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The holidays are upon us - To indulge or not to indulge?

Gut health and autoimmune health are intimately connected. So, focusing on foods that promote gut health makes sense. A functioning gut provides a good balance of bacteria helping your body process and gets energy from the foods you eat, clear toxins, fight against disease, and boost your mood.

But hey, it’s the holidays; how can we make it through and protect that autoimmune system?!

“Listening to my body was something I had to learn once I had my autoimmune diagnosis, and is now something I am very in tune with as I navigate the road to recovery from rheumatoid arthritis through diet and lifestyle,” says Daniela Exley, a Naturopathic Nutritionist (Dip CNM), and the maven behind @beetspulseandthyme.

Food is essential, but focusing on the perfect menu won't get you the results you're hoping for.

So how can we indulge and keep in mind that we want to live a healthy lifestyle?

We can help you on this journey, with this sample recipe from Daniela’s book 28-Day Mind and Body Reset. A perfect recipe for the holiday season ahead that is healthy AND delicious!


Chocolate Orange Bites

Photo credit: Daniela Exley


2 cups almonds

20 dates

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

8 drops of wild orange essential oil

Raw cacao in these beauties is full of antioxidants, great for heart health, brain function and mood-boosting!

Dates and almonds are good sources of plant-based calcium.

Lastly, we’ve flavoured these with 100% pure food-grade Wild Orange essential oil.

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