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On Hiking: 5 of the many reasons to spend time in the forest

On Hiking: 5 of the many reasons to spend time in the forest

The forest has been an important part of my life since childhood. As a kid, family vacations often consisted of camping trips, and I was lucky to live in a rural area where nature was right outside the front door. As I?ve gotten older, and […]

The Microbiome and Bisphenol A (BPA) Exposure

The Microbiome and Bisphenol A (BPA) Exposure

About BPA and Health Impacts Bisphenol A (BPA) has gained a lot of attention over the past several years as a toxic component of plastics. BPA is an environmental estrogen that modulates endocrine systems by competing with estradiol for binding with estrogen receptors. Estrogenic effects […]

Acknowledging and Working With Stubbornness

Acknowledging and Working With Stubbornness

My friends and family like to tease me about how stubborn I am. I?ve been this way ever since I was a kid and I really don?t have much of an issue with it. Generally speaking, my stubborn tendencies have served me well and are probably the primary reason I am still in graduate school. Sometimes though, if I?m not careful, I can sabotage myself.Whether it?s sticking too strictly to a particular diet or refusing to take a break from exercise despite being tired and injured, there are times that I need to step back and acknowledge that whatever I?m doing might not be serving me well. (more…)

Fitness and Movement

Fitness and Movement

My approach to fitness has changed immensely over the last 10 or so years. In late high school and throughout college I was extremely regimented about my workout schedule. Looking back, I realize that approach didn?t work well for me at all. It?s not that […]

Garlic and Rosemary Ground Beef

Garlic and Rosemary Ground Beef

As much as I love cooking, there are a lot of days during the week that I don’t have the energy to think up creative multi-step meals. My solution is to have a few go-to meals that taste great and are versatile. My favorite right […]

Beet Brownies (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, tree nut-free, vegan)

Beet Brownies (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, tree nut-free, vegan)

For the first several months after I began the autoimmune protocol, I completely avoided baking. Not because I dislike it. I actually really really enjoy baking. But it’s really?discouraging to repeatedly try a recipe only to have it come out inedible every single time. Not to mention expensive. So I took a break.

Then about a month ago I grabbed a bunch of beets at the market. I had heard of using beets as a brownie ingredient. Armed with new motivation, I decided to jump back into baking experimentation. (more…)

Chlorinated Water and the Microbiome

Chlorinated Water and the Microbiome

Health Consequences of Chlorine Of the many things that can disrupt our gut microbiome, one of the most insidious is chlorinated drinking water. It is well known that large concentrations of chlorine are harmful to people, but a general argument persists that smaller doses aren?t […]

Curried Pumpkin and Beef Soup

Curried Pumpkin and Beef Soup

I was at my parents’ house the other night and they were making beef chili for dinner. Feeling a bit jealous of their nightshade-filled stew, I decided to experiment with my own version. My mom grew some awesome pie pumpkins over the summer, so I […]

AIP Travel Foods

AIP Travel Foods

This week, my husband and I traveled to Connecticut to visit his family for Thanksgiving. This means several hours of plane travel and minimal availability of AIP-friendly foods. Traveling while following the autoimmune protocol requires a bit of planning. I don’t trust most airport food and definitely can’t eat any of the plane-provided snacks. Even though I usually don’t need snacks for the airport and plane, I really like having them. And,?after getting stuck in Chicago Midway airport for 24 hours with minimal snacks a few months ago, I am even more adamant about packing plenty of extra food.

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Resistant Starch

Resistant Starch

What is Resistant Starch? Resistant starch (RS) a type of carbohydrate that isn?t readily digestible. It is generally thought to pass through the small intestine undigested, making it to the large intestine where it is slowly fermented. Once in the large intestine, it feeds bacteria […]