finding full health

Chris Kresser- the kitchen queen

Yesterday, we held an event at our kitchen studio, the first public event in that space. We had been looking forward to it for quite awhile.

I haven’t said much about our studio here, even though I put up photos on Instagram occasionally. This summer, Danny and I started renting a space for our work. We still dig each other after nearly 8 years of knowing each other, but working from home together was growing a little tiresome. It turns out we’re more productive if we’re forced to change out of our pajamas and go to work. So we found a beautiful space on a 10-acre farm on Vashon, a big room with tall ceilings, lots of windows, and a kitchen. Since then, we’ve been testing recipes for our next cookbook and this site, painting the walls white, and planning. We have plans.

I’ll tell you more about those plans soon.

But the past few days, we have been moving boxes and decorating shelves, rounding up white plates, and finally truly moving into this space we love.

Time to have a party.

Chris Kresser- ready for the party

I love that hush and rush the hour or two before a party, bustling around cleaning, laying out plates, arranging flowers. If everything works, it’s going to be a space filled with laughter soon.

We were ready. Finally. Time.

Chris Kresser- the crowd

Quickly, the room filled with good people. They walked through the front door, couple after couple, clutching tickets in their hands, ready to be there. Some of them were people whose work I knew. (The guy on the left is Stephan Guyenet, who writes Whole Health Source, one of my favorite science and food blogs.) They sipped on kombucha from Communitea Kombucha. They listened to our landlord talk about the grass-fed beef and pastured-pork meat company he runs from Vashon. (Midlife Crisis Farms! They sell at the Vashon farmers’ market, and soon, at our studio.) They talked with each other and waited to talk with our man of the hour.

After all, we were there to meet Chris Kresser.

Chris Kresser- chris

If you are interested in food that sustains you, finding your health through good nutrition, and reading the smart scientific wonderings of someone who truly knows his stuff, you might want to meet this man. Chris Kresser is whip-smart and gentle-kind. He’s constantly thinking and making his way through the latest scientific studies, reading it all with an open mind and changing his ideas when the science is clear. But he has been on a powerful personal journey, from chronic pain and the confusing thicket of medical specialists who could not help him to vibrant health. For Chris, science is more than studies. It’s clear evidence he can use to help people.

So many of us wish we could see Chris in practice. These days, he’s booked up, unable to see new patients. But the copious writings he shares on his website are a guide for many of us, fodder for asking our doctors the right questions.

This past year, I have been transforming my health. When I was diagnosed with celiac in 2005, I had been terribly sick for months, pretty sick for years, and low-level lousy for most of my life. I was so damned happy to find that I could heal myself by cutting gluten out of my life that I felt like telling everyone, all the time. (Well, I guess I have.) For a year or two, I felt the best I ever have. And then, it started slipping back into low-level lousy. Was it pregnancy? Not enough sleep or exercise when I had a sleepless baby and toddler to care for? Other food intolerances? Another mystery illness?

Every winter, for years, I have dipped down. It’s easy to do, here in the Pacific Northwest. We don’t soak in enough vitamin D from the sun. The rain and grey leave everyone feeling dampened. And every winter, I told myself it was that. Or the flu going through town. Or growing older. Last winter, however, I was so lousy sick that we went through another round of multiple medical tests (and bills we are still paying off), wondering if I had cancer. Getting off Tamoxifen after three years of being on it helped, mostly. But during that terrible time, I had suddenly become pre-diabetic. Even though my blood sugar levels returned to normal, I wanted to move as far away from that line as possible. That’s why I decided to quit sugar this summer.

(These days, I will ever-so-occaionally have something made with sugar, because I am not a purist. I don’t believe in making any food forbidden, except gluten, for me. To my surprise, I find I don’t enjoy that sugary treat anymore. Give me a fruit salad of grapefruit, frozen blueberries, kiwi slices, and vanilla bean, with a drizzle of honey, any day.)

When I had such success with that —— sleeping better, losing weight, feeling renewed energy —— I decided to investigate the other foods that might be inflaming me, rather than feeding me.

For over a year, I had woken up with a raw throat, my entire head stuffed. I woke up at 3 in the morning, hacking with it sometimes. Friends told me it had to be allergies. We closed the bedroom windows in summer and bought hypoallergenic sheets and pillows. That didn’t help. We investigated mold problems in the house or water issues. Nothing. A friend told me she had this too, that it sounded like GERD. The solution? Sleep with a brick under the bed, to raise it. Sleep sitting up, propped up on pillows. Avoid spicy foods. I tried. It still didn’t work.

Finally, one night, at 3 am, with the entire house dark and quiet, I sat on the living room couch, sniffing and gulping for air around my sore throat. I googled every combination of symptoms I had, the niggling and enormous, all together in one frantic attempt to understand what the heck was wrong with me. I landed, over and over again, on this series by Chris Kresser, about how too many carbohydrates can cause GERD. The next morning, I told Danny I just wanted to eat meats, fats, and vegetables for awhile, to see if it could help. Within a week, I slept through the night without problems, not a stuffed nose or raw throat in sight. I haven’t suffered with it since.

That’s the thing about Chris Kresser. He doesn’t have any dogma. He’s a scientist who has suffered, and thus wants to help others. He certainly has helped me.

Chris Kresser- the books

So it was an absolute joy to host a party in honor of Chris’s wonderful new book, Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life. I’d like to suggest you cover up the word paleo with your hand. This isn’t the paleo you might have heard: caveman, grok, no carb, ketosis, eating only bacon and butter-drenched coffee. This is common sense and wise counsel.

It makes sense to me, after years of resisting this paleo thing. I heard Chris Kresser talking to a scientist named Mat LeLonde on one of my many walks this summer, the sun on my skin, while I listened to biochemists on my headphones. I stopped walking and looked up at the sky when I heard LaLonde say something that has stuck with me. If you look at human history on this planet as a long scientific experiment, choose the foods that have been in the human diet for the longest, because they obviously work for us. Anything that did not further the species? We dropped it long time ago.

I hope that means we’ll get rid of Twinkies, eventually.

So eat the foods that have served us the best, the foods that have been part of human evolution the longest. The newest foods are the ones most likely to cause inflammation.

That inflammation can happen especially in those of us with damaged guts from celiac or other related syndromes that cause gluten to act like a toxin in our bodies. Going gluten-free — and especially if you are replacing all those foods with grocery-store substitutes — may not be enough to heal us. For me, right now, after years of suffering and never fully healing my gut, my body struggles with foods high in insoluble fiber, like whole grains, coconut flour, and beans. Does that mean I think those foods are evil and no one should be eating them? Of course not! I still eat Jovial brown rice pasta (the brown rice is soaked before being made into flour, increasing its digestibility), homemade hummus, the occasional bowl of gluten-free oatmeal, and more frequently, buckwheat and quinoa. (Those are actually seeds, which my body right now seems to prefer.) I certainly enjoy the heck out of those foods.

And I have no interest in telling anyone else how to live or what to eat.

I just know I feel best if I make 80% of my diet good quality meats, lots of vegetables, good fats, tubers (such as sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and plantains), starches like tapioca and arrowroot, fermented foods and drinks, nuts, seeds, fruits, and dark chocolate. For me, that’s real food, essential food. That’s what we cook in our kitchen. The other 20%? I decide that in the moment. I have found that too much rigidity causes inflammation as well. I still want to enjoy my food, around the table, with friends.

(I’d like to make it clear that I’m not on a low-carb diet. I cut out most carbohydrates out of my diet at first, just to test if that helped with the GERD. And it did. But after a month or so on a very low-carb diet, I started having more insomnia and fuzzy thinking and sluggishness. There’s quite a bit of research to suggest that women in particular don’t do so well with a low-carb diet. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that the gut microbiome suffers when we cut back on all carbs. If I call my diet anything, it’s the creating-a-healthy-microbiome diet. I still have healing to do. But I’m definitely not on a low-carb diet. I’m on a low crap diet.)

This is why I love Chris’s book so much. In clear language, he teaches you how to use the “paleo” diet as an elimination diet for 30 days, giving you careful explanation of why certain groups of foods might inflame you. And then he walks you through a clear process for bringing back foods you might be able to tolerate, like full-fat dairy. (Turns out, my body loves good cheese and homemade yogurt.) Or buckwheat or white rice or other foods you might have missed.

But for me, the best part of the book is not about food at all. More than half of Chris’s book is a clear guide for why we need more sleep, more stillness, more movement, more fresh air, less sitting, less social media and more direct connections. These changes have been the most significant of the last year, for me. I could write a book about this alone.

Chris wrote the book. Read that one first.

Chris Kresser- pork

It wouldn’t be a party without good food.

Chris was happy that this event was about the joy of using local ingredients to make our meals. This is roasted pork loin stuffed with chorizo. The four enormous hogs that lived in the pasture just outside our studio window ate all our cooking scraps and leftovers for months. They were slaughtered two weeks ago. The chorizo came from their meat.

We bought one of the smaller pigs this summer. That is the only pork we are eating this year.

Chris Kresser- roasted chicken_

This is a roasted chicken salad, made with macadamia-nut-oil mayonnaise, dried gooseberries, tarragon, and walnuts. We loved serving this in the tiny boats of bitter endive. (Thank you to California Endive Farms for supplying the endive for this party.)

Chris Kresser- kale salad

And this is a kale salad from Chris’s book: three different kinds of kale with roasted kabocha squash and a bacony –lemon dressing. That dressing is worth the price of that book.

This has been an extraordinary year for our family. And for me, particularly, I feel like I am finding my full health, finally. Chris Kresser has helped me along this path. Thank you, Chris. It was an honor to throw a party for you and all those wonderful people who showed up.

And now, there’s going to be plenty of food and gatherings in our future at that studio space. We can’t wait to feed more of you there, soon.

 

I love Chris’s book and I think many of you will too. His publisher has provided three copies for us to give away. Leave a thoughtful comment about any and all of this to enter the giveaway. Winners will be chosen at random on Monday, February 3rd

Chris Kresser- roasted cauliflower

 

Roasted Cauliflower with Cacao Powder and Smoked Paprika

Yield: feeds 4.

Years ago, I made a crazy cauliflower dish for friends, something inspired by a conversation about cocoa powder with a food friend who attended the CIA. When Danny came along, he helped me to make the recipe better, then it made its way into my first book. We hadn’t thought of it in years.

But I continue to love cauliflower. And smoked paprika. Lately, I have come to love the distinctly not-sweet taste of cacao powder, which is raw cacao beans ground into a powder with minimal processing. I think it makes this switch makes the dish even more distinct.

After making this cauliflower dish for yesterday’s event, we’re going to be making more for our dinner tonight.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Making the spice rub. Stir together the cacao powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, and cracked black pepper in a small bowl. (You might have some left over afterwards. That’s not a problem. I promise.)
  2. Preparing to bake. Heat the oven to 425°.
  3. Baking the cauliflower. Rub the head of cauliflower in olive oil. Coat it entirely in the spice rub. Put the cauliflower in a cast-iron skillet or sauté pan. Roast until the cauliflower is soft and starting to brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the cauliflower from the oven.
  4. Preparing to serve. When the cauliflower has cooled enough to touch, break it into florets. You can also cut it with a paring knife. Put the cauliflower into a serving platter. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and some more salt, if you wish. Serve.

Notes

This recipe is intended for a large head of cauliflower. If you have a small head, one grown in your garden, you might want to cut the spice rub recipe in half.

If you do have spice rub left, it would be great for a roasted chicken, flank steak, or as a topping for roasted potatoes.

271 comments on “finding full health

  1. Missy

    It was a wonderful event. The food was amazing. Thank you for your hospitality and warmth! I hope my “I’ve been a huge fan forever!” didn’t scare you too much! :)

  2. Michelle L

    Your post brings me such hope for healing. Thank you for sharing your story. With the current inundation of Paleo related books, I have to admit I was on the fence about ordering Chris’ book. But no longer!
    Wishing you continued health and happiness.

  3. Ricarda

    I’ve just recently come across your blog and I love the way you write about food.
    I’m in the process of trying to adjust my eating to what my body needs and what nourishes it instead of what my head and my emotions crave. Those two things do not go well together because my body and mind have been at war for nearly 20 years.
    Food is what makes us go, it’s the fuel in the wonder machine that is the human body. But it has become almost a drug with all those chemicals and the artificial processes it has to go through. I come from a family that lived in the countryside and when I was a kid, almost all our food came out of our garden. I want to try to go back and reach the quality of life I had back then. It’s hard as a student in a city, but I’m trying!
    Your blog will certainly help. I know that I’m not as gluten-intolerant as many people are, but it causes me headaches, and I know I feel better without it. Stumbling on your blog has inspired me to keep it out of my diet again!
    With love,
    Ricarda

  4. Maryanne

    This is very interesting. Are you going to adjust the recipes in your new cookbook to reduce carbs? If not, will you just have Danny taste-testing them? I’ve thought about trying paleo but do not eat a lot of meat. Maybe I’ll read the book.

