I hate it I want to be vegan again !I have not lost any weight only half a kilo which I think is just muscle because I didnt exercise for the last 3 weeks because I felt so depressed.synthyroid maked me dizzy so I dont take it I am 46 year old mum of 6 lively kids !I am dedperate to lose weight whats the secret .

  2. I’m in……for 30 days. Thank you for encouragement to do it.

  3. I am in for the 30 days! I just found out I have Hashimotos as well and am in serious need of a reset. My body has been going haywire between the hashimotos and allergies, so I’m hoping this helps me!

    • I have suffered from most of the symptoms on the Hashimotos disease and allergies for most of my life, however I have not had a formal diagnosis. What is the procedure for this? What type of specialist would I see, if any?

      • I had to see a functional medicine doctor to finally get a diagnosis. He did a blood test and a thyroid ultrasound to make the diagnosis. I found the autoimmune plan was helpful even before then though.

        • I will be moving to Arizona in 3.5 weeks and I’m currently on Medicaid. I am suffering from some kind of ongoing fatigue which I believe might be thyroid related…although initial thyroid test came back normal so doc didn’t want a follow-up. I am always cold and uncomfortable, lower body temp always on thermometer at home and at doc, TERRIBLE PMS symptoms (hormonal flushes, extreme fatigue, pain in legs, emotional). I have a history of arthritis, dry skin, thinning hair (stopped thinning though), foggy memory, anxiety, depression. I can’t even exercise anymore without feeling like it’s making me sick. Does any of this strike a chord with anyone? Can anyone give me any advice or direct me to a doc in AZ that can help once I get back on Medicaid when I move there? Please. Thanks.

          • My doctor, Alan Christianson, is in Scottsdale, AZ and his practice is called Integrative Health if that is close to you…

          • I have had hypothyroid for years but was diagnosed with hashimotos in march and celiac this past Friday. I have every one of those symptoms. If I were you I’d get the celiac test at an allergist and get thyroid levels checked by an endocrinologist. Ask for the full thyroid panel. 🙂 good luck!!

          • I had terrible PMS cramping and the thing that helped me most was supplementing with calcium and magnesium. Try taking a liquid, I did the blue bonnet brand.

          • Check out the book Why Isn’t My Brain Working? by Datis Kharrazian. He covers all these symptoms. Very eye opening book. Excellent.

          • Jacqueline, do you know the website ‘stopthethryroidmadness’? Worth a look. I was told for about 20 years that my thyroid function was normal, then a private doc tested and found me to be quite badly hypothyroid…for what it’s worth it sounds to me as if you are hypothyroid too. x

          • Yes I can give you some good advice. Stop believing in mans franken food and start believing in God’s Goodies. When a wild buck gets up in the morning he eats raw organic vegetation. When a wild tiger gets up in the morning he eats raw grass fed herbivores. Ten years ago I had so many diseases even my diseases had diseases. Meds gave me nasty side effects. A folk medicine practitioner cured me in just 3 days drinking green smoothies made from organic baby leaves, the 50/50 mixture and the super babies. To these he added raw organic berries and celtic sea salt. I drank one every 2 hours. When I had to go to the bathroom during the night I drank another one. I ate over ripe bananas including the peels and raw pastured eggs. The supplements he gave me were colostrum, my community 17 mushroom blend, 5000 units d3/day, 25,000 units vitamin a from fish liver oil/day, unrefined red palm oil and black chia seeds, For inspiration watch raw food videos and study high ormus sole.

      • Lynne, were you able to find a Functional Medicine doctor? If you haven’t and don’t know how to find one in your area, or close to your area, google “the insistute of functional medicine”. (This is my first post here and don’t know if they allow first timers to post links….). Their site has a search platform for finding a functional medicine doctor in your area. It’s best to go to someone on the list since anyone can advertise that they practice functional medicine. Good luck!

        • You can also obtain a Hashimoto’s diagnosis by visiting an endocrinologist. Their knowledge of the disease and the role of gluten in exacerbating/causing it varies; however, I went to an endo who caught mine almost by accident. They do the antibodies test as part of their standard blood workup – unlike Primary Care Physicians, who simply test your level of thyroid functioning. This is why mine was not caught till I went to see an endo who tested me, ironically, for Vitamin D deficiency, which often correlates with Hashimoto’s. Aside from providing the initial diagnosis – which was huge! – my first endo was highly unhelpful and dismissive when it came to gluten intolerance. However, I have now found an endo who gets it. I am suggesting an endocrinologist, because they often accept insurance, which is often preferrable to the exhorbitant intake fees frequently charged by Functional Medicine Doctors ($600 for 3 hr intake, $350 for 2 hr intake, etc). Endocrinologists can be much more affordable. However, I have now located an affordable Functional Medicine Doctor as well and will hopefully be followed by both.

          • My functional Medicinr doc takes insurance and my first appointment, 1.5 hoirs long was a $30 copay. Very happy!

      • I saw a naturopath that did a complete blood workup for me. She wasn’t actually the one who diagnosed me though. I took those results to a naturopath/MD who finally diagnosed me. I haven’t seen her in a while because on the 5 stages of grief, I’ve been stuck in denial for a while. My nutritionist had me on a fairly strict diet and I felt much better on that, and lost a bunch of weight. I then slipped back into denial and started eating anything I wanted. Now I’m in the acceptance stage and am ready to do the work. What is the saying? “Nothing tastes as good as being thin?” For us, sadly there is so much more at stake than just weight control.

  4. Looking forward to doing the 30 day protocol with the support of a group. Thanks for the inspiration, I needed it!

  5. hello!
    I’ve not been eating meat and poultry for 17 years. ( I eat eggs and fish) do you think this diet would work with fish only? or if I can eat meat after all these years my digestion system will mess up?

    • @Selin,

      The best thing to do is listen to your body!
      Fish and eggs would be just fine as your main protein source (there are SOOO many ways to cook eggs). If you would like to try introducing some nice grass-fed meat (little by little), go for it, but take note of how you feel. If it’s not good, simply don’t eat it.

      I should also include that you should try the meat on it’s own, otherwise if you do get a digestive issue after eating meat mixed with something else, you might not know what is causing the upset…after all…sometimes a super healthy food like kale or other dark leafy greens can cause gas and bloating.

      I hope that helps 🙂

      Good luck on trying!! 🙂

      • OMG, I just realized that EGGS are NOT allowed, oops, my bad…sorry. Seafood would be fine as your main protein as well 🙂 Just change it up if you get bored.

        • Eggs are not allowed on this diet BUT I wanted to put it out there that often people have reactions to the eggs if the chickens were fed SOY but will be fine with non-soy/corn eggs.

          • That’s me! I can’t eat anything that was fed soy. I’ve been (mostly) soy-free for 6 years and truly soy-free (animals that ate it) for about 3 years. It’s tough to get started because it’s in EVERYTHING but I’d never go back. (I’ve also been gluten-free for about 2 years.)

          • QUESTION about Eggs. Katie, is it what they eat or can we be reactant to the BEST EGGS? I have my own chickens/total free range/ fed organic, non soy, non corn chicken feed. I even feed them kombucha cultures and ACV in water (yes they are spoiled;) Would I still potentially react to eggs? (Hashimoto’s) Thank You again!

        • thanks Audrey for your comment 🙂

          • Kenda, I was wondering the same thing. Eggs are my favorite food. I would be devastated if I couldn’t eat them.

    • Selin, after all these years eating no meat at all, your body might very well react towards meat with much nausea, since your body is probably overloaded with chromium from veggies that have not had red meat to combat the chromium. Just a heads up that it might take awhile to detox the chromium, and you might feel badly at first.

  6. Thanks wellness mama. Wish to be motivated like you
    I am horribly underweight. Height is 1.73 & weight is 45kg. Breastfeeding mum.
    I have been to numerous doctors but with no success in diagnosing the problem. I have no energy.
    Will this be able to help me and what kind of a doctor would you suggest to see

    • I’m reading all these comments and I want to answer everyone 🙂 I’ve been on a detox for a week now, so I was excited to find out Katie posted a (world-wide) cleanse/diet!

      As an student of Chinese medicine, I would highly suggest that you seek the help of an acupuncturist, I have see first hand many “miracles” as the western doctors would call it, but it’s just a matter of a good practitioner who really cares and is trained to get to the root of the problem rather than put a band-aid on the symptoms.

      I hope that helps and I hope you get well, as a breast-feeding mom, that is truly a difficult situation. The good news is that you are seeking help, so this means you are willing to make that change 🙂

      Good luck on your cleanse!

      Feel free to PM me.

      • I am also a BIG fan of acupunture, for MANY different disfunctions of the body or injures. With a chronic condition, such as an Auto Immune Issue, is is beneficial to help with symptom management, but in my experience can not TRUMP the illness and overwhelming relentlessness of your immune system bent on killing its opposition. I have also taken the tinctures and still, my body doesn’t respond long term. I have been sick for seven years, and have become a professional lab rat!

        • @Kenda,

          I should add here that along with acupuncture, a “diet”/lifestyle such as Paleo, Ancestral (Traditional foods/WAPF) or Primal are best of course with the best natural quality and adjustments such as food intolerance, allergies and so on….along with the right temperature and flavors…yeah, that’s where it gets confusing.

          Fortunately, my background in nutrition is in traditional foods and proper preparation, allergies/food intolerance, along with western herbs and natural medicine. So, when I started studying Chinese medicine I started to incorporate the principles into nutrition.
          For example, my youngest son who is 3 1/2 (mind you raised on a WAPF diet) has always gotten “strange” ailments that I didn’t even know how to research them, plus teeth decay (doesn’t eat sweets, white flour or processed anything) and he was catching a cold every 6 weeks or so that would last a few days.

          Come to find out, he had a cold temperature naturally so when he ate cold foods such as a piece of cold fruit from the fridge or cooling foods such as dairy (even raw grass-fed) it would lower his body temperature (or immune system) and he would become susceptible to colds.
          When I figured this out, I made sure I ran the fruit under hot water or he could only have fruit at room temp. As far as dairy, I simply cut it out with a little bit here and there as long as it’s not cold. And if he happens to eat something cold, or he gets too cold, I give him some warming ginger and clove syrup. Through my studies, I learned to “read” tongues, so I just monitor his health by looking at his tongue daily to make sure he is healthy.
          On top of everything, once I took gluten out of his diet, his teeth stopped decaying…go figure.

          So my point here is that there is so much more to health than just balancing qi (energy) in the body which can have some major benefits but the acupuncturist should also be able to advise on temperatures and flavors of foods and herbs that are best for the patient. Unfortunately, the texts that are still used are from ancient China and do not mention modern day allergies or intolerance’s such as gluten, dairy, eggs and so on….or the quality.

          WOW, I wrote so much here I hope this info helps any readers out there who may have any of the same issues, please feel free to PM me, I’m always glad to help where I can 🙂

          • I couldn’t agree more, and I LOVE CTM and all the Nutritional asp[ects that incorperate a WHOLE approach. “Healing w/ Whole foods” FAB BOOK!!! 😉 My acupuncturist moved. OH HOW I MISS HER, and I havn’t come to trust any one else ;( Sorry I have no Idea how to Private Message you;)

          • Audry,
            I just recently heard about the whole temperature thing! I’m very intrigued and confused.Honestly I haven’t had much time to research it, but I would love suggestions as to where to start!
            And the tongue reading??? Really? I like to know more about that! I don’t know if mine would even be possible as I have what is called “geographical mouth”, and it affects my tongue.
            I’m going to do something I never do, but I am just that desparate for help!

        • @Michele,
          Sorry, I just saw your message, please email me and I can send you some of my work on temperatures and tongue reading. It’s almost complete! I’d love the feedback 🙂

    • I just wanted to let you know you are not alone!! I am a BF mom, too, and underweight. It happens to me with every baby. You may want to look into adrenal fatigue.


  7. Thank you so much for all you’re doing, this is perfect timing, I fell off the GAPS wagon in April and my finger joints are getting more and more inflamed. Very interesting about the 9 cups of veggies per day. And the sleep…yep that’s a big one for me, too…

  8. Hi Katie,

    I’m definitely in! I just purchased the Paleo Approach and waiting for Sarah’s cookbook as well to be delivered.

    Written whilst eating the last of my giant Haigh’s giant dark chocolate frog and knowing I’ll be paying for this later on……hey, I had to get rid of it!

  9. I have AIH type 2, I’ve already been told I will suffer from this till my end of days, combined with a weird on again/off again Hoshimoto’s thyroiditis. Both stop, and then come raging back..I have been struggling with my weight and not feeling well for 4 years now and am pretty much at wits end, so yes.

    Count me in.

  10. Hi Katie,
    I had gone to a new doctor just last week, who is an intergrated medical practioner. I have the same problems that you mentioned Plus a goiter. She said that my thyriod functions are fine. I went for blood tests this morning to test for Iron, Vit D and T3. THANK YOU SO MUCH I am going to follow you on the Autoimmune diet because I have the feeling that she will not come up with the correct diagnosis. Oh by the way I am also allergic to Iodine.


    • Hi Carol,

      Wow – I have the same issues… including the goiter. What struck me was that you said that you are allergic to iodine. I strongly believe that I am also. What symptoms do you have with the iodine allergy? I experience terrible pain in my stomach, to the point of wanting to go to the hospital.

      Thanks, Marla

      • Hi Marla,

        I have found that I cannot eat fish. Had two bad reactions to Salmon and Yellow tail. I ballooned up and ran a high temperature. My husband rushed me to the doctor, who put me on a drip and medication for a couple of days. The only fish I can eat is tinned tuna. Not that healthy. Now I steer clear of all fresh fish. Best wishes with the auto-immune diet. Stay strong and healthy. Carol

      • I read a really good website regarding autoimmune thyroid, in the section on dosing, the Dr explains why you cannot be allergic to iodine and why people have thought they were. Hope this helps.

  11. Thanks for this post 🙂
    What advice would you give to someone who is Vegetarian?

    • I’ll just answer you here…I am actually helping my daughter with this same issue right now, so I hope my input helps…

      It would depend on what your goals are? Do you eat seafood?
      I guess in your case if you don’t eat seafood, you would be doing more of a vegan cleanse and I guess if that works for you, you could look at it that way and follow all the other recommendations, except you really need your protein from a food source.

      If you eat fish/seafood, that would be a great protein source. Just make sure the seafood is wild-caught, not farm raised, quality very important to get the most from foods nutrition wise.

      One of the main things here is to remove any foods that potentially cause inflammation amongst other issues to the body. The foods you need to remove are (as the list says) all forms of gluten and any grains, legumes, and beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, and dairy.

      If you try it as a “vegan cleanse/fast” and fail, and you eat eggs and do well with them (no allergies or digestive issues), it would be a logical to follow as close as possible to this “diet” with the addition of eggs…that would be better than nothing in my opinion, however, it’s just my opinion…your body 🙂

      If you eat eggs, there are 1000 ways + to make them and load them with veggies. When doing a recipe search, always type “Paleo” before a recipe so you (should) be on the safe side.

      If all else fails, this is probably not the right cleanse for you and there are plenty other cleanses that you could tweak to fit your needs, or you could re-think being vegetarian by including only grass-fed/pasture-raised meats, poultry and eggs.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  12. Hi Katie, I want to let you know that I appreciate the timing of your protocol in a deeply!

    I know that something in my diet is causing some joint stiffness in the mornings, and as I’m 1 37yo mother of 4, I want to avoid anything that restricts movement and further autoimmune disease.

    I have been eating rather healthy things, but combining them with spurges of high-sugar/caffeine/wheaten food, so I welcome the timing and confines (health!) of your protocol wholeheartedly. It is the comradery that I welcome the most. I wish us well. Thanks for being upfront and welcoming others to join you.


  13. Would love to do this. Diagnosed in ’95 with FM and later with CFS. Work as nurse in Rehab facility and stress, physical and mental, is ridiculous. Just diagnosed with severe arthritis in L4-5, no wonder back is killing me, along with radiculopathy in right leg. Have medial block scheduled in few weeks.
    Recently lost over 40 pounds with HCG, I know, not the best but it worked for me. Now I’d love to focus on healthy eating.
    My labs are great, except D and B12 deficient. My thyroid test normal so why my hair constantly fall out, my feet hands freezing and skin feels like alligator (little exaggeration but not much!) My hormones are so crazy, will be 56 in few months and technically could still get pregnant 🙁 carb cravings, mood swings, mental lag, fatigue….no one would beeline me if I told it all!
    Would love to stop taking hormone meds (I’ve been through six already) and pain meds.
    I’ve followed your blog for several years and implemented many ideas.
    Sign me up, Katie …right after one last chocolate bar.

    • Underlying all of those issues could be Borrelia Burgdorferi. Google it and if you need any information on how to treat it I can get you that. It is the same bacteria present in Lyme disease and does so much damage to your body but a lot of Doctor’s will not suspect it. The remedy is quite simple and whatever you do, do not allow anyone to treat it with antibiotics.

      • Please tell me how you would treat it? I’m still having issues after Lyme, horrible anxiety 🙁 I never had it before and I’m really suffering. I had antibiotics initially and then homeopathics and garlic, nosodes. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Some days I can’t handle the over stimulated feeling.

        • My naturopath treated it with plant stem cells.
          6 weeks of a very inexpensive formula and the bacteria is gone.
          His website is
          He could at the very least refer you to another naturopath that uses the same protocol depending on where you live. These bacteria are tricky to treat because they take on different forms. I wish you all the best.

      • Hi Monica,

        Read your post about the borrelia and would be very interested in the info you were talking about.


    • Hi Sherry, For hair loss try a B complex plus extra Biotin and Flax Seed Oil. Was going bald. A doc suggested this and if I do this at the first sign of shedding I’m fine. I haven’t lost any hair for 20 years with this protocol.

  14. Thanks for the post! I’m going to try to follow this for the month I Septembe along with you. My sister has a couple of autoimmune diseases and is going to be trying to follow Mickey Trescotts diet beginning today. I would like to support her efforts as well. Although I have not been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, I do have a lot of the symptoms that you mentioned, and am sure that I could benefit from the diet regardless. Thanks for all that you do to help everybody find better health! You are awesome!!!

  15. Hi, do you think it can help with psoriasis?

    • I’ve seen this sort of diet work for psoriasis. It’s worth a shot…nothing to loose but bad health 🙂

    • Chris
      I have psoriasis and am always researching new elimination diets. I want to get to the root of the problem which I believe to be leaky gut. There is no one solution for every body. So it is definitely a trial and error process. I just got a book off of amazon by Dr. Pagano, I think that is the name. Healing Psoriasis without drugs, using natural alternatives. I believe the only way to heal these ai conditions is to heal the gut and know which foods give you flare-ups and have the self control to stay away from them. Unfortunately, I am all over the night shades, our family had some type of nightshade every meal. I have started doing without white potatoes and now I will add tomato products to that list, in about two weeks I will add peppers and so on until I figure out where the flare- ups are being triggered. I honestly believe I can manage this without a dr, but sometimes when I am so inflamed, I must go get some relief from the dr. This post is two years late, but hopefully I can help someone who is going through this, like me.

  16. I have numerous allergies and battle sinus attacks which I believe stem from the allergic reactions to environmental stimulants as well as food. I had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, but then told by the same physician that I don’t have it. I have changed my diet after doing some research on my own. You suggested seeing a functional medical doctor, please explain that term for me. Here in Louisiana it is hard to find doctors that practice alternative medicine or other alternative practices outside of traditional medicine. A response is greatly appreciated!

  17. My struggles:

    I fell very tired all the time especially in the morning.

