Diets for Autoimmune Management: AIP, Keto, and Paleo

Diets for Autoimmune Management: AIP, Keto, and Paleo

Alright, Thrivers! Buckle up for a joyride through the world of diets for autoimmune management! Since we’ve already conquered the basics of diet in managing autoimmune vibes, now it’s time to explore the delicious details of AIP, Keto, and Paleo – the rockstars taking the wellness center stage!

Why the buzz? These diets aren’t just the latest trend; they’re potential game-changers for our health, especially when it comes to taming those autoimmune antics. 

But here’s the scoop: to make the most of these autoimmune diets, we’ve got to understand what sets them apart. It’s like having a superhero team – you need to know each member’s power to assemble the dream squad.

The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

Diets for Autoimmune Management: AIP, Keto, and Paleo

Think of AIP as the superhero of autoimmune diets, designed specifically for our fellow autoimmune warriors. It’s like the strict older sibling of Paleo, waving goodbye to inflammation-triggering foods. No grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, or sneaky dairy and eggs 1

Instead, we’re feasting on nutrient-packed veggies, lean meats, and fermented goodies. It’s not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle – managing stress, getting our beauty sleep, and showing our gut some love.

Ketogenic (Keto) Diet

Diets for Autoimmune Management: AIP, Keto, and Paleo

Next up, welcome to the Keto party, where fats are the VIPs and carbs are taking a back seat! This autoimmune diet aims to put our bodies in fat-burning mode (ketosis), giving us a one-way ticket to Weight Loss Town 2.

Although not tailor-made for autoimmune champs, some find its low-carb magic soothing for inflammation. Meats, fatty fish, cheese, nuts – the gang’s all here. Just steer clear of those carb-heavy troublemakers like grains, sugars, and fruits.

Paleo Diet

Diets for Autoimmune Management: AIP, Keto, and Paleo

Let’s go back in time, like way back – caveman style! Paleo is all about channeling our inner hunter-gatherer ancestors. Whole foods like meats, fish, fruits, and nuts are in, while processed villains like grains and dairy are out.3

It’s like a culinary time machine, reconnecting us with our roots without the strictness of AIP or the carb calculus of Keto.

Comparing the Three Diets

These autoimmune-friendly diets are like a trio of superheroes with different powers. AIP is the shield against autoimmune chaos, Keto is the fat-burning wizard, and Paleo is the time-traveling caveman. They’re all about whole foods, but the devil’s in the details. 

AIP is the strictest, Keto is the low-carb maestro, and Paleo is the chill ancestral vibe.

At BrightlyThrive, we’re all about unlocking your unique flavor of wellness! Before you plunge into the world of AIP, Keto, or Paleo, like having a heart-to-heart with your besties – know yourself inside and out. Your health, your taste buds, and your lifestyle are the stars of the show 4

And here’s a nugget of wisdom: Don’t embark on this diet adventure alone. Your healthcare sidekick is your superhero guide, ensuring your journey in managing autoimmunity through diet is not just exciting but safe too. 

FAQs on Diets for Autoimmune Management

Which diet is best for managing autoimmune disease?

Much as we wish there was a panacea for autoimmune issues, unfortunately, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” magic spell for diets here. The optimal eating plan? Well, it’s a unique blend, just like you. Your specific autoimmune superhero journey, triggers, and health quirks all play a role.

AIP is like the cool superhero suit for taming initial inflammation and pinpointing those pesky triggers. On the other hand, keto suits those with metabolic puzzles or a knack for thriving in ketosis. And Paleo? It’s the long-term healthy eating sidekick, keeping inflammation at bay 5.

Are there any risks associated with these autoimmune-compliant diets?

At BrightlyThrive, we believe in the power of informed choices. While autoimmune diets can be beneficial, it’s important to understand the potential risks. For those with autoimmune diseases, it’s especially crucial to consult with a doctor before starting any new diet 6.

With that being said, the AIP, Keto, and Paleo diets all have potential risks, such as nutrient deficiencies and other health issues, if not followed correctly. Therefore, we recommend monitoring your health closely and seeking medical advice if you experience any negative side effects. Remember, your health is a top priority.

How can I choose the right diet for my specific needs and autoimmune condition?

We understand that choosing the right autoimmune-compliant diet for your condition can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together some key steps to help you make informed decisions and find the best approach for you 7.

  1. Consult with your healthcare provider and a registered dietitian to get personalized guidance and support. 
  2. Research different dietary options like AIP, Paleo, Ketogenic, and Mediterranean diets.
  3. Additionally, consider your preferences and lifestyle, such as dietary restrictions, cooking skills and time, cultural or religious dietary restrictions, as well as social aspects.
  4. Start with small changes, gradually incorporating more nutrient-rich foods into your diet and tracking your symptoms in a food journal. 
  5. Harness the power of social connection by joining support groups or cooking clubs related to your chosen dietary approach, where shared experiences and recipes can make the journey enjoyable and sustainable.

Final Thoughts

Be patient and consistent with your dietary changes and remember that it may take some time to see results. Remember, at BrightlyThrive, we’re here to support you in your Thrive journey every step of the way!

Exploring the Differences: AIP, Keto, and Paleo Diets for Autoimmune Management

Join us in The Autoimmunity Community™ and share your thoughts! Your input is the extra burst of freshness in our thriving garden. Let’s cultivate a conversation around these diets for autoimmunity that’s as wholesome as a garden-to-table feast! 


1 Rd, A. P. M. (2023, May 30). AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Diet: A Beginner’s Guide. Healthline.

2 Eenfeldt, A., & Scher, B. (2022, November 29). A ketogenic diet for beginners. Diet Doctor. 

3 Paleo diet: What is it and why is it so popular? (2022, October 20). Mayo Clinic. 

4 Hawks, N. (2021, May 5). Healing Diets Explained: Paleo, Keto, AIP, FODMAP, GAPS. Paleo Treats®. 

5 Gardner, A. (2023, August 17). 7 Autoimmune Disease Diets. Health. 

6 Binu, S. (2023, January 31). Autoimmune Protocol Diet: Discover The Benefits And How It Can Boost The Immune Response. Netmeds. 

7 Clinic, C. (2023, November 27). A Little of This and That: Your Guide to the AIP Diet. Cleveland Clinic.