Have you started reintroducing foods on the AIP? If you have, are you finding it easy, or hard?
Most people I talk to find reintroducing foods on the AIP to be the hardest part of the protocol. Sometimes, it’s pretty easy to tell if a food is not going to work out for you. You’ll break out in hives, a rash, brain fog or joint pain. But, you’ll always have those foods that make things a little more difficult to tell.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of food reintroductions lately. And, some of those foods don’t even fall under the paleo umbrella. Now, before you go calling the paleo police on me, I should tell you those foods were still considered healthy, real foods. I believe these foods are essential to my fitness goals; so, I’ve reintroduced them. Those foods are gluten free oatmeal, rice noodles, and pure whey protein.
When deciding which foods to reintroduce on the AIP, you should always consider your health goals. Some of you may want to consider your mental health goals as well. If it would do your mind good to reintroduce some real, dark chocolate, then that would fit into your health goals. Don’t concern yourself too much with eating strict paleo. The main focus of paleo is to eat real, minimally processed foods that nourish your body. That’s why you’ll often see the leaders in the paleo community chowing down on dairy products or homemade gluten free treats. There’s a reason why they made up the 80/20, 90/10, or 95/5 rules.
Now, if you haven’t tried reintroducing foods on the AIP, I am going to suggest you get Eileen Laird’s ebook Reintroducing Foods On The Autoimmune Protocol. When I first started doing food reintroductions, I seriously did it all wrong. I ended up damaging my immune system and sending it right back into high gear. After finding, and reading Eileen’s ebook, I was able to do my reintroductions correctly, and without destroying all of the healing I had gained. There is definitely a right and wrong way to do things.
And, don’t expect to be successful with every food reintroduction. So far, I have been unsuccessful with hemp protein, hemp seeds, raw tomatoes, potatoes, soy and black pepper. I’m sure I’ll be adding more foods to that list as I try more reintroductions. There may be some foods I’ll never be able to add to my diet. Prepare yourself for that reality.
The main things to keep in mind when reintroducing foods on the AIP, is to take your time, learn to do it properly, and focus on your health goals. If you do those three things, you will find the process more enjoyable.
As always, I wish you good health……..and, good food!
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