Slow Cooker Holiday Wassail (AIP/Paleo)

Slow Cooker Holiday Wassail (AIP/Paleo)

Wassail is a traditionally English, hot, spiced cider that is enjoyed around the holidays. It traditionally contains alcohol, but can also be made without. It is absolutely delicious and easy to make.

Back when my younger sister was in school she sang in a madrigal choir that hosted a renaissance themed dinner each year around Christmas and they would serve wassail for the guests to enjoy as they performed.

With Christmas fast approaching I am sure that many of you are planning on hosting or attending holiday parties with family, friends and coworkers, and you may be concerned about what to bring or make to these events. This is a perfect go-to recipe for each of your holiday events this season. It is simple to make, doesn’t require any special ingredients and everyone will love it regardless of the diet they follow. I even made it for a bunch of teenagers and they loved it so much they drained the pot and then got very grumpy when I told them we were out.

Holiday parties should be a source of fun and enjoyment not a source of stress, so plan ahead, bring food you can enjoy and impress all of your guests with this delicious holiday treat

Slow Cooker Holiday Wassail (AIP/Paleo)

Slow Cooker Holiday Wassail (AIP/Paleo)


6-7 cups of pure unfiltered apple juice

2 cups of pure unsweetened cranberry juice

1 orange sliced

20 cloves

1 tsp ground all spice (optional)

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

2 cinnamon sticks

Honey (optional)


In your slow cooker combine your apple juice, cranberry juice, and sliced orange. In a tea ball, a piece of cheese cloth or piece of dish towel wrap up your cloves and all spice and secure. Place it in the slow cooker. Add in your cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and, if desired, sweeten to taste with honey. Heat on high for 2 hours and serve.

The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle- Only Here Until November 30th!

I am so excited to share this amazing deal with you! The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle contains 48 e-books (worth over $500) and 21 discount codes all for just $39! But hurry, it’s only on sale until November 30th!

Autoimmune Wellness Bundle
If you aren’t familiar with e-book bundles, they typically include a variety of e-books as well as discount codes, all for a huge discount and sold for a limited time. Not all bundles are a good deal and I only support those few that provide a large variety of the best-quality resources for a truly amazing deal–and the Autoimmune Wellness Bundle definitely delivers!

This is the very first bundle to focus on exclusively autoimmune protocol-friendly resources! And it contains all of them! Yes, every single AIP e-book ever created–including cookbooks, meal plans, and guides–are included in this bundle! Even better, this bundle is full of lifestyle guides to help you tackle all the other stuff too, like stress management, sleep, body image, and movement. Need help troubleshooting the autoimmune protocol? Then you’ll love the collection of included e-books that takes you beyond the basics to help you hone in on root issues and regain your health. Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, autoimmune expert and author of The Paleo Approach has personally vetted every single resource included in this bundle. The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle is quite simply the best AIP resource on the planet! And it’s only available until Monday! Check out all the details here.

The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle features 48 e-books and 21 discount codes for just $39. That is over 92% off what you would pay if you bought each e-book separately! Plus, you could save hundreds more dollars by taking advantage of the coupon codes!

Included in this bundle:

  • 16 AIP Cookbooks and Meal Plans (total value $188)
  • 16 Lifestyle and Exercise Guides (total value $207)
  • 16 Beyond the Basics e-books (total value $136)
  • Best of AIP Cookbook, exclusive to this bundle!
  • 21 Discount Codes for AIP-friendly vendors and products

And, it’s only available for four days! Yes, this amazing sale ends on Monday November 30th, so go grab it right now!

Even if you don’t follow the autoimmune protocol, you will love the Autoimmune Wellness Bundle! The cookbooks included are filled with delicious recipes that everyone will enjoy and the majority of the additional resources are useful no matter who you are!

As if a great collection of e-books wasn’t enough, the bundle also includes exclusive discount codes from all my favorite companies and authors that make AIP-compliant foods, products, and programs! In addition to getting 48 e-books for only 81¢ each, you could save hundreds more dollars by taking advantage of these coupons! The potential value of these discounts and coupon codes hasn’t even been added to the advertised value of the bundle! But you could easily recoup the entire cost of the bundle just by using one or two of these coupons!

