So many people are eating light right now. I have been loving all the instagraming of The 21 Day Sugar Detox. Diane also wrote Practical Paleo which is the most recommended book in my nutrition practice to my clients. It is the most comprehensive how-to Paleo book I have found. I think that a transition from Paleo to AIP is the most gentle rather than diving straight into AIP. Although my very sickest clients I ask to start AIP immediately and skip the Paleo Transition. I really like that she is a fellow nutritionist like me, so I have been watching her for the past few years cheering her on. Her website is Balanced Bites and she also has a great podcast! Thousands of people are doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox right now and it has been really inspiring watching everyone change their diet (via Instagram and Facebook) and feel better. Speaking of changing their diet, my friend Marcellas Reynolds (LA Stylist to the Stars!) is doing a raw food cleanse, so I created this recipe just for him. Our paths crossed living in Chicago about 17 years ago, and we have been friends since. I have a very deep belief that there are many roads that lead to the same destination, and many different ways to heal our bodies and our lives. Some have a path on AIP, others are vegan, raw foodist or straight up Paleo. I support any path individuals choose for themselves. For me, the Paleo Autoimmune approach works best. As much as I am professionally a nutritionist and Paleo Autoimmune advocate however, my truest calling is the path I call "Did I Learn To Be Loving" and that path means I constantly learn to love what is present. What is currently present in your life? Many times we don't like what is present in our lives because we perceive it as suffering. The job went to someone else, you were not picked for the promotion, you have Lupus, you can't lose weight, a tick bit you and now you have Lyme's disease, your brother has cancer, your husband cheated on you...and on and on and on. It is through the "Did I Learn To Be Loving" practice that I now believe is the root of my abundance, health, healing, prosperity and acceptance. It does not require me being anywhere else than where I am right now. It does not require anything other than me choosing it. For me, loving what is present lifts suffering. And any of you who have had an event in your life that has really truly knocked you down, you know what paralyzing suffering feels like. I have had suffering so crippling that I did not want to get out of bed for months. I really fell into this practice by wanting my suffering to stop. Drugs and addictions were not options for me to mask the pain of my life falling apart, so I tried out loving and it turned out to be an immediate transformation. This practice does not however mean that life necessarily becomes different. It means that the way I approach life becomes different. Eating AIP is a form of loving myself. Working on my constant adrenal exhaustion is a form of loving myself. Meditation is another. Self-forgiveness and forgiving others is another. Sitting in quiet and visualizing love for the parts of myself that I like and dislike is a practice of loving myself. Many times very big things happen in our lives to bring us to crossroads to help us shift our hearts. Disease is one of them. Gifts of untold riches can be packaged in wrapping paper that say "hashimotos" or "multiple sclerosis" and not "you won the lottery" or "perfect health". So this new year, I am reaffirming trust toward my practice of loving what is present. Accepting the challenges I face as stepping stones and not road blocks. And this is where I find my truest inspiration for health, acceptance and growth. And this is why I do what I do.