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I know this post won’t be of interest to everyone but I feel the need to share it. As some of you may know from a previous post, “Pregnancy, Paleo and Pickles”, I am pregnant with twins and maintaining my Paleo diet as best I can. As my first trimester came to an end so did most of the nausea, and cravings for carbohydrates that I battled semi-successfully, meaning I incorporated a few more carbohydrates than I ate pre-pregnancy. I was able to keep it all organic, gluten-free and unprocessed. Toward the end of my second trimester, like with my first two pregnancies along came my least favorite test. The OGTT or Oral Glucose Tolerance Test to test for Gestational Diabetes. I assumed that due to my Paleo diet any kind of diabetes would not be a concern for me. You can imagine my surprise when I received the call from my doctor’s office that I failed the 1 hour OGTT by one measly point and that they needed me to come in to take the 3 hour test. How could this happen?!!!! Must have been a total fluke. There is no way! I know I am not diabetic, maybe I should just refuse to take it. After all, there is no way ingesting a concentrated form of processed liquid sugar in 5 minutes was good for me or my babies in any way. However, what has been drilled into my head is that I am 42 and having twins. These 2 facts catapult me into the high risk pregnancy category. I sucked it up and went in for the 3 hour test which I dreaded. It meant fasting from dinner time the night before, chugging down an even more concentrated processed bottle of liquid sugar and having my blood drawn 3 times over the next 3 hours. NOT FUN!

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Meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Um, um, um. What a warm comfort food for a cold blustery day. This Paleo version is Grain-free and Dairy-free (if you opt to not use parmesan cheese) and is always a crowd pleaser. For the side of mashed potatoes, see my mashed Cauliflower recipe.  This recipe makes a big loaf and should easily feed 6 people. I like to make it big so we have leftovers!

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  • Chronic headaches.
  • Chronic fatigue or lack of energy
  • Chronic nasal congestion.
  • Depression/Anxiety.
  • Chronic abdominal discomfort (including ulcers, constipation or diarrhea)
  • Chronic bloating and/or gas
  • Chronic pains in the body (joints, muscles)
  • Persistent allergies or asthma
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Skin problems (acne, rashes, redness, bumps)
  • Repeated or reoccurring bacterial or viral infections.
  • An inability to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight no matter how hard you try. (Especially in your abdomen)

 

Do any of the symptoms above sound familiar to you or someone you know? Chances are the driving force behind these symptoms is inflammation, specifically, chronic inflammation.  Over the past 5 years I have become convinced the source of 90% of what ails us is caused at least in part if not entirely by the inflammatory diets we eat and lifestyles we lead. This is of course my opinion. It’s an opinion rooted in my own experience and my observations of those around me.

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One of the principal tenets of the Paleo lifestyle is to eliminate toxins from your food and your environment in general.  When stated simply like this, makes a lot of sense right? Who wants to live with exposure to toxins? What many find out when they endeavor to remove toxins from their lives is that it is a lot harder than it sounds. Part of the reason is that food and environmental toxins are numerous, hidden and in many cases unknown. The obvious ones like gluten, simple sugars, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, PCBs, etc. are known and relatively easy to avoid. Others are not so easy. This is particularly true when those toxins come in the form of relationships.

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Please forgive me. It has been a while since my last thoughtful post. Recently I wrote how life sometimes gets in the way of pursuing we want to do in order to accomplish what we must do. In the past 7 months I have moved twice, planned and celebrated my wedding and miraculously managed to get pregnant at the ripe old age of 42! Phew! I truly am exhausted…..and nauseous and craving pickles, among other things. :-)

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Paleo Cole Slaw

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Nothing says BBQ like cole slaw. I love cole slaw. The problem is the store bought stuff is made with all sorts of crap I don’t want put into my body. Namely soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup. This is my go-to, super easy recipe that wins rave review every time. The best part is, once you make the Paleo Mayo (which I try to make and keep on hand) this is super quick.

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Sometimes I wish the Paleo Diet was called something else. I for one identify with the term. I understand its relevance and appreciate the spirit in which it is named. But many naysayers use the name itself as a reason to bash it, ridicule it and dismiss it as a fad without ever understanding it for the lifestyle that it really is. Some of the common criticisms I hear are:

1. It’s just a new version of the Atkins Diet – This is categorically untrue, I’ll explain in a moment.

2. There’s no way we can know with 100% certainty what our Paleolithic ancestors ate so how can you build a diet around it. -No kidding?

3. The fruits, veggies and animals we eat today are different from what was available back then, so it’s impossible to really eat like a caveman.  – This is true to a degree but not all that relevant when you understand the spirit behind the lifestyle.

4. Our Paleolithic ancestors died very young. They never lived long enough to develop heart disease or diabetes. How do you know their diet would have prevented these diseases or not? – A lot of archeological evidence and current day isolated populations provides plenty of evidence to base a solid dietary theory on.

5. Eating all that meat is an unsustainable lifestyle and is bad for our planet. – A common vegan argument and no more unsustainable than their own diet.

6. Eating all that meat and fat is bad for you. – This is especially common among those concerned with high cholesterol issues.

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So I have this small love affair with Hail Merry’s Raw Vegan Tarts and Raw Coconut Macaroons. My absolute favorite tart flavor is the lemon.  YUM YUM YUM!! The only problem with this relationship is that each sweet, rich, tart little temptress  is $5. And they are not big. I have to force myself to ration these babies out or I will go broke. So I decided to surf around on the internet looking for a decent tart recipe I could Paleofy. And I found this little gem from Tessa who tackled the hard part. I made a few tweaks to my own liking and they came out DELICIOUS!!! Give them a try.

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Alright I am not the worlds best photographer, sorry. This photo does not do how yummy this dish is any justice. What’s even better than the fact that is it super yummy is that is it sooooo easy!! Here ya go!

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I apologize my friends for being pretty quiet recently. Life has gotten in the way of spending time working on my passion. If you have read any of my early blog posts or my “About Me” section here on the blog, you know that like many of you my life can get pretty hectic. I have been living as a single mom for about 10 years now and working in a demanding and stressful industry that requires about 50 hours a week. That is time-consuming enough; add in enrolling in nutrition school, starting this blog and maintaining my Crossfit habit. Yikes! Sometimes the stress levels hit a fever pitch and I need to slow down a bit. However right now that seems impossible especially now that my house is under construction and I’m happily engaged and planning a new phase in my life. Phew! I’m tired! Like…..all the time.

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