This book is the third is a series by the functional medicine specialist Anne Angelone of Expanding Qi. It follows both The Autoimmune Diet: Nourishing Your True Identity With Meals That Heal, which is a book aimed more at the general population rather than the paleo community, and The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough which I reviewed here. As a matter of fact, it was my review of The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough which, at least in part, inspired this latest book, The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol: Foods to Include and Eliminate in The Paleo AIP.
It is rarely so easy to write a book review. But, this review is easy for me to write for two reasons. First, I am intimately familiar with the subject matter, being in the process of writing a book about diet and lifestyle modifications for autoimmune disease myself (haven’t heard of The Paleo Approach? Read more about it here). Second, I was a consultant on this book and provided suggestions and feedback throughout its development. Yes, this book gets the The Paleo Mom Seal of Approval.
This book fills an important void for people trying to navigate the paleo autoimmune protocol. It is the perfect quick reference guide for people looking for the do’s and don’t’s of the autoimmune protocol. I frequently get asked if I’ve put together food lists of “allowed foods”. And while these lists will be included in The Paleo Approach, you don’t need to wait until September for this information! The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol contains lists and charts detailing exactly which foods to eat and which foods to avoid. In fact, the whole goal of this book is to provide you with detailed lists of which foods are included on the autoimmune protocol and which aren’t and which are for some people. The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol also includes information to help people navigate vegetables to accommodate common sensitivities, including: FODMAPs, SIBO considerations, high histamine foods, high salicylate foods high oxalate foods, food sensitivities, and cross-reactive proteins. It also includes lists of healing foods to include more of in your diet and a list of immune-stimulating herbs and supplements to avoid.
This book is a companion book to The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough, however it stands alone as a quick reference guide for people somewhat familiar with the autoimmune protocol either from one of Anne’s other books, books like Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo (you can read my review of that book here), or from my website. If you really want to understand the why’s behind the food restrictions in the autoimmune protocol, this book won’t tell you that, but if you want to know if broccoli is a FODMAP and whether or not it’s okay for people with histamine sensitivities, this is the book for you!
So, if you are struggling with implementing the autoimmune protocol and think that a quick reference guide of what foods are okay to eat and which aren’t would be useful for you, then I definitely recommend The Autoimmune Paleo Plan.
You can get all three of Anne’s books and a bunch of other great stuff in The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough Kit.
Want to know more about the author? Anne Angelone is a licensed acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner with a history of ankylosing spondylitis. Her practice is called Expanding Qi (also on Facebook and Twitter) based in San Francisco, California. She is registered both in the Paleo Physician’s Network and Primal Docs. Anne also offers a month-long teleclass to help individuals get oriented in starting a 30-day Autoimmune Paleo Diet challenge, typically starting at the beginning of each month (the next one starts April 2nd! You can mention Paleo Mom in the referral box). Update April 2014: read a recent interview with Anne.