I think you would agree with me when I say:
It is REALLY hard to stick to a diet or meal plan while living life i.e. working, family, activities, etc.
Or is it?
First, what is AIP?
Autoimmune disease is an epidemic in our society, affecting an estimated 50 million Americans. However it doesn't have to be. Two-thirds of autoimmune disease comes from your environment, your diet and your lifestyle. Experts have recognized that certain dietary factors are key contributors to autoimmune disease, place these autoimmune conditions in the same class of diet-and lifestyle-related diseases as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. This means that autoimmune disease is directly linked to our food choices and how we choose to live our life. Just image if you can reverse autoimmune disease simply by changing your eating habits... well you can!
The Autoimmune Protocol is a specialized version of the Paelo diet, with an even greater focus on nutrient density and stricter guidelines for which foods should be eliminated.
How does The Autoimmune Protocol Work?
The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol works by addressing four key areas known to be important contributors to chronic and autoimmune diseases, this diet and lifestyle recommendation specifically target:
- Nutrient density. The immune system (and indeed every system in the body) requires an array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and amino acids to function normally. Micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances are key in the development and progression of autoimmune disease. A nutrient-dense diet further provides the building blocks that the body needs to heal.
- Gut health. Gut symbiosis and leaky gut are key facilitators in the development of autoimmune disease. The food recommended on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol supports the growth of healthy levels and a healthy variety of gut microorganisms.
- Hormone regulation. What we eat, when we eat and how much we eat affect a variety of hormones that interact with the immune system.
- Immune system regulation. Immune regulation is achieved by restoring a healthy diversity and healthy amounts of gut microorganisms, restoring the barrier function of the gut, providing sufficient amounts of the micronutrients required for the immune system to function normally, and regulating the key hormones that in turn regulate the immune system.
As you begin to adopt the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, your choices of food will become focused on consuming the nutrients to support this healing - foods that provide everything your body needs to stop attacking itself, repair damaged tissues and get healthy again.