The recipes in the Root Cause Recipe Portal are tailored to diet rich in nutrient dense foods including meats and vegetables, and are free of the most common reactive foods for people with autoimmune disease.
Recovering from an autoimmune condition when following a vegetarian diet is very challenging, as vegetarian diets are often carbohydrate heavy and include many sources of protein that are highly reactive for individuals with autoimmune disease.
Vegetarian sources of protein such as legumes (beans), dairy, grains, soy and some seeds may be incompatible with trying to heal a leaky gut, which is almost always present with most autoimmune conditions.
Eggs, some seeds, and nuts would be the preferred sources of protein for vegetarians, however, some people with an autoimmune condition may be intolerant to those as well, especially in the early stages of starting a healing diet.
Being a vegan is even more challenging, and nuts and seeds would be the go-to source of protein, which are usually too difficult to digest for many in the beginning of their healing journeys.
That said, while meats and fats are important for healing, eating them exclusively will produce an acidic environment in the body; hindering healing, and thus the diet should be balanced with plenty of nutrient rich vegetables (suggested ratio may be 20% meat/80% veggie).
Please bear in mind that I’m a big proponent of bio-individuality which honors the distinct nutritional needs of every human being. I’m not saying everybody needs to eat meat. I’m saying: listen to your body if it needs meat.