Introducing Autoimmune Wellness!

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New year, new name!

We have some exciting news to share on this New Year’s Day. We are getting a new name! We’d like to introduce you to Autoimmune Wellness.

Mickey first started Autoimmune Paleo in late 2012. Two years later, in late 2014, we decided to merge our blogging efforts and I left my old site to join Mickey at Autoimmune Paleo. Since that time, we have enthusiastically worked to take Autoimmune Paleo to new heights. We wanted to build it into a thriving community offering top-notch content and resources for the millions of people just like ourselves, folks with autoimmune disease on the difficult journey of seeking wellness. With well-defined goals and a strong sense of purpose, we are thrilled to have accomplished that original ambition.

Why the name change?

However, during the course of that work we began to see that the growth and refinement of the Autoimmune Protocol over the last five years has made it a stand-alone movement, distinct from Paleo. While we do appreciate our Paleo roots, we feel it’s time to acknowledge more clearly the distinct AIP movement and the unique opportunity we, as a whole community, have to shape how autoimmune disease will be viewed and treated in the future.

With that in mind, we recognize that our personal mission is expanding and that it’s time to broaden our scope. We truly want to pioneer a new era of autoimmune wellness. We want the world to hear us saying, “Living vibrantly in the face of autoimmune disease is possible! Wellness is achievable!” For a revolutionary shift on that scale to happen, we need to find ways to take our message mainstream.

What’s next from us?

We believe rebranding under Autoimmune Wellness is one way that will help better define our empowered message for a mainstream audience. We’ll still be bringing you the same informative, helpful, and encouraging articles, we’ll still be publishing creative, delicious, and free recipes, we’ll still be writing about inspiring recoveries and sharing information on how to plug into this big, supportive AIP community, and you’ll still be able to find and interact with us on social media. All the great stuff you’ve come to know and love about Autoimmune Paleo will still be here, but we’ll be serving you under a new name. Autoimmune Wellness best reflects our vision for AIP as a mainstream option for those with autoimmune disease in the coming years.

You have all been incredible in helping us spread this information. Thank you! We hope you will join us in 2017 and beyond to take the AIP movement even further. With your help, we see a future where seeking autoimmune wellness won’t have to be such a difficult journey.

About Angie Alt

Angie Alt is part of the blogging duo behind Autoimmune Paleo. She helps others take charge of their health the same way she took charge of her own after suffering with Celiac and other autoimmune diseases; one creative, nutritious meal at a time. Her special focus is on mixing “data with soul” by looking at the honest heart of the autoimmune journey (which sometimes includes curse words). She’s also a world traveler who has been medically evacuated from two foreign countries. Strategizing worst-case scenarios is now something of a hobby. She is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for All Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. You can also find her on Instagram.

17 comments

  • Barbara says

    I have read that I should not eat any fermented foods, including kefir and kombucha,
    because I was treated for breast cancer in May of 2016. I used to make my own coconut kefir and loved getting the probiotics but the source that spoke of cancer prevention and avoiding
    fermented, smoked, pickled foods is very reliable. On the other hand I’ve heard of people who conquered cancer by eating Kefir!! So, just wondering what you gals think about it?
    Thanks.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Barbara! That is a conundrum… to be honest, my expertise is not specifically with cancer, but from personally having autoimmune disease. I might ask this person for their source, because I haven’t heard of this before. I would think that supporting the beneficial bacteria in the gut (probiotics) would be beneficial for supporting the immune system. Hope it helps!

  • Sandy Drake says

    I am glutin intolerant, have Rheumatoid Arthritis,fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, and a paralyzed diaphragm, which crowds my left lung. I have been trying some of the recipes, but don’t know where to start.

    • Angie Alt says

      Sandy, you can start by signing up for our newsletter. We’ll send you a free quick-start guide in a series of emails that offers tons of guidance on getting going w/ the process. You can sign-up here: http://aiwellness.wpengine.com/opt-in/

      Wishing you luck!

  • Amanda says

    Congratulations, to two beautiful, inspiring women! What a great way to kick off the year! Your site is the core part of my New Year of Wellness for myself. One thing I’d like to ask, though: In both of your stories, and in those of many of your followers, a key to health was finding an ND or functional medicine doc who really “got it” and knew how to direct you.