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This bundle also includes the Best of AIP Cookbook, a NEW e-book that can only be found as part of this bundle! Created by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, the Best of AIP Cookbook contains over 190 recipes from the best autoimmune chefs in the community! It’s a fantastic book and you can only get it here!

The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle is an entirely digital product, which means you can get instant access by purchasing it right now! It’s compatible with your computer, tablet and smartphone! (Instructions are at the bottom of the bundle website if you need them.)

Now you see why I’m so excited about this bundle!

Wait! How can you offer so many resources at such a steep discount?

E-book bundles typically include a variety of e-books and other digital resources sold for a price far lower than what you would pay for each e-book individually. How does this work? There’s two major incentives for authors to donate their e-books to bundles: expanding their audience and affiliate commissions. Chances are good that you won’t be familiar with every e-book included in a bundle sale. This is what’s in it for the authors: the large number of people who look at their e-books (but normally wouldn’t have) and become new fans. When bundles have a strong theme like this one, this advantage goes both ways: you are the perfect target audience for the e-book contributors and they are great resources for you! Contributing authors also become affiliates for the bundle so there’s still a mechanism for financial compensation for the hard work they put in to creating a great resource.

Bundles also typically contain discount codes. Again, this is what’s in it for the companies: you might try out a new product and become a new regular shopper. Because bundles are such great deals, the excitement is very high, sales tend to be fantastic, and this amounts to substantial exposure to new markets. And hopefully, the huge range of discounts included in this bundle will alert you to some great AIP products you didn’t know about yet!

This model only works when bundles are very thoughtfully organized, provide unique and high quality content, and are sold for a very limited time. The excitement over a legitimately amazing deal means lots of sales and lots exposure for the contributors. When bundle sales last too long or when there’s too many very similar bundle sales to choose from or when the advertising for a bundle includes overinflated values, then the excitement fades and so do the benefits to the contributors. The organizers of the Autoimmune Wellness Bundle are fully honoring the contributions from so many authors and vendors by doing this right! That’s why this bundle was so carefully crafted and is only available until November 30th!

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Bundle Details

When I’m trying to decide on whether to buy a bundle, I look at which books I would enjoy, total up the value, and then see if that’s more than the cost of the bundle (then I treat everything else as a bonus). I mean, it’s great that this bundle includes 48 e-books and is being sold at a 92% savings, but that doesn’t really mean anything if there’s only two books in the whole bundle that I’m interested in! So, here’s the nitty gritty of what’s in this bundle. Have a look and see if this bundle would be a great resource for you.

Here’s what’s included in this bundle:

AIP Cookbooks and Meal Plans

 16 AIP Cookbooks and Meal Plans (total value $197)

  • The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott ($17 value)
  • The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook by Angie Alt ($17 value)
  • 85 Amazing AIP Breakfast Recipes by Eileen Laird ($13 value)
  • The Best of AIP Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne ($25 value)
  • The He Won’t Know It’s Paleo Cookbook by Bre’anna Emmitt ($15 value)
  • The AIP Paleo Cajun Cookbook by Tara Perillo ($10 value)
  • We Can All Scream for Ice Cream by Jennifer Robins and Vivian Cheng ($10 value)
  • Butter Your Broth, the AIP Version by Kiersten Peterson ($6 value)
  • The Paleo Approach Dinner Club by Sarah Ballantyne ($17 value)
  • AIP Paleo Snacks and Quick Lunches by Jo Romero ($7 value)
  • 28 Days of AIP by Christina Feindel ($7 value)
  • 28 Days of Low-FODMAP AIP by Christina Feindel ($10 value)
  • Holiday Feast (AIP Edition) by Cassandra Garcia ($10 value)
  • The Paleo Approach Quick-Start Guide by Sarah Ballantyne ($18 value)
  • The FODMAP Free Paleo Breakthrough by Anne Angelone ($10 value)
  • The Little Cookbook of Gluten-Free Waffles by Dora Siah ($5 value)

