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What is the AIP? A complete guide to the autoimmune protocol

Everything you need to know about the autoimmune protocol in a simple format. Resources, tips for success and even specific troubleshooting. Make the program work for you, heal your body and reverse your autoimmune disease!

Keto Diet Reset + Listen To The Sisson Giveaway!

Did you hear the news? Mark Sisson’s new book is all about KETO! What is special about this book is his APPROACH! Much to the tune of his Primal Blueprint, which has helped thousands of folks burn body fat and regain their health, agility and wellbeing; all by breaking down the day to day life …

Hormone Rollercoaster: How to work with your cycle, not against it!

Before you dive into all this awesome info… keep a few things in mind: 1- I don’t take hormonal birth control, and this menstrual cycle info does not reflect any hormonal interventions. 2- Everyone is different, cycles vary in length and intensity, take this info and apply it to your situation 3- There are links …

Dairy Free + Gluten Free School Lunches

Pack healthy lunches that don’t suck! Your kids will eat up all this tasty goodness, even the picky eaters. Dairy free and gluten free lunch box ideas!

Product Spotlight: Nush Cakes | Delicious Dairy Free Keto Treat

Okay people, hold on to your britches. I, yes, I, Cristina am promoting not only a sweet treat but a packaged one at that. Pigs can fly apparently! I was first introduced to Nush Cakes at Kyndra’s house, some of you may know her at Peace Love and Low Carb. I was weary at first. …

Thrive Market: Making Healthy Food Affordable

Thrive Market sells all your favorite brands on line at 25 to 50% off! Try your 30 day free trial now, and get extra savings with this exclusive deal!

How to Transition from a SAD to Paleo Kitchen

Converting your kitchen from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a grain free or paleo kitchen can seem overwhelming at first. It is important to remember that you don’t need to have ALL the paleo pantry items to start. A good starting point is using coconut oil instead of canola oil. Buy plant based milks …

2018 Wellness Toolbox!

It’s a New Year, you’re all psyched up to make changes, hit your goals. Everywhere you look the “GET HEALTHY” propaganda is going strong. Oh yesssss… new year, new you right? Well…  I have news for you… NOTHING WILL GO AS PLANNED.  It might for a while, for a month, a week etc… but eventually …

RESTRICTED: Restaurant Survival Guide for Special Diets

  Going out to eat with food restrictions can be daunting, even upsetting.  Avoid the grief with some advice from a seasoned restaurant employee.  I’ll tell you how to communicate efficiently with your server to ensure you get a great meal! Note: these recommendations are geared toward those who are dealing with restrictions beyond flexible paleo, especially Autoimmune Protocol Veterans who often need …

My Healing Story: AIP and Keto and Self Love

My whole story from childhood obesity to living with an autoimmune disease as a teenager. How I used elimination diets, lifestyle changes to heal my body and life. How AIP and Keto helped me reach my goals.

Live In The Now: Birthday Resolutions (+Giveaway!)

Happy Birthday To ME! Tomorrow marks 32 trips around the sun for me. I’m not one to shy away from birthday’s. In my former years I was big on BIG celebrations. I would plan epic pub crawls, weekends at the beach and wild parties. Since having my son I toned it down to nice dinners …

Is the Autoimmune Protocol Right For You?

  AIP (The Autoimmune Protocol): This elimination protocol isn’t meant to last forever. It’s a powerful tool to suss out food intolerances, reduce inflammation and help heal leaky gut. As I mentioned in the Food As Medicine page, we are living in a world, with constant access to foods which our bodies have not evolved …

Birthday Post: the things I learned when I was thirty two

Special birthday post! What I’ve learned in the last year! Body Positivity, That I can control everything, stress is the worst and hormones are delicate!

Is Keto Right For You?

Keto (Ketogenic Diet), the latest rage in fix-all diets, right? Wrong! There is no ONE right way for everyone as we discussed on the Food As Medicine Page. However, keto can be a powerful healing and weight loss tool. But it’s definitely not for everyone, so if you have tried it and did not feel …

AIP KETO RESET (shopping list and meal plan)

Reboot your system with this AIP KETO RESET, 2-4 weeks of anti-inflammatory, squeaky clean, healing food. Break your stall, get rid of underlying symptoms and find the next piece to your health puzzle!

Is Paleo Right For You?

There are no strict rules to paleo because our ancestors lived in varied ways. A simple way to approach this is to research how your ancestors ate. Where are you from? Where did your great-grandparents live and how did they feed themselves? At a glance, the popular opinions is that paleo is free of grain, …

Talking Holistic Medicine, Autoimmune Health & Food with Dr. Isali Ben Jacob

Interview with Doctor Isali Ben-Jacob, Holistic Practitioner in Miami, FL Dr. Ben Jacob has treated my family for a number of health issues for many years. He is a trusted doctor and friend. I learned so much about what he does, and how he does it through this interview. The purpose for this interview was …

TLC Challenge: Two Weeks To Lasting Healthy Habits

Yes, that is T-L-C, as in TENDER LOVE AND CARE. A little cheesy I know, but I really want to drive home the fact that this is not about diet. I talk to hundreds of people a month about what they eat. One reoccurring theme is the feeling of failure. I messed up, I cheated, …

How To Be A Food Blogger (and how to avoid my mistakes)

Before we get in to the HOW, we need to address the WHY. Why do you want to become a food blogger? You better have passion, patience, heart and time to give. It’s not for the faint of heart. It takes dedication, creativity and a lot of determination. Do you have something to say or …

