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AIP – 30 Day Reset Phase – Allowed and Banned Foods

Before adopting the AIP diet for your autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s, Graves, Lupus, Celiac or others), you may wonder what this diet can do for you and your symptoms. In this article I’m going to explain the role of the diet and the allowed foods list in the simplest words and by real examples.

Ruxandra Cuna

First things first, what is the AIP diet?

The Autoimmune Paleo diet starts from the idea that most autoimmune diseases are caused by a leaky gut syndrome. In simple words, this can be explained as below.

By triggers like eating unhealthy foods, by stress and excesses, our gut is attacked by inflammations that create small holes in the membrane of the intestine and get toxins spread out into our immune system. This way, our immune system reacts to these toxins and starts attacking organs in our body, like in the examples below:

  • it attacks thyroid in Hashimoto’s or Graves Disease
  • it attacks small intestine in Celiac disease
  • it attacks the immune system itself by Lupus

So the purpose of the AIP diet is to heal the inflammations, or holes in the gut and make it recover, to prevent these inflammations from leaking toxins into our immune system. But for this gut healing process to take place, the gut needs an initial recovery period, which is the 30 days (or even more) Reset Period, during which the AIP diet only allows anti-inflammatory foods. These specific foods are meant to heal the membrane of the gut and stop the autoimmune symptoms.

While it has ben proven that the AIP diet helps in most autoimmune conditions, there is also a slight possibility that it may not work in some cases, most likely because there are also other measures to take for healing autoimmune. These are a change of lifestyle with more rest, less stress and a gradual elimination of the triggers causing autoimmunity in general. But it’s definitely Worth trying, just considering that it’s such a healthy choice it can’t actually do harm to the body.


The AIP diet has two main phases:
  1. The 30 day Reset Phase-extended until up to 90 days if needed, or until symptoms improve considerably and antibody blood tests also back up the efficiency.
  2. The Re-introductions Phase – which follows right after the Reset Period and involves the gradual and careful re-introduction of the foods that have been banned in the 30-90 day Reset Phase.

Now let’s take the 1st phase separately, the Reset Phase, and see what we’re allowed to eat 🙂


The 30 days Reset Phase – Allowed and Banned Foods List

Like mentioned above, the 30 day Reset Phase may be extended to up to 90 days if the symptoms of your disease are not yet improved considerably, or if your antibody blood tests are not modified for the best.

I’ve been quite strict on my 30 days Reset Phase, making it 45 days Reset in my case, as I wanted to make sure I offer my gut enough time to heal by eating all organic and anti-inflammatory foods.

Here’s what you’re allowed to eat in the Reset Phase:

Meat (Grass fed or Organic)

PorkLamb
ChickenGoat
Offal (liver, heart, tongue, kidney)Duck
BeefGoose
RabbitFish-Seafood (moderate for Hyper)

Vegetables (Excluding Beans + Peas + Nightshades: tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, potatoes)

Sweet potatoSpinachBrussel SproutKale
BeetsBroccoliButternut SquashMushrooms
RadishRed OnionLettuceCarrots
ParsleyPumpkinSquashAvocado
Celery + rootParsnipOkraBok Choy
CauliflowerCabbageZucchiniLeeks
Acorn SquashCucumberSquashJicama
ArtichokeFennelTurnipsEndive
AsparagusGreen onionCassava

Healthy fats

Olive oil (for salads)Coconut oil (high temp cooking)
Avocado oilDuck fat
Pork lardBeef tallow

Fruit (maximum 2 servings per day, non-tropical fruit recommended)


ApplesPearsBerries
BananasCoconutPineapple
MangoPlumsMelon

Spices

BasilTurmenicChives
GarlicGingerDill
CilantroSaltRosemary

Flour

Coconut flourArrowroot powder
Cassava flourPlantain flour
Tiger-nut flourTapioca flour

Miscellaneous

Gelatin (grass fed)Tapioca pearls
Carob powderBaking powder (gluten-free)

Here’s what you’re not allowed to eat in the Reset Phase

Gluten and grains

WheatRiceQuinoa
CornAmaranthRye
BarleyMilletSorghum

Dairy (only banned in the Reset Phase)

MilkCheese
YoghurtGhee
ButterCream

Nightshades (only banned in the Reset Phase)

