Just here for the food? Scroll down for the recipe, or read on for some autoimmune ramblings…
What does it mean to have an autoimmune disease? It means your body has an abnormal immune response to itself where it confuses a normally healthy tissue or substance with a foreign invader, attacks it and destroys it. It comes in many forms, some of the more well-known include celiac disease, eczema, Crohn’s disease (a.k.a. IBD), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis, vitiligo, lupus, cancer, ulcerative colitis, type 1 diabetes. I am betting if you have an autoimmune condition, you know you do. They are more common than you think with 1 in 9 people having some form of autoimmune disease.
What does it really mean to have an autoimmune disease? It means to get better will be giant pain in the ass – until it isn’t one any more.
Chances are you’ve had your autoimmune condition for many years and went to your primary care physician to treat it. Only they weren’t really working with you to heal the underlying cause of your condition, instead they gave you a medication to treat the symptom and mask the real problem. Fail. Big time fail doc.
In Chinese medicine they say that for every year you have had a disease it takes one month of following a strict protocol to heal yourself from it. That means absolutely no cheating a diet/supplement regimen for a long time if you’ve suffered from, say, headaches for 20 years. For me that means following an AIP protocol for approximately 28 months. Hoo boy. That’s rough. How rough? It means firmly not even a lick of:
Processed vegetable oils
Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant – and any spice derived from them)
(For more on autoimmune protocol see thepaleomom.com)
What is even harder is that I have so many other food sensitivities that would normally be acceptable in the AIP template. This makes finding recipe ideas online pretty pointless because most likely I need to swap out half of the ingredients for something I will eat, thus creating an entirely new recipe. Why not write my own down for others to use? So, here you go. Autoimmune friendly beef roast. It is pretty darn tasty too.
2-4 lbs chuck roast
5-6 parsnips, peeled and sliced
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 cup homemade bone broth (I used beef broth, but chicken is fine too)
Salt and pepper to taste
- Spread the parsnips and scallions on the bottom of your crockpot.
- Place the meat on top.
- Add bone broth.
- Sprinkle the oregano, parsley, garlic, onion, salt and pepper evenly over the meat.
- Cook on low for 10 hours.
- Serve with another vegetable. I used green beans, but broccoli would be a nice pairing too.
Simple. Easy. Delicious. MMMMmmmmm…enjoy!