Garlic Lemon Sage Gnocchi with Toasted Pine Nuts
Grain-Free Fruit Filled Quesadilla
I’m home from Spain after being gone for two weeks. My husband and I played a little “what are you most excited about doing when you get home” game and cooking was my #1 (his was mountain biking, in case you were wondering).
We left our hotel at 5:45 AM in Barcelona Wednesday and arrived back in Denver International Airport at 1:15 AM Thursday, not walking through our front door until around 2 AM. Yup, that’s right. We were traveling for about 28 hours. We were all about saving money on the flights so we could spend more of it on food and lodging while we were there. Was it worth it? Totally!
I’ve been having fun thinking about the different ways I can replicate some of the meals we had while we were in Barcelona. As I mentioned on my Instagram, I ate grains during my two weeks in Spain. Before leaving, my Nutritionist at Roots Medical mentioned that he knows people with wheat sensitivities who had no problems eating it in Europe. I took a poll from my followers, and many of them said they experienced the same food freedom over there! I decided to give it a try and I wasn’t disappointed.
I’m not sure precisely why European bread didn’t bother me the way it does in the States, but I’ve read it could have something to do with the way the bread is prepared there or that Europe has higher restrictions on pesticides than we do here. It’s also possible that my digestion woes left because I was in a more relaxed state on vacation. There’s a strong connection between our guts and our brains, and our digestive system can get thrown out of whack due to high amounts of stress. I noticed my digestion getting worse as my anxiety about coming home and sadness around having to work crept in at the tail end of our vacation. Whatever it was that made me able to enjoy bread, I’ll take it! I hadn’t had a piece in over three years.
MACA + MATCHA CHOCOLATE ENERGY BITES
I’m so excited about my version of chilaquiles. This one is made with fresh eggs, grain-free tortillas, and rainbow chard. I whipped it up in about 20 minutes before my husband and I went to get baby chicks this morning.
I had always wanted chickens and we ended up being “gifted” some older hens about two years ago when our neighbors were moving from their big house into a small, one bedroom apartment. It was perfect timing as we were about to buy our first home. The new house came with a long run that had previously been used for dogs, and we decided to transition that into a run for our chickens.
AIP - SIBO FRIENDLY BEEF STEW
Matcha seems so flippin’ trendy right now. I’ve always been a coffee drinker but I decided to give matcha a try to see if it’s really worth the hype.
Okay, so WTF is matcha? It’s a fine powder ground from green tea leaves. It packs a punch of caffeine and allegedly has a ton of health benefits.
I decided to give Vital Proteins matcha collagen a try. It comes in a 12 oz plastic container with 24 servings (which will totally last longer for me because I’m sensitive to caffeine).
AIP - Duck Fat Hash
You may think getting started on the SIBO diet means you're destined for bland food, but I'm here to tell you that's not the case! This midwest gal has put together a delicious, nutrient-dense, hardy, SIBO-friendly stew that may just become a new staple in your healing process.
The recipe takes about an hour and 30 minutes and prepares enough stew for 4 people. You can add it to a bowl of cauli-rice (or regular rice, if that’s your thing) to make it stretch.
AIP - Paleo Pumpkin Waffle with AIP Modifications
What’s better than an AIP duck fat breakfast hash? Hm, nothing.
I’m loving Fatworks right now. I used to be a vegan, so choosing brands that support humanely raised animal agriculture is important to me. I go with Fatworks because they support family farmers who use sustainable, humane and environmentally friendly practices. They’re quick to respond when you reach out to their customer service team and, bonus, they’re a Colorado company. That means the duck fat doesn’t have to travel too far to get to me. Yay!
Getting Diagnosed with my Autoimmune Disease
'm a firm believer in everyone being able to eat a waffle. Well, what I mean by that is no matter where we are on health journey I think we all deserve to feel normal. It can be challenging if you're on a restricted diet because of your health, especially when everyone around you can eat whatever the eff they want. I'll never forget in the midst of my strict AIP elimination phase how freaking AWESOME it felt to go out to dinner with my husband and my pal @sarieperrie. We went to a vegan restaurant in Denver where I got kombucha and a seasonal salad with a few adjustments. It helped me remember what it was like to feel normal and taught me that even in the depths of my illness and restrictive diet, I should make an effort to maintain bits of my old lifestyle. I went home immediately afterward (cuz chronic fatigue, ya know?), but the memory of how good it felt to get out has stuck with me.
Getting diagnosed with Hashimotos and PCOS was one of the most surprisingly relieving things I’ve experienced. I began losing hair in a small patch in February of 2015. I noticed more hair than usual coming out in my hairbrush, but I didn’t think much of it until I discovered a bald patch the size of a quarter on my scalp. First, I panicked. I legit lost my shit. In a world that is so focused on health and beauty, here I was losing my goddamn hair. After a bit of a sob sesh, I started doing some research. I quickly learned that while research is helpful, it can also invoke a hopelessness inside you upon looking at all the worst case scenarios. Alopecia totalis? “Omg I’m going to lose all my hair!” Treatments for alopecia? “Steroid injections” or “nothing” or “eliminate stress.” HUH?