Top 5 Mistakes People Make Reintroducing Foods

Top 5 Mistakes People Make Reintroducing Foods | Phoenix Helix

“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

1. Doing Them Too Soon, or Not Doing Them At All

The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) has two phases. Elimination and Reintroductions. The elimination phase lasts a minimum of 30 days, and sometimes up to a year. How long should it last for you? That depends on two things: First, you want to see clear improvement in your autoimmune symptoms before beginning the reintroduction process. That’s how you’ll be able to tell when you’re having a food reaction – it will cause symptoms to reappear temporarily. If you haven’t seen any improvement yet, you’re flying blind.

Second, you want to be emotionally ready for reintroductions. Some people feel so good on the AIP that they fear the reintroduction process. It’s OK to wait until you are looking forward to expanding your diet again. Just be sure to focus on nutrient-density in the meantime, eating as wide a variety of foods as possible within the AIP template. However, strict AIP isn’t meant to last forever. The more restricted our diet, the greater our risk for developing both nutrient deficiencies and disordered eating patterns. So, make it your goal to do reintroductions at some point. Continue reading

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #92

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

Episode 28: History of the AIP with Robb Wolf

Episode 28 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: History of the AIP with Robb Wolf

Honoring The Paleo Movement’s Ancestors

Many of us have had our lives transformed through the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), including Robb Wolf who has reversed ulcerative colitis. While it’s not yet a mainstream healthcare approach, it’s gaining momentum and visibility worldwide. It’s been reported in mainstream news outlets like USA Today, and Sarah Ballantyne’s book, The Paleo Approach, became a New York Times Best Seller. At the same time, though, we’ve forgotten a lot of the pioneers who did the research we’re using in our own health journeys today. I invited Robb onto this podcast to help us honor them. Robb was doing paleo in the 90’s when very few people had heard of it. He became Loren Cordain‘s graduate student and delved into the research by his side. Loren is considered “the grandfather of the AIP.” Today, we’ll learn more about Robb, Loren, and the other researchers who first discovered the power of diet and lifestyle to reverse autoimmune disease, as well as the ones proving it through clinical trials today.

Episode 28 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: History of the AIP with Robb Wolf
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The Gratitude Workbook Review & Giveaway!

Gratitude Workbook Review & Giveaway | Phoenix Helix“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” ~ Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winner was chosen with a random number generator on 9/25/2015. Congratulations to Candace Hoffman-Hussain! 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 the role gratitude can play in our health.

Our Brains are Wired for Negativity

Too often, we take the blessings in our lives for granted, noticing only what’s wrong instead of what’s right. It’s not our fault –  our brains are actually wired for this. It’s called the negativity bias. We pay much closer attention to negative experiences than positive ones, and remember them more vividly as well. In fact, we can brood and obsess upon them, while positive thoughts and feelings are often fleeting. Why do we do this? It makes sense from an evolutionary perspective. Back in caveman times, we needed to be alert to danger. Giving more importance to anything that seemed “wrong” in our environment likely kept us alive. Now, however, we’re stuck with this bias we no longer need, and it can dramatically impact our health and happiness. Continue reading

Episode 27: Hashimoto’s with Andrea Nakayama

Episode 27 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Hashimoto's with Andrea Nakayama

The Dance With Autoimmunity

"Episode 27 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Hashimoto's with Andrea Nakayama

Andrea Nakayama is a woman living with Hashimoto’s herself, who is also an expert in the field professionally. What tests are included in a complete thyroid panel? How do we find a good doctor? How do we manage our ever-changing symptoms in a way that feels empowering, rather than disheartening? Even if you don’t have thyroid issues, this show is worth a listen. A surprising number of symptoms can have undiagnosed thyroid issues at their root.

We also discuss her upcoming free webinar on September 19th: The Butterfly Effect – Harnessing Thyroid Health Beyond Medicine, and her online course that starts October 1st: The Girls Guide to Hashimoto’s.

The recipient of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals’ 2015 Impact Award, functional nutritionist and educator Andrea Nakayama (CNE, CNC, CHHC) is leading thousands of clients, students, and practitioners in a global nutrition revolution focused on reclaiming ownership over one’s own health. Through Replenish PDX she helps chronically ill people chart their path to recovery, and in her school for practitioners, Holistic Nutrition Lab, she teaches clinicians the science and art of a functional nutrition practice.

