Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #68

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

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

Episode 12: Circadian Rhythms with Paul Jaminet

Episode 12 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Circadian Rhythms with Paul Jaminet

Our Inner Clock Does So Much More Than Keep Time

Episode 12 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Circadian Rhythms with Paul JaminetCircadian Rhythms affect all aspects of health, from hormone balance, to metabolism, to our ability to sleep well at night, and most important of all – our ability to heal. You can see why this is such an important topic for those of us reversing autoimmune disease. In today’s podcast, I’m joined by Dr. Paul Jaminet, author of The Perfect Health Diet, and an expert on Circadian Rhythm Entrainment – harnessing our internal clock to heal.

We also talk about his dietary protocol in detail, why he recommends eating white rice, and how infections relate to autoimmunity.
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4 Flavors of Cauliflower “Rice”

4 Flavors of Cauliflower "Rice" | Phoenix Helix

“The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it.” ~ Daniel Gilbert

Cauliflower Just Got a Lot More Interesting

One of the benefits of developing new recipes for this blog is that it shakes me out of my food ruts. I tend to just broil or sauté cauliflower, and if I make cauli-rice, it’s usually plain as a base for something more interesting, like curry. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it can get a little boring. No longer! I figured your standards might be a little bit higher, so I spent the past two months trying out different flavor combinations. These are the ones that made the cut. Side note: there’s a theory that bacon makes everything taste better; cauliflower rice is the exception! I know – it shocked me, too. Continue reading

Episode 11: Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo AIP

Episode 11 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Reintroducing Foods on the AIP
The Two Most Common Mistakes People Make with Reintroductions

  1. Not doing them at all. Strict AIP isn’t meant to last forever. The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) has two phases: (1) Elimination and (2) Reintroduction. Some people make the mistake of thinking the elimination phase is meant to last forever. While that phase is incredibly important for healing, it’s designed to be temporary. Once our autoimmune symptoms improve, we are meant to expand our diet again. Reintroductions are the slow, careful process of figuring out which foods are safe for you to eat again.
  2. Rushing the process and reintroducing too many foods at once. Truth talk: the AIP is hard to do. A lot of people white-knuckle their way through the elimination period and then rush the reintroductions, because they miss these foods so much. Unfortunately, this muddies the experiment. If you get an inflammatory response, you won’t know which food caused it, putting you back at square one. The reintroduction process is scientific self-experimentation at its finest, and you want to do it right, because you don’t want to have to repeat the elimination step.

In today’s podcast, I’m joined by Whitney Ross-Gray from Nutrisclerosis and Alaena Haber from Grazed and Enthused. We talk about the reintroduction process: when to start, how to do it correctly, and share our experiences about which foods we’ve each added back into our diet.

Episode 11 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Reintroducing Foods on the AIP
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GAPS Intro Diet Modified for Autoimmune Disease

GAPS Intro Diet Modified for Autoimmune Disease | Phoenix Helix

“In science the important thing is to modify and change one’s ideas as science advances.” ~ Herbert Spencer

The Origin of This Post

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I started with the GAPS diet, and then transitioned to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), because I was still struggling with inflammation and autoimmune flares. Katy Haldiman had the same experience, and we’re not alone. Many people with autoimmune disease struggle on the GAPS protocol because it reintroduces foods very quickly, that are common food intolerances for people with autoimmune disease (such as nuts, dairy and eggs.) The GAPS protocol uses a skin sensitivity method to determine food intolerance. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for many of us.

Katy is a nutritional therapist whom I interviewed on a recent episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast. This topic came up, and she mentioned that she modified the GAPS Introduction Diet to use with her autoimmune clients, with great success. I asked her if she’d share it with us, and she agreed. Here’s Katy, writing about this protocol: Continue reading