The Autoimmune Protocol

Announcing The New Autoimmune Paleo!

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2015? Also, where are the flying cars already? I’ve been waiting since at least 2000. Let me get on with it and tell you the big news you really came here for . . . as of today, Mickey Trescott and I will be blogging together at Autoimmune Paleo. What in the world does that mean? Mostly, it means serving the AIP community is still incredibly important to Mickey and I, but we didn’t want to take on this mission alone anymore. We decided to join forces and blog together at her site, Autoimmune Paleo, as well as share articles, recipes, and ...continue reading

The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook

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 ...continue reading

AIP Group Coaching Program

You can join 100's of other folks that have been through the SAD to AIP in SIX program.  They've transformed their lives & you can too!  CLICK THIS LINK to sign-up! May 1st marked my two year AIP-versary!  After two years of following this lifestyle and especially recently with becoming a health coach, I've noticed that there is not a step-by-step process to take a person all the way from Standard American Diet to Autoimmune Protocol in a clear, supportive way.  This leaves a whole segment of the AI population out of the healing loop . . . the group that needs uncomplicated, easy to maintain stages of elimination combined ...continue reading

An AIP Christmas 2013

An AIP Christmas 2013

Guess what is happening for Christmas at my house this year?  My in-laws are visiting!!  It is the first time I have had the pleasure of hosting my mother and father-in-law for a holiday.  Even more exciting, they are Paleo!!  (My father-in-law has had amazing success with Paleo, including reversing his Type 2 Diabetes and incredible weight loss.)  This is double awesomeness and means I have an opportunity to hopefully knock their socks off with a delish Christmas dinner.  This year marks my second Christmas following AIP, so I feel very confident that I can plan and prepare a really special meal.If you've been following my blog for awhile, you ...continue reading

An AIP Thanksgiving Menu 2013

An AIP Thanksgiving Menu 2013

I absolutely love Thanksgiving.  It's very important to me that I come through the holiday season, starting with the Thanksgiving meal, feeling as though I have enjoyed the celebrations, despite following a healing diet long-term.  This year marks my second AIP Thanksgiving.  With the importance of enjoying the season in mind and alot of experience under my belt, I put together the menu below for this year. If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know that I am a very happy recipe tester, but not a dedicated recipe creator.  That means that I do alot of recipe adaptation to fit the AIP mold.  Please closely follow my instructions ...continue reading

What About The Kids: School Lunch Guide

What About The Kids: School Lunch Guide

For most of us the school year has begun.  Our kids are back to the grind and we are happily whipping up Paleo lunches for them to carry off each morning.  Right?   Wrong.  By far one of my biggest challenges getting my family into the Paleo lifestyle has been school lunch.  Can we all agree that what we are serving in our schools (at least in the US) barely passes for food?  Obviously it comes nowhere near Paleo ideals, but packing up a Paleo lunch for our kids to take instead is no easy task. First, the food itself is a challenge.  Second, getting our kids to eat the food, ...continue reading

A Winning Combination: Healing From Gluten Exposure

A Winning Combination: Healing From Gluten Exposure

A Winning Combination: Healing From Gluten Exposure can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

Cheating: The AIP Vacationing Series

Cheating: The AIP Vacationing Series

This is the final blog in my AIP vacationing series.  I hope all of you found the kinds of information you needed about how to vacation while still adhering to this very restrictive template.  It was a big experiment for me and it turned out easier than I had expected.  There were some moments though . . . did I cheat?  That's the big question, right?We did attempt to eat out once.  There is a restaurant near the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) called Zero 8.  They do not feature ANY of the eight common allergens on their menu (get it . . . Zero 8).  No seafood, no ...continue reading

Unwired: The AIP Vacationing Series

Our vacation was so rejuvenating for the whole family.  There are lots of reasons for that, but I think a major one was that we took a technology break.  It was really important to me that we unplug while we were in Montreal and the results were well worth every minute away.I'm not a tech hater.  Very honestly, I heart the Web about as much as I heart Paleo.  I was captivated as a child by encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and other reference books.  For me, the arrival of the internet was like having this endless, deep source of all the fascinating info I had craved as a kid.  (When I ...continue reading

An AIP Fourth of July

An AIP Fourth of July

You know what made me really love the U.S.A.?  Moving to another country.  True story.  There's this quote I love by Samuel Johnson, "All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it."  I love it, because it is true.  The West African countries I lived in are special in their own right, but much of what remains undeveloped in those places showed me what an enormous undertaking it was for the U.S. to become the place it is.  Growing into an exceptional land of opportunities and extraordinary freedoms ...continue reading

Restaurant Free: The AIP Vacationing Series

Restaurant Free: The AIP Vacationing Series

Duuuuck Faaat . . . Soooo Gooood Have you ever truly, truly vacationed without eating out?  Tasting yummy new foods that, importantly, were made by someone else and do not involve you or your family members performing the clean-up duty is the name of the game on vacation, right?  Not having to lift a finger is vacation, right?  That's what I thought, too.  Here's how our vacation changed, because eating out was not on the table. I thought about this topic alot while we were in Montreal.  I went on a business trip when I first started AIP where I prepared all my meals in a small hotel room kitchenette ...continue reading

Supermarket=Cultural Experience: The AIP Vacationing Series

Supermarket=Cultural Experience: The AIP Vacationing Series

Did you know that you can learn more about a country's current culture by visiting their grocery stores instead of their museums?  I mean, I like a good museum as much as the next guy, but when I want to really get immersed in a new culture . . . I go grocery shopping.  Think I'm reaching a little, see the examples below. Supermarket comes to my door via enterprising young women in Sierra Leone. Organic, Free Range chicken eggs sold at a supermarket in Montreal. See the difference?  Even if you've never visited either locale, you already learned alot about Sierra Leone and Montreal.  Don't you love the "liberated ...continue reading

Food for the road

Food For The Road: The AIP Vacationing Series

Seriously, you guys are going to LOVE that I took a vacation.  We left very early last Sunday morning (June 23rd) for Montreal, Quebec and arrived home very late on Friday night (June 28th).  I am feeling re-energized by those six days away and have come home with loads of practical tips on how to have an awesome vacation while staying healthy and sticking to AIP.  My goal is to blog every day this week on what I learned about AIP vacationing; what worked, what didn't, lots of new meal ideas, how to set a pace that works for your health, discovering new places, etc.  I'm calling this "The AIP ...continue reading

An AIP Father's Day

An AIP Father’s Day

"It is a wise father that knows his child."  -William Shakespeare I don't think there is a greater need in a child's life than to have a father who is watching.  Watching from the perspective of loving protection, definitely.  I mean more than that though.  I mean observing, learning . . . understanding their child.  When your father truly knows you, it is shows that he has gone above and beyond all the "normal" father stuff.  He has done more than provide, protect, and guide.  He has invested his time in the deep work of knowing his child. I am a very lucky woman, because my husband is that kind ...continue reading

My favourite meal

My New AIP Comfort Food Meal

So Yummy! So, I love the meals I eat on AIP.  After over a year of eating this way, I can actually say with honesty, that I am not bored of my food.  It is a very restrictive plan, but I have found so many amazing, delicious ways to stick to it, that it really has not bothered me.  However (yes, there is a "but" here), I haven't had too many meals that I would consider the equivalent of former comfort food favorites . . . until now. I don't create many recipes, but last Thursday night I had some left-over zucchini and argula, plus a bunch of fresh cilantro ...continue reading

An AIP Mother's Day

An AIP Mother’s Day

"Work is love made visible." -Kahlil Gibran Can you think of anyone in your life that has worked as long or as hard solely on your behalf, as your mother?  The work load of motherhood is relentless, yet even when she is not perfect in her efforts, there is rarely ever a mother who throws in the towel.  They just keep going, despite the load.  Why is that?  I believe it is the love.  All that working, working, working for the child is a way to make the love visible. There is a special mix of this love in the heart of every mommy dealing with autoimmunity.  The love is ...continue reading

A Menu . . . For A Friend

I have a new friend.  She's funny and easy-going and very authentically herself.  She made the mistake of telling me within a few days of meeting me that she has an autoimmune disorder.  Hashimoto's thyroiditis, to be exact.  Oooooh.  You all know what I had to do immediately after she told me, right?  Yep, I Paleo-vanglized her.  I think I gave her my presentation and talked her into buying "Practical Paleo" within four days of knowing me.  She already knew that she should be avoiding gluten due to the Hashi's, but I'm sure she thought I was a full on nutcase when I went on to tell her to avoid ...continue reading

turkey stuffed cabbage rolls

Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Rolls: An Adapting Recipes Blog