Lifestyle and Exercise Guides

16 Lifestyle and Exercise Guides (total value $212)

  • The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson ($10 value)
  • Go to Bed by Christina Feindel and Sarah Ballantyne ($17 value)
  • Accessible Workouts by Peter Hirsh ($10 value)
  • Stress Solutions by Evan Brand ($27 value)
  • Relax by Michele Spring ($15 value)
  • Healing, Humor, and Hashimoto’s (excerpt) by Stacey Robbins ($5 value)
  • 30 Days of Prayer: Healing Autoimmunity for Women by Ruschelle Khanna ($5 value)
  • My Butter Life Personal Care by Renee from Hard Lotion ($5 value)
  • REM Rehab by Evan Brand ($29 value)
  • Yoga for the Everyday Flow of Life by RX Yoga ($12 value)
  • How To Biohack the Ultimate Healthy Home by Ben Greenfield ($6 value)
  • Getting Started with Your Vegetable Garden (Excerpt from “The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook”) by Diana Rogers ($7 value)
  • The Paleo Miracle by Joe Salama ($10 value)
  • The Paleo Miracle 2 by Joe Salama ($10 value)
  • 21 Step Body Image Remix Excerpt by Summer Inannen ($39 value)
  • Stretchsitting (Excerpt from “10 Steps To A Pain-Free Back”) by Esther Gokhale ($5 value)

Beyond the Basics
 16 Beyond the Basics e-books (total value $135)

  • The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough by Anne Angelone ($10 value)
  • Essays from 2014 by Terry Wahls ($10 value)
  • The Paleo Approach Reintroduction Guide by Sarah Ballantyne ($13 value)
  • Biohacking Autoimmune DIY by Petra Chambers-Sinclair ($9 value)
  • Birth Control Unlocked by Stefani Ruper ($9 value)
  • How To Interpret Your Lab Tests for Optimal Levels by Jamie Koonce ($20 value)
  • Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird ($9 value)
  • Fantastic Fiber by Sarah Ballantyne ($15 value)
  • Brain Health and Stress (excerpt from Why Isn’t My Brain Working?) by Datis Kharrazian ($5 value)
  • The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Foods to Include and Eliminate by Anne Angelone ($5 value)
  • The 10-Day Paleo Transition by Anne Angelone ($5 value)
  • The Causes of Autoimmune Disease (Excerpt from “The Paleo Approach”) by Sarah Ballantyne ($5 value)
  • Quit PMS by Lauren Geertsen ($9 value)
  • Overcoming Hashimoto’s Fatigue by Izabella Wentz ($5 value)
  • Why Hormones Matter (Excerpt from The Hormone Cure) by Sara Gottfried ($5 value)
  • Safe Supplements for Autoimmune Disease by Anne Angelone ($3 value)

The Best of AIP Cookbook was created exclusively for this bundle! Enjoy an amazing diversity of exquisite flavors while you embark on the autoimmune protocol with this NEW resource, only available here! With contributions from more than 30 leading Paleo and AIP bloggers and authors, this cookbook includes the best of the best 100% AIP recipes! Fill your plate with flavor and enjoy every bite on the road to better health! This 223-page e-book includes: a summary of the autoimmune protocol, and over 190 Best Of recipes, all 100% strict AIP!

Want to know more details about the included books? Simply go to the bundle website and click on any book image for a full description!

Now, you can see why this bundle isn’t just for those with autoimmune disease! Even just a quick glance at the resources included is enough to know that this bundle is filled with amazing resources that everyone will enjoy!

Exclusive Discounts and Coupon Codes

To give you even more value and support for your health journey, The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle also includes discount codes for 21 discount codes for AIP-friendly vendors and products!

Because the bundle organizers don’t want to assume that you’ll use every coupon code, the huge amount of money you could save by taking advantage of these discounts hasn’t even been calculated into the value of the bundle! That’s right! The bundle is worth over $500 NOT including the coupons and discount codes!

