Before we dive into the delightful video interview I had with Mickey and Angie below, let me start by saying you do not even need to have an autoimmune disease to benefit from this book.
I feel that anyone wanting to increase their energy, cognitive function, digestion and overall wellbeing would easily find enough nuggets of wisdom within these pages to help take their health to the next level.
There was a time in my life when my health had declined to a state I did not know whether I would be able to recover from. Thanks to the perfect cocktail of growing up on the modern Standard American Diet, laden with all it’s processed and over commercialized junk food, along with equally unhealthful teen media body image messages, all compounded with a lack of adequate tools to express and understand my emotions, it is no wonder I was not well.
When things took a turn for the worse and doctors were left scratching their heads in confusion about what exactly was going on, I embarked on a journey through the medical system, spending all my time and money trying to figure out how to feel well again.
The resources available for navigating complicated health crises (especially through natural means) were close to non-existent back then (do you even remember a time before Dr Google!?). And after exhausting my available options, spending thousands of dollars on specialists and treatments in the process, my health was still declining, and I was left feeling defeated and frustrated.
This is where my journey to discovering the most helpful and best qualified specialist began.
That ‘specialist’ was myself.
Through much study, research and many months of self-experimentation, I came to live what could now be referred to as a ‘paleo’ lifestyle, focusing heavily on nutrient dense wholefoods, functional movement, and mindfulness.
This was back before there were any good books on the topic, nor any blogs at all. And although my health was improving, I craved some understanding and community (when the majority of people in my life thought I’d gone off my rocker!)
Little did I know that more than a decade later, terms like ‘paleo’, ‘functional medicine’ and ‘functional fitness’ would not only become widely available, but even become trendy.
With this knowledge, my health and vitality drastically improved, symptoms became more manageable, life became more stable and I became a different person emotionally and physically.
I can confidently say now that my health is the best it has ever been.
Although let me be clear that I am not saying it’s perfect, no one is, nor should you strive to be. I’m all about finding acceptance with what is YOUR personal potential, in any given moment.
And while I drew on various mindset and lifestyle practices, along with a healing diet to bring my body back into balance, when the ’Autoimmune Protocol’, as we now know it, gained popularity around 5 years ago, it made it a heck of a lot easier for me to demonstrate my way of living to others. Prior to then, when I would tell people that I followed a gluten free, grain free, egg free, dairy free, sugar free, nut free, soy free, wholefood diet, they’d just tilt their head sideways and ask what the heck that meant. (and fair enough :) )
These days, the amount of AIP resources available is absolutely fantastic. And within this umbrella term, people all over the world formed a virtual community, collaborating and sharing their experiences of living well with chronic health conditions, including these two very AIP-savvy ladies I am speaking with today.
Allow me to introduce to you: The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook by Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mickey and Angie, autoimmune wellness advocates, and founders of autoimmunewellness.com about their new guidebook. Not only is this a book full of delicious wholesome recipes, meal plans and all the diet related details you would want to know when embarking on a healing protocol, it also provides a comprehensive lifestyle guide, covering a vast array of practical topics for living well with autoimmunity.
Boy would this book have saved me years and dollars back when I needed some support! That’s not to say I’d change a thing about my journey, I am grateful for the challenges it presented me, because of what I now know and have the privilege of sharing with others. (In the interview, we talk about how these challenges affect our outlook and satisfaction in life).
So whether you’re just embarking on your autoimmune journey, or you’re looking for some AIP troubleshooting tips, or perhaps you’re looking for a wellness reboot, I think this is a book you’ll want to add to your library.
In our interview we discuss:
– What are some examples of an AIP breakfast?
– What is autoimmune disease?
– The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, chapters and topics.
– Tips for navigating health challenges with a partner/spouse.
– Is a low-carb/ketogenic lifestyle a good fit for someone with autoimmune disease?
– How incorporating mindful movement into your routine can benefit your health.
– The Autoimmune Wellness Manifesto.
– How gratitude can change the way you handle hardship and health challenges.
…WAIT there’s more!
WIN your own PRINT COPY of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook.
Yes, Australia and New Zealand mates, I’m talking to you!
I know it can be frustrating when giveaways are generally limited to US residents, and since I truly believe in the message in this book, I am gifting a personal copy (signed by Mickey) to one of you specifically.
So please note: this giveaway is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only.
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