Saturday, December 09, 2023

Homeschooling Fall Semester 2023 Wrap-Up

Our homeschool feels like it is completely reinventing itself. Those of you that homeschool understand how not one single homeschool day is the same, but this feels like a complete remodel to me for some reason. Ceesa is getting ready to graduate with her bachelor’s in history with a minor in English in a few weeks and Jo-Jo is working on a wildlife conservation degree and mostly doing college course work and some work at home for her senior year. The girls were such a focus for me during their high school years that now, I feel like the boys get to absorb my attention, whether they want it or not.  

**While this post is a recap of what we did this fall for homeschool and it is chalked full of ideas for schooling, those of you that don't homeschool can check out our adventure section that has tons of ideas for families! 

magnifying glass on math book, art pallette, chemicals in jar, open book



Back to School Kick-Off
The boys are at the age that we can go out adventuring and have great conversations and live this full life together in new ways. To kick off back to school, we went to a lego event at a local historic home and garden. Elaborate lego creations were set up in the house, welcome center, and gardens. Using the map, we went around the grounds locating each lego creation. We took a picnic lunch and enjoyed the grounds.

First Day of School
We had our first day of school on Labor Day. It is when we’ve always started. In the past, it was because I had little ones underfoot and Poppa would be home. With him managing the younger children, we could have a smooth opening day. And now, it is just our tradition to start on the holiday. We always make sure to take a first day of school picture of each of the kids, too!

Fall Adventure and Vacation
Mid-September, we packed up and went camping. We took some school work; mostly readings, loaded the camper and were off. That makes it sound easy, but believe me it is quite the process preparing food for 6 and packing the camper with all our necessities. We glamp, so it is not the roughing it, bare minimum. It’s a mini-home to go.

We spent some time every day field tripping it. This is just one of my many favorite things about homeschooling. The ability to go to places and see and do things, real things, and have real experiences. I taught for 5 years before Ceesa was born and there is truly a difference between a classroom and the world. And this week of camping is the best. A whole week of getting out and adventuring!

We visited an alpaca farm, a wildlife reserve, historic houses with underground railroad history, and an art museum. The boys played some frisbee golf.

Fun Fall Field Trips and Activities
We had some absolutely perfect days this term in September and a few in October. You know the ones, those perfect, sunny, fall days when it is not too hot or cold. 

Picture of pumpkins on a cabinet with gold gilt mirror above

With the exception of fall foreboding winter, the season is one of my favorites. We had lots and lots of adventures. At the beginning of October after many adventures, Wheel looked at me and said, “I love fall.” "Me too, buddy, me too." If you are looking for some fall adventures, you can see our list of Autumn Adventures: Things to do in the Fall.

Early in September we went apple picking at an apple orchard. We gathered a half-bushel and then got some local honey and apple cider to take home. Over the course of a few weeks, we used up the apples. We made apple chips and apple lattes. 

About mid-October, we went to a pumpkin farm and did a corn maze, potato slinging, picked pumpkins, and the kids had some treats. From then on, it was all about pumpkins! We made pumpkin pie and pumpkin muffins, so many pumpkin muffins! (I was testing out recipes that were AIP friendly!)

Over the course of the semester, we went on a sternwheeler ride, checked out a spy program, went to an art museum, went to a planetarium, and visited a science museum.

Other fall activities were the work day at the camp I facilitate, the Fall Ball, going to high school football games, going hiking, and the boys played flag football for a league.

Fall Outdoor Day
Inspired by A Year of Forest School, we started having outdoor days. Last winter, was our first. We chose a day that was really nice for winter. We played games, lit a fire, made charcoal pencils and then drew with them. We had mulled juice and fire bread. It was such a great day that we decided we would start doing them throughout the seasons starting with this fall!
Book A Year of Forest School

First off the boys gathered the materials to start a fire. For handicraft last year, we spent some time learning how to start fires. The boys decided on a log cabin model and it wasn't long until we had a roaring blaze going. 

The fire is sort of a necessity for the outdoor days because we cook over it! We made baked apples! 


While the coals were getting hot, we did some leaf sewing. Everyone chose how they wanted to sew. I made a string of leaves to hang inside. Li attempted sewing his initials and Wheel sewed some together.

Next up was den building. The book suggested that you build with sticks and branches; however, we have several dens built already in the woods in that manner. Instead, we got some blankets from inside and constructed a den with those. We got a pile of books and sat inside all snuggled up together and read them.

