Getting Started with a Grain Free / Autoimmune Paleo Diet

(Why grain free?  No, we don’t have celiac disease.  In fact, I thought gluten free was for quacks.  Jokes on me….Check this out…fighting autoimmune disease with a grain free diet protocol.)

I come from a long line of wheat farmers.  We’re talking immigrants from Russia, to Germany, to the midwest.  Land that’s been farmed for generations, passed down with love and hard work.  Along with that is a rich tradition of bakers.  Incredible, Mennonite heritage, faithful bakers.  Beautiful pies, Bohne Beroggies, Bierocks…. memories of Grandma pounding the dough, biscuits, cinnamon rolls…ok, enough of that.  All that to tell you, if you think it’s hard to give up your twinkie habit, I’ve got news for you, try telling your family of wheat farmers that you don’t eat grain.  Not just wheat, but no corn, no rice, no white potatoes, no legumes.  Yeah.  It’s not easy.

When we started this thing, I went through my pantry and gave it away.  A huge laundry basket, plus a big box, full of yeast, rice, flour, refined sugars, brown sugar, beans.  Not to mention the grain mill, because I was grinding my own flour….(I still have that, anyone interested?)  We weren’t “bad” eaters. We didn’t eat a bunch of processed junk all the time.  But when we did this, I knew we couldn’t make just Haley eat differently, we had to do it as a family, or it would never work.  Little did I know how much better I would feel.  Or that my husband would lose so much weight.  And I would lose that 4 year old “baby” weight.  And the kids would do so much better.


Step 1.  Get out the trash can, or take it to your food pantry.  Get it out of the house.  When you’ve got no other options, you have to make it stick.

Step 2.  Sign up for Plan to Eat.  It’s a lifesaver.  Trust me on this.  Don’t trust me, you don’t even know me!  But, it’s a 30 day free trial, so it’s win win either way.

Step 3.  Go to these blogs and start “pinning” your favorite recipes onto your Plan to Eat account.

Against All Grain

Empowered Sustenance

(There are tons more out there, but this will get you started.  Search Autoimmune Paleo Protocol.)

Step 4.  Go grocery shopping.  Plan to Eat will make your list for you…it’s awesome.  Did I mention that?  You’re going to need some sweet potatoes.  Meat.  Lots of meat.  Coconut Flour.  Almond Flour.  Maple Syrup (grade B, not the fake stuff).  Honey (real, raw honey.  Check the labels.)  Vegetables.  The green kind.  Organic everything (if possible).  And fruit.  Blueberries.  Raspberries.  Apples.  And nuts.  Get started soaking and dehydrating your nuts asap.  Much more digestible.  (Get a dehydrater, it’s worth it.)

Step 5.  Don’t panic.  YOU CAN DO THIS.  Life changing, family future changing stuff.  It’s worth it.  Do it for your babies.  Do it before they can drive to McDonalds.  Do it for yourself.

Have your emergency plan for travel.  The only thing we’ve found that halfway “works” is Chic Fil A, kids meals, grilled chicken nuggets, fruit cup, and apple juice.  When you’re on the road and didn’t bring a cooler full of food with you, this is a good compromise (gasp!)  Their grilled market salad is good.  Just don’t bother with any dressing, it’s all full of soy.  Oh yeah, and the ketchup and sauces are full of corn syrup and other things you can’t pronounce.  Skip that.  Try not to think about it.  It’s better than starving all the way across the state to Grandma’s house.


This blog is written by an anonymous mom. PANDAS disease is ugly. It’s practically unheard of, but it’s not rare. 1 in 200 kids has it. That’s right up there with childhood diabetes…but my pediatrician had never heard of it. This leads me to the question, how many kids out there are misdiagnosed, drugged for “behavioral issues”, OCD, schizophrenia, ADD, Autism, ADHD, Anorexic, or taken from their “bad” parents by well meaning doctors, teachers, and lawyers who don’t know about PANDAS. How many parents are searching for answers every night, in silent agony over losing their child, and have no one to talk to, no one who understands. This blog is for those parents. Those doctors. Those teachers. But mostly, it’s for those children. The ones with the fear in their eyes and the haunted look. The chapped and bloodied hands from washing incessantly. The lost childhood.

Lord, multiply this, share it with those who need it most. I don’t have time, or resources, or knowledge to get it into their hands. If it will bless them, let this reach them. In Jesus Name I pray for each hurting child. Amen.

This blog exists for informational purposes only. Posts should NOT be regarded as medical advice.
No author or commentator shall be liable for advice given.

It is every parent’s responsibility to determine whether camel milk, donkey milk, specific supplements, the ACC protocol or other biomedical interventions are appropriate for their child.
Furthermore, dosing for vitamins and supplements needs to be tailored to an individual’s needs with the help of a professional.

Thank you for reading the blog, please share it with those in need of hope!




4 responses to “Getting Started with a Grain Free / Autoimmune Paleo Diet

  1. Totally agree that the whole family have to do it. Though personally only coeliac, have friends grain, dairy, soy and sugar free. I do occasional recipes for them. Sometimes it is a challenge, but still possible to eat delicious food. All the best for your challenges.

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