The Autoimmune Protocol

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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 other resources from a rapidly growing group of talented AIP bloggers. We want to give you all the great content you’ve loved getting from us for years, but we want to offer you more and we want you to be able to find it in one simple spot!

Mickey and I met back in 2012. Our healing journeys were relatively new and we were two of only a handful of AIP voices on the web. Between us we were battling five autoimmune diseases, including Celiac disease. A strong friendship developed and we began collaborating more and more.

Over the course of 2014, as the AIP community grew rapidly, we realized that it was not sustainable for us to continue as solo bloggers. We both wanted to keep contributing to the community, but we couldn’t do that and “practice what we preach.” For us, modeling AIP diet and lifestyle ideals for those on the autoimmune journey meant being committed, even if it required approaching our careers differently.

We started kicking around some ideas and in September we decided the best way forward was together! We agreed to combine our efforts and blog together. Our goal is to build a community where anyone suffering with chronic illness can seek wellness and feel supported by a wide variety of resources specific to the healing journey.

Leaving Alt-Ternative Autoimmune was not a light decision for me. I actually began this blog in 2009, telling the stories of my family’s adjustment to life in West Africa. Every word I ever published here was a labor of love and a heartfelt attempt at connecting with others. The site will still be here, but we will soon be moving the best of the best to Autoimmune Paleo, where you will also find new content from me. Telling the honest, helpful, and often vulnerable stories of autoimmunity is still my labor of love. Connecting with all of you is still my heartfelt intention. But now I’m going to do my storytelling with a friend at my side. See you at Autoimmune Paleo!!!

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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:

Aprons

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Aprons V

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

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Group Project 3

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 with the encouragement they may be lacking in their personal or social circles.  I wake up at night thinking about the folks who know about AIP, but are stuck in SAD.  So, I decided to do something about it!

I’ve designed a program, "SAD to AIP in SIX," to be that step-by-step process.  If you are the person who was out there ready and willing, but lacking the right fit . . . here it is.  I hope you’ll find this method answers your need for guidance from "I'm ready" to "I'm there!"

If you would like to know what the program offers, if the program is the right fit for you, and what you'll learn over the six weeks, CLICK THIS LINK.  You'll find easy on-line set-up & start date information for the next group!

I can't wait to get started!

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An AIP Christmas 2013Guess 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 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 to adapt any recipes included here, if you too are following AIP.  If you are a long time reader, you'll also know that I REALLY DO serve this menu for my holiday meal.  Check out my Facebook page after Christmas to see photos of all the dishes here.  One final note, if you are spending the holiday at the home of a friend or loved ones, bringing one or two of these dishes would be a great way to share delicious Paleo foods with them and make sure that there are "safe" foods available to you.

Appetizer:
Bacon-Wrapped Dates w/ Balsamic Reduction
This recipe does not require any adaptation.  Enjoy!!

Dinner:
Prime Rib
This is my first time preparing prime rib, so wish me luck!!  It is an expensive cut to mess up!

To prepare:
1)  Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
2)  Make a herb and salt blend of your choice (I'll be using sea salt, black pepper, thyme, and fresh, minced garlic) and rub all over prime rib.
3)  Place prime rib with fat cap up in oven, with a meat thermometer in the center.
4)  Roast for 5-6 minutes per pound and then turn oven off.  DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR FOR TWO HOURS.
5)  Check thermometer, it should read 140 degrees for medium rare, if not turn oven up to 375 degrees until thermometer reads 140 degrees.
6)  Take out of oven and allow to rest before slicing.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Bacon
I love, love, love this recipe.  I'll probably make a double batch, because I know it will go quickly.

To adapt:
1)  Replace the olive oil with butter, since it is better for high temperature cooking.  I am able to tolerate a small amount of grass-fed butter, but if you are not there yet, don't worry.  Replace the butter with ghee or melted coconut oil.

Butternut Squash & Apple Casserole
I am going to treat this casserole more like a gratin and use my mandolin to slice the squash and apples very thin and then layer them.

