Meet the Sisters

AIP Sisterhood

AIP Sisterhood

Hey, we are Samantha and Jesse the sisters behind AIP Sisterhood! We both have diagnoses of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and we have both found renewed health and happiness through the autoimmune protocol. After many years of dealing with the social, physical and emotional impacts of chronic illness it is our goal to support others in that same journey by sharing our experiences along with some delicious AIP compliant recipes!

HeadshotSamantha McClellan

Hi, I’m Samantha an autoimmune warrior with a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis as well as non-autoimmune hypothyroidism. I am also a contributing author to a variety of e-books such as The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook and 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts. I have also been featured in From Scratch Magazine as well as on a variety of other Paleo and AIP blogs. I enjoy helping others who are struggling with autoimmunity, chronic illness and food allergies find health and fulfillment in the food they eat.

As a certified birth doula and childbirth educator I also have a special heart for working with women who are pregnant, breastfeeding and raising small children.

After eight years of undiagnosed chronic pain and a lifetime of poor immune and gut health, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 21. At the time of my diagnosis I was told that diet didn’t play a role in my disease progression, but from day one I found that hard to believe. After medication alone did not succeed in putting my UC into remission I began following a gluten free diet and then the paleo diet shortly thereafter. My health began to return and for a while I was doing quite well. However, in 2013 I experienced a major flare that lasted over 6 months and left me nearly bedridden. It was then, out of desperation, that I turned to the Autoimmune Protocol.

Within three weeks I was regaining strength and seeing an improvement in my symptoms and after a few months I was fully in remission again. This success led me down a path of better understanding the role of diet and lifestyle in my health and gave me so much information about what true health looks like for me.

Since my diagnosis, I have gone on to have two successful AIP pregnancies, exclusively nurse both children and have begun to help them to build a strong appreciation for food and health.

My recipes are great for other busy families and typically focus on beloved flavors, easy to find ingredients, and stress free cooking methods. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you will stay a while and find health and happiness here at AIP Sisterhood.

 

Jesse HeadshotJesse St. Jean, FNTP

Hi, my name is Jesse and I am many things, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a self-taught home cook, a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practioner, a blogger… and I’m also an autoimmune warrior. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2013, after a lifetime of unexplained digestive symptoms and countless trips to the doctor.

I was in college when I was first diagnosed, living off a diet of take out pizza, macaroni and cheese, and ramen noodles. Needless to say, I was hesitant to change my diet to pursue a healthier life. I just wanted to take my medication and make it all go away. After a year, when medication didn’t alleviate my symptoms and instead resulted in very unpleasant side effects, I decided to give food a try and it was the best decision I could’ve made.

In just a few weeks, I stopped going to the bathroom 9 to 10 times a day, I started to regain energy, my brain fog lifted, but most importantly, I began to see the value of food. I started to believe that how I fed my body and what I fed it with could drastically change the trajectory of my life and my health. I developed a relationship with food that was beyond necessity and focused on joy and exploration! I still take medication and work very closely with my functional medicine practitioner to address other areas of my health, but the Autoimmune Protocol helped give me my life back in a way I wasn’t expecting, and allowed me to be 80% symptom free.

Over the years, my disease has taught me many things: how to be patient, how to love myself, to advocate for myself, to find humor when it’s hard… It takes courage to live with an autoimmune disease. It’s a life filled with ups, downs and uncertainty and it takes guts to live that way! It can also be a life filled with joy, love, and empowerment. Living with autoimmunity has empowered me to live my best life and that’s what I hope AIP Sisterhood can do for you too.

I like to create recipes that are easy and attainable for the average family, but also delicious and satisfying! As you cook my sister and I’s simple and easy recipes and read about our experiences, I hope you will find comfort in knowing you are not alone and support as you walk your own autoimmune journey. Maybe we can walk together.