Derived from the paleo diet, the AIP diet is an elimination diet that helps the dieter isolate the foods that trigger a sensitive reaction. In some cases, food allergies and sensitivities have been thought to lead to leaky gut syndrome, so some people have found the AIP diet to be particularly helpful long-term in allowing the gut to build up good bacteria and to heal. Having a healthy gut and a strong autoimmune system is particularly urgent during the C0VID-19 outbreak, when older people and those individuals with a history of asthma, inflammatory disorders, or autoimmune disorders are particularly vulnerable So read on to find some basic guidelines for trying AIP, and get healthy now!
Getting started on the AIP Diet
Like the paleo diet, the AIP diet calls for fresh or freshly cooked vegetables, healthy fats from vegetables and animal proteins and high-quality meats (such as turkey, chicken, beef, lamb), as well as fish that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. The AIP diet features leafy greens and cruciferous plants, and allows dairy-free, naturally fermented foods in the form of kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles. Bone broth and liver are also healthy choices for the AIP diet due to their anti-inflammatory qualities. Some common anti-inflammatory herbs and spices which you can eat when you follow the AIP diet include cinnamon, garlic, tumeric, ginger, and black pepper.
No legumes, nuts, seeds, grains, dairy, processed foods, or added sugars
On the other hand, the diet restricts grains and legumes, including peanuts. Dairy is prohibited, as well as nuts, seeds, industrial seed oils, eggs, and nightshades (think eggplant, potatoes, bell peppers, paprika, and tomatoes). The diet also restricts processed foods, added sugars or sweeteners, and blue-green algae. Depending upon the AIP source you consult, natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup are also restricted.
No alcohol, coffee, or chocolate
The AIP diet differs from the paleo diet in that it does not allow anything derived from seeds, including coffee and cocoa. Alcohol is also restricted; however, some interpreters of the protocol may allow for limited amounts of certain types of alcohol that have been naturally processed.
Final words of encouragement
If you have inflammation or a sensitive stomach, this may be just the time to explore the AIP diet. Its healthy, anti-inflammatory diet will get you feeling better, you'll find out what foods trigger sensitivity and inflammation, and you'll boost your immune system. Plus, there are lots of interesting foods and recipes to try that you may not have thought of -- so you may find that you enjoy exploring different recipes while you're spending time inside.
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