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Today I am excited to review a new book, The Autoimmune Protocol Made Simple Cookbook written by Sophie Van Tiggelen. It’s tagline on the cover states “Start Healing Your Body and Reversing Chronic Illness Today with 100 Delicious Recipes” and this is what really caught my eye. I am very interested in learning what a person can do to improve a chronic illness by using nutrition as a natural way to work with your body. Even the dedication, inspired me to dive into this book – “This book is dedicated to all Autoimmune warriors. “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well” -Hippocrates.
Autoimmune Disease affects approximated 50 million Americans. Many of the diseases you have heard of; rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and lupus just to name a few. In all autoimmune diseases our immune system which should be protecting us from pathogens instead turns on our own bodies and attacks our proteins, cells and tissues. Depending on which tissues your body is attacking, determines the type of autoimmune disease you have. These are chronic, lifelong diseases and they come with debilitating symptoms that affect day-to-day living.
The recipes in this book are based off of recommendations of the Autoimmune Protocol, or AIP. I was interested in approach because this is supported by scientific evidence. I will admit that not everything I am finding out has been something that I am happy or excited by, but I am reading up on the details and understanding the reasoning behind the recommendations. One of the hardest things that I find out in this book is that a category of foods that should be avoided by someone with an autoimmune disease are members of the nightshade family. Yes, that essentially means all my favorite foods that I was so proud to eat as good healthy foods; tomatoes, tomatillos, ground cherries, bell peppers, hot peppers and potatoes. Heavy sigh. Again, I am educating myself on the facts, and using that understanding to work on the plan. The book does a great job of breaking down information and giving the read a way to work out meal plan options.
Anything but boring, cooking basics – from salad dressing to bone broth – are the backbone of any kitchen. This chapter is chock-full of indispensable recipes you will use again and again when preparing meals.
There is also a very valuable section in this book called The AIP Kitchen which provides a bullet list of ingredients that will be encountered though out the book. I found this list a bit overwhelming, but I know that I am going to use this cookbook as an ongoing resource, so I am working room into my food budget to add some of the more unique ingredients over time. You will find plenty of recipe options that a beginner can work with. Enjoy going though this beautifully photographed cookbook to find a few recipes to start with as you start your journey with this new diet.
Some of the first recipes that I started with were; Grain-Free & Nut-Free Granola, Pork-Veggie Breakfast Skillet, and my current favorite which I will be making as a on-going staple Garlic Refrigerator Pickles. Each recipe includes a nice intro about why this is a going AIP option. For example the Garlic Refrigerator Pickles page explains that most store brands of pickles contain spices that are removed for your diet during the elimination phase of the autoimmune protocol. Their recipe, using fresh herbs, is an even better tasting option and it literally takes about 15 minutes to make. Most recipe pages also include helpful tips that are pulled out in a “note” graphic that make it easy to learn more helpful information.
This book will be a great resource in your library as you find ways to help your body function better in a natural way. I highly recommend this book for yourself, or someone who you care about as a gift.
Disclosure: Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Fair Winds Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
You can purchase your own copy of The Autoimmune Protocol Made Simple Cookbook here: https://www.amazon.com/Autoimmune-Protocol-Made-Simple-Cookbook/dp/1592338178/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1532628354&sr=1-3&keywords=the+autoimmune+protocol+made+simple+cookbook