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Amie Valpone HHC, AADP  Transform Your Life | Take Back Your Health | Awaken to a Life Full of Happiness, Abundance, and Amazing Flavor.🌱 Best-Selling Author, Eating Clean.

Grain-Free Almond Flour Cupcakes (or Muffins without the icing) coming soon to're super moist and made without gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar, of course. Can't wait to share these with you! xx

Before and After || How I Overcame a Toxic Situation and Emerged Healthy and Whole. This picture was taken weeks before I landed on disability; 95 pounds and too weak to function, my body was shutting down.
Inside my book and on, you’ll learn something about me you’d never know by looking at me: That for the past 10 years I struggled with chronic health issues, was diagnosed with everything from Lyme to PCOS to chronic Candida, SIBO, Mold, Heavy Metals, MTHFR, Hypothyroidism and more than once lay on the floor of my bathroom, in pain, crying, unable to eat a thing or even move.
What started one day in my early 20’s as unexplained swelling in my legs (40 lbs. of water weight that left me unable to wear anything but spandex) and was misdiagnosed as leukemia, spiraled out of control. At one point, during countless visits to hospitals and clinics, I picked up C. diff Colitis and was given 24 hours to live. My belly, beset by an overgrowth of bad bacteria, swelled to the point where people started asking me if I was pregnant. I went on disability for a year, schlepped in and out of medical facilities all over the country, including the famed Mayo Clinic, racking up over half a million dollars in uncovered medical expenses, and giving the equivalent of my body weight in blood every few weeks for years. After 5 years of western medicine (including numerous bone marrow biopsies, CT scans, MRIs, colonoscopies, and more) that yielded no real answers, I discovered integrative and functional medicine and embarked on years of self-study into detox, as well as every holistic and mind-body modality you can imagine. I also created my very own team of integrative M.D.’s (more than 20) who helped me identify the root cause and supported my efforts to get well.
But the question that kept spinning through my head the whole time was why? When I looked back at my childhood to see what could have possibly caused this mess, I came up empty handed. I couldn’t understand it. It’s not like I grew up downwind of a power plant. I was lactose intolerant, but that was about it. I had always been a healthy girl, with a healthy appetite.
Tap @TheHealthyApple to read more.

Does this mean it's officially Spring? This weather is amazing! Flip flops + No jacket = Heaven in Manhattan.

The perfect way to end a lovely birthday on the water. What a gorgeous Manhattan day...looks like it's going to be super warm and sunny all week! Feels like Spring. Thank you for all your birthday love. xx

Celebrating my 34th birthday today with these beautiful flowers from the greenmarket. As I stand here on this gorgeous 60 degree sunny Manhattan day, I am beyond grateful for the past year. 33 was by far the healthiest, greatest year of my life thus far. I published my first best-selling cookbook, learned how to go deeper and heal more of my body, spent less time on social media which was healing in itself, surrounded myself with the most beautiful amazing women who have lifted me into a new world of healing, learned how to LET GO, started eating foods I never dreamed I'd eat again, found myself bouncing with an energy and a skip to my step that I've never had before, started dating again (and p.s. dating in your 30s is so much better than your 20s for any of you out there that feel lost in the dating world). I realized that you can heal relationships with the people who have hurt you when you realize they were only doing the best they could with the tools they were given, I stopped pushing for things and learned how to receive, I stopped thinking it was my job to make everyone happy, let myself feel my emotions instead of burrying them deep down inside of me, closed a chapter of my life that was full of trauma and pain and set myself free.
I feel ALIVE. I feel WHOLE. I feel like a woman for the first time in my life. For any of you going through a rough patch, all I can say is that food is only a fraction of the work that it takes to truly heal. There is so much beyond food. So much. A world I didn't know anything about for 31 years. A place I'll be taking your very soon when I relaunch and take it to the next level. But for now, remember this: Be yourself. Trust your intuition. Stop looking at what everyone else is doing and trust that you are exactly where you need to be. That, my friends is FREEDOM. And once you realize truly are free.
I've started walking the path back to my true self, if that makes sense. It’s so easy to wander off when society and expectations supress you to fit into a certain mold of who you should be. Be you.
Thank you all for being on this journey with me. Sending you all a big hug and lots of love!

A little pop of color for a gray Manhattan day...just discovered this cute spot in SoHo and bought a few beautiful journals for my meditation sessions and upcoming retreats. Hope you're all having a warm and cozy Friday! xx

Um. Holy moleyyyyyy. It's freezing. NYC, I love you but let's get some heat up in here, huh? Anyone else frozen?

Love and Food || First of all, let's talk about these cute little cabbage cups...these babies are coming soon to Secondly, last night, the three beautiful souls behind @fahertybrand (a.k.a. three of my best friends) cooked me a lovely early birthday/love day dinner and it got me thinking about how magical it is to come together with the people you love to cook and eat and giggle and talk about life, getting older but feeling younger, entrepreneurship and the memories you have from over a decade ago when we were just kids in's amazing how the years fly by, yet how true friendships...the ones who get you, who believe in you, who stand by you and love you...grow deeper and deeper as the sweet years go by. Quite possibly the best Love Day gift, ever. Love you @fahertybrand; my heart is so full. Hope you all had a day full of love, as well with your friends or lovers or by yourself (because that's how everyday should be...not just the holidays). xx

Love Day Words || We all have scars. Some of us have more than others, but your scars don't define you. Today, take time to stop, breathe into your heart, connect to yourself and the gratitude you hold for your life and realize how blessed you are in so many ways. You need not compare yourself with who you were in the past or with other people. We are all truly unique and beautiful.
Happy Love Day, my loves. xx

New || Relaxing Turmeric Latte and Natrol 5-HTP. Just what you need when your body's craving relaxation and you don't know where to start. For most of my life, I really didn't understand how to truly relax my body, hence my nervous system wigged out like crazy and I spun into a decade of trying to rest my body and learn deep relaxation techniques, all of which I thought were a joke and never believed in....until I saw drastic results. Check out my tips and strategies by tapping the link in my bio @TheHealthyApple. This post is in collaboration with @natrol_vitamins.

We've got a rain/snow thing going on in Manhattan today so I'm staying indoors, reading, relaxing and making my Rainy Day Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Gluten-free Herbed Croutons from my cookbook (page 190)...It’s what's for lunch (and maybe dinner, too if I have leftovers). Have a cozy Sunday! xx

Weekend Brunch || Because I can't get enough roasted onions...They're my new favorite thing to eat. I tossed roasted sweet white onions with lots of fresh and leftover goodies from my fridge and topped it with an almond butter drizzle. Heaven for a cozy Saturday afternoon. Recipe coming soon to xx