Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #60

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

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

Episode 10: Overcoming Self-Sabotage

Episode 10 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Overcoming Self-Sabotage

Breaking Painful Habits

Episode 10 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Overcoming Self-SabotageI get so many emails from readers who have learned how food and lifestyle affects their body, but continue to make choices that cause autoimmune flares. When they email me, they’re in a lot of pain physically and emotionally, and they’re desperate to stop this pattern. It breaks my heart. So, this podcast is dedicated to all of you. I’m joined by two guests who have both personal and professional wisdom to share.

Dr. Judy Tsafrir is a psychiatrist who specializes in nutritional approaches to healing, using the GAPS Diet and the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol with her patients. Today, she’ll be teaching us what’s going on in our bodies and brains, when we sabotage our own health. Rory Linehan is the blogger behind The Paleo PI. He has personal experience overcoming self-sabotage and will be sharing his story with us today.

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Can Skipping Sleep Cause an Autoimmune Flare?

Can Skipping Sleep Cause an Autoimmune Flare? - Phoenix Helix

“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”
~ Thomas Dekker

The Effects of Skipping Sleep

So, you’ve made your bone broth, kombucha, meat patties, and roasted vegetables for the week. You’ve prepared your kids’ lunchboxes and helped them with their homework. After they go to bed, you steal some yoga time, trying to quiet your mind in preparation for bed. But then you suddenly remember your daughter’s class is having a birthday party, and you forgot to make a paleo cupcake for her to eat. You sigh, stand up from downward dog, and head back into the kitchen to whip up some cupcakes, eating two yourself before heading to sleep after midnight. You have to get up in six hours to run errands before work, and as you lie there willing yourself to fall asleep, the task seems impossible. You soothe yourself by remembering that the grandparents are taking the kids for the weekend, so you can catch up on your sleep then.

Sound familiar? Maybe you don’t have kids, but you have a job that requires you to work long hours, or you’re in school yourself with an ever-growing list of homework. How many of us try to squeeze extra time out of the day, by staying up late or getting up early? We sacrifice sleep, because in American culture, we don’t value it. We consider it unproductive time, but we’re wrong. Continue reading

Episode 09: What Is Functional Medicine?

Episode 9 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: What Is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine 101

Episode 9 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: What Is Functional Medicine?The previous podcast episode was Getting Help Part 1: Health and Nutrition Coaching. Today, we’re talking about the next level of help, when your autoimmune condition is more complex and isn’t responding to a healing diet. You need to delve deeper. Where do you begin?

Anne Angelone is an acupuncturist, herbalist and functional medicine practitioner, specializing in reversing autoimmune disease. She walks us through how functional medicine works, which tests are most helpful, and which interventions she recommends.

Anne also has ankylosing spondylitis and uveitis herself, which she has reversed through the paleo diet and lifestyle, along with functional medicine interventions. She’ll be sharing her healing story with us today.

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85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts Cookbook Review, Sample Recipe & Giveaway!

85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts Cookbook Review & Sample Recipe | Phoenix Helix

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last,
“what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
~ A.A. Milne

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

Ten winners were chosen with Rafflecopter on 1/8/15. Congratulations to all of them! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. This e-cookbook is just $12.95 and worth every penny. You can purchase a copy here.

Happy New Year!

Are you starting the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol today? Otherwise known as the AIP? Two years ago on January 1, 2013, I started the AIP and it transformed my health. There’s something about the “fresh start” feeling of a new year that helps a lot of us jumpstart a big change. I have good news for all of you who are doing that today: a cookbook to make that change much easier. For those of you who are AIP veterans, this cookbook is here to spruce up your mornings and bust through breakfast boredom. Continue reading

Link Love: 50 Paleo AIP & GAPS Slow Cooker Recipes

50 Paleo AIP and GAPS Slow Cooker Recipes | Phoenix Helix

“The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: Even the simplest food is a gift.”
~ Laurie Colwin

Crushing on My Crockpot

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I’m a big fan of the crockpot (aka slow cooker). There’s nothing quite so satisfying as throwing a few things in a pot, leaving the house, and coming home from work to delicious aromas and dinner ready! It’s the closest I’ll come to having a person chef.

