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Welcome to my little recipe blog!

This is where I have shared my favorite Pure + Simple Paleo Recipes that I developed while I was on my healing journey.  These recipes along with lifestyle changes, seriously helped me heal my gut from IBD: Colitis, and heal my body from the painful and crippling condition of Ankylosing Spondylitis, (AS for short).

For about 6 years, while actively sharing recipes on this website, I ate a grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free Paleo diet. I also incorporated a lot of raw foods and vegan dishes, which are shared here too!

Two years ago, after I had fully healed my gut, and wiped out the inflammation in my body, I returned to eating an unrestricted diet, complete with real wheat sourdough, aged cheddar, store bought chocolates, all the starches, and well, whatever I crave that day! I am truly grateful for how far I have come in my healing! And because these recipes helped me get through harder times, I have decided to keep sharing them on the internet, in hopes they help others on their healing journeys!

Eight years ago, when I was heavy into eating raw foods, I first called this blog BettyRawker.com, because I felt a bit like a “Raw Betty Crocker”, recreating American family favorite meals without pure ingredients.  Then my diet and this blog transitioned into more Paleo recipes, so I called it PureandSimpleRecipes for a bit. Then…. a few years ago, I got bit by the foraging bug, and I renamed this blog Forest and Fauna, as so much of my healing journey is based around being outdoors, with nature’s high vibrations, and healing energy. And I discovered how fun, satisfying, and primal foraging for wild berries, nuts, greens, truffles, herbs, and roots in nature’s kitchen is.

These days you will find me somewhere on Mt. Shasta, kayaking, cross country skiing, meditating with the stars, or cooking breakfast on my woodstove.  Last year, I bought a dreamy little cabin on the mountain,  and I currently do part time accounting for a few clients in town, have a sweet side gig working in the weed industry, and I am putting together some healing adventure retreats here in Northern California very soon. I am also currently building the sweetest little off grid guest cabin, so if you are looking to stay in a private little retreat in a magical forest, shoot me a message.  ♥

Love x Light,

Andrea



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27 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for this. Your place sounds magical, beautiful and rare. A treasure indeed. I’m so sorry for your diagnosis, but am inspired by how you’ve turned it around to help, not only yourself, but others as well. I’m looking forward to settling in here at Pacific Wanderlust and learning from you! Thank you!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! I live with AS as well and it is always so exciting to stumble across new recipes that I can actually have! Because as you know, few people truly understand what “starch-free” means and how important it is to preventing our pain. My lovely mother-in-law made your bagels for me today and they are delicious. I haven’t enjoyed something so wonderfully bread-like for years, chewy and not crumbly, what a treat! I will be enjoying your recipe in my own baking now. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Hi Adrianne!

      Thanks so much for the wonderful note! I love meeting fellow AS Warriors!!

      So glad you enjoyed the bagels! have so many more yummy starch free recipes up my sleeve that I am looking forward to sharing soon, as I am compiling a cookbook of over 100 low/no starch recipes. I am so excited, in the process of the final recipes testing right now. Whoot!!

      Stay in touch! Lets kick this AS Monster!

      xo,
      Andrea

  3. My husband has AS, and we eat a lot like you — mostly vegan, with some wild-caught fish and some pastured/organic eggs. My husband and I are looking forward to more recipes!! What a goldmine!

    1. Hi Jnny!!

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment! And I just saw you have a delicious blog as well!

      Cheers!!
      Andrea

    1. Hi Laurie!

      I ♥ Central & Eastern Oregon too! I used to say my heart belonged to the John Day River, but then I met my husband, and he brought me with him, back over here to the lush, wet, west side of the Cascades. Where it’s got it’s perks too.

      I hope you enjoy the Holidays and those Cookies!!

      xo

  4. I am a fellow Oregonian too! I live in Hillsboro, but envy your more wild location! Sometimes you feel like you’re living on an island alone, but meeting fellow bloggers on healing diets reminds me I am not!

    1. Hi Neighbor!!

      So cool to know you are nearby! And I know, whenever I meet someone else on a healing diet, it’s like we just know, and can instantly relate to each other. ♥

      Thanks so much for saying hi!!

      Andrea

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and story with us. I have been struggling with IBS, hypoglycaemia, low iron, low blood pressure, candida overgrowth and what feels like an endless amount of food intolerances and restrictions. For the first time thanks to you I’ve found recipes with ingredients I can actually tolerate. I’m finally beginning to feel excited about eating again! I purchased your book and I can’t wait to dive into your recipes! Thank you a billion times ♥

    1. Wow! Thank you for this sweet comment Loukia! I can totally relate!! I hit a wall 8 years ago, where EVERYTHING I ate caused raging inflammation in my body, major GI distress, AS (autoimmune arthritis flares), and it was beyond frustrating and incredibly painful. Through tons of trial and error, and dedication to an elimination diet (starting with the SCD diet) I am now just so thankful to have finally honed in on the food my body can thrive on, and that actually taste good too! I really hope you enjoy the recipes in the cookbook as much as I do!! xx

  6. This looks amazing! I am new to Paleo and am looking for ideas. Crumbles are a great one! I am featuring it tonight on Savoring Saturdays. Can’t wait to see what you post this week!

  7. Hello! I am so glad I found your page, blog, whatever. Due to many years of self neglect I found out a few years ago I am diabetic. I was told to lose weight or die. So i did. I have tried literally hundreds of diets, but the one i have found best is simply, Low carb-high fiber lots of veg a little dairy, proteins (must have bacon), and watching the fruits… I have lost over a period of two years over 50lbs. I walk, a lot and my husband and dogs help. I love chocolate and cheese, breads and everything I’m not supposed to have. But finding recipes and sites like those you post save my sanity. Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Stephanie!

