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 Thriving with Autoimmune Disease is possible! 

We have strategies you can use to help make your AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) diet and lifestyle changes as easy as possible. 
Whether dining at home or on the road, we have tips to help you succeed! 

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Our Health Coaching Philosophy 

We follow a model of healthcare that addresses the underlying causes of disease through an individualized approach and consider the complex web of interactions in the client’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each client is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. We practice a client-centered process, listening to clients histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and chronic disease.  Health is seen as a positive vitality, not just the absence of disease. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more client centered approach, we addresses the whole-person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

What is AIP?

A therapeutic diet we’ve been hearing more and more about in the nutrition/wellness world is the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), a diet spearheaded by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. AIP is a specialized version of the Paleo Diet and a form of elimination diet that can offer relief of symptoms and address one of the underlying problems that is often linked to autoimmune disease, namely inflammation and increased intestinal permeability (also called leaky gut), by strengthening the gut lining and soothing inflammation.

An example of a food or substance that is eliminated on the AIP is gluten. Research has found that many people with autoimmune disease also have some degree of gluten intolerance – even if it’s not Celiac disease. When someone who has impaired digestive function, or any degree of gluten sensitivity eats gluten, it can increase the permeability or “leakiness” of the gut. This leakiness enables gluten and other incompletely digested products to pass into the bloodstream to be attacked by your immune system. If unresolved, it creates chronic inflammation that puts your immune system on overdrive and eventually weakens it over time. As mentioned above, it is believed that this is one of the triggers that can lead to autoimmune disease.

This is especially true in the case of Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease where the body mistakenly attacks the thyroid. The thyroid and gluten have a special relationship because the protein structure of gluten closely resembles the protein structure of the thyroid tissue. If your immune system reacts to gluten and is already over-reactive due to chronic inflammation, it may start erroneously reacting to thyroid tissue as well.

What is Health Coaching?

A health coach provides support and guidance to clients seeking to improve overall health and wellbeing for those struggling with chronic symptoms or illness.  A health coach is your ally, helping you reach a state of optimal wellness faster and better than you can on your own. From helping you craft and stay on a well-designed plan to evaluating progress towards better health outcomes, your health coach will de-mystify the path to thriving. Working independently or with other practitioners involved in your care, your health coach takes into account all aspects of your unique life: nutrition, exercise, sleep, toxins, workplace/household stress, relationships, spirituality, and other factors which have significant impact on overall health outcomes.  

The basis of nutritional therapy is that properly prepared, nutrient dense food is a great healer and the body responds with good health when it receives the nutrients it needs.  Everybody is different, and each person comes with their own set of unique needs and issues to be dealt with.  Often there are underlying issues that need to be addressed before wellness can be achieved.  A health coach will work with each client closely and thoroughly to correct those underlying issues so that the body can receive the nutrients it needs for optimal health.

What is the AIP diet?

A therapeutic diet we’ve been hearing more and more about in the nutrition/wellness world is the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), a diet spearheaded by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. AIP is a specialized version of the Paleo Diet and a form of elimination diet that can offer relief of symptoms and address one of the underlying problems that is often linked to autoimmune disease, namely inflammation and increased intestinal permeability (also called leaky gut), by strengthening the gut lining and soothing inflammation.