TomatoesEggplants
PotatoesPeppers
Red spicesGround cherries

Legumes (only banned in the Reset Phase)

BeansPeas
Soy beans Lentils

All nuts and seeds (only banned in the Reset Phase)

SunflowerPeanutsWalnuts
CoffeeCocoaPumpkin
HazelnutsAlmondsCashew

Miscellaneous (only banned in the Reset Phase)

Eggs
Alcohol

I will return shortly with the article on the 2nd phase of the diet, the re-introductions phase. Meanwhile, you can get inspiration from my daily recipes and start healing your autoimmunity. 🙂

The recipes I post on the blog are 100% AIP compliant, with special mention in case some ingredients may not be allowed in the Reset Phase, but are to be introduced in the Re-introductions phase. For example, if I use Eggs in a recipe, I will sure mention that Eggs are not allowed in the Reset Phase and suggest a replacing option for them, for example gelatin egg, which can be used in the Reset Phase.

Ruxandra Cuna

I hope the AIP foods list will help up at least as much as it helped me and I’m here to support you on your autoimmune healing journey with an open heart 🙂

You can refer to the comments section or to the AIP and Paleo Facebook page and group for any support in your autoimmune healing through AIP!

Guacamole – AIP and Paleo

Guacamole - AIP and Paleo recipe

Avocado has been my source of inspiration lately. I like its texture, it’s color and especially I like that it’s full of antioxidants and vitamins! It’s quite funny because we don’t grow this fruit in Romania, but I’m so glad I discovered it better since I’ve started my AIP diet.

Avocado is both carbohydrates and healthy fats, which makes it the perfect choice for the AIP and Paleo diets and the whole process of healing your leaky gut. And to make things more interesting, it contains some of the most valuable vitamins, like:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

Now enough with the praise, let’s do some AIP guacamole! 🙂

Here are the ingredients I used for one serving:

  • 1 ripe avocado (the kind of use has a darker color when ripe)
  • 1/2 medium size onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil (the avocado is already oily so more oil makes it a bit icky). I used this olive oil since it’s 100% organic:
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • sea salt per taste

Here’s how I prepared it:

  • I cut the avocado in two halves and took out its kernel. I then peeled it using a large spoon (if the fruit is ripe you just bring in the tip of the spoon between the pulp and the peel and you can easily take out the pulp by rotating the spoon)
  • I placed the fruit in a small mixing bowl and mashed it all using a fork. It needs to be completely mashed in order to be able to mix it with the rest of ingredients.
  • I then added in the chopped onion, the olive oil, the lemon juice and the sea salt and blended all ingredients together until I obtained a homogeneous mixture.

Yes, it’s that simple!

I like to eat the guacamole as it is OR as a side dish to Romanian traditional AIP “bucket meat”.

*If you prefer a bruschetta snack you can easily top any type of AIP or Paleo bread with it and you’ll have your super snack ready in no time.

Enjoy!

Garlic coat Chicken Livers – AIP and Paleo

Fried Cchicken liver - Paleo and AIP recipe.

Garlic is one of my favorite flavors! It’s incredibly healthy, keeps the flu away and it gives a special, unique taste to any food. In the AIP diet, with all the food restrictions I had to cope with, garlic has been my savior many times, as I eat a lot of meat, which needs flavor.

In this article we’re not talking about meat, but about offal, which is allowed in the AIP and Paleo diets, and my favorite type of offal is the chicken liver.

So I decided to fry the chicken liver in a more original way, that is with garlic flavor.

Here’s what I used:

  • 800 g chicken livers
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Here’s how I’ve done it:

  • I mixed all the dry ingredients together in a bowl (coconut flour, garlic powder, oregano and sea salt), until well combined
  • I then tossed the chicken livers one at a time, to coat well in the mixture.
  • I heated the coconut oil on medium heat in a frying pan and placed the first batch of livers inside, making sure I left a bit of distance between them.
  • I left them for 3,5 minutes on one side and used a pot cover to make sure they smoother well.
  • After 3,5 minutes I turned them on the other side and used the pot cover again.
  • I repeated the process for the remaining livers, adding more coconut oil to the pan as needed.

They turned out delicious! You can serve them with raw salad or any other side of your choice.

Enjoy!