I love the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott, of the Autoimmune Paleo blog. The Autoimmune Paleo Diet is not for the faint of heart--it requires cutting out foods that most American consider staples.
If you’ve heard talk show host Glenn Beck discuss his new diet, you’ve got a good idea of what AIP is about. (I am not an advocating for or against Glenn Beck’s opinions, I just mention him as he is probably one of the more famous people on a healing diet like this.) Check out this clip to learn some of his new food restrictions, and why his doctors say he's been poisoned: (10/13/17 update, the video is no longer available).
Video summary: Glenn Beck's doctor advised him to go on an Autoimmune Paleo-type diet for health reasons. Wish I could recall more details, but it's been a few years since I watched the video...
He makes it sound pretty bleak, doesn’t he?
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And that is what I love about the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. It is bursting with gorgeous, mouthwatering full color photos of sumptuous looking recipes created to fit the AIP protocol to a tee.
When I first saw this video, I wanted to yell at the screen, "Just get Mickey's new book!"
If you have learned that you should try the AIP diet, I would say that this is the first book you should buy. Why?
First and foremost, just a few minutes spent leafing through this book will lift your spirits. It will help you focus on so many of the wonderful possibilities you have for delicious, healthy meals and help take your focus off your new list of forbidden foods. An approach filled with gratitude will do much more for healing your gut than self pity!
Second, this is more than just a recipe book. Mickey Trescott introduces herself with her story of how the Paleo Autoimmune Diet has helped her, and has distilled all the essential information you need to get started on the AIP in the beginning of the book.
Besides including her nicely organized lists of foods to avoid and foods to include, she has some very wise thoughts that she shares on the importance of nutrient density in a healing diet. She has created some extremely helpful lists on page 21 to guide you when creating your nutrient-dense meal plans.
She also touches on the crucial topics of sleep, stress management, movement, sunlight exposure, and finding a practitioner trained in functional medicine.
Next, she has a section on how to properly reintroduce foods.
Then she gives help with learning how to stock one’s pantry, and identifies three must-have gut healing foods. Want to know what they are? See page 32 in her book.
As if all this isn’t enough, she generously shares over 260 pages of wonderful recipes. Here are the types she includes:
Appetizers & Snacks
Dressings & Sauces
Soups & Stews
Beef & Lamb
If you've looked around on my site very much, you won’t be surprised to learn that I tried a couple of her dessert recipes. My favorite was the coconut cream bowl. Delicious!
After the recipes, Mickey lists some really excellent online resources. Great Paleo websites, links to help find a practitioner to help heal your gut, and more.
And finally, there is both a recipe index and a general index. It may sound silly, but I LOVE a good index. It makes a good book like this very user friendly!
If you are planning to go on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, you owe it to yourself to get the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. The first printing sold out in just weeks on Amazon. If you find a copy available there, I suggest you snap it up!
Are you on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet? What are your favorite resources? Tell us in the comments!
I received a free review copy of this book from the author. My goal is to put you, the reader, first above any affiliate or author's interest. If I wouldn't recommend it to my Mom, my sisters or my friends, I would not write about it here.
I did try the Autoimmune Paleo Diet for about a month, and after that went back on the GAPS Diet Intro again, which seems to work best for me with my current health issues. Everyone is different, though, and if AIP is what your health practitioner recommends, or you think might help, then I highly recommend this book. The reason I raved about it, above, is because I truly think it is great!