The difference between AIP & Paleo.
You have been loving my posts on the Paleo and AIP approach which is incredible!
Today let’s break down the difference between the two. You have probably already thought to yourself that they are somewhat the same, and you are almost correct.
The AIP approach is a specialised version of the Paleo diet. It goes into an even deeper level and a greater focus on the nutrient-dense foods and the guidelines are somewhat stricter.
But don’t let this scare you. There are certain foods that are allowed in the Paleo diet that the AIP approach eliminates initially because it may have harmful effects on the gut and immune system or cause inflammation in certain people.
- Nightshade vegetables
- Beans and legumes
- Dairy products
- Dried fruit
- All processed foods
- Seed herbs (mustard seeds, coriander seeds, fennel, fenugreek)
- Vegetable oils
- Artificial sweeteners
- Stevia, xylito
Nightshade vegetables are a group of vegetable that can cause issues and inflammation in some people and includes tomatoes, white potato, capsicum, eggplant, chilli.
The goal overall is the fill the body with nutrient-dense foods while avoiding foods that may contribute to inflammation. It’s giving your body a break a chance to heal.
Some conditions may benefit from AIP are
- Hashimoto’s Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Coeliac Disease
- Adrenal fatigue
- Recurrent viral infections or low immunity
- Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Lupus (SLE)
AIP is more of an elimination diet which means that in at some stage the “no” foods can be re-introduced. I know you might be overwhelmed as you read this.
But one thing I do know is getting your head around it all is so worth it. If you are suffering from inflammation, not feeling your best or if you have an autoimmune diseases and you haven’t given AIP a go then I highly recommend. I have some exciting things in the works and I can support you on this journey as someone who has been through the wringer.
You won’t have to do it alone.
Start now, better health later.