Holiday Treats and Gentle Questioning

Holiday Treats and Gentle Questioning

Anyone feeling a twinge of holiday anxiety? I am! 

Last week I recommended taking on the role of an observer, to pay attention to behavioral patterns and automatic responses regarding holiday treats. 

I try to practice what I preach. As a result I've noticed a steady increase in my anxiety levels and a corresponding desire to create and indulge in paleo/keto treats.

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Back to Basics Part 3: Carbohydrates

Back to Basics Part 3: Carbohydrates

In Back to Basics Part 1 we discussed how humans can use primarily glucose (usually from carbohydrates) or primarily fat for fuel. Part 2 explained the difference between the three macronutrients that comprise our food: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Today I would like to discuss carbohydrates, in particular the differences in carbohydrate consumption for both a glucose and fat burner. 

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Bone Broth Tips and Tutorial

Bone Broth Tips and Tutorial

Homemade bone broth is a super food. It's full of healthy proteins, minerals and amino acids. Bone broth aids immunity, heals joins and inflammation, promotes healthy digestion, and gives you beautiful skin and hair! Here is an awesome article by Chris Kresser, if you would like to dive deep into the world of bone broth. I credit bone broth with keeping Tom and I healthy during cold and flu season. 

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Vitamin D: Are you Getting Enough?

Vitamin D: Are you Getting Enough?

Vitamin D is an essential hormone; it improves immunity; assists in the absorption of important nutrients; increases feel good hormones; and oversees cell activity by acting on the P53 gene, which identifies damaged cells and assists in their self-destruction. 

Our bodies need the sun to make Vitamin D. 

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The Sweet Taste of Freedom from Diets and Restriction

The Sweet Taste of Freedom from Diets and Restriction

This weekend I attended a three day birthday celebration and experienced a freedom that would have been inaccessible prior to adopting a primal lifestyle. In years past, a weekend of this nature would have involved one of two scenarios (I was not skilled in the art of moderation):

Scenario A:  Worry about bringing my own food to stay on my strict diet. Worry about completing my inflexible workout regimen. Worry about whether or not to have a glass of wine or champagne (liquid calories!). Covet my friends’ celebratory food while I resentfully swallowed my dry chicken breast and broccoli. Why could they stay so so fit when just looking at cupcakes made my pants tighter?!

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Sugar. (and a recipe)

Sugar. (and a recipe)

The stunning Alaskan fall has arrived, with its abundant harvest of highbush cranberries.  I'm a compulsive berry picker with too many cranberries and not enough low/no sugar recipes.  While on the hunt for primal uses for the tart gems, I came across an initially intriguing recipe, Spiced Highbush Cranberry Ketchup. Then I read the ingredient list, which included two cups of sugar! 

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"I Am Open to Feeling Better"

"I Am Open to Feeling Better"

Last week my flow was missing. I felt overwhelmed and anxious; I was doubting myself in all aspects of my life. My monkey mind was saying the meanest things and I couldn’t make it stop. I felt completely uninspired and unmotivated. Before starting the primal lifestyle I would have sunk into a self-soothing session of wine and chocolate. I’ve since learned healthier stress management tools, so I tried them all in an attempt to feel better.

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Primal in the Airport

Primal in the Airport

Back in my sugar burning days I would "treat myself" with a soy vanilla latte and a scone to ease the discomfort of long flights. This would usually lead to more sugar cravings and the eventual roller coaster of sugar highs and cranky lows. Combine this emotional situation, with cramped airplane seats, stale cabin air and an inability to move freely, and I was a hot mess.

Now that I understand the biology of what sugar does in my body, I treat myself to nutritious food that provides even energy and mental clarity. 

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