paleo dietBy Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC

Are you symptomatic even though you eat 100% gluten-free? Are you wondering if you need to step it up a notch to a Paleo diet?  

I will never forget the day I was at a class on autoimmunity, and I went out to lunch with a lady from the course. She was tall, thin, seemed relatively healthy and happy. She ordered a salad with chicken, and I ordered chicken, broccoli, and rice. She asked why I am eating rice, and my answer was, it is gluten-free, so why not? She said she has not eaten any grains in five years and feels fantastic. 

After lunch, we got back to class, and my brain was foggy, and I was pretty tired. My stomach also looked bloated. Of course, the professor taught on cross-reactivity that afternoon. He said all grains have proteins that can act like gluten in the body, even rice.  

Of course, when I got home, I had to study all I could about the “Caveman Diet,” “Stone Age Diet,” or better known Paleo Diet eating plans. I needed to know if there would be long-term health benefits for myself and my patients. 

After eating a Paleo diet for a few weeks, I noticed I could lose weight more effortlessly, and I felt much healthier and more energetic. My patients were coming in for their follow-ups leaner, happier, and healthier. I had one question, though. How do I know who needs a Paleo Diet? So I searched around and found a great lab test that looks at 200 foods plus additives plus a comprehensive gluten test. If any of the grains are positive in the test, plus gluten is very reactive, I teach them how to eat a Paleolithic Diet meal plan. 

It isn’t too tricky. Some foods include lean meats like grass-fed beef, organic chicken, wild-caught fish, unprocessed foods, plenty of vegetables. Instead of using grains, we use root vegetables and good fats to feel full. As I taught some of my patients the Paleo diet, I witnessed heart disease markers improve, Type 2 Diabetes improve, and autoimmunity calms down. 

Now I understand why some people with celiac disease do not feel any better even though they eat a diet that is 100% gluten-free. They are most likely reacting to the other grains. 

Cross-reactivity in immunology has been defined as the ability for antibodies or self-reactive immune cells to recognize and bind different but similar antigens. So, suppose proteins in one substance are very similar to the proteins in another substance. In that case, there can be an immunological reaction to both. A good example of this is the Havein-like protein domains found in latex and bananas. People who develop sensitivity to latex are often also sensitive to bananas because they contain similar proteins.

So, are you wondering if a Paleo diet would be beneficial to your dairy diet? Let’s find out for sure! 

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