  18. Katie,
    I see coconut under the ‘eat instead’ column.
    For those with the O+ blood group where coconut is not advised, what do they do?

  19. Hi
    I drink a protein smoothie every am with an organic, vegan protein powder plus fruit, ground flax and hemp – would I need to exclude it? Thanks!

    • Those are technically all not allowed on an autoimmune diet but if that is your main source of protein, it probably would not be a good idea to omit it either.

  20. I’m wondering if you would share what cortisol support you take and what type of magnesium you use as well. Thank you!

  21. Hi I’m so interested in this article I have these symptoms and have been thinking it could be thyroid, could you tell me how i could find a specialist doctor like this Melbourne so I could have the test. I would love to do this 30 day change thanks

    • I’ll ask around for a good doctor, but the diet can be helpful even if you can’t get blood work done

  22. I am exposed to Black Mold daily. I have achy joints and seborrheic dermatitus. I will start this to see how much it helps, which I am sure it will.

  23. I would love to try this-do we have to join or are you just going to post info about it?

  24. Great post. This was my first summer on AIP and over I it went well but concerts, camping and state fairs all lead to conscious cheating. I’m in on the reset. I just bought Paleo Mom’s new cook book, so between your advice and suggestions and her cook book I’m ready. Thanks for all you share. It was your web site that launched my journey to better health.

  25. I appreciate this more than you know! I have EVERY symptom you described. I get frustrated with the doctor because they expect you to loose weight, but give you little help. I have tried and tried, but nothing helps consistently. Thanks so much. I am going to start this soon. Wish me luck! ????

  26. I have been dealing with hashimotos for at least five years (that I know of) now. Will thirty days be enough time?

  27. I am going to start this tomorrow! I have been struggling with extreme fatigue, dry skin, thinning hair, digestive upset, migraines, and several other symptoms listed for an auto immune problem. All my blood work always comes back in normal range, and I am left frustrated and feeling like a hypochondriac. LOL. My mother, uncle, and grandfather all have been diagnosed with Hoshimoto’s Thyroiditis, and I truly fear ignoring these symptoms when I can tell something is wrong will cause me to have to go through surgery as they did. I am so ready to feel normal again, and if it turns out that I am just a crazy person…then I am sure this diet can’t hurt anything. Haha. Thanks so much for posting.

    • Hi. I’m going through the same thing. Every symptom leads me to think I have a thyroid-autoimmune problem. Hair loss, fatique, insomnia, heavy periods, dry skin ect yet kaiser always says my tests are normal. I begin to start a protocol then give up because I don’t have a diagnosis. My hubby and family think I’m a hypercondriac to but I know something is terribly wrong. I’ve began to get a pressure in my throat in which I panic I can’t breath. I try to stay positive but feel awful! Not sure where to turn.

  28. Is the xylitol in the b12 not a big deal to you? I am on the autoimmune protocol and have read to stay away from it. I even stayed away from it before I was on the protocol except in toothpaste. Thoughts? Any other b12 suggestions?

    • There are many brands that do not have xylitol. Try,, Super Supplements, or even Amazon, and you’ll find several different options. Most will be sweetened with a sugar alcohol, but I’ve never seen xylitol in any of the ones I’ve looked at. If you can tolerate them, you can also try giving yourself B12 shots. Yep, with a needle. You should be able to find a naturopath who can supply you with the stuff. I don’t know if you can get it online. They are very effective, but I always bruised my bottom, which is not very comfortable.

  29. Under recommendation of a functional med doc/chiro office I’m going to do a diet (likely starting this week) called Repairvite with an identical list of allowed foods along with a gut healing supplement that includes some similar components, fish oil, and probitics. It’s also 30 days. Very much looking forward to your meal plans for a diet like this! Ultimately hoping for some healing so I can get back to a regular diet and make use of your regular meal planning system!

    • Hi Belinda – can you share your doctors name? Thank you!

  30. Hi Katie –

    This is so timely for me. I have been following the Wahls diet and slowly transitioning to Wahls Paleo. I have been in and out of the rheumatologists office every two months this year, and at my visit last week my antibodies are up and he believes my connective tissue disease is transforming into full blown lupus. This was super discouraging as I was feeling so hopeful in my transition to Wahls Paleo. The doctor has now added a disease modifying drug to the Amlodipine I am already taking for my severe Raynaud’s. I also was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and today is my five year anniversary of living Gluten Free. My Dr calls me a walking autoimmune disease (all in fun of course), but I am feeling a little broken right now.

    This was such a good reminder that I am not on this journey alone. It may take me to the end of October to reboot as I have several weeks of vacation coming up (and we know that most of the time we cannot control our diets entirely when traveling internationally, just do the best we can and stay gluten free), but I am IN.

    Thank you!!!!

  31. Hashimoto’s here, too! I was diagnosed while pregnant with my son, who is now 20 months old. I recently did two months of autoimmune protocol, but feel a desire to do it once more due to stress and transition in my life (hubby and I just moved and are about to move again, though just across town this time). I am eager to get my body happy and healthy for the good of my future health, and because I would like another baby. Here’s to our good health!

  32. I have outbreaks of Psoriasis Guttate after periods of high stress, and my naturopath thought I might have a leaky gut based on other symptoms. ( persistent “allergies” or stuffy nose, fatigue, sensitivity to sound, mood swings) I had a cellular health specialist try to help me by having me do a bone broth diet ( I only lasted 2,5 days then swore I could never taste that again without gagging!) but I started feeling much better had much more energy. My problem was where to go from there. I found the path very unclear and have fallen back on grabbing some chocolate every now and then, veggie chips, other processed items in frustration and lack of planning.

    I am so excited that you are doing this so that I may have a clear plan for at least 30 days which I hope will get me into a habit of meal planning.

    Thank you so much!!!

    (I might have to do a delayed start as I will be going on a trip and won’t have as much control of the food that is prepared for me.)


  33. There is a Dandy Tea that has a taste similar to coffee and is made with dandelion root. You could probably give that a try.

  34. I did a super strict (very similar) anti-candida diet last Spring and felt the best I’ve ever felt. I had noticed recently with reintroducing some things like gluten free grains and night shades, that symptoms were slowly coming back until 4 weeks ago when they came back with a vengeance. Turns out I’m pregnant so I don’t quite understand what it is about being pregnant that makes my symptoms even worse (trouble breathing if I don’t eat (blood sugar?), fatigue, foggy head). Midwife is most concerned about adrenal fatigue so I am on a supplement for that. I’d like to do this diet with you but not sure with pregnancy. I am already SO hungry every 2 hours and feel like there’s not enough variety to eat and feel full. Any suggestions or variations for pregnancy? I am 7 weeks. It’s just so frustrating as I went through a lot of diet and health change specifically to have a great 3rd pregnancy and I feel like I’ve relapsed to my old chronic fatigue (possibly Hashimoto’s) self. ????

  35. Hi Katie!
    I read most of your post and they are impressive. I’m trying to incorporate what I can, whenever I can.
    I am impressed with this post and willing to start this but I am on the Levothyroxine 62 micrograms. Is it possible to start this diet while taking this or should I stop it? Otherwise, should I see how I feel after 30 days and get my bloodwork done afterwards to get the dosage adjusted? Will I be able to get off the Levothyroxine at all?
    Thank you so much for all your efforts and good luck to you!

    • I did this while on thyroid medication and just made sure to monitor my blood results carefulle.

      • Thank you!!! Will be getting on to it ASAP!

  36. Thank you for this! I have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, have had 3 miscarriages after having 3 healthy kiddos, have extreme fatigue, sore joints, bloating and depression. Doctors have not given me any diagnosis. I have taken myself off gluten which has helped with some of my digestion issues, but not these other symptoms. I am excited to try this diet! It has given me hope!

  37. I get so confused on all food consumption. I read, read, read, and read. I have been to Many Dr’s of all varieties and spent thousands of dollars only to find none really worked and I still feel bloated tired extreme dry skin joint pain etc You say eat one thing , my corrective Chiropractor says Onion are very hard on Gut never eat. SO I get conflicted on food and yes give up. I have been in Medical field 25 years and so I do understand the body’s function. He says eat grass fed animal protein and animal fats You say no eggs???? I just don’t know. Have you read The Perfect Healthy Diet It is from 2 PHD in China again different info
    Well anyway thanks for all your hard work and numerous great posts Applause to you and those whom care about Planet Earth and our families health

  38. I have all the symptoms of thyroid problems but my levels are always normal. I hope this helps me.

    • As my doctor has explained it, either the thyroid doesn’t produce hormone(Type 1) OR it is BUT the cells are not uptaking it(Type 2). Both produce symptoms but only Type 1 is detectable in bld wrk because it assumes a perfect cell environment. He would treat with thyroid med to flood cells and fill the gap.

  39. I don’t see stevia or honey on either list. Are they out, and if so, did you drink tea unsweetened?

  40. I’ve tried this three times but couldn’t stick with it. My struggles are breakfast and snacks. I just can’t see stir fry as a breakfast food and do breakfast is terribly difficult for me. I know it is an important meal. Again, having only more veggies and fruits for snack is a struggle too. Any suggestions? I really need to go this!

    • Hi! I got the same issue… Please @Katie reply!!

  41. Thank you so much for this! I actually just found out last night that my psoriasis is an autoimmune condition. I am definitely giving this a try for the next 30 days! Love your blog and thank you for all the time you put into it!

  42. I’m totally going to do this. I’m a shift worker and have noticed that although I’m still relatively healthy, I don’t feel like I’m really thriving. I’ll be done with shift work permanently in about 3 weeks, and I’m SO excited to get my sleep schedule back on track.

    Also, what are your thoughts on making bone broth from bones of organically raised that are not pasture-raised (I’m assuming they’re probably still eating a lot of grains which is a bummer) and in water that has not been filtered? I know that you have a Berkee filter (I want one so badly!!), and I’ve read that making bone broth with unfiltered water can make the fluoride content in the water more potent, so I’ve been hesitant to make it.

  43. Hi Katie
    Your information is so very helpful. I have been following you and Paleo Mom and I know what I need to do and don’t get out of my own ay to help myself. I struggle with inflammation. I have eye issues, tissue samples from the perinael (sp) that was diagnosed as inflammation, had breast cancer in 03, over weight and my joints ache and no ambition do do anything about it. Wow typing this out makes me realize I really need to do something. I will do this challenge, i pray I will stick to it. Thank you for caring enough about other folks to help them!

  44. I’m so happy I woke up to your email with this challenge presented! Yesterday I had decided that I was going to start doing the Paleo AIP on the 1st and upon waking I was like “Yeah, I’m still having coffee”- Until I looked looked at your email. I’ve been struggling with hypothyroidism, nutrient deficiencies, and leaky gut for far too long long and I continually want to try try this protocol. Now is the time! Super excited to be doing this with you, your support and the support of the Wellness Mama community! Great, inspirational article! Thank you!

  45. Katie, I am breastfeeding a baby. Is this diet safe to do during this stage, or should I wait until she is done breastfeeding?

    • I have done it while breastfeeding and will during pregnancy if I have another baby, but check with a doc or midwife to be sure.

  46. I’m so excited you are doing this!! I was actually going to start this Tuesday doing AIP!!
    I am sensitive to eggs and yeast. I struggle to take supplements and how to time my WP thyroid away from everything else. I tried taking it at night but seemed to be waking up around 3. It’s hard in the am as well since I’m hungry right away. When do you take yours?

  47. I am going to be trying it too. I am hoping to get organized today to be able to start in the next day or two. I have Lichen Planus among other issues and am hoping to get my body working correctly again.

  48. Hi Katie,

    I’m not glad that you have an autoimmune disease, but I’m SO grateful that you diligently researched the root causes and shared your experience! This post and your other posts are great resources. Thank you!

  49. What great timing…. I decided to do an AIP reset this month too. Started this morning. I did it in April and May but went on vacation before I could properly re-introduce things. While I was away I started eating nuts and dark chocolate and since coming back I’ve not really gone back on the AIP properly. I noticed in the last few weeks that my stomach hasn’t been great (I’ve Crohn’s) so I thought September was an opportunity to start a reset in earnest. Pity that my birthday is this month but I thought if I don’t just do it, there’ll always be something that could come up. Great to know other people are doing it this month too!!!

  50. Thank you, Katie!!!! This is exactly what I need! Plus a swift kick in my butt for neglecting myself! Feeling inspired!
    Have a great day!

  51. What are your thoughts on doing this protocol while nursing? My baby is only a week old, but this plan looks very appealing! Thanks!!

    • I have done it while breastfeeding and will during pregnancy if I have another baby, but check with a doc or midwife to be sure.

  52. Hi, I am a vegetarian can the meat be substituted with beans or anything else? THANKS

  53. What blood test did you take to find that eggs were a sensitivity to you? I’m anxious to try this protocol, the no eggs & no nuts will be my struggle. Thanks for the great article!

  54. Hi Katie,

    WOW, this is perfect timing for me. Ive just done a yeast cleanse for a month. I actually got worse! I have Hashimoto’s also. I was concerned about several of the foods that were “ok” and sure enough I feel terrible & very weak right now. I will do your reset protocol, and so grateful to you for posting and helping others. AND Ive been missing my Kombucha!!! ;( So a few questions for approval: Cocoa powder (organic)? Xylitol? Erythritol? Black tea? Green Tea?

  55. I am struggling with infertility and was struggling with reflux (which has been greatly helped by taking apple cider vinegar in the morning and going on a gluten free, mostly grain free and mostly sugar free diet. It’s actually pretty amazing that I don’t need to take any medication for it anymore!). My sister has celiac disease, but I have no known autoimmune disease. Do you think that diet would be beneficial for me? Could it help with infertility?

  56. Good for you for sharing this Katie! There is good support on Pinterest these days for AIP-friendly recipes, too.

  57. I’m excited to do this as a group. I don’t think I have an autoimmune disease but have chronic fatigue due to a mitochondria problem….been meaning to refine my mostly paleo diet, and I thank you for this opportunity to make it easier!

  58. Is there any way to do this protocol as a vegetarian/vegan?

    • No. This protocol relies on healthy fats & protein to help aid the body in recovery. Food choices would be to limited/impossible on a vegetarian/vegan diet.

  59. I’ve been on a paleo food plan/diet since June. It’s difficult, but it’s worth it. I haven’t felt this wonderful in years! It can be expensive, but I’ve cut costs by growing my own vegetables, fruit, and herbs; finding a local grassfed beef source for soup bones and offal; online shopping to get best deals on coconut oil and supplements; using canned tuna that is wild caught and has no chemicals lining the can; and making my own kombucha and sauerkraut. Good luck to everyone attempting this radical change in their diet!

  60. I was diagnosed with Graves disease and they killed my thyroid. I also have problems with dry skin, thinning hair and stubborn weight
    gain. Will this diet help me as well?

  61. I’m in but would live to know of a cortisol support supplement? Also, what do you recommend using as a coffee sub?

    • I use roasted dandelion root tea and blend in some collagen hydrolysate and coconut oil

      • Is this your cortisol supplement? or your coffee substitute? If it’s your coffee substitute, what is your cortisol supplement? Thanks!

        • Sorry- answered from my phone and missed the second part of the question. That is my coffee substitute, and this cortisol supplement (taken at night) made the biggest difference in my cortisol labs

  62. I was diagnosed with Graves Disease about 2 years ago. I am 5’9″ and got down to 112 lbs before I got diagnosed. It was awful! I went to an endocrinologist and the meds got my levels back to normal. We stopped the medicine and I went on a Palio/Mediterranean diet for almost a year. Gave up gluetin, dairy, and sugar totally. Removed night shade veggies for months. Also took supplements. I was under the care of a Chiropractor who specialized in thyroid issues. My thyroid levels got better (much to the surprise of my endocrinologist) but then took a turn the wrong direction. I also have cardiomyopathy (caused by a chemo med I had to take 20+ years ago for breast cancer) so I have to be very careful because if my thyroid levels get too bad, it causes heart issues.
    What can I do? I am back on thyroid meds and really didn’t want this.

  63. I’m curious why you take both 5-MTHF and Folate? I’ve switched from my prenatal with 1,000 mcg of folate (no longer nursing and no plans to get pregnant for awhile) to 5-MTHF in conjunction with my antidepressant (for late-appearing PPD/PPOCD) but perhaps I should still be supplementing with folate too?

    • This was a recommendation from my doc, since they are absorbed differently

  64. Do you recommend a pregnancy woman do this diet? My family and I would love to do it together, but I’m not sure if I should being 8 weeks pregnant. Thank you – I’ve loved all your advice and encouragement in living a healthy life; I recommend your site to friends all the time! 🙂

    • I have done it while breastfeeding and will during pregnancy if I have another baby, but check with a doc or midwife to be sure.

  65. I would like to try this, as I also have lower antibody Hashimoto’s, and am also struggling with iron deficiency. Have you ever experienced low iron issues along with your Hashimoto’s, Katie? It seems to go hand in hand sometimes. Thanks!

    • Since Hashis can affect the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, that can be normal. I was actually Vitamin D deficient when I was diagnosed despite daily sun exposure and taking it daily and my levels normalized after doing the 30-day diet, even though I hadn’t added more supplemental Vitamin D

  66. Thanks for this! I have lately been reacting to coconut milk and coconut icecream…not the oil. Have you heard of this?

    • Some people do develop an allergy to coconut.

    • I am the same way. I have an allergy to coconut (my throat tingles whenever I eat it) but for some reason I can tolerate the oil. A word here, the virgin coconut oil causes a reaction but not the refine one.

  67. Sorry for yet another question…I am definitely on board for this but would so love your wonderful meal plans!

  68. Sounds ideal: I think I will have grass feed beef. I do not do fermented foods though, so that is out. I need to have more Fruits-N-Veggies. What are night shade veggies? I have ulcers, so I need to stay away from some foods, anyways. I just ordered doterra vegan lifelong vitality pack, so that should help me stay balanced & healthy. It is what I need in order to take better care of my health @ this time!!

  69. I am very familiar with thyroid disease I take .175 levothyroxine (synthroid) I know that u need to be within 1 point on your t3 to feel yucky. I got mine from hormonal changes during pregnancy about 20 years ago. I feel great but would really like to reduce my dose of synthroid? I have trouble with losing weight below a certain number! Thank you for your info and the benefit of your research. I will miss my nuts and beans? Thanks j

  70. Would you recommend this during pregnancy?

    • I have done it while breastfeeding and will during pregnancy if I have another baby, but check with a doc or midwife to be sure.

  71. Thank you so much for posting this. It has come at a time when I really need it. Recently diagnosed with Lymes Disease. I have been taking cat claw for approximately 6 weeks and have been experienceing terrible joint pain, so I am going to do this challenge and hopefully get rid of some pain!!

  72. Good job Wellness Mama!! Great reminder too!

  73. This looks wonderful. I suffer from Hashimoto as well as adrenal fatigue. However, I do not eat meat. Can I still be successful on this protocol?

  74. I too was FINALLY diagnosed with Hashimoto. Will give it a shot! thanks Katie.

  75. Thanks for this post. I’ve been thinking perhaps I have some thyroid/autoimmune issues and definitely wheat and dairy sensitivities. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out where to start though. I appreciate the pdf you put together. I’ve also really enjoyed reading your blog since my sister got me onto it. The contraceptives post was a real eye opener.
    Thank you for all your hard work and the information you share.

