How I Really Feel About AIP Paleo Treats

Okay, so you know I believe in telling it like it is. If you don’t know this, then you’re gonna find that out real soon. In the spirit of total transparency, I should tell you I’m writing this the day before I bake Bre’anna’s AIP Strawberry Layer Cake from her cookbook, He Won’t Know It’s Paleo. But, I should also tell you, it’s for my birthday, the next day.

How I Really Feel About AIP Paleo Treats by Tara Perillo
How I Really Feel About AIP Paleo Treats

So, here goes, I’m not a big fan of AIP paleo treats. And, here’s why…………

I think, too often, AIP paleo treats are abused. One person’s idea of moderation is another’s downfall. I mean, what is moderation anyway? I hear this word being thrown around by some of the unhealthiest eaters I’ve ever met. I think to myself, and sometimes aloud, “That’s not moderation.” One cookie or treat a day is not moderation to me. In my brain, treats are meant for special occasions, hormonal struggle days, or perhaps, to celebrate something. It’s this screwed up version of moderation that gets us into trouble. Eventually, it becomes an excuse, more than anything else.

Apricot Date Balls by Paleo Cajun Lady
Coconut Apricot Date Balls

Another thing that bothers me about AIP paleo treats is that some people should not be eating the sugar in them. Whether its natural sugar in honey or maple syrup, or date sugar, coconut sugar, or whatever, it’s still sugar. If you’re eating large amounts of sugar every day, you’re going to have problems. Sugar feeds many diseases, like cancer and candida. It can cause damage to your organs, especially if you suffer from diabetes or hypoglycemia. No matter what you suffer with, large amounts of sugar are not good for you.

My third thing about AIP paleo treats I don’t like, I freakin’ HATE making gelatin eggs. Hate it! I mean seriously, who came up with this torture?! Do those things really come out right for y’all? Is it just me? Seriously.

Carrot Cake Macaroons from The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook
Carrot Cake Macaroons|The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook

Now, all that being said, it is absolutely necessary for an AIP paleo blogger to create and post treat recipes. That’s right, I said it; and I’ll tell you why. I post at least one recipe a week on this blog and on social media. I hardly ever post one of my own AIP paleo treat recipes. When I do, I get five to ten times more views, likes and comments. I can post the most delicious chicken recipe in the world; but, it will not get as much attention as a carob covered thingamadoodle. In order to stay relevant, we have to give people what they want. And, they want AIP paleo treats!

Apparently, there are a lot of you out there who feel the way I do about AIP paleo treats. We all have our own reasons. Some of you are on low-FODMAP or have specific food allergies, and so on. I’m reaching out to you right now. Just because I believe in the once-in-a-great-while AIP paleo treat, I would never judge or condemn an AIP paleo blogger who is creating treat recipes. It is not their, or my, responsibility to cover everyone’s specific dietary needs within the AIP. Everybody needs to take ownership of their own healing journey ( I stole that from the ever eloquent Angie Alt). If ingredients in an AIP paleo blogger’s treat don’t work for you, guess what….don’t make it. And, there is absolutely no need to chastise them for trying to help others in the AIP community. That’s just rude.

There are many people who would not be able to sustain the AIP elimination phase, without the addition of treats. Think of what we’ve accomplished so far. We have completely changed the foods we eat. Many of us have gone from picking up fast food, to batch cooking our meals every week. We have overcome the odds to heal ourselves. By creating AIP paleo treat recipes, we are often helping those who could not stay on the AIP without them. It is then up to them to control how often they consume them. I mean, come on, we’re all adults here.

Avocado Carob Date Bars by Grazed and Enthused
Avocado Carob Date Bars by Grazed and Enthused

Well, I’ve got to get to the kitchen. I want to get all my ingredients ready to make my AIP Strawberry Layer Cake tomorrow. Just so you know, I could have chosen to make myself a paleo cake, with actual eggs; but, instead, I chose to stand in solidarity with my AIP paleo blogger community. They work really hard to create these wonderful and delicious AIP paleo treat recipes for us all to enjoy (once in awhile..wink, wink). So, I will cope with my hatred of making gelatin eggs (I have to make 2 of them, ugh!), and make Bre’anna’s lovely cake for my birthday. And, you bet darn well, I’m going to enjoy it!

So, let’s stay positive folks, when dealing with each other. We may all have different healing journeys; but, we’re all working for the same result….better, healthier lives. We are a loving, supportive community. Let’s always act that way. Smooches!

As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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3 Replies to “How I Really Feel About AIP Paleo Treats”

    1. LOL Sophie! I don’t know what it is with the gelatin eggs! I just can’t stand to make them. Sometimes, they come out perfectly. Other times, I have this gelled mess on my hands. I guess I don’t like the inconsistency of making them. I’m just weird like that.

  1. Hi Tara,
    I really enjoyed your post. For myself, I’m always happy that there are so many options to choose from. In the beginning of my AIP journey I did avail myself, possibly too often, of the treat option. But, like you have said, sugar is sugar and I soon found that the longer and more experienced that I became with AIP the less I wanted to make or eat those treats. On birthdays or if we’re having guests for dinner I will bake an AIP dessert that won’t derail me or cause a flare if I have a piece. Most often, though, I make “icecream” consisting of frozen fruit, and coconut milk in my high speed blender — simple and healthy and enjoyed by all.

    I am a great fan of your meal recipes and serve them often.

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