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A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol – Review and Giveaway

A Simple Guide Review

A Simple Guide Review


“You make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.” ― Winston S. Churchill

One of my most favourite Autoimmune Protocol voices published a simple guide to the protocol on January 1st.

And it is inspired.

I’m pretty sure that Eileen Laird, the woman behind the most wonderful Phoenix Helix blog; facilitator of the AIP Recipe Round Table, head honcho and interviewer extraordinaire of the Phoenix Helix podcast, and the author of this handy-dandy, purse-sized puppy is prescient. She has the unique ability to understand just what we, in this little (but rapidly expanding) corner of the inter web seek, before we even know we need it.

She also happens to be one of the most generous, inclusive and true members of this fast-growing autoimmune community.

If Eileen writes about it, you know you can trust it.

I just wish she lived in Sydney.

So today, I bring you my wee post about the AIP guidebook you didn’t realise you needed until…

  • you tried to get your head around the science behind the protocol (and gave up because your brain doesn’t work that way)
  • your brain fog severely limited your ability to take in the detail behind the protocol
  • your doctor/naturopath/chiro’/health coach/other health professional suggested you look at AIP and you wanted an easy and/or speedy way to grasp the core concepts
  • you tried to explain – concisely – just what AIP is to your doctor/naturopath/chiro’/health coach/other health professional, and they didn’t get it.
  • you wanted a resource that you could carry with you that you could refer to when you needed some clarity on the protocol
  • you need the support of someone who ‘just gets’ this nutrient-dense dietary and lifestyle approach you’ve chosen to take without judgment

This guide is like having Eileen in your hand bag*

She’ll address some of the most frequently asked AIP questions for you. She’ll give you some advice on travelling or surviving the holidays on AIP. She’ll talk to you about how to get through an autoimmune flare and just why you should be keeping a symptom journal.

And she’ll do all that and more in her warm and pragmatic style. Eileen talks to you like you’re having a chat over a cup of tea. It’s quite lovely.

In fact, there are 27 super-helpful and practical chapters all neatly arranged in this 146-page book. You could read it in an afternoon.

JFC Eileen's AIP Guide

Only, if you choose to do that, have a highlighter handy – you’ll especially want to remember the bits that speak directly to you.

This really is one of those resources that you’ll be dipping into a lot.

And if, like me, you live at the bottom of the world (or anywhere in the world, really), you can pick up a hard copy of Eileen’s guide from The Book Depository and get it delivered to your door without paying any postage!

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As promised, it’s giveaway time again!


(And, your copy will be brand new and won’t come with pre-highlighted bits care of yours truly…)

There are 2 easy steps to enter the giveaway –

1. Subscribe to my newsletter. Either signup HERE or click the link at the top right corner of this page. If you already receive my newsletter, you’re good to go! No need to sign up again.
2. Leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to win a copy of this great purse-sized guide to AIP. Be sure to enter your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win.

A Couple of Things to Note:

This giveaway is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only. I know – a little controversial! So often down here, giveaways are limited to US residents – so, I’m continuing to turn the tables.
The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, February 19th at midday Australian Eastern Time.

Please note – this giveaway is no longer open

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*that came out a little more weird-sounding than intended! With this book, Eileen’s a little like your AIP guardian angel.

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Comments (56)

Ha ha yes! Because of brain fog! I’ve been so wanting a paper copy guide where the info is all together and takes any unnecessary thinking or uses up the previous little energy I have, yes for a southern comp thank you!

Hey Kahu – fingers crossed!

You’re first cab off the rank. That’s gotta’ be an omen?

Hi, Joanna, I would love to win this little treasure of a book, I have Hashimotos and am trying to heal myself . Ive stumbled across your site when I obviously need it most. The AIP is fairly new to me , so would love a nudge in the right direction.Thanks Traci

Hey lovely Traci – it IS a wee treasure of a book. I think Eileen would love that description.

Good luck.

Hello Joanna. i would really want this book ive been dealing with stage 3 of Hidradenitis Suppurativa for a couple years now. i’m doing all i can to put a stop or put this disease in Remission i started my autoimmune protocal today but i still dont know much that i can eat. i really need all the help i can to get my life back. thank you

Hi Aida – first, my sincere sympathy regarding your stage 3 HS. It is a hideous and painful affliction, I know. AIP has made all the difference for me and my HS symptoms (and I would be happy to talk to you privately).

Good luck in the giveaway.

Joanna, have I told you that I love you lately? Best review ever!!

Eileen – you know just what a wonderful voice you are for so many. I just think you’re always talking directly to me 🙂

Best guide to AIP ever! Thank you.