  76. How does a vegetarian do this? I see nothing that is non meat protein.

  77. It’s not a coincidence that I read this today. I recently purchased the book The Autoimmune Protocol Cookbook by Micky Trescott. I put off starting until the middle of September because of a wedding we had to go in MD next weekend. I am in the midst of a flare up of my three autoimmune conditions after back surgery four weeks ago. Because of this we cancelled our plans to go to the wedding. I’m so excited to start this program with the support of others trying it, too. I already don’t eat gluten, dairy, or grains, so I am halfway there. I would like to join this group. I will start tomorrow as I need to get my brain around what my meal plan will be. Thank you for this and for your wonderful site and all the excellent information you provide.

    • Thank you for the info!! I am very interested in doing this. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto after the birth of my Son. Please include me in any info. It is so much appreciated!

  78. I have 2 autoimmune disorders and am interest in the 30-day Reset Challenge.

  79. I have what I call “blowouts” after eating vegetable stir frys. I use a variety of veggies stir fried in coconut oil with soy sauce. Within a few hours or overnight, I have one or more EXPLOSIVE BM’s which have undigested vegetables showing. I can eat vegetables otherwise, just not stir fried. It is a problem because I can’t go anywhere there isn’t a bathroom and shower to clean up. Any ideas?

    • The meal plan is just a suggestion. I find it easier to get my veggies and meat that way, but you could easily do some other kind of meal.

    • Good chance it’s the soy sauce. Try w/o it and see how you do. Soy sauce has lots of junk in it, including msg and gluten not to mention GMO’s from the soy products.

    • Pat,

      I hope my reply isn’t an intrusion, but I saw your note and a few things come to mind.

      Soy sauce can contain gluten, not to mention soy can also be an allergenic food for some folks. That may be why the digestive urgency.

      If the heated oil is a problem, how about ‘sautéing’ the veggies alone with water and spices, steaming the meat separately, and then assembling the dish with flavorings/spices/oils after the the ingredients have cooled a bit or to room temperature.

      I have a challenging time with oils. I try to do less oil overall, and I take some type of gallbladder support formula and digestive enzymes.

      Also, if you’re seeing some undigested veggies…um, that’s a signal to chew a bit more thoroughly. Our poor tummies need a but of help here. Chewing thoroughly will be something I will always need to be conscious of.

      Best to you.

  80. Hi Katie, thanks for this, I am interested in whatever message you put across, my only problem is I am a vegetarian so what will I substitute with the meat, fish etc, since I can’t even take nuts? Also I can’t take anything gelatin so what is the alternative for being a vegetarian on some the stuff? Thanks for the good work you are doing.

    • This protocol will not work for vegetarians because it calls for many healthy fats and proteins to help the body repair itself and vegetables only is too limiting.

  81. I enjoy many aspects that you share with people, but I have to admit, you lost me on this one. My husband and I have done extensive study on nutrition and when you got to the part about eating 9 cups of vegetables and that fruit is also allowed, you lost me. We are carnivores and we only have one stomach to digest our food. Vegetables are meant for 4 stomach chambers called rumens. When you eat excess amount of vegetables you turn your lower bowel into a fermentation chamber that enhances growth of harmful bacteria that produces gas and intestinal trauma. The vegetable fiber is 100% non-digestible by humans. It ends up only being a haven for bad bacteria. All of our commercially grown vegetables are devoid of the minerals and vitamins that we so desperately need. They are grown for profit and quantity and not for health.

  82. Thank you for this! I will not be joining in for this month as I am 8 months pregnant, but I will be storing all the information you give for later. Do you think this is safe to do while breast feeding?

    • I’m also curious about Ellena’s question. I’m breastfeeding my almost 5 month old and my autoimmune disease started acting up from stress the past 3 weeks. Katie, what are your thoughts or experiences on doing an AIP challenge while breastfeeding? I would think the answer would be just to eat more of everything allowed…

      • Exactly. I’d definitely check with a doc or midwife before making any drastic change while pregnant or nursing, but since this diet is more nutrient dense than a regular diet, it is typically beneficial while pregnant/nursing. I’ve done it while breastfeeding and baby did wonderful.

  83. I know that sleep & stress management are important. I would love to get 8 hours in, but insomnia is a huge struggle for me. No matter what I do, I wake up 3-4 hours after bed.

    • I keep responding because of a long history with AI’s and diet. Try to remove all alcohol, coffee, chocolate, and any other stimulant after 12 noon. This was my issue. I would have one gin/tonic at around 6pm and fall asleep at a normal time only to wake up at 1am and stay up all night. Took me forever to figure it out…I was actually taking in stimulants! Best of luck!

    • Kelli, I am not a doctor, however, my understanding is that your waking up could be caused by low blood sugar which is causing your adrenals to produce cortisol. Try eating a little protein before bed, just a little, not a meal. That should help.

    • I have been working on my insomnia for three months now, caused by stress.

      I’m sure you’ve heard by now all the regular advice… keep a schedule, go to sleep at the same time, wake up at the same time, no lights in the bedroom, cool temperature,

      Have dinner at least 2 – 3 hours before you sleep, try to get to bed a couple hours before midnight, and before ten if possible because this is when the best restful sleep occurs, and of course try natural sleep aids like melatonin, l-tryptophan, l-theanine, and my personal favorite GABA, which helps you not only fall asleep but stay asleep. All of those are non-habit forming and natural.

      And just remember even resting in bed is better for your body than being up and about. You are still relaxing, as long as you try not to stress about not sleeping.

  84. I’m in! I’ve been kicking myself for a year now because I went off my healthy eating and gained back all my illness symptoms I guess you would call it. I’m anxious to get healthy again and give this a try!

  85. I was wondering if this is something you can do while breastfeeding?

  86. I saw your complete list – is black tea a “no-no”?

    • It depends on the person. Some can tolerate it, others cannot. Green tea and herbal teas without seeds or nuts are OK though.

  87. Hi there Katie. I am really interested in doing this 30 day reset autoimmune diet. My issue is I am vegan. Do you have suggestions on what I can eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner since the examples you gave are for meat eaters. I look forward to you response . Thanks and by the way I have been diagnose with having vasculitis but I do also have the same symptoms you mentioned like thinning hair, trouble losing weight, fatigue etc. What doctor did you see? I live in Canada. Thanks

    • I don’t actually know how this would be adapted for a vegetarian/vegan diet since it would severely limit food options and make it almost impossible to get enough protein.

  88. I’m on day twenty-two of the autoimmune protocol myself, and am planning to continue for another thirty days (possibly longer). So it will be nice, as well as encouraging to have your blog posts on this particular subject to read. Thank you for starting this series 🙂

  89. Katie, is the bone broth tasty? (I hate meat – I only like chicken and Turkey… lol) And where can I find the recipe? Thank you so much for this by the way! Just last night I was looking on line for a as autoimmune diet info! I opened my email today and here you are! 🙂 Funny how it works.

  90. I am 12 weeks pregnant with my second child, and have struggled for a long time with gas, bloating, and stomach pains. I saw this and am considering trying it (but probably in October). I am also a long distance runner (marathoner) so I consumer gluten free grains regularly. Would you suggest this diet for me? Thanks for your research!

    • Check with your OB/Midwife before starting, but I would personally be fine with it.

  91. Hi Katie,

    What a great idea! Any suggestions for a vegetarian, though?



  92. I have Hashimoto’s as well, but it does run in my family. I also have been dependent on medicine for over 16 years. Would this help someone in my position? Or is this for people whose levels are in range but still have symptoms or recently got diagnosed?

    • From my research, genes only account for 1/3 of the total risk for autoimmune disease and diet/lifestyle are huge factors.

  93. I am going to do this with you. I am half way through a cup of coffee, but want to start now anyway. I had a baby a few months ago and my symptoms include joint pain, stubborn weight and hair loss. I had the same problem after I had my toddler, but didn’t figure out diet was causing it until she was over a year old. I know that I need to do this, it is just the motivation factor I need help with.

  94. this is a great idea need to get back on track…… I am in!!

  95. Would this diet be safe during the early month/s of pregnancy?

    • I have done it while nursing and will follow it during my pregnancy if we have another child to avoid having an immune reaction while pregnant.

  96. Thank you. I’m definitely doing this! I suffered from Chronic Fatigue several years ago. It improved to the point of ‘feeling healed’ with changes to my diet & lifestyle but I’ve let things slip & am feeling the consequences.

  97. Do you think this reset would help with prediabetes?

    • I don’t have any first hand experience with it, but I would think since the focus is reducing inflammation, it could.

  98. I’m in, starting today!

  99. Hey Katie I am finishing up my IIN certification and just finished feeding twins. I took on a lot this year and body is worn down. I am in for 30 day reset because I just know some thing is off. I just do not feel light eating so much meat. Have you ever not ate meat?

    • I have. I actually was vegetarian for almost a year in high school and I ended up getting some pretty severe nutrient deficiencies. To be sure, I wasn’t eating a nutrient dense vegetarian diet or sleeping enough, so those were obviously factors, but since I’ve been nursing/pregnant for so long, I find I do need the fats and proteins.

  100. Katie, thank you so much for posting this. The timing is perfect. I ordered the paleo approach cookbook last week; however, I am really looking forward to your future posts, including your recipes.

    I have been following Christa’s candida cleanse (starting week 8- yay!) and with the decrease in candida I have begun to connect that certain foods irritate my system. Prior to the cleanse, I would bloat and feel like I was carrying around a ten pound medicine ball in my stomach no matter what I ate even being grain free, dairy free and soy. I could not connect the discomfort to certain foods.

    Since starting the cleanse I have connected beans (even sprouted beans) nuts and seeds as irritating to my system which prompted me to start researching more which led me to the AIP diet. I do not have an autoimmune disease; however, I know I benefit from following the diet, at least for now.

    How long do you think you will need to strictly adhere to this protocol? I would also love to know your thoughts on stevia if you would be willing to share.

    I am currently enjoying Christa’s turmeric ginger tea with stevia and I do not think I will give that up until after I finish the cleanse 🙂

    Thank you again, Katie, for all you do!

    • I’ve found that 30-60 days is usually enough for the really strict phase and then I slowly add in non-reactive foods.

  101. I have Hashimoto,but breastfeeding currently. Would you recommend this diet for breastfeeding moms?

    • I have done it while breastfeeding, but check with a doc and midwife to be sure.

  102. Thanks So Much, Katie! I plan to begin the 30 days sometime this month. I will be following along with your posts until I get all my food sources and recipes sorted out. I have been thinking about doing this anyway (just found a good source for offal and beef bones for broth) but now you have lit a fire under me. I love your entire site and all your great info! All the best!

  103. I’m in. I love a challenge , but I get thrown off , because of work and stress. I feel you are so thoughtful. You can think of yourself and make money on us, but you consider us like your friends and that is loving on your part. I know I appreciate you very much thanks. I hope everyone success on their diet and problems they are having.

  104. Hi Katie,
    My niece introduced me to your website a couple of weeks ago. I am so thankful.
    I was diagnosed with Graves disease at the age of 14. Was able to bring it under control in a year with medication. It reoccurred at the age of 20 and again I was able to bring it under control within a year. In 1983, at the age of 34, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos. My doctor said he had never seen an antibody count as high as mine in his 40+ years of practice. He said he should enter me in the World Book of Guinness…lol! Unfortunately, every doctor I have seen since that time, has taken the same tests, and said the same thing. I’ve been on L-Thyroxine therapy for all these years, at various doses, but continue to feel my body is out of balance. About three years ago I did find a doctor that specialized in hormones and thyroid imbalance as a “retirement” practice. He had been an OBGYN doctor for over 40 years. I was making some progress after he added LIO-L-THYRONINE SR to my daily medications, plus estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone creams. Sadly, he passed away a few months ago because of age and I am on my own again.
    I want to join your 30 Day Autoimmune Reset. I am reading everything I see on your site. I have had a healthy diet for many years but have not had the knowledge of putting together your protical for resetting autoimmune diseases. I am so anxious to learn as much as I can.
    I also have two other autoimmune diseases…Lupus and Sjogren’s. Yes, I’m blessed…lol! The Sjogren symptoms have been very severe for about a year now but I believe all of my immune problems are interrelated.
    Thank you, Katie, for all your research and hard work.
    Looking forward, with hope!

    • Wow, what were your APO levels? mine were 349. I always feel more dead than alive.

      • **TPO** sorry

    • Ruth E.

      If you don’t mind my asking, what was your antibody count? My daughter was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.

      Thank you,

  105. I have been doing this sort of diet (or what I thought was the correct diet for me) for almost 5 weeks now….. I eliminated a bunch of foods and have slowly brought some back…now seeing this I understand that I am absolutely needing to change up some things …..I didn’t think about eating offal , or pumpkin? or not eating NIGHT SHADES?? I also was trying to do yogurt instead of kefir!!! I am so excited to put this into practice and I want to say how personally greatful I am for you. I am in tears as I type this because I have only recently found you through SEAN CROXTON when he did the webinars and ever since then I have been following every single facebook post, email , blog .etc. Cant wait for the cookbook. Thank you for helping me once again. I don’t have family close by and no one has been able to give me info like you do FOR FREE. As a single mom with a 9 month old I don’t have hardly any money whatsoever. Thanks once again for making the stuff very affordable for the average person and DO ABLE!!! hugs to you! Namaste! Grace.

    • Hugs to you too! Thanks so much for reading and I am so glad that it is helpful to you. I know that feeling of feeling like you’ve tried everything and feeling limited because some things you want to try aren’t doable financially. I hope this helps you and your baby!

  106. Do you take these supplements while breastfeeding?

  107. Thanks for your post, inspired me to eat better. When raising a family it is to easy to take shortcuts with our health, which can lead to health problems. This mom is going to lead her family to better long term health. Thanks !

  108. Hi Katie, I’m currently nursing my 7month old, is this protocol safe for nursing moms? Are there any adjustments that I might need to make? Thanks!

    • I started it while nursing and just made sure to eat enough of the allowed foods.

  109. About 8 months ago, I adopted and auto-immune protocol based on information of Paleomom and Tara Grant’s “The hidden plague”. Considering I only have a mild case of HS (although very uncomfortable, it is manageable) and nothing more than suspecting other autoimmune issues, it wasn’t until two months in that I started to see results (albeit very small). And I had still massive flare-ups that seemed random, even with food journaling.
    I almost gave up, but last month I found SCD. I started about 2 weeks ago, and now have much more energy, clearer skin, almost non-existent digestive issues (that is a very big deal for me) and – although a bit slower – the HS symptoms are also subsiding.
    I do believe AIP can help many people, but what I just wanted to say: if you still don’t see any improvement after a few months of AIP (most people agree that AIP should show results after one month), look into SCD. I think the foundation of food you build up is much more robust and stable.
    Thanks for the post though, really appreciate it!

    • I feel very hopeful having read your post. I’ve had severe joint pain since November and have been on the AIP for 4 months with little benefit. While my sleep and stress levels may play an active role in not experiencing relief on the AIP, I’m now researching SCD. So far it sounds fantastic for the pure fact that I get to eat different foods than what I’m allowed right now. Plus it does get discouraging being on a plan for a while with no results. I’m ready to feel a change. Now I’m just wondering if I should try to sleep more and stress less and stay on AIP before moving on to SCD, or if I should just make the switch. Any thoughts having done it yourself?

    • pls explain: what is HS and SCD?

  110. I’m in! Thank you for your hard work. I have 2 autoimmune disorders, in particular the MSC multiple chemical sensitivity and had for many years leaky gut issues. Thanks!

  111. This is so helpful! Thank You!! I was recently diagnosed with Hashimotos and am looking for any and all information I can get my hands on!! I look forward to trying the 30 day reset!!

  112. I do not do well without some type of either forced protocol or strict accountability. I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome about 14 years ago, but 2 years ago I was diagnosed with an advanced case of Celiac’s Disease. Personally think the Celiac’s is the core disease, and I can case trace symptoms back to after the birth of my 1st 22 years ago, but it might go back further. Anyway, I’ve been gluten free since because I had no choice. But sticking to other regimens is so hard. I’ve tried grain free. I’ve tried Paleo. But I can’t stick to anything, especially when feel deprived and everyone else is eating whatever they feel like. I know I should do a reset. I catch everything, and it takes me forever to get well. Currently battling viral Pink Eye (Day 12), and I can’t get well. I’m the poster child for autoimmune. I’m not the Type A, like you are. How to get well when I’m so tired of losing the fight?

    • My heart goes out to you… it is hard to stick to something, especially something that is this restrictive. I definitely had my share of pity parties in the first few weeks, but once the symptoms started to improve, it was much easier to stick to it and want to keep going.

  113. I have also been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroidism. It hasn’t been easy. I have tried so many different approaches by myself. Looking forward to doing this as a group. I haven’t seen a specialist yet; my family doctor was the one who diagnosed me (he also nursed me through meningitis several years ago). But what got me, knowing my condition, he wanted to put me on all kinds of meds which I refused. What kind of doctor is best to see with an auto immune disorder?

    • I finally found a good functional medicine doctor (Dr. Alan Christianson at Integrative Health in Phoenix) who can see me remotely and he was been really helpful. I found that this diet was the missing link for me though.

      • I’ve been on this ‘reset’ since the 2nd of September. I’m having a difficult time trying to vary what I eat. I hate to say this…. I am craving sweets (which I only ate dark chocolate at night before the reset… and not much at that). Any suggestions as to what I should do?

  114. This post came at the perfect time:) I am 100% committed to this starting tomorrow morning. I look forward to drastically lowering my inflammation levels. I have a quick question: Is ghee allowed on the diet?

    • It depends the person. Most people can tolerate it, but it’s a good idea to avoid it for a couple of weeks to see.

  115. You are the best and I love you. Your website is awesome and your activated charcoal and bone broth posts helped my health and teeth so much! I have a ton of allergies and intolerances. I eat very healthy, but for some reason my health is getting worse. I had my first (and hopefully last) migraine last week and now am completely sure I need a total body reset and to figure out what my body cannot stand. This looks perfect and I am so excited to try it.

    Thank you for all that you do!

  116. Congrats on your pregnancy! Pregnancy can definitely make symptoms worse since it affects the immune and endocrine systems. I will actually do this diet when pregnant next time to make sure that I’m in optimal health and that baby has the best chance of not having the same struggles I’ve had. First trimester is tough anyway, but I’d try to focus on nutrient dense nourishing foods and avoid as many of the inflammatory foods as you are able.

  117. Hi, Katie! Thank you for posting this helpful information. I also have Hashimoto disease. I would like to participate but am not sure about taking supplements. I take a lot of supplements already that my integrative medicine doctor prescribed. Do you think it would be effective for me to do the diet without supplements?

  118. I have Hashimoto’s as well, but thyroid disease runs in my family. I have been medicine dependent for 16 years. Will this help me get rid of my medicine or is this just for people who are recently diagnosed or showing symptoms even though their levels are fine?

  119. Count me in too!

  120. Count me in as well!

  121. I’m in! Thanks for doing this. Hypothyroidism.

  122. Hi Katie
    I had a Naturopath Dr put me on the Type A blood type diet in January 2014. But I also had to eliminate all dairy, meat, eggs, soy, all sugars, & grains, especially gluten. But I could have raw brown rice protein. I thought I was going to lose my mind trying to figure out what to eat. But I did it. This Dr told me to stay on it for at least 2 months, along with the supplements she was having me take.
    I lost 30lbs, most of it inflammation. All joint pain stopped and I feel better than when I was in my 30’s! I’ve decided to stay on this way of eating for life!
    Thanks for doing this!

  123. Hi Katie, I have only been following you for a short time but I love all that you share !!! I am going to try and follow the reset plan for 30 days. I went paleo in Oct of 2011 because I was overweight and felt awful. I’ve had Hashimoto’s for 21 years. Am on Synthroid. I lost 50 lbs and felt great until I fell off the wagon last december. I am a food addict and my disease has come back and taken away all my resolve. I have gained 11 lbs. and I feel so depressed. I want to do this challenge with you but I have so many cravings now I feel so weak. I’m going to ask my daughter to do this with me.
    Thank you, Leslie

  124. Your timing couldn’t be better, my doctor suspects this is what is up with me with tiredness and weight gain of 18 kilos in 18 months, looking forward to see if the diet helps.

