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It’s finally here!!  The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for all Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol has arrived!  Life is about so much more than food . . . and this cookbook covers all the other things that happen when you change your food. The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook will show you how to restore your health with one flavorful, nutritious meal at a time AND inspire you with the stories of wellness transformation.

I hope you will love it!  I am so excited to share it with everyone!  CLICK ON THIS LINK to learn ALL THE DETAILS about the book and get your copy today.

Oh!  One special announcement!  Thirty lucky winners will be chosen at random from the first 300 ebook purchase to receive a GORGEOUS, FREE, TOTALLY HANDMADE, 100% UNIQUE APRON.  That's a 1 in 10 chance of winning a handmade apron!!  You are automatically entered in the drawing with your ebook purchase, no extra steps necessary.  Take a look at some of the beautiful designs & colors below:

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The print version is coming soon!!
The print version is coming soon!!

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Ten days!!  In ten days the cookbook launch!  Two weeks ago I was really excited.  Last week I was starting to freak out.  This week I'm just in the zone concentrating on all the last minute details that need to be arranged, so that my labor of love can be smoothly delivered to all of you.  I am sharing the third & final recipe sneak peak with you guys this week.  But first, I want to show a little gratitude to the two women that made this project possible for me:  Mickey Trescott of Autoimmune Paleo and Sarah Ballantyne of The Paleo Mom.

First of all . . . Mickey, my AIP soul-sister.  She has been incredible this entire year.  She provided inspiration and support from the very start.  And she blazed a trail!  Although I have not tackled every aspect of self-publishing in the same way she did, I would have been utterly lost without her guidance.  I am so lucky to count her as a friend and colleague.  I am also sooo grateful to the lady behind it all, my friend, Sarah Ballantyne.  I obviously could not have written a book about the Autoimmune Protocol, without her creating the Autoimmune Protocol!  It is staggering for me to think of all the lives she has changed, mine among them.  It is an amazing opportunity to work with The Paleo Mom Consulting and have the chance to use AIP and the work I do with my clients to inform this project.

So, now that I've let the gratitude flow . . . let me share one of the delicious recipes with you!

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Avocado Lime Hand Pies
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Serves: 6
 
This takes breakfast pastry and makes it unusual and very adult!
Ingredients
  • Filling
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1½ tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Crust
  • ¾ cup tapioca flour
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ¾ cup palm shortening
  • ⅛ cup turbinado sugar (also called raw sugar)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Put all filling ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put all crust ingredients in a food processor and process until dough forms. Dust rolling pin with tapioca flour. Roll out dough on parchment paper to ⅛ inch thickness. Using a large round cookie cutter, cut out as many rounds as possible. Set aside. Reshape dough and cut again, repeating until all dough is used.
  3. In center of 1 round, place 1 generous spoonful of filling. Place second round on top of first. Press around edges to close crust and then flute with a fork. Poke top of round with a fork. Repeat until all rounds are filled. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake 25-30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

I am getting so darn excited to share with the growing circle of people using food to heal!  The cookbook will launch in e-book AND print formats (through Amazon print-on-demand) in just a few more weeks.  Watch for announcements and THANK YOU for letting me have a voice in this community!  It is an honor.

The following guest blog is by Emma King of The Bacon Mum.  Emma is a Brit who has been living State side for many years.  She is healing herself of Rheumatoid Arthritis and helping her daughter effectively manage an Autism Spectrum disorder, using the Autoimmune Protocol.  She is also a professional Learning Strategist and will soon, after deciding through her own journey that she wanted to help other families impacted by autoimmune disease and behavioral/learning difficulties onset by food sensitivities, be a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  You can find Emma here:

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As any single working parent will know, the thought of getting food on the table after a long day can be overwhelming. Bring into the mix food intolerances/allergies and fussy eaters and putting a meal on the table starts to feel like climbing Mount Everest in flip flops!

By profession I am a Learning Strategist, I consult with Fortune 500 companies to bring their corporate learning to life inside a Virtual Classroom or Virtual Online Event. Any challenge a client throws at me I can typically, with some careful thought, provide them with a template for success. So I applied that same logic and project planning to bring healing foods and healthful plates to the family table, after all I can’t use drive-thrus as backup or rely on a partner to help out with the grocery shopping, meal planning, or cooking.

