joys of aip during holidays

Being AIP and managing an autoimmune condition can be…well, interesting You never know where a secret allergen may be hiding via GIPHY   Or what enlightening conversations you may have about your diet with your second cousin, Jerry via GIPHY   Sometimes it seems like everyone around you is excited, while you’re just trying to act “normal” at the family gathering Everything Is GIF from Everything GIFs   Shopping for gifts can be exhausting just by itself   But coordinating… Read more »

paleo aip vegan recipes

Alright, folks – here’s the deal. I really dislike the term “pegan” (i.e. paleo + vegan). It’s overly trendy and I believe it’s used purely as a marketing gimmick. So let me just be clear that I am not a “pegan” and that I do still follow the AIP diet 80% of the time because frankly, it’s just what makes me feel best. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s dig into one thing that I think is important:… Read more »

Hello there, and welcome to the next step in the evolution of the “Autoimmunity + Personality Theory.” Please read below for more details about this data collection effort.    BACKGROUND FOR SURVEY This survey is to help me expand upon a concept that I put together back in October 2016, entitled the “Autoimmunity + Personality Theory.” The basic premise of the theory is that many of us with autoimmune conditions share similar traits and characteristics, such as being Type A, maximizers,… Read more »

I recently returned from my honeymoon vacation in Hawaii. It was an amazing time full of fun, adventure, great food, picturesque panoramic views, and relaxation. I could truly write a whole post just on how splendid this place is, but for now, hopefully a few pictures will suffice. 🙂 Aside from the amazing time that we had, what I noticed most about my time in Hawaii (in addition to my general well-being and threshold for tolerating more strenuous activities and… Read more »

different seasons trees

We’re just a short 7 days away from the first day of Fall (for 2017), so I thought it would be fun to talk a little bit about the seasons and how we can use their different energies to our advantage when healing autoimmunity.   Fall has always been my favorite season because it just feels like my soul is gonna burst from me with excitement and enthusiasm (as opposed to Summer, where I’m mainly just irritable and sweaty for… Read more »

why women have more autoimmunity than men

It’s a well-recorded fact that autoimmune conditions disproportionately affect women; in fact, 78-80% of those with autoimmune conditions are women. It’s also true though that nobody is 100% sure why this is. As a man who blogs about autoimmunity, I notice this discrepancy because in some ways, I find the male voice in the autoimmune community lacking (but shoutout to my mate, Rory, from The Paleo PI, for being another positive male voice in the community!). I also run an… Read more »

recipe rut rescue - boost creativity in the kitchen

This post is a direct result of my recent struggle in the kitchen, which is that I’ve been in a massive recipe RUT. I’m sure you’ve been there — you just find yourself cooking the same 5 dishes over and over again, looking through the same Pinterest board, and fantasizing about eating out just so you can experience some variety of any sorts. I think this is pretty common for any home cook, but probably moreso amongst us AIP cooks,… Read more »

unconventional ways to be brave

Today I’d like  to discuss five unconventional things that you can do to be brave. You don’t need to go skydiving or rescue someone from a burning building to show courage – there’s many things you can do in everyday life to demonstrate this. And I think that if we can incorporate a little more bravery and confidence into our daily routines, that we are going to feel more fulfilled, more positive, and more in control of our fates (and not… Read more »

manging your highs

Once, a wise woman (aka Angie Alt) advised me to learn how to “manage my highs.” This came about during a conversation where I was explaining how I often have troubles with my autoimmunity because whenever I start to feel even slightly better, I go from ‘zero to hero’ and start eating a lot more leniently, pushing myself to stay up later and do a million things at once, etc. It’s as if I’ve been held back for so long,… Read more »

shedding the autoimmune mindset - instinctual wellbeing

This guest post comes from my super talented and awesome friend, Olivia. She has come so far on her healing journey, and I believe she truly embodies the message of Instinctual Wellbeing; that you CAN heal yourself, transform your life, and reclaim the health and well-being that you deserve, if only you reconnect with your true Self. Thank you for sharing your story, Olivia!  When I was 19 years old I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. At age 20 they found positive… Read more »