      Thanks for the sweet comment! And thank you for sharing your story!! It’s amazing what a difference changing my diet has made in changing my life too! Cheers to lots of veggies and of course chocolate too!!

      xx

  8. You are truly an inspiration. Your peaceful energy emanates through your writing. It calms me just reading your blog! I came back to re-read this page today and benefited again from your sharing. So grateful!
    I started the No Starch eating approach in November 2016 and am limited even more by specific “safe” foods that also cause me inflammation so I eat mainly avocados, sauerkraut, inner eco coconut kefir, macadamia nuts, walnuts, coconut wraps, Barlean’s key lime swirl fish oil (as a dessert) some lamb, beef, a bit of chicken occasionally and some veggies. My pain is vastly reduced but have more bloating and tons of “wind” from the fats I suppose. I really don’t mind having a limited diet , no complaints there at all. Yet, Your writing here helped me take the long view, that yes, the bloating will, in time, disappear as well, and my gut will normalize with time. It has only been 3 months. I was AIP for years, but it is the starch free addition that is truly shifting my parameters. Your writing and the “no starch fb page” filled with sharing has truly changed my life. Just wanting to reach out and let you know how much I appreciate all that you are and have done for so many of us. You are a gift.

    1. Wow! Thank you so much for the kind words!! ❤

      I agree, it’s sometimes hard to see the forest through the trees and we wonder if we will ever get better! And I’m still in awe every single day of how far I have come, appreciating every painfree movement I get to enjoy, my newfound energy, all while eating a wide variety of foods again now that my gut is healed! This past year it’s been almost unreal that I’m able to enjoy organic rice, corn, potatoes, nightshades, even delicious sweet little tangerines daily, after 6 YEARS of avoiding these foods while I healed with a low starch SCD Paleo diet. And I hear ya on the bloating, as many of these once forbidden foods used to make me bloat up like I was 8 months pregnant! But amazingly not anymore.

      I’m getting ready to send out a newsletter about the alternative therapies that have helped me heal beyond diet. I believe that if I used some of these therapies sooner I would have been able to graduate from a strict diet sooner too. Either way though, I am just so thankful I have been able to heal and in turn fall back in love with my body and my life!

      Best healing wishes!!

      xx

  9. Thank you for this!!! My 13 year old son has been diagnosed and it’s taken me 3 weeks to start to wrap my mind around it. We have been low/no starch for 5 days and are both over the carb flu and feeling better. Today is the first day he hasn’t had any pain at all. Here’s hoping for more. Thank you for the recipes and inspiration! I do love the low/no starch support on facebook. kickas.org, too. I’m so pumped for your new cookbook!
    Thanks for helping me not feel terrified that there’s nothing to be done about AS. <3 <3 <3
    Nicki

    1. Hi Nicki!

      Thank you so much for this note! That is so wonderful to hear your son is feeling better and pain-free just 5 days in! He’s so fortunate to have a supermom keeping an eye out for him and helping him with all the diet changes. Wishing him many pain-free days ahead!! xx

      PS: Please join my little mailing list so we can stay in touch! ♥

  10. Hello, Andrea! I’m a 50 year old woman. loved reading your story because it helps me to not feel so alone! My dad had AS (complete spinal fusion) and my own horrible flares began at age 23. It took years of intense pain and doctor visits before I got my diagnosis, despite my family history and symptoms. They told me, “Women don’t get AS like men do!,” and they got so sick of seeing me in the doctor’s office about it that they eventually told me I had fibromyalgia and they even sent me to a psychiatrist. I was in my early forties when I couldn’t take it anymore and demanded an MRI. The doctor spun madly around in his chair and wrote the order just to shut me up. …and then I got a personal phone call and an apology after my MRI and blood tests came back positive for AS. I took Indomethacin for about 8 years–it was a miracle drug for me– but by age 45 I still had to get total hip joint replacement surgery on both sides. Like you, I did everything I could think of to heal…dietary changes, supplements, “earthing”, Jedi mind control, burning magic candles (just kidding–sort of) and finally, Reiki. I had gone to a hypnotist but I wasn’t going under, and it made me frustrated…and so she asked me, “You paid for my time, how about getting on my Reiki table, instead?” And I *reluctantly* got on the table, never in a million years believing in what it would do for me. Two weeks later I was off the Indo and I’ve been in remission ever since. And yes–I think it is crazy!! But it’s a true story. I eventually became a Reiki Master and other people have sworn to have experienced total healing, although it is a crap shoot with everyone. It wasn’t until I got psoriasis on my legs they stayed for two full years, plus debilitating pain everywhere in my body (excluding my spine, go figure) that I had to go totally AIP with my diet. I did that two months ago and I have not regretted it one single bit. Even my finger swelling has gone down. I sleep through the night now, and I don’t have any more pain. Pain is a huge motivating factor, huh? So thanks for your website here. I am grateful for the support and the recipes.

  11. What a lovely place you live in! One of your posts mentions how you got well, and made huge improvements, when you did your juice fast. Perhaps it would be good to include here so others can be inspired by it? ☺️💗 http://www.forestandfauna.com/juice-fasting/

    I’m on day 14 of a juice fast to get rid of migraine symptoms, and it’s going great! The migraines aren’t gone yet, but I hope I can do 30-40 days total if needed. It’s amazing how I’m not craving food at all—loving the juice! 🍏🍍🥒🥕

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