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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Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #52

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

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.

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
Chamomile
Chervil
Chives
Cilantro
Cinnamon
Cloves
Curry Leaf (not the powdered curry blend)
Dill Weed
Garlic
Ginger
Horseradish
Kaffir Lime Leaf
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lemongrass
Mace
Marjoram Leaf
Onion Powder
Oregano Leaf
Parsley
Peppermint
Rosemary
Saffron
Sage
Sea Salt
Savory Leaf
Spearmint
Tarragon
Thyme
Turmeric
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

Angela’s Story

Angela's Story: Reversing Sjogren's Syndrome through the Paleo Diet.

“It may take a little time to get where you want to be, but if you pause and think for a moment, you will notice that you are no longer where you were. Do not stop—keep going.”
~ Rodolfo Costa.

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune condition that affects the body’s moisture-producing glands. The most common symptoms are dry eyes and mouth, which may not sound like a big deal if you haven’t experienced them. The dryness is extreme, and it can also affect moisture throughout the body: the skin, joints, organs, blood vessels, and nervous system. Because the symptoms are so varied, it takes an average of 5 years to get an accurate diagnosis. By the time Angela Gross was diagnosed, she was so disabled, she could no longer care for her children. Now, after 3 years on a ketogenic paleo diet, her symptoms are 85% gone, and she’s been able to reclaim her life. Continue reading

Episode 02: Paleo 101 with Liz Wolfe

Episode 2 of Phoenix Helix Podcast: Paleo 101 with Liz Wolfe

Paleo 101

Episode 2 of Phoenix Helix Podcast: Paleo 101 with Liz WolfeIn the first episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, we shared real-life examples of what reversing autoimmune disease looks like. Today’s episode breaks down what paleo is all about. We talk about the foods we eat, the foods we avoid, and why. We also bust some myths, like, “Aren’t meat and saturated fat bad for you?” and “I thought vegetarianism was the healthiest diet.” If you’re new to this lifestyle, you probably have these questions yourself. If you’ve been eating this way for a while, you have undoubtedly heard these questions from family and friends. I’m joined by paleo expert, Liz Wolfe, to bust the myths and help everyone understand why paleo is a healthy way to live and eat. As always, I’ll be filtering all of this information through the lens of autoimmunity. Continue reading