My 5th Autoimmune Anniversary + Giveaway!

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

Recipe Roundup – Veggies For Breakfast!

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

Armpit Adventures + Detox Mask

I’ve been struggling with detoxing lately due to some thyroid chaos and who knows what else (I’ll post about this later as I’m still trying to figure it out), which means I’ve been stinking pretty bad and NOTHING will touch it – not any deodorant or essential oil, and baking soda is giving me MAJOR rashes. This may be TMI for most conversations, but I KNOW that some of you out there are struggling with this too. Even “healthy” people can smell bad! Read more

Improving Digestion for Overall Health

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 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

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Hummus

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

AIP Pesto Flatbread

In case you hadn’t figured out from my multiple pesto recipes and variations, I seriously love basil! Seriously. But I’ll be brief so you can get to the recipe!

Nutritionally, basil is a pretty good source of Vitamin A (beta-carotene), potassium, and even calcium, while containing smaller amounts of many other vitamins and minerals integral to good health. But basil is more than a culinary delight. Read more

Blood Building + Strawberry Beet Cacao Smoothie

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

Chocolate Strawberry Loves (Paleo/Vegan)

Chocolate and Strawberries are a classic combination for romance…though I honestly would rarely turn down that glorious awesomeness! Read more

Fluffy AIP Biscuits (Original Post+Recipe!)

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. Read more