This is another way that I determine if a bundle is a good deal for me. I see whether any of the included discount codes and coupons are for products I normally buy or have been meaning to buy. If a good coupon (or two or three) will save me the cost of the bundle just by purchasing items I would have anyway, then I get to look at all the included e-books and other discount codes as a bonus!

It’s fantastic to see so many discounts and coupons for AIP-friendly products, services and programs!


Discounts and Coupon Codes

  • AIP Batch Cook                                     $20 off
  • Bare Bones                                     $10 off
  • Barefoot Provisions                         10% off
  • Ben Greenfield Fitness Systems             10% off
  • Fatworks                                     20% off
  • Kasandrinos                                     15% off
  • Klio Tea                                                 10% off
  • Kombucha Kamp                                     Free gift with purchase
  • MadeOn Skincare                         Free gift with purchase
  • Morrocco Method                         15% off
  • One Stop Paleo Shop                         10% off
  • Paleo on the Go                                     $25 off
  • Power Balls                                     20% off
  • Primal Life Organics                         20% off
  • Pure Indian Foods Ghee                         $5 off
  • SAD to AIP in 6 Weeks                         $20 off
  • Step and Go                                     10% off
  • The Eczema Company                         10% off
  • ThePaleoMom Consulting                         $25 off
  • Vital Proteins                                     20% off + free shipping
  • Wild Zora                                     15% off

So, what are you waiting for?

Pretty amazing deal right? Probably the best part is that every single resource has been specially selected and vetted by the bundle organizers to create the highest quality bundle possible! This really is the ultimate resource for the autoimmune community or anyone looking to heal their bodies and enjoy optimal health!

This is a VERY limited time offer so go here and check out all the details and see just how much you are getting for the awesome deal of $39!

Autoimmune Wellness Bundle

If you bought every e-book in this bundle separately, it would cost you over $500! But, it’s available for a short time for only $39! That’s 92% off the retail price!!! And that doesn’t include the hundreds of dollars you could potentially save with all the amazing discount codes! Plus, the quality of each item in this bundle is outstanding! This is a great bundle!!!


“Cheesy” Chicken “Pasta” (AIP/Paleo)

"Cheesy" Chicken "Pasta" (AIP/Paleo)

My two year AIP-iversary is coming up next week. Which is kind of amazing on a lot of levels. It is amazing to think of how much I have learned about food and health and myself. It is amazing to see the progress I have made in my healing journey and to think of all of the people I have met along the way. Quite honestly what amazes me the most though is realizing how many foods I haven’t eaten in two years, foods that I thought I could never live without before making the switch to AIP. In two years I have had two cups of coffee (both failed reintroductions), I have had no beer, no gluten free pizza, no pasta, no popcorn, no butter, no cinnamon rolls, no soda, no refined sugar, no vegetable oil, no hummus, and most of all I have had no cheese! This is amazing because in my past life cheese was my driving force (followed only by coffee). I put cheese on everything! My family used to joke that the way to my heart was not through chocolate or jewelry but through pizza or the 5 cheese ziti at Olive Garden. I never thought I could live without cheese. Yet here I am, two years later and amazingly enough I am better off. My skin is clear, my hormones are balanced, and my chronic constipation is gone. That being said, there are still some days where I wish I could just have a little bit of that ooey gooey goodness. So, in honor of my AIPiversary I am sharing my favorite cheese craving recipe. It is amazing how versatile butternut squash can be, but it really makes an amazing sauce. Trust me!

 "Cheesy" Chicken "Pasta" (AIP/Paleo)

“Cheesy” Chicken “Pasta” (AIP/Paleo)


2 cups of cooked, cubed, butternut squash

1/4 cup of coconut cream

1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar

2 TBS Coconut Oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

2 zucchini, spiralized into noodles

1 TBS Olive Oil

3 pieces of bacon

2-3 cooked chicken breasts


Make sure that your butternut squash has been peeled and cubed and then steamed or boiled until tender. Spiralize your zucchini into noodles and cook them in olive oil over low heat until slightly tender. In a food processor add your squash, coconut cream, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and garlic powder and blend until smooth. Pour your sauce over your noodles and toss to coat. Sprinkle your bacon on top and serve with chicken. Enjoy.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Chops (AIP/Paleo)

