Listen to your body.

The fact that any food is gluten-free has totally lost significance.  Let me break it down like an equation for you. X + Y = Z therefore Jessica + Grain = Pain Through the thickets of autoimmune disease I’m finding this out.   If I’m jonesin’ for joint hurt then I should definitely eat bread, pasta, oats, or pancakes (even if …

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Lesson learned

•CRACK!• ******* Batch cooking 101.  Grade: F.  Needs improvement on following directions. When I opened the freezer door I was surprised to see this disaster.  My very first attempt at freezing a large batch of soup in mason jars resulted in icy shards of glass.  Oops.  Chalk it up to a learning experience with the added …

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Brace Yourself

Let’s talk about orthopedic supports!  Okay, okay, take your seats everyone.  I know this is an absolutely riveting subject! Got pain?   Brace yourself. Here are the products that’ve helped me with chronic joint pain: I really like the ACE Plantar Fasciitis sleep support brace for nighttime.  It has a hard shinguard-type panel on the front that …

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Transitioning from sickness to health.

It was at a women’s retreat a few years back.  There, inside a cozy cottage situated on a wooded hillside, I heard something unexpected.  With the chill of autumn outside, an inviting plushness of comfy couches afforded our group of 30 ladies the space to unwind and meditate on God’s word together.  Our facilitator was speaking to us as we …

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One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 23: Sweet pear pie.

On the autoimmune protocol I can feel deprived at times, when the restrictions of the elimination phase are pretty darn tight.  BUT pie is good.  And believe me you, this AIP friendly pie saved me many a time that I had a need for something sweet and comforting.  A dollop of thick, full fat coconut …

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One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 22: Before & In-Progress Photos

Hello, my name is Jessica and if you’ve been here before you know that I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s.  For the past six weeks I’ve taken my first long term prescription of my entire life, Levothyroxine.  That’s just the start, though, because during that time I’ve been preparing myself to start the Autoimmune …

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One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 20: Carcass = Bone Broth

In my last post I let you all in on a chicken deal I scored from Aldi’s.  I got them 50% off and baptized those eight birds in rain barrel water in the backyard.  One chicken headed straight for the roasting pan and the other seven had to “let it go” in the deep freeze…Because they were frozen…ahem. …

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One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 19: Scored a sweet deal!

Aldi’s.  I never would have expected!  Recently I was given a tidbit of info that has changed my perception of shopping…Trader Joes and Aldi’s are apparently owned by the same German company!  I never knew.  My husband and I regularly make Trader Joes stops even though it’s a 40 minute drive.  Sometimes if he’s working …

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One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 18: Our guest-Danielle, Diagnosed Young

Diagnosed when she was 19 years old after years of “being watched” by her doctor for years prior to that, my guest blogger today has embraced the healing diet that I am about to begin this coming month: the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).  Anyone wishing to begin a healing diet for autoimmune disease can savor these guest stories …

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One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 17: Perfect Birthday Gift

  This came in the mail today: The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook.  And I hugged it.  I might have also squealed like a little girl.  I am so excited!  This gem is a gift to me from my husband and it is so perfect.  It’s a healing manual, it’s nutritional guidance, it’s going to be my companion …

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