So after researching what my fellow autoimmune bloggers had to say and with some inherited tips and tricks from my Mum, I built the following template that I’d like to share with you.

  1. Buy Proteins in Bulk - Typically I do this monthly. Having a stash of  core ingredients in the freezer ensures I have ingredients on hand. I use a lot of cheap cuts of meats such as bacon (well I am TheBaconMum) pork butt, ribs, flank steak, tenderloins, whole chickens, ground turkey, pork, lamb, beef, bison etc. There are many online organic meat companies that deliver to your door, which makes buying organic food in bulk more economical. However, if organic meats aren’t within your budget (it isn’t always possible within mine) many local grocery stores will often sell items in bulk too, just check that there are no nitrates or hormones added.
  2. Stock up on Staple Ingredients – Always have your staple ingredients in stock. My Mum taught me as a child to always have two of the same item in the pantry, the one you are using and the replacement for when that’s gone. Once you open the second item, replace it the next time you shop. This way you will never run out and will always have the ingredients on hand to make your meal.
  3. Enroll into a CSA - With pesticides being sprayed on our crops, it’s really important to try to afford organic veggies whenever possible. Joining a CSA, especially one that gets delivered to your door, is budget friendly and a huge time saver! (To find a local supplier click here.) If you can’t afford to go 100% organic – try to buy organic those foods listed as The Dirty Dozen.
  4. Batch Cook - Never prepare your meals just for one meal time, double or triple the recipe and freeze into portions for days when you know it will be hard to get food on the table.
  5. Invest in a Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker - This for me is my lifesaver. Many recipes call for browning the proteins before cooking but I honestly have no time for that . . . I throw ALL ingredients into said pot and presto six-eight hours later dinner smells divine as I walk through the door.
  6. Maximize Your Time - When you are clearing up the kitchen after dinner use this time to prepare lunches for the following day and prepare that crock-pot meal to place in the fridge overnight. The following morning as you are reaching for the pre-prepared lunchboxes, plug in the crock pot and rush out of that door!
  7. Maximize Oven Time - Never switch on your oven for just one item, always be thinking about what other recipes you can prepare at the same time. My favorite is to make up three-four batches of meatballs and burger sliders and cook them all in the oven at the same time. Let them cook, cool and freeze them in large Ziploc bags for school lunches and/or dinner time!
  8. Frozen is OK –Ever forgotten to remove the dinner from the freezer the night before? Don’t be afraid to use frozen protein in your crock-pot! While some may advise you otherwise, I can assure you I haven’t ever become sick, or any of my family, from using frozen protein in a crock-pot – From frozen solid chicken to succulent roast chicken in six hours – YES Please!!!
  9. Involve the Family – Kids can often get frustrated, certainly if they are only children, when you are constantly in the kitchen preparing foods. Involving children teaches them how to pair ingredients and provides them with the skills necessary to continue their healing diet as they flee the nest. My daughter loves to cook with me and on my weekends it’s rare that we don’t cook together. We start by choosing a recipe each from the wonderful selection of healing food recipe books that are now becoming available! (Don’t forget Angie’s cookbook is coming in out in December!!) This process has really helped my daughter understand what it takes to bring a meal to the table and that it’s polite to always try a new dish or new food. She knows she would be heartbroken if I didn’t taste her recipe and therefore she will always try a courtesy bite from my recipe too and nine times out of 10 she likes what she’s eating, emphasizing that taste buds do change, especially if they aren’t being over powered by chemicals and processed foods!

My Mantra – Prepare, Multiply, Store & Succeed!

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SO CLOSE!!  Just over two weeks from now my cookbook will be here.  To be honest, I'm kinda' freaking out.  I decided to calm my nerves, by sharing another recipe sneak peak with you guys!  First, let me tell you a little about what I learned with this project.  As per ushe, my favorite way to do things . . . a list.