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Chops (AIP/Paleo)

I don’t know about you, but I have no idea where the fall has gone. I feel like I blinked and we went right from August to November. Between my work as a nanny, church activities and family events I feel like I have barely had the time to sit down let alone come up with tons of fancy new recipes. This blog, and my cooking style in general has always been focused on making healing food as easy and accessible as possible, but with how busy life has been for me these past few months I have a renewed appreciation for simple, low maintenance meals. I love coming up with fancier recipes, but the reality is that most of us will not make fancy recipes on a day-to-day basis. What we need are easy, go-to recipes that will get dinner on the table as quickly as possible without sacrificing all of the hard work we have put in when it comes to our health.

This is one of those recipes basically it comes down to put the pork chops in the crock pot, cook, add some toppings, eat. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Plus who doesn’t love the classic pork and pineapple combo? Pineapple and ham pizza used to be my absolute favorite so the combo of ham and pineapple holds a wonderful place in my heart and my pallet.

So, as we approach the holidays I hope that both you and I will take the opportunity to slow down a bit and enjoy the season, but on those regular old busy days I hope that this recipe provides the quick and easy convenience that you need.


Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Chops (AIP/Paleo)

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Chops (AIP/Paleo)


3-4 boneless pork chops

3 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar

1 TBS Maple Syrup

2 TBS Olive Oil

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp ground ginger

½ cup diced pineapple

3 strips of bacon


Place your pork chops in the crock of your slow cooker. In a small bowl combine your apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, sea salt, garlic powder, and ginger. Stir until well mixed and pour over your pork chops. Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours. When your pork chops are tender take them out of the slow cooker and top them with your diced pineapple and crumbled bacon. Serve and enjoy.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes (AIP/Paleo)

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes (AIP/Paleo)

Well here we are, deep into fall and I have finally given into the pumpkin spice mania. I honestly have been so busy the last month that I am only just now settling into the idea of fall to begin with. However, now that the weather is consistently cool and we have switched over from thinking about halloween to Thanksgiving, I am actually starting to get excited about the holidays and the fun of fall and winter. This past weekend I enjoyed my first low key weekend in quite a while and to celebrate we had brinner… my all time favorite thing. Breakfast for dinner. So in honor of the occasion I decided to whip up something to match the season. These little pancakes are really more of a fritter than a pancake. They are not overly sweet, unless you add maple syrup, but they are comforting and their hint of spice is just right.

Are you excited about fall? Do you love all things pumpkin spice? Let me know in the comments below!

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes (AIP/Paleo)

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes (AIP/Paleo)


  • 2 Ripe Plantains
  • 1/2 Cup Pureed Pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • 2 TBS Coconut Oil
  • coconut butter (optional)
  • Maple Syrup (optional)


In a food processor combine your ripe plantains, pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and optional vanilla. Blend until a mostly smooth, thick batter forms. Over medium heat melt your coconut oil in a medium frying pan. Spoon enough batter into the hot pan to create a small pancake. Cook for about two minutes on each side or until golden brown. Continue until all of your batter is gone. Drizzle with coconut butter and maple syrup and enjoy.

Tips For Improving Health and Fertility Before Trying to Conceive

Tips For Improving Health and Fertility Before Trying to Conceive

Did you know that 78% of autoimmune patients are women, most of which are of childbearing age? As women this presents us with a unique set of issues relating to health, fertility, and pregnancy.

Autoimmune disease and fertility is a topic that has fascinated me since the moment I was diagnosed with my autoimmune disease, because on a personal level I have always wanted children, and on a professional level I regularly work with women who are pregnant or trying to conceive. Over the years, I have done a lot of my own research and talked with multiple doctors about some of the best ways to improve health specifically as it relates to fertility and pregnancy and while I am not a doctor or a medical professional, today I would like to share some of the helpful things I have taken away from my research.