Technically, the outdoor day would be finished then, but we decided to make an evening of it and took dinner down to the fire and ate el fresco.

2023-2024 Basic Curriculum
For those of you that have been around for a while, you know that we use mostly a Charolotte Mason style of homeschooling. We trend toward the subjects that Miss Mason used in her schools. For most of our reading suggestions and some of the curriculum, we turn to AmblesideOnline. This year for Jo-Jo, I’ve tailored her curriculum to be specific for her. So many of her classes are on campus that we are just doing some basics at home. Her homeschool schedule is slim and she really does everything independently, so I will just hand her the resources and a checklist and send her on her way. This will be a busy year with her applying for scholarships and grants, in addition to participating in science fairs and programs across the state. I want it to be as full and enjoyable as possible without putting her on overload. In addition to some of the recommendations for year 12 from AO, she’s been working on Khan Academy’s Financial Literacy and Personal Finance curriculum. 

Music 
We choose 3 of the suggested folk songs for the year. We are using 2 of the recommended composers, but we will be veering from the curriculum some and studying Stephen Simon. The girls and I did a study on him before Wheel was born and enjoyed it, so I thought I would put it on repeat for the boys. We have the CD’s for a few of these programs, but I have several through their downloaded audio. We will be listening to Casey at the Bat, The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Mike Mulligan/Steam Shovel, Story of Swan Lake, and Tortoise and the Hare. We generally pick 8 of the 12 hymns provided on AO’s Hymn page. I add in a Christmas hymn for an additional ninth. Occasionally, I’ll switch one out for one that we sing at church that we don’t know well.

Science Experiments & Readings
This year when I was deciding what experiments I wanted to do with the boys, I came across the experiment suggestions on the National PTA site.  We chose several of them this term to work on from the STEM at Home Kits and Learn at Home Activities sections of the websites. In addition to the activities, we read over the materials provided and watched any of the videos with active links. Years ago when the girls were younger, we implemented science notebooks, and the boys write down their experiments in their notebooks, too. 

The experiments we included:
  1. Copper Tape Experiment
  2. Whale Blubber
pan of ice water with a bag filled with shortening to represent whale blubber

3. Mini-golf course
4. Tide pool
container with rocks, blue sand and toy sharks

5. Quicksand
bowl of goo with plastic toy animals standing beside it

bowl of goo with plastic animals sinking into it

6. Lemon juice drawing
7. Zipline car trolley
8. Design a playground
9. Creature catcher & creatures
creature made from blue packing tape and a box

creature made from green play dough and tiles

10. Elephant Toothpaste
Elephant toothpaste rising above red solo cup


Handicraft
For handicraft inspiration, I use the Nature Craft books, we work on Junior Ranger booklets, and we do Contenders of the Faith activities. For the fall term, we choose to make stretchers in the woods with found materials and a blanket. We made bows and arrows by whittling sticks and attaching string, coil pots, and fat lamps with oil and a wick. 

Math
For math this year, Wheel is doing Math Mammoth (all of the kids have used this up to Maria's Math Mammoth Pre-Algebra). Li is using Khan Academy's Algebra program this year. He is visual and computer oriented, so this seemed the best option for him. At his age, the girls used Jacob's Algebra and Geometry with the instructional videos with great success. We recommend it for the college bound. Jo-Jo ended up with 105 for her overall class grade for College Algebra and Ceesa (after also taking the ACT prep math section online) got her highest score on the ACT in math and maths are her least favorite subject.

Nature Study
For nature study, we use the Handbook of Nature Study, Junior Ranger booklets, various nature books, & Contenders of the Faith activities. What we study is from a hodge podge of resources. Sometimes when we find something interesting that's what we study and I look for resources on the fly. For the fall, we did a variety of things.

We found sit spots, sitting quietly to observe what was around us. We took nature walks and hunted for nature finds to share. 
blanket flower with a bumble bee

We had lots of nature interactions. After seeing various animals, insects, and a snake, we studied them. We took some time to study moths, which inspired a project on camouflage. We learned more about ground hogs, box turtles, and the ring-necked snake. We did an in-depth study on plants by making sketches, reading poems, planting seeds, reading the plant section in The Wonders of Nature, and earning the pin for plants in the Contenders book.

Jo-Jo volunteers for the state department of nature resources by doing a stream study 3 times a year. The last one she completed in the fall and the boys went with us. They spent the morning catching crawdads and minnows, while Jo-Jo and I hunted down water critters to document and count.

