Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol – Book Review
Overview of Book:
Reintroducing Foods is a guidebook for anyone who has used the Paleo diet to help treat or reverse autoimmune disease. The author provides an overview, advice on what to reintroduce and when, suggestions for dealing with the process and then a host of recipes for getting back to a more complete and healthy eating lifestyle.
Who This Book is For:
This book is for anyone who has an autoimmune disease or who has experienced general unwellness and wishes to try or has tried the Paleo diet to clean up their eating habits in search of better health. The book could also serve as a guide for anyone who has tried a general elimination diet and now wishes to add foods back into their lives as it provides tips on what to introduce first, and how to deal with symptoms and the emotions of reintroducing foods.
The book is not divided into chapters, which actually makes it easier to choose a favorite chapter because I love the whole introduction, from the author’s healing story right through to the sample reintroduction experience. So many people I know have told me, first that eliminating foods to see if they make a difference in their overall health is too hard and second, that they are too fearful of adding any foods back, even those that offer great health benefits. These introductory chapters show readers that there is a way back, that eliminating foods does not have to be a lifelong concern and that it is easier than one might imagine. I love the brief summary of what the Paleo elimination diet includes – what gets removed permanently and what is removed for a time. I love the two pages on which foods should be introduced first because it is clear and specific. The next few pages provide a much-needed guide taking you step by step through the process, the emotions, how and why to keep a journal, surviving a brief flare up and mistakes to avoid.
Top 3 Recipes:
I love cashews and I love pumpkin so the Pumpkin Cashew Dip is a definite hit with me. High in protein and flavor this recipe is a keeper and a great way to bring cashews back into your diet in a delicious way.
What is life without a sweet, somewhat decadent and wonderfully delicious treat like chocolate? For me, the answer is that life is a little less enjoyable so I choose the Homemade Chocolates as my next favorite recipe. No candy thermometer, special equipment or particular skill required and wonderful, homemade chocolates can be yours with very little time or effort.
I also like the Taco Burger recipe. The blend of spices makes for a deliciously flavored burger and you could easily substitute any ground meat for the beef for an equally tasty treat. When considering food intolerances and elimination diets, spices are often overlooked as the culprit so I like that this book both recognizes that and provides information and recipes for adding them back.
About Heather Seftel-Kirk: Not a physician or nutritionist, Heather came to her understanding of food and health through parenting three children, now teens, who seemed not to fit the ‘norms’ of health and through questions…so many questions.
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