  125. I have tried this before but never made the 30 days. I have celiac and hashis. I am pregnant w my first. 20 weeks. It’s funny I saw this post after I just bought everything I needed to try again! I am in! Can I do without the supplements? Also, your thoughts on l glutamine, digestive enzymes, and resistant potato starch during pregnancy? I take a probiotic and a whole foods organic pre natal. Thank you again!

  126. Hi all!

    I am excited to start this! I have borderline hypothyroid, and candida. I am currently not any any medications; however I take prenatal, vit. d and omega 3. We are in the process of thinking about TTC and I feel this is a great way to kick start my health before that. Should I continue to take my vitamins through this??
    I know I will struggle with breakfast foods.. I am more of a fruit/nut butter /granola breakfast lover, any suggestions?


  127. Hi katie, I hope this works this time. I have entered your challenge about 5times and dont ever get a activation email, I get your emails all the time , I dont no what the problem is. Im 51yrs old diagnosed with hashimotos when I was 11yrs old, and would really like to try this. Thank you tracey

  128. Wow. Perfect timing! I just finished a Whole 30 today, and will start the Autoimmune Protocol tomorrow! I have Graves’ Disease, and am feeling soooo much better after 2 months of no grains, and 30 days of the Whole 30. I am game to keep going, for sure! Keep the great info coming – I’m in!

  129. I’m in! I need the accountability. I have severe rheumatoid arthritis and have been mostly grain free for 2 years, but have slipped the last few weeks due to being under extreme stress. Not a good combination. This was just the wake up call I needed. The hardest part for me is avoiding raw dairy & eggs, but I will make the sacrifice for the trade off of energy to keep up with my kids! Thank you Katie

  130. I’m in! Thanks… I’ve been looking at doing this type of diet for most of this year… Reading your post is the push I need… I need to get healthy!

  131. Katie, how did you come up with this protocol? Is this specifically from your doctor or something you came up with yourself? As you have no medical education, it’s concerning that you give your “followers” advice that could be detrimental to their health. Just wondering what make you such an “expert” in this area (and others) when you have had this condition for such a short period of time.

    • If you will take the time to read through the entire blog you will notice a link at the very bottom of the page labelled “Disclaimer”. Here Katie has alread taken the time to address your questions. I for one am very thankful that really intelligent people like her share their hard won knowledge. Please know that even were that link not there she has the right to free speech and espouse whatever is important to her on her blog. I find your comment snarky and offensive and I think you owe Katie an apology.

      • Excuse me for being human I was talking about myself not Katie. If it makes you feel better I am truly sorry that Boone or Tamara took what I said wrong, What ever diseases are in the world or how we get it is not for us to judge one another. Katie, I am sorry If I said anything wrong or out of content to you. My question was what is Autoimmune? I never heard of that before please accept my apology.

  132. Hi Katie, I’ve got Hashimotos and please count me in!
    One question about supplements though – is the supplement regime just for 30 days period or is it your regular routine? Thank you!

  133. I am in.

  134. Thanks for the extra little push I’ve needed toward trying this aip protocol. Full GAPS has helped but hasn’t been an answer for my thyroid problems and food allergies. I wonder, when you’re not doing the aip protocol, how strict is your diet? And do you think this is something we can ever completely heal from? Really interested to hear your thoughts on this.

    • Autoimmune conditions cannot be cured, but I usually do very well unless there is a major event that causes me to stress out a bunch or lose sleep (or both). I am actually fairly strict with my diet still. I’d say the major change is seeds… I like my chia seeds. I still try to avoid eggs since I have a reaction to them, but will occasionally consume them. And coffee. I must have my coffee. 5 kids + not much sleep + coffee = still happy wellness mama.

  135. I need to start by finding a good functional medicine doctor. Do you have any tips on what to look for? Many thanks! I really appreciate your blog. Thanks for sharing.

    • I just realized you answered this question earlier. Thank you.

  136. Hi Katie,

    I am on meds that contain lactose (prescribed by my doctor) can the protocol still have results while taking these?

    I have been cleaning my diet up so apart from the tablets all I would need to give up is eggs, nightshades and nuts.

    Thank you so much for all your hard work Katie xxx

    • I’d check with a doc, but I would think it would still be helpful and I definitely would not stop taking the meds.

      • Thank you!
        I’m glad you think it is still worth trying 🙂
        No – I would never stop any medication without consulting my doctor.

  137. I’m in! I have several co-morbidities and more than one autoimmune disease.I was going to try it on my own but I am very happy to be in your company.I think that strangers are just the friends we haven’t met yet.Best of luck to all.Looking forward to meeting others with my concerns.

  138. I thought I had posted on the blog yesterday….. Guess now I know I really need to press the ‘reset’ button 🙂

    I was diagnosed several years ago with Hashimoto’s. My family doctor diagnosed me. We always agreed to disagree on meds….. I finally Armour Thyroid but it didn’t really do anything for me. I have tried so many different natural avenues…. haven’t really found anything to really help me. Several years before I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I had meningitis which literally fried my body…..

    I’m hoping this will be the answer for me. I’m excited to go on this journey with a group for support.

    Wishing everyone the best 30 day journey!!!!!

  139. Hi Katie, so excited you are doing this reset. My husband was diagnosed with lupus and RA when he was only a toddler, but has recently developed psoriasis. We have been following a real food “paleo-esque” diet for about a year and a half and it has helped him tremendously. He used to walk with a cane and now doesn’t! However, like I said, he is definitely not symptom free and we’ve been toying with the idea of AIP for awhile, so it is nice to have group encouragement. Anyways, my question is about bone broth. I make ours now, similar to your recipe but in a slow cooker and with veggie scraps. My husband does not like the taste straight. I cook rice in it or make soup with it, but just wondering if you have any other suggestions on how to make it more palatable to drink straight? Thank you

  140. I’ve was diagnosed with rheumatoid and osteo arthritis in Jan this year. It took 6 months for the Dr to find a medication that worked on the inflammation and pain. While the Dr worked on the medication I researched natural ways to put it in remission. I’ve been taking supplements suggested in books. Started seeing a kinesiologist/chiro. Being on the meds. makes it hard to know what is working. Hopefully a blessing in disguise I’ve had an allergic reaction to the meds so I’m off them for 30 days. I’m going to try this and hope your 30 day will let me tell the Dr no more meds. Looking forward to permanent remission.

  141. I’m in also. Thank you for the challenge.

  142. Thanks for sharing! I’m surprised by your inclusion of tea. Does the fluoride in tea not affect you? As a fellow hashi, it is such a trigger.

    • Herbal teas do not affect me and I haven’t really tried green tea yet. The regular tea in kombucha doesn’t seem to bother me though.

  143. Hi Katie… Congrats on getting further in your wellness journey! Can you please detail what additional testing you had done? My T3 and T4 are also within normal ranges but I suspect something more and not sure how to ask my doctor. Looking forward to your response!

    • I had: Chempanel basic with CBC with diff/pit, hemoglobin AIC, Vitamin D, Cortisol, Ferritin, DHEA-s, progesterone, estradiol, testosterone, Total T3, T4, TSH, TPD Ab (microsomal), Thyroglobulin Ab and some others

  144. I just started a 30 day cleanse yesteray called the Whole30. It’s essentially the same idea, and worked wonders for me back in January when I did this. I have a slight gluten intolerance, so this helps me kick the cravings. Hopefully I can remain GF this time!

  145. Katie,
    Thanks again, i really appreciate your help(Hashimoto’s). Am wondering about ACV (for marinating meat) and Balsamic vinegar? Also, I see pork is not on there, but wild game is. We source wild caught hog, and I have some in my freezer right now. would this be ok? I have been eating WAPF for years and just wrapped up a Candida cleanse. I have yet to see any improvement in my symptoms(3 years), and I am REALLY hoping this will give me some results. I would LOVE to exercise, but have been unable to for 3 years. In fact I rarely leave my bed;(

    • ACV and Balsamic are fine, and so is pork from a good source (it seems like yours is). I hope it helps you. I tried everything before I tried this and this was the only diet that really helped.

  146. Hi Katie! I am eager to start this with a bit of preparation first. I have had symptoms of an under active thyroid for a few months now and have gone to the doctor who said my T3 and T4 levels are normal. I see now this may be more tricky than I thought! I tried to make an appointment to see an endocrine specialist but they wanted to verify it was a thyroid problem first and had me see my primary doctor. I will try this diet and see if this helps. It sounds like it has for many. I have just made my first batch of Kombucha but do you recommend a Probiotic supplement as well?

    • I do take probiotics as well. One thing I found interesting about Hashimotos is that I can go from symptoms of low thyroid to symptoms of high thyroid depending on the flare

  147. I’m in ! I found a doc (Dr Hotze- houston, tx) (last month-Aug) that Got to the ROOT CAUSE of all the issues being experienced. Hashimotos, He prescribed a “YEAST FREE DIET”.
    Is this the same as your suggestion of the Autoimmune Protocol diet ?
    I can’t wait to see your follow up information ! (personally after 9 yrs of hit and miss-and feeling like I was gonna crook ~ I’m feeling like my old self)
    HERE’s to feeling “Better every day” !

  148. This is just what I need right now. I got started yesterday. I’m struggling to cut the nut/seed consumption. My second struggle is sleep.

  149. Hi, I am actually not sure exactly what I have, whether I have autoimmune disease or something else, but I’m going to assume that whatever it is, I need to help my body heal and eating all foods that are anti-inflammatory and gut healing is the way to go. My symptoms: Meniere’s disease symptoms such as ear ringing and pulsing… I’ve lost basically all hearing in my right ear in one year, vertigo (This is debilitating with little kids, especially when it lasts for 3 hours or more and all I can do is lay in bed because with vertigo comes throwing up.), regular dizziness episodes throughout the day, blood pressure problems as in… I get down and come up, I have to hold something because I begin to black out for a few seconds, if I eat gluten, grains, or dairy or anything toxic, I get migraines, vertigo, and aches for 3 days. I am already eating a very strict Paleo/GAPS sort of diet and am taking HCL, liver support, magnesium, iron and vitamin C (Healthforce aceola cherry powder… though I really prefer the sunflower lecithin vitamin C liposomal). My ferritin level is at 11, which means my iron stores are not keeping for some reason. I have been working with my brother who is a Nutritional Therapist and I have been getting my neck and jaw (TMJ problems) adjusted as well as laser therapy. I do feel that I have been improving, but I wonder if some minor adjustments to my diet such as getting rid of seeds and nightshades might help. I do make my own kombucha, sauerkraut and broth already, so that won’t be a problem. I have been trying to learn how to deal with stress properly and spiritually relying on God and knowing that he is healing me, staying positive. Anyway, it’s nice to know I’m not alone in this healthy lifestyle and that others are trying to get healed and actually healing from these types of health problems. God bless you and all you do to help others. 🙂

  150. Hi! Just wondering if honey is allowed with this? Trying to think about sweeteners 🙂

  151. I’m going to try it. I have been watching what I have been eating and know I have gluten, dairy and soy intolerances and eat accordingly. But I always feel I could be doing more.
    My autoimmune nemesis is Lupus. Count me in. I’m looking forward to this. Thank you for doing this for free. It is much appreciated.

  152. What brand of vitamin d are you taking? I see your current link is different from the premier labs D3 I had seen you recommend in the past. Did you switch brands? Any specific reason?

  153. What is Autoimmune? I’m not sure what that is . I take some medications that I do not like. One causes me to gain weight and causes me to eat more than I should.

    • An autoimmune disease presents when your body manufactures antibodies to fight your own organs. Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis are examples.

  154. Hi, Katie! Should I expect that after the 30-day reset I will be taking a smaller dose of levothyroxine. What was your experience? I have Hashimoto too.

    • I think it depends on the person and how long the medication has been taken, etc. I found improvements, and I’ve talked to others who have, but I’d definitely check with your doc and keep an eye on things.

  155. First off can I just say- I think you are amazing! I bought your recipe app and live off your banana muffins. I love everything! And I have learned so much from you! This might be a dorky question but, what happens after the 30 days? Is there a game plan? I have done gaps… But got stressed out and have been cheating. I want to take the plunge but I worry about significantly reducing carbs and slowing my metabolism down so that I can’t eventually ever tolerate them. I majored in dietetics at ASU, and the idea of yo to dieting stresses me out! What are your thoughts?!

    • Thanks for reading! Definitely, it is important to get enough carbs from winter squashes, sweet potatoes and fruit during the 30 days. At that point, I slowly begin reintroducing foods (every 3 days or so) to keep track of my reactions and see what I handle and what I don’t. I find that each time I “reset” I can tolerate more foods 🙂

  156. Perfect timing for me! I was waiting until the guests left and vacations were finished. Count me in!!

  157. Hi,
    I suffer from rhinitis, asthma and also have some digestive problems. A blood test let me know I’m intolerant to so many foods I was not able to drop them all from my diet, because I was so hungry and felt I lacked energy, and I also feared I would miss on important nutrients. The interesting thing is that i am intolerant to most of the foods you mention in the Avoid for now list and I am not intolerant to the foods in your Eat instead list. I managed to drop wheat from my diet, it was so difficult for me because I love cereals so much, and as a result my skin cleared up and it isn’t oily as before. I would like to give it a try but I don’t know how to start. Where I live organic meat and veggies are not very easy to find. This post has encouraged me to try but I still need to figure out how to do it.

    • I know it can be rough, esp. if you have never eliminated foods. you might experience detox symptoms, which can be pretty brutal. Try to ease these symptoms, with Katie’s detox bath recipes, alka seltzer tablets, or castor oil compresses. Here a few sites that could be helpful to you sourcing food. (hope i can give site references),,

  158. I have suffered with pretty bad seasonal allergies the last 3 summers. Would doing something like this auto immune diet help it? I know its linked with bad gut health and I feel so confused because I eat so healthy and I don’t know how to fix it or understand why I would have it! Its starting to frustrate me so much! Any help would be much appreciated!


    • I don’t see why it would not be good for you.

  159. Do you take both FCLO and Omega 3s? I’m curious about the amount of DHA, vitamin D, etc. that you take all together.

    • I do because FCLO is not very high in Omega-3s comparatively, and since I’ve been pregnant or nursing for so long, I’m trying to replenish my fat soluble vitamins.

  160. Hi Katie,

    thanks for this information and all of your research, and thank you for sharing! I have arthritis and we think that my husband has psoriasis, so this reset is a must for us. I was just wondering- is there somewhere to sign up to receive recipes or should I just be getting creative with that food list? Thank you!

    • Nope! Just stay tuned on the site as I will be posting hints and tips and support.

  161. Thanks for your article and your encouragement, I just came back from my doctor who has also suggested that I go on Paleo diet for 30 days as I am suffering from autoimmune issues. please count me in.

  162. Hi, Katie, what about paprika? Is it okay? I wondering whether this diet is universal or should be used with some modifications as we are all different. What is your view on that? Thank you for your help!

  163. I had a blood panel done last year for food allergies. Can any of the foods on the “Avoid” list be moved to the “Instead” list if they were not found to be allergenic in the test? Thanks!

  164. HI, I have tried to maintain this way of eating for past 3 years since diagnosis of MS. I usually do really well, but sometimes “fall of the wagon”. I am also really interested in the bone broth. Until I can get organized enough and find time enough to make my own, I was going to order some of the bone broth from the link from this site for US Wellness Meats. The ingredients list says they use peppercorns so now I’m wondering if I shouldn’t order it for this 30 day reset time period?? This really can get overwhelming and confusing for me and I start over-thinking things. I respect what you do and appreciate your feedback on this!

    • I don’t use pepper in my homemade during the reset, but in that small of an amount, it may be ok. It would really depend on your body’s reaction.

  165. Hi Katie,
    I am not sure if I actually have an autoimmune disease. I did explain my symptoms and what’s going on far above in the comments. But one thing I am wondering about is where did you get your information about Chlorella and Spirulina? Immune boosting is bad for the autoimmune diseased person because we are already in overdrive with our immune system. I think that’s the reasoning to take those out. I have found however in my case that they seem to really help me feel much better. I know every person is different and some things work for others that don’t work for another. Anyway, I am just trying to research them to figure out whether I should drop them or continue using them. If you have any other info regarding that subject, I would appreciate it! Thanks! -Amber (I’m the one that has vertigo, Meniere’s disease symptoms, little kids, etc…)

  166. It’s my 3rd day…not easy…as a nursing mom, even though I eat healthy I still miss my 1 cup of coffee with dark chocolate upon rising. Today I went to whole foods hoping to find a quick snack to keep me going… after a long 20 mins of carefully reading every label I went with fresh,sliced coconut bits and a bottle of kombucha! then headed home for a homemade chicken salad and fermented turnips. 27 more days to go….. ouch!

  167. I’m in but it’s going to be tough. By serving of fruit do you mean 1/2 cup? same with vegetables?

  168. Hi Katie, thank you so much for the article!
    I was diagnosed of Hashimoto this year as well! I’m taking 1 pill a day and was told to avoid iodine. After the diagnosis, I freaked out and searched around web, and soon was overwelmed and confused by too much and often controdictary information. I’m so glad to have found your website and will follow you from now on! What bothers me most now is i have to give up yogurt and tofu, which is like killing me…. Do you have sth you found difficult to give up?

    • O yes… This diet is so hard for me! I miss my coffee and my butter and my lactofermented drinks a lot.

  169. I have a question would you recommend this while breastfeeding? I don’t want my milk supply to go down but I haven’t been able to lose the last 12lbs from having the baby and I am 6months postpartum. I am on Synthriod..which I am starting to take lower doses of and see if I can get off of it. My Dr. pretty much recommended that I quit eating any high sugar foods such as rice, bread, and white potatoes…I am worried that I will be ravenous though and my blood sugar will this has happened in the past if I don’t have some kind of starch especially when breastfeeding…

    • Yes, you can do it while breastfeeding, but it’s even more tough. You really have to eat a lot to keep your supply up. Be prepared to be eating constantly (or at least feeling like it). Maybe make some sweet potato chips to keep around for snacking if you MUST have a starch.

  170. I am recovering from having had Devic’s Disease,a sister to MS. It is an auto immune issue. I am self diagnosed and thru this whole process, I have enrolled into the doctorate program at Trinity School of Natural Health. My issues are worsened by stress. I am recovering nicely (as long as I behave) thru proper nutrition and supplements, the body can heal, as it is meant to do. As your body heals, it’s needs will change. Should I stray from a purely organic diet, my symptoms will come back. The most important thing I have learned is to balance your immune system. Google Pine cone extract and learn. Should anyone want to chat, my email is “”. Thx for amusing me by reading my post. Happy healing!!!

  171. Thank you for offering this opportunity. Today is sept 6 is it too late to join. I hope I can begin now n continue for 30 days.

  172. Wow, so many comments on this, and I haven’t been able to read every one, so sorry if this was addressed and I missed it. Here’s my story- maybe it will help someone:

    Every symptom “Catherine” listed (way above) is a symptom of iodine deficiency. I also had extreme chronic fatigue when pregnant/nursing, and my iodine deficiency sadly affected all of my children’s health. The day I started taking it (when my 4th child was 8 months old)- within the first day- I woke up and came alive again. At least four of my children had slight goiters, and my oldest son would even choke when I gave him hugs. When I realized he had a swollen neck, I was freaking out. He also has always had hyperactivity combined with complete lack of focus and chronic fatigue at times. Then after I started him on iodine, he got better, immediately (different child in one hour- brain fog completely gone), then gradually worse- lots of “symptoms”, so I stopped. And I had only been giving him 12 mg. of Lugol’s Solution. But after months of not taking any iodine, he was back to square one- almost the whole list of symptoms of iodine deficiency.

    Then I got Lynne Farrow’s book, The Iodine Crisis, out of desperation, and realized that a few people have “bad” reactions to iodine, which are actually bromide detox symptoms. So I started again. But exactly one hour after I give him iodine (I even give him MORE now), I give him an unprocessed, Himalayan salt pill (I made these at home so he wouldn’t have to swallow salt water) with 2 cups of water, and he has never felt better in his life! It is like he is HEALED of the ADD, ADHD-like symptoms, which is, in MHO, really just severe hypoglycemia due in part to malnutrition/lack of iodine and other minerals. It has ended the 8-hour, staring over one page of math episodes, the tingly arms and legs, headaches, “brain-less” feeling (what he called it), hypoglycemic reactions, and on and on.

    Iodine releases bromide from the thyroid, and after waiting one hour, the chloride in the unprocessed Himalayan salt and the water then pick up and detox the body of the bromide- it just flushes it right out of his system. When we weren’t taking the salt water, the bromides would be released from the thyroid receptors, and start poisoning his body all over again, hence the bad reactions. Now he has no side effects, and NO GOITER, ADHD, ADD, HYPOGLYCEMIA, ETC., ETC. And I am finally not scared for his precious life, thank the Lord!

    Katie, I am wondering why you did not mention the simple solution of iodine? No one gets near enough of it, and thank you to plastics and flame-retardants (think about everywhere we sit, the carpets and plastic floorings we walk on in our homes, our kids plastic toys, electronics, etc.), we are bromide toxic.

  173. Hi Katie. Do you stay on this diet all the time or did you try to add some of the foods back in to see how you reacted to them?

    I am eating almost completely this way with the exception of nuts and seeds and occasional nightshades, legumes (properly prepared) and very very occasional grains. I’m very intrigued by the 9 cups of vegetables per day concept.

    I would also like to know which aspects of this diet do you think were most beneficial to you?

  174. Katie,

    Thank you so very much for this timely post.

    I am a busy mom to 3 children 🙂 I recently got my Thyroid levels checked and they came back normal. But I feel like I have been dealing with many of these symptoms especially weight around the mid-section, fatigue, dry skin and hair thinning around the sides. I am going to try this protocol. My question is, did you notice hair growth during or after being on this diet.

    Thanks so much,

  175. wellness mama love your site started using magnesium oil and i usually sleep at least 7 hours now .thanx . also have psoriasis from using certain skin med but i tell you raw milk made my skin nice and stop itching just don’t drink milk and coffee together as it is toxic then.

  176. Hi Katie,

    I would like to start by saying that I love your site!! I had a question regarding this… “While you cannot control your genetics or whether or not you had mono as a kid” … Is there a connection between having mono as a child and autoimmune disease??

    Thanks so much

    • There is some evidence that it might be. I don’t think the connection is really clear, but I’ve seen info on that.

  177. Hi wellness mama please reply me <3
    What can i eat for am and pm snack? and post workout snack?
    thanks so much

    • you might want to try the products from US Wellness meats “snack” section. The honey/cherry free pemmican is great!! You can add an avocado too.

  178. I haven’t been diagnosed but have been extensively tested over the last 18 months for many different issues, including brain tumor, MS, vertigo, thyroid, hormones and standard autoimmune bloodwork. Spinal fluid from a spinal tap showed 9 marks of inflammation. Rheumatologist said she can’t give me a diagnosis but wanted to experiment with meds. I declined. My symptoms are oscillopsia (ocular vertigo) and light sensitivity, numbness and tingling from nose to chin, numbness in feet and severe plantar fascitis. I am overweight. I have been gluten free for the last year and dairy free for 9 months. My symptoms haven’t improved and my weight isn’t budging. I printed the list, but feel overwhelmed. I am feeding a large family. But I feel that this is my only solution. Encouragement and prayers needed!

  179. Ok, I’ve been on the diet since Sept 31! I need some encouragement to keep going. I haven’t noticed any difference in how I feel so far (other than my belly feeling cleaner and lighter!) but my inflammatory symptoms haven’t changed and I’m struggling with my motivation to keep on the diet. I am healing from Lyme and co-infections, and thought some of my inflammation may be due to all the havoc this disease has had on my gut. Inspirational encouragement, anyone?!

    • Rachel,

      Yes, this is difficult. Especially when we aren’t getting the desired result “fast enough”. I would encourage you to stick to the plan despite your discouragement. In a detox, elimination, cleanse protocol you will have some negative symptoms of detoxification. Your body is working hard renewing cells and purifying systems. It feels like crap sometimes. However, if you push through and wait til the clouds part (time frame depends on EACH body), you WILL see some positive changes. You didn’t get where you are overnight, and your body won’t recover overnight. I would say 2 weeks is not a fair enough trial. Try to focus on the bonus differences you are experiencing right now. Maybe: growth in self control, lighter tummy, ability to hear what your body is telling you, and of course the delayed gratification you will experience in the end. Sometimes we have to eat to live, not live to eat;) I do speak from years of experimentation on my own body with food plans and research. I feel ya!!!

  180. Hi Katie,

    Is the reset okay to do if I do not have an autoimmune disease? I am interested in doing this to support/encourage my daughter. She has psoriatic arthritis.


    • It totally is! You’ll still reduce inflammation in your body heal your gut a bit and that’s a very good thing.

      • Thank you! I’m looking forward to starting this journey and praying that it helps my daughter. It’s tough to watch her in so much pain. One more question…does this diet cause any problems with cholesterol because of the amount of protein?


  181. Hi Katie, I’m very interested in this as I’ve struggled with severe fatigue (even thought I sleep on average 9 hrs p night) as long as I can remember and have been diagnosed with Hashimotos for over 8 years (I’m only 27..) but am a MAJOR dairy, wheat, eggs eater. I would live in a bakery if I could and most days live on carbs and dairy. I have never struggled with weight issues as I do eat in moderation but have recently been researching how to eat a whole foods diet now that I’m feeding my 10-month old what we are eating. Hubby is extremely supportive and truly enjoys eating well but I am struggling with starting this as I have so many habits that need to be reversed and am an extremely picky eater when it comes to meat. I will be doing more research on stocking my kitchen and where to get some of the ingredients that aren’t at my local grocer (I live in Canada) but would definitely appreciate more postings of recipes specific to this program as I’m finding it conflicting with many other “Healthy” or “Whole foods” recipes which include eggs, nuts or beans. I really have no idea what to eat without my current food staples (doesn’t help that I don’t overly enjoy meat) but am open minded, extremely supported and love meal planning so think that more recipe postings would be extremely helpful!

    Confused and afraid, but desperately seeking to have more energy…

    Maybe I could start more slowly/easily by cutting grains first?

    • You might find it helpful to ease up to this. I find that it’s really more effective than just going cold-turkey. You might just rebel and binge and that’s counter-productive. Maybe start by replacing your grains with gluten-free options at first. Everyone has to start somewhere.

  182. Questions for you! How is AIP different than WHOLE30? Also, having celiac and coming from a GAPS/SCD background, I cannot wrap my brain around eating sweet potatoes. I keep hearing Elaine Gotchall’s voice that this is a polysaccharide and feeds bad bacteria. What is your take on it?

    One last question. I purchased Mickey’s ebook last year and now I see the in-print book. How are they similar/alike? Not sure if I want to spend more money. Thanks so much!!!

    • I’d love your thoughts Katie. I decided to go slow and eliminate dairy this month along with grain free and sugar free. I’m on day 2 and not tolerating my homemade almond/ coconut milk too great. ????

  183. Hello Katie! First of all I want to thankyou so much for all your information and tell you I admire you for being so dedicated to helping people and your family! Our family changed our diet about 3 months ago. It has not been easy, especially with 4 children. My daughter is 4 years old and is allergic to peanuts, I would like to know if this is possible to reverse in some way? One thing that has been hard too ,is to let go of tortillas, I make homemade tortillas I would like to know if gmo free masa is bad to eat too? Thankyou!

  184. I see your diet is meat based, but how can you say a meat based diet is the best for autoimmune reset when many of the additives they give to cattle, etc., have been blamed for autoimmune problems in the first place. Personally, I don’t particularly like the taste or texture of meat and only eat it sparingly. If the animal is sick, and the meat industry is notoriously blind except to profit, can you back up this “research” as opposed to a vegetarian or vegan alternative diet?

  185. Hi there,
    I saw your beautiful picture on Facebook. You have a truly beautiful face. I have studied extensively in Chinese face reading and it’s no wonder you are so successful with your site. If that is a recent pic you have an organ that is very stressed and also another issue. Don’t want to post unsolicited information on your blog but you have my email address if you would like a free and confidential reading.

  186. Hi- This may be a silly question, but is vinegar allowed on this 30-day reset?

  187. Thank you Katie for all your help and support. I have noticed that this diet is only protein and vegeatable. No dairies, No eggs, No sugar ….and etc.
    On the other hand I have noticed that you use eggs when you make buiscuits or muffins so how does explains it as I am confused. I have autoammune disease, Hishomotos Thyriod and Alopecia Areata and I putting on weight and I do not feel good about myself. My phsycology is down. Please can you advise.

    • When doing the 30 day reset, you need to avoid these items then slowly reintroduce them back to test which you are allergic to.

      • this is the part that confuses me. Other than being tired and having trouble losing weight- I don’t have any other symptoms. How would I know which one’s I’m allergic to as I add food back in if I don’t have reactions now? Also, was it your endocrinologist that you worked with on the tests and foods, or a different doctor? I have an apt in a month with an endocrinologist after being diagnosed with Hashimoto by my GYN (strange, I know), but I’m not sure how to go about this process

        • A functional medicine doctor helped me with the food sensitivities. I found though after doing an autoimmune diet, I was very in tune with my body and noticed I didn’t feel well after reintroducing certain foods.

          • I have sortof the same question. Even though my function doc said I had these allergies, yet no symptoms when reintroducing, do I still need to avoid them?
            He said no eggs, corn, soy, dairy, gluten-for the rest of my life! If I have no adverse reactions to some of them, can’t I continue to eat them? Thank you!!!

  188. I have Hashimoto’s too, been AIP since August 4. I am felling great and on thyroid meds per my dr. I am not sure I understand how you are cured. I would love to be cured and no meds. Please tell me how.

  189. I am planning to do this 30 day autoimmune diet. I was thinking about adding the green pastures fermented cod liver oil into my diet. I am afraid I won’t be able to stomach the liquid/gel, do you know if the capsules are friendly for this diet? They are made from plant cellulose.

    • They should be fine. I’ve also found that the gel is very tolerable if it is kept in the fridge and you just scrape off a tiny bit of it with my teeth and swallow.

  190. Well, I love your website, but I’m afraid this particular article doesn’t aply to ALL autoinmune disease.

    I have SLE ( Systemic Erythematosus Lupus), and I can tell you we shouldn’t eat meat is one of the first thing my doctor told me the first time, sea food is great for us.

    Grains, eggs, and seeds are totally fine. But for example, we must not eat alfalfa NEVER!

    Anyway, great website! 🙂

  191. hi Katie,

    i have been hypothyroid for 8 + years (Hashimoto). I just stopped my medication. I have having excessive hair fall. Any advice on supplements for that? I want to be on this diet, but I am a vegetarian, what should be my main source of proteins. I do however eat a lot of quinoa, is that ok?

  192. I have anti-thyroid antibodies (not yet on meds) and my 5 year old son has GAD anti-bodies (likely manifesting as Type 1 diabetes). We seem to both be in a transitional phase and I’m hoping to slow progression at least. For the satisfaction of something like a skeptical, science-minded spouse 🙂 does anyone know if the effectiveness of this diet could be shown in blood tests (e.g. like in a decreased anti-body count)?

    • Hi Misty,
      I have Hashimoto’s and my son was diagnosed at age 6 with Type 1. I had bloodwork done before starting the AIR diet, and I am fixing to have it done again in a few weeks. I would be happy to share my info with you and your hubby 😉 if you want to email me so I can give you my TPO and my thyroglobulin Antibodies. before and after.

      • Hi Kenda, I have read your email to Misty and I have the same Hashimtos thyriod problem and my TPO count is over 700. what did you do to dicrease the progression of this desease anit-thyroid antibodies? may I ask what kind of blood work did you run before the AIR diet? And what is AIR diet? can you help please if you have results? I will appreciate.

  193. I have anti-thyroid antibodies my TPO showed with a blood test over 700
    i have been hypothyroid for 9 + years (Hashimoto). I have having excessive hair fall now the doctors they do not know what I have except balancing my thyroid but other than that no more advise. I keep loosing my hair and I have severe joint crumbs. ..please Katie or anyone can have any advice on this matter or advise for supplements for my hair loss? or what can I cure it.

  194. I was wondering where mushrooms fall on the list…eat or avoid? Thanks!

    • I’m wondering about mushrooms and parsley as well. Did you get an answer via email (since I didn’t see one posted here)?

  195. Hi Katie! Recognize you from paleo hacks!

    I’m gluten/lactose/sugar intolerant. Insulin resistant? I gain/lose fast. I yoyo. Utterly obsessed/addicted/fed up. Burning tongue, tingling tongue, indented along teeth and jagged at front like a lizard! Eye fat droopy, facial swelling. Huge belly. I eat clean! I exercise decently!

    I got fat in one month in Europe 3 years ago and tried/read/blood tested everything. Hcg twice. Pescatarian. Vegetarian. Vegan. Paleo.

    Currently only meat and eggs. Decided veg was evil after reading about sacylictate acid and oral allergy syndrome from birch, alder etc which is zucchini, chamomile etc etc

    I’m in. Tomorrow. I’ll stop this 6 coffee a day craziness. Im already doing bone broth and offal.

    1. But no eggs? I can’t imagine. Maybe the first week then I’ll go off…
    2. And please tell me, how do I go from no veg to 9 cups?
    3. Do you support eating twice a day?

    I really just need the answer to those three questions please! Happy to find you all. I need this accountability. Tomorrow.

  196. Thanks Katie for this wealth of information! I’m gathering as much of it as I prepare to start the 30-day Reset in November. I already eat very well and I’m looking at this as my last resort.
    The following has been my way of life for the past year: I’ve been off of caffeine (no coffee is a bummer!) and it has been helping to heal my Adrenals. No sugar (a small piece of dark chocolate at times), no white flour (I’m still eating Ezekiel bread wraps, brown rice wraps & quinoa). No dairy (except for Greek yogurt & kefir). I feel so much better and my migraines are far & few now. I’ve lost a bit of the blot but I’m still not loosing weight and still have trouble at times removing my rings from inflammation! I should be 30lbs. lighter by now.
    My question: With all of my research for hypothyroidism, the following is highly suggested.
    Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage, can interfere with the production of thyroid hormone, particularly people who have an iodine deficiency. Digesting these vegetables can block the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine, which is essential for normal thyroid function. People with hypothyroidism may want to limit their intake of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, and bok choy.
    What are your thoughts? I love these veggies & would love to continue to enjoy. Some say that its ok to have if they are cooked, but then others say to avoid all together.

    Thank you again for any suggestions & help!

    • I’ve seen that research. My doctor explained that that can be true with some cases of thyroid problems but that the vast majority (90%) are autoimmune in nature and benefit from avoiding iodine but do ok with cruciferous vegetables.

  197. Hey, Katie! In your talk about this in the Wellness Family Summit, I thought you mentioned a 30 day autoimmune reset meal plan on your website. Can you direct me to that?
    (I’m loving the summit, btw! Thanks so much!)

  198. You inspire me WELLNESS MAMA! I started my 30 days AIP protocol… half way there I feel there is no change until I realized it might be the prenatal (Garden Of Life) that I am taking. HELP!
    Can you please recommend a prenatal brand that is OK for hypothyroidism,I just realize it has (on addition to goitrogenic veggies), many sprouted grains and seeds. It’s NOT ok for AIP right? I absolutely can’t find ANY information online about this:(
    Which brand you recommend Katie?

    This is part of the list that I think is maybe not very AIP (Raw Organic Sprout Blend
    Organic Amaranth Sprout, Organic Quinoa Sprout, Organic Millet Sprout, Organic Buckwheat Sprout, Organic Garbanzo Bean Sprout, Organic Lentil Sprout, Organic Adzuki Been Sprout, Organic Flax Seed Sprout, Organic Sunflower Seed Sprout, Organic Pumpkin Seed Sprout, Organic Chia Seed Sprout, Organic Sesame Seed Sprout)

    • I had to make my own by combining some supplements like FCLO, L-MTHF, folate, magnesium, vitamin D etc and a good diet.

  199. Hi Katie,
    I am trying to follow the autoimmune diet for as long as I can. What kind of prenatal do you recommend for women with hypothyriodism?
    There is zero info online about that and I am lost. Which one do you recommend? I took this brand that have raw food but it might not a good idea as it has many goitrogenic veggies and sprouted seeds in there. Right? (So even if the seeds are sprouted it’s not a good idea to take those prenatal for the autoimmune diet right?
    Not sure what to do. If I will ask my doc he will probably give me a pharmacutical brand with additives…
    I highly value your opinion:)

    • I had to make my own of sorts by combining some (fermented cod liver oil, L-MTHF, folate, magnesium, omega-3s, Vitamin D, zinc, etc and make sure I was getting a wider variety of foods. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  200. Hi Katie. Can you do this only with fish and without meat? I have hashimoto and been on medication for the last 10 years. However I haven’t had meat for several years now and I tried eating it the other day but I felt sick all day long. Also I read somewhere that the fish broth is more effective than the bone one for the thyroid.

  201. Thanks Katie for this helpful information. After months just thinking about it…I think it’s finally time to do this. I do have one question though: how would one come off the diet? Would you recommend being Paleo or GAPS for months after this. I am currently gluten and dairy free but do consume grains.

  202. Hi, I just want to share my experience on this protocol. I am currently on day 39! I am staying on this forever!! Well, maybe not, but this has been life changing.
    I am 35, a mom of 2 and have never been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder. However, I do have low thyroid and low adrenal function that I have been struggling with for years. I have truly struggled for over 2 years to lose weight to no avail. I tried counting calories, low-carb, food combining, bulletproof rapid fat loss – which is basically eating butter only to kick you into fat burning mode (this was torture) – and could not lose a pound.
    Searching for a diet that would help support my thyroid, I found your protocol and started the next day. I want to fix my body and have the life I want for myself and my family so much – I am willing to do anything. Your recipes helped so much and I truly enjoy what I eat every day. And I have lost 12 pounds! I thought I would lose the typical 4 pounds of water weight, but it just kept coming off and still is. Something I cut out has made a huge difference. Thank you for this awesome, very do-able plan!

    I don’t miss sweeteners because I can have fruit and sweet veggies like winter squash and carrots and beets. I have no trouble with breakfast – I make homemade turkey sausage patties and cook them up with onions and Swiss chard and diced sweet potatoes with coconut oil. Bone broth soups with pureed vegetables in the vitamix are a staple Pink salt makes everything delicious. I could go on and on!

    Since the first 30 days, I have added in eggs – no problem, and then I tried mushrooms – NOT GOOD FOR ME! The reaction was instant and pretty obvious. It’s really helpful to have a clean slate to test food reactions on.

    This is getting long, but for all of you out there thinking that this will be hard, yes, there are adjustments to be made, but it’s awesome and you can do it!!

