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

Cookbook Sneak Peek! Avocado Lime Hand Pies

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, ...continue reading

Cookbook Sneak Peek! Lemon Rosemary Brined Pork Chops

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 ...continue reading

Cookbook Sneak Peek! Shallot & Rosemary Roasted Butternut Squash

OH MY GOODNESS!!  In a little less than a month my cookbook will launch and I wanted to give you a recipe sneak peak!  The final pieces of the design are being perfected and all the last details of getting it out to all of you are being put together.  I wanted to tell you a little about my team today, because it has been amazing to see a year long effort come together with their help. I put so much trust into each member of my team and they have not disappointed me.  It's like they were able to see where my heart was going and magically make my ...continue reading

I’m Writing A Cookbook!

Let's get something straight right away . . . I NEVER thought I would write a cookbook.  Never.  I have pretty much always wanted to write a book, but a cookbook?  No.  That was not my gig.  I'm a good cook.  I've been cooking since I was a kid & navigated my way through kitchens all over the world through adulthood, even tackled the dreaded, restrictive Paleo Autoimmune Protocol . . . all with great success & the happy tummies of friends & family.  I never intended to write a cookbook though. Something happened very late last year that started to change my mind . . . I realized that ...continue reading

An AIP Father’s Day 2014

On Mother's Day this year, I mentioned how my husband & I live far away from our moms.  Mother's Day is a little bittersweet not being able to spend time with the two amazing ladies that raised us.  Naturally that same feeling comes up again on Father's Day.  While my daughter & I love planning a special day to honor my husband for being an excellent daddy, it's kind of sad to not be able to drop by & hang with our dads.  Both of them deserve a special day for everything they've done for us, not least of which is provide &  model extraordinary work ethics. To say our ...continue reading

An AIP Mother’s Day 2014

My husband & I live on the opposite side of the country from our mothers, so Mother's Day is always a little mixed for me.  It is sweet to celebrate my own motherhood with my awesome daughter and husband, but I always feel a bit sad that I can't do more to honor our own mothers.  We've done everything from the traditional to flowers to the very unusual underwear.  LOL!  Our first year in Africa I bought our mothers underwear for Mother's Day, because I volunteered at an orphanage there & realized that most of the children did not have adequate underclothes.  We sent funny notes to our mothers saying ...continue reading

An AIP Easter 2014

Easter is my favorite holiday.  I love the colors, I love the beautiful changes that spring weather brings, I love the traditions . . . I just love Easter.  I also love AIP, so for the second year in a row I have put together an entirely AIP-legal Easter menu. This menu blog will guide you through several recipes and show you how adapt them to fit the AIP mold.  Please follow my instructions carefully, 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 on  Easter to ...continue reading

Thai Chicken Soup For The AIP Soul

You know what I love?  I mean I know that I say I "super love" or "super heart" or "love, love, love" stuff all the time, so I'm sure it is hard to narrow it down, but I really do love ethnic foods.  I especially like African and Southeast Asian flavors.  You know, like some Ethiopian dishes or just about anything Indian.  I also really like the flavors and combinations of Thai food.  Here's the rub though, AIP and those foods just don't go together very well.  There is LOTS of nightshade based spice, for one thing.  Not to mention seed based spice and peanuts and soy and . . ...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

Turmeric Pumpkin soup

Turmeric Pumpkin Soup with Shrimp

I am not a big recipe creator, but recently I've been experimenting with a few soups.  The following recipe is probably the most delicious soup I have ever invented.  Even better . . . my husband and daughter love it.  That's right, my thirteen year old daughter actually begs me to make this soup for dinner.Delicious is so important, but this AIP soup is also packed with health benefits.  Pumpkin is an awesome source of fiber and has lots of beta-carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A.  Turmeric is a very powerful anti-inflammatory, which is helpful for those of us dealing with autoimmune issues.  Shrimp is a good source ...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

Turning cheap steak into a fancy dinner

Turning Cheap Steak Into Fancy Dinner

I don't know about you guys, but I don't have a money tree in my backyard.  As a family we've made some huge adjustments since adopting the Paleo lifestyle.  One of the biggest was making room in our budget for grass-fed meats and organic fruits and vegetables.  I've learned lots of little tricks to stretch our food dollars, but I thought today I'd write a quick, simple blog for you on how to make inexpensive steak into a delicious meal.I started with grass-fed top round steak.  Round steak is always among the cheapest cuts of steak, because it is usually on the tough side and does not have alot of ...continue 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

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

Butternut squash recipe

Butternut Squash, Mushroom & Baby Kale Casserole

I don't usually create recipes.  I am more of recipe tester.  I've been looking longing at this recipe for awhile and today I decided to do something about it.  It seemed delicious, but it was filled with things I can't eat on AIP:  white potatoes, cashews, and soy milk.  I decided to create my own recipe based on it.  And SURPRISE!  It was delicious! Layers: 1 small Butternut Squash, sliced thin 1 carton Baby Crimini Mushrooms, sliced thin 1 Yellow Onion, sliced thin 2 c. Fresh Basil, sliced into strips 2 c. Baby Kale, stems removed 2 small Zucchini, sliced thin Salt & Pepper to taste Sauce: 2 tbsp. coconut ...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


A Cookie, A Book, & A Hero

What do a cookie, a book, and one of my AIP heroes have in common?  This post is going to cover a few topics, but they are all related.  I'm sure by now most of you know that I super heart The Paleo Mom, Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D.  She is hands down my source for all things Autoimmune Protocol and Paleo.  I mean this lady has a Ph.D. in medical biophysics and she uses that to help thousands of people learn about the details of healing through nutrition on her blog, for FREE, every day.  Plus, she is a wife, mom, and fellow autoimmune sufferer, just like me.  That's what I ...continue reading

Swans Are Paleo: A Guest Blog

Swans Are Paleo: A Guest Blog

Me & Mary Rose a few years ago at a her home in Montana Hello, reader! You are reading Angie's blog right now, but Angie isn't writing this post.  Do not adjust your computer!  This post is all Mary Rose, an old friend of Angie's that still thinks of her by her maiden name.  I live in Billings, Montana with my husband, 2 kids, and a dog I can barely tolerate. Angie and I are a lot alike in that respect, as well as our big boobs and witty humor.  You can find me at Swans Eat Everything. I started a food blog recently and Angie approached me about doing ...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

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