Coming out of 10 years of chronic illness has made me look at life in a different way. I’ve realized that things happen for us, not to us; something new comes into our lives or something happens to make us change. For me it was Lyme disease, PCOS, hypothyroidism, leaky gut, and so much more. When I had to cut out gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, and corn, I thought my life was ending but I learned that we can come out of any struggle in our life on the other side of it and prove to ourselves that we can not only survive, but thrive.
Author: Amie Valpone
I’ve been a hormonal mess since I was 21 years old and never realized that hormones were causing so many unwanted symptoms in my body until I was diagnosed by a functional medicine doctor with PCOS. I had started gaining weight, while eating the healthy foods I had always eaten. I was having insomnia and headaches and irregular periods. Getting diagnosed with PCOS has made me realize how important it is to support your hormones every day because they drive so many of your body’s daily abilities that we often don’t realize until we start to feel awful side effects. I honestly thought PMS was the only side effect from imbalanced hormones, but once I started to heal my headaches and insomnia and exhaustion, I realized that hormones were contributing and causing many of these symptoms I was experiencing every day.
It’s time to think not just outside the box, but out of the bag and the can as well. With my EATING CLEAN: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight inflammation and Reset Your Body (on sale March 8th, 2016) you will learn how to get on a path to better health and wellness by eating whole natural foods and eliminating toxins from your diet. I’m not into labels. This isn’t about being a vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian. If you want to come up with a name for what this is, knock yourself out, but the most important thing is to eat foods that make your body feel good.
We are always looking for a new mix when it comes to one of our favorite grains: quinoa. This honey lemon quinoa bowl is bursting with flavors and includes seasonal apples and pumpkin seeds for an extra nutrition boost.
After living with numerous chronic illnesses for over a decade, I’ve become the best co-pilot to bring along on any trip.
We all know how tough it can be to eat healthy while traveling; add food allergies or intolerances to your trip and it can seem even harder. Aside from the endless packing and lingering jet-lag the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen preparing healthy food for your trip.
This is a great salad to enjoy this spring. Arugula is a cruciferous veggie (part of the broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprout family) and is one of the best detoxing veggies you can eat!
If you like Lara bars, you’ll love this homemade cashew bar recipe. It’s gluten, dairy, soy and refined-sugar free. It’s super easy to make and tastes delicious — much better than snacking on processed bars with a long list of ingredients!
This Cleanse-friendly pesto is incredibly versatile and can be used as a sauce or a dip! Serve this at your next dinner party to really wow your guests or use it to liven up almost any dish!
This flavorful dish is Cleanse friendly and makes for a great fall meal!
This delicious winter dish is bursting with natural sweetness, but most of all, it’s all about texture. If you’ve been missing crunchy croutons since giving up gluten, the cinnamon raisin croutons will be a satisfying treat!