The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet was created to reduce inflammation and symptoms for those suffering from Autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases are those where the immune system attacks and harms its own body tissues. Inflammation is a common symptom of Autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and lupus. The AIP diet is a very strict version of the paleo diet, where you are required to eliminate nutrient rich foods, because they commonly cause inflammation.
History of AIP Diet
It was believed Autoimmune diseases are a result of altered intestinal permeability (or ‘leaky gut’). The theory is that tiny holes in the gut allowed for food to leak into the body, which then causes the immune system to attack itself.
By eliminating inflammatory foods, the aim is to heal any holes within the gut and consequently, stop inflammation in the body. The elimination process should last for a few weeks while the gut heals, and then the foods should slowly be reintroduced into the diet. If any inflammation occurs from certain foods, this food should be removed from the persons diet indefinitely.
Foods You CAN Eat on the AIP Diet
• Meat i.e. free range or wild fish, chicken & beef.
• Vegetables i.e. carrots, cauliflower, pumpkin etc.
• Sweet potatoes
• Coconut Milk
• Bone Broth
• Vinegar (balsamic or apple cider)
• Avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil
• Fruit (in small amounts)
Foods to Eliminate on the AIP Diet
• Any grains i.e. Wheat, Oats, Rice, Corn, Barley, Sorghum, Rye or Millet.
• All Dairy: Milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt etc
• Any oils except Avocado oil, Coconut oil or Olive oil
• All sugars
• Legumes i.e. beans and peanuts
• Nightshade vegetables i.e. potatoes, eggplants and tomatoes
The diet is designed to heal your gut and then experiment with what works for your body, however when deciding whether or not this AIP diet is for you, please consult your doctor or a qualified nutritionist for advice.