It’s winter, there aren’t any fresh, local vegetables to be seen around these parts (unless they’re greenhouse grown or stored root vegetables), and now that we’re at the peak of winter, and the holidays are over, it’s easy to slip into a ‘What’s for Dinner?’ rut. Same old, same old. It’s hard enough to get a good, warming meal on the dinner table that is both delicious and nutritious, but it’s even harder when you’re pressed for time.
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Editor’s Note: Please welcome Dora Siah of Provincial Paleo! I found Dora when I landed on one of her delicious-looking Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) recipes – grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free and nightshade-free! Sometimes it feels like eating AIP means you’ll never have anything decadent to eat, but Dora has obviously proved this wrong with her blog, and just look at those crepes. They make me want to pull them off the screen and eat them right up. Looking for more AIP recipes? You’ll find some of Dora’s recipes in The Paleo Mom’s new eBook, The Paleo Approach Dinner Club.
In South East Asia, many sweet treats and desserts are made with fresh local ingredients such as coconuts or bananas, and known across various cultures with different names. Growing up in Singapore, these sticky and chewy Kuih or Kueh could be found easily at shops or stalls selling nothing but such traditional treats. Many Kuihs can be easily made AIP or Paleo-friendly with a simple substitution of ingredients and make great tea time snacks.
Editor’s note: Please welcome back Sara Best, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and an award-winning writer and creator of the popular blog If Your Body Could Talk. Sara’s got plenty to say about how gut health has to do with your overall health in this upcoming cold & flu season!
Cold and flu season is upon us and it seems like everyone has their own strategy when it comes to the best way to avoid coming down with something. Whether it’s frequent hand washing, extra vitamin C or oil of oregano every day, everyone is looking for a magic bullet to avoid being stuck in bed with a box of Kleenex and heating pad.
The fact is that 70 percent of your immune system is located in your gut. For this reason, it’s basically impossible to have a strong and healthy immune system when your digestion and gut health are struggling.
And if you have a sweet tooth, are regularly under stress, use birth control pills or prescription medication, or have ever taken a course of antibiotics then chances are your digestion and gut health are not as strong as they could be.
Here are three things you can do to start to rebuild your gut health to supercharge your immune system:
Living with food restrictions can feel, well, restricting… especially when it comes to snacks. For those of us who are trying to lessen or eliminate chronic inflammation symptoms through the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), it can sometimes seem daunting to figure out what kind of munchy thing to eat when you’re feeling a little peckish. After all, lunches and dinners can be pretty much “normal” in terms of eating a meat, and a salad or veggies (free of nightshades, of course). Breakfasts are certainly a little more challenging if you’re looking for grain-free, egg-free breakfasts, but with a little practice, you can get used to eating dinner for breakfast. But what do you do if you’re looking for AIP snacks that go beyond a piece of fruit or cut-up veggies?
No worries – I’ve got you covered with both recipes and *gasp* store-bought, AIP-compliant snacking options. Recently, the awesome people at Barefoot Provisions provided me with some AIP and allergen-friendly goodies from their store, and I’ve included some of those in amongst this list of AIP-friendly snacks.
I’ve been secretly busy behind the scenes, and I’m quite happy that I can finally say what it is that I’ve been up to! Yep! It’s another eBook, and this one is called Grain-Free Simple Sweets!
I’ve partnered with recipe master (mistress? whatever…), Ashley Thomas of My Heart Beets. And if you don’t already know, this girl knows her way around the kitchen! Ashley is awesome at whipping together ‘fancy’ dishes (you MUST check out Ashley’s butter chicken, or heck, any of her Indian food dishes), but she can also do simple, yet very delicious. Together, Ashley and I have put together over 30 recipes for simple sweet treats that you can make at home – all made with five ingredients or less!
If you’re new to the Paleo grain-free lifestyle, you’ll know how hard it can be to make the adjustment and leave behind the processed food and sweets. When the craving hits, sometimes you kind of wish you had a little something… but what? Thankfully, this ebook is just the answer, as you can enjoy refined-sugar-free sweets that are really easy to make and help indulge that craving, but in a much healthier, guilt-free way.