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Health-related articles & visual inspiration for your grocery list. I'm always discovering exotic vegetables and new healthy food products, so I'll also be sharing some awesome finds with you that are compatible with: AIP, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, (coco)nut-free, IC, Candida, vegan, and "allergen-free" diets!

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Cloth Menstrual Pads by Hannahpad: Honest Review

I'm not afraid of discussing "taboo" subjects, especially when they shouldn't be "shameful" topics. So let's talk period pads. Ladies, how many of you use conventional menstrual pads, sanitary napkins, etc from your local drugstore? Did you know they contain harmful toxic chemicals that you're exposed to every. single. month? The vagina's labia has ultra … Continue reading Cloth Menstrual Pads by Hannahpad: Honest Review

8 Things Every Autoimmune Disease Warrior (or Person with Food Restrictions) Will Hear at Family Gatherings This Christmas

Christmas is almost here, and that means you'll soon be dining with family and loved ones - or watching them eat delicious foods that aren't compliant with your AIP/paleo/gluten-free/SCD/Candida/low-histamine diet(s).  So prepare yourselves to hear these things over and over again: 1. Can you eat _____?  🍪🍫🍚🍜🌮🍦🍰🍟🍝🍞🍯🍅🍮🎂🍷 (Whew, there are a ton of non-paleo food … Continue reading 8 Things Every Autoimmune Disease Warrior (or Person with Food Restrictions) Will Hear at Family Gatherings This Christmas

7 Must-have Gifts for a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or Autoimmune Disease Warrior

When you have an autoimmune disease and have a long list of food restrictions, cookies and chocolate are no longer your go-to holiday gift. What's one to do? If you already have whole foods, educational health books/cookbooks, meal plan apps, warm woolly socks for those cold extremities, and a relaxing day to de-stress, look to … Continue reading 7 Must-have Gifts for a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or Autoimmune Disease Warrior

Winter Gingerbread Cookies (AIP/Paleo/Vegan/GF)

Gingerbread is my all-time favourite cookie. Here’s a wonderful AIP-friendly recipe for the holidays!

Living Lovely Autoimmune

20151222_174714Here is my first big recipe overhaul…in perfect time for the holidays!

It was very important to me to achieve the taste and consistency of the gingerbread recipe I grew up making every Christmas season. We tweaked it a fair bit back then too; my brother is diabetic so we tried “sugar-less” versions, we tried different flours, used egg-replacers, tried various icings, and we definitely increased ALL the spices! It was also a ginormous recipe, so I have adjusted that too. Try your own adjustments – this recipe is pretty resilient to change!

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Gingerbread Cookies (makes approx 4 doz)
1/2 c. palm shortening or coconut oil
1/2 c. sugar (brown, coconut, etc.)
2 Tbsp applesauce
3/4 c. molasses
1 c. coconut flour (+ 1/2 c. depending)
3/4 c. tapioca starch
3/4 c. cassava flour
1 Tbsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg (if tolerated – not AIP)
1/2 tsp…

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3 Allergen-Free Organic Chocolates That Won’t Leave You Feeling Bitter 🍫

Chocolate without milk and other preservatives added can be a real treat, especially dark chocolate, with its high magnesium & fibre content. (Perfect for cramps and Aunt Flo's visits! -- unless your chocolate contains soy and dairy, in which case it might make your symptoms worse.) Just be sure you're not sensitive to the high … Continue reading 3 Allergen-Free Organic Chocolates That Won’t Leave You Feeling Bitter 🍫