What Does a Nutritionist Do and Why Would I See One?

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What is a Nutritionist?

An accredited nutritionist has received tertiary training in the field of nutrition (in my case an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine). They will also be a member of a governing body, holding them to a high level of professional conduct and ensuring they adhere to set targets for continued education each year.

However, “nutritionist” is not a protected term here in Australia, meaning anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. Make sure you ask what training / qualifications they have. Continue Reading

Are Chickpeas Sexy? Lets see…Post AIP Redux!

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Lovely legumes at Alfalfa House, Enmore, Sydney

 

Ok, so this post has been on my mind a bit lately. I first published it over a year ago and, nutritionally speaking, I was in quite a different place back then. Wholefoods were very much my focus, but I hadn’t considered foods beyond “wholefoods good processed foods bad”. I hadn’t yet decided that I was going to start the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), and I wasn’t Paleo either, and I’d probably eat tinned legumes about once a week or so feeling quite virtuous for doing so. But things have changed somewhat since then! And yesterday I received an email asking my position on legumes as a post AIP elimination phase reintroduction, based on the original version of this post. So I thought now would be a good time for an update!  Continue Reading

Adventures in Wardrobe Capsuling

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It’s the start of a new season, the perfect time to work out your new capsule wardrobe! Now, I haven’t had a capsule wardrobe before, and I kind of thought it sounded a bit boring, and rather unlikely. “30-40 items of clothing to see you through 3 whole months?! Nahhhh!!!!” But now I am oh so much older and wiser (!) and no longer working in the industry that kept me in its thrall with such beautiful new delights each and every season (that fickle friend, “fashion”) I find myself very much attracted to less of everything. Continue Reading

Sophie and Kirstie Talk Hashimoto’s and Anxiety….Part 2

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Here’s part 2 of mine and Sophie’s chat about anxiety, panic attacks and how we manage them today (if you missed part 1 you can check that out here). This week, Sophie and I, along with Tara from Paleo Cajun Lady and Kate from Healing Family Eats recorded an episode of The Autoimmune Connection dedicated to living with anxiety. It was really fun to record and if you check it out I hope you enjoy watching! Continue Reading

Sophie and Kirstie Talk Hashimoto’s and Anxiety….Part 1

 

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This is a rather special little side project that I’ve been working on with fellow Hashi’s kid, Sophie, from A Squirrel in the Kitchen. We both guested on The Autoimmune Connection (the Youtube channel from fellow AIPer Christina at A Clean Plate) recently, and bonded over our mutual feelings of anxiety! Comparing my story with Sophie’s, I think they each offer a very different perspective, and I hope our stories are helpful in someway. I know we both found this experience a cathartic one. There will be an episode of The Autoimmune Connection on anxiety coming up soon, so, if you fancy it, check that out!     Continue Reading

‘He Won’t Know it’s Paleo’ AIP Cookbook – Interview and Giveaway!

 

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Bre’anna with husband Chris 

 

Today, author, blogger, wife and mum Bre’anna Emmitt from He Won’t Know it’s Paleo  joins us for a chat! Thanks so much for your time Bre’anna – and huge congratulations on the publication of your first cookbook He Won’t Know it’s Paleo! It is a beautiful book with gorgeous, inspiring recipes that, as you say, “bridges the gap between a standard diet and the paleo Autoimmune Protocol”, and in such a delicious way! For those of you that don’t know, the name of Bre’anna’s blog came about after Bre’anna started preparing paleo meals for her husband and family – and it was 6 months before she told her husband!

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The Great Sydney AIP Picnic!

Yesterday, Sunday 1st March, was our first public gathering of the AIP Supper Club! It started as a beautiful evening back in November with Jo from Joanna Frankham Health Coaching  and Rory, The Paleo PI. We shared (AIP compliant!) food, stories and information and realised what a lovely thing it is to pass time in the company of people who get who you are, what you are doing and why you are doing it. And we decided we wanted to share this experience with other AIP peeps!

 

 

Rory, Jo and Kirstie

Rory, Jo and Kirstie

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AIP Celebration Chicken Salad

 

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time to celebrate!

 

This is going to be the quickest recipe ever written! I made this salad today, for our first official AIP picnic here in Sydney, and I thought it turned out so well I couldn’t wait to get it written up and on the blog! (Well that, and I didn’t want to forget what I’d put in it 😉 ) Continue Reading

Lemon, Rosemary and Garlic Baked Chicken – AIP and Paleo

yummy baked chicken served with roasted sweet potatoes and onion with a fresh green salad

yummy baked chicken served with roasted sweet potatoes and onion with a fresh green salad

 

 

Roasted or baked chicken is such a favourite of mine. It’s usually pretty cheap, it doesn’t take much for it to taste amazing and you can keep the bones to make stock! Yay!! Even If I’m not having a whole chicken (like for this recipe, where I used the super juicy thighs), I just collect together the little bones, freeze them and keep adding to my stash until I have enough to boil up for a good old bone broth. Win-ning! Continue Reading