The Autoimmune Keto Cookbook: Heal Your Body with Delicious AIP-Compliant Recipes and Meal Plans by Karissa Long & Katie Austin
Aside from a brief review of this book, I've also included much deeply personal information mainly for two reasons. One, is so you have a better understanding of why I reviewed this book the way that I have and two, something about my story might help you.
The Autoimmune Keto Cookbook:
I do not follow a Keto diet because I follow my version of an AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) diet. I was however, very curious to see what a AIP Keto diet would look like. For the most part I like almost everything behind the premise of this book. However, there are a few things that are a real turn off for me. I understand that Keto is very low carb. Not being able to eat an orange or grapes is entirely unappealing. Only a half cup of berries too restrictive. I try to fit as many nutrient dense foods into my day as I can for the best nutrition possible. In my personal experience this means adding in things like an orange at breakfast and grapes for dessert.
I also don't care for the use of chemical sweeteners like erythritol. Again, I get it, no carbs, but for optimal health, you don't want to put crap like erythritol in your body. Okay, maybe you don't mind, but I do. Also, a trusted Doctor of AIP who I follow is against all fake/chemical sweeteners including stevia, monk fruit, and yes, erythritol, etc. She recommends natural sweeteners, honey, maple syrup, molasses, etc. But she is not promoting Keto for autoimmune disease.
As for the recipes, I've only made three so far:
Creamy Matcha Latte page 56
This is something I've already been doing for years for breakfast. It's a real winner. Organic Ceremonial Matcha is also fabulous "Bulletproof" style.
Sticky Wings page 89
The ingredients all looked great. This seemed like it would be out of this world, but it turned out incredibly bland. I doubt I'd make it again. Note: I don't eat wings, so I substituted, but the lack of flavor wasn't in the substitute, but in the "sticky".
Vanilla Panna Cotta page 146
This is so easy to make & it tastes out of this world. It's my new favorite dessert (aside from organic red grapes).
There are many more recipes I plan to try as many of them look very appealing to me.
The beginning of the book briefly explains inflammation, the importance of diet, exercise, rest, and overall mental health. Lists of safe foods and foods to avoid are provided as well as foods to avoid initially to reintroduce at a later date during the reintroduction phase. A shopping list is included for each weeks meals. The back of the book has a half page of resources, including my favorite AIP Doctor, Sarah Ballantyne. If you want an in-depth look at AIP, Sarah is your guide to all things AIP.
Overall, I like this book. At the moment I'm satisfied with where I am regarding my autoimmune disease. I will be utilizing more recipes from this book as I love to cook from scratch. Should my current diet lifestyle start to fail me or if I feel I want to try Keto to see if my health can further improve, I will be sure to utilize this book more thoroughly.
My journey with Endo:
I've been following an AIP diet for about six years or so. Initially I didn't even realize that was what I was doing. All I knew was I felt horrible. I, like many, thought my Vegan lifestyle was the healthiest choice. I was thin, but I was also suffering and it only got worse. I stumbled across the book Digestive Health with REAL Food and decided to give it a go. I followed the most restrictive part of the diet for about two years. I stuck with it so long because as crazy as this will sound, I noticed immediate results. As in the very same day I started to follow DHWRF. I was stunned and thrilled. It was an amazing moment and turning point in my life. The thing is I still didn't know what was wrong with me at the time (autoimmune disease).
After those two years I discovered the low FODMAPs diet and tried it out. Things weren't as great as DHWRF, but were still better than how I felt being Vegan and I finally had some variety in my diet after two years of very little variety. I knew without question, that I wasn't getting all the nutrients I needed (I was very low in Vit C for example). While following a low FODMAPs diet for a few years I started to regain all of my old symptoms, but this time they returned with a vengeance. My suffering almost brought me to my knees while I worked the farm.
From this, I came across a book by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, 'The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body'. I started to follow her book and learned that healthy foods like nightshades were causing me some of my horrible agonies. Ironically or not, the year I suffered the most was the year I was eating the most nightshades because I was growing them on my farm. Plus, I happen to like nightshades! I also realized that when I was following DHWRF, I was avoiding nightshades. In DHWRF I didn't really understand the science behind everything or I should say the why, I just figured I'd try it, it worked and I stuck with it. Dr. Ballantyne explains the why very thoroughly and I'm grateful to her for her work.
An AIP diet didn't fix me, but it did reduce my pain by a good amount. Finally however, I found out exactly what was wrong with me, endometriosis. All I can say for those who are fortunate enough to not have it, the pain gets worse over the years and you slowly end up with more pain days than non pain days. Having never been able to conceive, I cannot speak for comparing it to labor pain, but women who have conceived said it is worse than labor pain. This explains why I would nearly crumple while working in the fields on my farm. For me, it feels like I am being stabbed or what I imagine stabbing would feel like. It is sharp and quick and awful.
This discovery of Endo lead me to looking in the right direction at last. Along with Dr. DuckDuckGo (an alternative to Google), I also followed much of the advice in the book by Dr. Andrew Cook, The Endometriosis Health and Diet Program: Get Your Life Back. The combination of Doctor's Cook and Ballantyne plus DuckDuckGo have finally set me free. I follow a mostly AIP/low FODMAPs diet (I have had years to figure out what foods do and do not work for me) along with the following supplements: DIM, Vitex, Pycnogenol, and Progesterone Cream.
Wherever you are in your journey I wish you good health.
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