Autoimmune Anti-inflammatory Meal Plan

I spent the better part of this past fall learning about culinary nutrition, and I focused on creating an autoimmune meal plan for women with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The strategies I included in those meal plans are applicable to anyone dealing with autoimmune disease. As it becomes more common for us to hear of friends and family getting an autoimmune diagnosis, I want you to have the understanding of which foods may keep symptoms quiet.

When I was three, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I recovered, but it means I’m more likely to develop another one. Add in a strong family history of autoimmune diseases, an inflammatory arthritis diagnosis, and I’m using these guidelines myself as preventative measures. For the past 9 months, my symptoms have been extremely quiet and I’m so happy I no longer need to read for Advil to deal with ongoing pain.

Autoimmune Anti-inflammatory Meal Plan

How to develop an autoimmune meal plan.

There are a couple of key factors I want you to consider as you plan your meals. You want your meals to be nutrient dense, and anti-inflammatory. Those are your top priorities. How do you accomplish this? By adding in a wide variety of vegetables and gut-healthy foods to your autoimmune meal plan. It also includes the following elements:

*Cold water fish, like Salmon-provides you with essential fatty acids to reduce inflammation

*Bone broth-gut healing and provides collagen and gelatin to ease joint pain

*Chia and flax seeds-helps with elimination and binds with toxins to exit the body

*Organ meat-rich in a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that are easy to absorb

*Seaweed- provides a wide mix  of minerals, including iodine which helps hypothyroid patients.

Changing Your Diet

There are some foods you want to avoid to optimize your health. Those are foods containing gluten, refined white sugar, vegetable oils, and dairy. Why? These are the primary culprits that trigger inflammatory responses. For some people, it’s a flare up of rosacea or lupus. For others, it’s brain fog and joint pain. By eliminating this primary group of allergenic foods, you give your body an opportunity to heal and run as it’s supposed to. For some people with autoimmune disease, you may want to eliminate foods from the nightshade family from your meal plan. That includes tomatoes, peppers, black pepper, eggplant, paprika, and potatoes. I help clients figure this out when we work through their custom nutrition protocol.

Here are some recipe suggestions to get you started. If you need more for a certain category, let me know and I’ll add more to this post.

Dinner

Chicken Livers with Leeks and Kale by Simple Seasonal

Easy One Pan Salmon with Roasted Vegetables by Cooking Classy

50/50/50 Burgers from Paleo Mom

Salmon Sliders with Sweet Potato Buns and Cashew Cucumber Dip

Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks by Paleo Leap

Coconut Quinoa and Kale Salad by Cookie and Kate

autoimmune meal plan recipe ideas

Lunch

AIP Carrot and Sweet Potato Chili

Brown Rice and Arame Seaweed Salad– please skip the canola oil and swap in avocado or olive oil instead.

Breakfast

Moroccan Breakfast Skillet from Autoimmune Wellness.

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Grain Free Granola from Minimalist Baker

Paleo Breakfast Hash with Sweet Potato from Balanced Bites

Snack

Mochaccino Breakfast Pudding

Green apples and almond butter

Lemon Cashew Energy Balls

Bananas rolled in chia or flax seeds

Further reading:

Autoimmune Wellness Handbook

The Autoimmune Solution

The Anti-inflammatory Diet and Action Plan (the co-author Sondi is a fellow alum of my Culinary Nutrition program!)

For more inspiration, check out the years of past dinner plans here, my Pinterest collection here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of weekly meal plans.

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  1. Marko Skace says:

    Hello, I love your meal plan, in my search for a good meal plan , I have also came across a different variation, and I can say it has helped me greatly, I am posting and sharing it with you guys, mainly since I love the work Emily has been doing, and I feel that we need a bit more variety incase people do not like everything they see on the page . The clean eating meal plan I found Is easy to follow.

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