We read lots of poems about fall, leaves, and the weather. Some of these we wrote in our notebooks. We did some fall scene sketches, too. 
sun through tree leaves

Art & Artist
We use the AO artist schedule for our artist studies. I always get 4x6 prints made and the boys keep them in a photo album with the artist's name, date, title, and other relevant bits of information. For art, we use a variety of resources. Some projects are inspired from online sources and others from books we've collected over the years. 

En plain air sketches
Ax drawing from Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 to 8
pencil drawing of an ax


Plutarch & Shakespeare
We follow the Plutarch schedule and Shakespeare play suggestions from AmblesideOnline. AO has excellent guides to go along with Plutarch that we like to use.

Living Skills
Living skills vary by season, but include things like homemaking and chores. This is more of a daily what we're doing to take care of the home and each other activity: helping with meals, cleaning bedrooms, doing dishes, putting laundry away, lawn and garden care, stacking firewood, etc.

Exercise
Over the years, we've found it easiest to follow the kids lead with physical education and exercise. We are fairly active, so the kids have naturally sought out activities that they enjoy. Ceesa took up archery and dance. Ella took up cardio punching and kickboxing. The boys love whatever sport is on and spend lots of time practicing. Our physical education is a whole range of organized and spontaneous outdoor and indoor activities; including, but not limited to, football, baseball, swimming, basketball, biking, hiking, walking, soccer, hockey, golf, lawn games, frisbee golf, and tennis.

Exams and Fall Semester Celebration
At the end of each term, we take some time to reflect and refresh. The kids take exams and do some light reading and then we reserve the afternoons for some fun. You can see what our exams and daily exam week schedule looks like by clicking the link. 
boys playing operation with mugs of hot chocolate

What curriculum or resources do you love? What are your favorite fall homeschool activities? We’d love to hear about some of your favorite places to camp or field trips you take! We are always looking for new places to see and things to do. Tell us about them in the comments below! 

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Thursday, December 07, 2023

Week 7 on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP): What to eat with an autoimmune disease! {What I ate}

Helping your body repair from damage caused by autoimmune disease is not for the faint of heart! One way that you can attempt to quell autoimmune flairs and repair some damage is through an anti-inflammatory diet. The autoimmune protocol is one of the most restrictive in the elimination phase, but sometimes necessary for healing to begin.

broccoli beef stir fry, salad with apples and blueberries, soup, and street taco

Whew! 7 weeks on AIP! Initially when I decided to try the autoimmune protocol diet to manage my autoimmune flare ups, I was giving it 30 days. The more I researched, the more I came to realize that I would need to adopt a much more long-term change to see results. Eventually, I will start to work into the various phases of reintroducing foods to see how individual foods impact my body; but for now, I'm simply working with the elimination component. Here's what I ate on week 7 of AIP!

Day 42

How I am feeling: My right thumb has been aching some. I'm doing a cardio dance video right now.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 42:

Breakfast:
Pumpkin Spice Coconut “Oatmeal” from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook 
Pumpkin Spice Coconut “Oatmeal”

Lunch:
Hamburger Stew from The Healing Kitchen
Lemon Bar-Crust from The Autoimmune Solution and Lemon filling from Unbound Wellness

Hamburger Stew


Snack:
Mango Coconut Gummies from The Healing Kitchen
“Chocolate” Orange Truffles from Thriving on Paleo
Raspberries

Dinner:
Fisherman’s Pie from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook 
Mixed Salad Greens with blueberries and apple
Fluffy AIP Biscuit from New Moon Holistic
Fisherman's Pie and salad with blueberries and apples

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. I began creating Christmas gifts. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for getting my to-do list caught up!

Day 43

How I am feeling:  My right thumb is aching today and my shoulders are a little tight. In the evening, I had throat burning.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 43:

Breakfast:
Fall Harvest Hash from Sonara in Bold
Fall Harvest Hast in cast iron skillet

Lunch: 
Sweet Potato and Dill Tuna Patties from Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP
Mango Coconut Gummies from The Healing Kitchen
Warmed up Lemon Bar-Crust from The Autoimmune Solution and Lemon filling from Unbound Wellness

sweet potato and dill tuna patties

Snack
Blueberry Muffins (My recipe, coming soon!)

Dinner:
Turmeric Lime Round Steak with Gravy {AIP Crock Pot Meal} (My recipe, coming soon)
Sweet Potato Fries
Roasted Zucchini, cauliflower, and Squash

Turmeric Lime Round Steak with Gravy

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. We took a drive to take in the crisp fall evening. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for going through pics of Jo-Jo for her graduation board.

