My Personal Journey as a Blogger

This post was originally published on this siteMy 8 year blogiversary was last week, eight (!) whole years since that fateful Thursday evening that I turned to my husband and said “what do you think of the idea of me starting a blog”?  He was so enthusiastically supportive (he recognized that I needed an outlet […]

AIP Do’s and Don’ts

This post was originally published on this siteIn the last week of my 6-week intensive online course about the Autoimmune Protocol, the AIP Lecture Series, I address many issues related to lifelong health and wellness.  Within this week, I cover refinement and personalization of the AIP, troubleshooting, avoiding environmental toxins, working with a functional medicine […]

The 3 Phases of the Autoimmune Protocol

This post was originally published on this siteAutoimmune disease is an epidemic in our society, affecting an estimated 50 million Americans. There are more than a hundred confirmed autoimmune diseases—some of the most common being Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Sjögren’s syndrome, alopecia areata, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, […]

Clementine Pumpkins and Halloween Recipe Roundup

This post was originally published on this siteWhen you first ditch junk food—refined and manufactured foods designed to be hyperpalatable, overiding your satiety signals to stimulate overeating, and full of unhealthy ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, food dyes, flavor enhancers and preservatives—it’s common to feel like you’re missing out during those food-centered […]

AIP, Orthorexia and Food Phobia

This post was originally published on this siteI just wrapped up another session of the AIP Lecture Series, marking two years of teaching this online course, and I’m reminded that one of the (many) benefits of this type of intensive educational experience is the opportunity to: emphasize the comprehensive and holistic nature of the Autoimmune […]

Halloween AIP Monster Mouths

This post was originally published on this siteThis quintessential Paleo snack turned edible craft has become a Halloween tradition in my home.   And, while the Paleo version of these Monster Mouths is incredibly versatile, it felt important to share this creative AIP version because it’s so fun-to-make, fun-to-eat, tasty and made with nutrient-dense, healthy ingredients! […]

Halloween AIP Marshmallow Ghosts

This post was originally published on this siteMaking your own marshmallows with clean nutrient-dense ingredients is surprisingly easy and quite fun!  In fact, the two primary ingredients are honey (see Honey: The Sweet Truth About a Functional Food!) and gelatin (the same protein that makes bone broth so beneficial, see Why Broth Is Awesome and The Health […]

Halloween AIP Monster Finger Cookies

This post was originally published on this siteHalloween, and indeed any food-centered holiday, can feel like a challenge for anyone with dietary restrictions. And speaking for Paleo moms like myself (and Paleo dads too!), I feel that it’s important to find ways to enjoy the fun of Halloween with my kids without the sugar crashes, […]

7 Nutrients You’re Probably Deficient In

This post was originally published on this siteA whopping 92% of Americans are deficient in at least one essential vitamin or mineral. And, with nutrient deficiency increasingly showing up as a major underlying driver of chronic disease, fixing this problem requires a shift in focus when it comes to choosing the foods on our plates. […]

What Is A Leaky Gut? (And How Can It Cause So Many Health Issues?)

This post was originally published on this site SCIENCE SIMPLIFIED: The gut barrier is a specialized semi-permeable barrier.  It’s supposed to let nutrients into the body while keeping everything else out. Increased intestinal permeability (colloquially referred to as “leaky gut”) refers to loss of gut barrier integrity such that substances can cross (or “leak”) into […]

The Great AIP Pumpkin Round-Up

This post was originally published on this siteSpiced Pumpkin Tea Latte from Sweet Treats Well, Starbucks has made it official. It’s pumpkin season!  LOL! Even if the weather hasn’t quite changed where you live (it’s still in the 90s for me!), chances are you’re starting to crave all those fabulous fall flavors. While most of […]

The Importance of Exercise

This post was originally published on this site SCIENCE SIMPLIFIED: Exercise is essential for regulated hormones, a healthy immune system, a healthy gut microbiome, and central nervous system health.  That’s how it can benefit risk of so many chronic diseases! For diverse health benefits, aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderately-intense physical […]

AIP FAQ: Carbohydrate Intake on the Autoimmune Protocol

This post was originally published on this site SCIENCE SIMPLIFIED: The Autoimmune Protocol is not a low-carb diet and generally should not be combined with other diets (like GAPS, SCD, candida) that reduce carbohydrate intake via root vegetable and fruit restriction (unless directed by a qualified healthcare provider based on test results). Insulin has important […]

Cruciferous Vegetables and Thyroid Disease

This post was originally published on this siteThe thyroid gland produces hormones that control metabolism as well as influence other essential systems in the human body, such as the cardiovascular system, the immune system, and calcium homeostasis. Thyroid hormones increase our basal metabolic rate, control appetite, improve absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract, and […]

Autoimmune Protocol Lecture Series FAQs

This post was originally published on this siteAs I gear up to teach the next session of the AIP Lecture Series, you’ve asked me a ton of excellent questions about the course!  I decided to collate these questions and my answers here so you can decide if this is the right resource for you. Is […]

Paleo, Resistant Starch, and TMAO: New Study Warning Worth Heeding

This post was originally published on this site SCIENCE SIMPLIFIED: A human study was published looking at how long-term adherence to a Paleo diet affects the gut microbiota and production of TMAO, which is linked to cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer. The study demonstrates that a low-carb Paleo diet increases TMAO, attributable to […]

All the NEW AIP Books!

