Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #39

Welcome to the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable

“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

Airplane Travel on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Airplane Travel on the AIP | Phoenix Helix

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ Saint Augustine

The Challenge

When you’re on a healing diet, what you eat is extremely important. It’s the difference between living well with autoimmune disease, and suffering with autoimmune disease. The stakes are high, and it’s easiest to do when we’re at home, in our own kitchen, surrounded by the food we carefully sourced, and the meals we prepare.

But we can’t stay homebodies forever. There’s a whole world outside our door, and if we never leave, we let our disease isolate us from a big part of living. Travel can lead to relaxation, adventure, or time with loved ones who live far away. All of these experiences are worth the effort. Last year, I took a number of road trips while on the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP). This year, I traveled by plane. Each mode of travel has its own benefits and challenges. When I traveled by car, I took a lot more food with me, but had more travel time. Traveling by plane was speedier, but I was forced to simplify and do without some of my household staples. I managed to stay on my diet on every trip and experienced no serious flares. Here’s how I did it: Continue reading

Paleo Approach Cookbook: Review, Recipe and Giveaway!

The Paleo Approach Cookbook Review, Recipe and Giveaway! ~ Phoenix Helix

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” ~ Cesar Chavez

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winner was chosen with a random number generator on 8/15/2014. Congratulations to Heidi! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. The book is reasonably priced and worth every penny. You can purchase a copy here. Keep reading below for a detailed review including a sample recipe for a delicious autoimmune-friendly barbecue sauce.

Big and Beautiful

If you follow Sarah Ballantyne (aka The Paleo Mom), you know she never does anything halfway. Her first book, The Paleo Approach, is an encyclopedic guide to reversing autoimmune disease. This cookbook is the much-anticipated companion, and it contains over 200 autoimmune-friendly recipes. She will be the first to tell you that she writes BIG BOOKS! And they’re beautiful. Continue reading

5 Ways to Reverse Autoimmunity That Have Nothing To Do With Food

5 Ways To Reverse Autoimmunity That Have Nothing To Do With Food | Phoenix Helix

“Sometimes the questions are complicated
and the answers are simple.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Food vs Lifestyle

When we follow the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, food is foremost in our mind. We avoid the foods that exacerbate autoimmune disease. We look forward to the day when we can eat them again. And we go out of our way to eat healing foods, like bone broth and organ meats. The right food is essential, but healing is about more than just food. Lifestyle affects autoimmunity just as strongly. Healthy choices turn off inflammatory genes, while a stressed-out lifestyle turns them on. Here are five things you can do to help your body heal: Continue reading

Strict AIP Isn’t Meant To Last Forever – What Personalized AIP Looks Like.

Strict AIP Isn't Meant to Last Forever | Phoenix Helix

“We don’t need to be wise beyond our years. All we need is to be wise beyond our fears.” ~ Anonymous


That’s a picture of me on my birthday, eating a paleo chocolate cake. Yes, the cake included eggs and cocoa, so how can I be AIP? The answer: I started AIP 12 months before and had successfully reintroduced eggs and chocolate. A lot of the paleo autoimmune bloggers, myself included, offer our blogs as resources for people going through the elimination phase of the AIP. That’s the hardest menu to navigate, especially when you first make the switch. A lot of your standard meals are no longer an option, and it helps to have guidance on the foods you can eat. A side effect, though, is that many people think we are all still strict AIP. It’s not true. None of us are. Today, I’m guest posting over on Autoimmune Paleo, about what life on the AIP looks like long-term. Sarah Ballantyne, Mickey Trescott, Anne Angelone, Whitney Ross-Gray, Jo Romero, and I all share what our diets look like after one to four years of healing. I also share tips on how to personalize the AIP for you. Click here to read more.

AIP Series

I’ve written a series of articles to guide you through the autoimmune protocol, step by step. It includes FAQ, mistakes to avoid, book reviews, and more. Click here to see the whole list.


Grilled Salmon Packets with Strawberry Ginger Salsa

Grilled Salmon Packets with Strawberry Ginger Salsa | Phoenix Helix

“I love the culture of grilling. It creates an atmosphere that is festive but casual.” ~ Bobby Flay

Learning to Love

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I used to hate seafood. I grew up on Cape Cod and would choose PB&J’s over wildcaught fish for dinner (I kid you not). Things change. Life threw me a curveball in the form of rheumatoid arthritis, I chose the path of dietary healing, and that meant opening myself up to all sorts of foods I had considered off limits in the past (organ meats, anyone?) Some people I highly respect, like Sarah Ballantyne and Terry Wahls, insist that seafood is an important part of a healing diet. Why? Because we’re trying to reduce inflammation in our bodies, and seafood is full of anti-inflammatory omega 3′s – 2500 mg in just one 3.5 oz. piece of salmon, in fact! Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to autoimmune disease, and salmon provides over 100% of your daily need in that same serving. So, I’ve been opening my mind and mouth, and developing recipes that have slowly transformed my tastebuds. Now, I much prefer seafood to PB&J’s! Continue reading

