Amanda Buse

3 Reasons Why the Paleo Diet Won't Reverse Your Autoimmune Dynamic

Have you heard all of the hype lately about the Paleo Autoimmune cure?  It's definitely a hot topic online and I've been asked several times about it.  Before you try to go "all in" on another restrictive fad diet, please take the following into consideration.

Here are 3 reasons why the Paleo diet in and of itself will not reverse your autoimmune condition.  

1.  The Paleo diet is quite restrictive but may be so in many wrong ways for your individual body and needs.  While the Paleo diet may result in removing inflammatory foods from your current diet and can potentially help improve your symptoms, some of the foods may be removed unnecessarily for each individual.  AND other foods may be allowed which would ideally be removed for certain individuals.  I don't know about you, but I despise wasting my time and taking unnecessary steps at any task.  The best solution, in my opinion, is to determine which foods are actually causing an inflammatory response in your individual body through IgG blood testing.    This just makes logical sense to me in our modern society to use the current technology at our disposal.  My IgG results showed antibodies to pineapple, papaya, and of all things, garlic.  Three foods which would have been just fine on the Paleo diet, even the restricted AIP one, were not OK for me.  Not OK for my individual body.  And other gluten-free grains like oats and rice are fine for me and it's unnecessary for me to cease eating them. If you like doing unnecessary and time consuming tasks, by all means, that is your right.

2.  Simply removing inflammatory foods doesn't address the gut healing and nutritional supplementation required for complete recovery.  You see, removing the CORRECT inflammatory foods is only a portion of the process.  You also need to give the body adequate nutrition to rebuild and repair so that it will no longer attack benign foods through the immune system response.  In my opinion, where an autoimmune dynamic has already developed, adequate nutrition to reverse this process cannot be acquired through a healthy diet alone.  The body is depleted so severely of certain vitamins and minerals that supplementation is necessary for acute care.  Therefore, simply removing inflammatory foods and eating a healthy diet won't give your body enough support for recovery.

3.  Additional root causes for the autoimmune condition such as infections, overgrowths, and hormone imbalances can also be a part of the dynamic and will not resolve themselves by mere dietary changes.  Often, autoimmune responses are accompanied by SIBO, yeast overgrowths, or various other infections as well as adrenal issues/hormone imbalances which need to be directly addressed.  This should be done with the help of a trained functional nutrition or functional medicine practitioner.  Additional testing may be necessary to determine these dynamics such as stool testing and/or hormone testing. For real and lasting recovery, you want to get at all of the root drivers for your condition, not just your trigger foods.

In conclusion, I leave you with this metaphor...

Let's say you have scheduled yourself a fantastic tropical cruise vacation.  You head out on your journey only to be stuck at the airport in Atlanta due to layover after your first flight leg.  The flight into the cruise port in Fort Lauderdale is rescheduled for the next day so that you miss catching your cruise before it leaves port.  Probably spending your time at the Atlanta airport is not the vacation you dreamed of.  Especially not if you were hoping to go on a tropical cruise.  

Probably the Paleo diet is not the solution you dreamed it would be.  Nor will it live up to the hype that is so prevalent online.  

My advice?

Get all of the facts and the necessary guidance that you need regarding your health concerns.  Don't waste your time on trendy diets.  

And don't miss the boat.  

Amanda Buse is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who specializes in applied functional medicine protocols.  She empowers her clients to take control of their health and claim the life that they want by helping them get to the root cause of their health concerns.  You can find out more and contact Amanda at

Amanda Buse

Stop the Dieting Madness!

So who has been on a diet before?  Probably just about everyone, right?

And was it successful?

Are you still eating that same way?  Meaning...was your diet sustainable?

Probably not.  

And that's the super frustrating part.  We torture ourselves with this yo-yo dieting.  

One month we eat vegetarian.  Then we read something online or talk to a friend and decide that we must be more strict.  We must be vegan.  

Hmmm...then we read a different article or talk to a different friend.  Suddenly we aren't getting enough protein!  We must eat more meat!  

Somehow we jump from vegan to Paleo.  Which is quite a swing, I must say.  

And do we feel any better?

You tell me...

Or maybe we try playing the numbers game.  

Counting calories, carbs, fats, proteins, points,...

Does any of this math really matter?

I'd have to state a resounding NO.  And it's not just because I dislike math.  (I'm an English literature gal myself--to be on a diet or not to be on a diet, that is the question)

And I'm gonna vote for not.  

I have definitely come to learn that I do not need to jump from diet to diet or ever really go on another diet again.  

Not now that I've learned how to eat to fuel my individual body and lifestyle.  

You see, it's so not about the math.  It is SO NOT ABOUT THE MATH.

And it's not about having a trendy diet with a fancy, schmancy label.  You know, the ones that somebody literally made up.  Maybe it worked for them and so they thought it would work for everyone.  

Well guess what?  You are not everyone.  You are YOU.  Luckily.  

And you have your very own eating style.  

YOU have your very own way of eating that will fuel your body and lifestyle.

That is if you want to discern what it is.  

But don't worry.  You don't have to figure this out on your own.

I would absolutely love to share with you how I learned to discern my INDIVIDUAL eating style.  And how it helped me to lose almost 25 pounds without killing myself in a gym or having to starve myself. (And no I didn't make this up. So don't worry. It's totally real. There's even a test to prove it.) 

I still eat cupcakes, chocolate, french fries, ice cream, and Ranch salad dressing.  

And eating to fuel my body tastes AMAZING.  It is incredibly satisfying.  

And I'll never go back.  

I'll never go back to crazy diets of math games and torturing myself to the point of tears.  


If you would like my help to determine the best foods for your individual body to fuel your lifestyle, visit to schedule your initial consultation.

I bet you can already feel the freedom.  Release yourself from this cyclical prison of dieting.

Stop the dieting madness!