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 2016; 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. We also threw an AIP Friendsgiving for our local autoimmune support group here in Kansas City a… 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 »

mitch strikes back

Just as bears are known to hibernate for up to 7.5 months during the winter, I have just emerged from a deep blogging hibernation that lasted through the summer. Why, you ask? Great question. Allow me to explain a little bit about where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. Basically, I think we can just sum it up like this: The biggest reason why I decided to go into blogging hibernation is because throughout April – July, I… Read more »

confessions of an AIPer - instinctual wellbeing

Well folks, as our “PSA Week” comes to a close, I wanted to go out with a bang, by telling you some of my “AIP confessions”. But first, if you aren’t familiar with the PSA we’ve been doing the past week (or even if you are), allow me to get you up to speed by explaining a bit more about it. Basically we have been working as a team of bloggers and community of autoimmune warriors to start loosening some… Read more »

Paleo Beef Stroganoff (AIP) - Instinctual Wellbeing

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I’ve made three versions of this so far and while each time was better than the last, I think I’ve settled on this version to share with you all (also I’m not sure I could eat any more beef stroganoff… 😛 ) But really, this was a challenging recipe to figure out because traditional beef stroganoff is a dish with some pretty complex flavors in it, not to mention the… Read more »

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 »

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 »