Tips For Improving Health and Fertility Before Trying to Conceive


Tips For Improving Health and Fertility Before Trying to Conceive:

  • Get off of Hormonal Birth Control: I have written on the topic of hormonal birth control as it relates to autoimmunity in the past, but suffice it to say that sex hormones can play a big role in immune system regulation, gut flora, and the management of autoimmune disease. Hormonal birth control can throw all of those things out of balance. Hormonal birth control has also been shown to lead to serious nutrient deficiencies that can impact fertility. So, even if you are not quite ready to start trying for a baby, ditch the hormonal birth control in favor of a non-hormonal option like condoms, a diaphragm, natural family planning, or a copper IUD. Giving your body time to recover from hormonal birth control use is probably one of the best things you can do to increase your chances of conceiving. I personally, switched to a non-hormonal IUD about a year and half ago and I have had a great experience.


  • Focus on Eating a Nutrient Dense Diet: If you are following the autoimmune protocol or the paleo diet, you are already doing great in this department. Cutting out processed foods, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine and adding in nutrient dense foods like fruits, vegetables, grass fed meat, bone broth, and ferments will accomplish a number of things. First, it will decrease inflammation in the body which is a big inhibitor of fertility, second, it will increase depleted nutrient stores, third, it will aid in gut healing which is important to the health of your future babies (you should tae a probiotic supplement for this as well) and finally it will aid in the management of autoimmune disease. Cutting out dairy may also help to balance hormones, which may make it easier to get pregnant.


  • Begin Taking a Prenatal Vitamin That Contains Bio-Available Folate: Most doctors recommend beginning to take a prenatal vitamin at least three months before you plan to start trying to conceive. The goal here is primarily to increase your folate levels before conception, which can help minimize the risks of neural tube defects in the developing fetus. The problem is that most vitamins contain folic acid, which is a synthetic compound that is supposed to be broken down by the liver and converted into a useable form of folate in the body. However, many people lack the appropriate amount of enzymes in the liver to accomplish this task which results in high amounts of unusable, unmetabolized folic acid in the blood stream. This is especially true for those with a diagnosed MTHFR gene mutation. It may surprise you to know that folic acid was not even invented until 1943 and it was not introduced as a mandatory food fortification technique until 1998. Large amounts of unmetabolized folic acid do little to help your developing baby and have even been speculated to cause larger potential health problems down the line. As a result, it is best to increase folate levels naturally. The best way to do this is through a diet high in leafy greens, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, and liver. However, if you are planning on taking a prenatal vitamin I would recommend using this one as it contains bioavailable folate rather than folic acid and I can say from personal experience that it is easy on even the most sensitive stomachs.


  • Optimize your Vitamin D and Omega 3 levels: Aside from folate there are a few other nutrients that are specifically important when it comes to fertility and pregnancy: Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and Omega 3s. Optimizing vitamin D levels is important for anyone looking to manage autoimmune disease in general, as vitamin D can act as an immune regulator and is an important nutrient. I would definitely recommend getting your levels tested by your doctor. Getting adequate sunlight, eating grass fed, organic, meat and supplementing with both vitamin D and Vitamin K2 should help increase your levels. Omega 3 fatty acids are also very important when it comes to over-all health and decreasing inflammation, they also play a big role in baby brain development. There is a ton of information out there on how to get enough omega 3s. Food wise, seafood, pastured egg yolks, and grass fed liver are your best options. If you are also interested in supplementing, you will hear a ton of conflicting information about a variety of fish oils to use. In my research I found some uncertainty about the source quality of many plain fish oil capsules, there has also been a lot of controversy surrounding cod liver oil lately (which used to be one of the top recommended way to supplemented with omega 3s) and I just didn’t feel comfortable with it, so in the end I chose to supplement with high quality krill oil. It is affordable, has high levels of omega 3s and is easy to digest.