Last week I made Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Rolls and featured them on my Alt-ternative Autoimmune FB page.  If you aren't familiar, I do a regular post there where I share a photo of my meal and explain how it is AutoImmune Protocol (for Paleo)-friendly.  My hope is that by sharing so many of my meals, I'll help inspire my fellow AIers in their AIP healing journeys.  Lots of folks asked for that recipe, so I am sharing it today and also writing a bit about adapting recipes for AIP. Soooo gooood . . . my daughter loved them. Without further ado . . . You can find the original Turkey ...continue reading

An AIP Easter

An AIP Easter

Easter is a very special holiday for me.  The most special.  I'm a Christian, so Easter represents the cornerstone of my beliefs.  I've worked hard to mark this special day every year, no matter where I found myself in life.  I even celebrated one Easter in an enormous, run-down cathedral with rejoicing African dancers AND armed members of a military junta (the priest kicked them out of his church for carrying weapons in).  This year will be no different.  I mean, an AIP menu is a small challenge compared to the freedom to worship in the face of a military government, right? Christian or not, Easter marks a new beginning ...continue reading

Measuring Success

Measuring Success

Measuring Success can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

Time Management In The Kitchen

Time Management in the Kitchen can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

Another What I Put In My Mouth Changed My Whole Life

Another What I Put In My Mouth Changed My Whole Life

Back in early November, I wrote a short blog for you on some of the ways that eating AIP changed my life. Who knew that changing what one puts in one's mouth could make such a huge impact. I thought today I'd circle back to this topic so I could show you five more ways it has transformed my life: Five Ways That AIPaleo Changed My Whole Life: 1) It changed what my cupboards & refrigerator look like . . . my kitchen is not overstuffed with tons of boxes, bags, & cans filled with toxic food-like substances anymore. There is no pasta. No pasta sauces. No frozen dinners. No ...continue reading

An AIP Christmas

An AIP Christmas

Blogging has been really slow for me this month.  Despite my best intentions, between my day job, all the work that goes into following the autoimmune protocol (and let's be honest, no matter how you slice it, it is ALOT of work) & preparing for the holidays, I've found very little extra time to write. I also found myself not writing much, but instead thinking deeply on the events in Connecticut.  I wanted to take the time to be quiet inside & try to reconcile for myself what that tragedy means.  One thing I heard loud & clear while I was trying to listen to what wanted to be heard, ...continue reading

An AIP Thanksgiving

An AIP Thanksgiving

     Can we make it AIP? I've been researching & testing a few recipes for weeks now in preparation for Thanksgiving.  Making it through this holiday with the feeling that I have fully enjoyed & participated in one of my favorite times of the year matters alot to me.  When we lived in West Africa, I planned for Thanksgiving in July.  I'd buy cream of mushroom soup & corn bread mixes in the States on home leave & pack them into my "precious cargo" suitcases to use in November.  All that adaptation practice then has come in handy over & over as I relearn how to eat for autoimmune management.   ...continue reading

What I Put In My Mouth Changed My Whole Life

What I Put In My Mouth Changed My Whole Life

It was great to take a little "off the beaten path" look with my readers at one of the deeply emotional, but not to often discussed aspects of long-term illness. "How do I handle the way it has changed my outside?" I hope that reading the various perspectives of working artists on the nature of sickness & beauty was inspiring to some of you. Being able to view our bodies in a new light or even to stretch ourselves so much that we are able to view the illness itself as a sort of gift, is a very "lightening" act. As I thought more about "lightening" acts, I started to ...continue reading

Cheesecake Is Not Medicine

Cheesecake Is Not Medicine

UPDATE: I have now been following the autoimmune version of Paleo for three years. I have healed enough that I can enjoy a (as in one) glass of wine or a hard-cider semi-regularly with no issues. I still do not drink any of the "hard" liquors (like the Gin I lamented in this post), but I am okay with it and actually have adjusted very happily. For those that will point it out, I also know that I can get gluten-free versions of communion bread, but I still have not crossed the bridge. There is something a little awkward about handing the pastor your g-free loaf with a little wink ...continue reading

Heal Thy Self

Heal Thy Self

I promised last time that my next blog would be about some of the enormous lifestyle changes that came with eating Paleo/AIP.  Living outside our accepted food system is surprisingly tricky on many levels.  I have been shocked at the intensity of the mental battles it has involved.  It is a huge part of the story I really want to tell.  However, I got so many requests for information about how to start the "self healing" process, that I decided to redirect so I could share sources with all of you. A few important points, before I list all these fantastic websites & blogs though.  If you are considering beginning ...continue reading

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