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 »

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 »