    1. shauna

      Maryanne, I’m not on a low-carb diet. That’s one of the misnomers of this way of eating. (I’ll add this to the post, to be clear.) I cut out most carbohydrates at first, to test what was ailing me. But I realized pretty quickly that very low carb didn’t sustain me. There’s plenty of research to suggest that women, in particular, who go very low carb, end up with thyroid problems. So I eat plenty of carbs! Sweet potatoes, oranges, white rice, potatoes, buckwheat, quinoa. I have eliminated the foods that don’t work for me, that’s all. Our cookbook will be grain-free, mostly, and refined sugar-free where it can be. But mostly, that cookbook will be the 20% food!

      1. Marcia

        Can you give us a medical cite for very low-carb causing thyroid problems? I have an autoimmune thyroid condition (Hashimoto’s) and am interested in this.

  5. Melissa

    I love reading about the food journey of your family. We have also just “gone paleo” and I like the sound of your 80/20 rule. I will be exploring Chris’s website further too. Thank you for your informative and thought provoking writing.

  6. Marianne

    Could this book be the answer to my and my daughters’ health issues? Going to check Chris’s website right away. I would love to win an issue of his book to read about his work!

  7. Belinda

    Wow, I would love to have this book! I have been investigating diet as a way to help heal autoimmune condtions, and this is inspiring.

  8. Eimear

    Hi Shauna. I too have resisted the paleo thing for a long time. Partly for the utter nonsense of the name (I’m an archaeologist: there is nothing paleolithic about the paleo diet, or paleo exercise for that matter!), and partly because the other side of the internet argument says that raw, vegan food will produce exactly the same effects… and with two such diametrically opposed views, plus everything in between, how do you trust either highly-biased camp? But, that being said, I have to admit that — intuitively — more and more, this is the way I am moving towards eating now. I’ve yet to read anything that is properly researched and referenced on “paleo” eating though. Chris’s book sounds like it might be that book. I would love if you’d include me in the draw for one of your copies:-) e

    1. shauna

      Elmear, I hear you. I still don’t say that I’m “paleo.” Man, that’s a dumb word. I just think of it as real food. And for me, I found the food that works for me. Being a food detective has been so utterly helpful. It’s strange that the paleo people and the vegans like to throw epithets at each other. Whatever works for your body is the right diet for you.

      1. Eimear

        Amen to that! You do you, as they say:-) What I meant to say in my original post, is that it’s nice to hear a voice on food and diet that isn’t “pushing” an agenda, but rather sharing an experience. Thank you for that. e

        1. Kristy

          Eimear, I was a raw vegan who turned to paleo. Surprisingly they aren’t that much different from each other. Eating real food that is not highly processed is the principle behind both. You are right to eat intuitively…only you can know what’s best for you. Starting simple (fruits and veggies) and then slowly adding things back in helped me. Good luck : )

  9. Janet

    I would love to win Chris’ book. This was a great post and I have bookmarked the sites you high-lighted in your post. I have an addiction with sugar. I need a bit of encouragement and I think the book would be helpful.
    Congrats on the new studio, looks like a beautiful space.
    Have a beautiful day!!

  10. Sam

    I’m like you Shauna. Due to increasing health problems that wouldn’t go away (including GERD), I decided to change my diet, exactly a year ago today as a matter of fact! I gave up all sugar, all carbohydrates (because apparently all carbs turn to sugar in the blood, even low GI or gluten-free carbs), and even dairy. My diet consists of chicken breasts roasted in olive oil, konjac noodles (zero carbs and calories and high in fibre) and raw lettuce, which I mix all together and make into a salad. I’ll have a hot chocolate using pure Dutch cocoa powder, Stevia for sweetness, and coconut milk instead of dairy milk as my ‘treat’. I’ve lost 33 pounds, and my health problems have gradually gone away. I say gradually because it’s taken me several months of tweaking my diet before coming up with the right foods that don’t cause any issues for me.

    It turns out that as a result of my metabolic syndrome, which involved a carbohydrate intolerance and insulin-resistance and causing me to be pre-diabetic, I also had systemic Candida Albicans overgrowth in my digestive system. This nasty pathogen caused me to have anxiety/panic attacks (Candida attacks the nervous system), skin and hair and nail problems, ‘brain fog’, chronic, extreme fatigue — all conditions that plagued me severely but about which I couldn’t figure out what was the cause for the longest time. Turns out Candida feeds on sugar. So, by changing my diet and quitting sugars and carbs, not only have I lost weight, fixed my blood sugar problems and other health issues, I’ve also greatly reduced my Candida symptoms. The diet for me is easy enough to maintain simply because I look at sugary and carby foods and know how much they harm my body, and so that’s enough motivation for me not to be tempted anymore. I realise that this diet is not for everyone. But sometimes, drastic issues call for drastic measures.

    I’m so happy for you that you’ve found an eating plan that works for you through Chris and his book. I may have a look at it myself. What helped me was Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat” and “Good Calories, Bad Calories”. Also looking up information about Candida, which is an insidious disease that could affect anyone who has ever taken antibiotics, been on contraceptive pills, or drunk alcohol in their life especially beer. These diseases seem to go hand in hand with each other: pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, insulin-resistance, carbohydrate-intolerance, and Candida overgrowth. All due to excessive consumption of carbohydrates when one’s immune system has been compromised. I’m sorry if I’ve been waffling on here. But I wanted to share my own experience if it could help others too, just as you have Shauna. Thank you for all that you do! :-)

  11. Brianne

    I love reading new books on food. I believe in good food. And I fully support eating it. So anything that inspires me to cook and eat whole food products(non-processed) is awesome. These days being 9 months pregnant there isn’t much I want to cook. But I’d love to have this to kick start my postnatal eating!

  12. Heather

    Ive been looking for where to turn next to treat similar symptoms. Thanks so much for all of the helpful information and inspiration!

  13. Francoise

    I have been blessed in that I generally cook a lot from scratch, eat what I want, and never had any allergies or trouble sleeping. My husband on the other hand has a lot of sinus issues, trouble sleeping, and stomach problems. What if they’re all related? And what if they’re all caused by something we can stop eating? That would be a great gift.

  14. J.R.

    It’s a journey.

    I had a similar experience of finally feeling better after celiac dx years ago and going strictly gluten free. And then I slowly, gradually started gaining weight. And then suddenly the weight gain wasn’t so slow or so gradual any more. Ultimately, I felt terrible, physically unwell, despite being strictly gluten-free. Part of it was that it was just exhausting having to haul around all that weight I’d gained. But part of it also was that what I was eating was making me feel unwell. My consumption of sugar and junk food was out of control.

    So a year ago, I found a diet plan I thought might work. It’s not paleo. But essentially, you fuel your body on lean proteins, vegetables, fruit, yogurt, healthy fats like olive oil, and limited healthy starchy carbs. You come off sugar. You exercise.

    It’s been a revelation. A journey. And now, after shedding major tonnage, I feel so much better that it’s hard to describe. I allowed myself a planned excursion off the diet for the holidays, and it reminded me why I don’t so much do the sugar thing anymore. I’m back on track now.

    I know most of the world read Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” years ago, but I hadn’t. I read it this summer, though, and found it quite enlightening. I try to stick to the rules he lays out and stick to the way of eating I’ve chosen. I also started doing a little work at a local organic vegetable farm in exchange for food, so I get really good, locally grown produce.

    I’d be interested in reading this book too, I think. If I don’t get it here, I’ll look for it at the library.

    BTW, I love the studio space. Gorgeous kitchen.

    1. shauna

      J.R., it sounds as though you have found something great! Good for you. I honestly don’t call the way I eat “paleo,” mostly because it’s such a dumb word, as some here have pointed out. I eat real food. And I have found the food that works for me now. Actually, it sounds very much the way you eat. Like you, I had some treats during Christmas, because I’m not in jail! And it was so useful, to find that I didn’t want those foods. For me, that works so much better than restricting myself to a list of foods and saying I will never eat those other foods again.

  15. Kathryn

    I am gluten and soy intolerant and have issues with pasteurized dairy. I am always looking for additional ways to heal my gut. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  16. shirley

    Sounds like a wonderful event. Congrats on the kitchen studio space and on success in your quest for feeling healthier and happier!

  17. Mollie

    This book sounds amazing. I have been going through a rough six months and need some direction with food. Now I have a gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, fructose malabsorption and bacteria overgrowth in my gut. I felt great for a while after eliminating gluten, lactose and fructose from my diet, but then my symptoms crept back again. I would love to see what Chris Kesser’s book has to share!

  18. Netty

    I thought you were going paleo from previous hints in posts! I’m so glad you’ve found what works for you! I’m working on trying to eat that way myself but I haven’t yet jumped in full force. Chris’s book sounds great! I’ll have to check it out!

  19. Laura

    I appreciate all the information that helps my body be the best it can be. As much we are all the same as humans, I am always amazed at how sensitive some systems are over others. You and your site have taught me to increase the awareness of what I put into my body and it’s impact. You, who I have never met, have been an important part of my healing. I can’t wait to see what your studio has to bring.

  20. Kerry

    I’ve just gone grain-free and have started looking into the GAPS diet to heal my gut. I had about year where I felt good after going gluten-free, but started wrestling with more and more heartburn and having cross-reactions (I believe) to other grains. I would love to read this book. And thanks for sharing your journey — your posts are always so timely with where I need to be on my journey.

  21. Amy

    It is interesting to hear other Celiac’s say the same thing. Feeling well initially and then not feeling so well later. I have cut out dairy which I must admit I miss, but if that is what it takes to feel good, I’ll do it!

  22. Roberta

    I’d love to read this book as I’m going through a big change in the way I eat and cook for myself and my family. I trust your judgment and I immediately put this book in my amazon cart, but I thought I must give it a try before! Thanks

  23. crystal b

    This book sounds so interesting. I tried going vegan last summer, but was struggling with staying focused. When I added meat back, I felt better. I think everyone has a different diet they thrive on. I will need to check out this book to see if paleo is something that would work for me.

  24. Sue

    I’m a long-time reader who is strugging to put gluten, dairy, eggs, and almonds behind me (testing has recently shown me to be highly reactive to all 4). I would love to read this book! Thanks, Shauna, for the invaluable advice, optmism, and joy you send out to the world every day.

  25. Jo M-T

    My husband and I and our 4–1/2 year old are all diagnosed celiacs. I’ve struggled with health and weight, and found Paleo eating a year ago. We’re really doing the 80%/20% thing right now, but I find that the more good proteins and veggies I eat, the better I feel all over. Would love to read this book! I’ve never heard of Chris before this. Thanks!

  26. Keli

    Sometimes I think I spend too much time reading blogs when I should be doing other ‘more productive’ things. But then I read a post like this one and learn about something new and I know that the time I spend reading and learning about food and nutrition is well worth it. Thank you for exposing me to something that I probably wouldn’t have found on my own. I’m so glad you’re feeling better, thanks for sharing your story!

  27. Jeannine

    I spent decades of my youth dieting for weight loss which has left me with a few issues about restrictive eating plans of any sort. I love reading your words, because there seems to be no “you can’t” in your philosophy, just loads and loads of “you can”. The joy with which you face food, life, family, love, even grief, is contagious. Without ever meeting me, you’ve shared encouragement with me every week for years. Thank you.

  28. Abby

    This article is very inspiring. I had the same experience with eliminating gluten. Two years of euphoria followed by a slump that I’m trying to navigate into the beginning of my 4th year as a diagnosed celiac. The connection between mind, body, and its fuel is fascinating and I enjoy reading your thoughts on the issues. Keep up the good work. I appreciate it!

  29. Johanna

    I listen to Chris’ podcast…I got hooked with the productivity one. Would love to read his new book!

  30. Bonnie

    Thank you for this post. I have been struggling way too long in looking for the food plan that will sustain my good health. So I’ve come to view my body as a laboratory , using the science that has proven to work. And, sure enough, I feel sooooo much better when I eliminate foods that aggravate me. It would be great to have this book as this way of eating is what works best for me. Thank you again for all your insights on your journey.

  31. Cindy Gordon

    I recently told my husband that I am so very tired of trying to figure out what to eat. How to eat. I felt compelled to give up meat for a while and did so willingly, but find myself more and more torn by living that lifestyle. I am not celiac, but I am gluten intolerant, I eat too much sugar, I reach for the easy replacement for meat, which often is all grain and includes some gluten. I am tired of over thinking the issue, yet I can’t help but have lingering thoughts that finding the right way to eat for life is so very important. I’ve been sneaking peeks at Paleo recipes, and thinking of putting meat back in the diet. I am ready to try something that makes sense and doesn’t cause cognitive dissonance every time I try to plan a meal. I would love the opportunity to win the book — perhaps it’s the answer I’ve been looking for. If not, I will keep looking. Congrats on the new studio!