Hey Joanna, thanks for the opportunity to go into the draw for the book 🙂
I’d like to win a copy of the AIP Protocol because I’ve tried everything else from the sublime to the ridiculous, from mainstream to off-the-wall and have come to the conclusion that AIP is the way to go. Paleo is great, but not enough to really address the six AI conditions I contend with daily. So maybe this will be the little gem amongst the chaff that I’ve been seeking – fingers crossed 🙂

Hi Sam – AIP is definitely life changing for a growing number of us. I hope it is that ‘little gem’ for you, too.

Good luck!

I don’t live in Australia or NZ at the moment so I can’t enter. But the good news is, Eileen’s book is so fantastic its worth purchasing. I’m with Eileen, super review JF! Love your energy and positivity, it radiates from each of your posts!

I WISH you still lived here, PI (and if Eileen moved here, too that would just be the cherry on top!)

…because I need it… and I would be so appreciative! It would be like a port in a storm…

Pamela – you’re in the draw. May the giveaway gods be smiling on you! 🙂

Would love a copy of this little book-

A bsolutely not much of an
I dea how to eat on this
P rotocol!

Coralie!!! You wrote an AIP poem! This is officially the very first original poetry entry I’ve ever received. LOVE it!

Officially, you’re in the draw,
For Eileen’s version of AIP – and more,
if you win, it’ll come to your door!

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. I have RA (7years) and have been off meds for nearly 3 years now, trying to heal it naturally! I have lots of good days and some bad. Most of my ideas and recipes I get online but as a bookworm I would love be a hard copy to carry around with me ? Blessings!

Hi Kath – I applaud you trying the natural approach. It is not always the easiest route!

You’re in the draw 🙂

AIP has been a life changer for me so much so I went to study both integrative and functional nutrition so I can help others on their journey, and yes the journey continues for me. I am so pleased to find out about this book and I Love that there is now a down under version!

Hi Sheryl – AIP changed my life, too.

Good luck in the draw (and in your future career!)

Almost 3 weeks in on the AIP diet and although it is tough it is also liberating! I’ve taken the leap of faith even though my specialist doesn’t think it is worth giving it ago! I love Eileen’s website and have been intending to purchase her book for that extra guidance but with two small children and an in ease in organisation and food prep, it just hasn’t happened as yet!

Hi Tania – congrats on achieving the first 3 weeks. I think you are over the hardest ‘hump’.

Best of luck in the giveaway.

Because I’m at the very beginning and it all seems like a very big mountain to climb.

Nicki – it IS a big mountain, but you are not climbing it alone… You can do it.

Good luck in the giveaway.

For my 11 year old son with celiac, leaky gut and adrenal insufficiency. He has learned to make Paleo pancakes, biscuits, smoothies and more! He would love his own book for his new healthy diet! ??

Hi Barbara – I feel for your little guy. My nephew is in the same boat. “Eat Like a Dinosaur” was a popular read for my nephew (Paleo rather than AIP, but for kids)

Good luck in the draw.

Hello Joanna,
I would really love to win the book to help me make a firm commitment to the Paleo autoimmune protocol to hopefully help ease the pains I get from ankylosing spondylitis.
Thank you for giving us this opportunity.

Hi Megan – I REALLY encourage you to give AIP a go. It can seem a little daunting to start, but the results can be life changing. My most favourite AIP cookbook at the moment is ‘The Healing Kitchen‘. Great, tasty and easy AIP meal options and meal plans.

Best of luck in the giveaway.

Oh perfect timing Joanna. I just started reading my just received in post AiP book and there’s sooo much info in there, I’m thinking how to get started & where!!! Just about to start on Remicade a biologic infusion for Crohns, so would love to to have this book to get me off to a good start.

Martina – I wish yu all the best of luck for healing your Crohn’s. AIP can definitely make a difference – if you haven’t already, check out the most gorgeous Martine’s blog over at Eat Heal Thrive. She is using AIP to manage her Crohn’s (and is one of the loveliest peeps, too)

Good luck in the giveaway.

Hi Joanna. Yes me please. I would love a copy. Sounds amazing! I am only very new to the AIP having just been on it for three weeks. My auto immune antibody levels are apparently off the chart so I am keen to bring them down as well as decrease other AI symptoms. . I am keen to learn all I can for myself and others I hope to reach out to in my health coaching. Thanks Joanna X

Hi Barb – well done on reaching 3 weeks on AIP. I think the first 2 or 3 weeks are the most difficult, so go you!

Wishing you the best of luck in the draw.

Brain Fog. Purse sized easy to read. Ummmm. I am trying to do the autoimmune protocol myself. This would really help :).

Consider yourself in the draw, Annette! Good luck.

I would so love to win this book – I need to get this all together!