50 Fantastic AIP Recipes for Summertime

50 Fantastic AIP Recipes for Summertime

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~ Sam Keen

Summer Yum

Summer…what a wonderful season: cookouts and picnics, water fights and firefly strolls, basking in the sun, cooling off in the shade, overflowing gardens and the siren call of ice cream. When you start the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), it can be such a dramatic change to the way you’re used to eating, that it’s easy to fear your favorite foods are gone for good, and you have no idea what to eat at all. I’m here to help! The paleo community is a huge recipe resource, and I’ve gathered together 50 AIP-friendly recipes to satisfy your summer cravings, and most of them are from bloggers who are doing the AIP just like you! Click through to The Paleo Mom, were I’m guest posting today, to see the full list. Your tastebuds will thank you!

This post is linked to the following blog carnivals:
Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable, Natural Living Monday, Fat Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Paleo Rodeo,

Melted Zucchini and Onions

Melted Zucchini and Onions | Phoenix Helix

“When I pass a flowering zucchini plant in a garden,
my heart skips a beat.” ~ Gwyneth Paltrow


It’s not officially summer until anonymous bags of zucchini start appearing on your front porch. At least that’s the case if you have friends who garden. Otherwise, you might be like my husband, who simply cannot buy small quantities at the farmers market. Like a kid in a candy store, he goes a little crazy, bringing home enough vegetables for a household twice our size. It’s a good thing we love veggies!

In honor of summer, and the Grand Zucchini, I offer you my favorite way to cook it. This recipe looks deceptively simple, but something magical happens in the slow, low, cooking process. The flavors of the squash and onion blend together into something amazingly delicious. I call this recipe “melted” because everything in the pan softens, but it’s the very opposite of bland. Continue reading

The Difference Between Reversing Autoimmune Disease and a Cure

The Difference Between Reversing Autoimmune Disease and a Cure | Phoenix Helix

“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.”
~ Michael J. Fox

My 2 Year Healing Diet Anniversary

On June 15, 2012, I started the GAPS diet. I was living a life of excruciating pain and disability. I didn’t know how I could survive each day, never mind a lifetime with rheumatoid arthritis. The GAPS diet was magic for me, not because it brought overnight healing (it didn’t), but because it started me on the path to healing. Within a week, my symptoms stopped getting worse, and very slowly, started to get better. That’s what reversing autoimmune disease is all about. It’s life-changing.

Here’s the truth, though: my goal wasn’t reversal; it was cure. I chose GAPS because it is advertised as a temporary diet, one that heals most people within six months to two years. Obviously I was hoping for 6 months, but I was sure I could do it within 2 years. Interestingly, the word “cure” is never used in the book, but it’s certainly implied. I held tight to that promise as I dove into the biggest challenge of my life.

When I plateaued in my healing at 6 months and transitioned to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, I stopped seeing the diet as temporary. I understood that paleo is a life change, not a short detour that would return me to my old life. I let go of my wish for a cure (or at least I thought I did), and on my one-year healing diet anniversary, I simply felt grateful for how much healing I had achieved.

This year, as my two-year healing diet anniversary approached, something surprising happened. Instead of feeling grateful, I would find myself crying for no reason, carrying a sadness I didn’t understand. It took me a while to realize it was a deep grief over not being cured. Intellectually, I had accepted that there was no cure, but my body still held onto that wish. Approaching the magic GAPS “2 year” mark brought it to the surface. In spite of my healing, in spite of my progress, I can’t shed RA like a snake sheds its skin. It’s part of me now, and that’s hard to accept. I remember that excruciating pain very well, and when you know your body can do that, I don’t think you ever get over the fear of it happening again.  I’m 95% better, which is an impressive statistic. RA used to be a scream inside my body, and now it’s only a whisper. I AM grateful for that, but it’s a scary whisper. Continue reading

Link Love: 50 Paleo AIP Condiments

50 Paleo AIP Condiment Recipes

“Since truffle oil and caviar aren’t always in the budget, learning to tweak and enhance just a few ingredients and flavor combinations can help you transform those ordinary ingredients into the extraordinary!” ~ Marcus Samuelsson

Pack a Flavor Punch!

Condiments are a great way to add some quick and varied flavor to your meals, and when you’re following the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP), that can be a little tricky. The vast majority of condiments contain ingredients not allowed on the AIP. So, what to do? No worries…I’ve  got you covered with a great list of AIP-friendly recipes: Continue reading