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Summertime Parsley & Blood Orange Pasta (AIP)

Power Pesto w spaghetti squash 3One of the beautiful things about living a long way from the equator is the long sunny summer evenings, when there’s still hours of day after suppertime.

We’re in that season now in the Northern hemisphere, and it’s a bright and beautiful thing.

Brilliant summer evenings call for light, fun and festive food. Easy to prepare and easy to share. Continue reading

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Boring is the New Wonderful

BeachYesterday was boring.

By that I mean, ordinary.

It was an ordinary Saturday. Like the weekends I remember. From our life before.

Here’s how it went:

We woke up early.

Noted that the #3 kid will likely have purple hair the next time we see her, based on the state of the bathroom.

Went back to bed.

Woke up later. Drank tea and bone broth. Put together a menu plan for the week (using the Healing Kitchen our new favourite cookbook). Wrote grocery lists.

Did house stuff.

I went to yoga. Matthew did the first wave of grocery shopping.

We made brunch. Here it is:Brunch

The teenager awoke: purple hair confirmed.

She went out.

We made tea in go-cups and drove to the beach. Watched the water and talked about nothing in particular.

Did more grocery shopping.

Bought water containers at Canadian Tire for our update-the-emergency-kit project (because Fort McMurray).

Came home. I filled up the containers with water and stashed them.

We made supper. Here it is:Supper

While eating, we watched the new episode of Peaky Blinders.

Played scrabble with the #3 kid when she got home.

Went to bed.

Are you still with me?

Boring, right?

After 28 months on the AIP, Matthew went back to work. After 29 months, we had our first boring day.

It was wonderful.

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Helping a Loved-one Heal

PaleoFamilyToolkit3I wrote a book to support the process of healing.

It is the culmination of 2½ years blogging, the last 8 years caregiving for someone with chronic illness, and my 20+ year career creating intentional change in complex situations.

It’s available today (and until May 9th), exclusively through the Paleo Family Toolkit.

(To find out more about all the other amazing items available through the toolkit, click on through or read more below).

Helping a Loved-one Heal

My new book is called Helping a Loved-one Heal: N=1 experimentation and paleo healing protocols for caregivers.

It’s designed to provide caregivers with the most effective new methods to support healing for the people they love, but it can also be used by people who want to heal themselves.

Helping a Loved-one Heal_Cover1It’s the book I wish I’d had before I got so much hands-on experience!

My book:

  • Outlines the various Paleo Healing Protocols and explains how to customize them;
  • Explores ways to start a healing protocol, including when someone is reluctant to begin;
  • Shares stories about what real-life healing looks like;
  • Devotes a section of the book to the change process, with practical information about traditional and innovative ways of understanding and implementing change;
  • Gives clear instructions for safely engaging in customized experimentation to improve health based on personal responses to interventions;
  • Explains the role of measurement in the healing process, with instructions for easy approaches that can be implemented right away;
  • Delves deeply into strategies for coping as a caregiver; and
  • Provides tools and links to support all aspects of helping a loved-one heal.

In this book I provide a template, not only for getting through the experience of caregiving but for becoming stronger in the process.

The Paleo Family Toolkit

The Paleo Family Toolkit is a bundle of resources featuring 42 e-books and programs; 12 exclusive video interviews with leaders from the Paleo community including Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Danielle Walker, and Liz Wolfe; plus 55 discount codes and bonus resources.

The toolkit comes with a memory stick (shipped worldwide) so you have everything in one place.

I wrote my book for the love, but I also get $18 for every toolkit sold though this page, so it’s a win-win!

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BonusResources

 

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Moules-frites (AIP)

MoulesFrites2In our old life, we had a restaurant habit.

A favourite was a neighbourhood brew pub that featured locally-sourced food, and my top-pick from that menu was always the Moules-frites.

Moules-frites

Mussels and fries.

The Mussels were cooked in a gorgeous broth and the dish came with a glorious dollop of aioli, for dipping.

Really elegant comfort food. Continue reading

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How We AIP

How I AIPThis week the worldwide community of Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) bloggers has banded together to highlight how we each live our healing protocol lifestyle–in real life.

We are each committed to taking personal responsibility for our own health, and supporting other people around the planet who are interested in doing the same thing.

As part of #AIP4me week, I’ve joined forces with four other paleo healing protocol bloggers. We’re each exploring two elements of the ‘AIP Evolved’ Manifesto created by Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott and we’re publishing the results on each other’s blogs.

Here’s where you’ll find us:

  • Emma from the Bacon Mum posted at Joanna Frankham and addresses manifesto elements #11 Seek help and #12 Test, don’t guess.
  • Jaime from Gutsy by Nature is posting right here and tackling #14 Strive for balance and #17 Practice gratitude.
  • Rory from the Paleo PI posted on Gutsy by Nature and is concentrating on #3 Information is power and #16 Reframe the negatives.
  • Joanna from Joanna Frankham posted on the Paleo PI and focuses on #8 Be a nutrient-seeker and #18 Eyes on your own journey.
  • I posted on the Bacon Mum and wrote about #2 Embrace the template and #4 Start simple.

