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“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”
~ Lao Tzu
I'm not someone who talks about projects I'm working on, because I'm superstitious that I'll spend all my time talking and never actually get the job done. So, this winter, I've been quietly writing a resource I believe the autoimmune paleo community really needs: a detailed guide to reintroducing foods on the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP). Why? The AIP is a powerful tool for healing, and there are two important phases: (1) eliminating potential food triggers temporarily, and (2) reintroducing them very carefully, to see how your body responds. It's this second phase where we learn to communicate with our bodies, receiving clear messages on the foods that nourish us vs. the foods that harm us. This is very unique to each individual, and an empowering step in personalizing your diet to optimize healing. There's a catch though: you have to do both phases correctly, in order for it to work.
Truth talk: the AIP is hard to do. A lot of people white-knuckle their way through the elimination period and then rush the reintroductions, because they miss these foods so much. Unfortunately, this muddies the experiment. If you get an inflammatory response, you won't know which food caused it, putting you back at square one. The reintroduction process is scientific self-experimentation at its finest, and you want to do it right, because you don't want to have to repeat the elimination step.
So, that's why I wrote this 43-page guide. I'm known in the AIP community for very careful reintroductions. You can read my experience here. I want to help other people (you!) do the same, because once you master this skill, you have it for life.
What's in the Guide?
- An overview of the AIP
- How to decide when you're ready for reintroductions.
- Two protocols to help you choose which foods to reintroduce first.
- Clear instructions on how to reintroduce a food and monitor for a reaction.
- Examples of what a food intolerance reaction feels like, from acute responses, to minor ones that build up after repeated exposure.
- Directions on keeping a symptom journal.
- Keys to self-care during the process.
- Mistakes to avoid.
- A sample reintroduction experience, to give you a clear idea of how it all works.
- 23 recipes for the reintroductions themselves, everything from homemade ghee to slow roasted tomatoes.
- Further resources for autoimmune healing.
- The guide is aligned with The Paleo Approach by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne.
- It's a PDF e-book (easy to read on any computer or smartphone with a free, dowloadable PDF reader). And it's formatted on 8-1/2×11 paper, so it's easy for you to print at home, if you prefer a paper copy.
What Others Are Saying
“Eileen’s approach is gentle yet comprehensive, leading readers on how to be best equipped to embark on a process that takes a lot of intuition and care to do properly….What I love about Eileen’s book, is that she shares recipes that include the staged reintroduction foods, but one at a time! For instance, one of the first foods people can reintroduce is egg yolks, so she includes a recipe for hollandaise (including a link to a video of how to properly separate the yolks and whites–how cool is that!).”
~ Mickey Trescott, Autoimmune-Paleo
“The AIP reintroduction protocol can be tricky, as there are so many foods to evaluate, and reintroducing them one at a time can be difficult. Until now, there hasn’t been a book devoted just to this part of the protocol. After reading Eileen Laird’s e-book, we realized this was the piece so many of you were missing.”
~ Melissa Hartwig, Whole 30
“Science is awesome, but for me to really get into something, I need some ‘data with soul.' Eileen shares her own healing story with us & includes a sample reintro journal. Had I read something like that at the start of my reintroduction attempts I would have been so much less confused about what my own process might involve. I'd have had the hope of healing from Eileen's own story and, most importantly, I would have understood how much time I need to invest.”
~ Angie Alt, previously of Alt-Ternative Autoimmune, now co-author of Autoimmune Paleo
“I tried a couple of reintroductions a month ago and it didn't work, even though I thought I was being careful. I'm reading your book and I see what I did wrong. Your diary of introductions really hit home. Thank you for putting this ebook together, it's already taught me a lot.”
~ Meredith, blog reader
To celebrate the publication of this guide, I hosted a giveaway 0n 5/24/14, and the winner was chosen with a random number generator: Carrie Kniprath. I hosted a second giveaway on 9/25/15, using Rafflecopter to randomly pick the winner: Molly Howze. Thanks to everyone for playing! If you didn't win, don't despair. I intentionally set the price of the book low, so that it's affordable to everyone. Best wishes to all of you on your reintroduction journeys.