The Shame of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

This hit me right in the heart! I had to stop reading for a moment just to integrate the idea of feeling shame with illness. Instantly I knew it was true. Thank you for bringing attention to this!

This Sydney Life

Brene Brown Quote(Original image from here)

I’m about half way through Brené Brown’s “I Thought it Was Just Me – Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame”. It’s a compelling read. A REALLY compelling read.

I thought it was just me(Image from here)

It is teaching me a lot. And it’s making me think…

For the longest time I never talked about the fact that I suffer from Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). I just told people I had ‘skin problems’.

And, I’d hazard a guess that unless you, or someone you love, suffers from the disease, you’ve probably never heard of it. HS is a chronic and painful skin condition that features pea-sized to marble-sized lumps under the skin. These deep-seated lumps typically develop where skin rubs together. Places like the armpits, groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts. In many cases, tunnels connecting the lumps will form under the skin, too. Sometimes these lumps can last…

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Wildharvesting Thistle

I will have to try this! Thanks!!


Thanks to a sequence of Serendipitous Events, we now wildharvest and eat yellow thistle from the fields around our home. We learned the how-tos from a local woman who came to our home last weekend to buy our honey extractor and in the process shared some of her wildharvesting know-how with us. Somehow we had not come across her SurvivalHT youtube channel yet, like multitudes of others had.

I snapped these pictures of our thistle harvest this morning.

2015-04-11 10.19.30 I’m not sure why this is called yellow thistle, but we are pretty sure that’s the name of this variety that is prolific near us. Fortunately, they are all edible, so mis-identifying is not a concern.

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2015-04-11 10.17.38 After lopping off the flower, we slice along the stalk to remove the thorny leaves

2015-04-11 10.21.31 A few harvested thistle stalks to add to the lunch menu

2015-04-11 11.17.07 Thistle chopped, looks like celery, loaded with nutrients

2015-04-11 11.25.58 Thistle mixed…

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Grilled Asian Pork Chops

Looking forward to trying this! I’m still trying to master the perfect pork chop…this looks fantastic!

The Common Sense Cook

Grilled Asian Pork Chops with Kimchi

Today my husband texted me and said that he would be making supper tonight! What!? I was perplexed…Then he informed me it was hot dogs..Which I thought I couldn’t eat because I didn’t know what was in them. I had pounded flat some pork ribeye chops this morning to make a Korean dish from Maangchi on YouTube. I really “paleofy” so many of her dishes. This dish is very nearly AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) and I think easily modifiable if you haven’t added sesame oil back in.

As you can see in the picture above, my husband decided to buy us a grill! I must say, this was the best night I’ve had in a very long time. Loud country music, windows open, grill going and my amazing husband.

Here’s what you’ll need to enjoy these amazing grilled chops:

  • Pork Ribeye Chops (A thick, but small cut that pounds out beautifully!)

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Paleo Coffee Creamer

This is delicious!! After reading the ingredients, I knew my first batch would be a double. I made my own coconut milk to avoid the thickeners that produce an inflammatory response in at least two of us. This tastes heavenly!

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I may have mentioned it before – C is addicted to coffee.  But she likes it sweet and milky.

We tried adding butter and coconut oil as an alternative as seen in this post on Bulletproof Coffee but she didn’t like it.  We then tried adding an egg based on this post from Marks Daily Apple.  Again, she did not like the taste even with sugar added.

So I came up with a paleo, sugar-free version of a coffee creamer for her to use as I was not happy with all the sugar that she was consuming.  Dates provide a small amount of sweetness and coconut milk makes it creamy and provides some healthy fats.  The other wonderful thing about this recipe is that it is simple enough for C to make by herself whenever she needs to….

Paleo Coffee Creamer

C's third cup of the day....  coffee with paleo coffee creamer C’s third cup of the day…. coffee with…

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I am so happy to see this! One year ago my father was admitted to the hospital for an irregular heartbeat and spent several days there for testing and observation. As my mother had passed 7 years before due to doctor error, I was terrified, thinking he would never leave alive. Similar to what Amy so beautifully writes, the hospital staff were compassionate, knowledgeable, not pushy and actually listened to both of us. I was shocked. Today, my father is alive and doing incredibly well for 80!!

