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The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP Protocol), an Anti-Inflammatory Paleo Diet Guide for the AIP Lifestyle

Autoimmune disease is a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. At BodySite, we are all about developing creative, digital solutions for health. For those who struggle with autoimmune disease, flareups, or inflammation, we have built a plan that offers creative solutions to preparing, cooking, and succeeding on the AIP protocol.

For Katrina, the Content Management Specialist at BodySite, an allergen-free diet hits close to home. “With my mom being both gluten-intolerant and diagnosed with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney disease over 2 years ago, I had to learn about restrictive diets and foods that prevented inflammation. We, as a family, chose that food would not be the boss of her, or us”, stated Katrina. Building the AIP diet gave us a glimpse into the lives of those that struggle with autoimmune disease. We don’t want FOOD to be the boss of those with autoimmune disease, either.

Autoimmune disease affects an estimated 50 million Americans. There are more than 100 confirmed autoimmune diseases, including Celiac, Crohn’s, Lyme, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and MS. Although autoimmune disease cannot be cured, it can go into remission. An AIP protocol helps to heal the intestines and reduce inflammation. Our 28-day plan includes 35+ entrees and 15+ breakfast recipes combined with 28 healthy living tips.
how-to-follow-autoimmune-aip-protocol-anti-inflammatory-paleo-diet-guide-lifestyle-foods-to-avoid-can-eatWe want to support the AIP journey as best as possible. Included on the plan are AIP tips, FAQ’s, a dining out guide, “yes” and “no” food cheat sheets (pictured below), pantry staples, shopping lists and more!

“Self care is not self indulgence. Self care is self respect.”

The best thing one can do is to plan ahead. Here are some gadgets that will help with meal prepping on the AIP Protocol. Having high-powered tools in the kitchen will make recipes and meal prep a little simpler:


The BodySite AIP protocol is meant to be used in conjunction with the advice of a provider. If you’re in practice and looking for an effective program to help your AI patients, you’ll find this template an indispensable resource as part of the BodySite Digital Health Guidance system.  Once you enroll patients into the AIP protocol, patients will receive a comprehensive DAILY guide to following the AIP lifestyle with recipes for each day, daily affirmations, answers to specific questions, shopping lists, and more. Patients can log on to your secure, private-labeled portal to access all of the materials and track their progress, food intake, activities, body metrics, keep a journal, send messages to you and more. And it’s all available in our all new native iPhone app, so patients can access it conveniently anywhere they go.

If you’re not using BodySite to guide your patients, try it free today and see how you can deliver better care, effortlessly and make your practice more profitable at the same time. Click on the Try it Free button to try it now.


The Importance of Educating Your Patients For Patient Compliance, Better Care and a More Profitable Practice

As patient care shifts to a proactive and preventive patient-centered paradigm rather than being driven by what is billable to insurance once people become ill, patients should be driving the type of care offerings you make available and, in turn, your patient marketing.  In this new world of healthcare, are you providing patients with enough education, support and communication?  Are you giving patients lifestyle guidance protocols that are going to help them get and stay healthy?  Wellness, not illness, is the new business model.  And if you’re not already switched over to this new type of care, patients are finding someone else to help them with their health and preventive care issues.  And profiting where you’re losing patients and money.

Better communication and support is the new expectation and develops mutual trust between the provider and the patient, creating a positive relationship for the patient, better outcomes and more revenue for you from retention, return business and patient referrals.

With the advancements in technology, the internet and mobile applications,  it’s too easy to keep patients engaged, informed and motivated to pass up this new opportunity in your practice. Technology offers providers the ability to monitor and track patient progress and to communicate them on a daily basis, digitally.

Give patients what THEY need right where they are and give it to them as often as daily. Don’t wait until 6 months from now or until the “see you next year” appointment. Engage patients now, with content, protocol specific daily guidance, supplement recommendations and more.

Here’s an example of what the functions of a website look like, that provide patients with a comprehensive support experience.

Are you using a portal that let’s your patients do all of this? If not, click on the link to try it for free. 


Is the Ketogenic Diet a Safe Way to Lose Weight? Reverse Diabetes? More?


If you’re looking to lose weight, manage your diabetes with lifestyle and diet choices or make some overall health changes starting with your diet, you may have heard about the ketogenic diet.

What is a ketogenic diet? The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, very low-carb diet. This diet generates the production of ketone bodies which pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source.

What is ketosis? The ketogenic diet causes the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones” which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The source of fuel and energy for the brain is glucose. Ketones are an alternative fuel for the brain, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced if very few carbs and only moderate amounts of protein are eaten. On the keto diet, glucose levels are exhausted and the body is prompted to give the brain energy through an alternative method, ketones. The body takes stored fat through the liver and produces ketones which is then used as fuel throughout the body, including the brain. When the body produces ketones, it is called ketosis. Exhausting the body of glucose on a ketogenic diet forces the body to run entirely on fat which burns stored fat more rapidly.

– Ketogenic benefits:

      • Weight Loss
      • Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
      • Control blood sugar
      • Mental focus
      • Increased physical endurance/energy
      • Lessen stomach problems
      • Clear acne
      • And more!


Dining Out on the Keto Diet

1. Look up the menu! The best practice for dining out keto is to look up the menu ahead of time. Plan ahead in order to determine what meal options on the menu will fit into your macronutrients for that day. Better yet, track your foods on the Track Food tab before you go out to confirm that your macros are set for the evening. Reminder: your caloric intake should be 5-10% carbohydrates, 20-25% protein, and 70% or more fat.

Here is a helpful infographic on the correct macronutrient (macro) ratios for a ketogenic diet.

2. Keep in mind which foods you CAN eat:

– Foods to eat:

  • Low-carb vegetables
  • Leafy greens
  • Nuts
  • Other fats including coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, etc.
  • Meats
  • Fatty fish
  • High-fat dairy including hard cheeses, high-fat cream, butter
  • Avocado and berries
  • Condiments: use salt, pepper and fresh herbs and spices.

– Foods to avoid:

  • Fruit
  • Alcohol
  • Legumes
  • Low-fat and diet products (including sugar-free foods)
  • Condiments and sauces
  • Unhealthy fat: processed vegetable oils, mayonnaise, etc.
  • Grains or starches
  • All forms of sugar
  • Tubers – potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.

3. Order meat or fish and veggies. It is not very hard to eat keto-approved foods while dining out. Most resturants offer some kind of meat or fish dish. Order grilled steak or baked salmon, for example and replace any high-carb side dishes with extra vegetables such as steamed broccoli or a side salad. If you are eating out for breakfast, omelets with bacon or other egg-based dishes are perfect on the keto diet! You can always order a grilled chicken sandwich or hamburger and ask for no bun or ask for romaine lettuce as the bun.

4. Navigating the salad-bar. The salad-bar seems like a healthy choice, but there are also numerous ingredients that could make “slipping up” on the keto diet much easier than you think. Follow these tips to avoid the extra calories/carbs:

– A lot of leafy greens! Get all the lettuce, spinach, and kale you can find.
– Pile on the FRESH veggies (broccoli, cucumbers, green peppers).
– Fats. Add on the high-fat ingredients like cheese, bacon bits, and olive oil available at salad bars.
– For dressing, create your own dressing with vinegar (or lemon), olive oil, and cracked pepper rather than using the dressings provided which likely contain sugar (extra carbs) or fat-free oils.