Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #75

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

Episode 19: Fecal Microbiota Transplants

Episode 19 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Fecal Microbiota Transplants

The Power of our Microbiome To Heal (or Harm)

This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast focuses on Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT). How does our microbiome affect our health? Is it possible that a “poop transplant” could reverse autoimmune disease? While that sounds a little crazy, if you listen to this episode, it might start to make sense. Right now, FMTs are being used in the United States to cure life-threatening C. difficile infections, where medication has failed. Internationally, clinics are doing research into FMTs in the treatment of autoimmune disease. Today, I’m interviewing a specialist in this field about the science behind these transplants. And then we hear from two patients who have received them: one for C. difficile and one for multiple sclerosis.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Duck Fat Apple Juice Glaze

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Duck Fat Apple Juice Glaze | Phoenix Helix

“I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.” ~ Madame Benoit

5 Reasons I Love This Recipe

  1. It’s Easier. You know how hard it is to cut a spaghetti squash in half? Those gourds are hard! Well, you can cook it whole in the Instant Pot, and when it’s done, the knife slices right through the soft skin.
  2. Better Texture. Have you ever eaten mushy spaghetti squash, that has no resemblance to actual spaghetti? By cooking the squash whole, the steam doesn’t get inside. Result: ‘al dente’ noodles that are a much closer pasta substitute.
  3. It’s Faster. If you try to cook a whole spaghetti squash in the oven, it’s going to take you about 90 minutes. If you cut it in half, it still takes 45. This recipe takes just 20 minutes in the Instant Pot.
  4. One Pot = Less Dishes. If you’re like me, you are sick and tired of doing dishes. Thanks to the Sauté function on the Instant Pot, you can cook the squash AND the sauce in the same pot. Easy cleaning!
  5. It’s Yummy. Enough said.

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Episode 18: Autoimmune Skin Conditions

Episode 18 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Autoimmune Skin Conditions

Healing Your Body From The Inside Out

While all autoimmune diseases have common factors (molecular mimicry, an overactive immune system, leaky gut, food and stress triggers, etc.), autoimmune skin conditions sometimes have additional influences. So, that’s the focus of our podcast today. Whether you have psoriasis, eczema, lichen planus, hidradenitis suppurativa, rosacea, or another autoimmune or immune-stimulated condition, listen in! And even if you don’t have skin issues, but are looking for some troubleshooting ideas for symptoms that aren’t resolving quickly, this episode might have the answers you seek.

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A-Z Vegetable Recipe Roundup (Wahls + Paleo AIP)

A-Z Vegetable Recipe Roundup (Wahls + Paleo AIP) | Phoenix Helix

“Ripe vegetables were magic to me. Unharvested, the garden bristled with possibility.” ~ Michael Pollan

Veggie Magic

When it comes to following a healing diet, vegetables are really important. They contain phytonutrients you can’t find elsewhere, which is why Terry Wahls recommends 6-9 cups daily, and Sarah Ballantyne recommends 8-14 cups daily. Paleo may be famous for its meat, but most of us eat #morevegetablesthanavegetarian. Some people are overwhelmed when they hear those numbers. If that’s you, take a deep breath. I’m here to help!

  • First, know that the veggies are measured raw, and many cook down in size, especially greens.
  • Second, take into account your body size. 6 cups is about right for a petite woman. 14 cups is suitable for a large man.
  • Third, if you have room for AIP-friendly breads and desserts, you have room for vegetables, and the vegetables should take priority.
  • For optimal nutrition, eat as wide a variety as possible. That means that if you eat the same vegetables every week, it’s time to try something new. I have a huge recipe roundup below, to help you. Vegetables have never tasted so good!

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Episode 17: An Autoimmune Paleo Pregnancy

Episode 17 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: An Autoimmune Paleo Pregnancy

Doing Your Best for You and Your Baby

Many people find it easy to stay paleo before pregnancy, but during pregnancy, it’s a lot more challenging. We’ll be talking about why that’s so, and advice for doing the best you can, for yourself and your baby. This is a NON-judgmental podcast. Paleo perfectionism and pregnancy don’t always fit well together. We’ll also talk about how pregnancy affects autoimmune disease, and why some people go into remission, while others flare. We’ll also share tips for healthy choices for every trimester and labor itself.

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Nourish Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway!

Nourish Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway | Phoenix Helix

“Taste is the feminine of genius.” ~ Edward Fitzgerald

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winner was chosen with a random number generator on 4/24/2015. Congratulations to Alyssa Robertson! 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 Warm Chicken “Grain” Salad with Butternut Squash and Greens.

An AIP Foodie Cookbook

Just a few years ago, there were no cookbooks for the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). We had to adapt our own recipes and “wing it.” For a lot of us, that meant our food was pretty boring. Not any more! We now have enough books that people are starting to branch out into specialties. Nourish is a cookbook for people who love food, love flavor, and want to ban boredom from their kitchen. What do I mean? Instead of a plain burger recipe, you’ll find Duck Fat Burgers with Mango and Avocado Spread. Instead of simple chicken breasts, try Chicken Street Tacos with Blueberry Salsa. Instead of sausage patties, how about Sausage Gravy “Benedict” in Portobello Mushroom Caps? Is your mouth watering yet? You can find the full recipe list here. Continue reading

Episode 16: Young, Single and AIP

Episode 16 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Young, Single and AIP

Not Footloose and Fancy-Free

I’m 46 years old, and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 43. When I was in my teens and twenties, I was living on ramen noodles and bricks of Cracker Barrel cheese, pulling all-nighters to either study or party, and my health was not my top priority. My three guests have a very different life experience. They were all diagnosed with their autoimmune disease at a young age, and they chose the impressive path of healing through diet and lifestyle. Today, we’ll be talking about the blessings and challenges of living an AIP life when you’re young and single.

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AIP Food Pyramid

AIP Food Pyramid | Phoenix Helix

“Abundance is not something we acquire.
It is something we tune into.” ~ Wayne Dyer

Focusing on the Bounty

When we talk about the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP), we often focus on what we CAN’T eat. There’s a reason for that. It’s a big change from the diet we’ve spent our lives eating, and when you first start the protocol, you can find yourself looking at an empty plate and asking “Well, what CAN I eat?” I have a grocery list on this website, and there are many cookbooks and meal plans available, but sometimes it’s helpful to have a visual picture of what this diet looks like. Here’s the truth: you can eat delicious, satiating food every day on the AIP, and that’s a key to this diet being sustainable. If you feel deprived, you won’t stick with it. Continue reading

Episode 15: Adrenal Fatigue

Episode 15 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Adrenal Fatigue

Tired and Wired

Do you feel tired during the day, but find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep at night? Have you lost all of your motivation and desire to do the things you used to call fun? Do you simply feel exhausted, like you can’t replenish or recover? You might be suffering from adrenal fatigue, which often accompanies autoimmune disease.

Today, I’m joined by Christopher Kelly, co-owner of the functional medicine practice, Nourish Balance Thrive. He has recovered from adrenal fatigue himself and helped hundreds of others do the same. If the photo below gets you curious, he’s also a proud father and professional mountain biker.

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