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What You Need to Know About the AIP Diet, + 7 Recipes

The AIP Diet (The Autoimmune Protocol) is used to help heal certain inflammatory issues in the digestive system. The term "autoimmune" means that the body begins to attack itself because it cannot tell the difference between itself and a foreign body. There are dozens of autoimmune disorders -- rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, and psoriasis to name a few -- and this diet helps eliminate foods that can aggravate or trigger these disorders. The book, The Loving Diet, goes into much more detail about this diet.

Here's a quick explanation: It is a more buttoned-up version of the Paleo Diet. The difference between the two diets is that in the AIP diet, you also avoid:

  • All nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, potatoes)
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Eggs
  • Alcohol

Foods you can still eat:

  • Meat, fish, shellfish
  • Sea vegetables
  • Leafy green vegetables (spinach, endive, herbs, etc.)
  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc.)
  • Root vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, etc.)
  • Fruit: berries, citrus fruit, apples, cherries, etc.
  • Avocados
  • Olive oil and coconut oil

Sound like a diet you'll try? Here are 7 recipes to get you started:

Baked Sweet Potato Sticks


Photo by House of Aqua

Spicy Rapid Roast Chicken


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Easy Roasted Broccoli


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One-Ingredient Sorbet


Photo by Bren

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About Alli Shircliff

Certified nutritionist, yoga instructor, judge on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Show on The CW, & lover of smoothies, cooking, hiking, pizza & walking. Follow me on Twitter @anopencookbook !