    P.S. I was already gluten free, but not grain free. Never use white sugar, but used a lot of maple syrup, honey, sucanat, stevia. Freezer full of grass fed beef and lamb and bones. I know this may have made it easier, but anyone can do this. You have to make a change to make a change, ya know?
    Thanks Katie, for all that you do!

    • I am trying this diet too and I am just at the beginning. Can I ask how do you know the mushrooms are not good for you?

      • Hi Rosaria,
        After being on the protocol for only a few days, I stopped having any symptoms of bloating or digestive issues. After a month without these symptoms, the bloating and stomach upset I had after eating the mushrooms was alarming! It seemed pretty obvious to me that my body did not want them. HTH!

        • Thank you!

    • Were you saying you do use maple syrup now or you did before the reset diet? I want to use it now but wasn’t sure.

      • I used to use maple syrup. I am not currently using it. I have used a smidgen of honey here and there, but not much. I hope to be able to use maple syrup in the future, but I am keeping sugars low in hopes of more weight loss. I am down 15 lbs since October 1, and I can’t complain about that! 🙂

  203. I also have Hashimoto’s. I found out in the middle of my last pregnancy, baby #5. All of the routine blood tests were fine. My ob/gyn thought I was crazy. I kept telling him something felt wrong, I knew what being pregnant felt like and….that was not it. Even during my pregnancy with twins, I felt so much better. Finally, around my 18th week of pregnancy, referred myself to another doctor that did more thyroid testing than just a TSH. Thank goodness I was so persistent, my baby’s health could have been affected. My son is perfectly healthy, now almost 7. It’s so important to listen to your body. You are such an inspiration, I absolutely love reading your posts. I still don’t feel myself since Hashimoto’s, it really is quite a struggle so, I’m going to give this a try. Thank you for sharing!

  204. I followed the autoimmune paleo approach for six weeks (I also have Hashimotos). Initially I felt improved but within a couple of weeks I felt horrible. I had no energy and no appetite. I lost a few pounds of bloating but I never shed another pound. I have over 100 to lose. I feel best consuming between 150-300 grams of carbs a day and I was only getting around 75 a day. Also, i was cold all the time and i ended up having to increase my meds about three weeks into the program. I would like to get back on the program but I can’t afford to feel so bad again. Any suggestions or input would be greatly appreciated.

  205. I had been on drugs for rheumatoid arthritis but it caused my immune system to crash (blood words shows) so now I am off drugs and attempting the diet.
    My question is, do i have to only eat grass fed beef and pork to avoid the gluten from the feed?

    • Partly… Yes, grass fed meat helps you avoid gluten and other undesirables. Grass fed meat is also full of amazing nutrients that grain fed meat simply does not.

  206. I started the reset diet 7 days ago and love it! I am quickly approaching 44 years old and had been suffering from gut issues for many years. I never thought to make the connection to my Hashimoto’s but it all makes so much sense now – my “aha” moment, so to speak. Until I came across your site, I thought I had simply developed various intolerances to my favorite foods as I age. I feel incredible after only 7 days – no bloating, no noisy stomach and gas through the day or as I’m trying to go to sleep (next to my husband), and most importantly, I am not hungry. The first few days were challenging because bread, nuts and eggs were a core part of my diet. Once I got my head around the ingredients and how to put together a few meals, my confidence that I can do this was achieved. Thank you for the great resource!!!

  207. Are sea salt and black pepper allowed??
    Also is raw salad is allowed???
    Morning smoothie with coconut kefir, berries and greens??

    • salt is, pepper is not. Salad is ok. I tried to get more protein in the morning but those would be ok to consume

  208. I have leaky gut syndrome, gluten intolerance and grain intolerance. I still feel very bloated though, so I am anxious to do an AIP diet. I am currently breastfeeding my 4 month old daughter and would like to continue. How can I make sure I get enough calcium while on AIP? Any other tips for mine and baby’s complete nutrition while on AIP? Also, are sweet potatoes a night shade? Thanks!!!

    • Sweet potatoes are ok (just avoid the skin). I eat a lot of sardines, bone broth, meats cooked with bone in, etc to get calcium while pregnant or nursing.

  209. Katie,

    I am getting ready to do the 30-day reset. I have a questions before I start. If brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower cause me intestinal discomfort, are those things that I should eliminate during the cleanse and add back later, to see if they have the same effect? I saw they were on the approved veggies list, but I know everyone is different.

    • Yeah… if there is something you specifically react to I would avoid it during the reset and then see how you do.

  210. Also, if I take Diatomaceous earth and ACV everyday, do I need to stop that while on the reset? I haven’t seen any information specifically addressing those items.

  211. What do you recommend to eat for snacks? I don’t do dairy and it sounds like nuts and seeds are out. Also, are raw veggies hard on the gut? Should I be cooking everything?

    • I have the same question, Joan. GAPS diet recommends that all food to be cooked, as raw foods too hard on the digestive system when it is severaly compromised. I have been trying AIP but my digestive symptoms have not improved which I think is because of all the raw veggies and kale and salad. I would suggest that those with severe digestive issues (leaky gut, UC etc) try GAPS first, then AIP when can tolerate more raw foods.

  212. I am a newbie as of today!! I have done Paleo in the past and have had great success. Recently I have had issues with strange rashes (Hive like) on my neck with raised bumps on my shoulders chest and biceps. I had gotten away from Paleo and think that maybe this is a result of poor nutrition. Glad to be back. AIP will be new to me but I am all for giving it a shot!

  213. I have so many questions, I don’t even know where to start!! I guess, first is to tell you that my body is overloaded with autoimmune/inflammatory disorders (sarcoidosis, psoriasis, lichen planus, incessant yeast infections, diabetes, chronic pain), so much so that I’m in a wheelchair. I want so badly to get well!! I’m also on a lot of medications, including a pain pump with Dilaudid and a lidocaine-like medication in it. Aren’t the meds going to interfere with any kind of diet I try? I’ve also been basically a vegetarian for years (every once in a while fish or I get a HUGE craving for a hamburger). Just looking at the bone broth preparation makes me feel sick. And eating liver and guts – really???? I’m also on disability, so my income is extremely limited and I don’t know if I could afford to do this. I have started making smoothies with fruit, vegetables and “superfoods” and am trying to get away from sugar, soy, milk, etc.

    As I said, I don’t even know where to begin!!



  214. Oh yes, important – also IBD, diverticulosis/diverticulitis, chronic constipation, etc.



  215. What if I have followed the 30 day diet to a tee for six months and am not better?? I feel I react to all foods. All I eat are a few veggies, oils and meat. The worst is I put on ten unnecessary pounds. My labs show MTHFR, low gut flora, sibo and super super high thyroglobulin levels…which my Dr says is fine despite Evert single symptom of hypothyroid. I’m open to suggestions

    • I would personally find a good functional medicine practitioner. Dr. Ben Lynch of has some great info on gut flora and Dr. Rusico has a lot of help for SIBO. Hugs to you! I’ve been there too and it is so tough! Hope you can find a doc that can help!

  216. What was the blood test you had done for eggs?

    Did you determine what your symptoms to eating eggs were?

    I have developed a problem with eggs:(

    Thank you for the info!

    • I had an IgG, IgM, and IgE panel run that showed egg whites for me… My symptoms were not bad but I spontaneously dropped about 5 lbs in the week I stopped eating eggs and my skin improved.

      • Thanks!

        I have noticed a little bit of a skin improvement, but I don’t think my doctor did those tests on me.

  217. I love the food to consume for thyroid or hashimotos disease. I would like to know if there is anything for vegetarians. Me, my sister and my daughter all have hashimotos and I would like to know vegetarian food allowed for this. Also I read everything on your website and just wondering is there any natural ways for hair dye. Thanks again.

  218. Hi Katie, I have psoriasis and I’m also insulin resistant. My question is: do you have an actual meal plan for this diet? Last summer I started the paleo diet and saw drastic improvements all around, with my mood, energy, weight loss and also my psoriasis. But I relapsed during the holidays and am having a very difficult time getting back on the paleo diet. I would absolutely love trying this 30 immune boosting diet, but I feel like I’ll run out of meal ideas very quickly. When I was on the strictly paleo diet, I ended up eating the same thing over and over because I ran out of meal ideas. Thanks for any advice/encouragement! – Alysha (mother of two, living with psoriasis, removed ovary and gallbladder, and insulin resistant)

  219. Thank you for your help on Leaky Gut! My daughter (3.5 years) has suffered since the day she was born. I was GBS positive and received 3 rounds of antibiotics during labor. I believe this is the biggest source of her health struggles. She has had terrible bowel issues for the past 8+ months and has developed a fear of going #2 and has developed a tear in her bottom that reopens each time she goes causing more fear. We can keep it slightly under control (but not healed) with regular epsom salt baths and applying ointment a few times daily. I am struggling with the medical world on help for her. I would love to start her on this diet. However, I know this will be difficult for her to understand why we are going to proceed eating this way. Do you have any tips on how to do this diet with young children? What helped you with your son? We already only eat “real” foods at our house, so I’m over that hurdle with not having to cut out processed foods and sugars. But any words of advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hugs to you. It is so tough to see a little one suffer. Have you looked into GAPS? That might also be helpful for her (similar to this, more emphasis on broth and healing foods). I’ve found, in my own experience, that kids typically adjust to dietary changes more easily than we expect. With mine, I just explain the reason (just as I would to a grown up) and let them be involved as much as possible with cooking and shopping for healthy foods so that it is more fun for them.

  220. I’m guessing this is a challenging issue for parents. My heart goes out to you.

    I had the same issue as a little girl. Constipation for ten days at a time. As the days ticked by the pain and pressure were awful. Yup, I remember to this day. Of course we’re going back 45 years ago and the adults in my life did not handle this well.

    She’s very young, but you can maybe try this. Try to introduce soft/steamed green veggies at every meal to help softening and smoothing the elimination process. So maybe start by having your little one go with you to the grocery store and make it all about her. Have her feel your enthusiasm over the beautiful displays of fresh foods. Let her pay the check out cashier. Let her help bag the foods. Let her help in the kitchen. Open her world to focus on cooking and the kitchen, and family and the dinner table. Every home is unique. And we absorb like sponges as children. Show her what your family needs to be doing for meals. She’ll learn so much and she’ll always remember her Mom’s kitchen and how her mom started her off healthy!

  221. This might sound a little gross, but… Winter Squash is on the list— Spaghetti squash is delicious. However, when I eat it, it goes right through- like I can see bits of the noodles intact in my er, outputs. Is this normal?

  222. I noticed in your daily meal suggestions you at olives every day. Was this just because you liked them or was there some benefit to eating them? If there was a benefit to them, what kind did you eat?

  223. The autoimmune protocol put my rheumatoid arthritis into remission. Highly recommend it!! It can be mentally challenging when you eliminate so many things and difficult on your social life but its worth it. Also, once my boyfriend jumped on board and did it along with me it was SO much easier. Although he doesn’t have an autoimmune disease, he loved the way he felt on it and it improved his digestion greatly.

    Mickey Trescott’s cookbook is a must! Really helps you get through it.

  224. Hi! I am planning to begin a 30 day autoimmune diet (have suspected Hashimoto’s) I was looking to order your book and saw that 5 videos will be sent as well. I was wondering if the videos were captioned or subtitled? I am Deaf. I look forward to your reply and going on an AIP journey.

  225. Hi Katie!
    I am on day 2 of the 30-day Autoimmune Reset. Is a dose of gelatin powder an ok substitute for a cup of bone broth if I’m running low on broth? Thank you for your website and all your encouragement!

  226. I’m looking to do this but am looking for support. Is there a group for AIP?

    • Not right now, but we try to be very supportive 🙂

  227. HI! I am currently starting this….I have subbed so much of my carbs etc…. what about Plantains….paleo mom has some AIP recipes that include them ??? THANKS!

  228. I am in. I have tried a full elimination diet and it worked but tough to maintain. When I started adding items back, lots of triggers which made me think I could not eat anything. Did well after being tested for intolerances but the list is very long. I am suspicious that I have parasites and will be tested next week. In the meantime I will try your protocol – see if I can stick to no sugar of any form. I had done this for about 6 months and lost too much weight. I now have added too much back in, am gaining weight and feel tired and sluggish. Are yams a legal starch? Is lemon juice as good as apple cider vinegar? I am allergic to garlic and not real tolerant of onions either. Is the Green Smoothie still effective? And if night shades are not allowed how do you allow the peppers (jalapeno) in the Smoothie?

    Wine is also not allowed correct?

    • Yams are fine. I’d leave out any peppers though for a few weeks. Lemon juice is great too.

  229. Is pork okay? It wasn’t on your list specifically but a lot of paleo cookbooks use pork.

  230. Hi! What about duck eggs? I have done saliva testing & have severe sensitivity to egg whites but duck seems fine???

  231. After the 30 days, did you follow a certain protocol for how you introduced foods back? Or a certain order? I am just wondering which foods/how many to introduce after the 30 days and how long I need to wait before I can add another food (provided I feel good after introducing the first one)

    • You should only introduce new foods every 3 days (min). When you introduce a food you need to have it each day. As much as I love Chocolate – that should be very late on the list of items to reintroduce.

  232. Fascinating read! I’ve had Hashimoto’s for years and my dr wanted me to have surgery to remove my thyroid…said it would solve the problem. I’m embarrassed that it took me so long to question his sanity. I’ve been on the AIP diet for 10 days and have lost 10 pounds. I haven’t felt this good in years! I’m nervous about reintroduction, though. Any tips on reintroducing foods? I want to start with coffee and chocolate…the two things I’ve missed most. :p Just not sure if there’s an order I should use.

  233. I am recovering from rectal cancer Stage I, no chemo and no radiation needed but I feel slow and lack of energy. I have lost 32 pounds and I am struggling to have the energy to cook for myself let alone eat. I need to eat well and wisely to not only avoid cancer in the future but jump start my immune system and cure my stomach issues which seems to sway between slow digestion and then needing to take laxatives after 3-4 days of not going #2. I want to be regular and have vitality again and gain my muscles and weight back. I am 52 years old and used to be the image of health – many said I used to look 40 years old, even 38. I am a career military person and have a few more years before i retire. What can you tell me i need to do to build strength, weight gain and supercharge my immune system have the right PH balance not be acidic, and enjoy good tasting foods that are not high in sugars, chemicals, or cause stomach issues? I am interested in a diet that prevents cancer and encourages better skin reduces stress and offers vitality.

  234. Hello wellness mama. I’ve recently have had and autoimmune diagnosis, I’m wondering if I can still have a family? I have one child and would like more, can I carry a baby? I’m starting your tenure diet immediately!

    • I’ve had it for years and successfully carried 5… I’d read as much as possible and research to see what you can do to optimize your chances…

  235. Katie, do you think I could cure, or at least improve, my child’s eczema using this diet?

    • You could certainly try it! GAPS is also excellent for eczema…

  236. Maybe someone already asked but there are so many comments. I’m on a large dose of prednisone for my autoimmune stuff. So I don’t react to any of the foods I’m normally allergic to. Even if I add things back in I wouldn’t have a reaction I don’t think because of the meds. Will this diet work right even with my medication?

  237. I did the test on your ‘leaky gut’ post and I was not shocked that I was at very high risk. It has been something I have been suppicious off for a while. I was thinking thyriods might be my problem since all my extended family suffer hypothyroidism but got tested and the test came back fine.
    Thank you for such amazing information on this subject, I eat very very healthy with minimal dairy and grains already (nuts and dark chocolate would be my downfall) but I was wondering what your thoughts were if I was to follow the 30 day eating plan while breastfeeding an 8 month old? Im so over feeling bloated, tired and moody when I know I eat so well, exercise and look after myself. But I will wait if it would effect my breast milk in anyway. Its so frustrating! Im ready to start healing my tummy now!!

    • You can do it (and actually it’s quite healthy for your milk), but be aware, this is a very hard diet to follow even if you are not nursing, and it is very taxing if you are. Make sure to get enough calories into you to keep up your production, and stay very well hydrated! Good luck!

  238. hi,
    i suffer from psoriasis from few years. i tried many topical creams and oral medicines which improved my P for a while but for a short duration of time. I am very stressed from a few years because of this as i dont feel confident about my skin and unable to go freely in public at times. i want to overcome this. please guide me.


  239. Hi I am thinking about doing this. I had a goiter,got half my thyroid removed then went slightly hypo. My tsh was at 8 last time and Ive been bad about taking the meds. The T3 and T4 are still pretty normal but one of them is getting lower. I was also taking anxiety medicine for a few years that I weaned myself off of last year that I believe also contributed to my weight gain 5’2 165 now ick. Ive been trying to lose weight and it was coming off slowly but my main problem is motivation I guess and staying on track with the healthy eating and not consuming alcohol. I want to do something to kind of reset everything and give me energy which is also lacking. Ive made bone broth before and know the benefits(thanks to you!) but in a pinch can I use regular broth maybe organic and as long as there isnt MSG?

  240. Also what is the doctors name that you use? I had the antibody test done but was within normal range. I think it was 3 or 4 I cant remember but they said it didnt show that I had hashimoto’s.

  241. You said your hair was thinning. How long did it take to grow back? Did it grow back?

    I had an illness 4 years ago and took antibiotics for about 8 months. It got rid of the illness, but along the way and for a reason I can’t quite pin down but have a few ideas about, I developed chronic bloating. I changed my diet here and there, but eventually fell back into my old ways. I’m still bloated, 4 years later, and now my hair is thinning. After seeing a Dermatologist and getting a Cortisol prescription, I knew I should have taken care of my gut before it got this far. I’m thinking about doing the diet change laid out here and supplementing it with Absorb Plus to fill in gaps when I need something quick. Have you heard of or tried that supplement?

    More importantly, does this story get better? Did your hair grow back?

    • This and castor oil helped my hair grow back really well… good luck on your journey!

  242. My husband was diagnosed with hashimotos. He is 6ft and 145lbs. How can I get him to gain weight? He is gluten, dairy, sugar free right now and on levothyroxine 50mcg. He went yesterday to get more blood tests after two months on levothyroxine and a week on a juice fast.

  243. Thanks Wellness Mama. I am going to try this out, except I am not giving up tea. 🙂 how about dairy alternatives such coconut milk? Since I obviously can’t do my normal almond milk, how about rice milk or coconut milk? Thanks.

    • Coconut milk would work as long as it doesn’t have preservatives like carageenan

  244. I am attempting to do the AIP while breastfeeding a 7 week old as I have Hashi’s and Celiac (and eczema and anxiety,) and I am worried my leaky gut is minimizing the nutrition I am absorbing, giving me less to give to him in my breastmilk. Another major reason for me wanting to do AIP now is because baby has shown negative reaction to something I am/have eating/eaten (thinking dairy but jury is still out while my body and his flush it out) with mucous-y poops, mild eczema, seeming “constipated”/straining a lot and gassiness/fussiness, of which the latter two seemed to improve but not disappear immediately with removal of most dairy. BUT I have been told that egg yolks are the best source of choline and that choline is vital for babies in utero up to 3 months of age, and since I couldn’t stomach eggs during pregnancy, I have wanted to include more egg yolks in my diet at least until he reaches 3 months then I may try eliminating them for a while. I have not added them yet in the frequency I would like, though, as I know they are a no no.

    I am thinking hard boiling would be the best and easiest way for this new mama to enjoy yolks while separating the most white from them. Do you think that this is a good call for baby to get choline OR are hardboiled yolks going to be just as likely a culprit in baby’s potential food allergies? I hate seeing him suffering from something I am doing unknowingly. 🙁

    Much thanks from Alaska!

