Tips for Coping with an Autoimmune Flare Up

Tips for Coping with an Autoimmune Flare Up

An autoimmune flare up is a temporary worsening and intensification of symptoms. There is usually something that triggers a flare. I would say the most common ones are a period of stress - an emotional event, a significant trauma, or a period of being overworked and/or under-rested. 

Symptoms can get severe and intense — fatigue, pain, difficulty getting out of bed, brain fog & difficulty thinking, difficulty doing daily tasks are all common.

Today I’m going to discuss what to do if you’re experiencing a flare.

How to Test for Autoimmune Triggers & Root Cause

How to Test for Autoimmune Triggers & Root Cause

So you’ve got an autoimmune disease. Now what?

Getting answers to our health concerns isn’t easy. It can take years, many physicians, many dismissals and many misdiagnoses before we end up with an autoimmune diagnosis. If you are one of the “lucky ones” to actually get a diagnosis, it can feel like validation. Unfortunately, the diagnosis itself doesn’t actually provide any answers. It’s really just the beginning. The next step is to figure out what caused the immune system to over-respond in the first place. 

Immune-Boosting (Lyme Prevention) Chocolate Shake

Immune-Boosting (Lyme Prevention) Chocolate Shake

Herbalist and Lyme expert Stephen Buhner recommends using astragalus root to optimize immune function. He recommends taking 1,000mg every day, and up to 3000mg during Lyme season.

I take encapsulated herb or tincture.

Since my daughter is only 5, I work astragalus powder into her foods. like this cold and creamy milkshake.

For other ways I bolster my family’s immune system, check out all the resources mentioned in Episode 62 of the Funk’tional Nutrition Podcast here.

The Basic Bowl with Spicy Curry Peanut Sauce

The Basic Bowl with Spicy Curry Peanut Sauce

Last week I had a client talk about food overwhelm. As in having so much information about what constitutes healthy food that it overwhelms her. Her ultimate goal is to eat perfectly paleo. But instead of taking baby steps toward that (maybe-too-lofty-for-her) goal, she throws her hands up and stays stuck.

It’s a classic case of letting perfect be the enemy of good, and most of us know it all too well. In our strive for perfection, we inevitably fall short of our ideals.

How to Fuel High Intensity Interval Training

How to Fuel High Intensity Interval Training

I was recently interviewed by Sara Curry of Blaze Yoga and Pilates to talk about why her students are bonking during Inferno Hot Pilates -- a type of heated pilates that incorporates High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT.

Bonking, crashing, hitting the wall...call it what you want, but when it happens, it sucks.

The great thing about HIIT is that you get a killer transformative effective workout in a short period of time...but ONLY if you’re adequately fed. Here are some common mistakes people make when trying to fuel their high intensity interval training.

Creamy Seafood Chowder (Paleo, Keto)

Creamy Seafood Chowder (Paleo, Keto)

I literally have no idea how I came up with this Creamy Seafood Chowder recipe, but it’s in my top 5 recipes I’ve ever created, no doubt. This chowder recipe uses a fair amount of grass-fed ghee. That, blended up with cauliflower is what creates the creaminess. Since ghee is made from butter, I didn’t label it as dairy free. But many of us who are dairy free can still consume  casein and lactose-free ghee. 

Immune Boosting Hot Chocolate

Immune Boosting Hot Chocolate

Moms are always writing me to ask for holistic home remedies, so I figured I would share the hot beverage we’ve been sippin’ in my household. This immune boosting hot chocolate recipe includes the immune supportive herb astragalus, the medicinal mushroom reishi, plus the fat soluble vitamins A, D and E which are necessary for natural cold & flu prevention. Even better — it's super rich and delicious -- a treat your whole family will love!

Festive Cranberry Vodka Mule

Festive Cranberry Vodka Mule

We hosted a Griswold family Christmas this year and I purchased roughly 764 pounds of food for the festivities but forgot ice. When I was fishing around the freezer for something to chill the vodka, I came up with several bags of organic frozen cranberries (I keep them on hand to throw in smoothies and baked apple dishes and such). Combined with other random dribs and drabs around the house, and we had the perfect festive house cocktail!

Unconditional Permission to Eat

Unconditional Permission to Eat

The way we approach health and nutrition in today’s world is referred to as the “Expert Model”. You are not the expert on you, someone else is. The doctor, the heath guru, the Instagram wellness influencer, the diet book author, the local Isagenix rep all wield more power over your body than you do.

The expert model takes away your responsibility and puts you in the role of a child waiting to be told what to do.