As I’ve said before, the diet I personally follow is designed to reduce inflammation and help with chronic issues. This diet of course is the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP for short. It cuts out eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds and nightshades and while at first glance it can seem highly restrictive, there are still plenty of foods that you can eat. Real foods like meat, vegetables and fruit are plenty, and when you eat ingredients over food products, your health with certainly benefit. (If you’re following AIP, I highly recommend getting a copy of the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, available as either a lovely hardcover book or instant gratification download as an eBook). It’s recommended that you limit your sweets while following AIP as high amounts of sugar can exacerbate inflammatory conditions, but this AIP cookie recipe doesn’t use any added sugar. Still, I wouldn’t make a meal out of them, despite how delicious they are.
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Yesterday, The Real Food Guide’s Pinterest board was featured on The Dr. Oz show in their National Healthy Pinterest Page survey. (Ironically, I’m actually not from the US, so it was great to be included anyway!)
If you’re in Canada and want to see the clip from yesterday’s Dr. Oz Show where my Pinterest page was featured, skip on to the last 3 minutes of the episode called “New Rules to Declutter Your Life and Transform Your Health”, you can view it for the next week on CTV.ca. (Fair warning: you’ll be subjected to many many commercials before finally getting to the clip).
Thanks to everyone who voted for my Pinterest page!
The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is an eating plan to help deal with inflammation & chronic illness – it’s great that there’s a dietary approach to help lessen symptoms of many common conditions. I’ve personally found it very successful in addressing my various health issues including eczema, leaky gut, food intolerances and more, but it does involve the elimination of common inflammatory foods, such as grains, eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds & seed-spices, and nightshades (e.g. tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes). So, when it comes to a food like pizza, you’ve generally got layers of NOPE when you’re eating according to the AIP, since you can’t do a grain-based crust, no tomato sauce, or cheese.
I was given a copy of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott for review purposes, but I only endorse quality products that I believe will have a benefit to my readers. This post contains affiliate links, which means I will get paid a small commission if you make a purchase using my link, however it doesn’t affect the price you pay.
Last week, I took a critical look at Welch’s Fruit Snacks focusing on the marketing messages that Welch’s uses to sell us on the idea that these products are “healthy” as an exercise about how to read a food label. With the choice of visuals and words used on the front of the packaging, one can certainly see why so many people might think that these fruit-flavored gummies are a healthy alternative to eating real fruit. This is why it’s important to look beyond the marketing statements and over to the back of the packaging where the government-mandated Nutrition Facts panel and ingredients list are.