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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
~ Hippocrates


Natural foods are filled with nutrients that support health at every level, including autoimmune health. Modern food, on the other hand, is full of processed ingredients that our body doesn’t always recognize as food. This has had a dramatic impact on public health, increasing the rates of all chronic illness including autoimmune disease. But we have a choice. Each time we choose real food over processed foods, we interrupt that cycle of inflammation and harness the power of food as medicine.



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18 comments on “Food”

  1. Hi Eileen,
    Just rediscovered your podcast and am so glad to be listening again. It’s really helpful and inspiring. I have POTS, me/cfs, and hypothyroid. I tried the AIP several years ago but was unsuccessful in clearing up any symptoms. Since then, I have been on a low FODMAP diet, which has helped a lot with digestive issues. I would like to try to combine both diets to help with fatigue and pain. Was wondering if you could recommend any sites which could help me. I am willing to be creative and dedicated but am worried the choices might be extremely limited.
    Thanks for all you do!
    Miriam Shir

    1. Hi Miriam. I’m so glad you rediscovered the podcast. I actually don’t recommend combining two restrictive diets together. Nutrient deficiencies become more common and can end up worsening health instead of improving it. Have you ever heard of DNRS? It’s the topic of podcast episode 104, and it’s a different approach to helping reduce pain, inflammation, and fatigue. Since the podcast aired, I’ve heard from many listeners who found it really helpful.

  2. Hi Eileen,
    I’m very new to AIP but have been diagnosed with Rhumetoid Arthritis (and Psoriatic Arthritis). I’ve been reading, and have changed much of my diet but will be able to refine it based on your book. I’m confused about black pepper and peppercorns? Are they the same thing and are inflammatory or not?
    Thank you!
    LaDonna Mack

  3. Donna Allgaier-Lamberti

    LOVE the liver program, thank you do much for hosting this. I have MANY of these same symptoms described; This is an area that I have been researching for myself so very timely and helpful for me. A quick question regarding cooking bacon in the oven. Does cooking bacon this way make a lot of spatter in the oven? This may be silly but I hate cleaning out the oven (so hard to do organically) and my husband cleans the pans and the stove top so that equates to “no work” for me while cleaning out the oven would! Tx!

    1. Hi Donna. For anyone else reading this comment, I believe Donna’s referring to the liver health podcast as well as my baked bacon recipe. They’re two different things, but both wonderful! Donna, I’m so glad that podcast aired at the perfect time for you. To answer your question about the bacon, no it doesn’t splatter. The key is the cold oven at the beginning of the recipe. It allows the bacon to cook without overheating. I hate cleaning the oven, too! You can also use parchment paper on the baking sheet if you want to make cleanup even easier.

  4. Hi,
    I just noticed “Gellan Gum” is in my organic heavy whipping cream. Do you know anything about this additive?
    Thank you!

    1. Heavy cream can contain all sorts of things that are mostly geared to increasing its shelf life. Read labels. There are still a few brands that contain nothing but the cream itself, but you may have to get it at a specialty store such as Whole Foods and you’ll likely pay more for it. I like the Kalona Supernaturals brand, but it isn’t available nationwide.


    Hi! I am trying to find a list somewhere of the foods you talk about in your new book about the foods to buy organic and the ones that are ok to buy otherwise if your budget doesn’t allow all organic. I purchased the audiobook so the lists are not handy.

  6. I was diagnosed with scleroderma 2009 am strugling with the diarihea and stress and low self-esteem what can you advisee to do i want to try tjis diet you mention need your support please may god bless you

  7. I’m a 21 year old college student who was just diagnosed with RA. I just wanted to tell you that your blog is really inspiring and helpful.. I started the AIP about 35 days ago and I’ve been seeing great results already! I appreciate all of your posts and I gave you a shout out on my own blog (
    I was wondering if I can use you as a reference for some of the parts of my blog that I’m going to write? I’d like to give credit where it’s due!

    1. Roxy, thanks for the shout out! I’m so glad the AIP is working for you AND that you’ve started a blog. You can speak so well to the AIP experience in college. I imagine that brings extra challenges. Please feel free to use me as a reference; thanks for asking.

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