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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Foods at US Wellness

By: Eileen Laird

The Prevalence of Autoimmune Disease

According to the NIH, autoimmune disease affects 23 million Americans, and the AARDA puts that number closer to 50 million. The standard course of treatment is a lifetime of medication which can cost as much as $2,000 month, and comes with potentially dangerous side effects. Many people are looking elsewhere for answers, and finding the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. Originally developed by Dr. Loren Cordain, it was popularized by Robb Wolf in his book, The Paleo Solution, and expanded by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, author of the upcoming book, The Paleo Approach.  

What is the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)?

The AIP is an elimination diet. You stop eating certain foods for 30 days (or longer), and then slowly reintroduce them to test your body for food intolerance. If your body reacts positively, you can happily reintegrate that food into your diet. If your body reacts negatively, you know that food is an inflammation trigger for you, and best to avoid. This communication has allowed many people with autoimmune disease to reduce their symptoms dramatically, some even going into remission.

Which foods are eliminated? The AIP permanently eliminates non-paleo foods: processed foods, refined oils, refined sugars, grains, legumes and soy. The AIP temporarily eliminates the following foods for 30 days, before they are reintroduced one at a time: dairy, eggs, nightshades, nuts and seeds.

AIP-Friendly Shopping at US Wellness Meats

As you can imagine, this diet is a challenge, but the rewards make it very worthwhile. Autoimmune disease brings with it some of the most debilitating symptoms of any illness. US Wellness believes passionately in the nutritious power of real food, and it’s inspiring to see people applying nutrition to successfully reverse autoimmune disease. To help, we have a list of AIP-Friendly foods that we offer. These include convenience foods (all nightshade-free). We’ve also linked to some nutrient-dense foods recommended for healing, such as bones for broth, and organ meats. Enjoy!

Sugar Free Pork Bacon
Sugar Free Beef Bacon
Plain Beef Jerky Sticks
Plain Turkey Jerky
Plain Beef Pemmican Bar
Beef Pemmican with Cherries and Honey
Cooked Sockeye Salmon Packs (Shelf-Stable)
Canned Wild Red Salmon
Canned Albacore Tuna
Bone Broth Ingredients
Beef Organ Meat
Lamb Organ Meat
Poultry Organ Meat

Original Pork Rinds




Eileen Laird, author of the blog, Phoenix Helix, used the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol to reduce her rheumatoid arthritis symptoms by 95%. She reached out to US Wellness to help them identify their AIP-friendly offerings. Through her blog, she also hosts a weekly Recipe Roundtable, where people share AIP-friendly recipes.