To adapt:
1)  Replace the brown sugar with slightly less coconut palm sugar or slightly more blackstrap molasses (I am still experimenting here for taste and consistency and you may need to do the same).
2)  I am able to tolerate a small amount of grass-fed butter, but if you are not there yet, don't worry.  Replace the butter with ghee or melted coconut oil.
3)  Replace the flour with coconut flour.  This is not being used as a thickener, but rather a crunchy topping.
4)  Replace the nutmeg with ginger.

Fresh Citrus & Cranberry Salad
I am a big fan of citrus being worked into the Christmas menu and I think this salad seems very refreshing.

To adapt:
1)  Replace the sugar with half the amount of honey.

Dessert:
Pumpkin Spice Cake w/ Gingersnap Crust
This is a fabulous recipe from my friend, Mickey, over at Autoimmune Paleo and doesn't require any adaptions.  Mickey did all the work for us!

A big thanks to all the creative recipe inventors behind these dishes.  I hope you all are inspired and, as always, if anyone tries these recipes with the AIP adaptions, tell me how it goes.  I would love to hear about it.

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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 to adapt any recipes included here, if you too are following AIP.  If you are a long time reader, you'll also know that I REALLY DO serve this menu for my holiday meal.  Check out my Facebook page after Thanksgiving to see photos of all the dishes here.  One final note, if you are spending the holiday at the home of friend or loved ones, bringing one or two of these dishes would be a great way to share delicious Paleo foods with them and make sure that there are "safe" foods available to you.

Appetizer:
Beef Stuffed Onions (recipe here)
I actually found this recipe in a magazine put out by a big box grocery store.  With the first link you can see a picture & the second link is the recipe.

To adapt:
1)  Be cautious using the Allspice, for some on AIP it could be an issue.  You could replace with a blend of cinnomon and ginger.
2)  Skip the egg.  Egg is used as a binder in the recipe and totally unnecessary.
3)  Replace the flour with coconut flour.  It is just used to give a little crusty finish to the tops and does not need to be a gluten-based flour.

Soup:
Sweet Potato & Pear Soup (recipe here)
Again, I found this recipe in a big box grocery store mag.  With the first link you can see a picture & the second link is the recipe.

To adapt:
1)  Replace the vegetable oil with melted coconut oil.
2)  To be extra cautious of contaminants and very nutrient dense, make your own chicken broth.
3)  It is okay to cook with alcohol, but you can replace the vermouth with white grape juice, if you prefer.
4)  Replace the nutmeg with cinnamon.
5)  Skip the yogurt or use coconut milk yogurt, if you have it on hand.

Dinner:
Rosemary Orange Roasted Turkey Breast
I am only doing a turkey breast this year, as my husband and I will be on our own.  I thought this recipe sounded delicious.

To adapt:
1)  Skip the mustard.
2)  It is okay to cook with alcohol, but you can replace the white wine with white grape juice, if you prefer.
3)  To be extra cautious of contaminants and very nutrient dense, make your own chicken broth.

Apple-Cranberry Holiday Stuffing
This is a fabulous recipe from my friend, Mickey, over at Autoimmune Paleo and doesn't require any adaptions.  Mickey did all the work for us!

Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Salad
I have been experimenting with lots of shaved Brussels sprouts recipes and I am loving it.  This one looks incredible to me.

To adapt:
1)  Skip the walnuts & Romano cheese.

Parsnips with Sage Butter
Have you ever tried parsnips?  If not, this is a great chance to be adventurous.

To adapt:
1)  I am able to tolerate a small amount of grass-fed butter, but if you are not there yet, don't worry.  Replace the butter with ghee or melted coconut oil.

Dessert:
Cranberry & Apple Cider Sorbet
Doesn't this look yummy and refreshing after the big meal?

To adapt:
1)  Replace the 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup or less of honey.  You may need to do a little experimenting with this, to see how much honey is required for the right amount of sweet and to get the sorbet to freeze properly (it may require reducing some of the other liquids a bit too).

Big thanks to all the creative recipe inventors behind these dishes.  I hope you all are inspired and, as always, if anyone tries these recipes with the AIP adaptions, tell me how it goes.  I would love to hear about it.