As a Holistic Nutritionist and AIP Certified Coach, I can show you how to nourish your relationship with food, discover your unique nutrient needs, and actually thrive with chronic food sensitivities and autoimmunity. I utilize nutrients and lifestyle as tools to achieve sustainable, whole body wellness. Sometimes this requires only a few simple tweaks to someone’s diet and routine. Other times it requires a much bigger intervention to re-establish baseline health. In most cases that involve chronic (persistent) symptoms or illness, I use elimination protocols that remove foods and lifestyle factors that are aggravating the already irritated situation. These protocols are often described as “restrictive” which, in some ways, they are. But if done properly, they should be incredibly nutrient dense and satisfying, and will provide a much stronger foundation to build onto!
Do you have an autoimmune disease or chronic condition?
Are you looking into or already utilizing the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) for symptom reduction and healing?
Are you looking for additional support and guidance?
As a Holistic Nutritionist and AIP Certified Coach, I can help!
What is the Autoimmune Protocol?
The Autoimmune Protocol (also referred to as the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol or AIP) is a therapeutic diet designed to calm inflammation and decrease immune system over-reactivity in autoimmune disease. Developed by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, the AIP focuses on the temporary elimination of common foods that cause gut disruption, immune intolerance, allergies, and inflammation. These foods include (but are not limited to) dairy, gluten and grains, and nightshades. They are replaced by nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, herbs, and quality animal protein.
Foods are reintroduced after an individual period of time and substantial improvement in symptoms and blood markers occurs. Most folks will find there are a few foods (such as dairy and gluten) that they can’t reintroduce without a return of symptoms (called a “flare”). But since variety is the spice of life, we want to make sure that most foods are able to be reintroduced eventually. Reintroductions might be the trickiest part of the AIP! It can be really hard to go slow, take note of what your body tells you, and not start eating everything all at once. This process is incredibly important though, so you can find out definitively what your unique intolerances are.
What is an AIP Certified Coach?
AIP Certified Coach is a training program designed by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt for existing health practitioners. The training teaches practitioners how to support their autoimmune and chronically ill clients through the Autoimmune Protocol in a manner that best suits them. Despite the wealth of information available on the AIP, having professional support with modifications, troubleshooting, outside testing, and plans detailed uniquely to you can ensure your success and healing! I certainly wish I’d had a little more help when I started my autoimmune and AIP journey…
My Personal AIP Journey
In 2014, I was struggling with extreme symptoms from my Graves Thyroiditis and eczema. No doctor seemed to be able to help me. I stumbled across the Autoimmune Protocol after having little success with other dietary healing protocols, and everything felt like it clicked into place!
When I started, I had zero idea what foods were an issue for me. I couldn’t pinpoint my flares at all. I started slow and didn’t beat myself up if I occasionally chose to eat food on the restricted list. Within a few weeks, I started to notice the patterns, helping me keep track of what foods were aggravating my symptoms.
This is not a quick process! It took almost a year before my eczema went away completely and my thyroid markers went into remission again. However, my quality of life improved drastically within about 3 months, and that was worth its weight in gold! I’ve definitely had a few flares since then, but going back to a personally modified AIP makes my recovery faster each time. It is the nature of autoimmune diseases to occur chronically throughout your life. There is no cure. But being able to achieve remission, even intermittently, can improve both your overall health and outlook.
As an integral part of your health team, I will support your healing at your own pace. I am practicing both online and in-person at Victoria Community Acupuncture, alongside some other lovely practitioners. Can’t wait to see you there!
A Few AIP-compliant Recipes from the New Moon Holistic blog
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