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

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #125

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #125 | 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

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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Simple French Paleo Cookbook Review, Sample Recipe and Giveaway!

Simple French Paleo Cookbook Review, Sample Recipe and Giveaway! | Phoenix Helix“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”
~ Julia Child

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winner was chosen with a random number generator on 6/18/2016. Congratulations to Jennifer Cvelic! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. The book is for sale through Amazon.com. Keep reading below for a detailed review including a sample recipe for Nightshade-Free Ratatouille.

A Taste of France in your AIP Kitchen

Sophie is one of my favorite bloggers in the paleo autoimmune community. She has a beautiful blog called A Squirrel in the Kitchen, which combines gorgeous food photography with delicious, approachable recipes, as well as straightforward advice for living a healthy autoimmune life. She herself used the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) to put her Hashimotos into remission. With this cookbook, she combines her French Belgian upbringing with her knowledge of the AIP to bring a whole new flavor profile to our kitchens. I love how the cookbooks for our community are expanding. Each new offering is completely unlike the ones that came before. Continue reading

Episode 46: Paleo Dietitian Q&A with Amy Kubal

Episode 46 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Paleo Dietitian Q&A with Amy Kubal

Confused About Diet? Amy’s Here to Help!

Today, we’re going to cover some frequently asked questions about eating well for autoimmune health:

  • What’s the optimal macronutrient ratio?
  • Are dietary fats healthy or harmful?
  • If we don’t eat dairy, how do we get enough calcium?
  • How do we keep our blood sugar balanced?
  • If we’re having trouble reaching a healthy weight, what can we do?
  • How can we troubleshoot digestive issues?
  • And more!

Amy Kubal is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She is one of the rare RD’s in our country who understands and advocates the paleo diet and lifestyle. She’s sharing her expertise in this episode.

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Where Medication Fits on a Healing Diet

Where Medication Fits on a Healing Diet | Phoenix Helix

“Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.”
~ Doris Lessing

Frequently Asked Questions

When we embark on a healing diet, the hope is that we can reverse our autoimmune disease, heal our bodies at a deep level, regain abilities, and reduce or eliminate our need for medication. But that’s not something that happens overnight. Today, I’m answering the most common questions people ask about medications and the paleo diet. Continue reading

Episode 45: Social Lives on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Episode 45 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Social Lives on the AIP

Adapting Your Social Life to Your Healing Diet

In cultures around the world, we gather together over food: we have dinner dates, drinks with friends, favorite festivals, and big family meals at our grandparents’ house. What happens when we can’t eat that food any more? Some people make the mistake of giving up their social life altogether because they simply don’t know how to manage it. Today, I have 3 experienced AIP-ers on the podcast to share their experience and advice for having a full and fun social life while still staying true to your healing diet. It can be done!

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Where Do Natural Sugars Fit on a Healing Diet?

Where Do Natural Sugars Fit on a Healing Diet | Phoenix Helix

“There is no food neutral; there is no food Switzerland—every single thing you put in your mouth is either making you more healthy or less healthy.” ~ Melissa Hartwig

Paleo Cupcakes, Cookies and Pies, Oh My!

Treats are a point of controversy in the paleo community. Some people point out that our ancestors never baked and had limited access to sugar, natural or otherwise. Others say that if paleo is designed to be a diet for life, we need it to be sustainable in modern life, and some days we just want a cookie. So, who is right? In the autoimmune community, this is an even more important question. We aren’t following paleo to simply optimize good health; we’re trying to reverse autoimmune disease, which is infinitely harder. The truth is, our bodies behave very differently than those without autoimmune disease, and sugar can have a bigger impact on our system than the general population. So, let’s look at all aspects of this question. Continue reading

Episode 44: The Art of Stress Management with Evan Brand

Episode 44 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: The Art of Stress Management with Evan Brand

When You Can’t Avoid Stress, How Well Do You Manage It?

Stress is intimately connected to autoimmune expression. Many of you have experienced this yourself, when a high-stress situation kicked off an autoimmune flare – or even an autoimmune diagnosis. While we can take steps to strive for a lower-stress life, the truth is that part of life is experiencing tough times. Whether it’s aging parents, troubled teens, the loss of a job, the loss of a relationship, the death of someone we love, or our own autoimmune struggles, we can’t avoid stress altogether. So, that means we need to have tools to manage that stress so that it doesn’t negatively impact our health. That’s what today’s show is all about.

Evan Brand is a functional medicine practitioner and the author of the book, Stress Solutions. Here’s here to teach us how to take care of ourselves through the ups and downs of living.

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How to Find a Good Functional Medicine Practitioner

How to Find a Good Functional Medicine Practitioner | Phoenix Helix

“Of several remedies, the physician should choose the least sensational.” ~ Hippocrates

Not Every Practitioner Is Helpful

When it comes to reversing autoimmune disease, diet and lifestyle are the foundation, but when you hit a plateau it makes sense to seek help. The problem is that not all practitioners are created equal. So how do you find a good one? When you’re about to make a large investment of your money and time in trying to heal, you want to find a guide who can truly help. In this article, I share my best advice for finding the right person to add to your healthcare team. Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare practitioner myself. I’m just a woman with autoimmune disease on a healing journey similar to your own. My advice comes from my personal experience, interviews with excellent practitioners, and also speaking with hundreds of people with autoimmune disease and seeing what has and hasn’t worked for the community at large. Continue reading