Antipasto Salad (Autoimmune Paleo)

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Pretty in Primal – I’m not that big of a salad lover in general (especially since dairy and I broke up and I can’t put goat cheese on them). I eat them and I do enjoy them, but I rarely really crave them. But, in the heat of the middle of summer, when you don’t feel like cooking and crave something fresh, a nice meal salad can be just the thing. I’ve been digging this antipasto salad because, even without cheese, it’s still luxurious and makes me feel as if I could be eating it on a cliff side in Positano. Who needs feta or r… Read more

Things I’m Loving: 2

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Pretty in Primal – As per usual, I’m way overdue for a post and I want to post something, so I’m taking the easy road and sharing more things that I especially love right now. Enjoy! 1. Traditional Medicinals Roasted Dandelion Root TeaBesides having numerous health benefits, I really love the taste of this tea. It’s roasty and sweet and tastes slightly like coffee. I like to brew 2-3 bags at a time (usually overnight) and drink hot or iced with coconut milk.2. Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss Of The Foods We Love by Simr… Read more

Things I’m Loving, Volume 1

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Pretty in Primal – I always like to see what’s working for other people and improving their lives. So, I’ve decided to start a very informal series that I plan to be ongoing, detailing random things I’ve discovered that have made my life better in some form. I hope you enjoy my first edition.#1 D Minder app. This free app is so helpful and satisfying to use. It calculates how much vitamin D you can make based on your location, angle of the sun, time of day, UV index, your skin color, and how much clothing you’re wearing. I ha… Read more

Qigong For Autumn: Strengthening Lung Energy

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Pretty in Primal – Happy Autumn! I’ve been wanting to do a simple series on seasonal qigong exercises for awhile and now seems like a good time. Qigong (pronounced “chee-kung”), like Tai Chi, is a meditative movement and breathing practice that circulates energy through the meridians of the body. It loosely translates to “energy skill.” Medical Qigong is a form that focuses on strengthening and balancing the energy of specific organs. You don’t have to be flexible or strong to practice it. You don’t need a mat or special clot… Read more

Going Deeper On The Healing Path

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Pretty in Primal – I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the parts of healing that have nothing to do with diet, supplements, or even exercise. Things that connect us to the power of nature. Things that feed our souls. Things that heal our hearts. When we are disconnected from these things, wholeness and healing don’t happen to their fullest capacity. I mentioned in my last post that I was about to start participating in a small, online live chat group based around mind-body-emotional healing- specifically around using Love a… Read more

Summer Catch-Up + News

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Pretty in Primal – Image from Still BlogIt’s been such a long time. I haven’t abandoned the blog, though. I’m still here. Summer is crawling by here in the South. We’ve had more rain than usual, so everything stayed greener for longer than it usually does. It’s been nice to have slightly cooler spells after the rain to get lots of walking in. Now that the heat is back, it’s hard for me to get a walk in unless I’m up super early or wait until sundown. I really do think there’s something magical about walking that helps improve… Read more

Quick Apple Cinnamon Porridge (AIP)

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Pretty in Primal – For breakfast I generally eat protein, fat, and veggies, with a little bit of fruit or maybe a bit of something starchy like fried plantain. Most mornings I like eating this sort of breakfast because it makes me feel good, but sometimes I miss hot cereal. I grew up eating a lot of hot cereal (Cream of Wheat, oatmeal, Ralston) and sometimes I miss the texture and comfort of it. In the olden days (pre-paleo, pre-AIP), I ate oatmeal for breakfast on a regular basis.I’m really pleased with this AIP porridge bec… Read more

March Update + Handling Spring Allergies

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Pretty in Primal – Just thought I’d rattle off a little update while I’m being a lazybones on this gray Saturday. Last time I checked in, Nashville was in the midst of the (hopefully) last gasp of winter. It has warmed considerably since then and some trees are sprouting buds. I’m happy for the warmer weather and spring in Nashville is my absolutely favorite season- it’s so beautiful once all the flowering trees burst into bloom. But, for me, there’s a dark side to spring: allergies. Nashville is an allergy hotspot and they s… Read more

Chicken Pot Pie (Autoimmune Paleo)

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Pretty in Primal – I don’t know about where you live, but here in Nashville, it’s still winter. STILL. WINTER. I don’t remember ever having snow this late in the season. We have a few inches of snow at the moment, which is really quite pretty because we don’t get much snow here (and often get no snow during the winter), but I’m feeling ready for more sun and warmer temps. In the meantime, comfort food is just the thing to get me through the end of winter. When being on a restricted diet, I think the importance of “soul food”-… Read more

New Year, New Flare

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Pretty in Primal – Hello 2015. How is the New Year finding you? It’s finding me on the mend, after a slow and insidious autoimmune flare-up. The thing about autoimmunity and flare-ups is that you can be sailing along feeling fine and then suddenly, you’re dashed against the rocks and everything falls to pieces. Or, alternately, you don’t realize that your ship is sinking until it becomes very obvious. The second type of scenario is the one that has been more frequently my experience and that was my recent experience.Sometime … Read more