Coconut Creamed Collards

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“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.” ~ Michael Pollan

A Growing Love of Greens

The only green that made it into my house growing up was iceberg lettuce. As a young adult in the city, I expanded to mixed green salads, but still shied away from cooked greens. Then I moved to the South, and obviously that had to change. The first green recipe I came to love was Kale with Cranberries. Then, I befriended Rainbow Chard with Bone Broth and Bacon. But collards eluded me until now. The sweet flavors of coconut and shallot are the perfect complement to this mildly bitter green. This isn’t a classic Southern recipe (no ham hock), but it’s delicious and cooks up fast on a weeknight. That works for me! Continue reading

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #23

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“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl

Welcome to the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable!

If you’re not familiar with the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP), check out my series of articles. In a nutshell, it’s an elimination diet, designed to help people with autoimmune disease identify food intolerances. When you’re on the protocol, it can be hard to find recipes, because so many food groups are excluded. This recipe roundtable is here to help! Continue reading

My New Column in Paleo Magazine

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“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” ~ Charles Darwin

Autoimmune Answers

Do you have a subscription to Paleo Magazine? If so, I want you to turn to page 68 right now. That’s my first column of many. I’m so excited, both for myself and for the paleo community, because information and support for autoimmune healing is growing by leaps and bounds. Cain Credicott, the editor of the magazine, has celiac disease himself, so he knows personally the powerful effect the paleo lifestyle has on health. I’m honored to join a very talented group of people already writing regular columns for the magazine, including: Liz Wolfe, Amy Kubal, Melissa Joulwan, and Adam Farrah. This is a “pinch me” moment. Continue reading

Hardcover Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook Review with Recipe

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“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” ~ Voltaire

Introduction to Mickey and Her Books

Mickey Trescott is a personal chef with celiac and Hashimoto’s. She healed herself through the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and was the first to create a cookbook, to help others do the same. First came her ebook (you can read my review here). Now, that amazing resource has been updated and printed in hardcover. These are NOT recipes that leave you feeling deprived. They are simple, delicious, and will please anyone, whether they are on the autoimmune protocol or not. Continue reading

Carrot Ginger Halibut Soup

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“Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.” ~ Bertolt Brecht

An Old Favorite Recipe with a New Nutritious Twist

I love carrot ginger soup, and it’s been a staple in my kitchen for years, but this is the first time I’ve added seafood. The old me would be horrified, having grown up despising the flavors of the sea. But I have since learned about the unique nutrition of seafood and why it’s specifically recommended for autoimmune healing. With that in mind, I’ve been expanding my palate, and halibut is a new favorite. It’s a mildly flavored fish with a great texture, that happens to go great with this flavorful soup. Added bonus: it’s a fast recipe, simple enough to prepare on a weeknight. If you don’t have halibut, try scallops or any mildly flavored fish as a substitute. Continue reading

Roasted Beets and Carrots with Grapefruit Glaze

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“Colors are the smiles of nature.” ~ Leigh Hunt

Celebrating Color

There’s a reason Terry Wahls recommends that we eat three cups of brightly colored fruits and vegetables daily. Every color represents a different blend of micronutrients that our bodies need to thrive. This recipe is a nutritional powerhouse, covering the green, red/purple, and orange parts of the spectrum. An added bonus is that it’s both beautiful and delicious. Even though I’m on a restricted diet, I still love food, and recipes like this have an abundance of flavor that feeds my soul as well as my body. Continue reading

Wahls Protocol Book Review, Author Interview and Giveaway!

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“Our mission is to create an epidemic of health.” ~ Dr. Terry Wahls

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winner was chosen with the help of random.org on 3/21/14. Congratulations to Tracy Cornell! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. The book is reasonably priced and worth every penny. You can purchase a copy here. Keep reading below for a detailed review, including an interview with Terry herself. Get ready to be inspired.

Who is Terry Wahls?

If you’re not familiar with Terry Wahls, you’ll want to watch this video about her incredible health transformation. She is a physician with multiple sclerosis, who went from a wheelchair to a bicycle through the power of a nutrient-dense paleo diet that emphasizes 9 cups of vegetables daily. She has since dedicated her life to clinical research and education, and is proving that her protocol works for others as well. She just published a book detailing not only her healing story, but a complete guide to help others do the same. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Cranberries and Rosemary

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“Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort.” ~ Norman Kolpas

Comfort for the Long Winter

Today, I offer this recipe as a gift to anyone in the midst of a winter that won’t let go. It’s comfort food weather, and what’s more comforting than beef stew? Like many of you, I had an old stew recipe I used to love, full of ingredients I can no longer eat, like potatoes and tomatoes. That’s OK. I’ve been on a healing diet for almost two years now, which means I’m very comfortable developing new versions of old favorites. I started with onions, garlic and rosemary for flavor. I kept the traditional carrots, but added celery root (a vegetable I met through a CSA 16 years ago and it’s been a love affair ever since), radishes (a big thank you to Simply Healthy Home for introducing me to this wonderful potato substitute), and cranberries (the secret ingredient that makes this stew so incredibly flavorful, inspired by Autoimmune Paleo). Finally, I added some bone broth for nutrient-density, and blended it with some vegetables before serving to thicken it without flour (an old grain-free trick that works every time). This stew puts my old stew recipe to shame. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Continue reading

Christie’s Story

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“Take pride in how far you’ve come.
Have faith in how far you can go.” ~ Michael Josephson

Sharing the Journey

Recently Kimberly, a reader on my Facebook page said this:

“I think the frustrating part for me is hearing the stories of what people say helped them heal, without hearing the whole story behind how many things they tried that didn’t work, and how many trial and errors it took. At first I really believed it was a difficult but straightforward process, but it’s actually almost always a journey with dead ends, wasted money, tears, and frustration. I think it’s important that more people know they are not failing when they fail the first or even the 10th time.”

I agree with Kimberly, which is why I ask so many questions in the success story interviews I share on this blog. It’s also why I interview people who have reached remission, but also those who haven’t. There are lots of points to celebrate along the path to healing. Perfection isn’t the only definition of success.

Today I’d like to introduce you to a strong, persistent, wise and beautiful woman, Christie Stallings. She has psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to grow too quickly. New cells form in days rather than weeks, but the body doesn’t shed them at the same pace, so they pile up in red, scaly patches. In a society so focused on appearance, these symptoms can evoke feelings of shame, vulnerability and a frustrating lack of control. Christie speaks with honesty about how incredibly grateful she is for the many ways her health has improved through the paleo diet and lifestyle, but also the grief she feels when a setback occurs. She hasn’t achieved remission, but she also hasn’t given up hope. Continue reading

How to Separate Eggs & the Nutritional Power of Yolks

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“There’s absolutely no reason to limit your consumption of eggs to three to four per week, as recommended by “heart-healthy” nutritional guidelines. In fact, consuming two to three eggs per day would provide a better boost to your health and protection against disease than a multivitamin supplement. Eggs truly are one of nature’s superfoods.” ~ Chris Kresser

Egg Yolks Are Awesome

After years of misinformation, it can be hard to wrap your mind around the fact that egg yolks are actually good for you. Do you remember egg white omelets? Are they still out there? So many crazy nutritional ideas become mainstream, with no scientific foundation. Continue reading