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Note to the reader: I will be revising some of my earlier posts as my audience has grown significantly over the past few years. As I look back I can only giggle at the incredulity in my “voice”. When I first started out, boy, was I angry! I guess I needed to be to fuel a healthful transformation. I am still passionate but much of the anger is gone as my body continues to get healthier and I learn more and more that nothing is black and white. This post is about 80% the same just with some updates and revised language. 

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It’s not even really a recipe. This is more like a process for making almond milk. With EVERY brand available on store shelves containing various additives, this homemade almond milk is the answer to a non-dairy milk without the nonsense!

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Why no Grains?

I can’t give up my bread, or cereal, or pasta, or (insert grain of choice here). I get it. We all grew up eating pancakes, sandwiches, muffins, cookies. I grew up with an Italian father…..pasta! As a mater of fact, just the other day he said, “If I have to give up pasta, I’d rather be dead!”

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grains

 

Why no Grains?

I can’t give up my bread, or cereal, or pasta, or (insert grain of choice here). I get it. We all grew up eating pancakes, sandwiches, muffins, cookies. I grew up with an Italian father…..pasta! As a matter of fact, just the other day he said, “If I have to give up pasta, I’d rather be dead!”

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This is my first attempt at a video tutorial! Please excuse the unprofessional nature but I was filming myself! In this video I was making a double batch. The recipe below is for a single batch which is easier to make because the blender doesn’t need to run as long which means it is less likely to get to hot and cause the mayo to break and get too runny.

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It is my belief that there is no 1 diet that is right for everyone. We are all unique snowflakes and thus we all have genetic predispositions that differ from each other. Some of us store fat easier than others. Some of us have food intolerances while others do not. Some of us will be more likely to develop heart disease or cancer than others. The good news is that while genetics loads the gun, it’s your environment, including your diet, that pulls the trigger. What that means is that just because you have a predisposition for type 2 diabetes doesn’t mean you’ll get it if you eat appropriately, stay appropriately active, get enough sleep, manage your stress, etc. Many metabolic diseases, autoimmune conditions, and mental health conditions are heavily influenced by diet and lifestyle choices.

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A Few Facts:

 

  • A high sugar/carbohydrate diet leads to high levels of blood glucose and a corresponding high level of insulin production. A high level of insulin in the blood often leads to an ongoing cycle of fat storage. It also exhausts our “fight or flight” stress response and can lead to emotional difficulties related to eating, body image and a long-term battle with weight moderation.
  • A high sugar/carbohydrate diet promotes systemic inflammation and free radical damage in the body. This accelerates the aging process and leads to a host of health problems.
  • There is no requirement for dietary carbohydrates in the human diet.  Human’s can live on minimal and even no carbohydrate intake for long periods of time and have done so for throughout our history. Our bodies can produce the glucose we need internally and can run quite effectively off the by products of fat metabolism.
  • That’s not to say that carbohydrates don’t play a welcome and tasty role in our diet, but it need not, nor should it, play anywhere near as large a role as it does in the Standard American Diet.
  • The conventional food pyramid has done a fabulous job of creating a dietary environment that has made us dependent on a level and a frequency of carbohydrate consumption that has lead us down the path of epidemic levels of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity and more!
  • Your brain and organs need about 150 grams of glucose a day. Unfortunately far to many of us are eating more than double that. In fact that 150-gram requirement does not need to be met by our daily food intake. We have plenty of energy stored in our fat cells, muscles and other organs to meet that need. These internal storage depots can provide more than enough energy regardless of our dietary intake, as long as the mechanisms to unlock them are working.

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When I first started down this path of nutrition-based wellness, my first several posts were pretty much rants. Just sort of hollering as loud as my keyboard would let me about the horrible state of health affairs our current society. I spent a lot of time ranting about the politics of the governmental bodies that basically dictate much of our dietary guidelines and healthcare policies and the corporations that feed off that system like leaches. Companies like Monsanto and other Big-Ag companies, Pfizer and other Big-Pharma companies are all guilty of sending us in a vicious cycle of crappy food that is cheap, easy and tasty that eventually leads to a cycle of pharmaceutical drug dependency. What a nice neat little package of annuitized business they have crafted for themselves. It’s kind of genius, really.

Looking back, it’s not that these organizations and companies didn’t deserve my ire, I still believe they do, but now that the inflammation and anger has subsided within me I can see that at the end of the day, I am the one responsible.  That’s right. I’m responsible for what I buy at the store. I am responsible for what I put in my mouth. I am responsible for what my kids eat. I am responsible for looking to medicine to make me feel better. I was responsible for the horrific health condition I was in that led me to finally find my way. It wasn’t until it became abundantly clear that the food I was eating and the doctors I was seeing weren’t helping me be well. I was in a cycle of sick care, not health care.  In the end I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING MYSELF WELL.

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Now that I’ve been eating Paleo for about 5 years now and blogging for about 3 I get asked a lot of questions. I get asked for nutrition advice or if a certain food product is healthy. The good news is I love talking about this stuff! It lights me up! I finally made the very scary decision to leave my lucrative full-time outside sales job to focus on growing my health coaching practice and the CrossFit box my husband and I opened with a couple of partners last year. It continues to be my passion and what drives me, so I’m taking the leap and officially launching (R)Evolution Health Coach!

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It’s that time of year. Lights are twinkling, merry music is playing, its getting colder and many start planning their New Years resolution. If part or all of that resolution for you is related to improving your diet, getting in shape or any variation of the two then this post is for you. Here are my top 5 tips for making your healthy resolution stick!

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