The Inaugural Australian AIP Supper Club

The Nutritionista, TSL and Paleo PI

This is a big post for me. HUGE! I’m stepping out from behind my TSL cloak after almost 3 years of being vaguely anonymous in blog-land, and here I am! Nope, not the tall, glam’ one on the left – that’s the lovely Kirstie of The Nutritionista fame. And no, not the cute happy-looking dude on the right – that’s Rory from the very cool The Paleo PI blog. Me, I’m the one with dimples in the middle. TSL in the flesh!

On Saturday evening, the three of us got together for the inaugural Australian AIP Supper Club. (If you’d like to learn more about the Autoimmune Protocol, check out this post.)

It was kind of big deal, too. While we had communicated in cyber-world for some time, we had never actually met. And, it involved a plane trip for Rory, who hails from Canberra. Bless him – he carefully packed his homemade and AIP-compliant guacamole and crudités to travel interstate. That’s dedication!

This AIP caper has been life changing for all of us. But, it’s fair to say it’s not the most well-travelled path to choose.

Although, that is changing as awareness of how diet and lifestyle affect our health grows.

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. (Oprah Winfrey)

And, being committed to a regime like the Autoimmune Protocol can be a little socially isolating. It is almost impossible to dine out when in the strict elimination phase. And, it’s not uncommon for even the closest of friends to become (understandably) a little frustrated with the dietary restrictions.

So, that makes it all the more exciting when you become part of a tribe who understands the challenges you face.

We had a super evening sharing our knowledge and experiences. And by ‘we’, I also mean LM and Wayland, partner to Kirstie.

So much so, that if sleep wasn’t such a priority for all of us, we might have talked all night!

TSL AIP Dinner
Kirstie – ‘the Nutritionista’, LM, Kirstie’s partner, Wayland and Rory – ‘the Paleo PI’ nearer the end of our inaugural AIP gab-fest!
(Image by TSL)

The idea for our supper club meet-up came directly from Sarah Ballantyne, the Paleo Mom herself. Sarah’s recently launched Paleo Approach Dinner Club e-book aims to address some of the feelings of isolation that are part and parcel of any elimination protocol.

And, if our wee group are anything to go by, it’s a fantastic concept.

There’s something quite lovely about being able to talk all things AIP with people who understand the challenges.

And, in case you’re wondering, here’s what we ate…

Rory made the flying Guacamole with crudités

The Paleo Mom Guacamole
Guacamole and crudités
(Recipe and Image from The Paleo Mom)

TSL made slow cooked pork with apple sauce and bone broth gravy, fennel, celery and pomegranate salad, kohlrabi ‘slaw, and roasted sweet potatoes (not shown)

TSL Slow Cooked Pork Neck
Easy-Peasy Slow Cooked Pork Neck
(Recipe and Image from This Sydney Life)
TSL Fennel, Celery, Apple and Pomegranate Salad
Fennel, Celery, Apple and Pomegranate Salad
(Recipe and image from This Sydney Life)
TSL Kohlrabi Slaw
Kohlrabi, Carrot & Apple ‘Slaw
(Recipe and image from This Sydney Life)

And, Kirstie whipped up some carob ganache served with mixed berries.

The Paleo Mom Carob Ganache
Carob Ganache with berries
(Recipe and image from the Paleo Mom)

We all agreed that this is the first of many get togethers.

If you are following the Autoimmune Protocol and live in Sydney or Canberra, and would like to join our next get together, please feel free to drop me a line via my contacts page.

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Comments (21)

What a great idea – looks like a fun (and delicious) dinner party. And I am super excited to see you, TSL – and a cameo from LM there too! Hats off to you for making the virtual world more real, lady. 🙂

Trust you to notice the LM cameo, Sparks 🙂 He mentioned to me that we (that’s you ‘n’ me, Possum) should consider a catch up of our very own…

Looking radiant TSL, exactly how you are in real life! Thanks for the post, it was an absolute pleasure to meet you, Kirstie, LM and Wayland! I’m already looking forward to our next Supper Club

Me too, PI! It was a fab’ evening. Appreciate the particular effort you made in getting there, too! 🙂

This is so cool! The supper club & the fact that you’ve stepped out of the wings & onto the stage~. Makes me wish I lived in Australia (& not just because it’s summer there right now!)

Petra – PI and talked about how the evening would have been EVEN better if you had been there, too… Maybe one day?

We’ll see where this ‘stepping out’ takes me…

What a lovely evening! The menu looks amazing. Yum. Congrats on stepping into the limelight. 🙂

Cheers Throve. I took a deep breath and just jumped in! A little bit scary and a little bit liberating!

Looks fantastic! Nothing quite like hanging with like-minded people in real life… and the food – YUM!

Thanks PPG! It was a super night – even better making real-life buddies out of blogging ones. Maybe one day you’ll come to Sydney…?

I actually have relatives in Sydney! I visited them about 15 years ago, in January. It was so hot! The sea was so blue! The botanic gardens were so gorgeous! The food was so fresh and delicious!

I probably make a return trip…

Fantastical shots of the Super Supper Club! I’m celery green with envy. Lucky folks! Jotting down the salad recipes. ~Theadora (I also love your necklace!)

Aww thanks, T. It was a super evening. And, both those salads are on regular rotation down here at Casa TSL. I am on a one-woman crusade to bring kohlrabi front and centre into our consciousness… I just love it.

What a wonderful idea, and TSL you look beautiful as always!

It was so much fun, P4S. Finding some real-life buddies who ‘get’ AIP is a blessing. Poor old LM and Wayland were the odd ones out (this time!)

Looks like a great evening with a lovely menu at TSL kxx

Hey K – I’ve been visiting in your neck of the woods and have been offline (Dad’s birthday). It was a great evening. Lovely to make new friends.

erinenjoyingthisjourney

I think it’s absolutely fantastic that you all had the ability to meet up and break the proverbial bread with one another. Truly a gift! 🙂

Totally agree, Erin. And, so much fun, too!

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