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What is our Auto Immune Protocol Diet Menu? We call it AIP for short. The AIP diet follows strict guidelines for people who may have allergies to a variety of foods. We've put together a menu of items that help people who may be struggling with inflammation and sensitivity to those foods. Instead of merely eliminating foods from your diet, our AIP diet suggestions encourage you to eat more of items that are better for your immune system. If you find that your current diet isn't addressing all of your health concerns, adding our new AIP items might be a good place to start.
It begins in the gut. A healthy gut equals a healthy immune system, so the AIP approach works with gut friendly foods, stimulating digestive enzymes, using lacto-fermented foods and eliminating nightshades.
Sarah Ballantyne is a great resource for all of your AIP questions. She is a renowned author, medical researcher and founder of www.ThePaleoMom.com Her website is full of information for anyone wishing to research this topic more in depth.
According to Sarah Ballantyne, if you have an autoimmune condition, you should completely avoid:
Note: *Peppercorns*, meaning Black, White and Pink Pepper Corns that are normally served tableside are actually *not* nightshades but berries from an entirely different family and are okay to eat on an AIP diet.
- Eggs (especially the whites)
- Seeds (including cocoa, coffee and seed-based spices)
- Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, sweet and hot peppers, cayenne, red pepper, tomatillos, ashwagandha, pimentos, goji berries etc. and spices derived from peppers, including paprika)
- Potential Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods
- Fructose consumption in excess of 20g per day
- NSAIDS (like aspirin or ibuprofen)
- Non-nutritive sweeteners (yes, all of them, even stevia)
- Emulsifiers, thickeners, and other food additives
- Increase intake of oily cold-water fish and seafood, which are great for breakfast.
Trout, Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, Herring, Kipper, Anchovies, Tuna, Carp.
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EASY TO MAKE PALEO FERMENTED FOODSHealthy Gut = Healthy Immune System
Fermentation & Lacto-Fermentation = probiotics which are important for healthy digestive function.
It's important to note the difference between 'fermented' and 'pickled'. Pickled foods are basically just foods that have had a vinegar solution added to them but contain few, if any of the benefits of live-cultured 'fermented' foods.
A helpful resource for culture starter kits can be found here: www.cocokefir.com and here: www.caldwellbiofermentation.com
Benefits of Fermented Foods Include:
- Lacto-Fermented Salsa - Tomatoes, Chilies, Oregano, Cumin, Garlic, Onions, Salt.
- Sour 'Pickles
- Kimchi - Korean Cabbage & Radishes. Great as a side dish or with Korean Kalbi, which is a marinated pork rib dish.
- Beet Kvass - Used as a digestive tonic
- Sauerruben - Lacto-Fermented Turnips
- Vegetable Medley - Apples, Cauliflower, Carrots, Green Onion, Fresh Ginger, Salt
- Coconut Yogurt and Kefir -
- Carrots, Jicama, Daikon Radish
- Improves overall Digestive Health and promotes healing.
- Improves Immunity
- Helps prevent colds and flu
- Helps Chelate the body and eliminate toxins
- Aids in Vitamin and Mineral Absorption
- Helps Normalize Weight
- Provides body with K2, which helps prevent heart disease