Staying On Track On The Road (Healthy Keto Travel Hacks)

This post is embedded with affiliate links that keep Castaway Kitchen afloat. Thank you. How I survive traveling for 10 days on an AIP Keto Lifestyle? Here are my best healthy keto travel hacks! As many of you know, I just went on a book tour for my first ever book, Made Whole! One thing …

Food Intolerances, Pinnertest Review

Backstory If you read this blog, you know I have several food intolerance issues. They’re pretty much the reason this blog came about. I was 30 years old, I felt like shit and I decided to change my diet and lifestyle to fix that. My first elimination diet was a Whole30, my second was 4 …

The Other Reason Why We Eat

Hello Castaway Family! I’m honored to have my friend Stephanie Dodier write this amazing, insightful and honest post on emotional eating for you all. Stephanie is a clinical nutritionist, honors graduate from Institute of Holistic Nutrition, podcaster, blogger, self-love and self-care advocate and over all amazing woman. She is also you, and me and all …

Keto vs. Paleo

Keto, Paleo, AIP…. HUH!?! Are you curious about the keto diet? It seems to be taking over, growing rapidly in popularity, and spreading faster than the paleo movement ever did. How different are they? Is it KETO VS PALEO? Are these two lifestyles competing or can they work together in harmony?   As a lifelong …

How to Create an Easy, Sustainable Meal Plan on Keto

This is a guest post from Louise Hendon. She co-hosts The Keto Summit and has written many keto cookbooks, including The Essential Keto Cookbook. Creating a meal plan for yourself can be the difference between a keto diet which ends with success and keto diet which ends with a bag of chocolate chip cookies.   …

Hydrating Matcha Smoothie + Making It Work: how my non paleo family eats my food

It Started With A Smoothie Bowl  I’ve signed on with Vital Proteins to make three recipes in three months for them. Last month I made the Key Lime Pots de Creme. This month I created this Matcha Smoothie Bowl, featuring their Cucumber and Aloe Beauty Water. I made this smoothie while my husband was out …

Intro To Mindful Menstruation and Moon Mandala

“The whole menstrual cycle is an alchemical process in itself, during which every woman who bleeds goes through a transformation inside herself. To menstruate means to live through a cyclical transmutation in which the past is shed and the new is embraced. Experiencing this transformation through conscious ritual awakens us to our connection with the …

Bone Broth…. Pills?

Not Into Bone Juice? I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten the “yulkgh” sound from folks when I mention to them that I often drink bone broth. I guess the word bone causes the sound. First off bone broth, aka stock… like old fashioned how Grandma made it stock… IS THE BASIS OF FLAVOR …

Made Whole: more than just dairy free keto cookbook

Not just a dairy free keto cookbook, Made Whole is a collection of recipes that is seriously intent on benefiting you. A keto cookbook focused on anti-inflammatory recipes. Dairy free, nut free, nightshade free with modifications for all types of special diets, especially AIP.

Freezer Meals: Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook!

Who Is This Book For? Freezer Meals For The Paleo AIP is for anyone who can’t eat eggs or nuts or dairy or nightshades. For anyone with autoimmune disease who wants to heal their body with diet. For all of us short on time who have specific dietary needs. This book is for you and …

Eat With Intention: ditch the diet mindset

I get it, sometimes we need all the rules and the structure to get us to a better place. But sometimes, we lean to much on these rules. We thrive in their structure and fall apart our own. Classic helicopter parenting mistake. You have to make your own mistakes, fail- get back up and do …

Keto and Hypoglycemia

My friend and holistic registered nutrition, Meg is here to talk to us about blood sugar! I’m thrilled to share her real food, self love, keto wisdom will all of you!    Hey, everyone! I am so grateful to be a guest blogger here on The Castaway Kitchen today! Cristina and I only recently became …

Do Calories Matter? (weight loss on a whole food lifestyle)

If you’ve been trying to lose weight your whole life or stuck in your weight loss, that was me too. When talking about weight loss on a whole foods lifestyle, do calories matter? The answer might surprise you!

Tracking Macros on Keto

Martina Slajerova, best-selling author, and keto expert reached out to me this summer. She asked if I had seen her app, which is called Keto Diet App. Pretty self-explanatory right? Honestly, I hadn’t seen it I told her, but I was happy to take a look. While I don’t personally track my macros, I know …

My Whole30 Costo Haul with Printable Shopping List

Print or pin this shopping list for Costco and shop with ease. Totally compliant items and tips for saving money. This Whole30 Costco shopping list has you covered!

Quick Start Guide to Dairy Free Keto

Learn the basics, get troubleshooting tips, and resources. Everything you need to rock a dairy-free keto lifestyle!

Why I Should Have Prioritzed Post Partum Self Care

I don’t often talk about motherhood here. The reason being that when I began this blog I needed to create something that was just my own. My son was two years old and had just weaned. I was sick, depressed and thoroughly run ragged. I had lost my identity. Two years of being his primary …

Book Report: The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

Writing this, it reminds me of the book reports we used to do in school! I wanted to share what I thought of The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson because I found it truly useful, even as a paleo veteran. Before I begin on the actual review part I want to tell you why I …

Under $30 Amazon Foodie Gift Guide

Tis the season for gift giving! Who gets major anxiety at the thought of braving the holiday crowds at the mall? I know I do! Amazon has become my go-to place for gift shopping and between Prime and Cyber Monday I can get everyone I love something awesome without breaking the bank. I get it …

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