This week marks the 5th anniversary of my autoimmune diagnosis.
That fateful day that ended with me in a hospital bed, hooked up to various machines, awaiting the answers as to why I had been feeling so ill and so sad, so weak and so stressed for so many months. My diagnosis was Graves Disease, or autoimmune hyperthyroid; the same condition my Mom developed at the same age, and her grandmother developed also. Finally, I had some answers.
Or did I? Read more
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
Spring is a time of renewal, and Mother Nature has provided everything we need to shed Winter’s layers and open ourselves up to sunshine and increased activity. Perhaps ironically, autoimmune flares often happen during seasonal transitions such as this, so it is helpful to have transitional plants and tools on hand to help us move through these setbacks and heal again. Read more
Sweet Potato Toast is gaining traction as a fun foodie trend that is inspiring the masses. A quick Google or Pinterest search brings up hundreds of tasty topping variations – try here and here for everyday delicious toppings ideas, here and here for AIP/Paleo toppings, and here for a tasty looking Vegan topping option to get you drooling – ahem, I mean started! Read more
Spring is finally upon us here on the West Coast, and signs of it are starting to creep up in other parts of the country. Spring flowers are my absolute favourite delight because they are the first pop of colour since Autumn leaves, and the light pink, yellow, purple and white complement the bright glow of fresh greenery oh so well – Mother Nature certainly has her colour coordinating on point! Read more
I recently realized that Living Lovely Autoimmune is gaining traction and turning into much more than some humble ramblings on my journey with an autoimmune disease. In light of this I should probably introduce myself properly, and fill you in on what it’s all about! Read more
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
These cool, rainy, autumn days are getting shorter and shorter. Therefore, they feel more and more like cookie days. Right?
These colourful root veggie cookies developed by my dear friend Hayley of I Eat Real Food practically scream cozy, comforting and nourishing, while also bringing a good dose of sunshine with their bright colours. They are the perfect fall treat, especially for those of us who are healing illnesses and allergies. She has even written about cookie energetics! These bright bites are flourless and sugar-free – sweetened only by those adrenal-assisting, craving-satisfying, nutrient dense root veggies. They are potentially the “healthiest” cookies alive, and are so tasty! Read more
I was never a cauliflower person. Not when I was a kid, and not now as an adult. But I was raised to eat at least some of everything on my plate, so I have eaten my fair share in my life thus far. I remember one very unfortunate soup that my grandmother made (and then my Mom made again at home, much to my chagrin!) which contained three of my least favourite vegetables: cauliflower, corn and mushrooms. It was like eating a bowl of dirty socks, while everyone around me exclaimed on the delicious depth of flavour and nourishing heaviness. I thought I might die, but I ate it until I finally felt comfortable enough (or was it desperate enough?) to tell my mother just how much I hated it! Read more
In true Fall fashion, I’m heading back to school this week along with millions of other students. Though I technically took classes all summer, I feel ready for a fresh semester with new classes, new insights, and new inspiration. I truly love this time of year, with its changing colours and cooler temperatures, but I have a really rough time with the darkness that is creeping in all to quickly. A lack of sunshine paired with a more stationary body and a massive need for brain energy calls for always having an energy-boosting snack on hand for emergencies. Read more