Carrot Top Pistou + Dressing

bottle of carrot top pistou dressing

In case you haven’t noticed, I have an obsession for green sauces – pesto, pistou, herb paste, flavour-makers, leafy dressings – call them what you will, I love them! Making pastes and sauces out of your fresh leafy herbs and greens is one of the best ways I can think of to preserve those precious summer greens to enjoy all year. Today I’m taking an economical turn and using carrot tops in this Carrot Top Pistou + Dressing. Read more

A Proper Introduction

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

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

food preparation

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

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

Seasonal Fruit + Coconut Cream Roundup

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

Kale-Basil Pesto with Avocado and Lemon

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