Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #55

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

Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway!

Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway | Phoenix Helix

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

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 07 of 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 07 of Phoenix Helix Podcast: The Wahls Protocol with Dr. Terry Wahls

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Episode 06: Paleo Holiday Survival Guide

Episode 6 of Phoenix Helix Podcast: Paleo Holiday Survival Guide

Making it Through the Holidays Flare-Free

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Hanukkah and Christmas follow quickly on its heels. For many of us, the holidays are the toughest season to manage in terms of stress, and staying on a healing diet. Between the parties and the pressure, it’s easy to get off track. The problem with autoimmune disease is that going off-track can lead to a flare that can ruin your holiday season. We’re here to help!

Today I’m joined by Anna Lebovich, the creator of the Autoimmune Paleo Recipe Group on Facebook, and Laura Scaviola, the blogger behind Mangia Paleo. All three of us have autoimmune disease and have been paleo through the holidays before. We’re here to share our best tips for making your holiday healthy, happy and delicious!

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SIBO, FODMAPs and a Meal Plan Giveaway

SIBO, FODMAPs and a Meal Plan Giveaway! - Phoenix Helix

“There is one consolation to being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winner was chosen with a random number generator on 11/21/2014. Congratulations to Katy! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. The meal plan is just $9.99 and worth every penny. You can purchase a copy here. Update 12/15/14: There’s now a second Low-FODMAP meal plan available from A Clean Plate, which you can preview here.

What is SIBO?

SIBO stands for Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth. Having bacteria in our bodies is a normal state of being. In fact, 90% of our body is made up of microbes. So what’s the problem with finding them in the small intestine? Well, they don’t belong there, at least not in high numbers. Whereas the large intestine is the natural home for billions of microbes, a healthy small intestine only has about 100,000. So, basically, they’ve migrated. Have you ever dealt with invasive plants in your yard? They tend to take over and cause all sorts of problems. The same thing happens in the small intestine. Too many microbes:

  • consume food meant for us, leading to nutrient deficiencies.
  • produce gas, which can cause bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea.
  • the microbes themselves can enter our bloodstream through a leaky gut wall, causing an immune system response.
  • continue to multiply, making the problem worse and worse.

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Episode 05: Fermented Foods with Sarah Ramsden

Episode 5 of Phoenix Helix Podcast: Fermented Foods with Sarah Ramsden

Episode 5 of Phoenix Helix Podcast: Fermented Foods with Sarah Ramsden

Everyone from Sarah Ballantyne to Terry Wahls to Chris Kresser recommend fermented foods as an important part of a healing diet. In today’s podcast, I’m joined by holistic nutritionist and fermentation expert, Sarah Ramsden.

We talk about why fermented foods are so beneficial, how they compare to bottled probiotics, what to look for when buying them from the store, recipes to get you started fermenting at home, and the reasons some people react negatively to fermented foods.


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Spices on the AIP

Spices on the AIP | Phoenix Helix

“Oh, better no doubt is a dinner of herbs,
When season’d with love, which no rancour disturbs
And sweeten’d by all that is sweetest in life.”
~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton

What Herbs and Spices are Allowed on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)?

Basil Leaf
Bay Leaf
Curry Leaf (not the powdered curry blend)
Dill Weed
Kaffir Lime Leaf
Lemon Balm
Marjoram Leaf
Onion Powder
Oregano Leaf
Sea Salt
Savory Leaf
Truffle Salt
Vanilla (alcohol-free flavor or powder only)

Why the Confusion Between Blogs and Books?

The AIP is an evolving protocol. What started as a few general recommendations from Loren Cordain and Robb Wolf (to avoid eggs and nightshades), expanded into a complete protocol contained in the book, The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne, and summarized here. She spent years delving into the scientific research to determine what foods might be inflammation triggers for people with autoimmune disease. Unfortunately, many spices made the list. She separates them into 4 categories:

  • Safe Spices (Leaves, Flowers, Roots and Barks) – listed above.
  • Mild Caution Spices (Fruits and Berries)
  • Moderate Caution Spices (Seeds)
  • High Caution Spices (Nightshades)

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Episode 04: Practical Tips for Getting Started

Episode 4 of Phoenix Helix Podcast: Practical Tips for Getting Started on a Healing Diet

How to Get Started on a Healing Diet

Episode 4 of Phoenix Helix Podcast: Practical Tips for Getting Started on a Healing DietIn the last episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne covered the science behind the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP). Today’s episode is all about practical implementation.

I’m joined by two AIP experts. Both of them have used the AIP to reverse Hashimoto’s and celiac disease. Mickey Trescott is the blogger behind Autoimmune Paleo and Christina Feindel is the blogger behind A Clean Plate. Together, we share our best advice for getting started on a healing diet, how to set yourself up for success, what resources are available to help, and how to stick with the protocol when temptation hits.

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Are You Eating Enough Food to Heal Your Body?

Are You Eating Enough Food to Heal Your Body? | Phoenix Helix

“If you’re nutritionally deficient, you will create disease, there’s no escaping it.” ~ Dr. Terry Wahls

Fear of Food

Look at the joy in that little girl’s face. She is loving that peach! When you have autoimmune disease and choose food as medicine, sometimes that joy gets replaced with fear. When I first discovered the connection between food intolerance and rheumatoid arthritis pain, I went through a period of being afraid every time I sat down to eat. Finding the paleo diet was a gift, because it gave me a template of safe foods to enjoy. When I hit a healing plateau, I turned to the autoimmune protocol and learned that dairy and nightshades were inflammation triggers for me. I stopped eating them, and my flares disappeared altogether. Some people find they need to restrict further to feel their best, reducing their intake of FODMAPs or oxalates, for example. Are you seeing the pattern? In our journeys to heal, the first thing we do is eliminate foods that are the problem. The question is, are we also focusing on the foods that are the solution? Continue reading

Episode 03: The Autoimmune Protocol with Sarah Ballantyne

Episode 3 of Phoenix Helix Podcast: The Autoimmune Protocol with Sarah Ballantyne

The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Episode 3 of Phoenix Helix Podcast: The Autoimmune Protocol with Sarah BallantyneIn the first episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, we shared real-life examples of what reversing autoimmune disease looks like. The second episode delved into all things paleo – what we eat and why – and busted some common nutrition myths.

Today, we discuss the paleo autoimmune protocol. I’m joined be THE expert, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. She shares her personal healing story, gives an overview of the AIP, and takes a big picture look at the scientific basis for how and why it works. The AIP can be hard, so it’s really helpful to understand the reasoning behind it. Get ready to geek out on some science! Continue reading