Before beginning the Autoimmune Protocol in 2014, I ate a lot of yoghurt. I preferred the tartness of plain, and I loved how light a breakfast or snack it created combined with fresh or cooked fruit and home-made granola or simply with wheat germ sprinkled on top. But since yoghurt in the traditional sense is no longer an option for me, the search was on for a comparable substitute for those days when cravings for past flavours and textures invaded the corners of my mind and vegetables simply would not do! Read more
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
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
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
I love basil. It has an absolutely gorgeous aroma due to being very high in volatile oils. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, is incredibly high in vitamin K1, and quite decent in vitamins A, C, and manganese. It is possibly my favourite herb to eat fresh, which means I am making a lot of pesto lately! Pesto is also a great way to use up pretty much any greens that might languish in your fridge otherwise. I definitely have trouble eating enough veggies in general (not to mention hydrating enough…), so I am quite happy to be able to add pesto to pretty much any AIP dinner to up my nutrient quota. This single small jar of pesto was made from two large bunches of basil and most of a rather generous bunch of kale (I had to pulse it a few times just to fit it all into my food processor!), so you can see how just a couple spoonfuls of pesto is like adding a whole serving or two of veg. And, because it’s been broken down a bit already, pesto is easier to digest than a raw salad – bonus! Read more
I have been making my own deodorant for a few years now. When I started developing eczema, hives and angry rashes in my second year of Graves, I stopped being able to wear any deodorant on the market…even plain old Dr Mist gave me a rash and rock crystals simply failed to work. Read more
Spring is well in bloom on the Canadian West Coast. Cherry blossoms sprung up suddenly on Valentine’s Day, daffodils are waving happily, and tulips can be spotted in the sunnier gardens. Dandelions have also begun to show their bright faces, and I found my first bunched leaves at the store today. Time for deep cleansing…and pesto! Read more
Chocolate and Strawberries are a classic combination for romance…though I honestly would rarely turn down that glorious awesomeness! Read more
When I was growing up, my family made tea biscuits every few weeks. They went with everything: soup, stew, meat and veg dishes, and the dough also made a pretty awesome pizza crust.They were always soft on the inside and crusty on the outside – the perfect soup biscuit. On an AIP protocol, bread is not really a commodity anymore, but nostalgia still sometimes pulls me to wanting some warm, comforting bread, right out of the oven. Read more
Sometimes nothing will do but a warm oatmeal cookie, straight from the oven. These N’oatmeal Squash cookies are versatile, so no matter what you like in your oatmeal cookies, these cover all the bases!
I was hankering for some breakfast cookies and since I’m trying different egg replacements and also trying to increase my veggie intake, I decided to try using leftover spaghetti squash from the night before – SO good! These cookies are so soft and chewy and taste amazing – just like the home-made oatmeal cookies I grew up with. Read more