I don’t know about you, but breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day. I could eat breakfast foods all day long! So putting together this roundup of scrumptious Paleo brunch recipes was a lot of fun (it also happened to make me really, really hungry). Oh yeah, and this list comes just in time for Mother’s Day! Enjoy!
If someone told me that one day I’d be writing about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on my website, I would have told them they were crazy. But here I am: not to admit my guilty pleasure (although that cat is now out of the bag), but to discuss a topic that happens to be getting some attention in the reality TV world: invisible chronic illness.
Anyone who’s been following the RHOBH knows that one of the major “storylines” from this season has been Yolanda Hadid’s (formerly Yolanda Foster, at the time of filming) battle with chronic Lyme Disease. Although Lyme Disease is not an autoimmune disease, they can share a lot of similar symptoms: joint and muscle pain, brain fog, extreme fatigue, and flu-like symptoms, for example (not to mention more longterm complications), all while perhaps the patient “looks fine” on the outside. So needless to say, I felt a strong connection to Yolanda while witnessing her struggle. Although my battle is different (I have Crohn’s disease, which has branched off to also include symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, eczema, and other ailments), at the end of the day, I felt like I was watching myself (minus, of course, the beautiful penthouse apartment and the on-call “health advocate”). The battle of fighting debilitating symptoms is something I’ve known all too well, and as much as I hate to see anyone suffering, to see someone like Yolanda Hadid representing an “invisible illness” on TV was strangely comforting. On, what I would call, an unlikely platform, there was someone providing a voice for the rest of us often voiceless sufferers.
Jeremy and I got to take a trip to Mammoth recently with a great group of friends. I was excited because believe it or not, I’ve lived in California my whole life, and I’d never been to Mammoth! Add that to the fact that I rarely go anywhere these days (it gets difficult when I’m not 100% healthy), so I was really looking forward to getting away. That being said, I’m always a little nervous when I travel because finding food I can eat on the road is usually a challenge. So that inevitable question loomed over me: what in the world was I going to eat?
While I was there, I did the best I could, but I have to admit, I did not stick to a strict Paleo diet by any means (and I paid the price afterwards, but that’s a story for another day)! Adhering to strict Paleo is often difficult in unfamiliar places, but one of the things I know I have to commit to is being 100% gluten-free. Even a small amount of gluten exposure can set off vicious symptoms for someone with autoimmune disease. So at the very least, most of us with food intolerances have to stick to a strict gluten-free regimen to avoid flares. After doing my research, I found that there weren’t a ton of obvious gluten-free options in Mammoth, but I did fortunately find a few gems during the short time we were there:
(***This recipe was originally published in 2015, but with Easter just around the corner, I just had to share it again. These grain-free and nut-free carrot muffins are one of my favorite Paleo treats, and they make the perfect addition to any Easter celebration!***)
Consider this a warning: these muffins are addicting. These wholesome treats are not only flavorful and perfectly sweetened, but they are also generous in carrot content and packed with nutrients.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A and antioxidants; they also contain fiber, potassium and a host of other vitamins and minerals. Although we’re all aware of carrots’ reputation for supporting eye health, even more powerful are the studies that show how the antioxidants in carrots help fight against cardiovascular disease and various forms of cancer. Other health benefits of carrots include promoting healthy skin, preventing the effects of aging, improving immune function, and regulating blood sugar.
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Happy Monday, everyone! What better way to start the week than by sharing some of my favorite recent Instagram pics? Here are my top 10 favorite moments so far this year.
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Who knew that a relentless case of eczema could cause my entire life come to a screeching halt? But that’s just what this latest outbreak of eczema has done.
I’d dealt with mild cases of eczema outbreaks when I was younger, and prescription steroid creams helped at that time. But after two and a half years of being on high doses of prednisone (for a severe Crohn’s flare), my eczema came back with a vengeance, and this time prescription creams wouldn’t help at all. Although I’ve been dealing with it for over two years now, it’s grown much worse over the last few months, and has pretty taken over my hands. It got to the point where I was terrified to wash my hands (water is often the enemy of eczema, and there didn’t seem to be a hand wash anywhere that wouldn't aggregate my condition). This made cooking and prepping food very difficult, not to mention pretty much every other life activity. My hands were so dry, scaly, itchy, and raw (TMI?) that my whole life began to revolve around treating my condition and trying to avoid making it worse. I tried everything from prescription creams to over-the-counter lotions and salves, all claiming to provide eczema relief, but nothing helped. I tried natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil (and spent many hours wearing cotton gloves), and while these were somewhat effective, they only provided temporary relief.
One day, I woke up with my hands so swollen and red that I could barely move them. Meanwhile, the eczema was starting to creep onto my wrists, up my arm, and was starting to form random spots on other parts of my body. I was miserable and desperate to find a healing remedy that actually worked.
I finally consulted a functional medical doctor, and he confirmed what I already knew but didn’t want to face: my eczema was most likely the result of intestinal permeability, and in order to heal my eczema, I needed to first heal my gut. Since I feel like my entire life revolves around a gut-healing diet and managing my Crohn’s disease, I was frustrated. I have been Paleo for more than two years now, so you’d think I’d have the majority of my inflammation under control. But with Paleo having so many “gray areas,” I knew there were foods slipping in that I probably shouldn’t be eating (or shouldn’t be eating in excess). I knew I needed to take some further steps to get this condition under control, and I have to say that just three weeks into these changes, I’ve seen dramatic improvement.
While everyone is different, here are the natural, healing remedies that have started to provide me eczema relief: