When North Palm Beach resident Ivy Larson was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 22, she embarked on a lifelong health journey that led her to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet in order to manage her symptoms. Along the way, Larson learned to cook flavorful, gourmet meals that fit her new lifestyle. She began documenting her adventures on her website, Clean Cuisine. Together with her husband, Andy, who also is a surgeon, Larson shares recipes, workout videos, and research on nutrition and other health topics. The couple has also authored a handful of books and launched a fitness DVD.
Twenty years after her diagnosis, Larson is symptom-free and a trusted authority on clean eating. Now she’s kicking off the new year with a new tome, Clean Cuisine Cookbook: 130+ Anti-Inflammatory Recipes to Heal Your Gut, Treat Autoimmune Conditions, and
Optimize Your Health ($34.95, Victory Belt Publishing), available January 1. Inside, readers
will find cleaned-up versions (i.e. dairy-free, gluten-free, and anti-inflammatory) of familiar recipes, with each dish highlighting a fruit, vegetable, or superfood. “Instead of focusing on the ‘bad’ ingredients, we try to focus on the things you should eat,” she says. “Indirectly, by the time you eat all of those things, you won’t have room or cravings for the bad stuff.”