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Mickey Trescott Interview, Recipe & Giveaway

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook Giveaway

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook Giveaway

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Mickey Trescott, the most fabulous and knowledgeable Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) trailblazer is heading down under to promote the launch of the metric version of her seminal AIP cookbook – ‘The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook‘.

This is the cookbook I recommend to those starting out on AIP, ladies and gentlemen. And now, those of us on the metric system no longer have to worry about converting all those measurements! Mickey has us covered.

To celebrate her impending visit to Australia and New Zealand, I grabbed at the chance to interview Mickey and giveaway a copy of her Australasian-ised cookbook.

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But, first things first…

For the uninitiated, just who is this Mickey Trescott?

JFC Mickey TrescottMickey is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, chef, blogger, and best-selling author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. She is one of the leading voices in the growing world of AIP. She is the creator of AIP Batch Cook, a video-based cooking program that teaches users how to prepare allergen-free meals in their own homes. Mickey teaches cooking classes and seminars both online and at Bastyr University in Washington State and the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC. She also serves on the board of directors for Hashimoto’s Awareness, an advocacy organization for those with Hashimoto’s disease.

In 2012, Mickey founded, a website featuring recipes and resources for those seeking autoimmune wellness. She lives in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to pick Mickey’s brain.

Here’s what we discussed…

Mickey, can you share with us just how AIP has changed your life?

To say that AIP has changed my life is kind of an understatement. It really was the thing that I discovered when I was at rock bottom. I experienced a health crisis when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and Coeliac disease. Really, I was looking for something that I could do myself to effect change in my body and improve my health situation. I was receiving no solutions from conventional medical doctors. AIP offered me a way to figure out, on my own – in a kind of DIY way – which foods were enabling me to heal and which foods were holding me back from progressing. I was very attracted to the idea that it was a template; that it was a way for me to access my own inner wisdom. I knew that I had that within me, I just didn’t have access to the system for figuring it out.

Through using that model, I did figure it out and I did improve my health and now, I am empowered by that knowledge.

What is your sense of the general awareness about the connection between diet and lifestyle choices, and health? – is it growing?

For sure. I think its growing because there is a greater access to technology and people sharing their stories. So, before technology and before the internet and this hyper-connectivity we now have, we really only had access to information that people close to us had.

Otherwise, you had to go to a library. And, there weren’t really all of these people sharing their experiences, there were just experts’. And so now, there is a growing collective of people – a melting pot of people like ourselves who share information. We may not be scholars, but we do have information that we can throw into this pot – made up of our experiences. Other people are peeking in and recognising that we are onto something.

And, of course, it is helped by the fact that the conventional treatment options are slim at best. The treatments that are offered by conventional medicine are not good and the diagnosis rate is growing, so people are out of options.

Now this information is out there!

What inspired you to write your cookbook? Is this version the same as the original?

In the first instance, I was working as a chef. I was cooking for myself, and I found I had to reframe the way I cooked. Then I started talking about it and sharing my recipes in different support groups on Facebook. And so I started blogging.  People were excited and so a cookbook was a natural progression. As I became more immersed in the wider autoimmune community, people were rediscovering health with this way of eating.

Initially, I published an eBook. Then I received all this feedback from people saying how much they would like a hard copy book. So, then came a self-published print book with more recipes. This was professionally edited and photographed. And now, we have my metric version. So, it is the same book, but it is a more complete version!

Do you have a favourite recipe in your cookbook?

I think either Nomato Sauce or the Salmon Chowder… Those are probably standouts!

If you could provide some advice for those new to the protocol, what would it be?

I have a 3-step suggestion to set yourself up for success. Don’t decide to do AIP on a whim. Don’t expect to be able to white-knuckle it.

1) Implement a 3-pronged pantry preparation

  • Remove all the foods you will never eat again like gluten and sugars and highly-processed foods
  • Box up the possible ‘maybe some day‘ foods like spices and alcohol
  • Replace with ingredients you can have – AIP snacks; re-evaluate your herbs & spices stash; stock up on good oils

2) Get into the habit of meal planning and batch cooking

  • Mickeys Meal Plans that accompany her cookbook can be found here
  • Mickey’s tips on batch cooking can be found here

3) Start slow

  • Take it easy, pace yourself and be gentle with yourself

Thanks, Miss Mickey!

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Mickey’s AIP Down Under Tour 2016

Mickey is visiting Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the launch of the metric version of her cookbook.