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Navigating Setbacks

Navigating Setbacks | Phoenix Helix“Resilience isn’t a superhero trait. We talk of “conquering” limitations, beating back disease, overcoming loss. The reality is much more complex. Those friends and clients who have been amazing models of resilience have also been fully, richly human. Not every day is a good day. Not every step leads you forward. Not every battle is won. We all pick ourselves up at some point, and some days we let ourselves stay “down” a little longer than others. We feel what we need to feel. The pivotal point is recovering yourself and reengaging your life on renewed terms” ~ Mark Sisson

Please Not This! 

You’ve embraced the paleo diet and lifestyle, noticed a huge reduction in your autoimmune symptoms, and overall you’ve been feeling great and grateful. Suddenly, out of nowhere, your autoimmune symptoms flare and remind you of where you started. What’s happening, and how can you quickly return to feeling better? Continue reading

Episode 26: Beyond Food – Healing Lifestyle

Episode 26 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Beyond Food - Healing Lifestyle
Healing is About So Much More Than Food

My website and podcast are dedicated to reversing autoimmune disease through the paleo diet and lifestyle. Often, people get so caught up in the diet component that they completely ignore the lifestyle piece, but it’s just as important – maybe even more so! Sarah Ballantyne, author of The Paleo Approach and leader of the AIP movement says this: “Let me be clear: Dietary changes aren’t effective in isolation. If you don’t address lifestyle factors as well, it won’t matter how ideal your food choices are.” So today, I’m interviewing four people about one lifestyle change that has made a big difference in their autoimmune healing journey. Sarah is one of them. If you haven’t started addressing your lifestyle choices yet, I offer you this podcast as inspiration to start today.

Episode 26 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Beyond Food - Healing Lifestyle
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Continuous Brew Kombucha vs Batch Brew. Which is Better?

Continuous Brew Kombucha vs Batch Brew. Which is Better? | Phoenix Helix

“Human beings have recognised the magic and power of fermentation for as long as we have been human.”
~ Sandor Ellix Katz

Kombucha Love

Kombucha is a beloved beverage in the real food community, and my Kombucha Myths vs Truths and Tips and Troubleshooting articles are two of the most popular posts on this blog. Today, I’m adding to my kombucha series by exploring the hot topic: What’s the best way to brew kombucha? Many people automatically say continuous brew – hands-down. I’ve been brewing kombucha for 3 years now, and I’ve done both the batch brew method and the continuous brew. Below, I’ll share the pros and cons of each. Spoiler alert: One’s not always better for everyone, but depending on your circumstances, one method might be better for you. Continue reading

Episode 25: Paleo Travel

Episode 25 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Paleo Travel

The World is a Big and Beautiful Place

When we’re on a healing diet, our kitchens become our safe places. It’s where we prepare delicious food that helps our body heal, with no worry of cross-contamination or hidden ingredients that can cause an autoimmune flare. However, we don’t want to feel trapped at home. Many of us have loved ones spread across the globe, and there are also so many beautiful places to visit. How can we travel with confidence, and stay healthy at the same time?

I’ve been on a healing diet for three years now, and I have traveled extensively. My two guests have traveled even more than me. We share advice for everything from plane travel to road trips, international adventures, camping, business trips, Disneyworld and more. Pack your bags! Fun awaits.

Episode 25 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Paleo Travel

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Do Paleo-Friendly Autoimmune Specialist MDs Exist?

Do Paleo-Friendly Autoimmune Specialist MDs Exist? | Phoenix Helix“Before you examine the body of a patient, be patient to learn his story. For once you learn his story, you will also come to know his body.” ~ Suzy Kassem

The Short Answer

Yes, they exist, but they are a rare breed. I searched long and hard, scouring websites and directories, posting questions in numerous paleo autoimmune Facebook groups, polling my fellow autoimmune bloggers and friends, and came up with this short list. While the vast majority of autoimmune specialist MDs believe diet makes no difference and we are fooling ourselves to think otherwise, I found 25 doctors who are open to the paleo lifestyle. My hope is that they are the pioneers of a growing movement in medicine, where doctors will finally embrace the simple truth that what we eat, and how we live, affects how we feel. Continue reading