5 MORE Things Not to Say to Someone with Chronic Illness

A few months ago I shared a post listing 5 Things to Stop Saying to Someone with Chronic Illness and included what to say instead. Autoimmune disease is hard for people to understand and sympathize with for many reasons. First, many autoimmune diseases are invisible and the symptoms, like fatigue & brain fog, are crippling but hard to describe. Second, even if your friend has a cousin who knows someone with your diagnosis, it doesn’t mean they’re experience is the same as yours. They could be able to simply eat gluten-free and go along their merry way resulting in those

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AIP bone broth recipe

Basic Chicken Bone Broth (AIP/ Paleo)

Oh bone broth… it is a staple healing food in the Autoimmune Protocol and for good reason. Bone broth is one of the most nutrient-dense healing superfoods, coming in second place to organ meats. It is rich in vital minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, selenium, and others that make it very hydrating. The connective tissue provides essential amino acids (aka collagen), like glucosamine, which support healthy joints and tissues, promoting cellular repair, while the bone marrow offers a rich source of vitamins like vitamin A and K2. Chicken bone broth is one of my favorites and it

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Instapot apple sauce recipe

Instant Pot Applesauce (AIP/ Paleo)

My family and I were looking for a safe, socially-distanced fall activity a few weeks ago and we decided to go apple picking. We came back armed with bushels of freshly picked apples, so I figured we probably better do something with them!  This applesauce recipe is seriously so easy. I’m talking throw-it-all-in-a-pot-done-in-20-minutes easy. Had I known how simple it was to make my own and how much better homemade applesauce tastes, I would have started years ago! The end result is a velvety, smooth applesauce with a warming hint of cinnamon and natural syrupy-sweetness. It tastes great on it’s

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Having a Social Life on AIP: COVID Edition

EDIT: This post was originally created before the COVID-19 Pandemic. I have since updated this post with social activities that can be done at a distance. Many of these tips can still be implemented while practicing social distancing. Remaining safely connected while social distancing is important for our overall emotional and physical well-being. We can still engage with one another from a distance.  Living with autoimmunity feels isolating. Often, people cannot understand your symptoms or how you’re feeling unless they’ve experienced it themselves. This is especially true if your disease is invisible. Unpredictable symptoms and energy make it hard to

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AIP Modifications for IBD Flare

Let’s be real flare ups of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are the actual worst. You’re suddenly forced to stay within running distance to your toilet, see scary symptoms like blood and mucus, and often experience painful cramping, loss of sleep, weight loss, dehydration… You get the picture.  While the elimination-phase of the Autoimmune Protocol can be a wonderful tool for decreasing systemic inflammation and improving autoimmune symptoms, sometimes modifications to the protocol are necessary for IBD flares.  Fats & Proteins Certain fats and proteins can be more difficult to digest than others, so it is important to focus on lean

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Paleo chicken liver pate

Chicken Liver Pate (AIP/ Paleo)

Let’s talk about organ meat. To be honest, it has taken me a VERY long time to jump aboard the offal train. Organ meat is definitely an acquired taste, particularly for standard American taste buds. That being said, organ meat is one of the most nutrient dense foods available to us and it’s incredibly inexpensive. Liver in particular is considered a nutrient rich super-food and for good reason. Compared to the nutrient profiles of other fruits, vegetables, and even red meat, liver contains significantly higher amounts of every single vitamin and mineral to include vitamin A, C, and D, B

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