If you’d like to know more about Mickey’s visit down under, head on over to her page with all the details. There are events planned in Sydney, Brisbane, Christchurch and Auckland. You can find out all about them here.

We still have a few tickets left for the Sydney AIP dinner at Egg of the Universe, but get in quick!

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JFC TPAC Giveaway stew

Mickey’s Recipe for Beef-Butternut Stew with Pear and Thyme

Given we are at the tail end of summer down here (although, as it is 30°C/86°F as I write this, its kind of hard to believe), Mickey has kindly shared her recipe for Beef – Butternut Stew with Pear and Thyme from her cookbook.

*Please note, we are a mushroom free zone at our place, so I omitted those little suckers in my version pictured.

Beef-Butternut Stew with Pear and Thyme
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
This recipe is AIP-friendly
Published with permission
Recipe type: The Main Event
Serves: 6
  • 2 tablespoons solid cooking fat
  • 900g - 1.3 kilos free-range stewing beef, cut into 4 cm cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cm piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 500 mls Bone Broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 firm pears, peeled and chopped
  • 90 g sliced mushrooms, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, for garnish
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the cooking fat in a heavy bottomed pot on medium-high heat
  2. When the fat has melted and the pan is hot, brown the meat in batches. Remove from the pot, and turn the heat down to medium.
  3. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring, until it begins to soften. Add the ginger and garlic, and cook for another couple of minutes, being careful to stir so the onion doesn't burn
  4. Return the meat to the pot, add the bone broth and bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Immediately turn down to a bare simmer. Cover tightly and cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Add the butternut squash, cinnamon and salt and continue to simmer, covered for another 15 minutes.
  6. Add the pears and simmer for another 30 minutes, or until th meat and squash are both tender.
  7. In a small frying pan, heat the rest of the cooking fat on medium-high heat and salute the mushrooms for about 5 minutes, or until they are soft and have browned slightly.
  8. Remove the bay leaf. Serve the stew in bowls, garnished with the sautéed mushrooms and a sprinkle of fresh thyme.
storage: Keeps well in the refrigerator for several days; also freezes well.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook - Metric Version

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As promised, it’s giveaway time again!


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’d like to win a copy of this wonderful book.

A Couple of Things to Note:

This giveaway is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only. We’re celebrating the metric launch of the book and Mickey’s trip down under, so it seems only fair.
The winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, 24th March at midday Australian Eastern Time. Mickey has kindly agreed to personally sign your copy, too! How cool is that?

Please note – this giveaway is no longer open

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Comments (29)

Why would I like to win a copy? Well 2 reasons. I have the ebook version of the original cookbook, and while it is great to have that and print out, it just isn’t the same as a real book. I love real cookbooks. I peruse them like coffee table books. And I personalise them with all the written comments I add, not to mention the numerous food stains – great way to tell a successful recipe when reading it years later 😉

The second reason is that I frequently forget which country I am reading the recipe from and use Australian measuring cups and spoons by mistake. Now that isn’t always a bad thing, but plays havoc with baked goods… and especially with coconut flour which really does need to be measured correctly.

So do I win? Pretty please with only dates on top? (My version of the old saying ‘pretty please with sugar on top’).

Melanie – I write in my cookbooks, too. And, I agree the eBook is not the same when it comes to cookbooks.

Good luck!

Hi Jo,
I’d love to win a copy as i’m moving interstate and am having to limit what i can take with me….
The few AIP resources I have are in paper form and hence most of what I’ll need will need to be downloaded again….
You could assist me by letting me win and sending the book straight to my new local in Wickham WA!
Also, it will help equip me to ensure i have all the knowledge read to tackle AIP in remote WA.

Hi Noni (Naomi?) – that’s a big change! Good luck with your move AND in the draw!

Kaye van der Straten

I’d love this cookbook for 3 reasons:
1) to make sure that my Healing Kitchen cookbook doesn’t get lonely,
2) to make sure that my Healing Kitchen cookbook gets a break from being the only cookbook I use, and
3) because Mickey’s story has been intrinsic to the success of my own healing journey which started with the AIP in SIX – I really want her book to feature on my cassava flour dusty benchtop and be splashed with healing bone broth and Joanna’s nomato sauce!



You’re funny!
…and, your comment made my day. Thanks Possum.

Best of luck in the draw (and in giving your copy of The Healing Kitchen some much needed company!)

