If you’re thinking about migrating your diet from vegetarian or vegan to paleo/AIP, you may be experiencing a lot of hesitation and even mental upset about your decision. It can be a tough switch to go from not eating meat to eating a diet that tends to make meat a focal point – trust me, I know! Before I went paleo in 2013, I followed a “veg” diet and lifestyle for several years. I felt such a closeness with a… Read more »

A month or so ago, I was reading a book and it brought up a super interesting and unique point that really stopped me in my tracks and made me think a great deal. It asserted that “being sick” is a choice, and that we make this [subconscious] choice to engage in illness due to a “perceived payoff.”  When I first read this, I didn’t know how to feel. I thought, “WTF this is ridiculous…OF COURSE I don’t choose to… Read more »

aip friendly thankgiving menu and turkey brine

Thanksgiving is upon us! I literally can’t believe it’s here already — seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the start of the year; how is it almost over already?! This Thanksgiving is extra special to me because – while it’s our third Thanksgiving celebrating together – it’s my fiance and I’s first Thanksgiving as an engaged couple living together in our new condo (2017 update: We’re now MARRIED, so it’s our first Thanksgiving as a married couple :)). We… Read more »

So you’re ready to learn how to meal prep like a boss, eh? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Hopefully you’ve read our meal prepping story so you can see that it’s taken us a while to learn the ropes, which is why we want to save you the trouble of falling into the same traps we did. Now, we’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s jump in. Here’s our steps to meal planning like a BOSS:  … Read more »

how to meal prep like a boss part 1 - instinctual wellbeing

Our Meal Prepping Story At the beginning of every epic guide, there’s a story. Ok, I can’t actually verify that that’s true, but for the purposes of this post, let’s assume it’s true. So, before we dive into telling you how to meal prep like a boss, we’re going to tell you how we used to do things when we meal prepped more like . . . an intern. Basically, my concept of meal planning has evolved substantially since I… Read more »

5 things about autoimmune wellness handbook

Recently I had the pleasure of previewing an advanced copy of Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt’s new book, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. Not only does this book leverage gorgeous photography and book layout design to help address critical lifestyle elements as well as the AIP diet, but it truly lives up to its subtitle of being “a DIY guide to living well with chronic illness.” In other words, it’s basically a manual on how you can change your life and… Read more »

autoimmunity and personality theory instinctual wellbeing

So, I have this theory. And the reason I have it is because I’m a part of several (and even run my own) autoimmune support groups and communities, where I’ve been privileged enough to connect with such amazing people and hear so many of my fellow autoimmune warriors’ stories. It’s through these stories and connections that have led me to begin noticing patterns. These patterns have nothing really to do with the condition or disease itself though; instead, these patterns… Read more »

aip low fodmap meatloaf recipe - instinctual wellbeing

For the past three weeks, I have been trying out an AIP + Low FODMAP diet. The reason I’m doing it is because I’m currently on a gut healing regimen (through my functional MD) and I listened to a podcast episode with Chris Kresser that explained how he typically recommends a low-FODMAP diet for those trying to treat candida and bacterial overgrowth in the gut. He says he recommends this because, contrary to popular belief, many of the candida diets… Read more »

10 signs it might be adrenal fatigue - instinctual wellbeing

I’ve recently recovered from a prolonged bout of severe adrenal fatigue and I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty miserable. It affected all aspects of my life and in many ways made me feel like I had undone much of the progress I had made over the past few years in healing my AI conditions. Oddly enough, even my most trusted doctor did not detect this, as adrenal fatigue resembled (or, is it the other way around?) many of the… Read more »

  Are you in the driver’s seat of your own life? Do you feel like you have control of managing your health? For many of us, the answer may be “no.”   Oftentimes, we hop from doctor to doctor, hoping that someone will tell us what is truly going on with our bodies and what we can do to fix it. We allow ourselves to become trapped by, as some may call it, the “sickness industry”, and we become subject to… Read more »