    1. shauna

      Cindy, you write about something very interesting here, something I lived for years: the energy we waste wondering about the foods we eat. I’m not advocating that how I eat is how everyone should eat (or anyone else, for that matter!). But I cannot express the calm I feel now, after figuring out (mostly) what works for me. (I say mostly because I’m still on a journey. I always will be.) I spent years thinking and worrying about what I was eating that made me feel not great. It’s such a relief to just eat again.

  32. Sharon

    I was diagnosed with celiac over 4 years ago. Like you, I felt better after going gluten free but the GERD I had been suffering from for years still hasn’t gone away. I have a lot of burning and acid and wake up with a sore hoarse throat every morning. Doctors just want to put me on acid reflux meds for the rest of my life but I refuse to take them with so many side effects. Besides I feel that that is just putting a bandaid on the problem instead of healing anything. Maybe Paleo is the way to go. I have 4 small children and am exhausted an overwhelmed and the thought of another huge dietary change scares me and seems virtually impossible right now but you have definitely giving me something to consider. Would love to wake up without a sore throat.….

    1. Cherry

      Chris’s book definitely sounds reading, thank you for writing about it. For me, your greatest recommendation is saying he has an open mind, and *changes his views ” based on what he’s learned. That is a true scientist — I.e. not stuck on a theory and only looking for ways to prove that theory. I too am wheat, soy, dairy intolerant. I think tapioca in some forms is not good for my body, it makes me feel a liittle weird (hard to describe) and there is something else I eat that gives me the lump-in-the-throat feeling that soy does, but I’m still working on both of those. I know I sometimes have cravings for carbs, which I understand is a symptom of food allergy, so I will definitely check out Chrus’s book.

    2. Mary Ellen

      Oh doctors, and their exuberance to prescribe acid reflux meds. I agree with you that they are a bandaid and won’t solve the underlying problem. After experiencing GERD along with various other symptoms, I was prescribed acid reflux med’s. When that didn’t solve the problem, the med’s were doubled, tripled and more. I finally stopped them and began an elimination diet, while working collaboratively with a naturopath to help me understand the various reactions I was experiencing.

      I found that I expereience GERD as a form of intolerant (allergic) reaction … for me it’s gluten and dairy. It might be different for you. What I do know is that as soon as I feel those symptoms, I know I’ve eaten something my body doesn’t like.

      My purpose of this reply was really to give you encouragement. Feeling poorly is rough, especially with a young family. Hang in there and best of luck to you as you journey to health.

  33. Cordelia

    I love how I find exactly what I need when I need it. I, too, am dealing with finding my health. What you have written today is very helpful! I would love to win a copy of Chris’ book!

  34. Chloe

    I am in an allopathic medical school and really struggle with the western view of disease as something to be fixed. I would be very interested in reading Chris Kessler’s view on food as a medicine to improve health and wellbeing.

  35. Jody

    Scratchy throat in the morning? Yep…that’s me. Would love to read this book. Thanks for the lovely post!

  36. Sara

    I discovered Chris through your site and I’m so grateful. I love his approach and thoughtfulness. I have reserved his book through the library but would certainly love to win a copy here! I’m very much looking forward to reading it, and hopefully implementing some changes to improve my health as well.

  37. Shebajc

    I’ve been struggling with auto-immune disease for several years, and find myself moving closer and closer to where you are now: Gluten free, neither pure Primal or Paleo. I am thrilled you’ve found a way through the medical morass! I would very much like to read Chris’s book.

  38. Magda

    The books sounds interesting — I like diets backed by science.…and what you’ve written about him sounds intriguing. We SHOULD be eating food that’s been around for a while.…I’ve slowly started changing my food/diet to follow that philosophy more closely.

  39. Stephanie

    Winter can be tough. I’d moved away from some of my healthiest habits (salad!) and then realized it. Increased exercise and increased protein, but then realized I was not making sure I was eating my veggies. Now, working on getting enough vegetables and vegetarian protein every day. I’ve discovered lactose intolerance, and feel best when I eat grains & dairy only once a day (with maybe a handful of granola thrown on top of a salad as an extra grain). I think this book would give me some great ideas, and then I would pass it on to a neighbor with multiple food intolerances who eats meat!

  40. Kendra Mitchell

    I’ve followed Chris for a short time due to problems with my thyroid. I would love a copy if his book!!!

  41. Lizzie

    It’s so nice to read about a health/food expert who is just that — someone who is actually committed to studying and learning and adapting their ideas to fit research etc. So many ‘experts’ who write about food/health seem to be self-appointed but an endorsement like this serves to eliminate any worries about that! And that kale dish sells it anyway… With an active toddler who doesn’t always sleep well, and a busy workload (that I am lucky enough to do from home), I am always wanting to eat the most energy-giving things I can — but sometimes it’s all too easy to reach for that quick fix sugar hit that will get you through the next hour or two… I am going to buy this book and make that change right now. It might not be New Year but it’s never too late for a resolution, right?!

  42. Mychelle

    I have been contemplating doing an elimination diet to see if I could get to the bottom of some of my “just feeling lousy” issues. This might be the kick in the pants I need.

  43. Margaret@KitchenFrau

    I have been getting more and more interested in the paleo way of eating. As I cook for my Celiac daughter and gluten intolerant husband and 2 other kids, I realize that there is more, and that I need to go deeper, also. My husband has developed all sorts of unexplained inflammation that no specialists can get to the bottom of. Your experiences and writing have been so helpful and eye-opening. I would love to read Chris Kesser’s book to learn more about his road to recovery and to apply that to our life.

  44. Jenn Sutherland

    Shauna — I shall always be grateful for your gracious spirit and perseverance in experimenting, searching, asking questions and sharing your own journey to true wellness. It seems that everytime you make an adjustment, I find myself struggling with the same issues, and with a book recommendation and your honesty in sharing your experience, I’m able to take it in, make the pivots I need, and start feeling better myself. Your my good health angel, and Chris’ book will be coming home with me very soon. Thank you, my dear friend!

  45. hilary

    I would love to add this book to my shelves. My health is very important to me and I am slowing adjusting my diet to tackle my health issues. This would be a welcome read.

  46. Alix in MV

    I too suffer from constant, low-grade stuffiness, and reading your post made me wonder if I really ought to bite the bullet and try paleo (as a number of friends have embraced). Thank you for continuing to share your personal stories. They’re thought provoking and inspiring to me.

  47. Liz

    I’m suspicious of any fad, especially fad diets, and, like you, don’t find satisfaction in rigid adherence to anything. I do listen to it all, and this makes me wonder about my SIL, who has found that she can’t tolerate high fiber foods since moving to Denver. Even kale is too much. I’ll mention this to her! And I’d love to read this book.

  48. Lu

    This certainly sounds like a book I should read. The best I ever felt was when I did my own version of a popular low carb diet (I took out the “fake” foods and kept fats); it wasn’t just the weight loss, I simply felt *good*.
    But, life interfered, and now I find myself turning to sweet and carby stuff more often than I’d like to admit. Convenience, that’s how I justify it :(

  49. Kristy

    I love everything about this post! Bravo for finding answers and for improving your health. 1 year ago, I was terribly overweight, had acid reflux nightly, was pre-diabetic and couldn’t walk due to arthritis. Today, I’m sugar and mostly grain-free. I walk easily, my health problems are gone along with the extra weight and my doctor high-fived me at my last check-up! I started by eating mostly raw fruit and salads then gradually added back meat and cooked veggies.

    It can be confusing to figure out the right diet…so much conflicting info out there. That is why it’s a joy to read blogs like this that pass along wonderful information that really works.

  50. heidih

    Thank you, as always, for honestly sharing your journey with us. I too am struggling with a chronic progressive illness that the docs just shrug their heads at. My body feels better in movement and with little to no processed foods as well as an abundance of vegetables, but I am still searching and struggling. I would truly appreciate the book as an aid in my journey.

  51. Theresa

    Shauna,
    I just found out about Chris’s new book two days ago. In trying to find something that worked for my entire family(my Asperger’s son is gluten/dairy/dye free) I found paleo, and have restricted myself to those sites, time being in short supply. Something told me to check out your site today, however, since I haven’t been by in over a year. I don’t believe in coincidences, so I know this isn’t accident. I love your posts(trying to catch up!) and personally am very interested in the new book. I totally believe in the whole dairy/gut barrier situation, but noticed I feel great when cheating with a yogurt! Not so with other forms of dairy, so I am so interested in seeing how I can do paleo with the possibility of allowing certain foods. I’ve felt amazing on paleo, and would love to see how some no-no foods could be a maybe.

  52. Tom Ryan

    Glad to hear talk of “more sleep, more stillness, more movement, more fresh air, less sitting, less social media and more direct connections…” These are essential components of an overall approach to wellness. I’d love to read this book (and to try that kale salad!)

  53. Le

    Glad to hear that more and more people are taking an honest look at their diet as the solution to their health problems. These comments were as interesting to me as your original post. I too have been on a journey that started with GF and am now working to refine my diet. My health has plateaued and I am looking for the next step on my journey.

  54. Erin

    I was diagnosed as celiac about two years ago. While I feel MUCH better, I can’t shake the feeling that I’m still not quite “there” on my journey. I’d love to check out the book. It’s really valuable to hear your experience. (And, I have to admit, sometimes I feel a little disheartened that everyone around me seems fine eating whatever!)

  55. Claudia

    I never seem to tire of cauliflower, no matter how much I eat. And roasted is my favorite way to eat it. And now with cacao–wow! Thanks for this! And for help with inching my way to paleo.

  56. Jenn

    Beautiful as always. And the space is stunning. I’ve been thinking about an elimination diet for awhile and it sounds like this book might provide some great guidance. I too feel better minus gluten, but still not always great and it’s time to find out why.

  57. Colleen

    Once again, one of your posts finds its way to me exactly when I need it. You are one of my personal heroes and I find great joy in your healing and your life. Though we have not met, you feel like an old friend to me. A few years ago for lent I wrote “yes” on my wrist every day and said yes for 40 days because you inspired me to do so. One of those yeses had me sign up for an improv class where we learned to say “yes, and”. I’m still learning and performing and saying yes. There is a good chance I’ll be saying yes to a more peleo way of eating as you and I have a very similar food journey as well. Thank you!

  58. Jabbara

    Shauna, I’m glad you’re finding out what works for you, I know it’s not easy. I’m on a similar diet and loved your buckwheat cookies that I made for a Slow Food potluck. I think the word Paleo is unfortunate, who really cares what cave people ate? A healthy diet is individual for each person. Your new kitchen looks perfect and what a good idea to get out of the house and get some space. Chris’s book sounds interesting.

    1. shauna

      I think the word paleo is not only dumb, but it keeps people from trying a way of eating that may heal them. Frankly, this post is probably the only time I’ll use it to describe the way I eat!

      1. Jennifer

        The women on “The Paleo View” podcast recently lamented that the adjective that really describes their diet is “nutrient-dense.” I like that because it focuses on what you are eating, rather than on what you’ve taken out. Plus different people need to take out different foods (if they have intolerances), but everyone can think about how to make their current diet more nutrient dense.

  59. Jamie

    Thanks for this! I try to keep up with your posts, but this one caught my eye right away. I eliminated gluten fe my diet 7mobths ago, and while I feel better than ever, I still occasionally feel sick. I often wonder if I have another food intolerance. I have been interested in Paleo diet, but have been skeptical. I am now very interested in reading Chris’ book. Over-indulging in gluten-free substitutes over the holidays has not helped, I’m sure, but cutting out those starches I don’t need would be beneficial. Kale salad, commence!

  60. Laura C

    I’ve been gluten free since last April (with occasional lapses), as I seem to be gluten sensitive, not celiac. No more beer (dang), but there are lots of other options. I’ve been feeling the need to have more meat and veggies, particularly kale, in my diet. When my work slowed down after Thanksgiving, I was buying kale and onions and garlic — that’s all I could afford! Not such a bad thing — my freezers are full of home-grown and locally grown meat, so I’m not starving.

    I love your space!! I lust after such a space for weaving and dyeing. Someday, I’ll make a pilgrimage!

  61. Andrea

    I’ve been feeling low-level lousy for long time, and cutting out gluten a few months ago has helped, but not enough. In a few days I’ll be starting an elimination diet to pinpoint other problem foods. I came across Chris’ website while researching my symptoms, and it was so helpful! Thanks for sharing your story; it gives many people hope that they too can feel GOOD again!

  62. Theresa K.

    Your experience somewhat mirrors mine. Going gluten free five years ago helped me to feel better, but I was still overweight and still getting inexplicably sick (digestive issues, itchy rashes, fatigue, fog, insomnia). Along with celiac, it was clear I had also developed Sjogren’s and osteoarthritis (all inflammatory diseases). After several months of trial and error, I figured out what worked for me: very few grains, no dairy, no corn, good fats and meats, vegetables and fruits, combined with few processed foods and cooking at home from scratch). The inflammation has begun to reverse and the weight has fallen off with little effort on my part except to follow the plan and avoid sugar. Today I’m down 40+ lbs in about 10 months.

