When I first came to AIP, and started reading ALL the STUFF, (I know you've been there...it can seriously be a rabbit hole) I resonated with 3 things(1) the science of the Paleo Mom
(2) recipes from various bloggers where my favorite recipes were made AIP friendly, and(3) the stories of healing and recovery through the autoimmune protocol.
One of the stories that struck a chord with me was Angie Alt's healing story. She has multiple autoimmune conditions and one of them is endometriosis. Reading her story was the first time I heard endometriosis listed as an auto immune condition and suddenly a lot of things in my life started making sense. You see, my endometriosis diagnosis was the first time I tried a healing diet (gluten, soy & sugar free pescatarian was what I tried) and it was the first time I realized the power of food.
So, after reading Angie's story, I started following her blog and this book was actually the first AIP book I bought. There are many things I love about this book "The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook." A few of those things are:
- Angie tells her story and explains how AIP changed her life.
- She defines auto immune disease and dedicates a couple of pages to the what, why & how of auto immune disease.
- She gives the basics of the AIP diet in a simple & understandable format. And how she explains AIP as a template that needs to be tweaked for each individual.
- She offers a week by week/ step by step plan for easing into AIP, including detailed lists of foods to avoid.
- She doesn't stop with elimination, but also talks her readers through the reintroduction process, including the order of foods to try as well as what it looks like to try a food and possible reactions. She includes a whole page of food reactions from digestion to headaches to brain fog and more.
- She talks about fear and denial in illness. She talks about balance in life.
- AND since this is a COOKBOOK, she has tons of amazing recipes. There are about 60 recipes in the book with everything from main courses (like breakfast meatloaf & fish tacos) to soups (turmeric & pumpkin soup with shrimp) to side dishes (spiced sweet potatoes) and desserts (raisin bread macaroons). Each section of recipes contains elimination phase recipes and then recipes for stage 1, stage 2 & stage 3 reintroductions. And, as an added bonus, on the reintroduction recipes she tells you how to make it elimination phase compliant (where possible).
- Speaking of recipes, I love the variety of meat and veggies used... pork chops, chicken, turkey, ground beef, scallops, shrimp, fish, stew beef, ground pork, lamb, bacon, pork roast..... artichoke, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, sweet potato, pumpkin, cucumbers, kale, broccoli, carrot, bok choy, patty pan squash, arugala, plantains, yellow squash, rainbow chard, butternut, zucchini, mushrooms, beet, olives, avocado... There really is something in here for everyone.
- And, as someone who does 99% of my shopping in a standard grocery store, I appreciate that she keeps things simple (but yet still full of flavor). Most recipes are seasoned with things you can easily get... ginger, garlic, fish sauce, coconut milk, herbs, etc.
One of my favorite recipes in the book is the "Turmeric Pumpkin Soup with Shrimp." In this one recipes she combines my love of soup, my love of seafood and the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. PERFECT!
A second favorite of mine is the "Pork & Sprouts Breakfast Skillet" and I have to admit that it was this breakfast skillet that helped me to see that veggies for breakfast weren't so weird.
All in all, I would say that "The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook" is the perfect resource for anyone on any phase of the autoimmune protocol. It goes from the whys and hows of just getting started to the what's next? and how to I make this work? and everything in between. In this book, Angie opens up about her personal healing story and takes us along on the journey with delicious food to eat each step of the way.
If you don't already have this book on your shelf or on your ipad, then I suggest you get your hands on it as quick as possible. Ebook and print versions of the book are available here.
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