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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Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #64

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

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

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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