    • I myself am allergic to eggs and have to avoid them entirely, but yolks are (in general) far less likely to cause allergies. You could at least try it for a little while, and if you are still having issues, you can always eliminate them if you must. Kudos for doing the diet while breastfeeding… It is very difficult! Eat a ton!

  245. OK article – confusing a bit. Missing words or misspelled words which makes it unclear. Anything for vegetarians? Lots of meat here.

    • Not really… This protocol relies on healthy fats & protein to help aid the body in recovery. Food choices would be to limited/impossible on a vegetarian diet.

  246. Hi, my sister just told me about you and I think I should give this 30 day plan a go. I have a hyperactive thyroid and am on thyroid medication but i am still losing a lot of weight. I am breastfeeding my 8 month old… just wondering if you did this while breastfeeding? Thanks!

  247. What after the 30 days, I am half-way through and feeling better, but I am not sure I could do this forever. What comes next? How have you maintained life after this diet, you say that you have been able to add foods back in and have avoided flareups as long as you avoid stress. This all gives me hope, but I am almost torn between wanting to add foods back in because I am desperate for some grains, legumes, etc and being scared to add anything back in and hurting again. Any advice would be so appreciated. Thank you for this website, it has helped me in a way that nothing else has been able to… I was able to tell myself that I could do anything for 30 days. 🙂 I love everything else you post as well.

  248. Hi
    I am hoping to get ur help for my 10 year old who has autoantibodies and they are working him up for mixed connective tissue disease ( similar to lupus). I have had hashimotos for 30 odd years. We are vegetarian. How do I make a balanced meal with no beans, dairy or legumes for protein??

    Really appreciate ur help.


    • This diet is not really possible if you are a vegetarian, for the reason you just pointed out. This diet *requires* meat, since the only source of protein you can consume is from animal products.

  249. What kind of cortisol support do you take??

    Also, I’m interested in doing the GAPS diet but I do not have any gastro issues at all, at least not in the form of diarrhea and constipation. I know that I have food sensitivities. How long would the intro portion take for someone with out the serious gastro issues. I find the information to be very vague about this.

    Also, there is no way that I have time to make all the recipes that the GAPS diet recommends. Do you think the diet could be effective if I bought these items from the health food store as long as the ingredients match the requirements?

    Just curious about your thoughts on these questions.

    Thanks… Laura

  250. I want to believe you but i am on a much more strict diet than this and it does NOTHING for my hoshimotos. Nothing it does nothing for my interstitial cystitis either. They are entirely non responsive despite how perfectly i eat. Veg meat, cooked with coconut oil. Spices which promote healing, ive even cut out dairy. Literally there is a list of under 100 things i can eat , named individually like carrot, kale, beef. It follows all of these precautions and is more strict. No response from my immune system. I feel like my life is on a downward spiral. Like my body just wants to die. Im living in misery. Unable to work, in and out of doctors offices daily.. medicines just making me more sick, causing things like neuropathy. Health continuing to decay and doctors unsympathetic because ” they didnt study auto immine very closely”

  251. Hi Katie!

    Thank you for all you do! Great post! What do you know about taking L-Glutamine while breastfeeding a 1 year old? I’m working through gut healing for myself and him. Online, everything seems to say no (err on the side of caution type of thing). I know you can’t give medical advice but wondered what you’ve learned about it.

    My biggest question is with breast feeding my 1 year old when I have a leaky gut and while I’m trying to heal his gut/balance his bacteria. Do the benefits of breastfeeding out way the negatives of what’s getting in the milk due to my leaky gut? It seems Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is suggesting they do, but she also talks about all that can get into the breast milk because of the toxins/bacteria/pathogens getting into the bloodstream via the leaky gut! Ugh. I also don’t want to detox too much or lose my milk supply, so it’s tricky. I’d like to breast feed my son until he is close to 2 years old if that is what is best for him. Just not sure what is best for him at this point (stopping now so we both can heal or continuing to breast feed while working on healing).

    Thanks for your insight!

  252. I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s for 2 years now. I recently moved from a large metro area to a smaller rural area across the country. I have searched the Institute of Functional Medicine site, and the closest doctor listed is over 400 miles away. I am discouraged in trying to find a new doctor because I don’t know everything about what to ask. I am also pregnant, and have had a history of gest. Diabetes. Trying a Paleo diet hasn’t worked very well. It has been hard to get the whole family to support.
    If you have some tips on what to ask a doctor, how to switch a whole family, where to get diet support, I’d appreciate it.

  253. i feel so defeated. I have thyroid resistance. I also have RA, at least they think so. Still trying to get a definitive diagnosis. I have had a horrible year of; pain, chronic hives, chronic fatigue, shingles, acne, and basically every other issue related. I have been on different meds, trying to do it as natural as possible. I am finally at my rock bottom and ready to do whatever it takes. The problem that overwhelms me is that every time I look at what to eat and not eat, it’s always different. What I should eat and not eat is contradictory to each issue. I’m told no meat for RA- yes meat for thyroid, no soy for thyroid- yes soy for RA, no nuts for thyroid-yes nuts for RA… Get my issue?
    I’m so confused. I want to go to bed and cry. I just want to know what the heck I’m supposed to eat.

  254. I recently found your site and your podcast. I have listened to 4 of them in 2 days!
    I have hypothyroidism, psoriasis and IBS. I see a Dr. tomorrow to discuss the possibility of Arthritis. I am only 32 and a mama to a beautiful 15 month old baby girl.
    I want to start making some changes and take steps to healing naturally but feel sooooooo incredibly overwhelmed after listening to everything you have shared, everything I have reviewed on my own and things that my acupuncturist have talked to me about.
    What is the absolute first and simplest step that you would take to start healing.

  255. I have been suffering from symptons of a Thyroid problem for a few years now, since I had my 3rd child. I also read the book from Dr. Kharrazian “Why Do I Still have Thyroid Symptoms?” I am wondering after this 30 day “diet”….how do you eat on a regular basis so that it doesn’t trigger thyroid symptons to return?

  256. Pollen season for me is in the spring. My doctor said that molds are waking up in January and I probably have issues with that (mild winters here). So I realized, the holidays, when we usually eat the worst, are the time when you want to eat the cleanest.
    Last year, that is what I did. I ate the AIP diet from November through January. I breezed through pollen season with minor symptoms.
    I’m ready to start again. Are you in? I had to get through a lot of pouting about what I was missing for the holidays. Now, I feel I’m thinking about this correctly.

  257. Hi,
    I was wondering if you could tell me more about the thyroid utrasound.
    I only have half of my thyroid after a bening tumor was removed. This was about ten years ago.
    I have blood tests and my T3 is slighty out of range, I have digestive issues, bloating but as yet no doctor has been able to tell me if I have an imune deficiency. I am vey symptomatic of hypothyroidism and I am getting so frustrated trying to get a diagnosis. I have never heard of the thytoid ultrasound.
    Any advice would be appreciated 🙂

  258. Hi again,
    I must clear up that I did have an ultrasound to determine the lump and then had a biopsy. What I was wondering is how it can diagnose hypothyroidsim or any other immune disorder?
    (sorry about my typos in my other message, very tired)
    Also what sort of diet can I follow for leaky gut, being a vegetarian?

  259. Hello wellness mama,
    I have an extremely long story about my health problems that are still not fixed after a year of many drs of all kinds. You mentioned in this post you finally found a good dr to help diagnose your problem, could you give me the name of this dr? Or let me know how I can contact you for further advice on my specific problems. The short of the story is I have had problems with constant nausea, heart racing, heartburn, stomach upset, no actual vomiting though just feel like it all the time and multitude of other symptoms daily for a year now following a miscarriage I had in Dec 2014. I’ve gone from a happy 145lbs to a miserably sick 114lbs 🙁 I haven’t been right since and no drs can figure it out. I would love to get your thoughts or any drs you recommend. I’m a mama of one beautiful 3 yr old and need my health back to be a mom to her. It’s been a very hard year and my family and I are just looking for anything at this point that might show us to what is going on. Thank you!!!

  260. Hi WM, just wondering about pumpkin seeds? I hate waste, and I love to roast them whenever I make something with pumpkin or squash. Thoughts?


  261. Hi, can someone tell me if chestnuts are allowed on the immune protocol?
    also how much sugar ( from fruit) is allowed. For example is a banana too much?
    Thank you, A

    • Chestnuts would be avoided in the first phase but fruit in moderation (a couple pieces a day) is fine.

  262. Question on a few other food items being allowed: Caffeinated tea, maple syrup, raw honey, raw cacao, balsamic vinegar?

  263. Wonderful site you have! THANK YOU!!! My body is a mess and my hair is falling out and I feel truly blessed finding you!!!

    Question can I eat spouts that I spout at home, like alfalfa and/or radish/mung bean?
    What about a touch of raw honey?

    • Most people do ok with a tiny bit of raw honey. On the sprouts, there is a chance that these can be an irritant for some people. Personally, I’d just omit them for a week or two and reintroduce to see how you feel on them.

  264. Hey!
    I’m finding this diet so difficult. I had no idea how addicted to sweets I was and how reliant upon eggs I was in the morning to cook breakfasts with. 🙁 I’m not the kind of person who can do lunch/dinner foods at breakfast time. So my question was: Is pork not approved on your AIP list? What if it is Organic? I didn’t see it so I wasn’t sure.

  265. Wow this is the most challlenging diet I’ve ever had to deal with. But I am happy to try this and see if my husband’s digestive issues and increasing pain can be helped. (I have long suspected leaky gut as the origin of his problems)
    Anyway, a week into this and spent the weekend making baked yam chips and toasting coconut. Have discovered cassava (also known as yuca) as a carb, as he cannot afford to be losing weight. I am hoping cassava is okay, being a root veg and not a night shade. Fingers crossed it’s okay, as it is pretty good mashed with some coconut milk.
    Please let me know.

  266. Hi Katie,

    Thank you so much for all of the wonderful information you have on this site. From diet info, to cleaning solutions, to deodorant recipes, it has all been so helpful in making our house a toxin free zone. Just one question- I have been on the candida diet for several years and the paleo diet for the last 2. It has recently come to my attention that I should really be following the AIP paleo diet. Is it possible to get all of the nutrients I need without consuming organ meat?


  267. Hi I’m considering trying this for a month as I have what the MD thinks is ankylosing spondylitis and I am so tired of being tired and in pain, not sleeping etc.. – medications don’t seem to be helping much and I hate the idea of being on them forever. My concern is that my weight is already too low and I cannot afford to lose any- if I cut out all carbs, etc.. won’t weight loss be an issue? Are there any foods or recipes people can share for weight maintenance that would be allowed on this plan? Thanks for your advice!

    • We had the same issue with my husband, who can’t afford to lose weight. Carbs are a challenge…
      Yams are great – you can make baked “fries” (cut lengthwise and toss in olive oil and sea salt, bake on cookie sheets at 375 for 20-30 minutes. Flip once after 10 minutes).
      I made yam chips that we eat like crackers too. Several recipes out there if you google it.
      Also try cassava, also know as yuca. Its a big, barky-looking root that’s a great stand-in for potatoes. Peel off the bark and pinky inner peel, cut chunks and boil until fork-tender. Mash with pure canned coconut milk (check label for additives) and salt.
      Or drain and cut into fried and pan-fry in coconut oil.
      Plantain, those over-size, bruised-looking starchy bananas, can be diced and pan fried too.

  268. I’ve been following this diet since the new year so I am now on day 20. My history is many years of IBS, gut inflammation and possible leaky gut. The first week I felt normal but very hungry all the time. The second week I felt a little better and hunger was back to normal. Now, though, starting around day 17, I feel awful. Nauseous, gas, low level headaches, sore muscles, and my blood sugar feels very out of wack. I’m very close to throwing in the towel…. Does this sound at all normal to you? Should I give up or try to stick it out for another week? I realize you don’t know all my specifics but I’m just wondering what your advice would be as someone who’s done this before. Thanks!

  269. Sadly, I just had a miscarriage. My obgyn has diagnosed me with thyroid antibodies based on high thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibody numbers. I see the endocrinologist in a few weeks, but in the meantime I’m wondering if I should start the 30 day diet. My question is – can a vegetarian/ pescatarian do this? Or do I need switch to eating red meat, chicken and pork- which I haven’t had in 20 years.

    • I am so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, it would be very difficult for a vegetarian to consume enough calories on this diet. You *might* get away with it as a pescatarian, but you would have very little variety.

  270. Severely reducing Oxalic acid containing foods made a huge difference in inflammation for me. Also organic bovine colostrum. Colostrum doesn’t cause the mucus and bloating issues that other dairy products cause and it has helped my asthma so much. It’s expensive though. I thought it was the milk itself I have a problem with, but I eventually realized I can’t eat anything liquid that comes in a plastic bottle–including water– or I’ll suffocate for three days with twitching, extreme tingling, fatigue, choking up fluid, and more! Colostrum is powdered so it’s ok. The plastic in the bag it comes in doesn’t infiltrate it like it does to liquid. Avoiding toxins will help autoimmune disease. It’s hard though because you literally have to be a hermit to avoid the toxins people smear all over themselves.

  271. Love your site Wellness Mama. I have been doing the AIP diet for 3 plus months and will continue on. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos last May and have been on a journey to put my autoimmune disease into remission. My antibodies for Hashis have gone done 40% in 2 1/2 months!!! I attribute that to my AIP eating. I have successfully introduced organic nongmo popcorn which has been a wonderful addition to my eating as so much cooking is involved with AIP. I used to have terribly dry, red, itching hands and since doing AIP that has gone away. I have noticed that if I consume too much fruit in 1 day I will have flareups in the forms of increased anxiety, itchy hands, and more mood changes. Blood sugar balance is important and everytime I get tested my glucose levels are in the normal lab range. I also started taking selenium and vitamin e in hopes of reducing my antibodies even more. Fingers crossed.

  272. Hello! I’m hoping for some guidance:) I am on day 11 of the reset diet and I am covered in hives. I have followed this exactly with some guidance from my doctor. I had allergy tests done so have eliminated those foods as well. I was thinking it might be just a die-off phase? Is this a common reaction? was thinking my body just might be getting rid of all the toxins. I am also taking some supplements along with a drop of oregano oil daily–all per my doctor’s request. I’m stopping the oregano oil this weekend then begin adding additional supplements. Not sure if I should stop taking supplements all together? I’m sticking with the diet as it makes me feel great, aside from the hives. My heartburn is completely gone as well! Would love some input please–hopefully I can get you to respond before the baby comes:-) Thank you!

  273. I apologize if this question has already been answered here! I have Hashimoto’s which was diagnosed after a miscarriage almost 2 years ago. I’m seeing an endo who has me on levothyroxine, with no mention of diet, gluten or anything like that. After some research I decided to go gluten free on January 1st (wanted to get past Christmas! 🙂 ). I briefly read your article, but I’m confused about what you’re supposed to after the 30 day reset diet. It took me weeks to finally decide to go gluten free. The thought of cutting out virtually everything else I like (yikes!!!) is extremely stressful. Currently my symptoms are being tired, achy joints when waking up, and not being able to lose weight after my pregnancy…(my baby was born 6 months ago, and I stopped losing weight around the 6 week mark). Still have about 50-60 lbs to go. Although hard, my symptoms are something I’m able to live with, unlike others who have much worse things to deal with.

    I’m also trying to find answers to my gluten free questions. Most sites are for those who have Celiac, and I don’t know if I need to follow those “rules” just as much as someone who has Celiac disease. Like getting new cutting boards, toaster, and non stick pans for instance. Thanks for any assistance you can give, or if you can point me in the the right direction.

  274. What about us vegetarians? We don’t want to eat meat… what meat substitutes are ok for this diet? Thanks

  275. Hello, do you recommend using this for alopecia areata as it is also an autoimmune disease. Do you recommend a functional medicine doctor near Austin-San Antonio, Teaxs area.

    • If it’s caused by inflammation, this diet could definitely help. I would do it under the supervision of a doctor for sure. I am not familiar with any doctors in that area. Anyone else?

  276. A little off-topic but how do you know if you are just having bad bacteria die-off detox reactions because of addressing SIBO and not a autoimmune flare up?? I starting to see SIBO as very connected to candida, yeast, parasite infections.

    I’m currently, personally treating SIBO at the moment, I mean, it’s tough… is it the die-off or my autoimmunity going on for an attack again, you know? So I don’t know what to do! Ignore the symptoms because it’s just likely die-off (right now it’s a little bit of eczema, psoriasis and minimal acne) no thanks to the toxins produced from the dying bacteria and it’ll go away within a couple weeks (it’s been a couple weeks for me, still no signs of improvement or maybe I gotta be more patient) etc or is it my immune system messing with me causing inflammation again? BLAH, so frustrating..

    • That was my problem, I would get a full body itch. Not surface but under the skin. Dont know if its die off or autoimmune response. Anyone have similar?

  277. I have been a vegetarian for 30 years so basically and now I have hashimoto’s. Everything I eat is banned from this list. I might as well jump off the nearest bridge because I’d die before resorting to dead animals.

    • Hi Sherry, I understand where you are coming from and I’m sorry that you are struggling with Hashimotos as well… Perhaps you can find a naturopathic doctor or specialist where you live who can work with you to find a diet and lifestyle plan that will work with your dietary restrictions… I hope you find answers and healing soon!

  278. What do you recommend for a vegetarian who absolutely cannot eat meat or fish? This is a thirty year value of animal protectionwhich I absolutely cannot violate. I also am in the process of being diagnosed in the last six months with first celiac, then auto immune thyroid, then possibly lupus.

    • Hi Deb- hugs to you… I have Hashimotos myself and my heart goes out to you… This is the diet and lifestyle plan that helped me personally. I can definitely understand where you are coming from and your inability to violate your morals and I respect that. I don’t personally know of any autoimmune diet that is vegetarian, but perhaps you could work with a naturopath or specialist in your area to find a plan that would work with your dietary specifications… Hope you find answers soon!

  279. You mentioned you saw a great doctor who discovered your Hashimotos would love to find out who.

  280. I am curious about the supplements – I do take some of the ones mentioned but I wonder can you advise how you know if the brand or quality is good enough and that I am not wasting my time and money on these supplements. I do have a particular interest in the Betaine HCL, 5-MTHF and Methyl-B12, Folate

    I am currently trying to come off Sertraline which I have been on for one year due to a very stressful year when I just hit a brick wall. I am now ready to resume living my life as healthy as i can.

    I exercise and eat pretty healthy – I think that most of the foods on your list I already eat however I have been eating a lot of garbanzo chick peas and low cal hot choc – are these a big no no at any time?

    Finally – autoimmune runs in my family – each and every one of us have been diagnosed in recent years in our 30’s and 40’s with a different auto immune disease – I am the only one to date not officially diagnosed with any – but i feel it is just a matter of time as I have been pains rashes and various little health niggles despite great efforts to stay as healthy and fit as i can.

    Any advice?

  281. Hi,
    I need some pointers on staying motivated, I get really hungry in the evenings and that is when I tend to veer off my diet and eat the food that you state to avoid. I also tend to over eat at night as well.
    I have Hashimoto’s/ Hypothyroid. I’m 27 years old, only about 10lbs over recommended weight and hope to have children someday but I heard that these health issues can effect fertility. Which is scary and is mostly why I’m trying to diet.

    I really just need some advice/ encouragement. The task seems daunting and impossible especially with my fertility on the line.

  282. Hi and thanks for this article which has finally given me a plan that I can easily follow to heal my gut. I’ve got one burning question: is maca powder allowed in this 30-day reset diet?

