Carrie The Canary

Ever heard the story behind the phrase a “canary in a coal mine”? Many of you with environmental or chemical sensitivities probably know it all too well. But just in case you’re unfamiliar…

According to the Smithsonian this mining tradition took place from 1911 to 1986. They were sent into coal mines ahead of time to detect carbon monoxide and other toxic gases before those gases could hurt humans...

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Recipe: Yuca Waffles and Pesto

Coming off my month long infection-busting protocol (and feeling AWESOME!), I've had a difficult time wanting to jump back in to eating all the "regular" food. When you eliminate basically every possible inflammatory food for your body for a good chunk of time you give yourself a chance to come back into balance...

This isn't your typical waffles and maple syrup, obviously, but it's my savory take on the concept and it's even good enough to receive my middle schooler's stamp of approval...

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Laid-back, who me?

Last weekend my extremely laid back, fun-loving, ever-present good friend sensed my left-brain logic kicking up in the midst of our conversation. I couldn't help it. It's the way I've always operated. Ask me a question these days about nutrition or pathogens or toxins and I'll get all cerebral on you! I like to try to make sense of things even if it sends me down one rabbit hole after another in my mind. 

Then she said calmly, ...

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Recipe: Grain-Free Vegan Carob Cookies with Date Caramel Icing

Those of you following me on Instagram may have heard about the month-long, infection-busting protocol my son and I are in the midst of completing. In addition to taking heavy doses of herbal supplements (like maitake mushrooms, olive leaf extract, and many more), we're on a very limited diet in an effort to avoid as much unnecessary inflammation as possible. Cooking becomes a bit challenging without grains (with the exception of rice), dairy, nightshades, nuts, coconut, soy, legumes, chocolate, coffee, eggs, ferments and sweeteners (including maple syrup and honey).

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They do too. Really.

How many of you have felt isolated and even rejected in the midst of your dis-ease? 

What happens when you’ve sung that hidden illness tune so many times that your song is no longer heard? 

Maybe it started with the doctors who couldn’t see anything wrong with you in their impersonal work-ups. 

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The ploys of the distraction monkey

Remember those high school or college days when you were given an assignment weeks in advance and just couldn’t quite figure out how to manage your time to avoid cramming everything into an all-nighter in the final hours? Maybe you received the instructions for the paper or the upcoming exam and thought, “Whew, I have plenty of time for this. It’ll just take a little bit of effort every day and I’ll ace this thing!”

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