  63. Heather

    What an introduction you’ve provided for Chris! His isn’t a name that I was yet familiar with, but am glad to have learned of it for further exploration. As a dietitian, it’s always refreshing to read new perspectives, and better yet, the success stories. Glad you’re finding ways to feel your best.

  64. Jessica

    I so wish I could have made it to this event. Chris’s research and website have been instrumental in getting me back to better health. After years of suffering from chronic GERD, I tried out the method of a very low-carb diet for a few weeks, and with a few other changes was finally able to rid myself of those awful acid-reducers I’d been on for over 10 years! The first meal I ate without one of those pills was a revelation. I’d no idea I could take my health into my own hands and make myself better, when for years doctors kept giving me the same medicine that was ultimately causing so many other health problems.
    I’m still healing, still on my journey, but ‘paleo’ is certainly a part of that path. I love the thoughtful science behind Chris’s work, and I just can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. It sounds like it was a wonderful event.

  65. Maureen

    Thank you so much for this entry! I’m just embarking down the Paleo path myself, dipping my toes in the water, so to speak. I have a thyroid autoimmune disease and have found that, for me, cutting out gluten drastically improved my health. But, similarly to you, Shauna, after that initial good couple of years, I’ve realized there are still some underlying issues I’d love to see if Paleo can help me with, particularly inflammation. (I have to be on an anti-inflammatory antibiotic long term, which I’d love to stop taking.) Anyway, this book sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing your continuing journey in health and life in general!

  66. cari trousdale

    I love the layers of your story and grateful you share them so willingly with us. I’d love to read this book which speaks volumes since I am not a reader anymore, suffering unmeasurably from gluten-brain. Your review is so compelling. The kitchen studio is hot hot hot Sauna and Danny, “Milk and Honey”? is that the name. Wish I lived closer so I could enjoy your space!

      1. cari trousdale

        Well keep your fingers crossed that the bees produce some honey this summer and I can at least send you a large jar of honey from the Fight of The Turquoise Bee Apiary! I will get there someday.

  67. Paulette

    I read this posting with a great deal of interest & anticipation. I always enjoy your approach and the many GF solutions you present. Most of them I can use, but some I have to adapt further because of allergy issues in my family — c’est la vie. I particularly enjoyed reading about a food book, by a scientist who has travelled a personal journey that has given him helpful insights to pass on. The thing that intrigued me the most perhaps and sets this food book aside from the (multitude of) others is the lack of pretentions, the clarity and the connection to a whole life. I will do as you suggest and cover the word paleo. No doubt he was advised to use the word as it is the “hot” dietary guidance word at the present. Your description of the book tells a much better story.

  68. Tori

    Thank you for sharing your journey and Chris’s book. I am searching for my own version of a diet that makes me healthy, and using the Whole30 and paleo/primal as a template. I’ve been doing this for nearly a year and feel so much better, but I know I still have some things in my diet that are not my friend. I would have passed on this book based on the title alone, even though I’m working on finding my own “paleo code.” I guess I still have that grok/dinosaur food bias when I see the word “paleo” even though I’ve been primarily paleo for months. I think I might need this book after all!

  69. Robie Mills, RD

    I enjoy always reading your posts on food. I also recently have discovered Chris and his website. I have been gluten free for probably 15 years now and mostly Paleo at the same time. I like Chris’s take on Paleo very interesting. I too still have some ongoing issues since feeling better initially on the Gluten Free diet. So I find this very interesting and look forward to reading his book. I also am a practicing nutritionist/RD and counsel others. Thanks for this post!!

  70. Erin

    I have found my health much improved since eating 80/20. I feel so much better this way, I too have found how sweet berries can taste when I cut out most sugars.

  71. Dina

    Would love to win this book and try the recipes! I am definitely going to try the Cauliflower + Cacao combination!

  72. Yani

    I was one of the lucky people who got to attend on Sunday. Thank you so much for hosting! While meeting Chris and getting to hear him talk about the things I’m most passionate about was fantastic, I think eating your food was the best part of the day! It was simply fabulous!!! I love your space there, your landlords are awesome, the property is wonderful, and I wish you the best of luck with your future plans there. I hope that sometime I’ll be able to attend one of your future meals.

  73. Robin

    Thank you for once again sharing your story. So eloquently put.….I am very glad I read it. I’m going to look for Chris’ book as soon as possible. Seems I still have a lot about my body to learn.
    RF

  74. Shaina

    I would love a copy of Chris’s book! I’ve been gluten-free for two years now, eat mostly whole foods, and I’m trying to figure out how to further tweak my diet to resolve some lingering minor digestive issues. Thanks for the great post!

  75. Jane

    I have benefited tremendously from Chris’s work and from your posts (although many of your recipes are too high-carb for me :-( ). I join those who wish this diet was not called “paleo” and think that the paleo label will limit the book’s circulation, which is unfortunate because it’s a terrific book. The privileged way those of us with the means to do so can eat today, with the plethora of available choices and stunning variety, has nothing to do with the ways our ancestors ate. Some of us benefit from a “paleo” diet and others do not. I am one of the ones who does. But I don’t call it “paleo.”

  76. Melinda

    I was diagnosed with celiac about a year ago and continue to struggle with many symptoms and not feeling 100%. This book sounds like it might be the thing I need to get myself closer to full health. Your blog and books continue to inspire and reassure me — thanks Shauna for all you do!

  77. Emily

    I too have struggled with my health even after going gluten free five years ago. I’d love a chance to explore Chris’s ideas.

  78. Susan Marling

    Shauna — I have just recently found your blog and am learning so much from it. I know my body is loaded with inflammation as I have several types of severe arthritis. I am searching for what is right for me — we all aren’t the same. I have read a little about Paelo but wasn’t sure since I don’t eat red meat, lamb or pork. I would love to read this book — I think that is what I need — is just some guidance and ideas and good common sense. Your space is beautiful — I can’t wait to see more from there.

  79. Nina

    I would love to see your studio. You are the leading edge of food revolution, Shauna. Danny, too. This sounds like a great way to not only eat, but live, and live well. Sending you love from the food frontier of constant reinvention and recovery. (and the book sounds divine)

  80. Jennifer Herring

    I too have been struggling with this never-ending “lousy” feeling — pain, digestive issues, and exhaustion with no easy-to-find reason. I’ve been trying new things to improve the situation and this book would be a great help. As always, I greatly enjoy reading your words and am happy to hear that you’ve found such great health.

  81. Nancy Keay

    Thanks for your thoughtful work, Shauna. I live just across the water from you, on the west slope of Tacoma. Many of our friends live on Vashon; I hope you meet them sometime-or maybe you already have!! As a celiac, I appreciate your encouragement about finding true health, not following some prescribed diet or eating plan. That’s an important message!! By the way, I would LOVE to see your new studio kitchen!!!

  82. Brie

    I had stopped reading here for a while because it seemed that many of your recipes were carb – heavy for what I was finding worked from my body. I think I’m now more in line with what you’re talking about and what this book is about, but I’d love to read it. If I don’t win it, hopefully I can get my local library to order it!

  83. Jennifer Clarke

    Your photos are so beautiful! The kitchen studio looks amazing and it appears that the event was quite a success. Cheers!

  84. Teddi

    Wow,Shauna, what a year it has been for you! I am watching your journey carefully, as I find myself on a similar path. Gluten free was a first step, but I find it is not enough. Diane sanfillipo’s work led me to her book Practical Paleo, which has been the start of my transition to a whole foods lifestyle. I listen to her podcasts and follow her on Facebook , which led me to Chris Kressler. So happy that you and he have a relationship, because that sort of thinking really interests me. I am going to enjoy seeing where this new direction takes your cooking. I am not sure that pure paleo is my path, and would love to delve deeper into ancestral style eating. Congratulations on your new space!

  85. Trisch

    I stumbled across your blog today in search of ideas to quit sugar. I now have read several posts and will bookmark you so I can read more. I would love to win this book, but if not, I have it on hold from the library!!! Thanks.

  86. Theresa

    Would love to win a copy of the book. As a now (almost) gluten free girl who has been following whole foods, nutrition and health for 25 years I have been turned off by the paleo movement( so much dogma), while at the same time experimenting in the low grain/ grain free realm. Would love to read Chris’ take on it. Love that he talks about the other essentials of health too– exercising outdoors, meditating, connecting, being.

  87. Kristi

    Kudos to you. I am working on inflammation as well, and following Ayurvedic principals. Seems to be working!

  88. Mary

    One of the things I appreciate most about your blog and your recipes is that you don’t keep creating the same cookies, the same swirl loaf cakes, the same gluten-free-but-not-good-for-you recipes. You’re creating recipes that happen to be gluten free, but more importantly, are nutrition-full. You’ve been a great resource to me since I went gf six years ago due to digestion issues, and I’ve never looked back. Thank you.

  89. guy

    I am intrigued by Chris’s Paleo. I am GF and have been for about a year and I am learning to love my near Paleo diet. I hope to see you in Sacramento next month. Going GF has made Paleo almost a need at times, especially when eating out..

  90. Kelly @ The Nourishing Home

    Shauna, I just discovered your site and am so happy to find you. What a blessing you are. I can truly relate to so much of what you shared in this post. So thank you for sharing your story. I have gone through SO many tests and at this point I’ve been given the catch all dx of non-celiac gluten sensitivity. I won’t belabor this by sharing my personal saga/journey. But just want to say that I approach the GF lifestyle with the same mindset, that each person has their own unique road to travel and we’re all here to help and support one another. So thank you for your beautiful passion for helping others, I am very excited to poke around your site more tonight and hope to get to know you better. Many blessings, Kelly (P.S. Your kitchen studio is a dream — gorgeous! And what a blessing that you could host a party with Chris Kesser!)

  91. Kimberley Mulla

    What a wonderful event! Thanks so much for sharing. I love your explanation of your new food dogma. And I’m so excited to learn more about Chris. Cheers. (Ps. Can’t wait to hear about what else will be happening in the studio and hope to visit one day!)

  92. Linda

    My journey is so similar to many of the posts above. Diagnosed with celiac disease 15 years ago. Felt much better but not great. Corn/Tex-Mex was my go to (I do live in Texas, after all). Last summer my immune system went berserk…vomiting, vertigo, massive hair loss, massive weight loss. All this was followed with various doctor visits and tests, including testing for seasonal and food allergies. Sadly, none of the ‘specialists’ could answer my questions. The GI just shook his head at the long list of food sensitivities and said, “I don’t even know what I would do if I had all these food allergies.” True story. So, I met with a friend who has been down a similar path, which inspired her to become a nutritionist. With her guidance I am slowly reintroducing food back into my diet. Corn will not be one of them…I have a true corn allergy (no wonder I’ve been constipated for 66 years!). Also having issues with all starchy foods…beans, white potatoes, tapioca…all g-f go-to substitutes. I have yet to master baking with coconut flour and all the almond required to make almond flour makes me leary. Gums don’t make my gut happy, either.

    Now my diet primarily consists of organic meats and vegetables…soups are my lifeline…homemade ice cream and chocolate sauce for the occasional sweet treat.

    I listened to all the videos from The Gluten Free Summit and read Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain, all the while taking copious notes. Most of the information was eye-opening and extremely helpful. Some of the information, however, was a little too far out there…a specific coffee with butter being one.

    All that to say thank you for great, common-sense advice. I’ve read your blog faithfully since discovering it last summer. It’s been very reassuring to know someone else is sharing my journey AND has valuable, useful, and practical information to share! I’m not yet familiar with Chris Kessler, but I will be shortly!

    So grateful,
    Linda

  93. Blyth

    I’ve been GF for a few years and fully understand the power of food. I recently convinced my husband to just try it for a week and now he’s convinced too!! I’m very interested in Chris’s Paleo diet and would enjoy taking my learning to the next level. Thanks for posting your story!!

  94. Sheryll Ziemer

    I was just going to skim the article and post for the book, but as usual, I love reading what you write. And I love that you and other people like Chris Kresser have done so much work in an area that is so puzzling to most of us. I just completed the 21 Day Sugar Detox, to get healthy, lose my bloated belly, and eat well. I loved the program and am now adding back foods, Gouda being the first. And since you mentioned yogurt, I’m heading to Marlene’s Deli and getting some Goat yogurt and goat milk to make my own.
    Thank you for what you do! Love your books and your writings!

  95. Pamela

    I, too, started feeling down about a year after going gluten free. It’s so difficult for people to understand that it’s not just about gluten. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s so full of hope and eloquent, as always.

  96. Laura

    It’s so wonderful when we discover what makes our bodies function well. Thank you for showing us how it’s a constant and changing road to discovery!

