The Autoimmune Protocol, or AIP for short, is a diet that can be used to reduce the inflammation and pain caused by autoimmune diseases like lupus, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and rheumatoid arthritis. Many people who have followed the AIP diet report improvements in the way they feel, as well as reductions in common symptoms of autoimmune disorders, such as fatigue and gut or joint pain.
The main difference between the two is this: the AIP diet consists of two phases: the elimination phase and the reintroduction phase. The elimination phase is extremely similar to the paleo diet, but somewhat more restrictive, as you can see from these lists of foods to enjoy and those to avoid.
Foods to enjoy on the initial phase of the paleo AIP diet:
Foods to avoid on the initial phase of the paleo AIP diet:
If you choose to try paleo AIP, make sure to avoid nuts, eggs, and nightshade containing vegetables during the initial elimination phase. You can – and should – then reintroduce them in phase two. Phase one usually lasts for 3 weeks to a month but can be prolonged for up to 90 days.
When you’re ready to reintroduce foods, it’s important to do it one by one. Each “trigger” food should be slowly re-introduced, and if it causes no symptoms, you are free to add it back into your diet.