I have been considering the AIP Paleo protocol for a while now, probably well over a year. There is a lot of research, blogs, and books out there it can be overwhelming. In fact, it is overwhelming. I have bought multiple books and have started to read some but never finished. For whatever reason and multiple excuses including feeling ill, I have put it off.
Recently, I have been sick with a stomach bug or new type of Crohn’s flare and the GI isn’t sure yet. (The good news is I am on the mend now!) But this has sparked me to revisit the AIP again and “give it a go” for my best chance at healing. (I am currently on a restrictive diet that is gluten free, dairy free, and low fiber- under the supervision of my holistic doctor.) With that being said, I still eat some processed foods – such as gluten-free and dairy-free pretzels and graham crackers, which give me gas so I know I am not digesting them well. Also, these foods are not nutrient dense. I also eat mashed potatoes occasionally which do not give me problems. Tired of repeated sickness, I want to heal and my best chance is with AIP and my current medications and holistic treatments. (Staying healthy with an autoimmune disease is like a full time job that can be exhausting!)
Again, feeling overwhelmed by all the literature that exists; I didn’t know where to begin. Then I came across the book: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird. I read this book in a day! It breaks down the AIP into it’s simplest form and outlines the do’s and don’ts for you. The book also takes a holistic approach covering stress and sleep- two important factors for the protocol! Eileen provides many different strategies on lifestyle management as well.
My favorite things about this book include:
- The book is small enough to fit into my purse to take to the grocery store with me!
- Eileen clearly outlines the AIP protocol so that this book is an easy to use guide! She leaves the detailed science to Sarah Ballantine, PhD in her book: The Paleo Approach. (This is where I started because I want to know the science supporting this- but its a lot of information to digest at one time- but this is the book I am going to revisit again next to further understand the protocol. Very valuable information in The Paleo Approach as well! )
- I love how she reiterates that the strictest part of the AIP is only temporary. She clearly defines the re-introductory phase and that patience is required! For myself, I need this clearly written out like it is in this book, to reference again and again! I struggle with patience especially when it comes to foods!
I cannot stress how much this book is a valuable resource for the AIP! And its only 10 dollars and fits right in your purse!
Thanks for reading! 🙂
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