  97. Amie

    Shauna, your book helped me find my voice and confidence in my gluten free journey, and stop being ashamed about making a fuss while ordering at restaurants. I was living near Green Lake at the time, attending Bastyr University for nutrition. Your blog inspired me to delve into gluten free baking and teach and inspire many friends during their GF transition. Then I got sick with a mystery illness and moved home to the Bay Area. Chris Kresser helped me understand the autoimmune disease I was eventually diagnosed with, which no doctors could explain or help me with. You can’t imagine my delight when I learned you were offering grain-free options in your baking book this past Thanksgiving, and new grain free recipes on the site. I have learned the almost the EXACT same things as you on this journey: I do better on seed-like grains and starchy tubers, I can tolerate a little GF oatmeal, I don’t do refined sugar except on the rarest of occasion and don’t really miss it, my body loves full fat cheese and good yogurt (so envious you can access Grace Harbor Farms Guernsey yogurt in Seattle), and restricting my diet too much creates stress and more inflammation in me too–I just love food and cooking too much. I can’t explain how wonderful it is to see two of my hugest influences and inspirations working together and supporting each others’ work. Wish I could have been there! (I was at Chris’s book launch party in Berkeley this month.) Hope I get to visit your farm kitchen someday soon — it looks gorgeous.

  98. Andrea

    Here’s to all of us discovering the food that feeds us each best! Looking forward to hearing about your great new space!

  99. Christina

    this post could not have come at a better time for me. Over the summer I had gone gluten, soy, dairy and egg free for my son who was having digestive troubles and something in my breastmilk was upsetting him. Not really sure what was the true culprit with him as it seems to have resolved itself but I can truly say that was the best I had felt in years. I returned to my ‘normal’ food routine after he weaned and have since gone back to my former yuck. Currently I am trying to find out a food routine that makes life better and eases the inflammation in my joints I have ended up with shortly after returning to my ‘normal’ dietary ritual. I will definitely be looking this book up as I am sure it will truly help me and my family with living a healthier life.

  100. Lindsey F

    I share many of your same sentiments. I am 100% gluten free but am not so rigid with the other things that I consume. I feel so much better since I went GF — no mystery rashes or intestinal distress. I can not wait to read this book and would love to share it with my daughter who also has some puzzling health issues.

  101. Sara

    Thank you for your story Shanauna. I am intriguied by Chris’s book, especially becuase he is combining science with experience and noting the connecntion between health, food, lifestyle and community and the individual.

    I hope the new sapce fills just right!

  102. Maggie

    After a nasty car accident 6 years ago and a traumatic brain injury, I am still searching for that full recovery my doctors said I would never achieve. I so appreciate your blog and thoughts and am excited to read Kresser’s work now, too. Eliminating the gluten helped my brain immensely and I know there is a way to heal the lingering fatigue and pain. Your party was for a small group but by writing about it and sharing it, it is helping so many more. I can’t wait to read Chris Kresser’s book now. I too have shied away from the paleo label but I’m totally excited to read science and research and common sense without the extremes. Have you read The Last Best Cure by Donna Jackson Nakazawa yet? So good.

  103. --anu

    I just wanted to say that I love all your book recommendations! I just got the Feeding the Young Athlete and while looks very different from what I usually read, I absolutely love it. I will read some bits to my daughter (she does circus arts, including flying trapeze).
    I too have been dabbling with paleo , I like the whole and pure aspect but grains are also important to me. I grew up eating mostly barley and rye. I have struggled with lots of food triggered allergic reactions but have figured out that eliminating grains does not make a difference. It is hard to know what to turn to especially when reaction time is slow, I generally react 4–24 hours later, mostly skin reaction, sometimes respiratory. I will search out his book as well :)

  104. Scott W.

    Dear Shauna,
    I think what impresses me most is how you have been able to build a business as part of your journey towards wellness. Second on my list is the humility in your writing combined with lack of preachiness (new word!). The presumptiveness of some people who dictate what we can and cannot eat is disheartening. I do not have any dietary restrictions, but my son has celiac so I am a big supporter of finding different ways to stay healthy and provide him with the education to make good food choices as he grows up (he’s only 7). Your blog, and the people and products you endorse, helps us to get closer to that goal. By the way, Seattle seems way too cloudy for my psyche.…I’ll take Boston and the cold, thank you very much!

  105. Mickey

    Thank you Shauna, for this post, and for putting on such a lovely event. It was amazing to be able to meet you after following your blog all these years since my Celiac diagnosis. I’ve always looked up to you in the blogging world, and I never thought I’d see the opportunity to go to an event with food cooked by you and Danny AND see Chris speak. Amazing!

    I’ve been able to recover from my autoimmune issues mostly in thanks to the path Chris’ blog set me on a couple years ago, and for this I am grateful. I never would have guessed that now I’d be a “real food” believer and eating liver, bone broth, and not afraid of eating animals and fat. :)

    Mickey

  106. Judy

    Can’t wait to see your new space. Like you, I’m open to new ideas that will help with ongoing health issues. I think refined sugar is the enemy.

  107. Stephanie

    The studio looks amazing, Shauna! What a special first event to hold there. So much of what you wrote resonates with me, and I think back to our conversations in September when you were here. Inspiration to get back on the wagon to feeling better. Thank you so much for sharing this! xo

  108. jennifer

    Your article sounds so familiar to me. I have been having much of the same type of issues. Gluten free helped at first but now after a year of gluten free I am starting to feel sick again. I will definitely check this book out. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  109. Shelby Edwards

    What a read!
    These ideas of finding full health, of creating space, of helping one another, of listening to ones own self for the way signs of how to proceed, I think are ever more essential in our hectic and to often anxious and disjointed times. And to move through life without the dogma –love that line “too much rigidity cause inflammation too”.
    I am often struck by the intersections between our wildly different work. I help people deal with risk and craft adaptation to big disruptive change events…but it makes sense really. The core principles for good living carry over into good work, healthy resilient companies too.
    Anyway, thanks for this! Hope to get to this amazing book soon, and yes, there will be some roasted cauliflower for dinner tonight.

  110. Barrie

    After having most of my healthcare professionals throw up their hands (including my integrative doctor!), I think that this might hold some solutions for me. I would be grateful for a chance to delve into Chris’ book and see if my thyroid issues and constantly stuffed/popping ears would benefit! Thanks for always being on the cutting edge.

  111. Alanna Kellogg

    Okay so yes — me too — I read and enjoyed every word and found them encouraging and that’s from someone who is lucky to not deal with food issues personally but to continue to watch/think about what happens with others. “Real food. It’s the real deal.”

    But — am I the first to say, Hey! Did you see that cauliflower? I love roasting whole cauliflower, it’s so easy, so gorgeous. But cacao powder is hard to come by, would anything substitute including plain ol’ unsweetened cocoa powder?

    And — thanks for all you do and think and share and and and and and

    1. shauna

      Thanks, Alana. And of course you can use plain old cocoa powder! That’s what we did originally.

  112. liz

    I’m always looking for new books on health/nutrition to read. I’ll have to check out Chris’s. Thanks for the recommendation!

  113. Jackie G

    Beautiful post. I’m a big fan of Chris Kresser (found your post through him) and have seen major improvements with a paleo-ish way of eating. I’ve very found of Chris’ approach, his detailed look at the science, and his attention to other aspects of ancestral living (sleep, etc).

  114. Rhonda Shotts

    This is my favorite statement in your article — “…But I’m definitely not on a low-carb diet. I’m on a low crap diet.” This is pretty much my philosophy when it comes to eating. I eat real food and abide by the 80/20 rule and it seems to be working for me. Thank you as always for your continued wisdom and inspiration.

  115. Ashley

    This post is just what I needed to read today. As always. I’ve been following your blog since marrying a man with Celiac in 2011 and having to revamp the way we eat. In recent months, I have personally become frustrated by going from doctor to doctor with chronic symptoms I’ve had since childhood, only to be prescribed something that doesn’t work or be dismissed as not serious. I sought the help of a doctor who practices Functional Medicine. A doctor who was also fed up with the medical field’s tendency to provide a quick fix for a symptom rather than truly understand the individual body and why those symptoms were happening. I began going to this new doctor in August. I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a stomach parasite, and an overgrowth of yeast in my stomach in October. I’ve cut out gluten, which has helped with my stomach issues and my chronic headaches. And as I’ve eliminated other foods and added more whole foods, I’ve found huge differences in my health, even if they wouldn’t seem huge to others. Thanks so much for introducing me to this book you’ve featured. It seems like the next logical step in my path to cure my body from the inside out.

  116. Sandy

    I am so happy that you have found Chris Kresser. You were one of the first GF blogs I followed when I was diagnosed. It was such a relief to find your blog — for the recipes of course, but your writing and the sharing of your life and struggles makes you feel like an old friend. When only GF didn’t work for me I also hit the Google and found Chris. He makes some pretty complicated stuff real easy to understand and follow. I’m still trying to figure it all out but I know I’ll get there eventually with guidance from people like you and Chris. It is good to have you along for the ride.

  117. Judi

    I really enjoyed reading this and thank you for being clear that food is a very personal thing. I recently discovered that I am gluten intolerant and have been free of the chronic headaches it was causing for several months now. My next step is to figure out why I have no energy… I’ll certainly be checking out Chris’ book and yours for the recipes!

  118. Mischa

    What a wonderful site! I have just gone gluten-free (3 weeks ago) as an attempt to better my health. We moved off the continent to experience a difference culture and learn a new language and we LOVE it, but this last year my health has gone downhill. Part of it is fibromyalgia that has been made worse from the stress (albeit good stress) from the move, but there is something more. I found Chris Kresser’s website a couple of weeks ago and have been immersed in learning from him. Although I can’t even stomach the idea of eating beef, pork or even chicken, as a former vegan, I have started to try to incorporate more fish, eggs and fermented dairy in my diet. We cook a lot more here and have found wonderful sources for organic fruits and veggies, eggs and dairy, and I think I’m at the point where I’m ready to experiment more with our diet. I love my volunteer work, but have been limited way too much from fatigue this last year. I hope to glean as much as I can from your wisdom and that of Chris. Thank you for providing your experience for people like myself so we can start to feel better soon.

  119. Tamara

    Thank you for another thoughtful, well written post. I have friends who swear by Paleo, but as someone who only eats pastured meats, preferably from people I know personally, who’ve raised them, I find myself eating less meat and more beans and legumes. Other than post-menopausal pudge, I don’t think I have any issues. But I am really interested to read Chris’s take on things — so thanks for letting us know about him.

  120. SedonaMichelle

    Love this post and would love to read this book. What hope it brings me! Thanks for the opportunity.

  121. Cathi Lamoreux

    There is something definitely bothering me in addition to gluten. I am working on trying to figure it out.

  122. Jenny L.

    I saw a recipe just yesterday for roasting a whole head of cauliflower but it had cheese on top of it and I can’t do dairy, so I was excited to see your recipe today. I have felt for a while that still feeling unwell was caused by my inability to process carbs and I am trying to fix that problem. I don’t eat a lot of carbs besides gluten-free bread and eat no sugar except for dark chocolate, but I can’t even tolerate the small amount I eat now. So, I am excited to hear about Chris and will check out his books. Thanks for the post.

  123. Lynda Surran

    Shauna, Everything you post is thoughtful and authentic. I love reading about the things you are creating. I find your writing about Chris Kresser’s book intriguing. Thank you for sharing your insights and all the photos of gorgeous, real food!

  124. kerri

    Your post was a really great read. It shows the power of food(both positive and negative). I also believe in eating the foods that make you feel good! No labels necessary for having a healthy diet!

  125. Michelle Wolff

    This brought me to tears. I recently adopted Paleo after being sick for a year with gluten symptoms but I’d been strictly gluten free for years. Turns out no grains work for me right now but I didn’t want to give up dairy products and haven’t but I also have noticed I feel a lot better if I go up to 100ish grams of carb a day rather than aiming for very little levels. I am thrilled to see a book that’s balanced and I’m also a never say never to a particular food, I don’t want to live a rigid life except with gluten which is required. Anyway, your posts almost always coincide with something I’m going through and I am always grateful for you sharing your personal processes. Thank you!

  126. Carrie

    Hi, Shauna,
    It’s great to hear that you’ve found your way again with your diet and health. The idea of a proper elimination diet (that is not a liquid one) intrigues me. I’m curious the core principles behind this one as it sounds promising. Is it possible to sum them up here or should I go to a bookstore and take a look? ps Good for you for buying that pig. I love having a freezer full of meat that I have carefully sourced.

  127. Kelly M

    That was a really beautiful piece. I have been moving more and more in the direction of grain-free. After cutting out gluten over a year ago, I felt so much better. But lately some of the old discomfort is creeping back in. So I have cut way back on dairy and grains and it seems to have helped. Living like we used to… moving, eating whole foods in reasonable amounts… it seems to be the way forward.

