Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #108

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #108 | 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

Book Review Roundup and a Gratitude Giveaway

Book Review Roundup and a Gratitude Giveaway | Phoenix Helix

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

As most of you know, I published my first print paleo book on January 1st: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. The response has been overwhelming. When you write a book, you put your heart and soul into it, hoping it will resonate with others, but you never know until it’s out in the world. I’m both humbled and honored by what people have said. Here’s a review roundup, and if you scroll to the bottom of the post, you can enter my gratitude giveaway! Continue reading

Episode 37: Meditation Healing Stories

Episode 37 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Meditation Healing Stories

There Isn’t One “Right” Way to Meditate

In Episode 24 of this podcast, we delved into the Mind-Body Connection and the impact it can have on our health. There’s an entire field of research called Psychoneuroimmunology, which studies how our thoughts and emotions affect our immune system. Negative and stressful thoughts increase inflammation and can exacerbate autoimmune symptoms. Positive and peaceful thoughts send an anti-inflammatory cascade through our bodies. That’s a power we want to harness, and meditation is a tool for doing so. I know many of you think you can’t do it. My goal is to show you otherwise. There is no ONE right way to meditate. I have a series of guests who all do it differently and will be sharing how they incorporate meditation into their lives and the difference it’s made for them.

Episode 37 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Meditation Healing Stories
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Can I Do the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol as a Vegetarian?

Can I Do the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol as a Vegetarian? | Phoenix Helix

“I think our health is always shifting and we need to be ready and willing to shift with it.” ~ Caroline Stahlschmidt

The Short Answer and a Longer Answer

Can you do the AIP as a vegetarian? The short answer is no. Protein is a necessary food group, and the autoimmune protocol (AIP) eliminates most vegetarian protein sources (grains, soy, eggs, legumes, dairy, nuts and seeds). Why? Because these foods commonly irritate digestion and/or trigger autoimmune symptoms. That can be surprising to hear, because in our culture we’ve been taught that whole grains are good for us, and meat is bad for us. Unfortunately, mainstream beliefs rarely match up with the science.

If you’re asking this question and researching paleo, I’m guessing your current diet isn’t improving your autoimmune symptoms, and you’re considering alternatives. Perhaps one of your healthcare practitioners has suggested you try the AIP. I know that if you haven’t eaten meat or seafood for years, possibly decades, it can be a hard thing to consider. So, first let me share the science with you, and then I’ll share some tips for making the transition easier. Continue reading

Episode 36: Histamine Intolerance with Alison Vickery

Episode 36 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Histamine Intolerance

Is This a Missing Piece in Your Autoimmune Healing Puzzle?

Episode 36 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Histamine IntoleranceDo you have unexplained skin rashes, headaches, digestive upset, mood issues and brain fog, even though you are following the paleo autoimmune diet and lifestyle perfectly? Our podcast topic today might be a piece in your healing puzzle.

Histamine is a natural component in both our food and our bodies, but certain things can make it overproduce, causing myriad symptoms that keep our body in a hypersensitive state. Today, we talk with histamine expert, Alison Vickery, on what causes histamine intolerance, and what we can do about it.
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Meal Planning – A Paleo AIP Survival Tool

Meal Planning - A Paleo AIP Survival Tool | Phoenix Helix

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

A Guided Tour of My Fridge

  • This is what it looks like after “grocery shopping and batch cooking day.”
  • Top left: Salad greens, washed and ready to eat. A few bowls of batch cooked roasted vegetables.
  • Top right: A container of batch cooked meat patties, and a whole batch of breakfast soup.
  • Upper crisper drawer: lemons, ginger, avocados and herbs.
  • 2nd shelf: Eggs (AIP reintroduction), celery root (ready to go in my beef stew this week), juice jello, and two bowls of leftovers for dinner tonight.
  • 3rd shelf: Fresh vegetables, all chopped and ready to eat or cook.
  • Lower left: Meat defrosting for tomorrow night’s dinner.
  • Lower right: Carrots and celery (soup staples).
  • Door: Filtered water, bone broth, kombucha, sauerkraut, duck fat, reserved bacon fat, Red Boat fish sauce, coconut aminos, juice (my husband’s – I don’t drink juice), sherry (used in my magic sauce recipes), and applesauce.

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Episode 35: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Episode 35 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Celebrating the Publication of My New Book

On January 1, 2016, I published the book I’ve been wanting to write since starting the AIP 3 years ago: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. It’s small enough to fit in your purse or backpack, simple enough that even someone with brain fog can understand, and written like a conversation between friends. The AIP has been transformative to my health, and I wanted to create a pocket guide that taught people the protocol as easily as possible. My guests on today’s podcast have also used the AIP to manage their own autoimmune health. Today, we share our healing stories, what worked and what didn’t, and what parts of the book resonate the most with our experiences. Episode 35 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol
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My New Book and a Celebration Giveaway!

My New Book: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol | Phoenix Helix

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” ~ Albert Einstein

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winners were chosen with a random number generator on 1/10/2016. Congratulations to Carol S. who won the USA Giveaway, and Ann-Charlotte who won the International Giveaway! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. You can purchase your own copy of the book  here. And while the Instant Pot is an investment, it was the best gift I ever bought myself.

Happy New Year!

Ever since I started the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol 3 years ago, I’ve wanted to write a book to make it easier to understand and do correctly. AIP resources have exploded in the past few years, but one was still missing.

My Vision for the Book

  • All the essential information in a package small enough to fit in your purse or backpack.
  • Simple enough that even someone with brain fog can understand.
  • Written like a conversation between friends.
  • Available in paperback and kindle versions.

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Episode 34: Paleo Cooking and Baking Tips from the Masters

Episode 34 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Paleo Cooking and Baking Tips from the Masters

Finding Your Groove in a Paleo Kitchen

When you first switch to a paleo diet, you lose a lot of your standard recipes, are introduced to a bunch of new ingredients, and it’s not uncommon to feel lost in your own kitchen. Today, we have paleo tour guides! Mel Joulwan is the author of the bestselling Well Fed Cookbook Series as well as the popular blog Meljoulwan.com (which used to be called The Clothes Make the Girl.) It was one of the first paleo blogs ever and it remains one of the most popular. Rachael Bryant is the author of Nourish – A Paleo Healing Cookbook, which is one of my favorite AIP cookbooks. She’s also the voice behind the blog, Meatified. And at the end of the podcast, I’ll be speaking with Laura Vein from the blog Sweet Treats about the ins and outs of AIP baking.
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Healing Kitchen Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway!

Healing Kitchen Cookbook Review & Sample Recipe | Phoenix Helix

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?’”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winner was chosen with a random number generator on 12/18/2015. Congratulations to Vicky! 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 Coconut-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Pineapple Dipping Sauce.

Great Friends Make Great Books

Do you know Alaena from Grazed and Enthused? She’s one of my favorite AIP bloggers, creating recipes that are quick, flavorful and nutritious. When she decided to write a cookbook, she reached out to her friend Sarah Ballantyne for advice. The truth is, it’s hard to break into the paleo cookbook market now. There are a stable of bestselling authors that each produce about a book a year, and publishers don’t necessarily want to take a risk on someone new. Sarah Ballantyne (aka The Paleo Mom) is the bestselling author of The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook. She liked Alaena as a friend and admired her talent as a cook, so she suggested they partner up and create a cookbook together. They both said it would either make or break their friendship. It made it, and this is the result! Continue reading