Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #134

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #134 | 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

Simple Guide to the AIP Audiobook Celebration Giveaway!

Simple Guide to the AIP Audiobook Celebration Giveaway! | Phoenix Helix

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared.”
~ Audre Lorde

Why An Audiobook?

It was actually my husband‘s idea. He mentioned that audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the book market. As a life-long reader, I was surprised at first, but then I thought about it a little more. The truth is – life’s busy, and multi-tasking is one of the ways we handle it. Sitting down with a book takes dedicated time, but we can listen to audiobooks while we run errands, clean the house, commute to work, chauffeur the kids, take the dog for a walk, prepare dinner….the list goes on. This is one of the reasons I love podcasts, and being a podcast host also inspired this audiobook. I like having conversations with this community, and I actually wrote my book like a conversation between friends. Why not actually record that conversation? Continue reading

Episode 51: Marriage and Autoimmune Disease

Episode 51 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Marriage and Autoimmune Disease

For Better or For Worse

Autoimmune disease doesn’t exist in a bubble. Its onset changes our own lives dramatically, but it also impacts our relationships. In this episode, I interview three spouses of people with autoimmune disease, including my own husband Tom. We talk about what it’s like to be married to someone with chronic illness, how they try to support the person they love, and how they also make sure they don’t get lost in the equation.

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50+ Paleo AIP Spiralizer Recipes

50+ Paleo AIP Spiralizer Recipes | Phoenix Helix

“For me, it’s the unexpected and surprising combinations of produce that are the most exciting and lure me into the kitchen for a little bit of experimenting.” ~ Marlo Thomas

Zoodle Love

I was paleo for a couple of years before finally buying myself a spiralizer, and I don’t know why I waited so long! It simply makes meals fun. It’s a great way to get kids to eat their veggies, and adults are always impressed with a spiralized presentation – like the meal just went “gourmet.”  Above all, vegetable noodles are more nutritious and delicious than their bland store-bought counterparts. I don’t miss traditional pasta at all! Continue reading

Episode 50: Can Hypnotherapy Treat Autoimmune Symptoms? With Kerry Jeffery

Episode 50 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Can Hypnotherapy Treat Autoimmune Symptoms? With Kerry Jeffery

What is Hypnotherapy?

Many of us have misconceptions based on television or stage performances of hypnosis. Real-life hypnotherapy is very different. It isn’t mind control. You are always aware and in control of your behavior. Rather, it’s a therapeutic technique that uses the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behavior. It has potential to help both psychological and physiological problems: everything from anxiety to addiction, from irritable bowel syndrome to chronic pain.

Today, we talk about its application to life with autoimmune disease, and how it might be an effective tool to help us manage our stress and even alleviate chronic symptoms. My guest is clinical hypnotherapist, Kerry Jeffery. She has autoimmune disease herself and uses hypnotherapy in her own healing journey. She also works with people professionally worldwide.

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Balsamic Strawberry Basil Coconut Ice Cream

(Paleo, AIP, GAPS)

Balsamic Strawberry Basil Coconut Ice Cream | Phoenix Helix

“I shall remember this moment: the silence, the twilight, the bowl of strawberries, the bowl of milk.” ~ Ingmar Bergman

Summer in a Bowl

Summer is the season I break out my ice cream machine and do some flavor experiments. This recipe was born from my local Farmers Market, where they sell fresh basil for $1/lb alongside ripe, local strawberries. The result is one of the best ice creams I’ve ever tasted! I could seriously eat it every day, except I know I need to limit sweets on a healing diet. Enjoy it on your next special occasion. Continue reading

Episode 49: Rheumatoid Arthritis with Dr. Melissa McNamara

Episode 49 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Rheumatoid Arthritis with Dr. Melissa McNamara

Q&A with a Paleo Rheumatologist

Finding a rheumatologist who combines paleo principles with functional medicine to address root causes, and conventional medicine to control symptoms when necessary, feels very much like finding a unicorn. One of my blog readers let me know about Dr. Melissa McNamara, who practices in the Bay Area of California but also consults with people worldwide. She took time out of her busy schedule to share her treatment philosophy, when it comes to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Episode 48: Medication Decisions

Episode 48 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Medication Decisions

Deciding Whether or Not to Take Autoimmune Medication

This is a decision we are all faced with and it’s rarely an easy one. Not only that, but our decision might change over the course of our illness. This podcast was inspired by my recent decision to start medication after 4 years on the paleo autoimmune protocol. Today, I share the reasons behind my decision and also interview 5 other people about their medication choices. My guests have a wide range of diagnoses and experiences. Some have always taken medication, some have never taken medication, and some have gone on or off medication, based on changes in how they feel. The important thing to know is that there is no one right choice for everyone. My goal with this podcast episode isn’t to provide answers, but just to highlight the complexity of this decision, and let us all know that we’re not alone.

To be clear – this show isn’t designed to be medical advice. Definitely work with your doctors when deciding what choice is best for you.

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Starting Medication After 4 Years on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Starting Medication After 4 Years on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol | Phoenix Helix

“Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.” ~ Anonymous

Deep Breath

This is one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written, because it’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. So, I’m going to do my best to share where I started (for those of you who don’t know my whole story), and what changed that led me to this choice today. All of us with autoimmune disease face medication decisions at different points in our lives. This post isn’t meant to be advice for anyone else. I’m just sharing my journey. Continue reading

Episode 47: Adrenal Fatigue Update with Christopher Kelly

Episode 47 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Adrenal Fatigue Update with Christopher Kelly

A New Test and a New Way of Looking at Adrenal Fatigue

Christopher Kelly was the guest on Episode 15 of this podcast, where he gave us an overview of adrenal fatigue, and talked about how he recovered from this condition himself and helped many others do the same through his functional medicine practice, Nourish Balance Thrive. Today, we’re going to talk about a new diagnostic test, called the DUTCH test, and how it has changed the way Chris sees and treats this condition in his practice. Chris is a pro mountain biker and his practice focuses on helping athletes recover their health.

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