Nourish Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway!

Nourish Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway | Phoenix Helix

“Taste is the feminine of genius.” ~ Edward Fitzgerald

An AIP Foodie Cookbook

Just a few years ago, there were no cookbooks for the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). We had to adapt our own recipes and “wing it.” For a lot of us, that meant our food was pretty boring. Not any more! We now have enough books that people are starting to branch out into specialties. Nourish is a cookbook for people who love food, love flavor, and want to ban boredom from their kitchen. What do I mean? Instead of a plain burger recipe, you’ll find Duck Fat Burgers with Mango and Avocado Spread. Instead of simple chicken breasts, try Chicken Street Tacos with Blueberry Salsa. Instead of sausage patties, how about Sausage Gravy “Benedict” in Portobello Mushroom Caps? Is your mouth watering yet? You can find the full recipe list here. Continue reading

Episode 16: Young, Single and AIP

Episode 16 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Young, Single and AIP

Not Footloose and Fancy-Free

I’m 46 years old, and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 43. When I was in my teens and twenties, I was living on ramen noodles and bricks of Cracker Barrel cheese, pulling all-nighters to either study or party, and my health was not my top priority. My three guests have a very different life experience. They were all diagnosed with their autoimmune disease at a young age, and they chose the impressive path of healing through diet and lifestyle. Today, we’ll be talking about the blessings and challenges of living an AIP life when you’re young and single.

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Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #70

Welcome to the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable - A Weekly Recipe Sharing Event!

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl

Welcome to the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable!

If you’re not familiar with the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP), check out my series of articles. In a nutshell, it’s an elimination diet, designed to help people with autoimmune disease identify food intolerances. When you’re on the protocol, it can be hard to find recipes, because so many food groups are excluded. This recipe roundtable is here to help! Continue reading

AIP Food Pyramid

AIP Food Pyramid | Phoenix Helix

“Abundance is not something we acquire.
It is something we tune into.” ~ Wayne Dyer

Focusing on the Bounty

When we talk about the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP), we often focus on what we CAN’T eat. There’s a reason for that. It’s a big change from the diet we’ve spent our lives eating, and when you first start the protocol, you can find yourself looking at an empty plate and asking “Well, what CAN I eat?” I have a grocery list on this website, and there are many cookbooks and meal plans available, but sometimes it’s helpful to have a visual picture of what this diet looks like. Here’s the truth: you can eat delicious, satiating food every day on the AIP, and that’s a key to this diet being sustainable. If you feel deprived, you won’t stick with it. Continue reading

Episode 15: Adrenal Fatigue

Episode 15 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Adrenal Fatigue

Tired and Wired

Do you feel tired during the day, but find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep at night? Have you lost all of your motivation and desire to do the things you used to call fun? Do you simply feel exhausted, like you can’t replenish or recover? You might be suffering from adrenal fatigue, which often accompanies autoimmune disease.

Today, I’m joined by Christopher Kelly, co-owner of the functional medicine practice, Nourish Balance Thrive. He has recovered from adrenal fatigue himself and helped hundreds of others do the same. If the photo below gets you curious, he’s also a proud father and professional mountain biker.

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Instant Pot Bone Broth Tutorial

Instant Pot Bone Broth Tutorial | Phoenix Helix

“Instant gratification takes too long.” ~ Carrie Fisher

Instant Pot Love

I have a lot of friends in the paleo community, and they have been buying Instant Pots left and right. I finally joined the bandwagon this January, and I admit it – I’m smitten. I feel about this Instant Pot the way I used to feel about my Kitchenaid Mixer (remember those pre-paleo baking days?). It just makes life so much easier!

The Instant Pot is many kitchen appliances in one. It’s a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a yogurt maker, and it even has a sauté function where you can brown meat before cooking it for added flavor. How impressive is that? But if you only use it to make your weekly bone broth, your world is still going to be rocked. Why? It makes gelatinous 24-hour broth in just 2-1/2 hours. Continue reading

Episode 14: Healing Stories 2

Episode 14 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Healing Stories 2
Real-Life Stories of Reversing Autoimmune Disease

The very first episode of this podcast was called Healing Stories. I shared my own journey, and interviewed four other people who had reversed their autoimmune disease through the paleo diet and lifestyle. What does that mean exactly? It means taking our health into our own hands and reclaiming abilities we thought we had lost forever.

