First let me start with the bad news. There is no diet that will reverse your autoimmune disease or cancer or rid you of inflammation. That is, there is no one-size- fits all diet. The good news is there are some guidelines you can start with until you get more in-depth functional medicine testing done to see who is living in your gut (microbiome), how your adrenals and hormones are doing, what foods your immune system is reacting to and what your genetic pre-disposition to autoimmune disease and cancer is.
Patients coming into my integrative medicine practice often ask what the main “superfoods” are that will help them reclaim their energy and health. Here’s the formula: eliminate what causes inflammation and eat what is nourishing and builds life force, or what Ayurveda calls ojas. You want to get rid of processed foods, grains, dairy, sugar and fake sugars, soy, soda, caffeine, alcohol and inflammatory fat sources. If your inflammation is really bad, eliminate night shade vegetables. So what do you eat? Focus on anti-inflammatory foods like wild fish and other sources of omega-3 fats, purple and red berries, dark green leafy vegetables, cooked cruciferous veggies, orange sweet potatoes and squashes, and nuts and seeds. Your food will taste delicious when you add anti-inflammatory herbs to it like turmeric, ginger, and rosemary.
I get patients in my practice who are frustrated with the limitations their autoimmune disease and leaky gut has placed on their dietary choices. I always feel nothing but compassion for these frustrated patients of mine. Navigating the dietary changes necessary to reverse inflammation, hormone imbalances, digestive issues, chronic pain, and autoimmune disease can feel very overwhelming. I know I was completely frustrated and overwhelmed when I was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. People trying to figure out life with an autoimmune disease can also be overwhelmed by the conflicting information out there. Why is it conflicting? Because we are all different and there is no one-size- fits all diet for autoimmune reversal. That’s why I do individualized testing for my patients so they know exactly what their immune system is attacking and what they can safely eat. Fear not if you are one of these frustrated people. Your food can be easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. An autoimmune diagnosis does not banish you to the inner circle of hell and tasteless food. On the contrary, it can be a culinary adventure as you try out new ingredients for the first time. Roasting root vegetables and broccoli and cauliflower are my go-to favorites for veggies on the run. Try this recipe and let me know how you like it!
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Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Cookie
- 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Almond Butter
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 1 Egg
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Place the batter into the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes, to chill.
- Preheat the oven to 325 and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spoon batter in the desired number of cookies onto the baking sheet, reserve the remaining batter for another batch. Batter will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are a little brown on the bottom.
- Place on a cooling rack for about 5 minutes.
- Serve warm.
Dr. Keesha Ewers, PhD, ARNP is a Doctor of Sexology, trauma informed therapist, is board certified in Functional medicine and holds an advanced certification in Ayurvedic medicine, and is the founder and medical director of the Academy for Integrative Medicine Health Coach Certification Program.
Dr. Keesha has been in the medical field for over 30 years. After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis—an incurable disease according to Western medicine—she discovered how to reverse autoimmunity using her Freedom Framework® Method, which she has now used with thousands of her own patients and teaches to her health coach students in her online certification program.