​ A Simple Guide To The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird

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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!

At the start I found myself constantly referring back to the book until I got the foods committed to memory. I’m glad I had this handy resource to turn to at the start. It’s small and light so it’s easy to carry around too. For anyone suffering from an autoimmune disorder, don’t be at the mercy of your diagnosis and doctor’s medication alone. Nutrition and dietary changes can also be a powerful complementary tool to ease your pain and even put the disease into remission. The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol is a great place to start!
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6 thoughts on “​ A Simple Guide To The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird

    1. I was on the Humira medication (following post) so that reduced my symptoms significantly. So it’s hard to tell if it’s working for now. I’ve also stopped that jab and it’s been 2 weeks. Can feel some pain in my right foot coming back. It’s day 47 of the elimination phase of the AIP, will have to come back to ya on that question! Many people swear that the diet works for reducing symptoms tho!

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