What Is Leaky Gut?


By Jillian Babcock With various symptoms and mystery of the disease, you may have Leaky Gut Syndrome and not even know it. Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that millions of people are struggling with and don’t even know it. It’s possible that leaky gut could be the cause of your food allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions and even slow metabolism that you blame for weight gain. How is this possible? A very large percentage of your immune system (nearly 75 to 80 percent) actually resides within your gut where billions of bacteria live (both good and bad). Your gut communicates directly … [Read more...]

Foods That Help Heal Allergies


By Jillian Babcock Photo credit: Stoneledge farms CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Local Farming Week Twenty-Two CLS_6164 via photopin (license) Here’s an alarming fact: nearly 15 million people in the United States have a food allergy. Of that, 9 million are adults and 6 million are children—and that number is on the rise, according to foodallergy.org With diets that consist of inflammatory foods like processed grains, vegetable oils and packaged goods filled with artificial ingredients, it’s no wonder that food intolerances, reactions and sensitivities are diagnosed more than ever before. A food allergy is biologically a measurable … [Read more...]

Simple Food Swaps For The Autoimmune Protocol


By Megan McGrane Photo credit: Making zucchini bread via photopin (license) So you want to take on the Autoimmune Protocol? Great! Don’t let the list of foods that you are removing from your diet overwhelm you.  The best way to combat the feeling of “Well, what can I eat?” while you follow the AIP is to find simple “swaps” for some of your favorite foods. Making easy substitutions will help you keep your diet on track while not missing out on foods you can’t eat.   Swap This … For This How? Mashed Potatoes Cauliflower Steam and mash cauliflower florets like you would mashed potato. Use ghee … [Read more...]

Cheating: Is It Worth It on the Autoimmune Protocol?

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By Megan McGrane Ah, the inevitable ‘cheat meal’. How much damage can one little meal do, right? When you are following the AIP (autoimmune protocol) the temptation to take a break from your meal plan can be strong. This may be a hard line in the sand, but let me tell you why cheating on the AIP just isn’t worth it. Whatever your reason for choosing to do the AIP, you felt that it was something you wanted, or needed, to do to be healthier. Can you take a moment and think back to what made you want to improve your health and eating habits? Many times, taking a moment to recall your goals and motivations can help you shake the feeling of … [Read more...]

Beef Vindaloo

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Vindaloo is a popular spicy Indian Curry. While traditional Vindaloo is made with pork, it's most commonly found in restaurants made with lamb or chicken. Our Vindaloo is a twist on the classic. Less spicy than the original and made with beef and sweet potatoes, it's truly a Paleo treat. Even though this dish takes a while to prepare, it's well worth the wait. The beef melts in your mouth, while the vindaloo curry flavor makes your taste buds dance with excitement. [recipe]   … [Read more...]

Sautéed Kale

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Sautéed kale makes a great paleo side dish or quick lunch. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, this dish is not only tasty, but it’s also good for you! All you have to do is chop some kale, throw it in a pan with some onions and garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and top with almonds! Want to mix things up? Try adding some shredded coconut or dried cranberries. Yum! [recipe]   … [Read more...]

The Nutritional Benefits of Olive Oil


By Jillian Babcock One of the heart-healthiest sources of fatty acids on earth and has been consumed for thousands of years is olive oil. Based on much research, olive oil is an inflammatory, mostly monounsaturated fat (MUFAs) that can help protect against the development of numerous diseases. In fact olive oil consumption is tied to reducing the risk of developing heart disease, metabolic complications, obesity, depression, cancer, type-2 diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s and even more. And the best part? It tastes great, helps you feel full after eating, and enhances nutrient absorption from other foods—especially … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Brownies

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These fudgy brownies are decadent and delicious. They are very easy to make and don’t require a ton of extra ingredients. The chopped chocolate chips add extra chocolaty goodness to these scrumptious sweets.  You can use your favorite type of honey or substitute agave or maple syrup. Want to add your own signature touch? Add some walnuts or shredded coconut! [recipe] … [Read more...]

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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  This is a simple recipe that will become a new weeknight favorite. It’s a one-pot meal that can be prepped ahead of time. Cut up all the veggies on Sunday then toss them all in the day you make it. It’s also fun to eat and feels like a fancy restaurant meal. You could serve this with Boston Bibb lettuce or romaine; any lettuce that will hold up being wrapped around the ingredients. Enjoy! [recipe]   … [Read more...]