Still ruminating on the last Wahls’s post, when I receive an email update from Robb Wolf. So eloquently stated, How to Keep Your Poop Where it Belongs by Jordan Reasoner, enumerates one of the problems I have with Wahls book when it attempts to make things easy and convenient for people who are struggling with autoimmune or other serious health issues.
Yes, paleo is great, and it’s a huge part of the solution, but it doesn’t necessarily address all of the important topics.
enter Jordan Reasoner:
Mistake 1: Eating Holes in Your Gut
If you have leaky gut and you’re still struggling with chronic illness, the 80/20 rule doesn’t fly. Eat gluten on the weekends? Stop it. Occasional beer with your friends? Stop it. The research is very clear that gluten contributes to leaky gut and when it comes to dealing with serious health problems, there’s no room for “Cheat Day.”
I get it. I understand it has its place… for healthy people. One day you too might be able to live a happy healthy life with 80/20 Paleo. But not today.
If you haven’t yet, the very first step is to switch to the Paleo Autoimmune protocol.
With leaky gut, there are un-digested food particles sneaking right into your bloodstream, which causes the immune system to attack them as foreign invaders. That starts a cascade of inflammation. The autoimmune protocol removes many of the most problematic foods for people with leaky gut, things like eggs, tomatoes & eggplants, peppers including bell peppers and hot peppers, spices such as curries, paprika, and chili powder, and nuts and seeds.
For the majority of us, if we just remove certain classes of foods that are harder to digest and follow the autoimmune protocol, we can begin to reverse leaky gut and hopefully get some relief in the process.
It’s not that Wahls doesn’t mention leaky gut, but she allows foods which are known to cause inflammation and permeability like tomatoes, peppers, potatoes etc…
I simply don’t understand her reasoning.