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.

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Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #146

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #146 | 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 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 Examine.com, 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

Episode 57: Living an Empowered Autoimmune Life

Episode 57 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Living an Empowered Autoimmune Life

Moving from Victim to Self-Advocate

Getting an autoimmune diagnosis often leaves us feeling traumatized and overwhelmed. Add to that the pain, disability, and health crisis that often accompanies the diagnosis, and we can feel like our life is over. This episode is about reclaiming our inner strength and re-creating a vital life again. My guests are Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt from Autoimmune-Paleo.com, and authors of the new guide: The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. We’ll be talking about everything from getting emotional support from loved ones, to putting together a healthcare team, to defining resilience and learning how to face chronic illness from a place of power instead of feeling like a victim.

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Paleo AIP + Low-FODMAP Recipe Roundup (45 Recipes!)

Paleo AIP + Low-FODMAP Recipe Roundup (45 Recipes!) | Phoenix Helix

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”
~ Molière

Low-FODMAP + Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Both the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) and the Low-FODMAP diet are a challenge to do on their own. Combining their restrictions is incredibly hard! So, why do it? Honestly, most people shouldn’t. We want to eat the widest variety of foods possible, because nutrient-density is essential to reversing autoimmune disease. However, there are two health conditions that sometimes accompany autoimmune disease: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). A Low-FODMAP diet can be part of the treatment plan for these conditions. Only follow this diet if prescribed by your practitioner, and remember, it’s not meant to last forever. Just like the AIP, a Low-FODMAP diet has an elimination phase and a reintroduction phase, where you test your body against specific foods to see which ones you can safely add back into your diet. I compiled this recipe roundup for those of you combining these temporary protocols. My goal is to make it a little bit easier, and a lot more delicious! Continue reading

Episode 56: Healthy Detoxification with Torea Rodriguez

Episode 56 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Healthy Detoxification with Torea Rodriguez

Supporting Our Bodies’ Natural Detox Pathways Without Overwhelming Them

Our bodies have natural detox pathways, but they are overwhelmed by modern life. More than 80,000 new chemicals have been released into the world since the industrial revolution 150 years ago, and most of them within the past 50 years. These chemicals have never been fully tested for their effects on our bodies or the environment. We are asking our bodies to detoxify far more than they were designed to handle, and this is an important element in reclaiming our health. That said, there are a lot of scams out there related to detox cleanses, powders and programs. Many people who try these end up feeling worse. So, in this podcast we’re going to learn how to detoxify in a healthy, sustainable way. My guest is Toréa Rodriguez. She is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and a Transformational Life Coach. She’s also a fellow autoimmune warrior.

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Meeting Online Paleo Friends in Real Life

Meeting Online Paleo Friends in Real Life | Phoenix Helix

“People are medicine.” ~ Dallas Hartwig

Finding My Tribe

I don’t know about you, but I live in a small town and the paleo diet isn’t exactly popular here. I have a few friends and acquaintances who dabble in paleo 80/20 style, but I’m the only one who follows a healing diet 100% of the time. So, like many of you, my paleo support network is online, made up of bloggers, readers, and a global community of people walking the same path as me. I don’t think I could have done this alone! Whether it’s sharing recipes, empathy, humor or encouragement, we lift each other up and keep each other going. This is where the internet is an enormous blessing. Yet there’s something special about face-to-face friendships. This year, I got to meet some of my online paleo friends in person. I wondered if I really knew them through our years of internet conversation. You hear so much about people putting their fantasy selves online. However, I don’t think that happens as often in the autoimmune community, at least not in my circle. None of us are interested in sugarcoating the journey. Relationships only deepen when we keep it real. When I met them in person, I felt like I’d known them for years (which I had), but it went from 2-D to 3-D. Continue reading

Episode 55: Saving Time in the Kitchen

Episode 55 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Saving Time in the Kitchen

Tips and Tricks from Experienced Cooks

Life on a healing diet means preparing most – if not all – of your own food. So, that’s a lotta cooking! Anything that saves us time and makes the process more efficient is a lifesaver. It’s also an important part of being able to stick with a healing diet. In this podcast episode, I have 3 wonderful guests. Together we’ll be sharing our best tips for making the most food in the least amount of time, without sacrificing nutrition or flavor.

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The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway!

The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook Review, Sample Recipe & Giveaway | Phoenix Helix“How did it get so late so soon?.” ~ Dr. Seuss

My Favorite Kitchen Appliance

When we’re on a healing diet, we spend a LOT of time cooking. Anything that saves us  time in the kitchen is a lifesaver. I fell in love with my Instant Pot when I first made 24-hour gut-healing bone broth in just two hours. If I never cooked anything else, the pot would have been worth the price. But I wanted to use my Instant Pot for much, much more. That’s how this e-cookbook idea was born. I invited 36 other paleo AIP bloggers to develop recipes for our favorite appliance, and the results surpassed all expectations. We created a cookbook no one person could have made on their own: 141 recipes – everything from broth to veggies to main courses and desserts – and they’re not only delicious but FAST! Continue reading