Hi Joanna! I would absolutely love to win a copy of Mickey’s cookbook! I actually had a copy I ordered from America, but lost it in a flood last year (Queensland Weather! Argh!). I miss it terribly so it would be a dream to replace it, especially with a metric edition! Hope you have a great time meeting Mickey, and thanks for the chance to win the book 🙂

Hi Stace – good luck in the draw!

Will you get the chance to meet Mickey in Bris-vegas?

Yep! Just bought a ticket to the cooking class! Yay! 😀 😀 😀

I would love to win the cookbook as AIP has become a imperative foundation to healing for me from severe ME/CFS. One of the things that has held me back is having to convert the recipes with profound cognitive deficits from the disease. Too hard! I would love to win and am a huge fan of Mickey’s

Hey Sharon – I wish you the best of luck in the giveaway.

Cos Mickey is a total rock star and inspiration, because I’m sick of eating the same 5 meals, and because to have a hard copy would be an unreal treat!

Yes – Mickey IS a rock star, Kahu! Good luck in the draw.

I’d love a copy because come July I’ll be a new Mum again with two under 18 months and following AIP fanatically in the hope my Graves disease doesn’t flare up. AIP so far for me has been a journey of learning and trial and tribulation and I know that Mickey’s book, which I’ve had my eyes on for months, will help me and my family in the year ahead.

Antonia – Congratulations on the new addition to your tribe.

Mickey’s book IS great – it’s the first one I recommend for AIPers. Best of luck.

I’d love a copy, e-cookbooks are ok, but hard copy cookbooks, you can treasure and flip though…and Mickeys book has been on my Wishlist for a while now.

Hi Julie – yep. 100% agreement from me on real cookbooks!

Good luck…

What a wonderful giveaway, I would love to win a copy of the cookbook ! I have been uncommitted to paleo until being diagnosed with Hs. As a sufferer for many years I know how unfulfilling and draining life can seem when you are in pain and barely have the energy to play with your children . I purchased the the paleo approach and have been reading and reading . Today is my day cleaning out the pantry and fridge and heading to the market I am finally 100% commuted which I never was before ! To receive this book would be an amazing privilege and help me on my aip journey ! Here’s to better health! Look forward to becoming aquatinted with your blog!

Hi Morgen – As a fellow HS chickadee, you have my sympathy! It’s an awful disease.

AIP has changed my life. Really. Please don’t hesitate to call out if you need advice.

Good luck in the draw.

Thank you so much Joanna ! I am sorry I did not respond sooner , my notification email must have been lost in another folder

Thank you again I feel so lucky and cannot wait to begin using the cookbook
Even my non AIP sister is excited for it ! My biggest supporter who always believes I can do it even when I am struggling

Morgen – I have a sister like that, too. NOTHING like a sister 🙂 I hope you love the book.

Yes, like a lot of others have said there’s nothing like having an actual paper book to use I find, I’m more likely to refer to it than an ebook. I would love to have Mickey Trescott recipes on hand as it’s good to have variety in our meals and helps to keep on track.

Janiece – you are officially IN THE DRAW! Good luck.

Hi Joanna, thank you so much for all the work you do!! I’m very excited that Mickey is coming to Australia. Her cookbook has been invaluable to me over the last few months. I would love the metric cookbook so that I don’t have to keep doing the conversions and/or scribbling over my current book. Also then I could pass on my current cookbook to a friend with Hashimoto’s, I would love to see her benefit from it too.

Hi Elysha – Bless your cotton socks!

Good luck in the draw!

I would desperately love to win this book. AIP is such a struggle to coordinate for my young family and I just can’t get my head around a) cooking seperate meals; or b) finding meals the whole family will enjoy. I start the diet often only to have it resolve relatively quickly.

Hi Renae – it definitely isn’t a protocol for the faint hearted, is it?

Good luck in the draw.

I would love to win this cook book, because I am just starting on my journey to heal myself. I didn’t realise I was making myself sick with the food I was eating. I now know that gluten, and sugar are doing me harm. I’m a old fashion cook, so I need to learn to cook, in a new way. I want to be excited about food again. I would like to see my family like what I cook.

Hey Jane – this giveaway has finished but I have another one (featuring Mickey and Angie’s latest book that is running). I suspect you have come to the wrong page somehow?

Please head over to The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook Review rto enter.

…and, I was an ‘old fashioned’ cook, too. It can be done!

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