Your body hasn’t changed since the cave man, but your food has certainly changed. Realizing this can help you maintain your health and avoid pain and inflammation.
Most of us have heard of the Paleo Diet, but let’s take this great eating program one step further … research the AIP Diet. This eating program is an extension of the Paleo Diet, a diet based on the types of foods eaten by early humans, consisting mostly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit. and excluding modern dairy, GMO grain products, and processed foods.
Both of these diets can reduce inflammation, fatigue, gut and joint pain. They also help with symptoms caused by autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Real Food VS Processed Food
It comes down to the basics – eating real food is what your body must have to maintain good health. The Paleo and AIP Diets focus on eliminating foods that increase your gut’s permeability, which increases your likelihood of developing leaky gut.
It’s really very simple – you replace modern, manufactured foods filled with preservatives, food colorings, artificial sugars, and unhealthy fats with real food, like back in the olden days.
Your body hasn’t changed since the cave-man days – but our food has changed!
Real foods result in good health because they are nutrient-dense and easily digested. They do not tear up your gut, so ultimately, what you eat reduces inflammation and symptoms of autoimmune disease.
Eating real food also removes certain ingredients from your diet like gluten, which never caused health issues before GMO wheat took over.
The AIP Diet takes the Paleo Diet one step further in reducing inflammation, pain, and other symptoms caused by bad modern-day foods because it removes the problematic ingredients found in processed foods.
The AIP diet:
- first eliminate the foods that create or trigger health symptoms, like inflammation;
- secondly after a few weeks, start reintroducing foods back into your diet, one by one, to determine which foods are causing your health symptoms; reintroducing individual foods back into the diet to identify which foods that don’t trigger your health symptoms.
Initially eliminate these foods:
Remember that this is not a forever elimination – slowly add the whole foods back into your diet, but permanently stop using the manufactured products replete with chemicals additives, such as the chemical diet sweeteners:
- Grains: rice, wheat, oats, barley, rye, etc., as well as pasta, bread, and breakfast cereals;
- Legumes: lentils, beans, peas, peanuts, tofu, tempeh, peanut butter;
- Nightshade vegetables: eggplants, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, tomatillos, and spices derived from the nightshade vegetables, such as paprika;
- Eggs: whole eggs, egg whites, or foods containing eggs;
- Dairy: cow’s, goat’s, and sheep’s milk, cream, cheese, butter, ghee, and dairy-based protein powders;
- Nuts and seeds: all nuts and seeds, and foods derived from them, such as flours, butter, and oils, cocoa, and seed-based spices, such as coriander, cumin, anise, fennel, fenugreek, mustard, and nutmeg;
- Certain beverages: alcohol and coffee;
- Processed vegetable oils: canola, rapeseed, corn, cottonseed, palm kernel, safflower, soybean, or sunflower oils;
- Refined or processed sugars: cane or beet sugar, corn syrup, brown rice syrup, and barley malt syrup, which includes sweets, soda, candy, frozen desserts, and chocolate;
- Food additives and artificial sweeteners: trans fats, food colorings, emulsifiers and thickeners, and all artificial sweeteners, including stevia and the sugar alcohols, such as mannitol, and xylitol.
Many medications can exacerbate inflammation, too.
Foods Safe To Eat:
- Vegetables: a variety of vegetables except for nightshade vegetables or algae;
- Fresh fruit: in moderation;
- Tubers: sweet potatoes, taro, yams, Jerusalem or Chinese artichokes;
- Minimally processed meat: wild game, fish, seafood, organ meat, and poultry;
- Fermented, probiotic-rich foods: kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, and coconut kefir, and probiotic supplements;
- Minimally processed vegetable oils: olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil;
- Herbs and spices: all are fine as long as they’re not derived from seeds or chili peppers;
- Vinegars: balsamic, apple cider, red wine vinegar with no added sugars;
- Natural sweeteners: maple syrup, molasses, and honey in moderation;
- Certain teas: green and black tea, and select herbal teas, like Chaga tea, in moderation;
- Bone broth.
This is simply eating the foods provided by Mother Nature. And don’t forget to detox, too! Detoxing removes toxins which results in weight loss. Download my 10-Steps To Detoxification ebook for free.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
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