Day 44 

How I am feeling:  Today I've been gassy and my wrists have been sore. I did yoga today.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 44:

Breakfast:
Blueberry Muffins (My recipe, coming soon!)
Protein powder

Lunch:
AIP Chicken Nuggets from the Castaway Kitchen
Clemintine
Warmed up Lemon Bar-Crust from The Autoimmune Solution and Lemon filling from Unbound Wellness

AIP Chicken Nuggets

Dinner:
Roasted Root Casserole (my recipe)
1/3 c olive oil, 3 carrots, 2 white sweet potatoes, 3 parsnips, 1 sweet potato, 1 T oregano, 1 Tablespoon rosemary, 1 teaspoon basil, ¼ t salt, 1lb browned burger 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
Mixed Salad Greens
Blackberries
Roasted Root Casserole

Creating Balance: I made the bed and opened the curtains. I did some bird watching. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: Today, I’m thankful for flours in the cupboards that don't cause inflammation.

Day 45

How I am feeling:  I've been gassy and bloated today with stomach discomfort. My wrists are sore. I did a dance cardio today.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 45:

Breakfast:
Butternut Squash Breakfast Sausage from Real Food with Dana 
Blackberries

Lunch: 
Leftover AIP Chicken Nuggets from the Castaway Kitchen
Sweet Marinara Sauce from The Healing Kitchen
Leftover Roasted Root Casserole
Warmed up Lemon Bar-Crust from The Autoimmune Solution and Lemon filling from Unbound Wellness

Lemon Bar

Dinner:
Street Tacos with AIP guacamole and tortillas
4 tablespoons coconut aminos
4 tablespoons lime juice
4 tablespoons avocado oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
6 teaspoons taco seasoning
2 teaspoons oregano
3lbs round steak
¼ diced red onion
 ½ c fresh cilantro
1 lime cut into wedges

AIP tortilla chips-took 2 tortilla and cut into wedges. Bake 
Easy AIP guacamole from Unbound Wellness

AIP Street Taco

Snack:
Blueberries
Aloe Juice with Leaky Gut Revive Strawberry Lemonade from Amy Myers MD

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Took a sweat bath in Epsom salt, aluminum free baking soda, and my herbal bath mix. Completed my weekly self-care routine: dry brush, ayate cloth body exfoliation, charcoal face mask, pumice foot soak and scrub, and body moisturizing with oils and body butter (using all non-toxic or low-tox products). Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for movie night with the girls.

Day 46

How I am feeling:  I'm having some pain in my right elbow. Today is weightlifting.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 46:

Breakfast:
Tigernut Waffles from The Autoimmune Solution
Blueberries
1 T maple syrup
Protein drink

Lunch: 
Leftover street tacos on mixed greens
Warmed up Lemon Bar-Crust from The Autoimmune Solution and Lemon filling from Unbound Wellness
Easy Guacamole AIP


Dinner:
Peach Ginger Chicken Wings from Heal me Delicious
Butternut Squash
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Peach Ginger Chicken Wings

Dessert
Peach Ice Cream (my recipe, coming soon!)
AIP Peach Ice Cream

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. I cleaned my bedroom. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for a Saturday with nowhere to go!

Day 47

How I am feeling:  I didn’t sleep well, took a while to fall asleep, and woke after a nightmare before the sun came up. I'm having pain in my thumbs, wrists, and elbows.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 47:

Breakfast:
LoveBird Cereal
Paleo Protein in coconut milk
Dried Cranberries made from fresh (my method)
AIP LoveBird Cereal

Lunch:
Chicken Salad
Mixed Greens
Fluffy AIP Biscuit from New Moon Holistic
Tortilla chips (leftover from dinner the other night)
Warmed up Lemon Bar-Crust from The Autoimmune Solution and Lemon filling from Unbound Wellness
Kiwi 

Snack: 
Strawberry Apple That’s It Bar

Dinner:
Beef and Broccoli with Rice-3 bunches broccoli, 5 cloves garlic, olive oil, salt, 2-3lbs round steak cut in ¼ inch strips, ¼ cup to ½ cup arrowroot flour, ½ cup broth, 1 cup coconut aminos, ¼ c coconut sugar, 1 T molasses cauliflower rice recipe, Roast broccoli, ingredients on a baking sheet, and the steak in large cast iron skillet after coated ith arrowroot flour. Bake 450 degrees for 20 minutes stirring in between. Heat sauce ingredients on stove top bring to boil and then reduce to simmer until needed. Make cauliflower rice. Mix steak, broccoli, and sauce together in large skillet. Serve over the rice.

