Many may see recipes that have AIP attached to them, yet most do not know what AIP means. That being said, AIP references autoimmune symptoms, where an individual may not be able to eat certain foods, like the rest. Yet, the question lingers, which foods are safe when to comes to living with an autoimmune disorder?
Foods To Avoid
Knowing which foods to avoid that can irritate and cause more distress, is a good place to start. Sadly, grains are one of the leading contributing factors towards activating an autoimmune issue. Although a major additive may take the place of the number one spot: sugar. This even involves any substitutes for sugar expect a low-dose of honey. Since honey is an organic/natural sweetener, this will be the safest bet.
- Nightshade Vegetables (eggplant, peppers, or tomatoes)
- Legumes (most beans & peanuts)
- Most Diary products
- Canola & Vegetable Oils
- All additives
- Beer (alcohol in general)
Foods For AIP:
- Turmeric (adding to various meals, or even Golden Milk Tea)
- Fruits high in Vitamin C
- Coconut Oil, Avacado Oil
- Only organically raised Meat (factory raised is a huge “No”)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Non-seeded herbs (Rosemary, Basil, or Mint)
- All vegetables (except the nightshade family)
- Dairy-free products
One major obstacle that can play a part is knowing what food allergies you possess. If you do have a food allergy this can lead to more problems, or even be hiding further autoimmune issues. Plan on staying away from irritating substances to see a difference, take a two-week span and change your eating habits. Sometimes jumping all in towards an organic, AIP diet can be a huge change. Although, your gut will thank you in the end.
Another added plus is the fact, turmeric has been shown in studies to slightly reverse obstacles that have led to having autoimmune dysfunctions.
Besides switching food groups, exercise is one of the top ten ways to break out of the irritating gut factor. Regular exercise can not only help strengthen muscles/bones but, acts as an inflammatory response.
Also be sure to test to see if you may have Celiac Disease. This is done by having your doctor draw blood and test for Celiac Disease.
Finally, say no to gluten. Gluten can activate the inner lining of the gut to break down and start reacting to food. This may come up as an allergic reaction.