Episode 26: Beyond Food – Healing Lifestyle

Episode 26 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Beyond Food - Healing Lifestyle
Healing is About So Much More Than Food

My website and podcast are dedicated to reversing autoimmune disease through the paleo diet and lifestyle. Often, people get so caught up in the diet component that they completely ignore the lifestyle piece, but it’s just as important – maybe even more so! Sarah Ballantyne, author of The Paleo Approach and leader of the AIP movement says this: “Let me be clear: Dietary changes aren’t effective in isolation. If you don’t address lifestyle factors as well, it won’t matter how ideal your food choices are.” So today, I’m interviewing four people about one lifestyle change that has made a big difference in their autoimmune healing journey. Sarah is one of them. If you haven’t started addressing your lifestyle choices yet, I offer you this podcast as inspiration to start today.

Episode 26 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Beyond Food - Healing Lifestyle
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Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #87

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

Continuous Brew Kombucha vs Batch Brew. Which is Better?

Continuous Brew Kombucha vs Batch Brew. Which is Better? | Phoenix Helix

“Human beings have recognised the magic and power of fermentation for as long as we have been human.”
~ Sandor Ellix Katz

Kombucha Love

Kombucha is a beloved beverage in the real food community, and my Kombucha Myths vs Truths and Tips and Troubleshooting articles are two of the most popular posts on this blog. Today, I’m adding to my kombucha series by exploring the hot topic: What’s the best way to brew kombucha? Many people automatically say continuous brew – hands-down. I’ve been brewing kombucha for 3 years now, and I’ve done both the batch brew method and the continuous brew. Below, I’ll share the pros and cons of each. Spoiler alert: One’s not always better for everyone, but depending on your circumstances, one method might be better for you. Continue reading

Episode 25: Paleo Travel

Episode 25 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Paleo Travel

The World is a Big and Beautiful Place

When we’re on a healing diet, our kitchens become our safe places. It’s where we prepare delicious food that helps our body heal, with no worry of cross-contamination or hidden ingredients that can cause an autoimmune flare. However, we don’t want to feel trapped at home. Many of us have loved ones spread across the globe, and there are also so many beautiful places to visit. How can we travel with confidence, and stay healthy at the same time?

I’ve been on a healing diet for three years now, and I have traveled extensively. My two guests have traveled even more than me. We share advice for everything from plane travel to road trips, international adventures, camping, business trips, Disneyworld and more. Pack your bags! Fun awaits.

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Do Paleo-Friendly Autoimmune Specialist MDs Exist?

Do Paleo-Friendly Autoimmune Specialist MDs Exist? | Phoenix Helix“Before you examine the body of a patient, be patient to learn his story. For once you learn his story, you will also come to know his body.” ~ Suzy Kassem

The Short Answer

Yes, they exist, but they are a rare breed. I searched long and hard, scouring websites and directories, posting questions in numerous paleo autoimmune Facebook groups, polling my fellow autoimmune bloggers and friends, and came up with this short list. While the vast majority of autoimmune specialist MDs believe diet makes no difference and we are fooling ourselves to think otherwise, I found 25 doctors who are open to the paleo lifestyle. My hope is that they are the pioneers of a growing movement in medicine, where doctors will finally embrace the simple truth that what we eat, and how we live, affects how we feel. Continue reading

Episode 24: The Mind-Body Connection with Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Episode 24 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: The Mind-Body Connection with Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Can Our Minds Help Heal (or Harm) Our Bodies?

Episode 24 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: The Mind-Body Connection with Donna Jackson NakazawaOnce upon a time, this idea was considered new age and science-fiction, but as we gain understanding into the brain and body, we see how intimately one affects the other. Not only is our brain performing billions of actions to keep us alive every second (and this isn’t an exaggeration). Our thoughts and emotions actually influence this biochemical and neurological cascade, either increasing or decreasing inflammation, and even changing our immune system in a way that makes us more (or less) vulnerable to autoimmune disease. It’s a fascinating field of research called Psychoneuroimmunology.

Today, I interview Donna Jackson Nakazawa, a woman living with autoimmune disease herself, who is also the author of two books about the mind-body connection. In The Last Best Cure, she chronicles her year-long self-experiment into mind-body practices and their effects on her own autoimmune symptoms. In Childhood Disrupted, she researches how childhood trauma can change both our developing brain and immune systems, which can set us up for autoimmune disease later in life. She also shares tools to help reverse this process.

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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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