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for graduation party decorations.

Day 48

How I am feeling:  I did yoga today. I started having a headache mid-day. My fingers are bone cold. I didn’t sleep well and woke early.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 48:

Breakfast:
Mean Green Smoothie from The Autoimmune Solution cookbook

Lunch: 
Spinach and cucumber with Chicken Salad from Paleo on a Dime
Lemon Bar-Crust from The Autoimmune Solution and Lemon filling from Unbound Wellness
Kiwi
Spinach and cucumber with Chicken Salad, Lemon Bar, and  Kiwi

Dinner:
Pumpkin Chili from The Healing Kitchen
Pumpkin chili

Dessert:
Hot Chocolate (my recipe, in progress)

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. I did a paraffin wax dip for my wrist pain. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for sunny skies.

At the end of the seventh week:
I’m amazed at my energy levels. I am able to get so much more done and can do things clear up until bedtime. I have little to no brain fog and little trouble articulating what I need to say. The major issue I’m facing now is the inflammation in my thumbs, fingers, wrist and elbows. At times, it is painful to lift only moderately heavy things. The other thing I'd hoped would start to be resolved by now is the issues I'm having with digestion. I'm thinking there must be something that I'm still eating that is giving me trouble. So I'm off to double check all the labels on what I'm eating.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is not to offer medical advice. I am not in the medical field. My purpose is to share what decisions I’ve made in an attempt to improve my health and try to put my autoimmune disease into remission. Remember everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and supplements and you have to make the decisions that are best for you. Consult a trusted practitioner for medical advice. Our resource page details the books, articles, journals, and websites we've researched to put together our autoimmune articles. You can access our Autoimmune Research Resources by clicking.   

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Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Nourishing Your Body: 7 Tips for Healthy Eating with Hashimoto's

Living with an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto's can be a daily struggle, with symptoms ranging from fatigue and brain fog to sleeplessness and joint pain. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for managing this condition, one aspect that can greatly impact your overall health and well-being is your diet. What you eat can either fuel or exacerbate your symptoms, making it crucial to nourish your body with the right foods. 

plate with salad with mango, avocado, and strawberries

Understanding Hashimoto's: An Overview of the Autoimmune Disease
Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease that primarily affects the thyroid gland, which is responsible for producing hormones that regulate various bodily functions. This condition occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid tissue, causing inflammation and damage. Over time, this can lead to a decrease in thyroid hormone production. The exact cause of Hashimoto's is not fully understood, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic factors and environmental triggers. Women are more commonly affected by Hashimoto's, and the condition often develops gradually over many years. In more recent years, the spotlight has pointed to gut health as the most likely trigger for Hashimoto's Disease and other autoimmune diseases. 

The Link Between Diet and Hashimoto’s
When it comes to managing Hashimoto's, the link between diet and this autoimmune disease is undeniable. What you eat can have a significant impact on your symptoms and overall well-being. While diet alone cannot cure Hashimoto's, it can play a crucial role in supporting your body's healing process and minimizing flare-ups. One important factor to consider is inflammation. Hashimoto's is characterized by chronic inflammation in the body, and certain foods can either exacerbate or reduce this inflammation. Research suggests that an anti-inflammatory diet that is nutrient dense and rich in whole, unprocessed foods, can help alleviate symptoms and improve thyroid function. By nourishing your body with the right foods and avoiding potential triggers, the hope is that you can take control of your health and improve your quality of life with Hashimoto's.

wooden plate with salmon, asparagus, greens, and mango salsa


Our 7 Tips for Healthy Eating with Hashimoto's 
The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet is an anti-inflammatory diet that focuses on whole, nutrient dense foods that help to heal your gut and immune system, which in turn, decreases Hashimoto's flares. Our tips are based on following AIP, but can be applied to other anti-inflammatory diets as well!

