The AutoImmune Paleo Cookbook – Review, free recipe, and giveaway
[scroll to the bottom of the post for an update on the cookbook giveaway winner]
Autoimmune disease is no joke. Did you know that when taken together, autoimmune diseases make up the 3rd largest cause of morbidity? Many experts argue that autoimmune disease is the single biggest epidemic in the world today, and yet we aren’t hearing much about it. The statistics and trends are disturbing, to say the least.
Beyond the numbers, I have been deeply affected by autoimmune disease on a very personal level. My mother was diagnosed with Lupus in 1991 and struggled with it for years until her death in 2011. Having watched her live in chronic pain and a constant state of debilitating deterioration, it’s no accident I chose health and wellness as my path. And I am no stranger to the horrors that an autoimmune disease can entail.
It’s a bold statement, but here I go: if my mother had known about and used the tools in this book, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, she may very well still be alive today.
You see, our diet and digestion are fundamentally and inextricably linked to the health of our immune system, about 80% of which lines our intestines. Any foods that cause inflammation – undiagnosed food sensitivities, inherently inflammatory foods such as sugar, wheat, processed foods, and so on – are going to trigger an immune response as well as aggravate the delicate lining of the digestive tract.
In an autoimmune disease, the immune system goes awry and attacks the body’s own healthy tissue, rather than foreign pathogens. Any foods that are triggering an inflammatory response are going to put additional stress on the immune system and ultimately exacerbate this process.
And so, the logical and powerfully effective path to healing is to remove any foods triggering that inflammatory response, so as to relieve pressure on the immune system.
The Autoimmune Protocol is a therapeutic dietary protocol that does exactly this. It has helped many people struggling with a whole variety of different autoimmune diseases. While it’s very effective, it’s not an easy diet to follow. The foods eliminated are significant:
- all grains, including gluten-free grains
- all nuts
- all beans and legumes
- all seeds (whole seeds as well as ground seeds – this has a big impact on your spice cabinet)
- dairy of any form
- nightshades (any peppers – this also has an impact on your spice cabinet – tomatoes, eggplant, and potatoes)
- and of course the obvious ones: alcohol, any artificial ingredients added to processed foods, and even NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen)
So what are you left with?
- root vegetables
- good fats (no nut or seed oils)
- quality meat
- “offal” (bone broth, gizzard, liver, kidney and so on – I can hear your sigh of relief from here! Oh, at least I can still eat kidney!)
- aromatic spices (cinnamon, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and so on)
- fermented foods
- a few natural sweeteners for the occasional treat such as dates, dried fruit, honey, maple syrup, and molasses
(If you’d like to read more about details of this protocol, you may want to pick up a copy of Sarah Ballantyne’s book The Paleo Approach.)
As you can see, there are still many delicious foods you can eat, so you certainly won’t go hungry. But it’s still a challenge for those of us who don’t specialize in getting super creative in the kitchen to figure out how to turn this list into dinner.
And here is where Mickey Trescott’s amazing Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook comes in. As anyone who’s ever tried to adopt a new way of eating knows, it’s one thing to know what to eat; it’s a completely different thing to know how to make it happen in your day-to-day life. Mickey has answered this question for the Autoimmune Protocol beautifully and thoroughly.
I’ve been trying out her recipes over the last few weeks and I can tell you they’re delicious. Personal favorites so far are the Sage Braised Chicken Legs, Creamy Coconut Milk (so much easier than how I’d been making it previously), Bacon Beef Liver Paté with Rosemary and Thyme, and what will accompany our lunch today: Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Mayo (egg-free and dairy-free of course!).
Clearly, we’re not talking about deprivation here!
Mickey has generously let me share her Garlic Mayo recipe with you here:
1/2 cup Coconut Concentrate (coconut flakes pureed in the food processor with a touch of coconut oil to make a paste)
1/2 cup filtered water, warm
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 to 4 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for a minute or two, until a thick sauce forms (when freshly made, it should resemble the consistency of conventional mayonnaise).
If the sauce is too thick, thin with water until the desired consistency is reached.
Note: In order to measure the coconut concentrate, it is best to soften it in a warm water bath before use as it is solid at room temperature.
Storage: Keeps well in the refrigerator, but hardens. Let come to room temperature or warm to soften before using.
Giveaway! Who won a copy of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook?
We are delighted to report that Arliss Anderson is the lucky winner of a signed copy of The AutoImmune Paleo Cookbook. Congratulations!! Arliss, please email us at info (at) eatnakednow (dot) com with your mailing address and we’ll get that book off to you asap!
(Choosing a winner was dreadfully difficult. If we could, we’d buy every single one of you a copy! Unfortunately, we’re not able to do that so we used random.org to pick a winner for us.)
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