  128. Shannon

    It always amazes me how much a difference changes in exercise and food can help (and hurt) people. My husband has lost 60 pounds and, most importantly, has been able to stop taking his daily gout medicine due to exercising. We’ve recently started giving up white flour (we are not GF but I’m mixing GF recipes into the mix since whole wheat isn’t always my desired flavor) and white sugar and once again, we are amazed by the changes.

  129. EmSewCrazy

    I wish I could come to one of your parties. Every time I read one of your posts I want to bawl my eyes out. I so appreciate your point of view on food and your love of cooking. It has made me want to cook again.

  130. bo roth

    Wow, Shauna. You know, I lost 50 pounds on lo carb (atkins) years ago and felt FANTASTIC. (Incredible sleep, energy, you name it.) Then the troubles began. (Inflammation related.) And I went off it. And i gained 50 pounds back. I’ve tried lots of things since then, always feeling that I should try atkins again. I like this guys approach much better, from what you say of it. I think I’ll have to find his book! It seems like a midway point (no potatoes or rice on atkins, of course) that might work for me. I’d love to feel that fantastic again!

    1. shauna

      Bo, you’re invited to the studio any time. And how I eat makes the most sense for my body but it might work for you. I eat potatoes every day now! (This makes Danny so happy.) The resistant starch in potatoes that have been cooked and cooled really seems to be healing my gut. Let’s talk!

  131. Layla M

    This month I made the decision to try paleo and only just heard about Chris Kresser, so excited to see a post about him here! It definitely sounds like you’re gearing up to do a paleo blog!!

    1. shauna

      Oh no. This will never be a paleo blog! Even if every recipe we make from now on works for someone on the paleo diet, we still won’t call it that. We just make real food we love.

  132. Rebecca

    What a lovely post, Shauna! I love your balanced approach to food. And I’m looking forward to reading Chris’s book — it sounds like just what I have been searching for. May I ask a question that is somewhat of a tangent? What color white did you paint those walls? We are moving into a new home and I have been looking for a shade of white that is warm but not yellow, and I love the color in your photos. You have created such a warm, welcoming, serene space! Thanks, Shauna.

    1. shauna

      Thank you, Rebecca! Good question on the paint. We went to Home Depot and looked at hundreds of whites. Finally, the woman working there said “This is the only white we have that is real, true white.” And it was the cheapest. So that’s what we did. No cream or yellow or blue tints. Just white.

  133. Nicole

    This book sounds so interesting. I have been tweaking my food intolerance list for years. Gluten is one of many. I eat more whole foods now and think that this book would be another great resource to get other ideas.

  134. jaime

    I would love to win a copy of this book–hopefully, it will not only help me, but also help others in my family with gut issues. Currently, I’ve been diagnosed with GERD, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. In the past 3 years, I’ve had 2 colonoscopies, 3 endoscopies, my gallbladder removed, and more biopsies than I can count. Yet every time I eat, I feel nauseous after a few bites. I’ve found I can get a few more bites of sustenance in when eating whole, unprocessed foods (fruits and veggies, yay!), but have issues with meats, dairy, and whole grains of any kind. I just want to be able to eat again without feeling sick. If this book can help me, it will also help the others in my family and friends with similar issues–ulcerative colitis, gastroparesis, Barrett’s esphogus, and issues with pancreatic function (well, lack thereof).

  135. Shannon

    What a perfect post, Shauna! I’ve fallen away from reading your blog over the last couple of years because I’ve found I do so much better grain-free and not just gluten-free. I’ve been reading paleo blogs (and I agree with you about the name :-) and buying paleo cookbooks, many of which are amazing, but something was still missing. I’ve read about Chris’ book and hope to find it once my broken leg (slipped on the ice) lets me get out of the house (been housebound since November 30, gak, but that means I have lots of time to read). Anyway, I am very happy to know that you are on the same page as me and I will be back scouring your blog for all I have missed. I already have a second window open with your paleo friendly archives.

  136. T Crossley

    My husband gets terrible migraines several times a month, and my gut feeling is that it is food related. We’ve talked about doing an elimination diet, and this book sounds like it might be a good place to start.

  137. Sherri Vilov

    I too have been on a journey to become more healthy. I’ve done lots of reading and have slowly shifted to a whole foods plant based diet. This book intrigues me and the food looks amazing! Love your new studio space!

  138. Hillary

    I’m currently going through more testing to try and figure out what has gone wrong with my gut in for the last three years. Through this I’ve learned that there is no one perfect diet for everyone. Eat as much of the “good” stuff as you can. I’m really struggling getting variety in my diet right now, but I’m hopeful that I’ll figure out a healthy way to manage my digestive symptom.

    1. shauna

      Absolutely! I firmly believe that no diet works for everyone. That’s why I just wanted to offer my story.

  139. Charr Douglas

    Exciting, I am always on a quest for knowledge, it changes; we learn and grow.…I am loving that about you now. That book sounds like a great start.

  140. DamselflyDiary

    ARG! My conflicts with food.

    I haven’t eaten meat in 25 years. Every time I think, “I should try eating meat and see if it helps me,” I see a livestock truck on the highway on the way to slaughter and start to cry. I had a physical reaction in my body when I read about the pigs in your article. I am positive they had a lovely life but the they were killed for your food. I can’t handle it.

    Meantime, I can’t tolerate wheat or soy. Even some dairy bothers me (milk, ice cream — yogurt and cheese seem okay). Cooking seems like a chore. I am terrified that one day almond flour will be on my “I can’t tolerate list.”

    I have begun to really hate food. I worry about what I am eating (or not) all of the time. That’s why I find your writing so fascinating. I can’t imagine having your relationship with food and cooking.

  141. Victoria Smith

    I agree with Jenn and many others, Shauna … it’s almost uncanny how often your health journey and dietary changes seem to parallel or be a few weeks/months ahead of my own. November and December were slow, sluggy months for me, too cold to work in the garden and a seasonally-disturbed sleep cycle influenced by the too-short days. Junk food — in the form of potato chips, tortilla chips, and sugary desserts — crept into the house, in the guise of holiday treats and entertaining. And in November, I baked my very first loaf of wonderfully delicious wholesome whole grain GF bread, which everyone knows is best slathered in butter or homemade jam. Add it all up, and I put on ten pounds in 10 weeks, watching the scale and knowing exactly what was causing the weight gain, yet doing nothing about it while awaiting better weather and longer days.

    At the same time, I was feeling drawn to eliminate some of the grains and beans that accompany most meals, knowing I would have more energy if I did so. I started reading seriously about paleo diets: research, personal stories, and fabulous cookbooks. I got a copy of Danielle Walker’s “Against All Grain,” which has some terrific recipes for everyday real food, along with recipes for grain-free dairy-free versions of many traditionally grain-based foods that are delicious in their own right. Due to the suddenly frequent appearance of the word “paleo” in our home — and despite the fact that grains and simple carbs make up a small part of our regular diet — Mr. Smith predictably announced “I am not giving up all grains and going paleo.” No problem … I certainly didn’t ask him to, as I have no intention of eating a strictly paleo diet myself. But he has had no complaints as I’ve eliminated many of the starchy/carby/grainy items we used to eat daily, while adding extra servings of vegetables to our dinners. Two years ago, he made the choice to go gluten free with me, and all of his foods are gluten free … but his breakfasts and lunches are meals he eats on his own, and they have a much higher grains and carbs load than my body is happy with these days. As I continue to change my own diet, I know he will be inspired by my increased health and energy to make similar changes in his own.

    I’ve watched you blossom and glow over the past six or eight months, as you listened to your body, adjusted what you ate, returned to exercising, started working with weights, and literally shrunk before our eyes from weight loss and reduced inflammation. You radiate health and happiness these days, Shauna, in your words as well as your photos, and you are one hell of an inspiration and role model. I thank you for that, and also for pointing me toward Chris Kresser … I’m looking forward to reading his work.

  142. Linda

    I read and study so much information, trying to figure out what will be best for me. Gluten-free definitely — not celiac, but severely gluten intolerant. I am trying to cut out other grains; so days are better than others. Emphasizing good fats; that feels good. Working on eliminating sugar; doing pretty well. Also eating much less fruit to reduce fructose levels, since gout is a family issue. Have been lactose intolerant for years, so have finally cut out dairy, except for pastured butter.

  143. nicole i

    Nearly 2 years ago I began the process of healing my body using a “whole 30″ approach. I was able to heal my body from a chronic autoimmune disease and got off all medication. I am slightly embarrassed to call myself “paleo” and avoid it as much as possible. This year I am slowly reintroducing foods, like bits of dairy, a grain here and there…just to see what my body is willing to take. Turns out the years of damaged internally to my digestive system still are sensitive. I would a chance to see what Kresser would say in his book.
    Also,one of these days i will find myself on Vashon ans will hope you studio will be open to passer byers!

  144. Keri

    Hmm, this post got me thinking. My husband went GF due to health for a couple of years and then when we went to Costa Rica, all of that went out of the window. I couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t reacting to the gluten like before. Now I get it. His body just needed to be “rebalanced.” I would love to read Chris’s book! :)

  145. amy

    Hear hear for avoiding dogma! Thank you for continuing to make your blog and your recipes accessible, even as your personal habits change over the years. I’m sure you’ll get comments about how you aren’t paleo enough, or how paleo is stupid, but just ignore those. (I worried about the same thing when I posted a recipe for raw cashew dressing and pictured it over a steak salad the other day, ha!) Finding balance, sustainability, and common sense in your eating habits is always a good thing, even if habits change.

  146. Sheryl

    Well, I have to be honest with you. This post has won me over, hands down. I probably won’t win any books for saying this, but for the longest time I just didn’t like your blog, because I didn’t enjoy the kinds of recipes you blogged. But I kept reading because I love your writing! I identified with so much; I too found paleo because of health issues even though I went gluten free. I just have to eat this way because of my health (and it tastes good too). The description of how you now eat could be mine. In fact, it is mine! I look forward to more of your recipes. Maybe a future book could be paleo-ish! My apology for any past judgment. Life is too short, and we’re all in this together.

    1. shauna

      Sheryl, thank you for your honesty. And how could I be upset with that? There’s no way to offer a recipe that could work for everyone! But yes, the recipes here on out will feature the foods I mentioned. And the cookbook we are working on right, although I think of it as special occasion food, will be grain-free and mostly refined-sugar-free.

  147. Susie M

    Throwing my name into the hat. I started out GF and moved to grain free about two years later. I’ve now been grain free for over a year and dairy free for two months and mostly sugar free (I’ll admit this is the hardest part for me). I felt horrible before this for so long. Finally getting my energy back. The thing I love about Chris is what you described…no dogma and a gentleness and openmindedness about him. I’m really looking forward to reading this book and the recipes you made and shared look terrific!

  148. Ellenb

    I so wish I lived near the Pacific west coast so I could attend your events! I will have to enjoy them from your beautiful blog.

  149. lisa z

    Shauna — I’m so happy to hear that you also find rigidity in the diet to cause inflammation as well. I have seen your happy healthy face over the past few months since we last saw you and I was wondering if all that you had taught us in Italy was for naught. When I first went GF I had to remove so many things from my diet and while I felt great physically, after a bit, I was so miserable because I couldn’t eat with my friends that I decided moderation was the key. I want to do a paleo “cleanse” — ie cut the sugar and garbage and restart the system — I’m just trying to clear the carbs from the cupboard for a bit so they can’t taunt me!

  150. Debra

    As a nutrition and dietetics major 80/20 is our rule. Paleo.…hmmm.…would love a copy to see what Chris’s take is. Sounds very interesting.

  151. Katrina Myers

    Sounds like we’re on a similar path Shauna. Years ago I quit sugar and grains and dairy on advice by my dr due to hormone problems, but the ‘treats’ slowly snuck back in. I found out I have coeliacs in 2012 and more recently Graves’ disease, after the birth of my second daughter. I’ve been researching auto immune disease diets and sure enough — no grains, sugar dairy comes up. The last few weeks has been about me accepting that my body doesn’t like the ‘treats’ I give it and that the biggest treat I can give myself is health. I’ve just started the I quit sugar diet and will tackle grains once I’ve conquered sugar. I can’t wait to see what recipes you come up with to help us all on our way to better health :)

  152. Iris G.

    http://www.fatnutritionist.com/index.php/real-food/

    All food is “real food.” As someone living who lives close to the poverty line and is usually unable to afford the food you deem “real,” and who is working two jobs to pay rent, thus doesn’t have time (nor space) to grow her own food, I feel the need to point this out to you. Foods we don’t personally like are still very real, and in a country as beset by systemic inequity as this one, are still relied upon for basic nutrition by many.

    I have no quarrel about the crux of your message, but I ask you to consider carefully how you frame it. Thank you.

