the other 20% to healing autoimmunity

It’s story time, everyone. This is a concept I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while now, but was trying to find the words to do so. I’m going to take you deeper into my journey in the following posts, but right now I just wanted to begin by giving you an overview of my story and my experience with what I’m calling “The Other 20%”. Here it goes.    When I started working with my current Dr. back in the… Read more »

aip taco seasoning blend

Ah, tacos…so delicious, yet so not AIP-friendly. Luckily, we have managed to create a taco seasoning blend that can help you enjoy your favorite recipes while following the autoimmune protocol.  The use of herbs traditionally used in Mexican cooking like oregano and cilantro, blended with garlic, onion and turmeric spices help inspire a variety of AIP-friendly Mexican dishes like taco salads or Southwest chicken. Hope you enjoy!  

AIP/Paleo Sweet Potato Au Gratin

Potatoes au gratin typically means thinly sliced potatoes covered in a buttery cream sauce, topped with cheese and then baked until the top is a nice crispy brown. Sound delicious…ly not paleo at all? Yeah, exactly. That’s why I decided to come up with an amazing, paleo and AIP-friendly Fall dish that was inspired by the traditional French way of cooking something “au gratin”. Thus was born, my AIP Paleo Sweet Potato Au Gratin. Instead of heavy cream and butter,… Read more »

AIP Diet 101

The autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet was created by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne as one possible answer to battling autoimmune conditions. The basic function of the diet is to do three main things: reduce inflammation in the body, encourage a normal functioning of the immune system and promote healing. Dr. Ballantyne has written a beautiful 400+ page book called The Paleo Approach that intricately explains all the inner workings of not only the diet, but about how and why autoimmune diseases occur… Read more »

AIP Paleo Shamrock Shake

Ah, the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake: first introduced 35 years ago in 1970, it appears that this is one of the most quintessential St. Patty’s Day treats. Unfortunately, like most fast-food treats, it is also probably one of the quintessential ways to drink your way into bad health. The McDonald’s shake contains over 30 different “ingredients” (if you can even call them food ingredients), including, but not limited to: Sugar Corn Syrup Food Coloring that is actually banned in some countries… Read more »

Rushless Living

Our modern-day society is fueled by a constant desire to do more, and to do more, faster. We are inundated by articles, seminars, books and lectures about topics that embody this mentality such as time management, how to increase your productivity, how to create to-do lists and how to always be moving forward in your life. It is no wonder why we have trouble sitting still, relaxing and enjoying the present moment; we are constantly being advised not to delay,… Read more »

recipecard

This recipe stemmed from a deep, persistent craving that lives within me for Thai food and curry. I was sitting around one evening, thinking to myself how badly I was craving coconut curry soup and also how much I wanted seafood, and failing at finding any restaurant in a 10-mile radius that would have anything remotely resembling what I was craving or able to eat while adhering to my AIP diet. So I did what any dedicated and Thai-crazy person… Read more »

dairy free paleo butternut squash soup

Boy, do I love Fall. I mean seriously, it’s the best season ever – pumpkins, soups, stews, beautiful leaves, 100 types of squash, cooler weather, sweatshirts, football . . . well, you get the picture. And this Fall is maybe the best one yet because I just had a life-changing surgery (I won’t go into all the details, but just know that it is a very good thing), my hometown baseball team is in the World Series for the first… Read more »

5 reasons to drink water

Ah, water . . . one of the most powerful elements on earth. It can take on three different states (liquid, solid, gas), has the power to heal, hydrate and destroy, covers about 70% of our planet and also makes up about 70% of our bodies (cool coincidence? I think so!). To celebrate this awesome element and highlight all the truly powerful ways water can help to nourish and benefit you from a health perspective, we’ve put together this infographic… Read more »

aip paleo roast chicken

I LOVE roasted chicken – I mean, to me it’s one of the most cost-efficient, protein-dense, versatile foods you can make. And – despite the fact that handling an  entire chicken can be intimidating at first – the secret is that it’s actually pretty easy to make! So not only is this recipe easy, but I think it makes for one helluva roast chicken – juicy, tender, flavorful, perfectly crispy skin…all the things an amazing roast chicken should have.      The trick is the… Read more »