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Choosing to eat foods that nourish the body is a key way to support yourself on the healing journey. One version of an anti-inflammatory diet is the Autoimmune Protocol, based on the Paleo diet. This elimination diet is designed to lessen the autoimmune reaction. Mickey Trescott, author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness, joins me on this episode to talk about her experience of healing through this diet.
Diagnosed with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Mickey went from eating a vegan low-fat diet to the autoimmune protocol. Now a leader in the autoimmune protocol arena, Mickey shares with us many tips on how to integrate healthy eating into your lifestyle. We also talk about some of the common problem areas that people encounter on this diet and touch on when and how to reintroduce foods.
What Mickey and I talk about
- Her journey of health breakdown and being diagnosed with multiple autoimmune disorders
- How Mickey overcame the moral and psychological dilemma of switching from being vegan to eating a meat-heavy diet
- Options for alternative painkillers if you want to get off NSAIDs (ibuprofen, etc., which are removed while following the autoimmune protocol)
- Good snacks that fit the elimination diet
- Why fermented foods are an important part of the diet and what it might mean if you don’t tolerate them well
- Strategies to cut down on the time it takes to cook on the autoimmune protocol
- How to make the diet easier if you have limited energy
- Lower-budget ways to eat healthy grass-fed meat
- Getting through the confusing process of figuring out what foods work for you
- Lifestyle choices besides diet that Mickey has found helpful in her healing process
“It’s really important to allow yourself to have your own process and to use your intuition and listen to your soul above anything else.”
“There are a lot of ways you can hack eating real food.” tweet
Mickey Trescott is the cook and blogger behind the website autoimmune-paleo.com, which provides recipes and resources for the autoimmune protocol. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and is the author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, a guide and recipe book for the autoimmune protocol. Mickey is also the nutrition advisor for Hashimoto’s Awareness, a support and advocacy organization for autoimmune thyroid disease. She recently moved to the Willamette Valley, Oregon to start a homestead with her husband.
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The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body by Sarah Ballantyne
Reintroduction protocol by Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Mom website:
Beef Jerky tutorial and recipe Micky mentions from Russ Crandall: http://thedomesticman.com/2011/02/01/homemade-gluten-free-beef-jerky/#more-567
To find a Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter Leader in your area, see this site: http://www.westonaprice.org/get-involved/find-local-chapter/
Guest Post by Susan Vennerholm talking about how she created a food journal to track her food and symptoms:(Transparency Tip: Links to books are Amazon affiliate links. If you do not wish to support Autoimmune Adventures in this way, you are welcome to visit amazon.com and search for the book directly.)
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