The Autoimmune Protocol, short AIP, is a science-based protocol with a diet and lifestyle component that focuses on repairing gut health, balancing hormones and regulating the immune system. The dietary part of the protocol consists of the elimination phase, where all possible inflammatory foods are removed, followed by the reintroduction phase in order to successfully reintroduce as many foods as possible. An often overlooked part of the Autoimmune Protocol is to not only remove foods that trigger inflammation but also focus on nutrient density, meaning foods that contain a lot of nutrients per calories.
It is a essentially a stricter version of the Paleo diet and is sometimes also referred to as autoimmune paleo diet. The autoimmune protocol is believed to help people that suffer from autoimmune diseases to relieve their symptoms and can even put the disease in remission. The lifestyle component focuses on sleep, stress, exercise and supplementation if necessary. If you are suffering from an autoimmune disease talk to your doctor about options. I also recommend to see a functional medicine doctor in your area.
What to avoid on the autoimmune protocol:
- dairy products
- nightshade vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers etc.)
- refined and processed sugars and oils
- food additives
- non-nutritive sweeteners
After 30 – 90 days (sometimes longer) and once symptom-free, some foods like for example nuts, seeds, eggs and nightshades can be reintroduced 1 by 1. If these foods don’t trigger any symptoms you can incorporate them back into your diet.
If you need help with AIP compliant recipes make sure to download my free e book “Quick and Healthy”. All recipes are AIP or AIP adaptable.
For more detailed information about the autoimmune protocol check out Dr Sara Ballantyne’s post.
I also highly recommend the following books
The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: A DIY Guide to Living Well with Chronic Illness by Mickey Trescott, NTP and Angie Alt, NTC, CHC
The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body by Sarah Ballantyne, PHD
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