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When I first came across the AIP, there were so very few resources available. In fact, The Paleo Approach, the definitive guide to the AIP, had yet to be published, so all my information was cobbled together from the various online sources I had found, as well as the original ebook format of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. Thankfully, things are a little different these days! There is an ever growing collection of AIP resources out there, my own cookbook included, bringing the healing power of the AIP to an increasing number of people. This is great news! And yet, for all the cookbooks and meal plans and wonderful blogs out there, there’s been something missing the whole time. Something that brings together all the fundamentals of the AIP in a simple, clear, concise manner, without bogging you down in an overwhelming, intimidating information overload. And that, my friends, is where A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird comes in!
Eileen is the blogger behind Phoenix Helix, where she shares great insight into so many facets of the AIP, healing and autoimmunity. She hosts the AIP Recipe Roundtable and a wonderful bi-weekly podcast where she delves into healing stories and beyond with her guests. She’s basically an AIP badass, having reduced her rheumatoid arthritis by 95% using the AIP and sharing the wealth of her knowledge with the community as a whole. In A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, she’s created the perfect introduction to the AIP. It’s the book that I wish I had had when I first started my AIP journey, to the point that I was proud to offer the following endorsement for the back cover:
“What a fantastic new resource for newcomers to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol! Eileen clearly lays out everything that you need to know about the AIP in an easy to read manner that feels like a conversation with a friend – one who really understands and is there for you every step of the way.
This book goes beyond food, gently guiding you through both the practical and emotional elements of adopting the AIP in a way that will leave you feeling inspired instead of overwhelmed!”
I am often sent books and products for review and very rarely will I love something enough to literally put my name on it. But I cannot recommend A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol enough. It’s the perfect introduction to the AIP, as it guides you through the most simple, practical approach to the protocol. It will walk you through everything you can expect in the process and set you up for the best possible chance of success.
What I love about this book:
It’s small: topping off at just under 150 pages, this is no great tome to work through – and I mean that in the nicest possible way! You could read it in a day and come away from it ready to start the AIP with confidence. And since it’s a little dinky 8×5 inch paperback, it’s perfectly sized to drop in your purse so that you can have it to hand in situations where you might want to double check on something while you’re out and about living your life.
But mighty: despite its diminutive size, it packs an informational punch. It guides you through every aspect of the elimination diet, answers every question you might have and leaves you feeling ready to tackle the protocol head on.
It’s easy to read: I can’t stress how important this is! Much of what is written about the AIP is well meaning, but makes me feel like I somehow put my brain in a blender with too many science periodicals. When you’re thinking about starting the protocol, it can be so easy to get bogged down in a level of detail that is straight up intimidating. This book lays out everything you need to know in simple language and a friendly tone that makes you feel motivated instead of vaguely terrified (which accurately sums up how I felt when I first discovered the AIP). This book is your buddy with all the basics, shared in a way that could bust through even brain fog.
It goes beyond food: clearly as someone who wrote an AIP cookbook, I’m invested in the flavor side of things. But it’s possible to get so caught up in the elimination phase that other essential aspects of healing are missed completely. In the same practical manner as she guides you through the diet, Eileen also addresses the other, often overlooked, components of the AIP, such as overcoming self sabotage, reducing stress, managing flares (they’re not failures) and keeping a symptom journal to help track your improvements over time.
In a nutshell: anyone who has heard about and considered following the AIP, but is a little intimidated should start with A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. If you’re an AIP veteran, you might not need this book yourself, but it would make the perfect gift for friends or family who are either struggling with their own autoimmune issues or to understand yours and why you have adapted your own lifestyle to the AIP. Bonus: at under $10, it’s a bona vide bargain!
Now for a giveaway! I’m giving away a print copy of A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol! The giveaway will close at 12:00 am (PST) on Thursday 4th February. Sorry, but this giveaway is open to US residents only. International peeps, keep an eye out for a digital giveaway at a later date!