The Autoimmune Paleo Protocol: Could This Be IT?

Always listen to your instinct, right?

For the past few weeks, the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol and I have crossed paths pretty regularly. Since I don’t have an autoimmune disorder, I didn’t pay much attention and filed the idea away for future client use.

And then this happened…


It’s a pumpkin spice cake with gingersnap crust (pumpkin pie in my book) and you can get the recipe here.  I’m eating a piece as I write this.

This one little recipe brought me officially into the AIP protocol, AIP being Auto Immune Protocol. I took one look at the recipe and was shocked – shocked – that we could eat every ingredient.

I had to know more.

The Autoimmune Paleo Protocol

It turns out that the revolutionary(!) modifications I made to the GAPS Diet already have their own following.

Though my head deflated a few sizes, I am really excited that there are so many resources out there. I no longer have to continuously reinvent the wheel.

The AIP Protocol avoids —

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  • Eggs (especially the whites)
  • Nuts
  • Seeds (including cocoa, coffee and seed-based spices)
  • Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet and hot peppers, cayenne, red pepper, tomatillos, goji berries etc. and spices derived from peppers, including paprika)
  • Potential Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods
  • Fructose consumption in excess of 20g per day
  • Alcohol
  • NSAIDS (like aspirin or ibuprofen)
  • Non-nutritive sweeteners (including stevia)
  • Emulsifiers, thickeners, and other food additives

The only things that give me pause are potatoes and coffee. Potatoes because we love them and feel good eating them, and coffee because I have been a slave to the java monster in recent months.

Katie is restricted by many of these foods already, and hubby has insulin-resistance and Gluten Intolerance. My Achilles heel is that I’ve gained 10 pounds since July (midterms + finals = insane stress) and am perpetually swollen by the foods we’re eating.

After Katie and I had an unexpected food reaction last night, I am ready to throw down the gauntlet and take another step forward. It is time for a Change.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

I was lucky enough to have a copy of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook on hand from one of our past book bundles (those things come in handy) and have nothing more to do to get started than print shopping lists & meal plans, make some minor ingredient adjustments, and cook.

This cookbook has two full 4 week meal plans, shopping lists, tips for batch cooking, and more than 110 recipes without grains, beans, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, or nightshades – including spices.

And the recipes are BEAUTIFUL.

Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook - braised short ribs

See that ingredients list? It’s so allergy-friendly that it makes me misty.

Why This May Be Right for You

In my practice, diet, digestion, and blood sugar handling are the first steps in any healing protocol.

If you are following the AIP protocol, you’re about 95% there with diet and blood sugar handling. Digestion often requires a little extra assistance, but you have my healing digestion series to help guide you.

Many people can heal without seeing a practitioner, and that’s a prayer answered when your pocketbook is squeezed to its limit.

Not to say that practitioners aren’t helpful. My nutritional therapy clients see the benefit of targeted nutrient supplements and complementary therapies that speed healing and reduce stress to the body as it heals. I’m also there for emotional support & encouragement and to answer the many questions that come up during a healing protocol.

Anywho, I’ve partnered up with Mickey of the Autoimmune Paleo blog to offer you some help.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook is available for only $19.

That gives you 8 weeks of meal plans with shopping lists and more than 110 recipes to guide you through the most effective nutrient-dense elimination diet I have ever used.

Join me and watch many of your symptoms and nagging pains disappear.

Click here to buy it now.





Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

9 thoughts on “The Autoimmune Paleo Protocol: Could This Be IT?”

  • I completely agree that this book is a fabulous resource. I bought it a while ago (not on the Super deal discount you mentioned tho) and have found it to be Wonderful. Like you, I kept making modifications on GAPS and stumbled upon this, also surprised that we could actually eat all of the ingredients. We’ve had guests for nearly 2 weeks now, so we’ve fallen off the wagon some (go ahead and try feeding non veggie eating guests sausage and sweet potatoes and greens in the morning….) – but I really notice a significant difference in my youngest son’s eczema and allergy reactions when we follow the rules. “Restrictive”? YES, but Mickey did a fabulous job with mega tasty and easy recipes so it’s completely worth giving it a try if you’re still having troubles. I wish you all the very best luck in healing!

    • Thank you so much Karen! I’m so happy to hear that the recipes are so delicious because I’m about to go make my first recipe (breakfast sausage).

      Enjoy your guests and hop back up on the wagon once things are back to normal. 😉

  • Hi Jennifer,

    I just found your blog through a post by mommypotamus. I’ve been reading your blog for almost two hours now, love it! What I really think is amazing to read is that I had come to a similar conclusion! So good to read someone who is following a similar path 🙂

    I was diagnosed with a lot of food allergies a couple of years ago, was allergic to 70 of 90 foods on the blood panel and got so sick on an elimination/provocation trial I wasn’t even able to complete it. I first tried a rotation diet, but since I had so little food I didn’t react to, that didn’t work at all. Then I developed an autoimmune disease in the summer of 2012 and started the GAPS diet in October 2012. It helped a bit, but I still had very regular flare ups.

    So a little over two months ago I deleted the last two foods that were not AIP from my diet. Those were eggs and dairy (I only had the GAPS approved raw ghee/butter and raw fermented yoghurt/sour cream). Two days later all my autoimmune symptoms started to clear up! Now I’m working to get in better shape again, because years of illness had left me quite fatigued and brain fogged, but I’m confident that it will get better with time.

    I live in the Netherlands and I’m starting a Dutch blog on my journey to health this month, really excited about that! 🙂


    • What a wonderful story Eva! If you write in English, please be sure to let me know the web address when you start it. I love health journeys.

      And yes, it will get better (!!!) because I was in your exact spot a couple of years ago.

      • No, my website is not in English, I write in Dutch. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll start an English website too, but for the next few years at least I will focus on my Dutch website.

        Good to hear that in your experience things will get better 🙂 Now I have to just find some patience 😉
        Most of my food allergies and hay fever were not as bad this year as in previous years. The only thing that annoys me is my reaction to pumpkin, because that’s a nice carb source on an AIP but I can only eat it once every few weeks.

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