Hey! I’m Mickey!
I’m a chef and certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who helps people find creative solutions to preparing, cooking, and succeeding on allergen-free diets like the Autoimmune Protocol.
In 2011 I was diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases--Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and celiac disease. I’ll spare you the long story, but my journey to getting diagnosed and recovering from the massive health crisis I found myself in was intense, to say the least! (You can listen to me telling my whole story in this podcast episode).
After recovering my health using a then little-known intervention called the Autoimmune Protocol, I went back to school to study nutrition. I combined my learnings there and background working as a chef to produce my first book, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, which I self-published after I was turned down by many traditional publishing houses. In addition to being the first of many cookbooks devoted to the Autoimmune Protocol, the book has gone on to win awards and become an international best-seller, inspiring many to embark on their journey to health through dietary changes (#gratitude!).
I believe that the Autoimmune Protocol is so powerful that information about it should be freely available to anyone seeking wellness.
With my partner Angie Alt, I run a website called Autoimmune Wellness that is devoted to sharing free information and resources about AIP, building a lasting community of wellness-seekers, and being a real part of solving the chronic health crisis facing our society. Angie and I also host The Autoimmune Wellness Podcast, an audio resource where we share our own stories as well as others in the community, tips and tricks for living an AIP lifestyle, and expert interviews.
I’ve done some other work in order to deepen and strengthen the AIP community. Along with Angie, I co-wrote The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, a guidebook to not just the Autoimmune Protocol, but a book that teaches you how to be an informed, proactive patient and address other areas of health like sleep, stress management, movement, and connection. We are also the co-creators and teachers of AIP Certified Coach, where we’ve had the opportunity to teach over 200 healthcare practitioners about how to implement AIP into their practices. Our next frontier is collaborating to conduct more medical research about the efficacy of AIP for a range of conditions to be a part of changing the standard of care for those who are facing diagnosis. (You can read the results of the first medical study of AIP for IBD and the plan for a second with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).
All this to say, I’m incredibly proud to be at the forefront of the effort to raise awareness about the power of food for healing chronic illness.
I often wonder what my healing journey would have been like had I had access to the information and resources out there now!
When I’m not busy being a part of the autoimmune wellness revolution, you can find me on my family’s homestead and rescue farm in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, helping with the animals (ok, mostly playing with them!). I enjoy experiencing nature through hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing in the gorgeous PNW landscape. When the weather keeps me inside, I can be found knitting or sewing in my spare time (or cooking… really, I live for food!).
Thanks for being here, learning more about me and supporting my projects. I’m forever grateful to this community for the support that I’ve received not only in recovering my own health, but in forging a new career path.
If you’d like to take an even deeper dive into my work, you can check out my past podcast and video interviews here!