Margie – best of luck. And, this is a handy resource to help you get it together 🙂

Hi Joanna
I have been diagnosed with RA. Totally surprising and unsuspected. Have been trying the AIP protocol and I have to say it is hard!!! But I figured I could do 30 days of my life and see what happened. That was about 6 months ago now. So it is doable, but very limiting. I think half of it is educating my brain!!! But have definitely found foods that flare, so that is a good thing learning what to avoid.
I would love to have a copy of the book, but on reading the comments, realise that there are a lot of people out there that struggle with more than what I do, so don’t enter me in the draw.
I look forward to being on your post.
Thanks Cyree McLean

Cyree – thanks for your lovely message. And yes, a lot of this caper is about educating your brain (along with loads of support).

You are just as eligible to win as anyone! Good luck.

Hi Joanna,
I’d love a copy of this book as I would
like to know how what foods you
recommend for Psoriatic Arthritis, gut intolerance & reflux that I suffer from.
It would also be of benefit to my sister
who suffers from intolerances &
fibromyalgia. My sister in law also suffers
from severe skin issues & psoriasis as well
as food allergies.
All 3 of us do need to lose a little weight,
particularly me despite my exercise &
fairly healthy diet.
Thank you!!

Hi Jenny – You are in the draw. Good luck!

Joanna, I would love to win the purse-sized guide to AIP! I have been AIP since May last year. No longer require Thyroid meds for Hashimotos, Antibodies almost gone, increased circulation improving Raynauds and Psoriasis is all but gone. Also lost 34 kg and have way more energy. People often ask how I did it. And so many people with Autoimmune conditions want to know what they could do to improve their situation. I would be a great way to share the diet with other sufferers.

Hayley – C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

What amazing results you have experienced. Good on you!

You’re in the draw to win Eileen’s book.

Hi i would love to win thus guide i know i need to go on AIP and ive been stressing on how i do it and how to get started and how to make things as easy as possible so i dont stress about it because stress is a major trigger and im a stress head unfortunately if this guide can make it easier for me to take control of my health would be fantastic!

Kelly – from one stress-head to another, you are officially in the draw! Good luck.

Joanna!! What a great book! I have been following Eileen for a while now and lament the lack of AIP support in AUS/NZ. I have Hashimotos and Parry Rhomberg syndrome, and am always on the look out for AIP resources. I would really love this book as a guide to help me on the journey!

Hello Lisa – We are growing in number in our wee corner of the world! But, its always great to connect with fellow AIPers…

Are you finding some relief from your Parry Rhomberg symptoms on the protocol?

You’re in the draw. Good luck!

Hi! I am finding relief- I just have to keep things non-inflammatory and so yes, it definitely helps to control flare ups. Thanks for putting me in the draw!

Oh Joanna, what a treasure you are! An Antipoean giveaway – wonderful! I, too, have come to love Eileen, and to win her book would be marvellous. I’ve been battling autoimmune diseases for over 20 years and it’s great that we are all finally being heard and understood (by a small but growing cohort). I’d love to have Eileen’s words of wisdom at my fingertips because I seem to be brain-dead when it comes to remembering anything to do with the AIP. Brain fog or mental block? Either way it just doesn’t compute. I wish us all luck in this giveaway, but especially me ? xox

Lindel – I quite like being thought of as a treasure! Thanks 🙂

I wish you the best of luck in the giveaway, too!

My son and I have been on a paleontologist diet for just about 1.5years but we don’t seem to be getting better. I’ve had intolerances before I fell pregnant and they have no increased since. My mum’s recently given me the autoimmune paleo diet info, so this would such a handy important book to refer to everyday. I love paleo recipe books and this would be an vital edition.

Hi Sarah – Paleo wasn’t enough for me, either. AIP has been life changing.

Eileen’s book is not a recipe book BUT it is a wonderful resource, just the same. She breaks the protocol down into manageable chunks that makes it very easy to digest.

Best of luck in the draw.

I would love a copy for my husband to take away with him when he goes away for work as he really needs a guide to help him to remember what it is he can do on and for his autoimmune. I think it would be great for him to have something he can go to for ease of mind.

Hi Tresna – I suspect that’s exactly the kind of thing Eileen had in mind when she wrote this guide.

Good luck in the draw!

I think I need to do AIP again- my joints are flaring up again – but this time it would be handy to do it with a bit more of the science and Eileen’s insights to motivate and keep me on track …. and to fend off all those funny looks and comments you get when you try to explain why you’re on such a restricted diet.

Sally – Don’t you worry about all those funny looks and comments. You know stuff they don’t! You’re part of a secret club 🙂

You’re in the draw. Good luck with your AIP 2.0

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