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Our Eczema Trials: Auto Immune Paleo and Eczema

My son’s skin is so, so, SO much better than before. His severe eczema really controlled our lives and we had a very hard time managing it. We finally found a host of natural remedies for eczema that worked for his particular skin and our lives have drastically changed.

However, he still battles little flares up here and there behind his knees and around his wrists and we were fairly sure it was related to his diet, which is very clean and unprocessed, but we do allow him to splurge here and there since his flares ups are much easier to control than before thankfully due to our beloved Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. Read more about it in: Manuka Honey Benefits: Heals Eczema Naturally.

Since my son still experienced bouts of eczema and my daughter and I have our own little nagging health issues (she gets dyshidrotic eczema behind her knees), we decided to try (AIP) Auto Immune Paleo for eczema and digestive/gut health. It wasn’t easy to get my husband on board since the diet is quite extreme. Basically you’re allowed most vegetables, fruit in moderation and organic, pastured meat. Read more about the diet in: Healing with Auto Immune Paleo. I prepped my kids, 6 and 8 years old, and told them we were going to be eating differently, healthier for a short amount of time. Together, my husband and I decided to give the diet one month and then we’d evaluate what changes had occurred in our children’s and my health and we’d decide whether to continue or not.

A few weeks in we noticed my son’s aggression was starting to subside and then after one full month his eczema was completely gone! My daughter’s too! 100% gone. I was honestly quite shocked and thrilled, but also a little discouraged. Why? Well, to be honest, while I wanted to know what was triggering this remaining bit of eczema, I was hoping it wasn’t food. We had already eliminated so much from his diet. Read about it in: Our Eczema Trials: Elimination Diet (How You Can Do It Too!) So, it was a bummer but also a revelation, if that makes sense.

But yes, AIP worked for my children’s eczema! You should try it too!

Getting started on AIP is easy with The Best of AIP 2016. It’s a collection of 115 recipes from 22 bloggers from around the world, and it’s a simple way to try new recipes and find new favorites! Get your copy here.

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If you’re looking for more AIP resources and recipes, then check out The Paleo Mom’s ebook, The Paleo Approach. This books explains how to adapt the Paleo lifestyle to heal auto-immune conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, and more.

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I also highly recommend the Real Plans app for AIP meal planning. I organize and plan out all my meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner, for the entire week using this online app. The app comes with quite a few AIP recipes to start with, but I purchased the AIP add-on and it’s been really great. It then gives me a complete shopping list and honesty takes out all the brain work for meal planning and man does it make everything so much simpler. You can easily add recipes manually or via links if you find some gems online or want to load up some from Best of AIP.

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Get started healing your eczema with Auto Immune Paleo today. Let me know which AIP recipes become your favorite! I’ll give you one of mine…..these Plantain Fritters are amazing and kids love them! Just be sure to omit the walnuts and nutmeg to ensure they’re AIP friendly.

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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. andrea #

    Hi Jennifer, I am trying to get my husband on board with this too. How long did it take for you to start seeing results? Are you still on the diet? Was it hard to provide enough snacks for your kids? Snacks are crucial at our house. 🙂

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    January 23, 2017
    • andrea #

      also… did you really cut out eggs? yikes!

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      January 23, 2017
      • Yes, and nuts were a hard one too. Such quick and easy proteins!

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        January 23, 2017
    • Hey – The kids did the diet for one month, I’m going on 2.5 months now personally. We saw changes right at month one for the kids and I’m happy to report that while the kids stopped the diet, they do eat AIP during the week and are given free range with food on the weekends. It was the way I was able to compromise with my husband. And it seems to be working well so far. Their skin is still great! So we’re going to continue on this way and see how it goes. Snacks, we did lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Dried fruit for a rare “dessert” and I did give them AIP pancakes as a splurge here and there. We had a few junk snacks for fun like plantain chips and sweet potato chips. If you have a dehydrator, you can make meat jerky too, which kids love. I made a salmon one that was amazing!

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      January 23, 2017
      • andrea #

        Thanks Jennifer, My son has been on the AIP diet for about a month now. I almost feel like his skin is worse! Ugh. Another battle lost? Or push on? Considering GAPS but am terrified of the Intro diet especially because he is just 2 years old. I know you tried GAPS. What are your thoughts?

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        February 21, 2017
      • I think it’s really hard to know what’s best for everyone. GAPS was not good for my son or I – it made things worse. Sounds like maybe that’s the case with AIP. The question is why is he reacting? What foods have you increased or introduced that are new? Do you think maybe it’s just too much fat and maybe he cannot process it? Or perhaps it’s a specific food or two. Or a new supplement could be causing a reaction. But in the end, it could be the diet. You can certainly try GAPS. But first, have you tried a standard elimination diet of the top most common allergens?

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        February 22, 2017
      • andrea #

        Thanks! We have done an elimination diet. I’ve tried just about everything BUT the GAPS diet. Ugh. So frustrating. I don’t want to believe what the doctors say that his eczema is just something we have to deal with and there is no magic answer but I really don’t know what else to do. I may try cutting out coconut again and see if results are better this time. I’m not ready to take on GAPS.

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        February 23, 2017
  2. Mel #

    I’ve just started on AIP as I’m a Hashimoto/underactive thyroid sufferer who’s recently just discovered that I have the marker for the MTHFR gene mutation as well.

    My daughter had bad eczema as well, we’ve been a healing journey since we’ve discovered that she has leaky gut syndrome due to numerous food intolerances. Since we’ve changed her diet + on a supplement regime her skin has completely cleared.

    All the best of your journey.

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    January 12, 2017
    • That’s so wonderful to hear! Thank you for sharing your story with us Mel!

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      January 17, 2017
  3. Margarita #

    The plantain fritters aren’t AIP.

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    January 10, 2017
    • Eek! You’re right – I forgot to mention omitting the walnuts and nutmeg – just did. Thank you for catching my error.

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      January 10, 2017

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