2017 has been quite a year!
In terms of healing, I feel like 2017 has been my best yet. I made HUGE strides in healing my gut!!! My LS and eczema are not in remission (yet) BUT they have both significantly improved. I was able to make several reintros including quinoa, goat cheese, and the occasional cider!
What’s next for my healing in 2018?
A candida cleanse – Candida overgrowth has been strongly suspected by both myself and my ND, and now that I am done breastfeeding, I can finally embrace a candida cleanse. So stay tuned for some anti-candida recipes!
Building a healthy gut flora – There is no doubt that I have some gut flora imbalances going on. So along with the candida cleanse, I will be working on building a healthy gut flora.
More reintros – I was afraid for a loooong time to even attempt reintroductions. I even contemplated eating AIP forever so as to not have to deal with any potential flares. BUT being able to successfully reintroduce foods, which had been huge fails in the past, feels like SUCH an accomplishment! AIP is not meant to last forever – all the hard work pays off because healing does happen!
Holistic Nutrition School
I continued my studies with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I’m nearly half way done my program! I’m looking forward to working on many case studies in 2018 and putting what I’ve learned into practice!
I am truly passionate about developing and sharing healing recipes and the blog is such a joy to work on. I am proud of how this space has grown this year. I developed some of my most favourite recipes including Fudgy Avocado Collagen Brownies, and Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash and Cranberries.
I’ve also been able to interact with so many of YOU! Every comment, every message, every time I’m tagged in your photos it makes my day! I am SO grateful! You all inspire me and are the reason I continue to do this work.
In 2018, expect to see more healing recipes, more on my personal story, and more on safer beauty (another passion of mine)!
Now BEFORE I start my candida cleanse, I thought I’d share this recipe I’ve been meaning to share for awhile. We’ve been enjoying this hot chocolate for several months now, especially throughout the holidays. There has been some extreme cold temps around here lately, and what’s better than hot chocolate when the weather is this cold?
Maple Flakes: these are essentially solidified maple syrup. Um yum, right? I also use them in the maple caramel fudge recipe I posted before Christmas. You could use made syrup instead, or even dates, but I think the maple flakes really make the hot chocolate! The brand I used is Decacer but these look similar.
Gelatin: I used to LOVE carnation hot chocolate made with milk when I was a kid. The best part about it was the little layer of foam that would form on the top. I heart the foam, so I use gelatin because it makes alot, but you could also use collagen (my fave is by Further Food, use coupon code AIP10 for 10% off!).
- 1.5 cups boiling water
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 tbsp carob powder
- 2 tbsp maple flakes
- 1 tbsp gelatin OR collagen*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (*for strict AIP use 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder OR omit all together)
- pinch salt
- Add all ingredients to blender.