Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet

The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet is one of the most restrictive compared to other diets. It is aimed not only at losing weight and improving health, but also at the serious support in the course of the autoimmune diseases treatment. This diet involves the development of new, healthy eating habits that help your body defeat inflammation.

With the AIP diet principles you:

  • reset the immune system
  • can cure the so-called leaky gut
  • acquire better-living food habits
  • get a lot of nutrients

This diet has the main purpose to reduce the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, including celiac disease, lupus, ulcerative colitis (UC) or Hashimoto’s disease. 

The scientists concluded that it is bacteria in the intestine that can provoke autoimmune inflammation (the intestinal wall inside is protected by a strong network of proteins, and these bacteria destroy it and make the intestinal wall more porous). So, our immune system has to react to expel these bacterias.

Pros and Cons

AIP diet has an important advantage, and it is the abundance of the most useful and nourishing products. You can eat every day healthy and feel a rise in your mood. The inflammation being reduced.

A lot of patients are afraid of a big number of restrictions and prohibitions, so they even don’t start a diet. So, if you are not ready for all the conditions of AIP, you may try its adapted version and eliminate fewer types of foods from your ration, and gradually moving to a full diet. 

You should not eat

You need to strictly avoid these products:

  • Grains. All types of cereals including oatmeal, buckwheat, and rice (they contain gluten that can provoke inflammation)
  • Dairy products. Milk of any fat content, yogurts, cottage cheese, and even raw dairy products are under restrictions
  • Legumes. You will also have to eliminate peas, beans, soybeans, peanuts (as well as any products made of them like hummus)
  • Any kind of processed products, including canned food
  • Refined sugar. Forget not only about sugar in its pure form but also about any dishes that contain it including pastries, cakes, and confectionery
  • Industrial seed oils such as canola or vegetable oil
  • Butter and ghee
  • Alcohol (strong and weak too)

Some kinds of food that the Paleo diet allows and the autoimmune protocol diet restricts:

  • Eggs
  • Nightshade vegetables including potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and so on
  • Seeds and nuts including some spices like cumin and coriander
  • Alternative sweeteners 
  • Any food additives including food thickeners and emulsifiers
  • Gum

Green-blue algae should also be excluded because they can cause an immune response. Also, the AIP diet imposes restrictions on some drugs – it is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which include ibuprofen (Advil), sodium naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin (Bufferin)

You can eat

The list of allowed products includes:

  • Beef, pork, chicken, turkey and any other kind of meat or poultry (give preference to the meat of animals in free-range and grass-fed)
  • The nightshades are the only exception
  • Almon or cod (contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Fermented non-dairy foods (fermented vegetables, kimchi, and kombucha)
  • Natural oils (coconut, olive, or avocado oil)
  • Non-seed herbs (oregano, mint, celery leaves and basil)
  • Some kinds of vinegar (sugar-free apple cider and balsamic vinegar)
  • Herbal tea as well as black or green (make sure that it does not contain any seeds)
  • Bone broth and natural gelatine

You can also add a little honey or maple syrup but not very often and in very small quantities. In some versions of the AIP diet, it is allowed to pamper yourself with fruit. But don’t forget you can eat a maximum of 25 grams of fructose or two pieces of fruit a day.

A good idea for the AIP diet is to keep a journal of foods, so you can follow everything you eat and symptoms as well as sensations that you experience.

If you want to try the AIP diet, for beginners we have a list of 5 recipes here, try them and improve your health.

1. Paleo Baked Veggie Nuggets (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & AIP)

Paleo baked veggie nuggets are gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free. They’re with zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, green onion.

Read also  Pesto Chicken Soup Recipe

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2. Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts (Paleo, AIP)

This recipe is a great way to get more healthy cruciferous veggies into your diet.

3. Chicken Fajita Bowls (AIP, Paleo, Whole 30)

Zucchini, squash, and onion make a perfect fajita bowl swap. Add some avocado or AIP guac, green onion, cilantro, and some fresh lettuce, and you’ve got one an AIP dish.

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4. Turkey Apple Breakfast Hash (AIP)

This Turkey Apple Breakfast is a healthy alternative to traditional breakfast foods.

5. Autoimmune Protocol Beef Fajitas with Mango Salsa

These Beef Fajitas with Mango Salsa are easy to make and very delicious.

Don’t forget to Pin them to your Autoimmune Protocol Diet recipes related Board to save these recipes.

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