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30 Days of Gratitude – Week 1

As the trees change their wardrobe to the beautiful gold and red of autumn and the days get crisper and shorter, it is natural for us to start turning within and take some time to consider that which is most important. Unfortunately, it seems that the official

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 1

I feel like Thanksgiving is under attack and I wish people would rush to its defense like they do for other holidays. It used to be one of only a couple days the entire year when you could count on all absolutely non-essential businesses being closed, which

Gutsy’s Grab Bag – October, 2013

Can you believe the end of October is already upon us? The fall colors are in their full glory here in Virginia and the air temperature is getting crisp. There is so much to love about autumn… the changing leaves, the shortening day length, and the dropping

Animal-Assisted Therapy: First Steps!

One of my big projects this fall is to begin the process of getting certified to do animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with our dog Lily. This has been a goal of mine for several years now and I’m excited that it is finally becoming a reality! I took

Chronic Illness is a Thief: Fighting Back

Chronic illness is a thief. It steals your identity and turns you into someone you never thought you’d be. It turns you into a liar, making you tell people you are feeling fine when you are not just so you don’t burden them with your constant problems.

Update: 30 Days on Autoimmune Paleo Protocol for Crohn’s Disease

Today marks 45 straight days of eating squeaky clean paleo (with additional eliminations) and 30 days of paleo with autoimmune modifications. That means no grains, legumes, or dairy. I also eliminated nuts, seeds, coffee, chocolate and alcohol and then cut out eggs and nightshades for the past

Update: Three Weeks on the Autoimmune Protocol

Time is flying! I am now on day 21 of the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP). The first two weeks (see my update #1 here and update #2 here) went by so slowly, but I have now hit my stride and the food planning, prepping, and eating is

Update: Two Weeks on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

It has now been 13 days since I started the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) and I am pleased with my progress so far. Week two had a few challenges and triumphs (like cleaning and cooking a whole fish!). I also had a little setback this week when

Update: One week on paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP)

Today is day 7 on the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) and I am happy to report that with a bit of pre-planning I had no trouble finding plenty of delicious things to eat and my digestive system is quite happy! Review: What is AIP? In the paleo

Starting the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Dear eggs and nightshades… It’s not you, it’s me. It has been swell knowing you, but it is time for me to say goodbye for now. I will see you again in 30 days and maybe we’ll be friends again, but for now you need to join
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