“I think our health is always shifting and we need to be ready and willing to shift with it.” ~ Caroline Stahlschmidt
The Short Answer and a Longer Answer
Can you do the AIP as a vegetarian? The short answer is no. Protein is a necessary food group, and the autoimmune protocol (AIP) eliminates most vegetarian protein sources (grains, soy, eggs, legumes, dairy, nuts and seeds). Why? Because these foods commonly irritate digestion and/or trigger autoimmune symptoms. That can be surprising to hear, because in our culture we’ve been taught that whole grains are good for us, and meat is bad for us. Unfortunately, mainstream beliefs rarely match up with the science.
If you’re asking this question and researching paleo, I’m guessing your current diet isn’t improving your autoimmune symptoms, and you’re considering alternatives. Perhaps one of your healthcare practitioners has suggested you try the AIP. I know that if you haven’t eaten meat or seafood for years, possibly decades, it can be a hard thing to consider. So, first let me share the science with you, and then I’ll share some tips for making the transition easier. Continue reading