1) Make Your Plan
With the anti-inflammation diets, you have to be all in to see healing. If you choose to ease your way in, it can take much longer to see results and discourage you before you have even eliminated everything that can be causing inflammation. However, with AIP and other anti-inflammatory diets you just can't decide one day that you are going to do it and start the next. The major reason for this is that the AIP diet itself eliminates a large portion of the American diet. So much of what you would typically eat and buy from the grocery store is off limits for AIP. It takes some planning and strategy to make the changes. 
Coconut cream parfait with coconut and raspberries in stemmed glass

2) Familiarize Yourself with Foods to Eliminate that Cause Inflammation to Manage Hashimoto's
When managing Hashimoto's, there are certain foods that should be avoided to help minimize symptoms and maintain optimal thyroid function. These foods can worsen inflammation, disrupt hormonal balance, and potentially trigger autoimmune responses. 
  1. Gluten & Grains (including corn): The protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and other grains can trigger autoimmune responses and increase inflammation. Many people with Hashimoto's find relief by adopting a gluten-free diet.
  2. Dairy & Eggs: Some individuals with Hashimoto's have reported sensitivity to dairy products and eggs, which can worsen inflammation and contribute to digestive issues. 
  3. Legumes (including all soy)
  4. Seeds and nuts (including oils and flours)
  5. Nightshades (including red spices): Nightshades are tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and potatoes.
  6. Caffeine and Alcohol-Caffeine and alcohol exacerbate symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, and sleep disturbances. 
  7. Sugars, Food Additives, and Processed Foods: These foods are often high in unhealthy fats, refined sugars, and preservatives. They can contribute to weight gain, inflammation, and hormone imbalances. 
3) Learn what Foods are Good for your Overall Health and Hashimoto's
Ensuring that your diet is rich in essential nutrients is crucial for managing Hashimoto's and supporting your body's healing process. Here are some key nutrients that are commonly recommended to include in your Hashimoto's diet:
  1. Organic poultry, grass-fed, grass-finished beef, humanly raised pork, and wild caught seafood
  2. Organic Fruits, herbs, and Vegetables
  3. Oils and fats-avocado and coconut oils, beef tallow, chicken and bacon fat
  4. Flours derived from anti-inflammatory sources; such as, arrowroot, tiger nut, coconut, tapioca starch, and cassava flour.
  5. Natural, unprocessed sugars: maple syrup, honey, coconut to maple sugar, alcohol-free stevia


4) Source your Food
Take some time to find out what is available locally and what you will need to source online. All of my flours and most of my meat have to be sourced online because it isn't available at the stores in my area.

5) Initially Keep Changes Simple
Making dietary changes can be overwhelming. Since it is important to go all in with AIP in order to heal your body, beginning with simple whole foods is key.  Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time to ensure you have nourishing options readily available. This can help prevent impulsive food choices and ensure you're getting a well-balanced diet. Sheet pan meals using poultry, seafood, meat or pork and a variety of vegetables, simply seasoned with sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley or meatballs with only ground meat or poultry and a few seasonings are good for dinners. Salads with canned tuna or salmon and lots of fruits and vegetables make a wonderful option for lunch. Smoothies with protein powder and collagen or squash porridges make excellent breakfasts. 

kale salad, peaches, and meatball salad

6) Experiment with Recipes
Instead of using recipes that merely incorporate whole, unprocessed food and essential nutrients, look for recipes that are specifically AIP or anti-inflammatory friendly. There are a few thousand AIP recipes floating around out there, not all of them taste wonderful. Finding delicious recipes can take some time. We recommend checking out a few of the websites that have AIP recipes, find a couple from each site that look promising and try them. If they are successes for you, continue looking to that site for good trustworthy recipes. If those flop, try other websites. We have a handful of recipes on our autoimmune page that you can test out. We have also had some success with the recipes from Heal me Delicious and Food Courage

7) Seek Support 
Reach out to friends, family, or online communities that have experience with Hashimoto's or other autoimmune disorders is key. Connecting with others who have experience managing autoimmune disorders can provide valuable insight and motivation on your journey. There are some excellent sources of information out there to help. And you can join our newsletter!


Remember, implementing dietary changes takes time and patience. Be kind to yourself and celebrate each small victory along the way. With dedication and perseverance, you can nourish your body and improve your quality of life with Hashimoto's. Remember, everyone's body is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. 

Do you have Hashimoto's and have some tips for us?

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is not to offer medical advice. I am not in the medical field. My purpose is to share what decisions I’ve made in an attempt to improve my health and try to put my autoimmune disease into remission. Remember everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and supplements and you have to make the decisions that are best for you. Consult a trusted practitioner for medical advice. Our resource page details the books, articles, journals, and websites we've researched to put together our autoimmune articles. You can access our Autoimmune Research Resources by clicking.   

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