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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.


Gluten Free Dining Out Menu Tips: How to Eat Gluten Free at Restaurants

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So you’re eating gluten free because of gluten intolerance, celiac disease or simply because you wanted to take advantage of the anti-inflammatory benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle.  As it turns out, even though you’ve sworn off foods containing gluten and you’re enjoying the health benefits of gluten-free eating, your co-workers and friends aren’t on the same page.

When they invite you to try the newest pizzeria or bakery in town, you don’t want to decline, but the fear of inflammation, falling off the gluten-free wagon or worse, a problem with your celiac disease flaring up have you wondering what to do or at least has you immediately scouring the restaurant’s menu online to see if there are any healthy options for you.  Or you might be loaded with guilt while secretly loading your gluten-free snacks in your pockets so you can stick to your plan while out to lunch with your friends.

Unlike those following a low-carb diet or a vegan or paleo lifestyle, going gluten free and dining out can be more daunting. To go vegan or paleo or low-carb, the items to toss off the plate or exclude when ordering are fairly straightforward. For gluten free eating, possible challenges can be more indirect and hard to overcome when food is being prepared by someone else in a kitchen with staff that may not understand where you’re coming from.  Availability, cost and safety of gluten-free foods and ingredients make the possibility of cross-contamination more likely when out. And hidden traces of gluten can appear in foods, fillers, sauces and other cooking aids commonly used in restaurants without much consideration — from emulsifiers to fillers to thickeners. Who knows what’s in that salad dressing? Or even that sushi?!

How to Dine Out and Have Fun Even if You’re Gluten-Free

gluten-free-dining-out-help-menu-tips-how-to-eat-gluten-free-restaurants-05Fret not, gluten-free folks! You don’t have to resign yourself to eating at home three times a day for the rest of your life. Home-cooked meals are undoubtedly the best way to prevent yourself from getting “glutened”, you can dine out, treat yourself and simply relax (hurray for no dishes to clean) without fear of gluten, if you follow a few simple guidelines.

Luckily, the increasing awareness of celiac disease, wheat allergies, and gluten sensitivity has prompted restaurants of all sizes to offer gluten-free options. Del Posto, an upscale Italian restaurant in New York, is a good example. In 2013, the restaurant decided to offer a gluten-free option of every pasta dish in their menu. Plus, technology has made it possible to locate gluten-free friendly establishments without calling every restaurant in your area.

Read on to learn how you can master the art of dining out gluten-free.

Finding Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants

gluten-free-dining-out-help-menu-tips-how-to-eat-gluten-free-restaurants-05Find restaurants with gluten-free menus in the area where you’re supposed to dine out ahead of time. These days, it’s easier to do your little homework through the following steps:

1.  Look up a restaurant’s menu online.

Most restaurants’ websites display and update their menus regularly. Here’s a sample menu posted by Senza, a gluten-free restaurant in New York’s Greenwich Village. In Chicago, Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Sisters caters to gluten-free diners by specifically stating the option on their website’s FAQ.

If you don’t have a restaurant in mind yet, consider typing in your location + gluten free on Google Search.

When possible, download restaurant menus online ahead of time and share them with friends and family whom you’re eating with. The iconic Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant, with locations dotted across 16 states, is a good example. You can download their gluten-free menu from their website. For unfamiliar menu terms, the Unsafe Gluten-Free Food list and other names for gluten will come in handy.

2.  Use apps and consult online databases.

Find Me Gluten Free is an app that can can help you find restaurants offering gluten-free menus. Their rating system and reviews from fellow gluten-free folks can help you find the right gluten-free dining venue. You can simply type in a town or city, or allow the app to use your current location to search nearby restaurants. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you can call these restaurants from the app itself and get directions once you decide where you’re going to eat.

Other helpful apps and resources worth looking into are the following:

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