Food as Medicine Part 3 – How do I get started on AIP?

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By Jana Mendoza (Human Resources)

You can click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2

Food as Medicine  – Part 3

So you read my other posts about using food to heal your gut and reverse autoimmune symptoms and you’re intrigued; Great! But you need more info to get started. Let me give you some great resources that have helped me and should help guide you through your journey.

First, there are a lot of great authors and researchers who have put plans together and have great blogs out there. Their sites are full of recipes, great articles that spell out what you can and can’t have and recommendations for other ways you can support your healing process. The following ones are my favorites and they have all the info you would need to get started.

He Won’t Know It’s Paleo – Breanna Emmitt
Manages the symptoms of Celiac and Hashimotos with AIP. Has a recipe book and site that features tasty and relatively easy AIP recipes. And they’re so good that her hubby didn’t know he was eating a different diet for 6 months after she started cooking that way.
The Paleo Mom – Sarah Ballantyne
An MD and researcher, Sarah has written the bible on AIP. She is also symptom free from Lichen planus. She has a whole book, The Paleo Approach on the science behind AIP, so if you like to know the why, then her book would be for you.
Autoimmune Paleo – Mickey Trescott
Has Celiac and Hashimoto’s and overcame the symptoms with the AIP diet. Has a cookbook called The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook.
Phoenix Helix – Eileen Laird
Eileen has Rheumatoid Arthritis and now lives pain free from following AIP. Her blog is a mix of science, recipes and testimony.

So there is a lot to learn with AIP, but ultimately there is a lot of cooking that will need to happen. You or a your loved one will be making all your meals from scratch. So brush up on cooking skills and get ready. The above sites have great recipes on them but there are tons more resources out there, so get on Pinterest, fire up google and start collecting.

The other great resource and support out there is Facebook Groups. There are many AIP groups out there where you can get info, ask questions, post recipes and get support from a group of people that know what you’re going through and are committed to the same journey. As with any Facebook group there’s great people and of course the “2%”, but in general I’ve found the people to be supportive, warm and kind. Here are some good ones:

AIP Support
AIP Reintroductions
Autoimmune Paleo recipes
Rheumatoid Arthritis Managed Naturally

I know this feels overwhelming and even impossible, but the truth is this is doable, there are thousands and thousands of people just like you and me that are figuring out how to make it work in the middle of busy lives, are realizing that they can still enjoy food and flavor, and are choosing to put themselves and their health first. This is not the end of the world friend, this is just the beginning of hopefully a healthier and happier world. Just take it one step and one meal at a time.

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