Low-FODMAP, AIP-Compliant Sausages

Low-FODMAP + AIP can be a doozy. Admittedly, I’ve been a little off AIP since being low-FODMAP, but I totally understand how frustrating multiple restrictions can be. In my recent quest to rid myself of SIBO & Candida simultaneously, there was a period of time where I was eating no sugar or starch, including fruits & starchy veggies, + low-FODMAP, + AIP. I just COULD NOT. Well, technically I could’ve, but it was making things too restrictive. I ended up adding some non-AIP foods back in to save my sanity. more “Low-FODMAP, AIP-Compliant Sausages”

What is OCD, Anyway?

“I’m so OCD.”

I’m sure you’ve heard someone say it or have read the statement on social media. Maybe you’ve even said something similar yourself. Such statements are typically accompanied by a picture of a color-coded or impeccably organized closet, off-kilter lines & patterns, or, like the one I most recently saw at #ocd, M&Ms categorized by color. [What I’m talking about are the kind of situations depicted in this video. They get a pass because 1. The song’s catchy & 2. They acknowledge in the video description & in another video that this is not what true OCD looks like.]

I’m sure you already know what I’m going to say, but I’ll say it anyway: these things are not OCD. more “What is OCD, Anyway?”

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Water to Cover Your Garlic Stank


Well, it’s been 31 days since I started my SIBO & Candida regimen. The time has gone by rather quickly, but there’s one little problem: I don’t know if it’s working.

I feel like my bloating has improved, but there’s still definitely some there. I’m also not sure if I’ve experienced any die-off symptoms. I’ve been a lot achier, which can be a die-off symptom, but I also tend to get achier around this time of year when it gets humid & rainy in Phoenix. Bloating can also be a sign of die-off, so how am I supposed to know whether it’s just my normal bloating or die-off? [I can sort of answer this; I tend to get more bloating after eating FODMAP-y foods, so it’s probably just my regular bloating.] more “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Water to Cover Your Garlic Stank”

Life Update!

So I’ve been low-carbin’ it & popping my antifungals & antimicrobials for two weeks now. I’m not gonna lie, it really sucked for the first week or so [just because I miss starchy vegetables & fruit LIKE A LOT…also because my body was adjusting]. I just really hope I’m doing the right thing, because 1. I want ALL THE CARBS & 2. These supplements ain’t cheap. I’m taking so many that I had to buy a fancy pill case to organize them all [okay, I didn’t have to, but it sure makes things easier]. more “Life Update!”

Why I Want to be a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

I recently announced on my Instagram that I will be attending the Nutritional Therapy Association’s Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program this fall. I have struggled with trying to figure out “what to do with my life” for as long as I can remember.

As a teenager, I decided I wanted to be a film producer after I spent hours upon hours watching the bonus features on the Lord of the Rings extended edition DVDs [Lord of the Rings was basically my favorite. It’s still a favorite. I may have a couple Elvish tattoos.]. At some point, for whatever reason, I decided being a film producer was an unrealistic goal. Instead, I started completing pre-requisites at a community college, figuring that by the time I was done with those I might know what I should major in. As it turns out, I never did figure it out. I spent my college years falling in & out of obsessive-compulsive episodes, & in the time in between I decided that I would be an English major. Why? Well, I liked reading a lot. I also liked writing, & I wasn’t half bad at it. I half-heartedly set my sights on creative writing. I say half-heartedly because I had no idea what I would do with such a degree.  more “Why I Want to be a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner”

My Gut Balance Protocol Has Come to a Halt

I’ve decided to try something bananas & veer away from my original plan [the one I outlined in this post]. I had a revelation about halfway into the Gut Balance Protocol, & that’s this: I’ve been on a gut-healing diet for nearly a year now. The fact is, my gut can’t heal until the pathogenic bacteria & yeast have been cleared. I can’t afford to keep dilly-dallying around [both health-wise & financially]. So, I’m ordering my antifungals & antibacterials & getting started on them ASAP. more “My Gut Balance Protocol Has Come to a Halt”

My Attempt at the Adrenal Recovery Protocol

Call me Khaleesi; I ate a heart! I mean, it wasn’t a raw horse heart, but let’s not get into the minutiae here. I made a beef heart roast during my first week on the Adrenal Recovery Protocol, & we had it for dinner two separate nights. Bonus: my husband didn’t know it was a heart until I told him. If you’re like me & have trouble with organ meats [read: you can’t control you gag reflex any time you try to eat something containing just a little bit of liver], try a heart roast first. The only trouble with it is that it can take a while to obtain one [after all, one cow makes lots & lots of muscle meat but only has one heart]. I’ve gotten one from a farmer after trying for many weeks, & I got this particular one in the organ freezer at Whole Foods. more “My Attempt at the Adrenal Recovery Protocol”

Why I Gained Weight On Paleo [Possibly] & Why I’m Not Trying to Lose It

Disclaimer: This is not a weight loss article. I repeat: this is not a weight loss article.

This article is a compilation of theories on why I gained weight after adopting a Paleo diet. It isn’t about calories, either. I did not come to Paleo with the desire to lose weight [I did want to maintain my weight, but I’m sure you’ve already deduced that I didn’t]. The fact is that I came to Paleo because I wanted [& still want] to heal chronic illness. I want to be my healthiest self. I treated my body badly for a long time. I avoided foods I deemed unhealthy. I wasn’t a drug addict, a drinker, or a smoker. I treated my body badly in other ways, by starving it for years & implanting toxic chemicals into my chest, all out of an intense desire to look a certain way. Those days are over now, but my body doesn’t trust me not to mistreat it again, not yet. more “Why I Gained Weight On Paleo [Possibly] & Why I’m Not Trying to Lose It”

My Second Week on the Liver Support Protocol

As my second week on the Liver Support Protocol draws to a close, I’m reflecting on the fact that I still feel like shit. I’m not surprised. Healing my body is going to be a long road. I’ve been eating in accordance with the Autoimmune Protocol for around six or so months now, so it feels like I’ve been trying to heal for a while, but the fact is that my implants were only removed eight weeks ago. It’s still early days.

I realized after publishing my last post that I had forgotten to talk about a few important things: caffeine & sleep. more “My Second Week on the Liver Support Protocol”

My First Week on the Liver Support Protocol

Sometimes you start a liver cleanse the same week that you start your period & you end up stuffing toxins up your vag. I’m referring to my menstrual cup, which is made of silicone. If you read this post, you’ll see that silicone is not so great. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, so I’m continuing to use it for the time being.

Well, now that everyone who was originally going to read this post is probably gone, I suppose I should get to the subject matter at hand. This is just an overview of my first week on Dr. Wentz’ fundamental Liver Support Protocol from her new book, Hashimoto’s Protocol. more “My First Week on the Liver Support Protocol”