(the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts,
in Vancouver, Canada)
For most people, eating in a restaurant isn’t stressful. On the contrary! Eating out usually represents leisure… service… gastronomic discovery… a treat, even. But for others — for people diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, for example — eating in a restaurant can feel like an ordeal.
First of all, there’s the obligatory “confession” (to an all-too-often disinterested server) of all of your numerous and varied dietary restrictions. Next, there’s the uncomfortable faith that the information will be…
- accurately transmitted to the kitchen, and
- followed by kitchen staff.
And finally, when the plate does arrive, there’s the slow but not unfamiliar realization that the process of adapting an otherwise beautiful and undoubtedly delicious pre-conceived dish to a set of after-the-fact ingredient restrictions, really only ensures that the food is under-seasoned, under-decorative, unimaginatively plated, and hardly worth the price.
Enter Jan Steele, a recent culinary arts graduate from the Pacific Institute for Culinary Arts. Jan has Celiac Disease… always has. And, after a bout of severe illness prompted her to complete a certification in nutritional therapy and a further specialization as an AIP Certified Coach, Jan undertook PICA’s Culinary Arts programme as the final step on a new career path aimed at making the experience of eating out less stressful for the autoimmune community.
A not-so-simple task
Elimination diets are becoming more and more common, it seems. And while some have come to be mainstream enough that restaurants can incorporate their principles — gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan — others are considerably more complex. The Autoimmune Paleo diet is one of the complex ones: grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, seed-free, nightshade vegetable-free, free of all industrial and refined products, and minimal in refined sugar
A peek at the desserts
on Beetroot Noodles
Citrus Tuna Tartare
Do you have an autoimmune disease?
Optimize your health despite your autoimmune disease by adopting the “AIP”. (I will help you do it!)
The “Auto-Immune Paleo” is a diet and lifestyle
that minimizes inflammation in the body and facilitates healing.
Is the AIP perhaps a solution for you? Let’s talk about it…