  • Begin a Regular Moderate Intensity Exercise Routine With a Focus on Back, Core and Pelvic Floor Muscles: We all know that regular exercise is good for you. We also all know that getting into the routine of exercising is half the battle. This is especially true when you’re thinking about getting pregnant. Exercise in pregnancy is super important, but chances are you are not going to have tons of motivation to start a new routine if you’re battling first trimester fatigue or indigestion. So, get yourself into the routine now! Keep your exercise at a moderate intensity, as too much high intensity work can possibly affect fertility in some people. You will also benefit from including some serious core and back work in your routine because these are the muscles you will rely on the most to maintain healthy posture and minimize pain throughout pregnancy. Having strong core muscles can also help you recover faster postpartum. Yoga is a great option as is pilates or lower to moderate intensity weight lifting. Personally, I really like these online videos because they are short, fun and there are a ton of them.


  • Work on a Gentle Detox Routine: An overload of toxins in your system can impact your health on a number of levels, but definitely on your hormones. Gently working to detox your body may help reduce your overall toxic load and improve health and fertility. The easiest way to do this is to drink plenty of water. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps flush out your system, it is also a good habit to get into because when you get pregnant you have to drink water like it is your job in order to stay hydrated and reduce your risk of preterm labor. Another easy way to gently detox your system is to include detox baths into your bedtime routine a few days a week. I regularly take Epsom salt baths to help reduce my inflammation and prevent pain, but a simple bath with some Epsom salts or some baking soda can help to gently detox your body and improve overall health.


If you’re looking for more information on autoimmunity and infertility, recovering from hormonal birth control use or getting pregnant here are some resources I recommend:

Carrot Soufflé (AIP Stage 1 Reintroduction/Paleo)

Carrot Soufflé (AIP Stage 1 Reintroduction/Paleo)

I feel like everyone’s family has the one holiday food that is unique to their traditions. Something that is not on the traditional menu that we all think of when we think of Thanksgiving or Christmas, but that your family eats every year. For my family that dish is carrot soufflé. It is a recipe that my mom came across at a dinner with some of my dad’s colleagues early in their marriage. The hostess had it on the menu and all of the big burly military men laughed and gave her a hard time for serving soldiers something as “girly” sounding as carrot soufflé. I’m sure she just rolled her eyes. When they sat down for dinner one of the men at the table took a spoonful, tasted it and loudly exclaimed, “That is some seriously bitchin’ carrot soufflé!” All of the guys ended up loving it and that story became a running joke. Even my husband laughs when he remembers coming to our house for Christmas one of the first years we were dating and being offered some carrot soufflé. He was skeptical of vegetables in general at the time and he thought that this carrot concoction sounded seriously strange. He took a bite, and fell in love with it. Now it is one of his favorite holiday dishes.

Unfortunately, however the original recipe was far from AIP. It contains lots of eggs, lots of white sugar, flour, corn starch and baking powder. Over the years I managed to make it gluten free, then paleo, but in my early AIP years with eggs out of the picture I knew that I had met my match so the carrot soufflé recipe was put aside for a while. The eggs act as the necessary binding agent in the soufflé and allow it to set and as hard as I tried I could not find an AIP friendly option that worked the same way.

Thankfully, I recently started adding egg yolks back into my diet on a regular basis so I decided I would once again see if I could resurrect the carrot soufflé. Egg yolks are a stage 1 reintroduction on the autoimmune protocol. They are high in fat and nutrients, especially when they come from healthy pasture raised hens, and many people find that they are an easy food to reintroduce. Obviously most soufflés rely on the white of the egg to work, but the carrot soufflé worked perfectly with just the yolks. So much so, that my husband didn’t even realize it was a new recipe at all!


So, I hope that as we near the holiday season you and your family might enjoy this slightly strange sounding, but delicious, dish as much as my family and I have!


Carrot Soufflé (AIP Stage 1 Reintroduction/Paleo)

Carrot Soufflé (AIP Stage 1 Reintroduction/Paleo)

serves 6


1 lb of carrots

½ cup of coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

5 egg yolks

1 tsp arrowroot flour

¼ tsp salt

½ cup of maple syrup

¼ cup coconut sugar

¼ tsp baking soda

½ tsp cream of tartar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and roughly chop your carrots. Add them to a pot of boiling water and cook until tender. In a food processor or blender combine your cooked carrots with all of your other ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until completely set. Serve warm. Enjoy.