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Hot Chocolate [paleo, aip, dairy-free]

Hot Chocolate [paleo, aip, dairy-free]

Picture it: snow falling outside, fire burning, you sitting down on a comfortable chair wrapped up in a blanket drinking healthy hot chocolate.

Mmmm... Delicious!

While I don't happen to live in an area that gets a lot of snow, I still very much enjoy sipping on a nice cup of hot chocolate in the winter.  Something about hot drinks are so comforting and relaxing -- that warm sensation you get with each sip (or even simply holding your mug) makes you feel at peace.

Healing All Purpose AIP Spice Mix [paleo, AIP]

Healing All Purpose AIP Spice Mix [paleo, AIP]

A few months ago, I went on a strict AIP diet to see if it would help heal my gut. This meant I had to remove all nightshades... this includes most types of pepper as well as seeds  pretty much ruling out all spice mixes you would make or buy.

Well that sure makes life easy!…

Healthy Chocolate Carob Chips [paleo, AIP, dairy-free]

Healthy Chocolate Carob Chips [paleo, AIP, dairy-free]

Mmmm... chocolate (or for me, right now: mmm... chocolate carob chips!)  Is this how you react too?  I have always been a chocolate lover.  My parents (more specifically, my mom) kinda raised me this way.  Growing up, I can guess that I had chocolate in one form or another every single day.  And I still love it!  You'd think I'd get bored of it, right?  Well... not the case.

Healthy French Fries: Fried Plantain [paleo, gluten-free, AIP]

Healthy French Fries: Fried Plantain [paleo, gluten-free, AIP]

I'm going to say right off bat that I'm completely okay with white potatoes... As long as that glucose is being used in the body and not just being packed away into fat cells.  That being said, there are times when I do not need the extra simple sugars from white potatoes and green plantains would be more beneficial for me.

Reduce Inflammation Naturally - Top 15 Natural Remedies for Reducing Pain and Inflammation

Reduce Inflammation Naturally - Top 15 Natural Remedies for Reducing Pain and Inflammation

Inflammation.  Inflammation is one of those things that gets tossed around by mainstream medicine -- as if it's not that big of a deal.  I mean so many people suffer with it on a daily basis, it can't be that bad, right?  What's common is normal?  Umm no.  Cause here's the thing... it IS a big deal.  Whether this inflammation is from poor diet, injuries, less-than-optimal digestive system, allergies, etc. etc., it affects our entire well-being and how our day will look.  It's a message our bodies sends to tell us it needs support!  And it's important that we reduce inflammation naturally.