    1. shauna

      What I mean by real food is food that comes from the ground or from an animal and is in its recognizable form. That include grains and beans and peanuts and fresh dairy. Just because I seem to do better right now without most beans or grains does not mean I think they are bad! (As I wrote in this post.) I never said that anyone needs to grow her own food to be eating well. We don’t grow most of our food! Real food means the food that isn’t processed and put into a box. That’s what I meant.

  153. Karen

    I really enjoyed reading your post about hosting a party in honor of Chris’ new book. While I have not experienced anything close to what you have gone through, a year ago my body began to revolt against the majority of my food choices (even the good ones). Now I am trying to find my way back to healthy, mindful eating with foods that my body will tolerate. I particularly like what you said about Chris’ belief that it’s not just about good food that sustains our bodies well. Slowing down, reducing our “plugged in” time and connecting with the outdoors are all important pieces to improving our overall health. I am so happy for you that you are finding your full health and it gives me hope that I can do the same. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  154. Abby

    I have this book on hold at the library! (Along with everyone else in my town it seems…) When I was diagnosed with DH last year, I threw myself into research mode (And wrote to you, Shauna! Thank you for your kind words in my darkest, and itchiest, hour). I was so desperate to heal, and heal well that I was willing to try anything. Time and again, I kept coming across “paleo”. I was skeptical, but willing to give it a shot. Lo and behold, it really works for me. I am still not comfortable with the word (nor much of the community,with it’s dogmatic fervor) but I eat much like you do, and I feel so much better for it. I still have a ways to go, but I am on the right path, I know it. My crazy sugar cravings are diminished. My weight is steady. My skin is clearer. My periods are easier. Most of all, my emotional state is steadier than it has EVER been in my entire life. There is this new calm within me that I hardly recognize, but am loving. And bonus! My darling boyfriend is also healthier than ever eating this way!

  155. Laura

    There is so much conflicting information being bandied about food right now, that I really find it difficult to decide what to cook. Fats are bad. Butter is good. Carbs contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Olive oil is good. South Beach Diet. Diets are bad. I also have to deal with a milk allergy. Then the word Paleo. Images appear unbidden in my brain. But I think your advice is good. Cover up the word and then read about the thrust behind it. And then try changing some of your eating habits and see how you feel. Better? Yay!!!

  156. Kelly Harms

    I am so happy that I found your website years ago — it’s made my transition to gluten-free so easy (and tasty!) I’m feeling better, but I too have inflammation throughout my body that hasn’t improved as much as I’d like (very frequent flares of diverticulitis derail me with antibiotics and their attendant problems). I’m incredibly lucky that I live on a farm — we have a large garden, fruit orchard, and raise our own pigs and lamb for meat and chickens for eggs. So I can at least know where a lot of my food comes from. But it sounds like Chris’ book may be just what I need to learn some sensible ways to eat and live that will help me get to my goal of better health.

  157. Barbara

    I am fairly new to a gluten-free diet and I have to admit it still is a bit strange. I’ve read some interesting things about paleo-type diets but just haven’t been able to get my head around it. Thank you for your post. You have got me thinking about a new path to health. I’m going to check out Chris’s book.

  158. marie wallis

    I really don’t know much about paleo, but that kale salad sounds so good!

    and your cauliflower looks so good. I would have never thought to put cocoa powder on it. go you. good luck in your new space.

  159. Sarah G.

    Shauna, your site is such a gift to those of us on the same journey. You guided me through gluten-free baking, helping me to heal and maintain the health of my daughter and then my husband. Now we’re eating more as you describe (mostly pasture raised meats and produce). I’d love to read this new book and continue to evolve along side you. Hoping your next travels bring you to Houston!

  160. MrsMo

    Great post; great book. Thanks for the daily reminder that we can play and have fun on our food-healing journey. Peace!

  161. Kelly B

    I’ve recently discovered your blog and have been enjoying your knowledge and recipes. I’ve been diagnosed for 17yrs now with celiacs. I wanted to let you know how this post really resonated with me and how much I’ve enjoyed it. I finally was able to take control of my own health and get my lupus and fibromyalgia under control. Like you I realized how inflamed sugar made me and have removed as much processed items as possible. I find it helps keep my body “quiet” and happy. I try to do about an 80% free diet of sugars, meats and dairy and of course completely gluten free. Thanks for your stories and perspectives. I look forward to them

  162. Teresa DeYoung

    I’m new to your site and just starting the Paleo diet. Would love to win Chris’ book!!

  163. Emily D.

    I truly appreciate you getting the word out about healthier ways to eat and to always be conscious of how your body reacts to what you eat.
    This past summer, I was extremely ill and went to all sorts of specialists to find out what was wrong. It was scary to not be able to take care of my toddler son when I was supposed to be the at home caregiver. I ended up contacting a holistic nutritionist and she helped me figure out which foods I couldn’t tolerate and to test for a small intestinal bacterial overgrowth that was affecting how my body up took carbs. With lots of nutritional supplements and avoidance of gluten and dairy, I have been able to get my gut bacteria back in check and feeling much better.
    This whole experience has made me think long and hard about going into a career in nutrition.
    Thanks so much for your insightful thoughts and sharing your search for health.

  164. Emma Galloway

    I love this so much Shauna, you have no idea. I too am at the stage of searching for answers to my health issues even with gluten eliminated. As a life-long vegetarian I find it really hard to be able to live anywhere near a ‘paleo’ life ( I too hate strict rules and terms, so would never call my food choices this anyway). My gut tells me the grains and sugar aren’t doing me any good, so they are slowly going, in part thanks to you sharing your story. I’m trialing all sorts of things and hoping that one day, I too, will feel as alive as you do right now my friend. xx

    1. shauna

      Emma! You seem so good at listening to your body. You can feel better. And I don’t think it’s necessary to eat a lot of meat to feel well. In fact, I was a vegetarian for 12 years, so I know what you mean. There are other protein sources, as you know. I’m so fond of nuts these days. You might just start by reducing the foods you think are making you feel ill, and upping the ones you know work for you. That’s all I did, at first.

    2. DamselflyDiary

      Emma, you will see my post a little earlier in this list. I too am a vegetarian that is struggling with answers to food and health issues. In addition to Shauna and Danny’s recipes, you might check out Elana’s Pantry for some yummy, simple “paleo” recipes. Many are vegetarian friendly. Most baked goods use almond flour (protein) and things like honey, agave and stevia to sweeten.

  165. AE

    Kismet? I recently came across Chris Kresser’s blog as well! Very happy to hear that his work has been so helpful to you. I’m definitely curious about his book, and grateful for his prolific work online. Best of luck in your new endeavors.

  166. Jacqueline Faiman

    Shauna, what a great post! Thank you for sharing the news on your new space and introducing us to Chris. Can’t wait to try the cauliflower…

  167. Eileen

    I struggle with diabetes and inflammation and learned from my Aunt that my Uncle had Celiac disease nearly 20 years ago– it was so under diagnosed that he was misdiagnosed for years. Finally, they found a doctor who said he was suffering from osteoporosis and what amounted to starvation due to celiac. With this knowledge, I began eliminating gluten in the last month or so and feel much better. But, I sense there is more going on– I am frequently bloated and my stomach often hurts for no reason. I am going to read what Chris offers and talk more about it with my doctor. Thanks for sharing him and this beautiful party in your kitchen studio. xo

  168. Pat

    My son has had unexplained health problems for years. Maybe this book would help him find answers that no one else seems to have.

  169. MS

    I have always cooked with real foods but I have been finding more and more I do better with less grains and more vegetables. I would LOVE to read this book. It is hard to wade through so many books and pick wisely; your recommendation carries a lot of weight. Thank you for the opportunity!

  170. Rachel

    Shauna,
    I like the 80%/20% modality.
    I’m currently trying to heal a chronic health issue by eating meat, vegs, healthy fats, and limited dairy and fruit. It’s an interesting path. Tasty, too. I haven’t had sugar or honey in 5 months and am amazed at the sweetness of an apple, or caramelized onions.
    I do look forward to the day when I can partake in a 80%/20% diet.
    This book has been on my radar and I’d love to win it.

    1. Laura

      Thank you for this post. I was diagnosed with Celiac in 1998 when I was 19. I was very, very sick by the time I was diagnosed and it took over a year of being GF to finally feel good again. Most of 20’s I felt pretty good, but since turning 30, I’ve had several health issues, including GERD, muscle pain, allergies. I can’t help but feel they are food related. I can’t fully explain it, but my body just feels inflamed. I know that I must cut out sugar. I am a sugar addict! I have been trying to eat a lot more veggies and whole, clean foods. I look forward to reading this book and learning more.

  171. Catherine

    It seems that more and more people are coming out of the woodwork and sharing their health challenges. After years of being quietly embarrassed by my digestive issues I’ve found comfort in reading blogs like yours and in meeting other people with similar stories. Personally I started avoiding gluten in 2012 and have since felt much better. Unfortunately, like you and many others here have mentioned I still do not feel 100% healthy and am working to eat more “real” food, and to learn more about how the food I eat can make me feel better (or worse!). Thank you for your wonderful words — I look forward to reading and savouring your blog posts each week.

  172. Gina

    What a beautiful post. I love that you continue to evolve with what you eat, and I am intrigued by this new style of eating you’ve embarked on. It shows me that honoring your body and really paying attention to it and fine-tuning what goes into it can make such a big difference. Thank you for sharing your progress. It’s really inspiring!

  173. Deserae

    I was so happy to read that you hosted Chris Kresser. How I wish I was at that party; so many of my favorite authors in one room! I bought the book already and felt like it was all the wisdom I had been trying to collect over the years all in once place. I pored over that book and promptly bought a copy for my mom. I plan to gift this book to those who ask me questions about healthy eating or how I eat, because this book is full of ways for people to find what is best for them. Great post!

  174. Angie W

    I too am celiac and had the “ah I feel amazing without gluten” period after diagnosis before illness reset in. In In the 4 years since diagnosis, I have discovered one at a time that I have a problem with soy, gums, and antibiotics that I was on long term for an issue. I’ve been slowly regaining my strength and health back and am finding myself on the same journey as you– less sugar, whole grains, and adding in more fats and meat. I was almost a vegetarian but found that I feel so much better eating “paleo”, which like the others above say, is a really horrible name for it. And like a commenter above, I am fatigued of always being afraid that my food will make me sick. You replied that you have relief knowing that your body won’t react, and I have the exact same thing. I feel like I can relax for the first time in years, and have no desire to eat out since I ALWAYS get sick when I do, no matter how carefully the kitchen says they have prepared my food. I’m loving eating in calm and relaxation, which really helps my digestion so much. I’m looking forward to healing my gut and getting it working back the way that it should.

  175. aarin

    So glad you are finding your full health! I have been working on that for years and finally seem to be coming into my own with many similar realizations. I appreciate hearing your story of personal journey.

  176. Monika

    I would love to read this book! I have been gluten-free for a year, and doing so actually reversed my severe lactose intolerance. By cutting out gluten, I was able to heal my gut enough to be able to fully tolerate lactose again– if you ask me, it’s a great trade! Would be interesting to learn more about healing through food from Chris.

  177. Sandy Seekins

    I have following your site for some time now. Like you, I was so sick with a bloated stomach for years and could not figure out what was wrong. At a young age I almost got my appendix taken out mistakenly, was told I had endometriosis, and more. No one could figure it out till I found a doctor (East meets West) who decided to look at my allergies and lifestyle. Sooo many allergies! Who knew? I have since given up gluten among other things but still find it hard to learn how to eat properly. I love this post and would really like to read Chris Kresser’s book on my very own Paleo Code. I am 52 and would like to spend the next chapter in my life healthy and happy. Thanks so much for your recipes, education, and just positive reinforcement about the smallest change to your diet can have such an impact on ones life! You do great work!

  178. erin Middleton

    Dear Shauna,
    We just purchased Chris’s book for our library here in Portland. Looking thru it as I was cataloging it made me sign up for his newsletter immediately. And now here you are writing about how he’s helped you regain more of your health — on a day I am feeling slow, tired, foggy and achy. Again. I know this is no coincidence. Thank you for writing about your continued journey. Your thoughts are always inspiring and appreciated.

  179. Alison A.

    I have been reading your blog for a few months now, as I sort through my own feelings about my diet and how it could be contributing to my persistent allergies, asthma, weight and general well-being. I’ve been denial — and I think that Chris’s book would help me get over the hump from speculation to action.

  180. Jody

    Shauna, I am happy to hear you are finding your way to better health. I also often stumble upon Chris’s website when searching for answers to various health questions. Eating GF hasn’t quite been the miracle cure I was hoping for to heal my life long digestive issues, so I am hoping to try a more ” paleo” diet. I have to admit, I have felt a bit intimidated by it (having to prepare ALL my own food while caring for my family) but maybe Chris’s book has some good tips to make it manageable.

