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The Paleo AIP (AIP) is basically the Paleo diet with a few more restrictions. The goal of the AIP is to remove all foods that might have the potential to push our system into a frenetic state of inflammation. In addition to what I refer to as the “big 5” (gluten, dairy, corn, soy & processed foods) there are a few more foods that show a propensity for being problematic for folks with autoimmune disease.
The most effective way to figure out which foods are troublesome for you and which are not is to eliminate them ALL then re-introduce them to see if/how you react after you are confident your gut has healed .
When the body is constantly fighting inflammation, it can’t just stop the fight (immediate need) and start to delegate energy or nutrients to the chemistry that is important to healing. Repair, recovery and rest can only happen when the irritants are removed from the system. Then, and only then, can the body use it’s energy and resources to heal and repair damage and ultimately improve your health.
Bottom line: Eliminating the problem foods is the only way to be certain what is safe for you and what isn’t.
Paleo AIP vs. Paleo
These food items are NOT allowed on AIP but are allowed on the Paleo diet. Hopefully as you heal you’ll move towards adding more of these back into your routine.
- nightshades – potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, chilis, eggplant, tomatillo, goji berries, ashwagandha
- clarified butter/ghee
- seed derived spices (coriander, fennel, cardamom) and nightshade spices (paprika, chili powders)
Remember AIP is an ELIMINATION diet, you are not intended to be on it forever. If you stick with it diligently from the beginning you’ll be able to figure out more quickly which foods are problematic (or not) for you.
Knock it out. You’ve got this.
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