The Autoimmune Protocol Lecture Series is a 6-week video-based, self-directed online course, created and presented by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, that will teach you the scientific foundation for the diet and lifestyle tenets of the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). Think of this course as going to college for your health! Enjoy this free AIP Lecture Series preview of Week #1, Lecture #2 (one of 42 lectures included in this online course!) including the lecture itself, recommended reading, action steps, self-discovery exercise, and additional resources!
History of Dietary Recommendations and the Rise in Chronic Illness
In this video, I discuss the history of dietary recommendations and how they’ve contributed to the rise in chronic illness. Unfortunately, many of the things that you’ve been taught about nutrition over the past few decades is wrong! The good news is that all of the diet and lifestyle information presented in this lecture series is evidence-based.
Paleo Principles pages 10-17
So much of the “conventional” diet wisdom is not only unhelpful when it comes to healing from autoimmune disease, but some traditional healthy eating recommendations (like going low-fat, eating whole grains, or avoiding dietary cholesterol) can actually contribute to autoimmune and other chronic diseases.
The most important action step you can take today is to proceed through the rest of this course with an open mind and ready to let knew information displace old, outdated, incorrect diet recommendations.
Reflect on how you eat now. Do you think it’s healthy? Are there any foods that you eat because you’ve been told they’re good for you but that you’re now questioning whether or not that’s true (e.g., quinoa, edemame, Greek yogurt)? How do you think your diet could be easily improved (e.g., eating more whole foods, cooking more at home)?
Read through the list of autoimmune diseases in the printables above or on pages 17 to 19 in The Paleo Approach. Have you been diagnosed with any of these conditions? Do one or a few of these conditions run in your family?
Also read through the symptoms list in the printables above. Do you suffer from any of those symptoms without a condition to attribute them to?
For more on the history of dietary guidelines and how they’ve steered us wrong, I recommend reading Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger.
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In an industry full of guru-wanna-be’s and personalities pushing baseless miracle cures, I appreciate that you are recommending evidence based diet and lifestyle steps that do not require the purchase of special products or services. No gimmicks. Just real food and lifestyle habit recommendations based on science. Thank you!!
This is a super, information packed course with tons of practical information.
I am loving this AIP course and all the information I am receiving. The amount of work you have put into this is amazing and greatly, GREATLY, appreciated. Thank you so much. Taking this course gives me the knowledge I need to understand why my body is doing what it is doing and reinforces my determination to continue along this dietary path to heal it. Invaluable!
I am loving this course! Having the details is more motivating and helping me stick to AIP. I am actually thinking about what is happening in my body, not just how it feels.
This online learning resource and your teaching style are beyond amazing! I am so excited about what I am learning! This is way beyond what I was expecting.
You are so awesome. I’ve learned more useful information with a direct and immediate application to health in one 15+ minute video from you, than a 20-year stint of clinic and doctor office visits were able to provide.