The AIP diet or the Autoimmune Paleo diet is an elimination and reintroduction protocol designed to reduce inflammation, support the body’s detoxification pathways, and heal leaky gut with the purpose of reversing symptoms caused by autoimmune disease.
The 12-week AIP PROGRAMME is designed with fortnightly meetings that allows us to work closely together for the best results.
You will receive a personalised nutrition protocol with diet recommendations and supplementation that work together to achieve your healing process.
As well as nutrition, we will look at the way you handle the stress, lifestyle, sleep and much more.
The 12-wee AIP Programme ensures you get the information and inspiration that you need.
I offer 20-Minute Free Discovery Call to discuss your health concerns, to see if we’re a good fit to work together.
√ One to one Fortnightly Consultations with your nutritionist, an autoimmune expert
• 1 x 90-minute Initial Consultation
• 2 x 60 minutes Follow-up Consultations
• 3 x 30-minute Check in Calls between consultations to help you to stay on track
√ Full health and lifestyle Assessment to help identify possible triggers and to discover imbalances that need support
√ Gut & Immune healing protocol tailored to your personalised needs.
√ Lifestyle Plan to help support your healing process, build healthy habits, better sleep and stress management techniques
√ Accountability and Coaching, between consultations to help you meet your health goals
√ Goal & Progress Tracking each month to help motivated you and set new goals
√ Clinical Tests Recommendations: direct contact with your GP or private laboratories, plus interpretation of tests
√ Supplement Plan. Plus 15 % life time discount on all supplements
√ AIP Recipes, Helpful Hints & Tips to help keep you on track
√ AIP Resources & Handouts to help you continue on your journey once the programme has finished
The 12-week AIP programme is designed to teach you all about AIP protocol. You will be provided with handouts and AIP resources to help you continue on your journey once the programme has finished.
However, if you feel you need an extra support from your nutritionist, you are welcome to continue the programme, until you feel you accomplished all your health goals.
The AIP diet or the Autoimmune Paleo diet is an elimination and reintroduction protocol designed to reduce inflammation and heal leaky gut with the purpose of reversing symptoms caused by autoimmune disease.
There’s an eating plan to stick to, which involves two phases: an elimination phase, followed by a reintroduction phase.
The list of food to exclude on an elimination phase seems extensive, however, you need to eliminate any and all possible triggers foods. All the foods on the list have the potential to irritate the digestive system, damage the gut, and, when leaky gut is present, even seep through the intestinal wall and trigger inflammation.
Gut health. The AIP diet, focuses on healing the gut by eliminating foods that cause inflammation to reduce symptoms in those with an autoimmune disease. It is also used to find out which foods are aggravating their symptoms, causing inflammation and essentially making their autoimmune disease worse.
Blood sugar balance. The AIP diet, focus on the blood sugar balance as imbalance can lead to systemic inflammation, hormone imbalances and immune flare ups.
Nutrient density. Micronutrient deficiencies are common in autoimmunity, therefore the AIP diet focus on including nutrient-dense foods to help your body to heal and support immune function.
Going immediately from a standard diet to an AIP can be overwhelming for many people, which is why I generally suggest starting with slow-and-steady transition or try 30 days with the standard Paleo approach if you haven’t done yet.
Some prefer to go straight into the AIP, so all you need is to choose the most suitable and realistic approach.
You don’t have to follow the AIP diet forever! How long you choose to stay on the AIP is 100% up to you and should depend on how you feel following the diet. A strict elimination period of at least thirty to ninety days is recommended. However, many people stay on the protocol for months until they start seeing the resolution of their autoimmune symptoms.
If it’s been the max amount of time around 3-months on the elimination phase and you still aren’t feeling relief, it’s definitely time to get more help. You can find a Functional Practitioner, or Naturopath, or Nutritional Therapist to help dig deeper into your condition.
Quality meats: beef, bison, chicken, lamb, turkey, pork, and wild game.
Organ meats and offal: bone broth, liver, kidneys, tongue and heart.
Fish and shellfish
Healthy fats: fatty wild fish, grass-fed animal fat, cold-pressed coconut oil, avocado oil, avocado, olives.
All vegetables (excluding nightshades)
Fermented food and drinks: kombucha, water kefir, coconut milk kefir, coconut yogurt (additive-free), sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled ginger, fermented vegetables.
Noodles: cassava noodles, shirataki yam noodles (sold in Asian grocery shops)
Grain-free baking flours: coconut, cassava, tapioca, tigernut.
Herbs and spices: basil, cilantro, cinnamon, clove, coriander leaves, garlic, ginger, horseradish, lemongrass, mace, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, saffron, salt, thyme, turmeric.
Vinegars: apple cider vinegar, balsamic, coconut, red wine, sherry, plum, white wine.
Others: herbal teas, rooibos tea.
In moderation: fructose (in fruit and starchy vegetables), pomegranate molasses.
Very occasionally: maple syrup, maple sugar, honey, dried fruit, dates and date sugar, molasses.
Alcohol and coffee
Grains: barley, bulgur, corn, couscous, kamut, millet oats, rice, rye, spelt, wheat.
Pseudograins: amaranth, buckwheat, chia, quinoa.
Dairy: butter, cheese, creams, yogurt (coconut yogurt is acceptable), cow milk, goat milk, sheep milk, mayonnaise, margarine, whey.
Nuts and seeds
Beans, legumes, and peanuts
Nightshade vegetables: eggplant, all peppers, tomatoes, goji berries, potatoes (sweet potatoes and yams are fine).
Nightshade spices: cayenne, chilli powder, paprika, red pepper, curry.
Seed and berry-based spices: anise, annatto, caraway, cardamon, celery seeds, coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, sesame, mustard, nutmeg, poppy seed, allspice, star anise, peppercorns, whole vanilla bean.
Poor quality seed and vegetable oils
Processed sugar (honey and maple syrup are fine)
Sugars and artificial sweeteners: agave, corn syrup, high fructose syrup, aspartame, neotame, sucralose, etc.
Food additives, gums and thickeners like guar gum, carrageenan, xanthan gum, cellulose gum, soy lecithin.
Everyone is unique and if you’re working with a practitioner who recommends otherwise (and you agree), or are feeling like you’re not quite feeling the best yet, you can hold off a little longer. But do not exceed 3 months. In my practice, I tend to recommend 4 to 12 weeks or no more than 6-weeks especially if it is a source of stress. Like I mentioned before, there could be another reason why your body is not getting better, you are still experiencing flare ups so after 3 months on the AIP diet you should start focusing more deeper and perhaps some testing is needed.
Your stress level, genetics, sleep quality, exercise, nutrient intake and underlying health issues will affect your reaction to foods.
However, if you feel that your symptoms improved and you are happy where you are you can start the introduction phase.
When you’re trying to gauge your reaction to foods, adding them all back in at once is the opposite of what you want to do. You want to go slowly, and mindfully to avoid overloading your body, and to allow yourself the time to see a reaction.
NOTE: If you have a reaction to a food you introduced, you must wait until those symptoms are completely gone before moving on to the next food introduction.
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