Cooperate With Your Healing. Take two.

Skylines and contrasts of light intrigue me.  I find stories and parallels there.  Like this one.  The grey of autoimmune disease and daunting black of chronic pain are illuminated by the hopeful brightness beyond the clouds.  That’s where I place my eternal hope.  In the One who IS light itself. Also I am indebted to …

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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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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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Pause on the Prosciutto

There was no time left to make myself a complicated breakfast.  The black tea, steaming hot and steeping, would soon be ready for coconut milk and honey.  I made my family baked gluten-free oatmeal from a recipe I still adore and they all love.  Since my dad was visiting, I just wanted to focus on …

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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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