How we AIP

These posts are rolling out all week and we’re linking them together as we go. #HowIAIP. #AIP4me.

Here’s Jaime Hartman with #14 Strive for balance and #17 Practice gratitude. Continue reading

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Biohacking Update: 28 months on the AIP

28 months on the Autoimune ProtocolMatthew returned to work this week.

When he took disability leave at the end of 2013 we thought he’d never work again.

At that time, he was taking 6-8 hydromorphone painkillers a day, as well as a high dose of Methotrexate by injection weekly.

He had developed severe and disabling nausea that no one could diagnose.

Now, the pain and nausea are manageable and he is medication-free, except for a few Tylenol Arthritis a week.

That sounds dramatic, and it is, but there were many times during the past 28 months when his health didn’t seem to be improving at all. And times when it was definitely getting worse rather than better.

But all of his autoimmune symptoms have gradually improved, and he is now in better health than he has been in eight years.

Back to Work

We honestly weren’t sure how the back-to-work experiment would go.

When he initiated it, he was partially bluffing. Continue reading

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How to Talk About ‘Alternative Health’ with Doctors

Reality-3Many of us have gone beyond mainstream medicine.

We’ve taken the parts of it that work, and have moved on to some form of ‘alternative’ health care.

For me that means using therapies like grounding, as well as the nutritional and lifestyle elements of the Autoimmune Protocol.

Alternative Health Care

The trouble with ‘alternative health care’ is that it isn’t really a category.

Alternative in this context just means everything that isn’t mainstream medicine.

The only criteria for a therapy being labelled ‘alternative’ is that it hasn’t been scientifically validated and recognized by medical science.

All the practices that aren’t recognized by medical science shouldn’t, really, be lumped together as if they are one thing.

Some are dangerous.

Some are ineffective.

Some are traditional approaches that have been used for millennia.

And some will revolutionize the way we treat illness in the years to come. Continue reading

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12 Tips for Caregivers: supporting your (reluctant) loved-one to start a healing protocol

Your (reluctant) Loved-one

Some people are motivated to begin a healing protocol on their own.

Some are well enough. Can think clearly. Make plans. Set goals.

But others require help to get there.

If someone you love has a chronic health condition, and you think that a healing protocol could help, you probably feel some urgency. You want them to get started. Already.

But what if they’re not ready?

Or worse, what if they’re hostile to the idea?

If you push too hard, they’ll resist.

I know from experience!

How to support your (reluctant) loved one to start a healing protocol

After years in the role of caregiver, here are my 12 strategies: Continue reading

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Why Measure your Recovery?

Why MeasureMatthew and I started measuring because we didn’t know what else to do.

We didn’t know we were measuring his recovery, because his health hadn’t started to improve yet.

Research and evaluation are part of my trade, and Matthew has a background in Continuous Quality Improvement, so when we’re in doubt: we measure!

And we were in a lot of doubt.

Why Measure Health?

Measurement can seem superfluous when you are really close to your experience.

Especially if the numbers don’t change from day to day.

Or if they swing around wildly for no obvious reason.

But if you stick with it, measurement can be incredibly useful as a way to discern trends and track progress over time. In fact, measurement can be a way to begin the process of recovery. Continue reading

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Brain Fog (& what to do about it)

Brain FogHere’s a riddle:

Q: What do you do when your previously gentle and intelligent spouse starts to behave like a hostile toddler most of the time?

A: Do everything you can to reduce their brain fog!

When his brain fog was at its worst, Matthew reminded me a lot of a hostile toddler.

A hostile toddler with a driver’s license and credit cards.

It was not good!

The brain fog that accompanied the overall decline in his health was one of the scariest symptoms he experienced. And it is one of the many symptoms that has responded exceptionally well to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).

We first noticed marked improvement in Matthew’s cognitive function after seven months on the AIP.

And every month it has improved further.

After 27 months on the AIP, he’s almost all of the way back to his smart old self. Not completely. There’s still room for recovery, but his brain has mended remarkably well.

I am fascinated about brain fog, after having watched Matthew descend into its depths and come out the other side. Rory Linehan from the Paleo PI shares my interest, having been ‘there and back again’ with brain fog himself. So, he and and I conducted some research into the phenomenon.

In January 2016, we surveyed 18 people with first-hand experience with brain fog, all of whom were on a healing protocol diet, like the AIP.

This post contains the results of that research.

Our Brain Fog Research

We found it interesting that though they had no contact with each other while our research was being conducted, the way that people described their experience with brain fog was quite similar: Continue reading

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