  283. Thank you very much for sharing your experience and invaluable tips on the autoimmune diet.

    I’ve been having a really strange problem for the past 2-3 years. All started from a sudden facial droop overnight then I started loosing tissue and subcutaneous fat around the body (mainly face which I’m worried about!) every time I experience a crawling/ tickling sensation anywhere, I experience atrophy in those areas, for example my ears have shrunken in size, nose is a little more bulbous, eyes are sinking in (causing blurriness), lips becoming less full and now my jaw is getting smaller causing the teeth to realign and appear more inwards. It’s so worrying. I’ve been to several specialists with no real results. As you may have already guessed, all this is very bizarre.

    Can you please suggest if the autoimmune diet you have recommended can help in my type of autoimmune problem? Also, I rely heavily on caffeine to get me started through the day.. Do you suggest decaf at all? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance..

  284. I hope someone here can help. I’ve asked this question at various sites many times…if I get an answer, most are just rude. Wellness Mama folks seem I am hopeful!
    Quick background…I have (had) RA. I am 44, diagnosed 5 years ago. Two years after diagnosis, I had a life threatening gallbladder attack and my gallbladder was removed. Within three months, the RA disappeared. The doctors didn’t believe it and were confused; however, monthly bloodwork confirmed it. I am off of all medications now.
    I am afraid it will return, and I do still have some joint/muscle aches. I’m tired and have little energy. I KNOW proper diet helps, if not cures.
    So my question (and I apologize if this long)…I am horribly picky, have food allergies, a quick ‘throw up’ reaction, and low blood sugar (since age 12).
    If I’m not allergic to something, I probably don’t like. And it isn’t that I haven’t tried to ‘like’ foods…I simply CAN’T eat them. My list of foods that I like is minimal.
    With my low blood sugar, I’ve managed it with the ‘bad’ way that eat…a couple of pops a day, two cups of coffee with sugar, sometime a quick piece of Kraft cheese. I know this bad, but it has always worked. In fact one of my doctors told me that if I’ve managed it with those things for this many years, don’t stop doing it.
    I’m just wondering how I make these diets fit my ‘picky-ness’??
    Trust me..if I could eat yogurt, I would. I would eat anything, if I could. I hate being a picky eater. But it is something that some of us have to deal with.
    I hope someone can help!
    Thank you!!

  285. are chia seeds allowed?

  286. So glad I found you. I feel so lost and now realize I’m not alone with these struggles. I have hypothyroidism, psoriasis and recently had a mimi stroke- I am a fit 36 year old! I got off my levothyroxin cold turkey because I felt like it was doing nothing and the doc kept upping my dose. All these terms are new but I am going to try the 30 day plan. Do you think I could heal it nuturally? -Thanks, Molly

  287. On this diet can you have vinegar and mustard? I make my own salad dressing using these and am not sure what else to use for a salad dressing. Thanks!

    • Most people seem to do fine with vinegars and can include them

  288. Very inspiring!! Thanks so much! I’ve been slack on my diet lately and its showing up in so many ways. I’ve got loads of excuses but I love your comment “this is hard but so is pregnancy” hahaha!!!
    Thanks again, I’ve got this!!!

  289. Thank you so much for all of this information! I am very overwhelmed though! Is there a meal plan or cookbook for the 30 day Autoimmune Reset? I am very southern in the way that I cook and looking over the food list I’m not sure what to make! I’m pretty sure my husband has severe leaky gut so I want to do all that I can to help him and I know it will be good for my son and myself to clean up our eating as well! Any and all help is appreciated!!!

  290. Im starting the aip reset and i realized my facewash/ lotions have things like macadamia nut oil, and other food items in them that are not aip compliant. Do you know if it would be ok to still use them since i am not digesting them or would it inhibit the restart? Thanks!

    • I did ok with these oils in natural beauty products.

  291. Hi!
    I LOVE your page and share with friends often! I have hypothyroidism and hashimotos. I have been mostly gluten free for about 2 years. I recently went to a functional doctor because in spite of working out 1-2 hours a day and eating healthy, I can’t lose weight. So he did stool, DNA, and blood tests. He was very nonchalant about telling me, “no eggs, dairy, gluten, soy, or alcohol forever.” This floored me. I am a foodie, I love trying new foods and since I don’t love eating meat, I rely on eggs for much of my protein. I am almost 2 weeks into my 30-45 day elimination diet and it is so difficult. I have alway eaten healthy and 95% of the time eaten fresh, organic, whole foods. My major(haha) vice is organic tortilla chips and dark chocolate. No serious food crime!!! But this is really getting me down. I feel like there is no light at the end of this tunnel. With all of the taboo foods AFTER the elimination diet, I am getting more and more depressed about things. From your experience, can you eat these foods sometimes? Like a cheat day or anything? I’ve spent the past 20 years of my life being extremely strict about what goes in to my body because I gain weight sooooo easily. Everybody’s comment to me is always, “wow, how can you eat so healthy all the time”—-uh, because if I so much as SMELL that brownie, I will gain a pound!….I was hoping the functional doctor would give me better news, like maybe heal my gut and I could live more normally without CONSTANTLY worrying about what goes into my mouth. I’m hoping with your experiences, maybe there is light that you can tell me about? I just want to live life without the nagging voice in my head telling me what I can and can’t eat. I just want to eat yummy foods occasionally without having to worry about severe consequences. Plus, it’s not fun cooking pizza (among many other things) every night and then watching your family eat it while I eat my salad for the 365th day in a row for dinner. Please, any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you!!

    • I definitely feel your pain and I’ve been on the thyroid roller coaster for the last 8+ years too. One thing I’ve been experimenting with to make sure I get enough healthy fats and also am able to keep the weight off is just separating fats and carbs, keeping carbs at night. My doc recommends this for adrenal balance and I always feel like my adrenals and hormones have suffered, especially with all of my pregnancies. In other words, I’ll eat a high protein breakfast (or smoothie with collagen and dairy free protein powder) for breakfast, a huge salad with meat, nuts and homemade dressing for lunch (meals with fats) and then for dinner eat protein and carbs like sweet potato without the fats. I’m taking similar supplements still as well, and I’ve noticed a big difference in this in the last few weeks and my sleep is improving too. Hope this helps!

  292. As I write this, I am curled up in a ball in bed with a bad stomachache and an attack of daily nausea. I have zero energy and could sleep all day. My entire body is throbbing. Attacks of fatigue come and go….about 1-2 days a month.

    I have three autoimmune diseases and am in remission from a fourth. There is one case of Lupus on each side of the family. I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia last week.

    I have been doing Paleo and have seen some relief, I need to do the 30 day reset. I believe nutrition can help manage, if not cure, many ailments. But I admit I’m a newbie who is in poor shape….50lbs overweight with arthritis. But its never too late to start right?

  293. My Dr recently suggested I try reset diet. I have hashimotos, adrenal fatigue, low iron, low vitamin D, low vitamin B12, inflammation. I just started a list if supplements my new dr.said for all these. I also just switched to Nature throid from synthroid. I am looking for people I can connect with about all this and reset diet.

  294. Hi Katie,

    Can you please describe an ideal diet immediately after, and then whatever stages may follow this auto-immune reset diet?
    Are certain foods re-introduced?
    In what order are foods re-introduced (ie, certain veggies and fruit, dairy, etc.), with how much time in-between?
    Also, when certain foods are re-introduced, might one wind up having to not eat that food anymore, according to this diet plan and how could they make that determination?
    Sorry I have so many questions, but these would be important for me to know before deciding to try this.

  295. I have hashimotos and am still trying to get it under control. I was diagnosed about 4 months ago. I have been gluten and dairy free the majority of that time but was eating tons of nuts, legumes, corn and night shades. I have been about 1 week on this reset and feel great. I also have been reading the Wahls Protocal and have been packing my body full of greens and nutrients, starting by juicing veggies every morning.

    What about Brussel sprouts? I know they are goitergens but I’ve heard you’d have to eat mass quantities to cause you problems. I ate them last night and then afterward realized they are not on the list.

  296. I was diagnosed with Hasimotos a few years ago, right after I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Soon after I was diagnosed with Celiac. Then the Hasimoto diagnosis was withdrawn. No idea how all of this came about but I am now figuring it is linked to diet. My diabetes is under control and I wont even touch gluten. No processed foods, strict paleo, all natural diet, taking very good care of myself, as I do not want any more issues, 3 strikes already. Yet I am still suffering from fatigue, and other symptoms, but nothing is showing up in my blood tests. I cannot figure it out and it is very frustrating. I have tried just about everything, but this diet is my next option, think I might have some luck?

    I just pulled up a complete list of foods that are allowed, and they are about the only foods I have been eating for the past month, so no idea about what to do next.

  297. My History: Leaky Gut, overweight, no energy, thyroid okay (healed with Coconut Oil with Dr. Approval)
    Hysterectomy 3 years ago, one ovary left, Peri-menopausal
    Symptoms: I experience HUGE breakouts on my face, triggered by Nightshades, and well. all of the bad stuff

    I started with 50 Billion probiotics a week ago, also Sauerkraut, Kombucha, and other supplements and pre-and pro biotics. Then about 5 days ago, I cleaned up my eating. Not 100% “Reset”, but fairly close for me. Yesterday I started full blown Reset (as posted here).

    Detox Baths – the ACV bath is phenomenal!! I highly recommend. I felt like I had an hour long massage.

    WEIRD: I’m experiencing a strange “side effect”. I’m feeling… um… frisky. Like frisky like when I was in my 20s. Oh dear. Has anyone else felt this strange side effect to this diet? I’m not complaining, and I’m sure it’s husband approved… but it’s hard to connect why this is happening.

  298. Hi! You’re amazing!! So, I really need to do this. I’m definitely at my last straw. I did this a while back and it cited my horrific PMDD for 1 month, then got too hard to stick to. Now I have a very bad hip injury & if I don’t control my hormones & inflammation before I can get surgery it will quickly destroy more than my hip (work, relationships;). When I am balanced, shining star, when not, stuff is hard as we all know… Anyway, my QUESTION: how will this work if I must take occasional pain medication for my labral tear, stress fracture, bone necrosis)40 is way too young they say, but I’m a dancer)? Sometimes I am dying for a glass or 2 of wine to help the pain – but I know it might affect my sugar levels? But I’m wondering if I must occasionally take clonzepam, diazepam, Percocet, sertraline (I hate western meds, the pain can get tha bad;( – I’m word wondering will the diet even work if occasional pain meds? And in the end, do you think it’s better to just drink some wine than take a half a Percocet, or no, bc the wine would be affecting sugar/hormones? Very much look forward to your thoughts, thank you!!! ??

  299. Separate but related question – I was eating lots of vegetable probiotics, then read that they might be bad for balancing acid levels in the body, so maybe one should stick to a vitamin or kombucha if trying to balance acidity as well? I don’t know. It’s all such a maze;). You are wealth of info and help, even though I know no one know everything, but thank you!!!

  300. Please research baking soda and autoimmune issues. I have used for years and felt pretty good. Last months since I moved I dont drink the baking soda and my flare up is so bad, I really messed up. Just try it.

  301. Hi Katie, My 16 year old daughter is doing this diet to help reset her system. She has been quite sick for over a month and found to be extremely deficient in Vitamin D and struggling with some alignment issues causing her pain. She had been consuming gluten more regularly even though she has a sensitivity, because it no longer causes the same cramps and bloating she used to suffer. Obviously, she has learned her lesson that she cannot tolerate gluten. So far, this diet is working great and she is doing so well. Her chiropractor can literally feel the difference in her gut. My question is, how do you go about reintroducing foods (obviously not gluten) into your diet? Is there some guidance on this?

    • I do it almost like when introducing to a baby. I add one food at a time and only one new one every three days to gauge reaction.

  302. Hi, I was diagnosed with reactive arthritis due to a bacterial pneumonia infection I had 7 months ago (which I didn’t even know I had) I thought I just had a cough and sore throat. The cough & sore throat went away & in about a week later my fingers swelled up. I’m a massage therapist so I thought maybe it was because of my job . That lasted a week anduring as soon as that went away I went to bed and woke up with my knees so swollen I couldn’t walk. It has been switching between my hands, knees and feet for the past 7 months. It will kind of go away and then flare up again. I now have gone 3 weeks without a bad flare-up but my joints still aren’t back to what they used to be. I was on Prednisone but now I’m off and I’m on a sulphur drug called sulfasalazine. Doing a bunch of research got me into researching autoimmune disorders because that’s apparently what this is. I don’t have any bacterial or viral infections but my body is still attacking my joints for no reason. Reading about leaky gut syndrome and all the signs and symptoms showing that you have it made me feel like I must have it because I have or have had pretty much everything on the list. Asthma, allergies, prediabetes which was here for a few months and then went away etc etc….

    Anyways my question is… I make my own kefir with store-bought milk because I haven’t been able to find a supplier for raw milk. I’m just wondering if I’m allowed to drink kefir for the first month of the 30 day reset? Or should I wait to drink it after the month is up? I also drink kombucha and apple cider vinegar. Should I wait to add in the probiotics later?

    Also if anyone has any information on reactive arthritis let me know!


  303. my 3.5 yrs daughter has autoimmune disorder ..she is suffering from rheumatoid .. could you please suggest good vegetarian diet? & is it ok if she eat brown rice

  304. My dilemma is that while improvong my SLE & Autoimmune Vasculitis, a low-lectin/AIP Paleo style diet has worsened my thyroid issues and significantly raised my cortisol while decreasing my testosterone. How can I add calories/carbs without triggering autoimmune issues? White Rice? Gluten-free Oats? White Potatoes? It’s a real catch-22.

    • Fixing the gut is necessary. Try worm casting tea, colostrum, green papaya powder, food grade diatomaceous earth, and my community 17 mushroom blend, Make sole from 1/2 celtic and 1/2 dead sea salts. Add 40 ml sole to 1 quart of water. Wait 24 hours and drink 1 cup/6hrs. Repeat. Watch raw food videos, eat raw pastured eggs, and study ormus.

  305. @wellnessmama, Do you have a list of of which spices are permitted, and which vegetables? I’m guessing potatoes are on the no list. Nightshades = eggplant, peppers, tomatoes? This’ll be tricky. I don’t like fish, zucchini, mushrooms, bitter greens, or most fermented things, other than dill pickles, or coconut milk.

    So chicken, beef, broccoli, corn, cauliflower, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, spinach, kale olive and coconut oil. Sound about right?

  306. I wanna try to put my ITP son into AIP
    can u have any suggestion?
    as we are chinese we eat white rice in base
    breakfast: marconni with grinded meat ,spinach
    lunch if at home mostly in kindergarden cant control:rice with spinach and grinded pork or beef
    dinner:same as lunch swift between beef and pork
    pork liver include once or twice a week
    and fruit is his favourites…have 1 to 2 a day

  307. Hi Katie,

    Your blog came up in a google search I was doing on the Wahl’s Protocol and hashimoto’s. I was diagnosed in 1985 after the birth of my son, but have come to believe that it actually started when I had my tonsills taken out at the age of 4. That’s another story, but suffice it to say that I have been dealing with the fallout ever since. With hashi’s, you have to be your own best doctor – I even had my latest MD and endocrine NP tell me that there really isn’t much that conventional medicine can do, aside from prescribe thyroid replacement hormones. I have a lot to say about that but the reason I’m writing is to comment on the Wahl’s Protocol and maybe solicit some feedback, though I know this is an old thread.

    I’ve been primarily Paleo for a number of years but am still dealing with some hashi-specific issues. Was taking a look at Terry Wahl’s book and, while it’s very heartening to see an allopathic MD take such an interest in bio-hacking and Functional Medicine and, while her protocol is probably great for many types of autoimmune disease – obviously for MS – it has some real problem areas for those of us with autoimmune thyroid disease. The diet is filled with goitregenic foods at huge recommended quantities. Soy (which shouldn’t be recommended for anyone, much less autoimmune sufferers,) seaweed (iodine can wreak havoc with autoimmune thyroid if not taken carefully and properly balanced with Selenium,) iodized salt (I mean, who really uses this anymore if they’re health conscious? It’s so highly processed that it has virtually no nutrients left other than sodium and iodine,) and the whole array of vegetables from the brassica family that are not only present in her daily allotment of greens, but also almost exclusively make up her 3 cups a day of sulphur-rich foods. Eating these foods raw in large quantities on a daily basis is the antithisis of healthy hashi’s eating – even those with non-autoimmune hypothyroid might easily be thrown into hashi’s by eating this many goitregens. It also concerns me that she does not eliminate nightshades right at the beginning, as they can be highly inflammatory, even without a food sensitivity to them. Ditto for sugar – it should be one of the very first things to be absolutely eliminated, no exceptions. Sugar alone can be responsible for much of the aches, pains, congestion, etc. that many people experience, autoimmune or not, and is one of the primary culprits in unhealthy gut conditions which are now being linked so closely with autoimmune disease. There are a couple of other things in her protocol that tweak me, though I can’t recall what they are right now. I think for a western-trained doctor, she’s made huge steps forward in understanding autoimmune disease and her research is great – lots of useful information. I just wish she had taken more time to think the diet through so that it is immediately useful for everyone – of course we all need to tweak according to what works for us, but in this case, if you have hashimototo’s thyroiditis, a huge percentage of the recommended foods are simply off limits, which makes the protocol less than useful – in fact, potentially harmful for those of us with hashi’s who don’t practice due diligence before glomming onto the next greatest diet!

    I’d be interested to hear if anyone else has feedback about the Wahl’s Protocol in this regard. Of course, if one is moving from a SAD way of eating, anything will be an improvement, but for those already eating a healthy diet and trying to finesse it, I’m not sure this one is the way to go.

    In health,

  308. Just diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and in searching for info found your very strict diet. Will start it tomorrow and as hard as it will be, I will do for a month to see results.
    I am celiac and dairy free. I am also organic, only grain free meats and no fish but still am gaining weight and lethargic, and pretty much every symptom on the list …etc. so I need to try something drastic.
    Question please, on this diet may I eat goat cheese and organic plain hummus? Or can I make my own hummus with organic tahini?
    Thank you

    • Technically, hummus could be problematic on a reset like this and so could goat cheese!

  309. Hi,

    I am wondering when you started adding food back into your diet. After the 30 days one at a time?

  310. I understand the difference in organic, grass fed and obviously know that the organic and grass fed food is better. My question is, Does everything bought for the AIP diet have to be organic, meaning mainly vegetables, fruits, and spices that are ok to use? The diet itself is very restrictive and will not be an easy task, like you said just as pregnancy. But would love to give it a try for at least 30 days try to get relief from Psoriasis. I have been doing lots of research and also using your site to hear other stories as well. Thanks for this!

  311. I need help! 🙁
    This diet worked wonders for me. It took away a lot of my Lupus symptoms, along with some other autoimmune symptoms. About 5 months into the diet, I started to get violent, watery diarrhea. After experimenting, I found that the cause of my diarrhea was meat and fat. Even plain chicken breast without the skin will cause terrible diarrhea. If I stick to fruits and veggies, and a little fat like Avocado, I’m okay. However, it’s extremely difficult to get enough calories this way and I’m losing too much weight. Because of that, I started eating non-AIP foods like rice and legumes. This didn’t cause diarrhea and I put weight back on, but then my inflammation came back. How can I go back to eating meat/fat? And why would this happen in the first place?

  312. Hi,
    I was just diagnosed with Hashimoto’s 1 week ago. I came accross your blog and I definitely want to try the 30 day reset. Anything to help me feel better!! I have a question though. You say you have salads for lunch which sounds easy because I love salad, but I didn’t see dressings on the list of approved foods. So What do you put on your salads?