A Giveaway (and an update~)

trax2I’ve been working on some really exciting projects that I can’t wait to share with you. And I’ll be back to blogging regularly soon!

In the meantime here’s a quick update:

  • My new website is almost launch-ready. I’ll send you the details soon so you can join me there!;
  • I’ve been charting new frontiers in my own health (physically, cognitively and spiritually) and can’t wait to share what I am discovering;
  • Matthew continues to make good progress in his healing;
  • Things have been busy, but healthy meals keep appearing, thanks to my best friend in the ktichen: my Instant Pot. At first it was just my bone broth machine: broth that used to take 3 days only took a couple of hours, and I adored it for that alone! But that was just the beginning of my love affair: I now cook with it almost daily and think of it as  basic equipment for any healing protocol kitchen. That’s why I joined with Eileen Laird from Phoenix Helix to create the Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook.

aip_instantpot_cov_finalThe Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook brings delicious, hassle-free, one-pot, healthy, 100% AIP recipes to your table, making healing from autoimmune disease as easy as pressing a button!
~Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Approach

The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook is now available, and it’s beautiful! I’ve been through every one of the 141 recipes in this book and this is the delicious food that lands (almost effortlessly) on our table every day now.

The Giveaway

I want to share the love!

Until October 10th, you’ll get a free copy of my e-book Helping a Loved-one Heal when you buy the Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook.

Here’s review of my book by Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott, Paleo AIP pioneers, and authors of the soon-to-be released Autoimmune Wellness Handbook:

Helping a Loved-one Heal_Cover1Helping a Loved-one Heal by Petra Chambers-Sinclair is one of the sophisticated books we’ve ever come across in the health and wellness sphere. Petra leads us through a university-level course on understanding the different “Paleo-based” healing protocols, the change process in supporting a loved one to begin healing, n=1 experimentation in order to refine the healing process, and last, but not least, coping with the (usually unexpected) role of caregiver. This is not to say that the material is dense or difficult. A skilled educator knows how to present information in a useful, actionable way and Petra does just that in this book. Whether you are the caregiver or are the chronically ill person yourself, if you are ready to move beyond the basics and into advanced healing concepts,Helping A Loved-One Heal is for you. This is ‘Healing 2.0’ guidance.”

aip_instantpot_ipad_covThis giveaway is the only way to get a copy of my book currently.

Order your copy of the Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook by October 10th and I’ll send you a copy. Free! (Fine print: your copy of my book will arrive via email soon after the 10th, but you’ll get your copy of the Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook immediately).

  • If you’ve been struggling with keeping up with the food prep and cooking that’s required on a healing protocol, the Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook will be your new best friend.
  • If you’ve been contemplating starting a healing protocol, but haven’t felt ready yet, the combination of an Instant Pot, the Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook. and my book Helping a Loved-one Heal (the loved-one can be yourself, of course!) will give you the tools you need to launch your new life like a pro.

Love the idea but just can’t afford it right now? Enter to win one of 10 copies of the aleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook by October 8th.

The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook contains 141 delicious AIP recipes, with low-FODMAP, GAPS/SCD and coconut-free modifications in the appendix.

Here’s to healing~.



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Blogging Break!

I’m taking a break from blogging. I’ll be back here soon!

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Toxin Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT)


I first learned about Toxin Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) from Dr John Cline, Matthew’s Functional Medicine Doctor.

TILT made sense because it describes a tipping point: how toxins accumulate in our bodies until our tolerance is compromised and we tip from an equilibrium of health into an equilibrium of illness.

As Dr Cline explains, “when our bodies accumulate enough toxins, often in combination with stressful life events, a tilt occurs, and our health then deteriorates rapidly in many ways”.

The idea behind TILT is that many chronic illnesses, as well as environmental sensitivities, originate in an accumulation of toxins in our bodies over time. At some point in this accumulation, susceptible individuals tip over into poor health. Continue reading


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Summertime Parsley & Blood Orange Pasta (AIP)

Power Pesto w spaghetti squash 3One of the beautiful things about living a long way from the equator is the long sunny summer evenings, when there’s still hours of day after suppertime.

We’re in that season now in the Northern hemisphere, and it’s a bright and beautiful thing.

Brilliant summer evenings call for light, fun and festive food. Easy to prepare and easy to share. Continue reading

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Boring is the New Wonderful

BeachYesterday was boring.

By that I mean, ordinary.

It was an ordinary Saturday. Like the weekends I remember. From our life before.

Here’s how it went:

We woke up early.

Noted that the #3 kid will likely have purple hair the next time we see her, based on the state of the bathroom.

Went back to bed.

Woke up later. Drank tea and bone broth. Put together a menu plan for the week (using the Healing Kitchen our new favourite cookbook). Wrote grocery lists.

Did house stuff.

I went to yoga. Matthew did the first wave of grocery shopping.

We made brunch. Here it is:Brunch

The teenager awoke: purple hair confirmed.

She went out.

We made tea in go-cups and drove to the beach. Watched the water and talked about nothing in particular.

Did more grocery shopping.

Bought water containers at Canadian Tire for our update-the-emergency-kit project (because Fort McMurray).

Came home. I filled up the containers with water and stashed them.

We made supper. Here it is:Supper

While eating, we watched the new episode of Peaky Blinders.

Played scrabble with the #3 kid when she got home.

Went to bed.

Are you still with me?

Boring, right?

After 28 months on the AIP, Matthew went back to work. After 29 months, we had our first boring day.

It was wonderful.


