The Great Paleo AIP Book & Cookbook Roundup

The Great Paleo AIP Book & Cookbook Roundup | Phoenix Helix

“Your library is your paradise.” ~ Desiderius Erasmus


When I first started the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) on 1/1/13, there were no books for me to reference. A few people like myself had found some basic information on the internet and were figuring it out as we went along. Many of us became online friends and that’s actually how I met Mickey & Angie from Autoimmune Wellness  and Sarah from The Paleo Mom. It’s amazing how much has changed since then. There are now 30+ resources created specifically to help people succeed on the AIP. I’m jealous, my friends! There are now simple guides to answer your questions, flavorful cookbooks to keep your taste buds tantalized, and support groups with thousands of people doing the protocol right alongside you! This is the sign of a powerful grassroots movement. People with autoimmune disease aren’t content to suffer. We are phoenixes rising from the ashes, lifting each other up and showing each other the way. I am so honored to be part of this community with each and every one of you.

I thought it was time to celebrate how far we’ve come, and to collect all of these fabulous AIP resources in one blog post. Tell me: Which ones are your personal favorites, and which ones are you adding to your wish list? Continue reading

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #152

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #152 | Phoenix Helix

“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 62: Preventing Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Episode 62 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Preventing Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Identifying Yourself on the Autoimmune Spectrum

I have rheumatoid arthritis – a diagnosed autoimmune disease, and most of my readers have autoimmune diagnoses as well. But what if you have symptoms with no known cause? You’ve gone from doctor to doctor, and they simply tell you: “Your lab tests are normal.” While in some ways this is good news, it can also be incredibly disheartening. You have no answers and no direction about what to do next.  Dr. Tom O’Bryan is an expert on the development of autoimmune disease, and he writes about the autoimmune spectrum. The autoimmune process begins in our bodies long before enough damage has occurred to warrant a diagnosis. His goal is to help people intervene at this point (or even before they have symptoms) and prevent autoimmune disease before it takes hold. That’s what today’s podcast is all about.

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The Paleo AIP Cold & Flu Survival Guide

The Paleo AIP Cold & Flu Survival Guide | Phoenix Helix

“A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.” ~ Ogden Nash

Nipping It In The Bud

There’s a very brief window when a cold or flu virus first attempts to settle into your body when you have a chance to evict it completely. It’s all about paying attention and acting quickly: Continue reading

Episode 61: Healing Stories 4

Episode 61 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Healing Stories 4Real-Life Stories of Reclaiming Autoimmune Health

If you’re a regular listener of my podcast, you know that I always start my shows with personal stories, where my guests share their health journeys from rock bottom to reclaiming a vital life. But at a least once a year, I dedicate an episode to back-to-back healing stories, and I make an effort to speak to people with different autoimmune diagnoses each time. Today, I have 4 guests who are sharing their experience of reclaiming a vital life with autoimmune disease. Let’s inspire each other!

And If you’d like to hear the prior Healing Stories podcasts, check out: Episode 1, Episode 14 and Episode 30.

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Episode 60: Transitioning from Vegetarian to Paleo

Episode 60 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Transitioning from Vegetarian to Paleo

Ethics, Nutrition and Navigating Change

Many people come to the paleo community after years of veganism or vegetarianism. The reason is usually a health crisis, which can be shocking after eating a diet you thought was healthy for years. Some people embrace meat again without difficulty, but others struggle with ethical concerns, taste and texture issues, and even a loss of identity. In today’s podcast, I interview Registered Dietitian Diana Rodgers on the nutritional difference between these diets, and how to be an Ethical Omnivore. I also interview nutritionist Kinsey Jackson on her personal journey transitioning from vegetarian to paleo. It was a difficult change for her, but led to dramatic improvements in her autoimmune health.

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50 Paleo AIP Holiday Gift Ideas

50 Paleo AIP Holiday Gift Ideas | Phoenix Helix

“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Pleasure of Giving

I’ve always been someone who loved finding the perfect gift, whether small or large, homemade or purchased. This blog post covers all of those categories, with a focus on autoimmune health. I had a blast putting it together, and found some great items for my friends and a few wish list items for myself as well. P.S. – The photo above is a little snow fairy I made last winter. Happy Holidays, everyone! Continue reading

Episode 59: Self-Inquiry and Freedom from Suffering with Byron Katie

Episode 59 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Self-Inquiry and Freedom from Suffering with Byron Katie

Do We Have the Power to Stop Our Own Suffering?

Autoimmune disease and suffering often go hand-in-hand, physically, mentally and emotionally. What we don’t realize is how much pain comes from our minds – the stories we tell ourselves about our experience. This isn’t to say physical suffering isn’t real. But as Byron Katie says in this podcast, it often accounts for a small percentage compared to the anguish created by our minds. Byron Katie says she has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through the powerful process of inquiry she calls The Work, people find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, and themselves—radically shift and their lives are changed forever. She has taught this technique to millions of people around the world, and is the author of six books, including the bestselling Loving What is – 4 Questions That Can Change Your Life.

Episode 59 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Self-Inquiry and Freedom from Suffering with Byron Katie

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Episode 58: Supplements with Kamal Patel

Episode 58 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Supplements with Kamal Patel

Choosing Supplements Wisely

A lot of us in the autoimmune community take supplements. Sometimes they help, sometimes they harm, and sometimes they do nothing at all. Today, we’re going to learn how to make informed choices when it comes to supplementation. My guest is the director of, a website that shares unbiased research into supplements and nutrition. Disclaimer: Neither Kamal nor I are medical professionals. This program is educational and is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult with your doctor when adding supplements to your healthcare protocol.

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What Is Gluten Cross-Reactivity?

What Is Gluten Cross-Reactivity? | Phoenix Helix

“I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.” ~ Johnny Depp

The Theory

Since many people with celiac disease continue to feel sick, even when they eliminate gluten from their diet, scientists have been looking for the reason why. One theory is cross-reactivity. What does that mean? When your body develops an allergy to gluten, it creates antibodies that remember gluten’s protein structure. If you eat gluten, those antibodies set off an inflammatory response. Some other foods have similar protein structures to gluten, and you may react to those as if they were gluten. It’s basically a case of mistaken identify. It’s important to note, however, that cross-reactivity isn’t something that happens to everyone. And very few people cross-react to all of the potential foods. It’s simply something to explore when giving up gluten isn’t enough. Continue reading