What do you think of when you think of a sweet potato? Do you see a bright orange casserole covered in marshmallows occupying the corner of a Thanksgiving table or do you see a tasty, brown, earth covered, misshaped, root?
It’s a silly question on the surface. Who thinks of sweet potatoes? But the visions of sweet potatoes dancing in your head illustrate something much greater; your image of the world, your ideas about health, and the effect you have on the environment around you.
My name is Samantha, I’m a twenty-something wife and mom living in the southern part of the United States.
I am not an expert on the environment, I am not a professional cook, I am not a professional writer, nor a professional social advocate. I am, however, an amateur jack of all of these trades and, to my credit, a professional photographer, childbirth doula, nanny and pastor’s wife.
A few years ago I began this site as a way to talk about the things in my life that always caused people to ask the most questions… What is ulcerative colitis? What is the paleo diet? What is the recipe for that? How do you garden when you live in a small space? What should I do if (fill in the blank)?
I didn’t have a lot of expectations or direction all I knew was that it sounded like a fun past time. Little did I know, that little fun past time would turn into a great adventure. Over the years since this site started I have seen many ups and downs in my personal journey with autoimmune disease. That journey led me to following the autoimmune protocol (AIP). Through that process I learned so much about managing my autoimmune disease and how diet and lifestyle impact overall health, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet hundreds and hundreds of people who are on the same road and who have shared their experiences with me.
This blog began as a directionless adventure but it now has a very clear goal. To help empower others to find health, wellness and community. Here you will find information, you will find stories and you will find recipes that comply with either the paleo or autoimmune protocol diets. It is my hope that the content shared here will help lift you up on those frustrating days, help keep you going when you need motivation, and help you celebrate the victories that are in front of you. Welcome to Sweet Potatoes and Social Change, I’m glad you’re here.