What I Learned During My Cookbook Project: 

  • I learned how self-publishing works.  Wow.  It has been a crazy, intense project, and a big investment, but I had basically the best teacher possible helping me.  Mickey Trescott of Autoimmune Paleo, who is a huge self-publishing success, taught me almost every tip and trick along the way.
  • I learned how to manage a team and a project.  I do not believe a book, of any type, can be written entirely alone.  It's an enormous undertaking.  Luckily, I learned who the key players were that I needed, identified them among the amazing people I know, and figured out how to direct each of their contributions.
  • I learned how to stick to it.  Some folks might think that I already know a thing or two about sticking to it.  After all, I've been following AIP for nearly three years now.  I have never stuck to a self-driven project of this nature for this long, start to finish though.  It feels great to be nearing the finish line after a year of work.
  • I learned that it is an honor to have a voice at all.  I'm grateful to my husband and daughter for letting me put my voice out there.  Many people will never have the crucial family support for this kind of project.  I'm grateful to my high school English teachers, Tim Schaff, the late Dorothy Justice, and Gordon Gildroy, for teaching me to articulate myself in writing.  There are millions of women all over the globe who are illiterate, unable to make their voice heard.  I'm grateful to my readers for being an encouraging audience.  I am so lucky that what I have offered this far, has been well-received by all of you.  Basically, a lot had to happen to give me this opportunity and I have learned not to take it for granted.

So, now that you know how much I learned this last year . . . let me share one of the delicious recipes with you!

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Lemon Rosemary Brined Pork Chops
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I love brining! It is an easy, flavorful way to prepare a meaty main dish.
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups filtered water
  • 5 tablespoons salt
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 20 ice cubes
  • 4 bone‐in pork chops
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, salt, onion, garlic, rosemary, bay leaves, lemon and vinegar. Bring mixture to boil over high heat, stirring until salt dissolves. Remove from heat, cover and let sit 10 minutes.
  2. Place ice in a large bowl. Pour brine over ice and stir to melt.
  3. Place pork chops in a large freezer bag. Add brine and seal. To avoid spills, place bag in a large bowl and set in refrigerator for 3 hours.
  4. After brining, remove chops from bag. Rinse and pat dry. Discard brine. Grill over high heat for 2‐3 minutes per side. Serve and enjoy!

I am getting so darn excited to share with the growing circle of people using food to heal!  The cookbook will launch in e-book AND print formats (through Amazon print-on-demand) in just a few more weeks.  Watch for announcements and THANK YOU for letting me have a voice in this community!  It is an honor.

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The following guest blog is by Emma King of The Bacon Mum.  Emma is a Brit who has been living State side for many years.  She is healing herself of Rheumatoid Arthritis and helping her daughter effectively manage an Autism Spectrum disorder, using the Autoimmune Protocol.  She is also a professional Learning Strategist and will soon, after deciding through her own journey that she wanted to help other families impacted by autoimmune disease and behavioral/learning difficulties onset by food sensitivities, be a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  You can find Emma here:

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Single Mother to an amazing six-year-old, Health Coach, Virtual Learning Strategist, British, Type A Personality, Resident Alien . . . yes, seriously I hold the credential of an Alien, and multiple Autoimmune Disease Sufferer! Yup that’s quite the list of credentials, but until March 2014, Autoimmune Disease Suffer was what physically defined me!

Since the age of 14, when I contracted Glandular Fever (Mono), I have been on a roller coaster of medical issues which have helped define me, break me, and rebuild me . . . Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Encephalitis from a reaction to a Yellow Fever vaccination, West Nile Virus (of course that infected mosquito found me), Rheumatoid Arthritis and Thyroid issues . . . the road nobody should want or have to travel – I have traveled. And the reality for millions of people (a recorded 50 million in the US), autoimmune conditions can control our lives.

My Rheumatoid Arthritis onset after the birth of my daughter when I was trying to build a Learning Strategy Consulting Business, facing life as a single mother, and dealing with a failed relationship! Stress levels were up there! I knew about the Mind, Body, Gut Connection and I needed to find a way to manage this debilitating pain without immune suppressing drugs (total oxymoron to me), because I could not afford as a single mother to drop the ball . . . Yes, I set that expectation for myself. I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO DROP THE BALL EVER!!

