AIP Sydney

The Great Sydney AIP Picnic!

March 2, 2015
The Three AIP Amigos

The Three Amigos
Rory from The Paleo PI
Jo (me!) from This Sydney Life
Kirstie from The Nutritionista
(Image by TSL)

What do you get when you mix ten followers of the Autoimmune Protocol with five kids and three puppies in the Sydney Botanical Gardens on a Sunday afternoon in March? – The inaugural Sydney ‘AIP Supper Club’ Picnic!

After the success of our first ever Australian AIP Supper Club shindig last November; Rory (from The Paleo PI), Kirstie (from The Nutritionista) and I thought it would be a great idea to extend our group to fellow AIPers in the general Sydney vicinity.

We had no idea what to expect, but we put the call out over social media to join the three of us for our first extended AIP Picnic (and crossed our fingers that it wouldn’t rain)…

AIP Picnic Invitation

The invitation…

What can I tell you?

We had a blast!

Such a great time! I’m not sure about you, but I reckon’ its a pretty big call to turn up for a picnic with a bunch of people you’ve never met, and may have only ‘seen’ on the internet.

So – to those of you who took the plunge and came along to the picnic, we say…

Thank you!

It was so wonderful to meet fellow AIP peeps and swap war stories with others who get it, over food you know you can actually eat without the worry of experiencing a flare.

TSL AIP Picnic

Picnicking AIP Style…
(Image by TSL)

Everybody brought a plate. And, we dined very well!

Kirstie’s AIP Celebration Chicken Salad rocked! Rory’s always popular Bacon Wrapped Dates made the trip up from Canberra with him. We had a lovely selection of meat balls, sweet potato and spinach patties and fruit.

Super special mention and a HUGE shout out must go to the lovely Alaena from Grazed and Enthused.  We had two recipes from Alaena’s fabulous blog featured at our picnic – Avocado Carob Fudge and Cranberry Relish Meatballs. Did you realise you’re so famous in Sydney, Alaena?

Wanna see what I took along…?

Cranberry Relish Meatballs

Cranberry Relish Meatballs
Recipe from Grazed and Enthused
Recommended by TSL!
(Image by LM for TSL)

AIP Gingerbread People

AIP Gingerbread People
Recipe by Tyler over at Primitive Homemaker
Also recommended by TSL
(Image by LM for TSL)

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success. (Oscar Wilde)

It was heart warming to hear of the successes people are experiencing through implementing healthy and positive changes to their diets and lifestyles. And, for me, it reinforced that the choices I am making are definitely the right ones for my health.

TSL AIP Picnic

Some of the Sydney AIP Picnic Gang
(Image by TSL)

We’ll be holding another picnic and will keep you posted. Do feel free to leave a message if you’d like to be included in the next invitation mail out.

We’d love to see you there!

 

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  • kiwigrannz March 2, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Hopefully you had packed up before the storm hit! It was fierce…. And congrats on organising the event.

    • This Sydney Life March 2, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Kiwi! – and yes, the weather was fab’ until about 4pm. The heavens held back until after I got home. It was perfect picnic weather! 🙂

  • petra8paleo March 2, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Looks like so much fun! And such good food…

    • This Sydney Life March 3, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Petra – one of these days, you and Matthew will make it to Sydney and we’ll have a special Canadian-inspired AIP picnic to celebrate. I know the Paleo PI will be there with bells on!

  • Theadora Brack March 3, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Gorgeous photographs! I especially love the top shot. The cranberry relish meatballs look fabulous. And by the way, Happy one year anniversary. BRAVO. ~Theadora (I also dig the tablecloth!)

    • This Sydney Life March 3, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Lovely T! How are you, my friend?

      Those cranberry meatballs are scrumptious (and so easy!). Alaena is amazing how she creates these wee masterpieces.

      I’d had that picnic blanket languishing under the saris for an age… so good it’s gone global on the blog! Thanks for noticing.

  • Erin March 3, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I think it’s absolutely fantastic that you all are getting together and welcoming fellow AIPers to join in the fun! Fun, fun, fun!

    • This Sydney Life March 3, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Erin – it was so much fun. Imagine if you could just click your heels and wish your way down here for the next one…? That would be so great (sigh!)

  • thepaleopi March 5, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Oodles of fun was had! Can’t wait for the next picnic 🙂

  • Tracie Marie Mitchell March 7, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Hi Jo and friends! What a fabulous idea! I’m out from England for a while and would love to meet fellow AIP followers while I’m here, can I be cheeky and ask to be invited to the next get together! Thank you!

    • This Sydney Life March 9, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Hi Tracie!

      That’s not cheeky! We’d love to see you at the next meet up. I will definitely keep you posted. ALL AIPers welcome 🙂

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