Heal Your Kitchen

How I’m Healing from SIBO

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Before I was officially diagnosed with SIBO (small intestine bacteria overgrowth), I thoroughly researched all of the most recent information about how to treat it. Armed with this knowledge, I visited my naturopath, arrogantly thinking I knew the best way to eradicate my infection because I’d learned all the latest recommendations. Together, my very knowledgable doctor and I decided on a treatment plan based on the latest research, but as I strictly followed the “correct” course of action, my case of SIBO only got worse! What is SIBO? SIBO stands for small intestine bacteria overgrowth. It’s technically an…read more

Autoimmune Paleo Travels

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Healing diets aren’t always easy, especially when it comes to navigating traveling. I hadn’t had much experience with this until recently, and I kind of got a crash course in it! Unexpectedly, I had the opportunity to make two separate trips to South Dakota within one month, first to visit my grandpa in hospice and then to attend his funeral. I learned some tips from the experiences and wanted to share them with you in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation. Seek Out Support I was fortunate…read more

5 Healing Diet Challenges and Ideas for Navigating Them

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In my experience, the most difficult part of adopting a restrictive, healing diet is not removing certain foods or even all the extra cooking and resultant cleaning. The hardest parts, to me, are the social aspects, navigating a busy life without the convenience of takeout, and needing to plan ahead for every. single. meal. Reminding myself that my healing diet is temporary relieves some of my stress. Eventually my body won’t need a strict autoimmune paleo diet, and I will have more flexibility. I’m slowly encountering this as I successfully reintroduce some foods. My hope is…read more

10 Time-Saving Tips for Your Kitchen

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I’ve gained some skills as an amateur chef cooking three meals a day for the past nine months while on a healing diet, and I’ve learned a lot about navigating a kitchen in the process. Working full time while also going to NTP school meant I’ve had little extra time to spare, and I’ve discovered many time-saving tips through trial and error and sometimes out of desperation! Perhaps you’ll benefit from some of these tips while navigating your kitchen. 1. Organize your kitchen space to minimize steps. Three years ago my husband and I…read more

Autoimmune Paleo

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My health and well-being improved greatly after adopting a paleo diet. However, quite suddenly, about a year into the diet I began experiencing major digestive issues related to a very stressful season of life. A standard paleo diet no longer offered me all I needed health-wise. I figured this was as good a time as any to test the effectiveness of the autoimmune paleo (AIP) diet, which I’d previously heard about and wanted to try. I took the plunge, and within just a few days my symptoms resolved. I was amazed at how strongly the food we eat (or…read more

What is the Paleo Diet?

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If this is your idea of the paleo diet, you’re partially right: Paleo, in its most basic sense, means eating like our ancestors, eating the way humans have for most of our history. From Wikipedia: “The paleolithic diet, also known as the paleo diet or caveman diet, is a diet based on the food humans’ ancient ancestors might likely have eaten, such as meat, nuts and berries, and excludes food to which they likely wouldn’t have had access, like dairy.” The convenience of living in the modern world allows us to avoid having to actually hunt…read more

Does Your Breakfast Need a Makeover?

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Do you ever wake up in the morning and pour yourself a big bowl of cereal thinking you’re being satiated, only to feel hungry two hours later? I used to experience this all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I loved eating cereal for breakfast. It’s fast and easy, not to mention quite tasty. I did not, however, love how it made me feel ultimately. When, inevitably, hunger struck again too soon, I’d have a snack, which helped a little, but then this pattern repeated for lunch, culminating in a huge drop…read more

Welcome to Heal Your Kitchen!

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So pleased to meet you! I’m starting this blog to serve as a community outreach project for the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) program I’m completing through the Nutritional Therapy Association. I plan to keep blogging after graduation. My goal is to share with you my personal experience with nutrition and to share information I’ve learned through my studies. I hope to help you make positive choices when navigating the “what should I eat” dilemma we experience daily. My journey to optimal nutrition began when a naturopath recommended a gluten and dairy-free diet…read more