Auto Immune – Discoid Lupus

In 1998 I was diagnosed with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE)

“a chronic skin condition of sores with inflammation and scarring favoring the face, ears, and scalp and at times on other body areas. These lesions develop as a red, inflamed patch with a scaling and crusty appearance. The center areas may appear lighter in color with a rim darker than the normal skin.”

I was 15 years old and I had come home from a summer trip with a friend. We had spent every day on the lake, swimming and riding her jetski. I thought I had a bad bug bite on my face but after numerous doctors and specialists I was finally diagnosed.

I thought my world was going to end, I was told I could not be out in the sun anymore! At that time, early days of the internet and not a lot of research out there on the disease, I ended up on medication and even tried the route of a chinese herbalist, which at that time was not as common.

I can’t even tell you what put me into remission, but something must have worked because when I was about 19 I was taken off the medication. I was left with scars on my face, and a large lesion on the back of my head resulting in a bald spot.

Where this whole story is going, is seeing all the updates on the gluten free diet, the paleo diet, and other auto-immune diets, I have been thinking about trying a 30 day elimination diet to see if it helps in the weight loss side. I guess because I have been in remission so long, I don’t think my disease plays a part in my health struggles, but maybe it does.

I came across a website that suggests;

What foods should you eliminate for the auto-immune version of the paleo diet?

  • Gluten grains MUST be strictly avoided. Wheat, oats, barley, rye, triticale
  • All other grains (rice etc) and pseudo- grains like buck-wheat
  • All legumes; lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, peas, soy and soy products, peanuts …
  • All dairy; cream, butter, ghee, milk, yoghurt, even raw.
  • All alcohol, it is a gut irritant
  • Eggs
  • Nightshades; includes potatoes, eggplant, capsicum, all peppers and chilli, tomatoes
  • Although Cordain does not include these – I’ve noticed many people with auto-immune disease do not tolerate any nuts or seeds, or need to limit them. For this reason I recommend a 30 day trial eliminating all nuts and seeds
  • No sugar or sugar alternatives
  • No chemical additives, preservatives, colours, flavours
  • No vegetable oils

So what can I eat?

  • All unprocessed meat and poultry; no additives, wild or free range, ideally organic.
  • Seafood / fish high in omega 3 oil
  • Include organ meats and bone broths
  • All vegetables, including peeled root vegetables, organic if available (but not nightshades)
  • Sea vegetables, seaweed
  • Fruit in moderation, especially berries. Fruit is best eaten at the end of a meal so it doesn’t elevate blood sugar too much
  • Include fermented foods, like sauerkraut to improve gut bacteria
  • Healthy low omega 6 oils; cold pressed from olives, avocado, coconut and palm
  • Meat fats; lard, tallow, duck fat
  • Avocados and olives
  • Coconut cream without guar gum or other additives (these are legume derivatives)

I think this is pretty extreme and for people that have active Auto-Immune disorders. So, for me I will try to stick close to this because you never know when the disease will rear it’s ugly head again.

Anyone have any experience with an Auto-Immune disease, feel free to share!


Who I follow – Recipes

These are some of my favourite sites for recipes that I follow and refer to often. Check them out!

I will try to update as I think of them! Enjoy!

Beef and Sweet Potato Tagine

This recipe comes from Quinoa 365 – The Everyday Superfood.

It is supposed to be “served on a bed of quinoa” but I am making just the Tagine to put in the fridge for meals for my boys for the week!

Recipe –

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil                                               
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion                           
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger                              
  • 2 lb diced stewing beef                                  
  • 2 1/2 cup canned tomatoes, with liquid       
  • 1/2 cup water        
  • 1 tsp ground cumin    
  • 1 tsp ground coriander    
  • 1 tsp paprika       
  • 1 cinnamon stick          
  • 1 1/4 cup peeled and diced sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup pitted, chopped dates

Preheat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and saute the onion until softened and opaque, about 4 minutes. Add the ginger and beef chunks and brown the meat thoroughly.


Add the tomatoes, water, cumin, coriander, paprika and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil.



Add the sweet potatoes and cook uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are slightly tender.



Reduce the heat and add the chopped dates to the mixture. Continue to simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. And voila!


I think the next time that I make it, I am going to do it in the slow cooker! This would make a great slow cooker recipe. Serve over quinoa, rice, or even with pasta. Enjoy!