The Truth About The AIP Diet

If you’re like me you’ve tried hundreds of diets not to lose weight but to get your health under control.  It wasn’t until I got introduced to the AIP Diet (Autoimmune Protocol) that I noticed how much this helped me.  I’ve been Gluten Free for over 7 years and Dairy Free for over 25 years.

What Exactly Is The AIP Diet

The AIP Diet is a diet meant to heal the gut and immune system for those suffering with AutoImmune Diseases!  The biggest goal of doing the autoimmune protocol is to heal inflammation in the intestines.

How The AIP Diet Is Different From A Gluten Free Diet

The AIP diet is much stricter than the Gluten Free diet.  Of course the most obvious reason is because you are off so much more than just gluten.


The Autoimmune Protocol is a diet that helps heal the immune system and gut.

We have a problem in this country with how we eat, treat disease and heal disease. I’ve always taught people that food is truly our best medicine and that’s also what this diet teaches you.  AIP addresses inflammation in the gut that causes Autoimmune Disease. Autoimmune disease is a condition where the body cannot tell the difference between healthy tissue and foreign invaders and a hypersensitive reaction occurs. The body starts self-tissue attack. For months or perhaps years, this self-tissue attack can occur silently until full blown autoimmune disease develops. There are more than 80 types of “official” autoimmune disorders (and MANY more being discovered daily) but all autoimmune disease have in common is tissue self-attacking in places like the thyroid gland, brain tissue, intestines, or salivary glands, to name just a few. Some autoimmune disorders include:  Celiac, Lupus, Crohn’s, etc.


  • Nuts (including nut oils like walnut and sesame seed oils)
  • Seeds (including flax, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and culinary herb seeds like cumin and coriander)
  • Beans/Legumes (this includes all beans like kidney, pinto, black as well as Soy in all its forms)
  • Raw Vegan
  • Grains (Corn, Wheat, Millet, Buckwheat, Rice, Sorghum, Amaranth, Rye, Spelt, Teff, Kamut, Oats etc)
  • Alternative sweeteners like xylitol, stevia, mannitol (all very unhealthy)
  • Dried fruits and/or over-consumption of fructose (I recommend up to 2 pieces of fruit a day)
  • Soy Products
  • Dairy Products
  • All Processed Foods
  • Alcohol
  • *Chocolate (cacao is allowed)
  • Eggs
  • Gums  (guar gum, Tara gum, Gellan gum, Gum Arabic) Xanthum Gum I’m still not sure about!
  • Carrageenan 
  • Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, paprika, mustard seeds, all chili’s including spices)
  • No vegetable oils (NOTE: olive oil, lard, palm oil, cultured grass fed ghee and coconut oils are permitted)
  • Culinary herbs from seeds (mustard, cumin, coriander, fennel, cardamom, fenugreek, caraway, nutmeg, dill seed)


  • Vegetables (except nightshades)
  • Fruits (limit to 15-20 grams fructose/day)
  • Coconut products including coconut oil, manna, creamed coconut, coconut aminos, canned coconut milk (with no additives like guar gum and carrageenan or bpa lined cans) shredded coconut (this list does not include coconut sugar and nectar)
  • Fats: olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, bacon fat, cultured ghee (certified to be free of casein and lactose) I would always recommend coconut oil when possible and olive oil.
  • Fermented Foods (coconut yogurt, kombucha, water and coconut kefir, fermented vegetables) I love making fermented foods so if you need help definitely get in touch!
  • Non-dairy cheese (coconut based)
  • Bone Broth (this is very easy to make)
  • Grass Fed Meats, Poultry and Seafood
  • Non-Seed Herbal Teas
  • Green Tea
  • Vinegars: Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut vinegar (Bragg’s makes a great one)
  • Sweeteners:  molasses, honey and maple syrup (1 tsp/day)
  • Herbs: all fresh and non-seed herbs are allowed (basil tarragon, thyme, mint, oregano, rosemary, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, savory, edible flowers) I love using essential oils for most of these options as they have an amazing shelf life and more potency!


Some of this has been taken off of the official AIP website!

For more information about using the AIP Diet feel free to msg me for a free discovery call (contact details are below) to see if this could work for you or book one of my monthly sessions where we go through the basics and cleaning out your entire fridge and pantry to allow for AIP approved foods!

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