A few months ago when I was last meeting with a client she asked if the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP as it's known would be a good idea for her-she wasn’t sure on the details of it and I figured a lot of other people might not be either!
There are many different parts of this protocol, but to keep it simple and obviously focused on food since that's what I do, here they are:
Usually people starting the AIP start by the "Elimination Phase". During the elimination phase, individuals remove a wide range of foods known to be common triggers for inflammation and autoimmune reactions like:
✨Grains (including gluten-containing grains)
✨Legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts)
✨Nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, potatoes)
✨Nuts and seeds
✨Processed and refined sugars
✨Processed foods and additives
The Elimination phase can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending upon the person. It’s important to note that this should be done over a period of time to see how your body reacts. I don’t recommend dropping everything all at once!
With the AIP the focus is on Nutrient-Dense Foods like:
✨Vegetables (except nightshades during the elimination phase)
✨Quality meats (grass-fed, pasture-raised)
✨Fish and seafood
✨Healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocados)
✨Fermented foods (probiotic-rich foods like sauerkraut)
Again, this is just a quick overview of the AIP and as usual the focus here is a lot of gut healing! The goal of AIP is to find how your body reacts to different foods and what serves your body versus what doesn’t.
If you're interesting in learning more, grab my Gut Health Made Easy Guide here!