In the introduction to every podcast, I say this, “While there is no cure for autoimmune disease, the choices we make every day can have a powerful impact on how we feel.” There’s nothing more inspiring than real-life examples, and Episode 1 remains the most popular episode. Today, I’m doing a sequel. I’ve interviewed five more people, each with a different autoimmune disease than was shared in Episode 1. Some have achieved a medication-free remission. Others have gone from near-death to a beautiful life through a combination of medication and the paleo lifestyle. There is no one definite of success. We celebrate every healing journey.

Episode 14 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Healing Stories 2
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Salmon Primavera

Salmon Primavera | Phoenix Helix

“I may not be Julia Child, but I can do pretty well with a simple recipe and a lot of enthusiasm.” ~ Marlo Thomas

Playing in the Kitchen

I finally got a spiralizer for Christmas, after 2-1/2 years on a paleo diet. The inner child in me is very pleased! Do you have one? It is super-fun! If you don’t have one, no worries. You can make zucchini noodles with a julienne peeler, or wider noodles with a regular vegetable peeler. Zucchini’s not picky.

The Importance of Seafood on a Healing Diet

As part of my healing protocol, I’ve made an effort to eat more seafood. This was a big switch for me. Although I grew up on Cape Cod, I hated seafood as a child. Now, I’ve come to love it. I’m still kind of amazed. Taste buds do change (with a little effort).

Why the effort? Both Dr. Terry Wahls (author of The Wahls Protocol) and Dr. Sarah Ballantyne (author of The Paleo Approach) recommend wild-caught seafood as an important part of our diet. This is because it’s the best natural source of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids.

If you have concerns about eating seafood, read my article: Does Healthy Sustainable Seafood Exist? Wild Alaskan Salmon is one of the best choices you can make. If you can’t find it locally, I recommend Vital Choice Seafood. They sell salmon pieces in 1 lb. packs for a much lower price than the filets. Those pieces are perfect for this recipe. If you’re a new customer, use the code VCAFINT for a 10% discount off your first order.

A Quick Meal

This recipe takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, including prep and cooking time. And it’s simply delicious. I’ve been making it every week! Continue reading

Episode 13: Autoimmunity and Infertility

Episode 13 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Autoimmunity and Infertility

What is the Connection Between Autoimmunity and Infertility?

Episode 13 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Autoimmunity and InfertilityOur guest today is Dr. Fiona McCulloch, a Naturopathic Doctor specializing in fertility. In her 14 years of practice, she has seen many patients who also have autoimmune disease. Some knew that in advance. Others she helped diagnose.

Today we talk about that connection. Why do people with autoimmune disease often struggle with infertility? How can we reverse this problem and restore fertility again?

We also talk about the connection between hormones and autoimmune flares, and how health on all levels begins at the most basic level – our cells.


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He Won’t Know It’s Paleo Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway!

He Won't Know It's Paleo Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway | Phoenix Helix

“Bre’anna Emmitt is the Paula Deen of the AIP community, providing the comfort food we love, with one big difference: these recipes are good for our health.” ~ Eileen Laird

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winner was chosen with a random number generator on 2/27/2015. Congratulations to Su! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. The book is reasonably priced and worth every penny. You can purchase a copy here. Keep reading below for a detailed review including a sample recipe for Asian Lettuce Wraps.

The Paula Deen of the AIP Community

I first met Bre’anna last year, when she joined a recipe group I help moderate on Facebook. She started creating recipes for things like queso dip, blackberry cobbler and pigs in a pillow. To say that people were psyched is an understatement. These are the types of recipes we associate with comfort, childhood, and southern traditions, and until Bre’anna they weren’t an option on the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP).

I call Bre’anna the Paula Deen of the AIP community. I mean no insult! I always loved Paula’s exuberance and love of home cookin’. I like Bre’anna even more, because she’s removed the inflammatory ingredients from these foods, and created a new category of healthy comfort food. Continue reading