I had been gluten-free for several years at this point, but I stopped dairy, caffeine, alcohol (who can handle a hangover with a three-month-old anyway, LOL!) in an effort keep the disease at bay, and manage it I did . . . but I lived in constant excruciating pain, worked long 70+ hour weeks with disrupted sleep patterns while trying  to raise a child single handed – I constantly felt defeated . . . but my stubborn pride would never allow me to admit I was suffering. I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO DROP THE BALL EVER!! I will admit here (isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing?) for all my family, my ex, past, present, and future friends, and blog followers I was, at times, not in the most forgiving of moods. It was my way or the highway people! (Can I cringe here?) The reality was that my way was the easiest route for me to cope.

Internally, I was at rock bottom driven by the nonsensical notion that if I stopped, slowed down, slept during the day, admitted I was sick, took time for me, the world would crumble . . . (it doesn’t by the way) I drove myself hard! I had a job to do, I had several jobs to do, there was nobody else to do those jobs, I had to keep going! I was constantly fighting with myself, to push myself harder, to raise my game. It was my sole responsibility to keep a roof over our heads. I could not drop the ball ever!!

That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself, but it’s something inherent to parents. We drive ourselves hard!

Parenting is about highs, lows, challenges, triumphs and many sleepless nights. Our kids are on their own journey, learning and growing and developing their personalities. They will echo and learn from behaviors around them, so my daughter was developing a very driven, stubborn, feisty, sarcastic (she does have a British Mum…), sassy personality and oh how we clashed!! Now along with these traits she also has the funniest of mannerisms, a vocabulary beyond her years, phenomenal comical timing and a passion for dinosaurs, dancing and dragons! But this combination of personality traits, at times, required patience, understanding and tough boundaries. Patience with my pain seemed to elude me.

My pain would compound at the end of the day. We loved to read together, but I would grit my teeth, as she snuggled up, her closeness kept my sanity, but sometimes if she clambered onto me the wrong way, I would flinch and involuntarily shout out . . .  she would draw back from me, terrified of my reaction, and it broke my heart. I would adjust, pick her up and place her carefully on me and we would continue our snuggles, but the look in her eyes of rejection would haunt me. That same look would also appear if I lost my temper – I had such a short fuse, if my reserves were low, I often could not count to 10 and when the words “I hate you” came out of her mouth at five-years-old, I felt like I had failed and that I had dropped the ball!

I had to find a way to stop this pain, it wasn’t only destroying me, it was destroying her! I HAD to find an answer, and as I knew foods such as excessive sugar and gluten certainly triggered me, I started to eat a low-sugar, grain-free, dairy-free diet. As a result of eating a Paleo diet our dynamic improved for the better, however it was becoming clearer from reports from school, behavioral reports from her father, as well difficulty learning to read and write, that her behaivor wasn’t improving elsewhere.

I knew that food had to be culprit, and after a lot of coaxing I got her Dad to agree to some allergy tests by Cyrex Labs. The results overwhelmed me, despite my improved relationship with food . . . my daughter was heading into the Autism Spectrum with patterns of Cerebellar Dysfunction. She was allergic to ALL grains, dairy, casein and nightshades. We started a phased elimination diet (phasing out foods got her adjusted and made the transition so much easier) and we saw results almost instantly – my five-year-old brought a book to me, opened the page and fluently read to me just two weeks later!!

My own journey also continued I had been attempting to follow the Autoimmune Protocol for several months, I felt it was the missing puzzle in my disease and behavioral management, but it was my daughter’s diagnosis that drove to take the next step. I had to be pain free to help her through her own journey; it had to start with me! So I started AIP in March 2014 with the health coaching of Angie and it’s been the key to unlocking a life that I look forward to living every day! I can honestly say that my relationship with my daughter has improved tenfold, we laugh, we dance, we play and sing, and the joy and mood in our house has lifted from hurricane force winds to sunny with a chance of light showers . . . Hey come on there is always the reality that the family dynamic can never 100% sunny . . . so when you hear your child say “I like the new you” you know you’ve got it right!