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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.

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Reintroducing Foods On The AIP- Gluten free oatmeal with baked apples

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.

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Reintroduced Eggs!

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.

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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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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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Why Is Reintroducing Foods On The AIP So Freakin’ Hard?

Why Is Reintroducing Foods On The AIP So Freakin’ Hard?

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Is this what you feel like reintroducing foods on the AIP?

I just ate a pecan. Now, I’m standing in my kitchen, awaiting the results. Did I just feel a twinge in my earlobe? Was that pain in my knee there before I ate the pecan? Is that a hive that just popped up on my finger?

I’m obviously making light of a very real situation for those of us on the AIP. This is pretty much me, every time I try reintroducing foods on the AIP. I feel like I’m always waiting for the first symptom to hit, never believing that I’ll be successful with the reintroduction. For so many of us, the fear of our symptoms returning from an unsuccessful reintroduction is very strong.

But, how do we know if the symptom we’re seeing or feeling is being caused by the reintroduced food? What if we just so happened to be under more stress that day? Or, what if our hormones were fluctuating, and that caused the flare? How can we ever be sure? Truth is, we can’t.

Now, in my experience, if you have an instant reaction, like IBD symptoms, shortness of breath, or a hive outbreak, it’s pretty safe to say it’s an unsuccessful reintroduction. But, if you have a reaction that’s a day or two later of painful joints or a rash, it could be something else. Let’s face it, reintroducing foods on the AIP is hard.

In my last post about fitness on the AIP, I wrote I wouldn’t be reintroducing foods on the AIP until after I saw what the increase in exercise did to my system. Since researching sports nutrition further, I have started to wonder if I’m missing out on some performance enhancing foods that my body may not even have a bad reaction to. I mean, I would love to add some nuts back into my diet. What if I could reintroduce them successfully?

So, that’s what had me in the kitchen, eating a pecan. I am happy to report that I was successful! I have also added cashews to the mix of reintroduced foods. If I had remained afraid, I would never have even tried reintroducing them.

My advice, don’t be afraid. You could be enjoying foods that are actually beneficial to your health. I’m not saying to go out there and eat a gluten-filled pizza or donut! That would just be stupid. Sorry, but that’s how I feel. But, if you’re reintroducing real, healthy foods, I’m all for it. I see far too many people moving to the extreme ends of the spectrum when dealing with reintroducing foods on the AIP. On one side are those who try too many food reintroductions, and ignore symptoms, just because they really want to add a certain food back into their diets. On the other end are those who read every little twinge or hiccup as a reason to consider a food reintroduction as unsuccessful. Are you on one end of this spectrum?

The only way to remedy this problem, and be sure you’re getting a true successful or unsuccessful reading, is by learning to properly reintroduce foods into your diet. The best resource for this is Reintroducing Foods On The Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird. In her book, she gives you all the tools you’ll need. I always refer to it when I reintroduce a new food. I even printed out some pages and laminated them. It’s much easier to pull those out any time I need them. You can get your copy here.

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I refuse to live my life in fear anymore. I’m even thinking of trying to reintroduce tomato sauce soon. If I run into a problem, I can always go back to the elimination phase of AIP any time. But, because I have been so successful on the elimination phase, I am now able to reintroduce many of the foods I had to give up. That just proves the elimination phase of the AIP works. It is not a forever diet. Wish me luck on the tomato sauce reintroduction!

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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