Reviews & Interviews

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

The Instagram Giveaway

UPDATE:  This giveaway is over.  The winner was Melissa S.  Congrats to Melissa!  Go checkout this book folks and join me on Instagram at http://instagram.com/angie.alt !  You will not be disappointed in the cookbook and hopefully you'll have fun with me on IG too! I've been trying really hard for a long time now to practice as much balance as I can with social media.  It sorta' has a way of taking over our lives, especially the lives of bloggers.  One way I've tried to hold the line is by limiting my social media accounts.  Another way I try to practice balance is by using a dumb phone.  That's right ...continue reading

Book Review & Giveaway: 28 Days of AIP

UPDATE:  This giveaway is over.  The winner was Diane B.  Congrats to Diane!  Go checkout this book folks!  You will not be disappointed. Have you ever come across an awesome food blogger & thought, "Sigh.  I want to try all of these recipes.  I just wish they were organized into menu plans for me."  (BTW, I actually do say the word, "sigh" out loud when thinking to myself.)  If you are anything like me, you love trying new, delicious foods, but you are not necessarily a gigantic fan of tedious menu planning & shopping list creation.  I teach people to do this . . . every day . . . ...continue reading

Book Review & Giveaway: The Paleo Approach Cookbook

UPDATE:  This giveaway is over.  The winner was Mary N.  Congrats to Mary!  Go checkout this book folks!  You will not be disappointed. What happened today that is exciting for autoimmune warriors like you & I?  The much anticipated The Paleo Approach Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne (aka The Paleo Mom) was released!!  Full confession . . . I got to do my happy dance a few weeks ago when my review copies arrived.  I'm doing the happy dance all over again today though, 'cause you guys are going to looooove this thing.  I mean TOTALLY HEART it from cover to cover. You all know my style, I like to keep ...continue reading

Book Review: Reintroducing Foods On The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

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. ...continue reading

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

Book Review: The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

Have you ever had a friend that really, really pushes you?  I don't mean pushes your buttons, I mean pushes you to be a better you.  This kind of friend is usually completely awesome at what they do.  The kind of awesome that leaves you going, "How in the world is she so damn good at that?"  Here's where the push part comes though . . . instead of that leaving you feeling deflated and jealous, this friend has a way of being so encouraging that you wake up earlier, work harder, and learn faster, so that you too might one day be "completely awesome at what you do."  This ...continue reading

The Paleo Approach

Book Review: The Paleo Approach

You might have noticed something about my blog . . . I don't write book reviews.  Ever.  The reason I don't write reviews is that there are so many books I love.  So many.  If I narrow it down to only the Paleo books I love (shockingly, I do love things outside the Paleo realm), there are still just so, so many.  How can I possibly read them all and then offer thorough, well-thought out reviews for my readers?  We are lucky, 'cause the Paleo community is full of intelligent peeps putting out great info, but it means there are literally thousands of pages of material to read.  My approach ...continue reading

A Doctor That Understands

A Doctor That Understands

Meet Jess!  Jess is a physician, wife, mother of four and also an autoimmune warrior.  She has Hashimoto's Disease and Celiac.  I found her blog, The Patient Celiac, roughly a year ago and have found her perspective, as a medical doctor, to be invaluable to my own understanding of Celiac.  I also check in on her Facebook page every day, where she posts great information and useful resources regularly.  I think the autoimmune community can get enormous benefit from having a doctor like Jess among us & hope that you will find her interview below as interesting as I did.  Spoiler alert:  She struggles with the same patient issues that ...continue reading

Meet A Paleo Long-Termer

Meet A Paleo Long-Termer

Meet Jennifer!  Jennifer is an old friend of my younger sister.  I've known her for a long time (from way back in the sleep-over days).  If you think your life is just too busy or too stressed for Paleo or that your schedule is just too hard to manage for the Paleo lifestyle, Jenn has another thing coming for you.  She's a bad-ass police officer working graveyard shift in a major city, but she still pulls it off.  Jenn is in her early 30's doing straight Paleo and CrossFit (she just competed in a competition!  Woot!).  She was one of the first folks to really encourage me when I found ...continue reading

Product Review: Morrocco Method Intl. Hair Care

Product Review: Morrocco Method Intl. Hair Care

I think you guys know that I use the "No Poo" method of cleansing my hair.  I haven't used shampoo and conditioner since January 7th.  I love No Poo.  I wash my hair about every four days.  It's manageable, it's healthy, and it is very easy.Sometimes though, No Poo doesn't quite do it for me, particularly during the humid mid-Atlantic summers.  Humidity equals frizz city for my hair.  I knew I was in for a bad hair summer by May and wasn't sure how I was going to control the frizz while sticking to my simplified haircare routine.  Then on June 10th, I was approached by Morrocco Method International to ...continue reading

My Celiac Cousin

Meet Thea!  Thea is my cousin.  She’s very creative with multiple talents, she’s gorgeous, she’s loads of fun . . . and she has Celiac Disease.  Thea is the first of my family members to be tested and diagnosed with Celiac.  The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center states that the 2nd degree relatives of a Celiac have a 1 in 39 chance of also having the disease (1st degree relatives have a 1 in 20 chance).  Thea is my “1 in 39.”  As you can imagine, I feel very connected to her knowing we are sharing this path.  When I learned about her diagnosis, I reached out and asked ...continue reading

