What I’m Reading: Healing Diets Edition

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Healing Diet Book Reviews

Now onto the GOOD stuff! I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for this month’s book reviews. As you can tell, I was soaking up all I could about healing diets this month. Some of these books were beasts, which means I read fewer than normal (and produced longer reviews). {This post contains affiliate links}

The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body

by Sarah Ballantyne

I’ve been following the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) for the past 6 weeks, which I first discovered via author Sarah Ballantyne’s blog. I wanted to find out more so I turned to her book, which ended up being a 400 page TEXTBOOK on autoimmune diseases and “the paleo approach” (i.e. diet and lifestyle recommendations to manage these conditions). I LOVED it! It is very hard to find information on autoimmune diseases in general, because no one is doing the research. Even when it comes to seeking treatment, you have to jump from specialist to specialist based on what sort of symptoms you have because most doctors only specialize in one area. I learned SO much about the immune system and the effect that each group of foods has on the complex systems of our bodies. I would recommend this as a great resource for anyone struggling with autoimmune disorders (currently estimated at 50 million Americans, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association)…even for people who haven’t been diagnosed, because these diseases are becoming more and more prevalent, and may are undiagnosed or simply waiting to be activated by environmental and diet factors. I recently requested that our library purchase the accompanying The Paleo Approach Cookbook, so I can have more ideas for how to incorporate her suggestions into tasty meals! *Disclaimer: This book is heavily based in science, but don’t let that stop you if you are interested. I am really not into science at all, but I still read it cover to cover and even though some of it went over my head, I learned a ton, and found the end-of-chapter recaps to be very helpful as well.

The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy, and Kombuchas

by Jennifer McGruther

Oh My GOODNESS. This cookbook is SO yummy. Each recipe starts with a little description written by the author, and I read the whole thing cover to cover. Even though my current diet restricts me from trying most of the recipes, I was still inspired. Mostly I want to live off the land and/or live a farm-to-table lifestyle. Jennifer lives in Colorado where she started a farmer’s market, and has lots of tips for finding, preparing, and enjoying local, nutritious, traditionally prepared foods. YUM.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness

by Mickey Trescott

This book starts out with a great, simple introduction to the autoimmune paleo diet. If you’re not interested in all of the science presented in The Paleo Approach but still want to give it a try, this is the book I would recommend! It also features some delicious looking recipes that are all photographed and beautifully presented. And Mickey is from Seattle! #Holla

Recipes I have tried (and LOVED): Shrimp and Green Bean Stir-Fry; Fried Cauli-Rice; Spiced Apple Tea Cookies

On this week’s menu: Salmon Chowder

Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

by Diane Sanfilippo

Although this book was not as helpful as some of the other books in regards to my specific diet, I could see it being very useful for a wide range of people. The author breaks down the paleo principles and supplies individualized meal plans for different groups of people (i.e. autoimmune conditions, digestive health, thyroid health, neurological health (including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s), cancer recovery, athletic performance, etc.). If you are new to healing diets and want someone to tell you exactly what to do, this is a great resource, because you can follow her 30 day meal plans using the included recipes.

Recipes I have tried: Roasted Figs (yum!)

On this week’s menu: Marrow Bones (don’t let that throw you off…I picked the only “weird” recipe in the book)

He Won’t Know It’s Paleo: 100+ Autoimmune Protocol recipes to create with love and share with pride

by Breanna Emmitt

I sat down with this cookbook and a pad of sticky notes, with the intent to mark the recipes I wanted to try. I quickly realized that I wanted to try them ALL. I loved that the author made a list of common ingredients/pantry staples for the AIP diet, and she didn’t stray from those ingredients in her recipes. In fact, it’s amazing that she is able to make so many different items out of the same ingredients! But I love it because there is nothing more frustrating than finding a recipe you want to try and realizing it uses ingredients that are either difficult to find, super expensive, or just plain crazy. Also, did I mention that there are about 30 page of dessert recipes? I know desserts should be limited on the AIP diet, but I am happy to have such a selection to choose from!

On this week’s menu: Meatballs and No-Mato Sauce; Chicken Salad

The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

by Terry Wahls

I don’t have MS, but I still found this book incredibly interesting, as 90% of what she writes about and recommends applies to all autoimmune diseases. If you haven’t heard of Terry Wahls, she is a medical doctor who was diagnosed with MS and decided to explore functional medicine to develop a way to reverse her disease naturally. It’s pretty amazing, and she includes plenty of testimonials from patients who have done the same. I liked that she included three levels of the diet, as it really is an indiviudalized approach and what’s right for one person may not be right for another. This book was easy to understand, because even though the research is heavily science based, Dr. Wahls did a great job of explaining things in everyday language. Plus, there are recipes in the back! Including my all-time-favorite: skillet meals!

I think I’ll shoot for a few “fun” reads next month (although I have to admit, these are quite fun for me!)…what are you guys reading?

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