This blog is all about reversing autoimmune disease through diet and lifestyle, and that means home cooking, baby! And when it’s every single meal, every single day, that can take a whole lot of time. I’m all for making things easier, and that’s what slow cookers do. So, today, I have a roundup of delicious recipes, to do some of that cooking for you. Continue reading

Episode 08: Getting Help – Health and Nutrition Coaching

Episode 8 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Getting Help - Health and Nutrition Coaching

We Don’t Have To Do This Alone

Reversing autoimmune disease through diet and lifestyle is hard work. The rewards are absolutely worth it, but sometimes a little extra help can make it a whole lot easier. When do we ask for that help? Most of us who choose this path are independent and self-motivated people. We’re often frustrated by the failures of conventional medicine, and have reached a point where we’re ready to take our health into our own hands. The internet is now full of information (like this blog) that points us in the right direction. Sometimes, that’s all we need.

But what if you have brain fog and can’t wrap your mind around what’s necessary to implement these changes? Or your family isn’t supportive, so you have daily obstacles and temptations making it much harder? Perhaps you’ve been on a healing diet for a while and aren’t seeing results; you need to troubleshoot and don’t know where to start. Or maybe you’ve tried to switch to paleo a few times now, but always gave up after the first week, because it’s too darn hard.

In today’s episode, I interview two people who are making autoimmune healing much easier. They both have autoimmune disease themselves, which they reversed through diet and lifestyle, and they now work professionally helping others do the same. Angie Alt is a health coach, and Katy Haldiman is a nutritional therapist. We talk about the different services they offer, and when is a good time to seek help.

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Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway!

Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook Review and Sample Recipe | Phoenix Helix

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” ~ Brené Brown

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winner was chosen with a random number generator on 12/19/2014. Congratulations to Benjamin! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. The book is reasonably priced, worth every penny, and available in e-book or hardcopy. Keep reading below for a detailed review, an interview with the author, and a sample recipe.

A New Cookbook on the AIP Block

The paleo community has been blessed with a wide array of cookbooks for years, but the same has not been true for those following the autoimmune protocol (the AIP). For years, we had no resources at all. Then, Mickey published The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook in 2013. A year later, Sarah published the Paleo Approach Cookbook. And now, I’m excited to announce we have a third: The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook by Angie Alt. It’s so exciting that more and more resources are becoming available to support us on this healing journey. It ain’t easy, but thanks to people like Mickey, Sarah and Angie, it’s getting easier.

Some people may ask, “Do we really need another AIP cookbook?” OMG – Yes, please! I can’t tell you how many depressing moments I’ve had flipping through paleo cookbooks and finding that 90% percent of the recipes contain ingredients I can’t eat. There are only three hardcopy AIP cookbooks currently available, all unique, and I’m so grateful for each and every one of them. (This cookbook is available in both e-book and hardcopy.) Continue reading

Episode 07: The Wahls Protocol with Dr. Terry Wahls

Episode 7 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: The Wahls Protocol with Dr. Terry Wahls

Meet One of My Sheroes

If you’re new to paleo and you haven’t heard of Terry Wahls, prepare to be inspired. If you’ve heard Terry speak before, and she’s one of your sheroes as well, you’re going to love this interview.

Terry is a physician with multiple sclerosis, for whom standard medication failed. In spite of receiving the best treatment available, she quickly declined to a wheelchair and was on her way to being bedridden, with no hope of improvement. She put her scientific background to work and began researching the nutrients our bodies need to heal and regenerate. She dramatically changed her diet from vegetarian to the nutrient-dense Wahls Protocol, adding 9 cups of vegetables daily to a high-quality paleo diet. Within a year, she was out of the wheelchair and on a bicycle.

Today, we talk about her protocol in detail, advice for beginners, common mistakes people make, transitioning from vegetarianism, do a guided meditation, and get an update on her clinical trials. Her first research is proving the effectiveness of her protocol on others with MS. In 2015, her trials will expand to patients with fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Episode 7 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: The Wahls Protocol with Dr. Terry Wahls

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