Pros and Cons of Eating AIP

There are so many options offered today when you are trying to regain your health by stopping inflammation from a specific disease. Where do you look for reliable information and which option do you choose?

In my personal experience, after having tried several different diets, I decided to finally give AIP a shot! I was at my lowest state of health, having nothing else to lose. My quality of life was gone and according to professionals, my next destination was a wheelchair. I had been suffering for over 35 years and I was getting worse as time went by.

After a few days only, I noticed remarkable improvements and my inflammation was slowly going down. I stayed on AIP for more than 19 months, which is unusual, but happens when you’ve suffered so many years such as I have.

If you do not know what eating AIP is about, here is a brief definition: The Autoimmune Protocol, abbreviated AIP, is a specialized version of the Paleo diet, with a greater focus on nutrient density and stricter guidelines concerning which foods are to be eliminated.

Although some people call this a fad diet, it’s not. There is scientific proof behind eating AIP. I consider this to be the 1st reason to start thinking about eating this way, especially if you are suffering from an auto-immune disease or have chronic pain. Eating this way gives you greater chance of reversing your disease! Suffering from 2 auto-immune diseases myself, I have experienced this firsthand.

The 2nd pro reason is that you get a lot of health benefits from eating this way. Why you ask? It is because by eating foods that are nutrient dense, which provide you with an array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and amino acids, you are helping your body to operate at its best.

The last reason for which I recommend eating AIP is simply because it regulates your gut. It is a known fact that leaky gut and gut dysbiosis are key factors in developing auto-immune disease. Eating AIP supports your gut health. It also aids in the regulation of your immune system, hormone systems, detoxification systems and neurotransmitter production.

There are some cons that have been addressed to me in the past. Clients have argued that they have to cook different meals because other family members do not want to eat AIP. I usually answer that you can, with minimal efforts, have complementary dishes for the rest of the family in order to complete the menu and satisfy everyone.

Some argue that it requires a lot of preparation and organization. This could surely be a con reason. It might be challenging at first if you are not familiar with planning meals ahead. It will also require that you learn to cook. Obviously, this is harder to learn if you are the kind of person who usually stops at the drive-thru for a quick dinner pick up! Yet, it is possible to acquire a love for cooking, especially when you start noticing a gain in vitality and your pain diminishes.

For myself, I discovered that doing it on my own was a big disadvantage. It was hard not having anyone to help with my initial struggles. I had to go through my own trouble-shooting during the introduction phase. Most people can do AIP successfully, but usually, when you start reintroducing foods, help and guidance will be needed.

The argument that I get most often is that it’s expensive. While this might be true, depending on your economic situation, I believe that it is a coach’s responsibility to teach clients on the many benefits of eating healthy. Choices we make are not always about financial benefits. In addition, I think that it is possible to eat AIP, even if you cannot do it a 100% of the time, as recommended in the protocol. Eating 70% right is better than doing nothing to enhance your health!

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Recipes

LEMON GINGER CHICKEN WINGS (AIP, PALEO, GAPS, SCD)

Makes 2 large salads. * Gluten free if using gluten-free spices and mustard.

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. chicken wings

  • ⅓ cup maple syrup (or honey)

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger

  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion (or onion powder)

  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)

  • ⅓ cup coconut aminos

  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Make sure wings have been trimmed of wing tips and cut at the joint.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together maple syrup, lemon juice, ginger, onion powder, garlic powder, coconut aminos and sea salt.

  3. Add olive oil to mixture in a thin stream while whisking to incorporate.

  4. Divide wings into two gallon sized zip-top bags.

  5. Pour the marinade evenly between the two bags and seal, removing all air.

  6. Marinate the wings overnight.

  7. Preheat oven to 250F. Prepare two rimmed cookie sheets by lining with tin foil for easy cleanup. Place stainless steel cooling racks inside the rimmed sheets.

  8. Remove wings from the marinade and place on the racks.

  9. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes.

  10. Increase the oven temperature to 400F. Bake for another 40-50 minutes, checking to be sure they don't burn.


About the writer:

I hope this article has helped you in identifying some pros and cons about eating AIP. My name is Anne from Bien-être integral where you can find me writing in French and coaching. I am a certified Paleo AIP coach and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I am also available for coaching in English.