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My Two-Year Blogiversary

My Two-Year Blogiversary

Wow, Blogiversary number two! What a wild ride this autoimmune disease and chronic illness healing journey has been. Two years ago, I started The Unskilled Cavewoman to blog about my experiences with the Autoimmune Protocol, a Paleo way of eating and lifestyle map. (You can […]

Holiday Gift Guide for Autoimmune Disease & Chronic Illness

Holiday Gift Guide for Autoimmune Disease & Chronic Illness

Maybe you have a friend, family member or loved one that is on the autoimmune protocol or lives with chronic illness.  What should you get them? What would help to make their life a bit more joyful or comfortable?  I’ve complied a list here of […]

Everyone Is The Unskilled Cavewoman

Everyone Is The Unskilled Cavewoman

We’ve all been hit with that feeling at some point in our lives that we are completely and utterly unprepared for something.  Whether it be the joyful news of a first pregnancy; the sudden death of a family member; a job promotion with larger responsibilities; […]

Samantha Meets her IgA Deficiency Diagnosis

Samantha Meets her IgA Deficiency Diagnosis

This post was originally titled, “I am Un-Diagnosed. And That’s OK, for Now” but things have changed since I first started writing this in June! Blood tests. Breath tests. Physicals. MRI’s. Psychiatrists and counselors. More blood tests. Repeat visits to different physicians. (To name a few […]

AIP Plantain Recipe Roundup

AIP Plantain Recipe Roundup

Breads, crackers, chips, desserts, batters…what do all of these culinary treats have in common?   A) They can all be made Autoimmune Protocol-friendly. (Yayyyy!) B) They can all be prepared using one of my favorite starchy Paleo-approved ingredients: PLANTAIN. After treating myself for leaky gut […]

The Autoimmune Protocol (AKA: Autoimmune Patience)

The Autoimmune Protocol (AKA: Autoimmune Patience)

“Why me?” “This sucks.” “Everything hurts.” “Hurry it on up, healing!” “Am I ever going to get better?” Ever mumbled (or hollered?) any of the above statements in reference to your autoimmune disease or leaky gut syndrome? If so, you are not alone, dear friend. […]

The Sugar Addict’s Approach to Autoimmune Paleo

The Sugar Addict’s Approach to Autoimmune Paleo

First things first, Happy New Year, y’all!  The beau and I went to a fabulous 80’s themed NYE party near downtown Dallas, drank green tea (the bartender briefly looked at us like we were aliens when we ordered hot tea), snickered at a stand-up comic, and witnessed […]

Quitting Coffee Ain’t So Bad…If You Have These Three Caffeinated-Heroes

Quitting Coffee Ain’t So Bad…If You Have These Three Caffeinated-Heroes

“Oh, I couldn’t quit my coffee.” “Quit coffee? That’s crazy.” “I can’t function without coffee. Nope.” These are generally the types of responses I get when I explain my dietary exclusions while on Autoimmune Protocol and I get to the No-Coffee-Clause.  And, understandably so, because that’s […]

The Inevitable (yes, inevitable) Coffee-Withdrawal Headache, and then The Good News

The Inevitable (yes, inevitable) Coffee-Withdrawal Headache, and then The Good News

As of December 1st of this year I have been AIP-compliant, bringing our grand total of coffee-free days to: 20 big ones. And only the first two days sans-cafe were the painful¬†ones. ¬†The headaches, my friends, oh my…this cavewoman was not expecting to deal with […]