This Sweet Potato Bacon Soup is the perfect marriage of savory flavors with a comforting, creamy texture from nutritious sweet potatoes. It’s easily my all-time favorite soup, and I don’t even like sweet potatoes that much. In fact, it’s my go-to for getting something orange into my diet, especially during times of illness when I may not be quite as willing to tolerate flavors I’m not super fond of. (And this soup is certainly healthier than chicken noodle ever was!) Don’t be put off by the inclusion of lots of artichoke: They add a wonderful depth of flavor and are jam-packed with antioxidants. The nearest approximation I can think of would be roasted celery or celeriac if you wanted to try those instead, but don’t hold me to the results because I’ve only ever made this soup with the prescribed artichokes. You could use fresh, steamed artichoke hearts if you’d prefer, but you’d need about 3 1/2 pounds of them. If you serve this as a side, you can easily get eight servings out of it instead of four: I think it would pair very nicely with a small salad and some lemony fish or chicken!
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Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? by functional medicine practitioner Datis Kharrazian is single-handedly responsible for my improved health over the past few years. It introduced me to the connection between autoimmune disease and lifestyle factors like diet at a time when my doctors were telling me there was nothing wrong with my thyroid even though I had high antibodies. This book gave me the information I needed to get the right tests ordered and seek proper treatment. It’s a must-have guide for anyone who has already been diagnosed with thyroid disease, who is at risk due to family history, or who strongly suspects they may have it but isn’t sure where to start. I can’t recommend it enough!