Coconut Flour Pancakes

26 Jan

Coconut Flour Pancakes are an awesome item when you needs some carbs with breakfast.  These have no sweeteners of any kind.  The first pic is pancakes cooked in grassfed butter.  The second is of ones cooked in coconut oil.  The butter ones cooked better and tasted better than the coconut oil ones.  I got the recipe from marksdailyapple.com.  Yum!

Katie

Yummy Paleo Chili!

26 Jan

Awesome Paleo Chili recipe from everydaypaleo.com

Let me know if anyone is interested in my tweeks to the recipe!

Katie

What to do when you fail…

25 Jan

   So earlier this month, I posted my participation in the 21 day Sugar Detox from balancedbites.com.  Sugar is certainly my achilles heel and always have been.  It’s my go-to when I’m stressed which ofcourse is the worst time for you to eat it.  Heck, it’s probably my go-to when I’m bored as well.  However, if I’ve learned anything from the Paleo diet thus far it’s the fact that sugar is so detremental to long term health.  It encourages autoimmune issues, weight gain, and feeds cancer.  A short term sugar high simply isn’t worth all that!

Obviously, I’m writing all this to say I failed.  I fell off the wagon.  I ate sugar.  Damn it!  Keep reading…it’s ok.

I’m officially recommitting myself to the 21 day Sugar Detox today January 25, 2012.

No one is perfect and we all know in diet and life, when you fall, you must get back up.  Learn from your mistakes and move on.

My goal for this detox (besides completing it) is to take a walk everytime that evening sugar craving hits.  My dog and my body will thank me!

Katie

What is gluten and why in the world should I give it up?

18 Jan

     Great question!  A lot of people have no idea what this substance is, why it has anything to do with grains, and why it must be avoided.  I want to clear all of this up.  Gluten is the protein in wheat and/or wheat products that’s used as a binding or glue-like agent.  It can also be found in wheat-like grains such as barley and rye.  Therefore, the wheat and gluten go hand in hand.

 

                So why is wheat a concern for anyone?  First, let’s begin with its history.  In its current form, people that lived during the Paleolithic era never ate this grain or any other heavily processed grain.  Even in the last one hundred years, wheat has been genetically altered to be even farther away from the foods of our ancestors. Today we eat cereal, bread, pasta, cookies, and tons of other processed foods.  The number one idea to take away from this article is that any of these grain based products are not whole foods and should be avoided.

 

                Now let’s talk about what wheat does to our bodies?  All foods that we eat are MEANT to be broken down by the body during digestion.  Unfortunately, gluten can’t be digested by a lot of people.  Gluten has the ability to create tiny holes in your intestine.  It can also shorten or wear away the villi in the intestine.  All of this can cause indigestion, diarrhea, and malabsorption.  After this begins, the holes can allow other things that you eat or take in to be leached into your blood stream where they don’t belong.  Unfortunately, many tests for Celiac disease (the formal name for a life threatening wheat intolerance) do not show a positive result.  Most people, even if they test negative or have no actual symptoms, carry some intolerance to gluten.  Taking a thirty day challenge of eliminating all grains including rice, quinoa, and corn can prove enlightening for many people.  You find that you feel better, desire to eat better, and no longer crave processed and sugar-laden food.

 

                Other positive results that may come from what dieticians and doctors call an elimination diet are that your immune system can also improve.  Are you often sick?  Tried everything to aid in your digestion?  Do you have chronic acid reflux and take antacids daily?  This diet can absolutely help you too!

 

                What other effects do gluten and gluten containing foods have on the body?  I’m glad you asked!  For one, if you have Type 2 diabetes, taking gluten, gluten containing foods, and processed foods out of your diet can improve your disease dramatically.  These foods wreak havoc on insulin receptors.  Your body has an immensely hard time understanding its own hunger.  With this, wheat products can become addictive because of the yo-yo effect on your blood sugar.

 

                I will delve more into these various components later, but this is the general gist of gluten’s effect on the body and why it should be avoided.  Please leave questions and comments below as I know this subject can be a touch complicated.

 

Katie

 

First Attempt at Bone Broth

14 Jan

Here’s my first attempt at Bone Broth.  I used the recipe from Balanced Bites.  I think because I used Marrow Bones, it was more oily than I expected.  The flavor, however, was good.  I think I’ll add Kale to make it more of a soup.

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What is Paleo?

12 Jan

 

               I have been interested in different ways of eating and diets for years now.  Most of the motivation has started with weight loss but it has also now morphed into a desire to live more healthfully.  Why abuse your body and feel awful when you can nourish it and feel great?  This search has brought me through vegetarianism, the Atkins diet, the Abs diet, Weight Watchers, and others.  I’ve never felt at ease with any of these.  In August or September of 2011, I really began investigating the Paleo diet.  Here is what I found…

So what is Paleo exactly?  Yes, at its roots, it’s a way of eating based on the way our ancestors would have eaten not hundreds but thousands of years ago.  During the Paleolithic era, these people were called hunter gatherers.  These people lived well before the dawn of agriculture.  Their food came the game they hunted and the plants they collected.  There were no added sugars, no breads as we know them today, no wheat, and no dairy.

                These are the building blocks for what is now called the Paleo diet.  I hate to call it a diet because you don’t have to eat this way for the sole purpose of losing weight.  I promise you if you simply try eating this way, you will simply feel better.  Weight loss if often a great byproduct.  So, let’s spell this out.  The below is the strict definition of Paleo and it is how I would apply the diet for at least the first 30 days.

PALEO IS…

·         Eating meat such as chicken, beef, pork, deep water wild caught fish, and shellfish.

·         Eating vegetables.  The only vegetables to possibly avoid would be potatoes and sweet potatoes.  These can be eaten but if your goal IS to lose weight or body fat, heavy exercise needs to be incorporated.  Fruit is included in the diet but in extreme moderation.  The fructose in fruit affects the body as any other sugar would.  It will NOT aid well in your weight loss efforts if you eat it a lot or in large amounts.

·         Eating healthy fats.  I know, we’ve been told that this is counter intuitive but I’m here to tell you IT’S NOT TRUE!!!  Depriving your body of healthy fats can STALL weight loss.  Adding them to your diet can INCREASE weight LOSS!  More on this later.  Healthy fats include avocado, coconut oil, animal fats (yep!), and olive oil.

PALEO IS NOT…

·         Eating added sugars (on a regular basis especially when you are trying to lose weight) OR artificial sweeteners.  You thought that Splenda and Equal were safe.  Nope!

·         Eating grains, wheat, or gluten of any kind.  This means no bread as you currently know it.  It also means no rice, quinoa, spelt, millet, or any other wheat alternative.  More on why later.

·         Eating dairy.  We all know many people are lactose intolerant.  Did you know that many people are also allergic (to some degree) to dairy?  Take dairy out of your diet for 30 days and reintroduce it.  Let me know what happens.  Our bodies were not designed to eat dairy from anything other than our mothers as a baby.

I will expand on each of these points in future posts.  For more info, visit the following links.  They go more into the science of each point too.

                http://balancedbites.com/2011/12/balanced-bites-podcast-episode-18-paleo-101-part-1.html

                http://robbwolf.com/faq/

                http://everydaypaleo.com/faq/

                http://chriskresser.com/beyondpaleo

                http://thepaleodiet.com/faq#basics

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