Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #79

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

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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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Duck Fat Apple Juice Glaze

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Duck Fat Apple Juice Glaze | Phoenix Helix

“I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.” ~ Madame Benoit

5 Reasons I Love This Recipe

  1. It’s Easier. You know how hard it is to cut a spaghetti squash in half? Those gourds are hard! Well, you can cook it whole in the Instant Pot, and when it’s done, the knife slices right through the soft skin.
  2. Better Texture. Have you ever eaten mushy spaghetti squash, that has no resemblance to actual spaghetti? By cooking the squash whole, the steam doesn’t get inside. Result: ‘al dente’ noodles that are a much closer pasta substitute.
  3. It’s Faster. If you try to cook a whole spaghetti squash in the oven, it’s going to take you about 90 minutes. If you cut it in half, it still takes 45. This recipe takes just 20 minutes in the Instant Pot.
  4. One Pot = Less Dishes. If you’re like me, you are sick and tired of doing dishes. Thanks to the Sauté function on the Instant Pot, you can cook the squash AND the sauce in the same pot. Easy cleaning!
  5. It’s Yummy. Enough said.

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Episode 18: Autoimmune Skin Conditions

Episode 18 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Autoimmune Skin Conditions

Healing Your Body From The Inside Out

While all autoimmune diseases have common factors (molecular mimicry, an overactive immune system, leaky gut, food and stress triggers, etc.), autoimmune skin conditions sometimes have additional influences. So, that’s the focus of our podcast today. Whether you have psoriasis, eczema, lichen planus, hidradenitis suppurativa, rosacea, or another autoimmune or immune-stimulated condition, listen in! And even if you don’t have skin issues, but are looking for some troubleshooting ideas for symptoms that aren’t resolving quickly, this episode might have the answers you seek.

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A-Z Vegetable Recipe Roundup (Wahls + Paleo AIP)

A-Z Vegetable Recipe Roundup (Wahls + Paleo AIP) | Phoenix Helix

“Ripe vegetables were magic to me. Unharvested, the garden bristled with possibility.” ~ Michael Pollan

Veggie Magic

When it comes to following a healing diet, vegetables are really important. They contain phytonutrients you can’t find elsewhere, which is why Terry Wahls recommends 6-9 cups daily, and Sarah Ballantyne recommends 8-14 cups daily. Paleo may be famous for its meat, but most of us eat #morevegetablesthanavegetarian. Some people are overwhelmed when they hear those numbers. If that’s you, take a deep breath. I’m here to help!

  • First, know that the veggies are measured raw, and many cook down in size, especially greens.
  • Second, take into account your body size. 6 cups is about right for a petite woman. 14 cups is suitable for a large man.
  • Third, if you have room for AIP-friendly breads and desserts, you have room for vegetables, and the vegetables should take priority.
  • For optimal nutrition, eat as wide a variety as possible. That means that if you eat the same vegetables every week, it’s time to try something new. I have a huge recipe roundup below, to help you. Vegetables have never tasted so good!

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Episode 17: An Autoimmune Paleo Pregnancy

Episode 17 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: An Autoimmune Paleo Pregnancy

Doing Your Best for You and Your Baby

Many people find it easy to stay paleo before pregnancy, but during pregnancy, it’s a lot more challenging. We’ll be talking about why that’s so, and advice for doing the best you can, for yourself and your baby. This is a NON-judgmental podcast. Paleo perfectionism and pregnancy don’t always fit well together. We’ll also talk about how pregnancy affects autoimmune disease, and why some people go into remission, while others flare. We’ll also share tips for healthy choices for every trimester and labor itself.

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