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What is it about uswellness meats other cuts of ground beef and other steaks that are not autoimmune friendly?
Posted @ Sunday, January 26, 2014 6:19 AM by Ilisa
Thanks so much making easier for me to locate AIP friendly foods on your site! 
Heard about you from Sarah Ballentyne and her paleo mom site.Also, no pepper allowed. You have salt and pepper pork rinds listed. Do you have the pork rinds with just salt? I bet they would taste great. Thanks again for the important and valuable work you are doing and the people you are helping.
Posted @ Sunday, January 26, 2014 7:28 AM by Celeste Gober
I believe black pepper is allowed on AIP.
Posted @ Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:54 AM by Jamee Kristen
Struggling on gaps intro stage 1..appreciate all advise. 
Does anyone out there know why my excema and swelling decreases when I drink distilled water? And why it flares after a hot shower or if I drink zephyrhills bottled water? How do I test my self for what is in the above wayers and get it eliminated? If I need a filter for my home which is most reputable? Tytyty!
Posted @ Sunday, January 26, 2014 11:38 AM by adam ellsweig
Ilisa, the plain meats are AIP-Friendly, but most of the cured and snack meats contain nightshades. That's why this list is so helpful for people on the autoimmune protocol. Everything listed is nightshade-free. Celeste, black pepper is allowed on the autoimmune protocol. It's only nightshade spices that are absolutely forbidden. Some people choose to do a stricter version of the AIP and eliminate other spices such as black pepper, but that's an optional choice. Most people tolerate black pepper quite well. Adam, I recommend the AIP over GAPS for autoimmune healing.
Posted @ Sunday, January 26, 2014 2:44 PM by Eileen @ Phoenix Helix
THANK YOU PHOENIX HELIX!!!! This is a great list and so handy to have. But USWM - I'm disappointed that most of these items are not in stock :( is there a way to be notified when items will be back or will I just have to check the links daily?
Posted @ Monday, January 27, 2014 11:33 AM by Kelly
Hi i have ulcerative colitis have had for 14 years this past year was worst flare up i ever had as well as sickest borderline dying i had ever been. I'm following paleo diet however I do eat 3 - 4 egg whites a day for breakfast I cut out the yolks due to they have spiked my tryglycerides in the past. I have never taken eggs out of my diet to test is I was being affected poorly by them. I do see yolks are recommended for cholesterol brain health. Please advise your thoughts are appreciated. Is it safe to consume that many eggs with yolk in a day. I only cut them out due to my tri's going through roof so it gets confusing.
Posted @ Monday, January 27, 2014 2:49 PM by jennifer best
Thanks for this article. I follow the AIP and had just begun doing research on ordering grass-feed AIP-friendly meats online. So many ingredient lists say "spices" which typically mask nightshade- or seed-based ingredients, which are not allowed on AIP. You saved me a lot of time and trouble!  
Posted @ Monday, January 27, 2014 3:40 PM by Sara B
Jennifer, the yolk is the most nutritious part of the egg, while the whites can often cause a flare. This article explains it well:
Posted @ Monday, January 27, 2014 10:17 PM by Eileen @ Phoenix Helix
We appreciate the interest and apologize for several shortages on this list! We just restocked beef bacon, polish kielbasa sausage, beef broth, and lamb organs yesterday and should have more pork bacon and pemmican bars on Monday, February 3. Chicken organs and polish sliders will also restock this week!
Posted @ Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:34 AM by US Wellness Meats
I just finished Eat the Yokes, its one of the best books I've read on health. I follow Paleo for the most part and don't have a problem with triglycerides unless I have starch or sugar they will raise it.
Posted @ Sunday, June 29, 2014 7:39 AM by Lucy Vitti
to:adam ellsweig your skin is reacting to the chlorine in the water. the best shower head filter and gravity filter is Royal Berkey.
Posted @ Sunday, June 29, 2014 4:18 PM by Kenda
I've been on Gaps and AIP for 18 months. It took awhile, but have been able to now have raw fermented dairy and eggs. It's a challenge to stick with the diet, but don't give up it is so worth it. Finally migraine and depression free after 15 years of suffering. It feels like a miracle. No more chronic fatigue, ocd, mood swing, brain fog. Thank you to US Wellness for supporting this lifestyle. I've been given my life back.
Posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 2:50 PM by Maria
Hi everyone. After talking with Sarah Ballantyne, author of the Paleo Approach, we have updated this list to remove items with black pepper. Black pepper isn't a nightshade (it's actually a fruit) but some people do react to it. We want this list to be AIP-friendly for everyone, and have updated it accordingly.
Posted @ Monday, July 14, 2014 10:02 AM by Eileen @ Phoenix Helix
Thank you for your pemmican! I have suffered for years with Ulcerative Colitis, and I recently had the worst flare I've ever had, so I switched from 3 years on GAPS to AIP-Paleo based on Ballantyne's book, and your pemmican is amazing! I am on a very super limited diet -- basically eating greens, animal protein and fish, tallow and duck fat and coconut oil, cucumber and carrots and that is all!!! So it is amazing to find the pemmican, because I can take it with me easily. Thank you for taking out the pepper!
Posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 3:28 PM by Emma
So I just discovered all this simply because I wanted some pemmican. I grew up in Oregon and my family made it from deer and elk and berries and wild plums. I remember how much I liked it. Then I find this site and references to the Paleo diet. I'm 57 and have suffered from chronic migraines since I got nailed by a rock to the head at 7. For 20 years I've suffered from psoriasis and the last 5 of those, psoritatic arthritis. I also have ulcerative colitis which is controlled with medication (Lialda) that aggravates the hell out of my ADD what with the salycitic (SP?) acid it breaks down to in the gut. Bottom line is I'm a mess and once I got the colitis (mostly) under control I started packing on pounds. My energy level is low, and I do have what I call foggy wetware (brain) at time and I have arthritis flares that wipe me out and make it tough to get out of bed even though I do loosen up as the day progresses. Dumb question but based on the above comments from like challenged folks it seems like I am a good candidate for trying out the elimination diet and seeing what works for me, yes? Any suggestions for a simple start? I'm not very disciplined but I am very successful once I get my brain wrapped around something.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 07, 2014 10:31 PM by Randy
Hi Randy. You sound like a perfect candidate for the AIP. The easiest way to make the transition is to join the online class SAD to AIP in SIX, where a health coach guides a group of 20 people from a standard diet, to the AIP, over a 6-week period: 
If you prefer to make the leap independently, I recommend the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott. It was recipes, meal plans and grocery lists: 
Lastly, I have a bunch of free information on my blog, if you just want to browse and learn more:
Posted @ Wednesday, October 08, 2014 11:21 AM by Eileen @ Phoenix Helix
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