  181. Stacy @ Every Little Thing

    I don’t have Celiac Disease. Or Crohn’s. Or sensitivities to dairy or gluten. I don’t even have minor food allergies! I rarely get sick and I feel OK 99% of the time. But that’s the thing — I only feel OK. I never feel great, or energized, or completely clear-headed. And I KNOW I can feel that way if I fine tune my diet. I’m already on the whole/real food train, and now it’s time to reduce sugar, dairy, and gluten. Not eliminate, just reduce. Because when you reduce those things, you naturally increase healthy fats, vegetables, and quality meats! It’s a win win, and this post helps me understand that I’m on the right path. Thanks! :)

  182. janeray1940

    Celiac, dairy-allergic, and fructose-intolerant here. My way of eating often parallels “paleo” — something I sort of hate because “paleo” is usually followed by “diet,” and I’m not on a diet — especially a low-carb diet! When I explain this to people I am totally going to steal your “I’m on a low-crap diet” line because it’s TRUTH.

  183. Brittney

    I’m so happy to hear you guys will have more grain-free recipes. I’ve been gluten-free since I was diagnosed with celiac two years ago, but my acne rosacea has gotten pretty out of control in the past year. Chris’ podcasts have given me hope that I can cure it if I fully heal my gut, so I went paleo two months ago. I can’t wait to read his book.

  184. Jennifer

    I’ve been gluten free since 2007, thinking that my celiac went overboard in 2004 while I was pregnant. Since 2004, the same time that I started getting sick, I’ve been dealing with adult acne, working with a holistic nutritionist/esthetician to try to discover what’s going on. We’ve been working on eliminating inflammatory foods from my already very clean diet, but there just didn’t seem to be much left. I somehow never made the connection between celiac and my skin troubles before now, and I had no idea my gut could be not yet fully healed, even after 6+ years of gf eating! Really looking forward to looking into Chris’s approach.

  185. Marta

    Hi Shauna. I am new to your blog and I like it very much. I read your post with great interest and learned alot from it and from the links you provided. The book sounds interesting, I definitely will check it out. Thanks for the great roasted cauliflower recipe — I love it, I will make it for my family soon.

  186. Silvia

    Chris is so tall! Vashon sounds like such a wonderful place. Thank you Shauna for sharing your life with us!

  187. steven trevallee

    I am inspired about change. And healing. And possibilities that surpass the imagination.
    This post was filled and overflowing with the simplicity of life lived with joy and intention and vision and good work.

    Congratulations on your new kitchen space.

    The ‘sky’s the limit” with that project; a sweet and old-fashioned way to say that there is no end to the positive possibilities that can fly from you and Danny (and Lu), through that culinary laboratory, and energetically out the doors and windows and into the hearts of people all over the place!

    Thank you for the introduction to Mr. Kresser and his new book. This is important information for me, and I am going to investigate further.

  188. sheila

    This is a very inspiring post and it makes me want to explore the idea of finding the foods that create inflammation for me, too. Health is such an individual thing and something that we have to keep an open mind and heart toward. It is an evolving process that has no set in stone answers. Each of us has to find our path. The book sounds very awesome! How wonderful that you were able to host a community event in your studio space to share the wisdom.

  189. Marcia

    It is a little contradictory to say you want to get rid of Twinkies and also that you also have no interest in telling others what to eat. Everyone knows junk food is bad, but if someone wants to have a Twinkie once in a blue moon, shouldn’t that be their choice, not yours?

    1. shauna

      Well of course! I have no say in what anyone else eats. But saying that on an evolutionary scale, I hope we might let go of Twinkies as a species? That’s not judging you for eating one!

  190. Urban Wife

    Isn’t is such an amazing feeling to finally find what foods feel good and are good for you to eat? I love the freedom that comes with that and not worrying about trying to find a solitary word (i.e. Paleo, vegan, etc.) which describes how one eats.

    p.s. Thank you for always writing such positive words. This post could have gone a totally different direction. It truly is refreshing!

  191. AmyC

    How interesting to read your findings about GERD. I have tried just about everything to figure out what is causing the stuffy nose, sore throat, etc. May give this a try.

    1. RoyceJ

      Having given up gluten and discovering that it greatly reduces my inflammation, my physician suggested that I remove dairy and grain to see if that further made a difference. Chris’s approach makes so much sense and seems like such a reasonable way to see what works for me. Can’t wait to read the book — hope I win!

  192. Colleen

    What a beautifully written blog post. I was diagnosed with Celiac at 12 months of age, 38 years ago. I have recently started eating more whole foods and incorporating a paleo type lifestyle. I love reading your thoughts and insights on food and self healing. Thank you for sharing your journey!

  193. Neena

    I was so excited to read this post! Thank you for writing it. I’ve been battling some chronic amorphous undiagnosed unwellness for many years, and made some huge dietary changes late last year that sound similar to yours. I thought I should stop eating grains and dairy for a while, and eat as many whole single-ingredient foods as I wanted to feel happy and satisfied. No measuring or restrictions on quantity — just an abundance of the good stuff. I did not weigh myself, force myself to exercise classes at the gym, and most importantly, I quit my 70-hour-per-week job as an attorney and decided that I was going to live with less STUFF and more time to play with my kids, actually keep my house together, and focus on loving myself and my family. And the change has truly been remarkable! Although it all started with the food, it has blossomed into so many other areas of my life and I’m starting to dream of things that I couldn’t even imagine in my previous crammed-full jam-packed days.

  194. Lee

    I’ve enjoyed listening to Chris Kresser in interviews from Underground Wellness and on the various summits he’s done. I’m very curious about his book and learning more about sensible Paleo. I’ve went gluten-free for 7 months, but then went to Italy for two weeks and ate bread and pasta every day without brain fog or stomach distress. I’m thinking the wheat over there is different because eating wheat when I got home the post nasal drip, headaches and stomach distress came back. So I’ve gotten some Jovial pasta and I’m making my own gluten-free breads again with freshly milled and soaked grains and seeds. One day I’ll get back to Italy and eat bread again…and maybe visit the Jovial factory! Do they give tours? :)

  195. Sue

    I enjoyed this post very much! Well, to be truthful, I’ve learned from and enjoyed all your posts since I found your blog. After being gluten free for over 2 years, I don’t even miss it. I rarely will have a GF substitute baked good, but for the most part eat meats, vegetables, & fruits. I would LOVE to have a copy of Chris Kresser’s cookbook to read and use. Thank you for your work and for sharing what you’ve learned.

  196. Alicia A.

    I have been pondering fewer carbs (and no wheat) to see if it helps my chronic headaches. Sounds like this book would be a great place to start! Count me in please. : )

  197. Lea

    Thank you for such a lovely, insightful post. Intuitive eating is helping to save me from getting stuck in a diet box.

  198. LKG

    I have been eating “Paleo” for almost 3 years now and it has changed my life for the better in more ways than I can describe in a blog comment. I have been following Chris’ blog for a while and he is such an amazing source of information. I would LOVE to own a copy of his newest book. Keep up the good work!

  199. Laurie mackenzie

    I am a chef and I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s last year after being gluten free for over 5 years. Being diagnosed prompted major life changes for me, like getting out of my stressful full-time chef’s position at a bakery, and beginning to explore Paleo. I know that Chris Kresser’s book would be a great next step for me and I am excited to make more connections in the Paleo and GF communities.

  200. sunny

    Thanks for sharing what works for you. I have been having sleep issues for about a year now, so I know that 3:00 a.m. wide-awakeness very well. Perhaps if I focus on eating meats, veggies and fats this next week, my sleep will improve. :) Thanks too for the introduction to Chris Kresser. I like his approach to eating / health.

  201. Melissa

    How exciting! I’ve suspected for a long time now that I need to make more changes in my diet. I feel we’re in the same boat — both needing to actually heal our gut. Maybe this is just the nudge I needed. Thank you.

  202. Kristy Hayter

    Thank you for sharing your story and for telling us about this book. I look forward to reading it, I have struggled with stomach issues for years and have still never gotten an answer. I like hearing what others have done to figure the problem out and find health. Best wishes.

  203. Natalie

    I read this post the other day and immediately ordered a copy of this book. I had an inkling it is what I needed. It arrived tonight and I’ve thumbed through a couple of times, made a decision to clear out the fridge — regardless of the cost — first thing tomorrow, and get busy. Years ago, I followed a plan that was sort of similar to a diabetic diet, I guess? Anyway, it favoured real food, used heaps of fresh ingredients, and lots of good spices and herbs. I felt AMAZING. Fast forward, life gets busy, habits change, I feel sluggish. Reading the recipes in this book take me RIGHT back to those energy-filled, healthy days. They seem familiar to me and I am SO excited to start cooking! Thanks for drawing my attention to this title — and for being a trust-worthy voice.

  204. Mama Marilyn

    Dearest Shauna;
    I was diagnosed with Celiac 62 years ago at the tender age of 9 months. Allopathic doctors instructed my parents for years: “If any food affects her… take it away for a while and re-introduce later and see if there is a problem.” This went on for much of my life.
    (I do have four children… amongst my symptoms were 9 miscarriages.) THEN finally … I sourced out a Naturopathic Doctor… and for the last 23 years I have followed a complete gluten free diet. Three of our children are completely gluten free because of their obvious symptoms. We now have 7 grandchildren (5 diagnosed with celiac/gluten intolerance) amongst other sensitivities. We all have (and love) your cookbook and your website and embrace you stories and recipes (and we are always on a quest for fabulous recipes to share! )
    Thank you for enhancing all of our lives!
    Cheers!
    Mama Marilyn

  205. Amy

    Hi Shauna,
    I thought I posted my comment but it didn’t show up! I just wanted to let you know how wonderful a writer you are. :) I graduated with a B.S. Dietetics thinking I knew the “how” and “what” to eat, yet I continued having digestive and bowel movement issues. Your post has led me to question the standards we’ve been given by the government. As unique individuals, it makes sense to not all have cookie-cutter diets. I hope to get into a holistic nutrition program where I can help put together the diet puzzle pieces together for others! I think I’ll be starting to use myself as a human experiment as I discover why my digestive system is working so poorly! Thanks for sharing. :)

  206. Jen Gray

    Shauna,
    Thanks for writing this blog. It really is a help to those of us just discovering how to be gluten-free.

  207. blaine wilkes

    i am on the vegan side of the paleo/vegan battle. but one thing certainly does not work for everybody. or the same thing may not work for every decade of your life. love your work!

    1. shauna

      Absolutely! I have no idea why people would pit their diet against another one. Why does it matter to me what you choose eat? Or to you what I choose to eat? And I agree. Being in my late 40s, I can see how much the body changes over the decades.

  208. M

    I was really interested to hear that you have to be careful with your insoluble fibre — it’s not something you hear everyday but it’s so pertinent to me with my IBS symptoms. Heather Van Vorous’ Eating for IBS guidelines have had quite an effect on me. To hear that it’s something you have to consider surprised me because you seem to eat such wholesome food — wholegrain flours, pseudograins, lentils, salads — foods with no soluble fibre base etc. It would be good to hear any more about how you work with this…it’s encouraging to hear about people finding their balance.
    Thank you!

  209. Teresa Pierce

    When the student is ready the teacher will be there…or something to that effect! Shauna, you have opened my eyes today! I, too, feel semi-lousy most of the time. I am definitely ready to try something different with my diet to get rid of the brain fog, inflammation, indigestion, etc. Thanks for the work that you do. I’ll be looking at Chris’ book as well.

  210. Sarah B.

    Beautifully written article. My local friend, in KC, MO, is trying the 30– day elimination diet. It was fun to read this article and realize this is the same person she had told me about, thus making the connectionwith the path she is on.

  211. jess

    how lovely to have a life that is feeding you in so many ways.
    what seems so complicated can be simple when we listen to our body.
    thank you for sharing so beautifully, as always.

  212. Jen Wittlin

    Thank you for this post Shauna. So much resonates for me and the way I think about food and nourishment. You have helped me form many of my beliefs about food. Thank you for sharing about Chris and his book. I look forward to reading it.

  213. Lisa C

    I love that you are on a “low crap diet!” I’ve always felt better on a low-carb/paleo diet, but lately not as energetic as I’d like. I just saw Chris here in San Diego this week and I’m excited to use his book to tweek my current food plan and see if that helps. Here’s to trying to eat more herring and sardines :)

  214. Alyssa

    Hi, Shauna! I was at Chris’ party at your kitchen studio and it turned out just perfect. Thank you so much for hosting the event and for the delicious food you prepared for us. I am looking forward to seeing what else you have up your sleeve for parties at the studio. :) I will be visiting in Seattle next weekend and was wondering if you have a favorite coffee shop in Pike Place you could recommend?

    1. shauna

      There are so many great places, Alyssa! I’d just go into the market and wander. The original Starbucks is down there but it’s still Starbucks coffee. If you wanted some gluten-free treats, there’s a great little coffee shop on Western called Specialty Coffee. Everything there is gluten-free but they just don’t make a big deal out of it!