Guest Post by Ali Barton: Meet Another Celiac

Guest Post by Ali Barton: Meet Another Celiac

Today is the last day of Celiac Awareness Month and I saved the best for last.  I "virtually" met Ali at the beginning of the month.  We bonded over our harrowing stories on the path to Celiac diagnosis and the very focused approaches we both took in order to regain our health.  My story involves alot of VERY extreme misdiagnosis (i.e. malaria) and some crazy medical evacuations from West Africa, but Ali's story is terrifying.  Sometimes people who don't know much about Celiac think it just gives you a tummy ache if you eat bread, but I explain all the time that Celiac disease can kill.  Ali's story makes that ...continue reading

Meet More Paleo Newbies

Meet More Paleo Newbies

Meet Jonathan and Adrienne!  I've known this awesome married couple since about 2008.  In early January they invited me over to give them my Paleo pitch.  After that they planned a start date and began their clean eating journey.  Jonathan is a busy professor, father of three, and a coach in his early 40's.  Adrienne runs a daycare, is a mommy to three, and is a very athletic woman in her early 30's.  They are currently doing straight Paleo, with no reason to suspect they need AIP.  Recently I asked them to talk about their Paleo adventure, because their story is so inspiring for couples, especially busy parent couples, who ...continue reading

Meet Another Paleo Newbie

Meet Another Paleo Newbie

Meet Rebecca!  Rebecca is an old friend of mine that, as you will learn in this post, has some VERY big advantages on the rest of us when it comes to following the Paleo lifestyle.  I actually hesitate to describe her as a newbie, she's kinda' Paleo from the way back.  Late last year Rebecca started asking me questions about Paleo.  I gave her all the deets and encouraged her to go for it.  She set a date and got into things right away.  Rebecca is a very active woman in her late thirties, who is planning a summer wedding right now (can you imagine a better way than Paleo ...continue reading

Meet My Farmer

Meet My Farmer

Meet Nora!  Nora is my farmer, the trusted food source for myself and my family . . . and she's only in her mid-twenties!  (So basically, I think she is super rad, 'cause I've always wanted to be a successful twenty-something farmer.)  Today I want to share her incredible story with all of you.  I hope it will encourage those of you with autoimmunity, and beyond that, I hope it will encourage ALL of you to go out and make the effort to get to know your farmers too. Nora's 540-acre family farm, Clark's Farm, is exactly one mile away from my home.  I've known about it for years, but ...continue reading

Meet A Recovering Cardiac Patient

Meet A Recovering Cardiac Patient

Meet my father-in-law, David!  Last July, something very scary happened in our family.  One afternoon, my mother-in-law called and told my husband that his father was in the hospital with some “minor” heart trouble.  We, of course, were very worried about Dad and immediately drove the eight hours to be with family as they gathered around my mother and father-in-law.  The minor heart trouble turned out to be total congestive heart failure, major artery blockage and fluid-filled lungs.  The hospital check-up turned into a quadruple by-pass.  We are a very lucky family, because he came through the surgery miraculously.  Even better . . . his cardiac surgeon recommended that he ...continue reading

A Preteen Paleo Perspective

A Preteen Paleo Perspective

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  I have a wonderful partner for this life, my Valentine, but I also like to use this day to focus on a different Valentine . . . our daughter.  Maggee is 12 and inhabiting that difficult space that every preteen must navigate.  A space filled with self-doubt and experiments in identity.  There are risks in being too much like all the others, but it is downright perilous to stray too far from the group.  To make matters worse . . . our family adopted a Paleo lifestyle at the very same moment.  Maggee’s incredible adaptability and self-discipline in making this move, particularly at this moment in ...continue reading

Meet Another Paleo Newbie

Meet Another Paleo Newbie

Meet Jake!  Jake is one of my younger, funnier, more sarcastic cousins.  Sometime in November or December he started catching me on FB and asking some questions about eating up Paleo-style.  A few weeks later he was off and running with it. Jake is a husband and father in his early 30’s and doing straight Paleo, with no reason to suspect he needs Autoimmune Protocol.  Recently, I asked him some questions about going Paleo, since I thought readers who have not yet “made the switch” would be interested in a newbie perspective.  He works in a very labor intensive environment, so if Paleo is keeping him fueled up, it’ll keep ...continue reading

Cookies

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

Meet A Paleo Newbie

Meet Tristin!  Tristin is one of my co-workers.  I gave a Paleo presentation at my office in late December, after which most of the women I work with decided to give Paleo a shot starting in January.  Tristin was hesitant at the start, but she is now one of the strongest “converts.”  She even makes her own Paleo mayo!  She is in her early 20’s and doing straight Paleo, with no reason to suspect she needs Autoimmune Protocol.  Recently, I asked her some questions about going Paleo, since I thought readers who have not yet “made the switch” would be interested in a newbie perspective.     1.   When did you ...continue reading

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