The Ancestral Table and the Autoimmune Protocol

This is a great resource for those of us with autoimmune issues, myself being one.

The Domestic Man

Since I personally have an autoimmune condition, I have a lot of respect for the Autoimmune Protocol. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the protocol is aligned with the Paleo Diet (you know the drill – meats, seafood, veggies, fruits) but also eliminates other troublesome foods in an effort to further reverse autoimmune issues. The main culprits are nightshades (peppers, potatoes, tomatoes), eggs (especially the whites), dairy, alcohol, and most nuts and seeds.

I’ve dabbled in the protocol over the past couple of years, eliminating certain foods for months at a time and then re-introducing them to see how I react to them. Most recently I eliminated eggs for about four months because I found myself feeling tired after eating them; I started eating eggs again this month without any issue. There are a ton of factors involved in diet and health, so I’m not saying outright that eliminating…

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DIY Citrus Disinfecting Cleaner

Put all of those citrus peels that you would regularly discard to good use!

Here Is My Simple Recipe:

1 quart size jar

The peels of several lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruits. I like to mix it up sometimes and use all of the above.

Organic *vinegar of choice.

Put all of the peels into the jar and cover them fully with vinegar, leaving a space of at least an inch from the top. At this point, you can also add your favorite essential oil. I especially like geranium and lemon.

Put the lid on the jar and tighten it firmly. Store it  in a cool, dry  place where it can be still for at least two weeks.

Once finished, use a fine metal strainer to remove any solid matter.

Pour into a pretty spray bottle and enjoy using this safe and effective disinfecting cleaner.

*Note: I use organic apple cider vinegar because I avoid gluten. When spray cleaners are used, the mist is inadvertently inhaled; when it makes contact with the skin, approximately sixty percent is absorbed into the bloodstream-this is true of all things. While there is controversy as to whether the gluten molecule can actually be readily absorbed through the skin, I choose to err on the side of  safety. 

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Gluten, Grain, and Garbage-Free Chick-fil-A Nuggets

The Domestic Man

Over the past few weeks we’ve spent a fair amount of time out in town, shopping for gifts, and we have often found ourselves away from the house with no lunch plans. Chipotle is our emergency standby, but sometimes we’re tempted to grab Chick-fil-A since they’re everywhere (there are 30 of them within 20 miles of our house!). But as Melissa at Hunt.Gather.Love. points out, regardless of how you feel about Chick-fil-A’s stance on current social issues, the quality of their food alone should be enough to boycott the restaurant chain. For example, let’s take a look at the ingredients list for their nuggets:

100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning (salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika), seasoned coater (enriched bleached flour [bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening [baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate], spice, soybean…

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