Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #83

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

What’s Up With White Rice?

What's Up With White Rice? | Phoenix Helix

“There’s more to good or bad than what’s written in the Rulebook.”
~ Jasper Fforde

Hey! I Thought Paleo Was 100% Grain-Free

It’s true that Strict Paleo is indeed grain-free, but if you’re in this community any length of time, you’ll see #teamwhiterice popping up on Instagram feeds. Some flexible paleo people (many of them famous bloggers) share food photos containing this one specific grain. No others. Just white rice. Why is that? In conventional nutrition, white rice is considered the worst choice because unless it’s enriched, it doesn’t have much going for it nutritionally. That’s because the hull has been removed from white rice, which contains the “nutrition”. It turns out that’s also the reason it’s embraced by some corners of the paleo community. The hull also contains the anti-nutrients – those food components that interfere with digestion and nutrient absorption, exacerbating our guts and causing an inflammatory response. Since those anti-nutrients have been removed, many people consider white rice to be a harmless grain. Therefore, people who want more variety in their diet might add it to their paleo template. Should you do the same? It depends. Below, I’ll share the potential positives and negatives of this “paleo grain”, so you can make your own choice. Continue reading

Episode 23: When Your Child Has Autoimmune Disease

Episode 23 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: When Your Child Has Autoimmune Disease

Navigating One of Life’s Toughest Moments

This is a heartbreaking topic, but one that’s happening more and more frequently. We all know that it’s a terrifying moment to receive an autoimmune diagnosis yourself. To receive one for your child is simply overwhelming. It’s natural to feel helpless and unsure of what to do. We want to protect our children and usher them into a beautiful life. How do we do this in the middle of chronic illness?

I invited 4 parents onto the show today, who have walked this path already. They share their experience and their advice for new parents facing this situation.

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Paleo On The Go AIP Frozen Meal Review

Paleo On The Go AIP Frozen Meal Review | Phoenix Helix

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”
~ Robert Orben

Travel Made Easy

I’ve been on a healing diet for 3 years, and I’ve done a lot of traveling. You can read my tips for Paleo Road Trips (including restaurant advice) and Airplane Travel on the AIP. All of my past trips have included a LOT of cooking. Let’s face it: part of the fun of vacation is the relaxation, and it’s hard to relax when you’re constantly trying to source and prepare healthy and safe food. I have often fantasized about going off-diet on vacations, and if my autoimmune reactions were milder, I might be tempted. But going off-diet is a quick recipe for pain, so I do what’s necessary to feel good when I’m away from home.

But my last trip was different. On the advice of one of my blog readers, I brought along Paleo On The Go AIP Frozen Meals. Oh my – it made everything soooo much easier! I almost forgot vacations could feel like that. I still cooked a little, but not constantly. Continue reading

Episode 22: Transitioning Your Family to Paleo

Episode 22 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Transitioning Your Family to Paleo

They Won’t Eat That!

This is something a lot of people think when it comes to transitioning their family to a paleo-style diet. It might even be what your family says to you! However, if you’re trying to reverse autoimmune disease, you’re much more likely to be successful on your healing diet if you aren’t constantly surrounded by foods you cannot eat. Additionally, our families’ health can benefit from improvements in their eating habits as well. So, what’s the secret to helping your family make the switch?

Today, I have three guests sharing their advice and experiences transitioning spouses, young children, teenagers, and even picky eaters. It can be done!

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Episode 21: Autoimmune Q&A with Dr. Datis Kharrazian

Episode 21 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Autoimmune Q&A with Dr. Datis Kharrazian

A Functional Medicine Leader

Episode 21 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Autoimmune Q&A with Dr. Datis Kharrazian When you look at Dr. Datis Kharrazian’s  list of credentials, it’s almost overwhelming. He has three graduate degrees in the fields of nutrition, chiropractics and health sciences, and is currently pursuing his fourth doctorate in autoimmunity and immunology. He is a research scholar at Harvard Medical School, and a professor at three other universities. He also teaches clinicians worldwide through The Institute for Functional Medicine.

In addition to his research and teaching, he operates a clinical practice in California, has written two bestselling books, and is in the process of writing two more.

He took time out of his busy schedule for an Autoimmune Q&A, because he believes patients are the best advocates for their own health, and he wants to educate as many of us as possible. Continue reading

Fast Food on the AIP: An Instant Pot Recipe Roundup

Fast Food on the AIP: An Instant Pot Recipe Roundup | Phoenix Helix

“I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.” ~ Muhammad Ali

What’s An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is a kitchen appliance that’s many tools in one. Its primary function is a pressure cooker, and that’s the focus of this recipe roundup. But it also serves as a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, food warmer, and it has a sauté function as well (meaning you can brown meat before cooking, and reduce sauces and gravies afterward.) It saves a lot of room in my kitchen by replacing a bunch of appliances at once, and turns many recipes into one-pot wonders.

That said, the pressure cooker function is probably my favorite part. It’s worth it for bone broth alone. (It makes gelatinous broth in just 2-1/2 hours, as opposed to 24.) When you’re on a healing diet, you spend a LOT of time in the kitchen, and pressure cookers save time. I can’t think of a better gift. So, I’ve gathered together this list of Instant Pot pressure cooker recipes that fit the paleo autoimmune protocol. Here’s to healthy fast food!

P.S. If you have a stovetop pressure cooker, you can still use these recipes, but you’ll have to adapt them and experiment with timing, as different brands cook at different speeds. Continue reading

Episode 20: Ketogenic Diets with Terry Wahls and Paul Jaminet

Episode 20 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Ketogenic Diets with Terry Wahls and Paul Jaminet

The Ketosis Controversy: Is It Healing or Harmful?

Ketogenic diets are an ongoing source of debate in the paleo community. Some people say they are the cure for all ills. Others say they are dangerous and should be avoided. Today, we hear from two experts, to discuss the pros and cons. Are all ketogenic diets alike? What does the science really say? Who can benefit most from ketosis? And what are the cautions? We take a balanced, educated look, so you can decide if it’s right for you.

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Sophie’s Story

Sophie's Hashimoto's Success Story | Phoenix Helix“Recovery begins from the darkest moment.” ~ John Major

Reversing Hashimoto’s

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease that affects over 10 million people in the US alone. Damaging the thyroid gland, it creates symptoms so wide-ranging and confusing that it can be hard to diagnose. Sophie’s first symptoms were unexplained panic attacks. Neither she nor her doctor knew the thyroid was the cause. By the time she was diagnosed, she was also experiencing body-wide pain, exhaustion, depression, insomnia, brain fog, and myriad digestive issues. She discovered the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) in 2012, and her symptoms immediately began to improve. She went from being unable to work or care for her children, to feeling 95% better. She shares her story with us today. 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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