Grassfed On a Budget: Rosemary and Garlic Braised Oxtail Recipe

Why oxtail? It is becoming easier to find humanely raised, healthy, grassfed meats these days; but paying for them on a tight budget is tough. Filet mignon from my local farmer costs $27 a pound and even the more economical cuts like brisket and sirloin are nearing

Autoimmunity… Simplified

Autoimmunity is a complex subject, even for medical people and scientists (which I am most definitely not!). It can affect pretty much any body system, is difficult to diagnose, and its causes appear to be multi-faceted. And even though various autoimmune disorders often overlap with one another,

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

Crohn’s Disease and Probiotics: Beneficial or Just a Waste of Money?

Last week a startling headline appeared in my Google news alert: “Probiotics Have No Impact on Crohn’s Disease Remission.” The study, published this month in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was a 52-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted at 32 centers and looked at whether or not a

Whole Striped Bass on a Bed of Herbs

 I had to dig deep and find my inner hunter-gatherer this week when my husband brought home four striped bass from a fishing trip with friends. I’ve eaten lots of fish and watched others clean fish, but was completely intimidated by the prospect of scaling, gutting, and

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

Roast Pork with Cherry Rhubarb Sauce

Our last big meat order from Polyface was the pork larder, so we’ve been eating lots of delicious pork chops, ribs, and sausage lately. The cut that had me a bit stymied though was the “fresh ham.” Google searches on recipes were coming up mostly empty except

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

How I Became Gutsy by Nature

“You are actually one of the least complicated cases I will consult on this week,” says the big shot surgeon at Famous Medical Center in response to my husband’s query about whether or not she’d ever dealt with a complicated surgical history like mine before. She isn’t
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