Autoimmune Paleo

Living Well With An Autoimmune Disease

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After living with an autoimmune disease for over a decade I have experienced both living well, and not so well during that time. I’ve had periods of flares, years of remission and years of soul-growth and healing. Each of your personal experiences in living well with a chronic illness will have parallels to mine and yet also be different. There are a few key factors to living well with an autoimmune disease that have profound impacts on daily life. They are spiritual, mental and physical… Read More

Healing Modalities

Why Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

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    Self-care isn’t selfish, it is however, a choice to actively love yourself through actions, practices and rituals. Self-care is about learning refinement of how best to take care of yourself, not about attaining perfection. This comes from a deeper commitment to love yourself. It doesn’t matter whether you love every inch of your body, or if there are certain things you’re working on to better yourself. It is a strong connection to honoring yourself for where you are right now. It is a… Read More

Autoimmune Protocol

Vital Green Juice

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It’s the season of cleanses, juices, and fasting. But no worries, I am not here to tell you to stop eating or to go on any diet plan. No in fact, I tell my clients the exact opposite. I took my time in healing, and yes that involved various aspects of food restrictions, and there are a good many foods I still choose not to eat at this current time. That’s my own choice, and you should feel confident and empowered in your own.  … Read More

Autoimmune Protocol

Roasted Plantains & Okra with Avocado Cremá

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  Some people either love or hate okra, but maybe you haven’t even tried it! Oh this is exciting. If you love it already, then this recipe is definitely for you and if you’ve not liked it in the past I encourage you to give it another shot, that ultra slimy feel and taste that cause most people to shy away from okra is not present here. Just simply delicious flavor and a decent crunch factor.   Okra of course reminds me of my Southern… Read More

Autoimmune Paleo

Acupuncture Part 2: Why I Thought It Wasn’t Working & The Cure

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  Confession: A month and a half ago I hit rock bottom. I wasn’t feeling well at all, in fact I was feeling worse than I did when I started acupuncture with joint pain but also digestive issues and I began having other strange symptoms as well like rashes, insomnia, diarrhea, and weight gain. I started feeling like a fraud. Like this “healthy lifestyle” and acupuncture really wasn’t working for me, and questioned whether in fact it was making me sicker? Through this journey I’ve… Read More

Kari's Journey

An Intentional 2015

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Jade Succulent

Occasionally, the outer sphere of my eyes appear blue. The deeper part of my iris changes from light to a deep green hue. Since there isn’t a hint of grey to them they aren’t really considered hazel, and I like to think that sometimes makes them more of a light emerald-green. I spent my day yesterday doing things I love. I started with a nutritious breakfast, I sipped on liver supporting tea, challenged my body to an hour yoga practice, cooked and meal prepped, did… Read More

Kari's Journey

Diagnosis Is Not Always “The Answer”

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What lies before us and what lies behind us - Henry David Thoreau quote

I am staring at a blank screen thinking about all the things I want to say – how can I tell the story of my disease in a way that you can understand? It’s an ongoing theme in my life, and for many I believe, to seek understanding. But the reality (at least my reality) has been that most people don’t understand. So writing about my journey so that you might  know how my autoimmune disease affects me is difficult, but I’m not going to… Read More

Autoimmune Protocol

ROASTED VEGGIE SALAD WITH POMEGRANATES & HORSERADISH DILL DRESSING

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Roasted Vegetable Salad with Pomegranate

I seriously love my Instagram family – that’s what they are really, super supportive, kind, thoughtful, encouraging! What’s not to love? I asked today if it would be helpful for me to post the recipes I shared while guest posting for Whole30’s Instagram account. And I got a definitive answer of – YES PLEASE!! So here is the beginning of a series of those recipe posts, this one is an easy favorite!

Autoimmune Paleo

For The Love Of Food

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Food serves a purpose. Multiple purposes in fact. To fill the body with nutrients so it can burn calories to use for energy, but it also serves to nourish us. I mean truly satisfy the inner parts of us all that find joy from sitting around a table giving each other the ultimate gift which grounds us to the Earth.  By creating flavorful dishes but more so by sharing with the intention offering food as love, we nourish one another. I’ve watched my grandmother tirelessly… Read More