Paleo Principles Review + Recipes!

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Dr. Sarah Ballantyne (of The Paleo Mom, and the mother of the Autoimmune Protocol) covers so much information in The Paleo Approach, The Paleo Approach Cookbook, on her blog and more, that it might be hard to believe she could possibly come out with another book full of new info. Well folks, she’s done it! In Paleo Principles, Sarah has created THE most comprehensive guide to the Paleo Diet ever published!

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Recipe Roundup – Veggies For Breakfast!

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Getting more vegetables into my body has often seemed like a chore. Sometimes the thought of making another salad, chewing another salad, and trying to digest another salad is just too much – and so sometimes chocolate for dinner just happens (am I right?). Read more

Next Level Juicing

New Year resolutions are in full swing, and everyone is exercising, changing diets, detoxing, and juicing like there’s no tomorrow. Not to mention that after the Golden Globes the other night, we are all wistfully thinking about fitting into those gorgeous dresses and suits, and hankering after that ridiculously perfect glow all the stars seem to carry around with them like handbags.

In light of this, today’s topic is juicing. Read more

Food Prep Tips for Sanity + Healthy Eating

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Do you struggle to eat well throughout the week due to fatigue or time constraints? Are you a slave to the kitchen or the takeout menus all week long? I love cooking for the most part, but many people do not. Either way, many of us simply have zero time on weekdays, or are too fatigued from illness to stand for that long, let alone prep three meals a day. When trying to eat healthily, whether for managing an illness, trying to prevent one, or simply wanting to feel better day to day, it can feel like cooking food is taking over your life.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Read more

10 Tips + Tricks for Improving Digestive Health

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I am constantly immersed in nutrition these days via school and what I like to call my “autoimmune renovation”, so I don’t always realize when something isn’t “common knowledge”. But after overhearing someone say that they “eat very well, so food can’t be the reason I’m bloated”, I realized that even the basics aren’t commonly known, nor does everyone understand exactly why proper digestion and overall digestive health is even important.

So here is an initial stab at explaining some of the more basic functions of our digestive systems and some reasons as to how and why we may be hindering these functions. If you manage to stay with me for that, then following I have listed 10 tips and tricks for troubleshooting your gut-rooted problems (which is actually most health problems!). Read more

Blood Building + Strawberry Beet Cacao Smoothie (Paleo)

If you ever have problems with scanty periods, iron deficiency, pallor and low energy, or you have a chronic illness that depletes everything you’ve got, blood building may be a good dietary goal for you. This doesn’t mean scarfing all the red meat (though this is incredibly helpful for getting heme-iron into your system). Plenty of plant foods can help build blood by deeply nourishing your cells and providing you the right building blocks for creating the essentials – like your blood! Read more

Dandelion Coffee (AIP,Vegan,GF)

As someone who has become very sensitive to caffeine and stimulants through a chronic illness, I am not able to have coffee everyday any more. Not helpful if you’re a barista! I still have coffee occasionally, but I find if I have too much I feel very “acidic” and on edge, so I keep it as a treat or for when I seriously need a boost. Coffee is not inherently bad – but the caffeine and acidity can become a big issue for many of us. Read more

Greek-Inspired Meatballs + Avocado Tzatziki (AIP, Paleo)

Who doesn’t love a good Greek-inspired spread? I’m pretty sure olives are a food group…right?

The Mediterranean has a reputation for being quite healthy despite their seemingly decadent eating habits (as does most of Europe). Much of that comes from the fact that they have adhered to their innate cultural wisdom surrounding both food and lifestyle. They interact with their food on every level, and more often than not commit to eating without distractions like screens or driving. They purchase fresh, local food, make many meals at home, enjoy time with family and time for rest. Read more