Stop Attacking Yourself: 15 Slow Cooker Recipes that are Nutrient-Dense, Immune-Boosting To Counter Autoimmune Disease

November 09, 2019

slow cooker recipes to counter autoimmune disease

Immune system disorders occur when there is either abnormally low activity or over-activity of the immune system.When the immune system overreacts, it causes the body to attack and damage its own tissues. If the immune system is deficient, it is weak to unfriendly invading pathogens which increases susceptibility to infections.

The blood cells in our body's immune system help in protecting against harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and blood and tissue from outside the body that contains antigens. The immune system destroys these harmful substances by producing antibodies.

The mechanism of immune system disorder is its response to unknown triggers and production of antibodies that are supposed to fight infections that instead attack the body's own tissues. This means, the immune system confuses  healthy cells as foreign and tells the body to set off a reaction that mistakenly targets and attacks the body's own normal, healthy tissues.

Examples of autoimmune diseases include:

  • Addison disease
  • Celiac disease - sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy)
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Graves disease
  • Hashimoto thyroiditis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Type I diabetes


In treating autoimmune disease, reducing immune system activity is largely what’s being focused on. Another way to counter the symptoms is by strengthening the immune system that protects the body from many types of diseases. This includes proper medication, healthy practices, and a balanced diet.

THESE FOODS ARE THOUGHT TO TRIGGER AUTOIMMUNE REACTIONS IN SOME PEOPLE.

  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Legumes (including peanuts, soy, hummus)
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts and Seeds (including seed-based spices like cumin and fennel)
  • Nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, and eggplant)
  • Spices from capsicums (including cayenne, chili powder, paprika, chili pepper flakes)
  • Vegetable and canola oils
  • Processed foods
  • Refined sugars (and alternative sweeteners)
  • Food additives and chemicals
  • Alcohol

When you have an autoimmune disease, you're likely eliminating some nutrient source foods that fall under restriction. So it's important to pick cautiously nutrient-dense foods such as a variety of fresh vegetables, wild-caught fish, fermented foods, organ meats, and bone broth. The bottom line is that the the diet consists of mainly meat and vegetables, which makes it somewhat alike to the paleo diet, only more strict in its restrictions. For instance, people on the paleo diet can eat tomatoes and nuts. Conversely, these are foods restricted to autoimmune disease.

Food autoimmune patients CAN eat.

  • Grass-fed meats (including nutrient-dense organ meats)
  • Wild-caught fish and seafood
  • Herbs
  • Leafy green vegetables (spinach, endive, herbs, etc.)
  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc.)
  • Root vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, etc.)
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Sea vegetables
  • Avocados
  • Fruit: berries, citrus fruit, apples, cherries, etc.
  • Olive oil and coconut oil
  • Vinegars that have no sugar added (balsamic, red wine, cider vinegar)

With the list of Do’s and Don’ts in food selection, finding the right autoimmune diet could be cumbersome. It has to be balanced, healthy and energizing. But sticking to this option doesn’t mean it should not be delicious. Here are some healthy and tasty meat, vegetable, dessert and beverage recipes that are Autoimmune-friendly.

 

slow cooker potatoes

VITACLAY SLOW COOKER SWEET POTATO MASH
Sweet potatoes are a good alternative to white potatoes.
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/vitaclay-paleo-slow-cooker-sweet-potato-mash?_pos=1&_sid=aeed812c5&_ss=r

 

slow cooker butternut squash

BUTTERNUT SQUASH BISQUE SLOW COOKED IN CLAY
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/butternut-squash-bisque-slow-cooked-in-clay?_pos=1&_sid=f1b1f46b9&_ss=r

 

pumpkin butter

PUMPKIN BUTTER
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/spread-the-love-pumpkin-butter-is-easy-in-clay?_pos=1&_sid=6e84ac245&_ss=r

 

slow cooker chicken

SLOW COOKED WHOLE ROAST CHICKEN
You only need a few ingredients to make a juicy, whole-roasted chicken. You can stuff it with rosemary and onion too for a healthy add-on.
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/paleo-slow-cooked-whole-roast-chicken-crock-port-recipe?_pos=1&_sid=58e615830&_ss=r

 

slow cooker beef and broccoli

BROCCOLI BEEF IN CLAY: NO MORE NEED FOR UNHEALTHY TAKE-OUT!
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/vitaclay-slow-cooked-beef-and-broccoli?_pos=1&_sid=58301a288&_ss=r

 

crockpot chicken with turmeric lemon

SPICY TURMERIC-LEMON CHICKEN & VEGGIES
Turmeric is the latest cure-all superfood! 
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/clay-pot-spicy-turmeric-lemon-chicken-veggies

 

slow cooker yogurt recipe

VEGAN COCONUT YOGURT
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/vegan-coconut-yogurt-recipe-made-in-vitaclay-slow-cooker?_pos=1&_sid=be5d0f8c4&_ss=r

 

slow cooker hot cider recipe

VITACLAY MULLED HOT CIDER
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/slow-cooker-mulled-cider?_pos=1&_sid=539a1f9e9&_ss=r

 

slow cooker avocado soup

CREAMY AVOCADO SOUP IN VITACLAY
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/creamy-avocado-soup-recipe-for-vitaclay?_pos=1&_sid=e31475825&_ss=r

 

green vegetable soup

GREEN VEGGIE SOUP TO BOOST IMMUNITY
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/soup-sunday-green-veggie-soup-to-boost-immunity-in-the-fall?_pos=1&_sid=0ccbace1a&_ss=r

 

tonic soup

HEALING TONIC SOUP FROM DR. WEIL
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/healing-tonic-soup-from-dr-weil?_pos=1&_sid=2200d52c4&_ss=r

 

slow cooker chicken broth

CHICKEN BONE BROTH
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/paleo-slow-cooker-chicken-broth-recipe?_pos=1&_sid=4bf0a05c7&_ss=r

 

slow cooker borscht

TRADITIONAL BORSCHT
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/traditional-borscht-in-your-clay-pot-your-new-favorite-soup?_pos=1&_sid=eefdc40cf&_ss=r

 

slow cooker bone broth

MAKE BONE BROTH
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/how-to-make-bone-broth-with-vitaclay-video-recipe?_pos=6&_sid=e2ef89f3e&_ss=r

 

mushroom broth

NUTRIENT DENSE MUSHROOM BROTH
https://vitaclaychef.com/blogs/recipes/make-your-own-nutrient-dense-mushroom-broth?_pos=1&_sid=be5de7121&_ss=r


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