You know what I love about the Autoimmune Protocol? I love that it is a giant science experiment & I am my own star lab rat. The last two years have been a fascinating process of learning what my body needs & what is bad for it. I've come to understand the solid scientific reasons behind all of it & how to listen to my own "biological voice."
However, science, while fascinating, is not normally easy. The elimination phase of AIP was straightforward for me & the value of the elimination "experiment" was clear immediately. The greater challenge came when it was time to begin reintroducing some of those foods. Basically, I needed a much more skillfully designed experiment. Needless to say, it was a really hit & miss process in the beginning. It took me a long time to learn how to carefully approach the reintroduction phase.
A great benefit to me in those early attempts would have been a step-by-step guide on how to conduct reintroductions. If I had better understood when to start reintros, the proper order to do them, & how to best track my reactions . . . well, my scientific study of myself might have been a lot more sciencey & a lot less frustrating. Recently, my friend & fellow autoimmune blogger, Eileen Laird of Phoenix Helix, really changed the game . . . er, science experiment. She's written an awesome guide for all of us on exactly how to conduct our personal experiments.
My favorite way to do a book review, as you all know, is with an uncomplicated list. Here are the reasons why I love Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol:
1) 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.
2) Can you clarify that, please? Have you read how-to guides in the past & found yourself asking that question? You won't have to with this book. Eileen thought of every detail that goes into the reintroduction phase of AIP. She was so methodical in writing this guide & the effort she has put into clarifying the process shines bright. She has covered it all, from when to start, in which order, how to do each reintro, symptom tracking, & even a look at common mistakes. I found this portion of the guide particularly helpful, since it will allow readers to painlessly avoid common, costly mistakes.
3) The recipes! That's correct, Eileen included that too. An eager homecook might inadvertently prepare a recipe with more than one of the foods to be reintroduced included. This, of course, derails the whole experiment (too many variables to accurately track!), but Eileen has helped us avoid that problem with carefully planned reintroduction recipes. She proves that she is not only a wonderful chef, but a master scientist!
Are you well on your way with AIP & perhaps ready for the challenge of a carefully crafted reintroduction process? Then is for you. Maybe you are brand new to the proctocol, but want to be well-prepared to conduct your personal food experiments when it comes time? Then investing in this guide today will pay dividends tomorrow. You can find Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol on my sidebar, simply click the picture.