Yesterday I hit the first 30 days on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)! 😁 It wasn’t easy by any means and I have to say almost every single meal I had in those 30 days were prepared at home so I could know and control what went in them. And yes, I survived CNY too! Although I missed stuffing my face with pineapple tarts and Ba Kwa 😭. 30 more days to go! 💪🏻
The AIP diet is essentially an elimination diet designed to omit all foods that may cause an inflammatory response at the start, after the elimination period (30-60 days), foods are reintroduced one at a time to see if the body reacts negatively to them. If not, then one may continue including them in one’s diet! It’s focus is on nutrient dense foods like vegetables, organ meat and seafood and one of the primary goals is to heal the gut as well. This is important as about 70% of our immune system is in our guts!
A Simple Guide To The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird (@phoenix.helix) is literally as the title describes. A quick read at under 150 pages, Eileen offers concise explanations on the connection between food and autoimmune disorders and practical tips on how to get started and stay on the autoimmune protocol. From the list of foods to eat/avoid and why, to grocery lists, kitchen essentials, simple gentle detox tips, stress and emotional management, eating out tips and many more useful advice, this book is the culmination of Eileen’s years of experience with the diet (she has Rheumatoid Arthritis) and her knowledge managing a successful AIP blog and podcast for the past 4 years. Check out her blog at phoenixhelix.com!