Hayley’s Favourite Veggie Dips (Paleo, AIP-option, Dairy-free, Vegan)

veggies and dip, dairy free

The lovely Hayley of Inner Pass Acu and I Eat Real Food has a knack for recipe development, and today is no exception! Read on to find two of Hayley’s Favourite Veggie Dips for the summer season!

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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

10 Tips + Tricks for Improving Digestive Health

digestive health lemon water

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

Green Ginger Energy Balls (Paleo)

***This recipe was recently featured on Live Well Collective! Check it out!***

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

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

Homemade Herbal Deodorant

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

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 Version)

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

N’oatmeal Squash Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, AIP option)

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