The Auto Immune Protocol Diet for Hashimoto’s Disease

by integrativethyroid

Would I recommend the Auto Immune Protocol Diet for Hashimoto’s Disease?

Yes, I would. While everyone’s body is different, the Auto Immune Protocol (AIP) eliminates most inflammatory foods which should generally benefit pretty much anyone these days. However, you should be mentally prepared and motivated to start AIP. If not, the elimination phase may cause stress if you’re not fully committed. That being said, I am 100% convinced that the Auto Immune Protocol, along with high quality supplements and stress management, put Hashimoto’s disease into remission for me. I was determined not to take prescription drugs for as long as I could.

Some of you may need medication and that is okay. But after a thyroid ultrasound, it was determined that I still had 70-80% of my thyroid tissue left and it didn’t necessarily warrant extra thyroid hormone.

After two months, my TSH and Free T3 and Free T4 were in range and almost optimal. My thyroid Antibodies were ZERO. I had my energy back and my face didn’t look like an inflated balloon anymore.


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Before and After the Auto Immune Protocol


What is the Auto Immune Protocol Diet?

The Auto Immune Protocol Diet is a short to medium term elimination diet. It was developed by Loren Cordain, PhD, a scientist who discovered that certain foods can many times trigger inflammation in people with autoimmune disease. It is a way of eating that focuses on fresh vegetables, good fats, lean organic meats and low sugar fruits. Basically nutrient dense foods.

One of My AIP Recipes: AIP Roasted Lamb

AIP Lamb Recipe

AIP Roasted Lamb with Fennel, Sweet Potato and Sautéed Greens. Doesn’t look so bad, huh? I find this style of eating to be delicious too.


The diet eliminates inflammatory items and immune stimulants. Examples are excess sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine and alcohol. Even grains like lentils and rice plus nuts, simple carbohydrates, eggs, corn and the nightshade family are removed in the elimination phase. 

What is a nightshade you ask? Eggplant, white potatoes, tomatoes, goji berries, tobacco and more are all part of the night shade family. Nightshades contain solanine, a chemical which some believe make arthritis pain or inflammation worse.

The Auto Immune Protocol for Hashimoto's Disease

How long should I do the Auto Immune Protocol Diet for Hashimoto’s Disease?

The diet is not meant to be a long term diet. Although, some remain on the diet indefinitely or maintain a modified version of it. In time, sometimes as little as 30 days, you can work back in items on the original elimination list in moderate amounts. Gluten is usually permanently eliminated and most tend to keep dairy and soy off the menu. There is a process to the reintroduction phase, which is outlined in a short guide here:

auto immune protocol diet for hashimoto's thyroiditis

My Guide to the Auto Immune Protocol

The AIP Diet can help put into remission autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Chrohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia to name a few.  Studies are starting to find that the AIP elimination diet has also been effective with mitigating symptoms of mental health disorders. These include  anxiety, depression as well as ADD and ADHD in children. 

Links to Just a Few Studies about the Efficacy of Eliminations Diets in Auto Immune Disease, ADHD

Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Effects of a restricted elimination diet on the behaviour of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder

A Program Consisting of a Phytonutrient-rich Medical Food and an Elimination Diet Ameliorated Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Promoted Toxic-element Detoxification in a Pilot Trial

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