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Fly the Freak Flag

Sometimes in life, and certainly with chronic illness, we all feel like freaks at one point or another. I’ve had plenty of occasions where freakishness has felt like my sole identity. Since autoimmune disease is often an “invisible” illness, those of us who have them often have to suffer from our freakishness in silence. We’d rather try and appear normal to avoid being an outcast. I have significant hearing …

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The Autoimmune Connection

When it comes to autoimmune disease, there is A LOT of confusion. Even doctors are having a tough time providing solid information about these mysterious illnesses, mostly because these weren’t very big issues a few decades ago. But now, with the numbers of new patients with autoimmune disease on the rise, it’s time to identify the cause and turn these things around – fast! …

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Coco-Berry Pops

These delicious and decadent little pops are perfect for Summer. With fresh organic berries available, these are the perfect way to satisfy that cool, creamy, sweet craving.   Coco-Berry Pops Ingredients: 1 cup expeller-pressed (refined) coconut oil 1 cup fresh berries, such as raspberries, blueberries, pomegranates, cherries and strawberries 10-14 drops SweetLeaf “French Vanilla” flavored stevia (to taste) Gently melt coconut oil on …

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How to Kick the Cravings

Why do we crave certain things? Coffee, chocolate, alcohol, something salty or sweet…? Sometimes we crave these things for the simple reason that they make us feel “good”. Satisfying emotional cravings is often confused for an actual food craving. Every food has it’s own chemical makeup and in turn, each one affects our brains differently. Often the desire to induce a different state of mind is …

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Food Sensitivities = Autoimmune Disease

There is a big grey area surrounding food sensitivities. Testing for them can be nearly impossible, it usually relies on an experimental elimination diet, which is hardly scientific and not always accurate. Often the trial and error approach can lead to more confusion and frustration. Unfortunately, the way our food in the modern world has been produced and farmed, as …

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Turmeric Tea

My Friend Sandra taught me how to make this tea. I make sure there is always a batch in the fridge. This tea is quite amazing! It nixes inflammation, helps detox the liver and even keeps your skin clear.   4 cups filtered water 4 Green Tea teabags 1 finger sized piece of Turmeric (peeled and roughly chopped) OR 1 tbsp. powdered Turmeric 1 …

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Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

This Smoothie will STOP INFLAMMATION in its tracks. It is perfectly ALKALYZING and nourishes you completely! Drink one of these every morning for a week and you will see AMAZING results! In your Juicer: 1 (packed) cup of Spinach: 1 (packed) cup of Parsley 1 Green Apple 5 ribs Celery 1 large Cucumber 1 Lime with skin Put Juice into your Blender   In your …

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Acidity in the Body

It might come as a surprise to learn that much of the pain associated with musculoskeletal dysfunctions (like fibromyalgia and arthritis), is caused by too much acid build-up in the bodies tissues. This excess acid results in deep burning pain within the muscle or joint. To some, this explanation might seem all too simple, but we can all imagine what happens on the outside …

Thai Spiced Noodles

Ingredients For the Sauce: 1/2 cup cashews or macadamia nuts 1/2 avocado 1 jar of roasted red peppers 1 tsp. himalayan salt 1 clove garlic 1 tbsp. red chili flakes cracked black pepper 1/4 cup coconut milk dash of cayenne (optional) Blend sauce ingredients in a high speed blender, set aside. 1 zucchini sliced thin 1 cup snow peas 1 …

Katie’s Kale Chips

Ingredients 1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried 2 tablespoons olive oil Sea salt, for sprinkling (optional sprinkles: red chili flakes, Capitol Hill Seasoning, or my favorite Chinese Five Spice) Directions Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive …