Caroline LamontComment

Food exclusions: why?

Caroline LamontComment
Food exclusions: why?

On AIP (and even general paleo), quite a lot of foods are excluded and I am often asked why.

It’s going to be a fairly long article below, but I’m going to try and make it as simple as possible when explaining why certain foods are excluded. It’s also important to add that they are not excluded for ever. (Note on 22/11: this article will be added to over the next couple of weeks)

For example, I have successfully reintroduced eggs and nuts & seeds. I haven’t been so luck with tomatoes nor potatoes.

The list of exclusions is quite long, but what is important to remember is the list of foods “on the plan” is actually way longer than people expect.

What is excluded:

  • Grains - all grains, not just gluten contain grains

  • Dairy - all dairy, cows, goats and the rest

  • Eggs

  • Nuts & Seeds

  • Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, chillies, aubergines)

  • Legumes (beans, peas &lentils)

  • Added sugar

  • Alcohol

  • and it goes without saying, processed food (that most often than not includes most of the above)

I’ll start detailing below why these food are - hopefully temporarily - excluded.


Here are the multiple reasons why dairy is out:

  • it is a very common allergy (between 1 & 17% of children and between 1 & 4% of adults present antibodies to dairy - the smallest trace will cause an issue)

  • it is quite hard to digest and a lot of people from the age of 5 onwards are lacking the digestive enzyme Lactose that enables them to digest it properly. It is estimated to be between 25 & 75% depending on your ethnicity

  • they contain substances (protease inhibitors) that contribute to inappropriate intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut), which can cause havoc with your immune system and overall health

  • they contain active hormones that have the potential to alter human hormone levels (and I’m not even talking about the hormones given to the cows raised in industrial farms)

  • it increases mucous production, which can stop you from properly absorbing the nutrients from your food - which means what you eat more or less ends up in the bowl, as opposed to nourishing your body

  • and finally as if it wasn’t enough, there is often a cross-reaction between gluten and dairy, meaning the body confuses dairy with gluten. If you are gluten sensitive, you’re very likely dairy sensitive

IIN qualified health coach, foodie, mum of 2, wife of 1, ex corporate advertising executive, RA warrior