As I’ve discussed in the past, I have a number of food intolerances that can result in some pretty severe eczema. As such, I end up avoiding dairy, eggs, nuts, some nightshades and some seeds. Basically, for ease of explaining to those in the know, I say that I eat a Paleo Autoimmune Protocol diet, as this protocol avoids all of the above, along with avoiding the foods usually avoided when eating Paleo – namely grains, legumes, refined sugar, processed “vegetable” oils (corn oil, soy oil etc.), and processed food. While it’s easier to eat this way when eating in my own home, it’s much harder to avoid all these things when going out to eat, or even eating with other family members. So, I made it my mission recently to re-create a Paleo Char Siu or Chinese barbeque pork (also known as 叉燒), so that I could eat this protein staple of Cantonese cuisine without the repercussions.
It’s summer, it’s hot, and gardeners everywhere are rejoicing in their bounties! But what happens if you’ve got, uh… too much of a good thing going on? Just in time for August 8th – National Zucchini Day (yes, it’s a thing!), I’ve got this collection of zucchini recipes that will help you get some variety in preparing this summer squash!
I don’t actually grow zucchini myself because our little garden doesn’t seem to be too ideal for them for some reason (or it could be my black thumb). Thankfully though, I do have neighbors who gift us with zucchinis every year! Lots and lots of zucchinis.
All of these recipes are made with real food, gluten-free ingredients. Some recipes may contain dairy, legumes, gluten-free grains like millet or corn, and many other recipes are Paleo or even Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. In any case, there’s certainly enough here to inspire you to do something with everyone’s favorite bumper crop.
I fell down the internet hole known as Buzzfeed and found this video that will creep you out about 8 “food” products. I purposely put “food” in quotation marks because these products are certainly edible, but it doesn’t mean you should be eating them.
I’ve posted in the past about how food waste is a huge problem around the world. The crazy thing is much of this food is thrown away before it even reaches consumers!
The French supermarket chain, Intermaché has turned this around with an absolutely brilliant marketing campaign that celebrates “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables”.
I love the name! I wish more stores would do this, as I’d certainly eat more ‘rejected’ produce, especially if it’s sold at a discount. (If you can’t bring yourself to eat it as is, you can always throw vegetable scraps etc. in your broth). Watch this – and the next time you see a less-than-perfect-looking fruit or vegetable at the market – give it a chance!
I’ve followed the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) for a little over a year now. This particular way of eating, essentially takes the grain-free, legume-free, Paleo way of eating, and takes it up a notch by further eliminating foods that can cause inflammation. Gone are the Paleo staples of eggs and nuts, and say goodbye to the ‘Primal’ dairy foods, along with seeds (including chocolate), and nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes and peppers of all kinds.
While doing AIP is initially very restrictive (the most common question being: “What the heck am I going to eat for breakfast?”), there is the life-changing benefit of keeping autoimmune disease under control, and reducing inflammation conditions. For me, it’s been the difference between living with chronically itchy, and inflamed, sensitive skin, and only experiencing minor flare-ups during allergy season, with stress, or when inadvertently eating something that I probably shouldn’t.
Now the great thing about the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol is that in theory, if your gut has healed sufficiently by staying away from foods that irritate and inflame it, you should eventually be able to re-introduce some of these former food intolerances again without experiencing symptoms. Because I had food intolerance testing done, I used my test results as a guide to re-introducing foods for myself. But what do you do, if you’ve decided to try AIP and you’d like to bring back some foods? What do you re-introduce first? How do you know if a food is okay for you? What do you do if a food you re-introduce causes an autoimmune flare?