Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #130

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #130 | 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

Balsamic Strawberry Basil Coconut Ice Cream

(Paleo, AIP, GAPS)

Balsamic Strawberry Basil Coconut Ice Cream | Phoenix Helix

“I shall remember this moment: the silence, the twilight, the bowl of strawberries, the bowl of milk.” ~ Ingmar Bergman

Summer in a Bowl

Summer is the season I break out my ice cream machine and do some flavor experiments. This recipe was born from my local Farmers Market, where they sell fresh basil for $1/lb alongside ripe, local strawberries. The result is one of the best ice creams I’ve ever tasted! I could seriously eat it every day, except I know I need to limit sweets on a healing diet. Enjoy it on your next special occasion. Continue reading

Episode 49: Rheumatoid Arthritis with Dr. Melissa McNamara

Episode 49 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Rheumatoid Arthritis with Dr. Melissa McNamara

Q&A with a Paleo Rheumatologist

Finding a rheumatologist who combines paleo principles with functional medicine to address root causes, and conventional medicine to control symptoms when necessary, feels very much like finding a unicorn. One of my blog readers let me know about Dr. Melissa McNamara, who practices in the Bay Area of California but also consults with people worldwide. She took time out of her busy schedule to share her treatment philosophy, when it comes to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Episode 48: Medication Decisions

Episode 48 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Medication Decisions

Deciding Whether or Not to Take Autoimmune Medication

This is a decision we are all faced with and it’s rarely an easy one. Not only that, but our decision might change over the course of our illness. This podcast was inspired by my recent decision to start medication after 4 years on the paleo autoimmune protocol. Today, I share the reasons behind my decision and also interview 5 other people about their medication choices. My guests have a wide range of diagnoses and experiences. Some have always taken medication, some have never taken medication, and some have gone on or off medication, based on changes in how they feel. The important thing to know is that there is no one right choice for everyone. My goal with this podcast episode isn’t to provide answers, but just to highlight the complexity of this decision, and let us all know that we’re not alone.

To be clear – this show isn’t designed to be medical advice. Definitely work with your doctors when deciding what choice is best for you.

Episode 48 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Medication Decisions
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Starting Medication After 4 Years on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Starting Medication After 4 Years on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol | Phoenix Helix

“Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.” ~ Anonymous

Deep Breath

This is one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written, because it’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. So, I’m going to do my best to share where I started (for those of you who don’t know my whole story), and what changed that led me to this choice today. All of us with autoimmune disease face medication decisions at different points in our lives. This post isn’t meant to be advice for anyone else. I’m just sharing my journey. Continue reading

Episode 47: Adrenal Fatigue Update with Christopher Kelly

Episode 47 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Adrenal Fatigue Update with Christopher Kelly

A New Test and a New Way of Looking at Adrenal Fatigue

Christopher Kelly was the guest on Episode 15 of this podcast, where he gave us an overview of adrenal fatigue, and talked about how he recovered from this condition himself and helped many others do the same through his functional medicine practice, Nourish Balance Thrive. Today, we’re going to talk about a new diagnostic test, called the DUTCH test, and how it has changed the way Chris sees and treats this condition in his practice. Chris is a pro mountain biker and his practice focuses on helping athletes recover their health.

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Simple French Paleo Cookbook Review, Sample Recipe and Giveaway!

Simple French Paleo Cookbook Review, Sample Recipe and Giveaway! | Phoenix Helix“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”
~ Julia Child

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winner was chosen with a random number generator on 6/18/2016. Congratulations to Jennifer Cvelic! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. The book is for sale through Amazon.com. Keep reading below for a detailed review including a sample recipe for Nightshade-Free Ratatouille.

A Taste of France in your AIP Kitchen

Sophie is one of my favorite bloggers in the paleo autoimmune community. She has a beautiful blog called A Squirrel in the Kitchen, which combines gorgeous food photography with delicious, approachable recipes, as well as straightforward advice for living a healthy autoimmune life. She herself used the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) to put her Hashimotos into remission. With this cookbook, she combines her French Belgian upbringing with her knowledge of the AIP to bring a whole new flavor profile to our kitchens. I love how the cookbooks for our community are expanding. Each new offering is completely unlike the ones that came before. Continue reading

Episode 46: Paleo Dietitian Q&A with Amy Kubal

Episode 46 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Paleo Dietitian Q&A with Amy Kubal

Confused About Diet? Amy’s Here to Help!

Today, we’re going to cover some frequently asked questions about eating well for autoimmune health:

  • What’s the optimal macronutrient ratio?
  • Are dietary fats healthy or harmful?
  • If we don’t eat dairy, how do we get enough calcium?
  • How do we keep our blood sugar balanced?
  • If we’re having trouble reaching a healthy weight, what can we do?
  • How can we troubleshoot digestive issues?
  • And more!

Amy Kubal is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She is one of the rare RD’s in our country who understands and advocates the paleo diet and lifestyle. She’s sharing her expertise in this episode.

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Where Medication Fits on a Healing Diet

Where Medication Fits on a Healing Diet | Phoenix Helix

“Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.”
~ Doris Lessing

Frequently Asked Questions

When we embark on a healing diet, the hope is that we can reverse our autoimmune disease, heal our bodies at a deep level, regain abilities, and reduce or eliminate our need for medication. But that’s not something that happens overnight. Today, I’m answering the most common questions people ask about medications and the paleo diet. Continue reading

Episode 45: Social Lives on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Episode 45 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Social Lives on the AIP

Adapting Your Social Life to Your Healing Diet

In cultures around the world, we gather together over food: we have dinner dates, drinks with friends, favorite festivals, and big family meals at our grandparents’ house. What happens when we can’t eat that food any more? Some people make the mistake of giving up their social life altogether because they simply don’t know how to manage it. Today, I have 3 experienced AIP-ers on the podcast to share their experience and advice for having a full and fun social life while still staying true to your healing diet. It can be done!

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