In the past few years, I’ve relied on dozens of resources, products and supplements to help me rebuild my own health. While some were complete wastes of money (maybe they worked for others), others were total game-changers. Below I share some of my favorites. Full disclosure: I’m an affiliate for some linked products, but would not recommend them if I did not believe in them.

A Few of My Favorite Things


Breaking the Vicious Cycle (book) – One of the first things I did to alleviate my digestive issues was change my diet – drastically. The first diet I tried worked like magic. From one day to the next my symptoms improved. That was the Specific Carbohydate Diet (SCD), which is explained in this book by Elaine Gottschall. Learn about the science behind the diet, how to apply it and recipes to try.

Danielle Walker’s “Against All Grain” Cookbooks – When you’re on a grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free diet, eating can lose a lot of its joy. But Danielle Walker helped me find it again. I found day-to-day favorites in Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great. For holiday and special-occasion meals, I love Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations. Her recipes are consistently delicious. In the former cookbook, my favorite recipe is N’Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. In the latter, it’s Knife-and-Fork Pork Ribs.

PaleOMG (the blog) – Author Julie Bauer’s blog is packed with paleo recipes. Try her Almost 5-Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie and to banish your “I can’t have pizza” blues.

Elana’s Pantry (the blog) – When Elana Amsterdam was diagnosed with MS, she turned to diet. Since then, she’s published several cookbooks and regularly posts fresh recipes on her blog. My favorite: Baked Mustard Lime Chicken.

Bulletproof products – When I felt icky mid-morning, I never associated it with coffee – until I heard a podcast with Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof. Did you know that a lot of coffee has mold in it? Especially coffee from tropical areas? It can impact your health, whether it’s just making you feel bad after coffee or contributing to mold toxicity. Dave started his company after suffering from mold toxicity himself. From coffee to chocolate, his products are tested to ensure they are mold-free. His collagen bars helped me stay on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet while traveling in Italy. And he offers a number of other products to keep your mind and body functioning optimally.


Unexpected, Dr. Jill Carnahan – As she shares her journey of surviving cancer, and healing from Crohn’s disease and mold illness, Dr. Jill Carnahan’s Unexpected offers the most insightful look yet at the physical and emotional steps, and most importantly the mindset, that it takes to heal.