This is the 100th episode of my podcast. That's quite a milestone! Instead of interviewing someone else today, I thought it would be fun to share what I've learned on my autoimmune journey so far. I developed rheumatoid arthritis in 2012, started blogging in 2013, and started podcasting in 2014. While I never would have chosen autoimmune disease, it has transformed my life in positive ways, alongside the really painful ones. I've come a long way from where I started, and I'm not done learning yet! I hope these insights will help those of you facing a new autoimmune diagnosis, and resonate with those of you who have been walking this path for years. Tell me where you agree and disagree, and what lessons you've learned along the way.
This week's Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable is now live! The featured recipes from last week are: “Mozzarella Cheese”, Banana Fritters, Beet Carrot Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing, and Roasted Beets. Happy cooking, everyone!
I think most of us would agree that technology has brought a lot of improvement to our lives. I couldn’t be a blogger or podcast host without it. But it also comes with some negative side effects. Smartphones in particular are often omnipresent in our lives, simply due to their convenience and portability. They can be distracting, addictive, and take up huge swaths of time. In modern life, most people feel insanely busy, but few realize that they’re spending hours each day on their phones. The average smartphone use in the United States is over 4 hours per day. What does this have to do with autoimmune disease? A healing diet and lifestyle takes a lot of time to implement, so right away, a smartphone is competing for that time. But it impacts our lives in other ways, too. Technology use has been linked to increases in anxiety, depression, feelings of social isolation, insomnia, brain fog, the inability to concentrate, and more. When we have these issues, we often blame our diets or our autoimmune disease (which can be the cause), but technology can be a root cause is well. I thought that was worth exploring. So, in this podcast, two guests and I share our experiences "unplugging" in a variety of ways, from small to large. I also include a printable PDF in the show notes, which lists all 10 experiments, so you can try them yourself.
This week's Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable is now live! The featured recipes from last week are: Savory Summer Tart, Lemon Bliss Balls, Lemon Scented Roasted Vegetables with a Lemon Vinaigrette, and Curried Cauliflower Salad with Mango and Dates. Happy cooking, everyone!
Are you curious (or confused) about the AIP food reintroduction process? Once a month, I interview someone with autoimmune disease about which foods they were able to successfully reintroduce, which foods they weren't, how they knew the difference, and nuances of their journey along the way. The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) has 2 phases: elimination and reintroduction. It's this second phase where we learn how to personalize the diet for our unique bodies. In this post, Mitch Hankins from the blog Instinctual Wellbeing shares his experience. He has Hashimoto's and Lyme disease.
This week's Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable is now live! The featured recipes from last week are: Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia, Tigernut Butter Cups, Broccoli Pesto with Capers, and Jicama Tacos with Tuna & Mango Salsa. Happy cooking, everyone!
How do we lay the foundation for a healthy gut, and therefore a healthy body? When diet alone isn't enough, what's the next step? Do you have to work with a healthcare practitioner, or are there things you can try at home? In this podcast, Dr. Michael Ruscio answers these questions and many more. He is a functional medicine clinician, educator and researcher, specializing in digestive and autoimmune health. He's also the author of a new book: Healthy Gut Healthy You.
This week's Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable is now live! The featured recipes from last week are: Banana Coconut Raisin Muffins, Cheesy Taters & Bacon, Peach and White Grape Ribs, and Cantaloupe and Proscuitto. Happy cooking, everyone!
If you're eating well but still have digestive issues, what do you do? Are there simple foods and drinks that can support digestion? When should you try a digestive enzyme supplement? And how do you choose a high-quality one? Can enzyme supplements expand food tolerance? Can they help digest gluten? I answer these questions and more in this blog post.
This week's Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable is now live! The featured recipes from last week are: Afternoon Tea Scones with Jam and "Clotted Cream", Salmon Wellington, Blueberry Ground Beef Jerky, and Breakfast Sausage. Happy cooking, everyone!