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Helping a Loved-one Heal

PaleoFamilyToolkit3I wrote a book to support the process of healing.

It is the culmination of 2½ years blogging, the last 8 years caregiving for someone with chronic illness, and my 20+ year career creating intentional change in complex situations.

It’s available today (and until May 9th), exclusively through the Paleo Family Toolkit.

(To find out more about all the other amazing items available through the toolkit, click on through or read more below).

Helping a Loved-one Heal

My new book is called Helping a Loved-one Heal: N=1 experimentation and paleo healing protocols for caregivers.

It’s designed to provide caregivers with the most effective new methods to support healing for the people they love, but it can also be used by people who want to heal themselves.

Helping a Loved-one Heal_Cover1It’s the book I wish I’d had before I got so much hands-on experience!

My book:

  • Outlines the various Paleo Healing Protocols and explains how to customize them;
  • Explores ways to start a healing protocol, including when someone is reluctant to begin;
  • Shares stories about what real-life healing looks like;
  • Devotes a section of the book to the change process, with practical information about traditional and innovative ways of understanding and implementing change;
  • Gives clear instructions for safely engaging in customized experimentation to improve health based on personal responses to interventions;
  • Explains the role of measurement in the healing process, with instructions for easy approaches that can be implemented right away;
  • Delves deeply into strategies for coping as a caregiver; and
  • Provides tools and links to support all aspects of helping a loved-one heal.

In this book I provide a template, not only for getting through the experience of caregiving but for becoming stronger in the process.

The Paleo Family Toolkit

The Paleo Family Toolkit is a bundle of resources featuring 42 e-books and programs; 12 exclusive video interviews with leaders from the Paleo community including Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Danielle Walker, and Liz Wolfe; plus 55 discount codes and bonus resources.

The toolkit comes with a memory stick (shipped worldwide) so you have everything in one place.

I wrote my book for the love, but I also get $18 for every toolkit sold though this page, so it’s a win-win!




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Moules-frites (AIP)

MoulesFrites2In our old life, we had a restaurant habit.

A favourite was a neighbourhood brew pub that featured locally-sourced food, and my top-pick from that menu was always the Moules-frites.


Mussels and fries.

The Mussels were cooked in a gorgeous broth and the dish came with a glorious dollop of aioli, for dipping.

Really elegant comfort food. Continue reading


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How We AIP

How I AIPThis week the worldwide community of Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) bloggers has banded together to highlight how we each live our healing protocol lifestyle–in real life.

We are each committed to taking personal responsibility for our own health, and supporting other people around the planet who are interested in doing the same thing.

As part of #AIP4me week, I’ve joined forces with four other paleo healing protocol bloggers. We’re each exploring two elements of the ‘AIP Evolved’ Manifesto created by Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott and we’re publishing the results on each other’s blogs.

Here’s where you’ll find us:

  • Emma from the Bacon Mum posted at Joanna Frankham and addresses manifesto elements #11 Seek help and #12 Test, don’t guess.
  • Jaime from Gutsy by Nature is posting right here and tackling #14 Strive for balance and #17 Practice gratitude.
  • Rory from the Paleo PI posted on Gutsy by Nature and is concentrating on #3 Information is power and #16 Reframe the negatives.
  • Joanna from Joanna Frankham posted on the Paleo PI and focuses on #8 Be a nutrient-seeker and #18 Eyes on your own journey.
  • I posted on the Bacon Mum and wrote about #2 Embrace the template and #4 Start simple.

How we AIP

These posts are rolling out all week and we’re linking them together as we go. #HowIAIP. #AIP4me.

Here’s Jaime Hartman with #14 Strive for balance and #17 Practice gratitude. Continue reading


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Crustless Butternut Pie

Crustless Butternut Pie 2

After almost 2½ years on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), we’re finally in reintroduction territory!

Matthew has reintroduced coffee, white rice (occasionally), soaked and dehydrated pumpkin seeds, and eggs (sometimes). I have reintroduced soaked and dehydrated nuts, cocoa and eggs.

We overlap on the eggs, and that has been fun.

Butternut Pie 2This recipe is our new favorite.

Where do eggs fit on the paleo healing protocols?

The elimination phase of the AIP excludes eggs, as do the Wahls Protocols.

Sarah Ballantyne explains why in this post.

When attempting egg reintroduction, starting with yolks is recommended. Eileen Laird has a how to video on how to separate whites and yolks three different ways, and also elaborates on the nutrient-density of eggs.

Find Eileen’s book on AIP reintroductions here.

If you find you can tolerate yolks but not whites, you can still make this recipe. Just use eight egg yolks rather than four whole eggs.

Some paleo protocols that don’t focus on autoimmunity recommend eggs as a dietary staple, if they come from naturally-raised chickens. These protocols include the Primal Blueprint, the Bulletproof Diet and the Whole 30.

Now Pie!

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Top 3 weight management strategies on the Autoimmune Protocol

JFC Petra WW and AIP1This is the 4th in a series of posts about Women, Weight and the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).

Find the first on Joanna Frankham’s blog.

This post focuses on the top-three strategies for weight management identified through research that Joanna and I conducted with 20 long-term AIPers, 90% of whom indicated that weight management still causes them stress.

Our Method

Through a confidential survey, one question we asked respondents was about weight management strategies that worked for them while on the AIP. The question wasn’t multiple choice: people had to come up with their own ideas.

11 of the 20 women who participated in the survey had not yet identified things that worked. Nine of the 20 women had. From these responses, three strategies emerged. Continue reading


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