    I live in the Washington, DC area and I’m having a *@#! of a time! Do you ever – or would you consider – collecting a list of the NDs, nutritionists, and functional/integrative medicine docs who really helped?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Amanda!
      Thank you! I wouldn’t say that for me personally, a specific doctor was able to put things together for me… if you read on my about page, you will see I had many years of ups and downs with a lot of bad doctors, a couple just-proficient-enough ones, and a lot of using my intuition and research to guide my own journey. I’ve never worked with a doctor who I felt totally “got it”, mostly because I wasn’t able to afford the functional medicine practitioners. Most of my docs have been “good enough” 😉

      That being said, the best place to find a doctor is to join your local AIP support group on FB (we link to them every month in our community update post) and ask others who they see and like. You are most likely to find someone good to work with that way. Wishing you luck this year!

  • jessica holland says

    I want to thank you for all you do. I have marathoned your podcast and bought the book. I have been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis for many years. I am also a type 2 diabetic. I am learning so much from you both.

    • Angie Alt says

      You are so welcome Jessica! It’s our pleasure & privilege.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Jessica,
      Thanks for being here, and we are so happy you found the resources helpful. Wishing you healing in 2017!

  • Megan Cox says

    First, I’d like to say that you both have had a major impact on my life in the past four months. Your books and podcast have really been helpful to me. Last year I was diagnosed with AIH, which is inflammation of the liver. I have to be on an immunosuppressant until my doctor thinks it’s suitable to go off to see if I go into remission, but I also get occasional joint pain. My hope is the AIP approach will improve my chances of remission and lessen my joint pain. I have been eating foods recommended in your books, but starting next week, I will be committed to the strict AIP diet for 30 days, plus the reintroduction phase. I was wondering if there were any tips or foods to include regularly that you could suggest that would help me specifically with adding extra support for my liver and/or joint pain. I really appreciate the work you two are doing, and thank you for your time.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Megan! Thanks for the comment and we are so happy you’ve found our resources helpful. Honestly, the AIP as outlined by Sarah Ballantyne (as we advocate in our book and on this site) is the best place for most people to start, regardless of autoimmune disease. I don’t advocate for any detox or extra liver support when beginning AIP – honestly eating this way is going to be a detox on your system, just by getting all of those processed food chemicals out of your diet! The only thing I might suggest is to make sure to get your broth in, for the extra gelatin, collagen, and minerals that support connective tissue (found in joints). Wishing you luck, and keep us updated on your progress!

      • Megan Cox says

        Thank you for your response! I’m on day five of AIP and feeling pretty good. I will keep you updated with my progress.

  • Susan says

    After being diagnosed with Graves Disease last fall I have become so grateful for the work that you and others have done to this point to start the process of bringing AIP into the mainstream. One of the things I’ve found most challenging (after the initial sorting through how to achieve healing) is sourcing products. I’ve made so many mistakes as the learning curve is steep. I look forward to the day where this is as easy as checking “gluten free” from a search engine filter. Thanks again, and Mickey I found the courage to make liver pate because of watching you do it on youtube…haha. I still make a similar face, but then I eat a piece of bacon and all is good.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Susan, thanks for the kind comment! I agree, sourcing is such a difficult task and it is exhausting keeping up with the need to be vigilant. Personally, I choose to eat cooked food with raw ingredients like simple meat veg and fats instead of using too many packaged products just because it is so time consuming to vet some ingredients. I hope over time this comes more easily to you! And I love that I inspired you to eat liver, a bacon snack for the cook does make things a little easier. Good luck!

  • Denise says

    I have psoriasis and my doctor said there’s no cure, including diet. But would an AIP diet be helpful in managing it?

    • Angie Alt says

      Denise, we are not medical doctors and can’t tell you for certain that this will help w/ psoriasis. However, our experience is that it is very beneficial for many w/ autoimmune diseases, including psoriasis. You never know unless you give it a shot!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Denise, We aren’t medical practitioners and can’t advise on specific diseases or conditions. There are many in our community who have psoriasis and have found the elimination and reintroduction process helpful and pinpointing food-driven triggers. You never know until you try!

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