The Autoimmune Protocol (referred to as AIP or AIP Paleo) is an elimination diet that is focused on consuming foods and eliminating others for the purpose of healing a “leaky gut.” A leaky WHAT?!
You might be familiar with the Paleo lifestyle of eating nutrient dense, whole foods and eliminating things like dairy, sugar, grains and processed food, by eating lean proteins, fruits & veggies and healthy fats.
AIP varies a bit from Paleo in a few ways. AIP is more restrictive, as it eliminates more foods, but it also includes a reintroduction of foods in a specific order during a “reintroduction period.”
These additional AIP eliminations foods include:
- Nightshades (peppers, eggplant, tomatoes)
- Eggs (white and yolk)
- All nuts and seeds
- Minimum fruit
- Food additives like guar gum and carrageenan
As the Ultimate Paleo Guide writes, “By using food as medicine, autoimmune protocol (AIP) followers are able to reduce troublesome symptoms and heal underlying imbalances by decreasing inflammation and healing gut dysfunction. The diet focuses on a nutrient-dense intake and eliminates inflammatory and allergenic foods to support the body in cooling down the immune system (which is what’s going awry).”
There are a ton of AIP resources and I look forward to sharing many of these with you. If you’re looking for a place to start, go here. I’ll be updating this post with my research and will feature my findings in future posts.
AIP Links + Resources
AIP Books + Cookbooks
Autoimmune Paleo Books (I live by their cookbook)
The Paleo Approach by Sarah D. Ballantyne, Ph.D.
The Paleo Approach Cookbook by Sarah D. Ballantyne, Ph.D.