Petals Unfolding


Yesterday I went with my husband to his doctor’s appointment.  The totality of this experience has left me with Hope for medicine beating in my Heart, something I have not felt in a very long time.

While at this doctor’s office, we both were treated with genuine respect and all who crossed paths with us in this office, were kind and caring.  It was a Gift straight from Heaven.

There was a time in my Life I believed in medicine and medicine was my Life.  I chose as a career to be a Registered Nurse which I knew to be my Calling.  Putting myself through college I set my goals as to which field of medicine I wanted to work.  I accomplished all I set out to do and so much more.

In December of 1993, my Life as I knew it irrevocably changed, because I sustained a severe back…

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How to Prepare for and Recover from a Colonoscopy (While on The Autoimmune Protocol)


This Sydney Life

TSL Colonoscopy

So, if you’re of a delicate disposition, look away now.


No, seriously. Maybe you should read this one.

Because this one is about preparing for a colonoscopy, which is an important health procedure. While on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), no less. Although, this preparation could just as easily be for anyone having a colonoscopy who is concerned about what they eat. And, while it’s not for the squeamish, I promise I won’t get too down and dirty on you.

What is a colonoscopy, anyway?

Colonoscopy: A procedure allowing a Gastroenterologist to comprehensively examine your large intestine (colon). An endoscope equipped with a video camera is passed via the rectum through the full length of the colon. Biopsies (tissue samples) can be taken for pathology testing and polyps can also be removed during the procedure.

Many of us will experience the indignity of a colonoscopy at some point in our lives.

In Australia…

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Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen 2015

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The EWG has just published it’s list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen fruits and veggies for 2015…

When you are trying to do AIP on a budget as I am, you cannot always afford to buy every single item of produce as organic, so knowing which ones “MUST” be organic (the dirty dozen) and which ones you can get away with being non-organic (the clean fifteen) is important.

Despite this, I would recommend that you still buy as much as you can as local and seasonal produce as it will be fresher and far more nutritious.  And lets face it, when we are eating an AIP diet to heal our bodies, nutrient density is very important.  And not only that, local, seasonal produce does tend to be cheaper as well.

Not everything on these lists is AIP-compliant however.  Those that are not 100% AIP are marked with an…

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Fluffy Gluten Free Banana Cake

I will be giving this one a try! It’s been so long since I’ve had anything resembling cake or bread, I’ve almost forgot what it’s like.

Pristine Origins

banana breadAfter 8 months without cake it was a blessing that I was able to eat banana cake at Christmas made by someone who didn’t use wheat!

So I researched a couple of recipes and found a combination of methods was called for to perfect the texture.


4 ripe bananas (where unripe bananas are used, add a sweetener e.g. maple syrup)
4 eggs
1/2 cup coconut flour1-2 tsp Vanilla Essence or cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
pinch salt

Pre heat oven to 175°C
Line a bread tin with baking paper, can grease but difficult to get out!
Mash the Bananas until smooth
Separate the eggs, yolks into bananas and whites into a separate bowl
Mix eggs and bananas, sieve in dry ingredients except cream of tartar. Mix well and leave for 5 mins.
Whisk egg whites with pinch of salt until stiff white peaks…

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Biohacking Tip 3: N=1

Thank you, Petra, for the wonderful tools!


n=1An n=1 is an experiment with one participant.

In the Biohacking world, the reasoning behind n=1  is that universal solutions to complex health problems have limited effectiveness, as we each have unique histories, genetic profiles, environments, and patterns of responding.

Just One~

“Every discipline, profession, and field of endeavor has benefited from breakthrough insights generated by in-depth single cases.” ~Michael Quinn Patton,

For example, Dr Terry Wahls invented the Wahls Protocol and used it to reverse the disabling symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

After she got up out of her tilt-recline wheelchair, she started clinical trials to research the impacts of nutrition and lifestyle hacks on other people with MS.

But she started with an n=1.

An n=1 isn’t always focused on oneself. I help design & document the n=1 experiments of my husband Matthew as he works to manage and reverse his autoimmune conditions.

I also run my own…

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Rendering Lard~

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Originally posted on petra8paleo:
Matthew has a new hobby. He renders lard. He goes to butcher & gets an enormous bag of pig fat (this makes our butcher happy). Enough for a couple of slow cookers full. For about…

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