This post was originally published on this siteI launched my website 7 1/2  years ago. At the time, there was almost no information on The Autoimmune Protocol out there: a half page of additional foods to avoid if you have autoimmune disease in Robb Wolf’s first book, a list of foods to avoid for autoimmune sufferers […]

Introduction to Nutritional Sciences

This post was originally published on this siteI made a rule for myself when I first launched this website nearly 8 years ago.  I would not make any recommendation that I couldn’t back up with scientific evidence.  And even more rigorously, I would let the body of scientific literature inform my recommendations (rather than seeking […]

Announcing The AIP Lecture Series!

This post was originally published on this siteI’m so excited to announce the the next session of The AIP Lecture Series!!! It begins Monday, September 9th, 2019 and there’s still time to get early-bird pricing! There is quite simply no other resource as thorough for the autoimmune patient than my AIP Lecture Series. In this […]

Gut Health Fundamentals

This post was originally published on this sitePoor gut health has been linked to conditions as wide-ranging as cancer, obesity and other metabolic problems, heart disease, anxiety, depression, autism, autoimmunity, ulcers, IBD, liver disease, systemic infections, and more. There are two main aspects of gut health that are not only critically important for overall health, […]

Healthy Weight Loss

This post was originally published on this siteThe topic of healthy (and maintainable) weight loss is a personal one for me. If you’re familiar with my story, you already know that throughout most of my teens and twenties, I was morbidly obese and collected chronic illness diagnoses like they were going out of style.  The […]

Featured AIP Coach: Kirsten Serrano

This post was originally published on this siteKirsten combines her training as a Nutrition Consultant with her certifications as an Autoimmune Paleo Coach ©, Wahls Protocol © Health Professional, Certified Gluten Practitioner ©, and a Healthy at Every Size © Practitioner. Kirsten has used AIP and the Wahls Protocol to reverse symptoms and manage Hashimoto’s […]

Therapeutic Paleo Approach

This post was originally published on this siteI have followed a Paleo diet and lifestyle for nearly eight years, and I owe my health to a Therapeutic Paleo Approach.  But, I want to get something straight:  I don’t “eat like a caveman”.  This and similar soundbite explanations of the Paleo template don’t resonate with me […]

Why Crickets Are Great for the Gut Microbiome

This post was originally published on this siteMaybe you’ve already heard that there’s a new kid (err, insect) on the block when it comes to awesome protein sources: crickets! Along with being an incredibly sustainable food source, crickets have twice as much protein per gram as chicken, are rich in vitamin B12 and iron, and […]

My Personal Journey with the Autoimmune Protocol

This post was originally published on this siteMy autoimmune disease symptoms started with puberty—fatigue, chronic constipation, migraines, steady and unrelenting weight gain that didn’t scale with my high activity level or caloric intake, a litany of skin problems, dry and thinning hair, brittle and thin fingernails, chronic joint pain, mild depression and anxiety.  Throughout my […]

Announcing The Autoimmune Protocol E-book!

This post was originally published on this siteDa-da da da da daaaaah!  I’m so excited to finally be able to launch the e-book that you’ve been asking for for so long, The Autoimmune Protocol! Scientific studies continue to provide valuable insight that should be integrated into the Autoimmune Protocol.  Last month,  I shared some updates to […]

Why Bee Products Are Great for the Gut Microbiome

This post was originally published on this siteNearly everyone has heard of (and tasted!) honey, but did you know that a number of other bee products also have proven health benefits? It’s true! While honey definitely deserves the positive attention it’s been getting (see Honey: The Sweet Truth About a Functional Food!), the lesser-known propolis, […]

How Ketogenic Diet Wreaks Havoc on Your Gut

This post was originally published on this site SCIENCE SIMPLIFIED: The therapeutic potential of ketogenic diets comes at a cost — it’s important to know that ketogenic diets can harm your health before you decide whether or not to “go keto” New studies show that ketogenic diets reduce diversity of the gut microbiome —  this […]

The Essential Autoimmune Protocol E-Book Library – Available for 4 Days ONLY!

This post was originally published on this siteI know first-hand how expensive and time-consuming it can be to transition to the Autoimmune Protocol. Once you’re done buying high-quality meats and vegetables and stocking your kitchen with gadgets to make cooking easier, purchasing the cookbooks that keep you inspired can be pretty far down your list. […]

Updates to the Autoimmune Protocol

This post was originally published on this siteMy definitive guidebook on the Autoimmune Protocol, called The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, was published way back in January of 2014.  This epic tome was based on insights gleaned from over 1200 scientific studies that each illuminated a facet of the protocol. The […]