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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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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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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Changing my Relationship with Alcohol

Changing my Relationship with Alcohol

For most of my adult life, alcohol was a lot of fun. 

I was a social drinker. I never considered that I had a problem with alcohol: I drank only on the weekends and didn't seem to have drastic negative side effects.  Perhaps because I am naturally an introvert, a glass of wine would give me a warm buzz that left me feeling confident, funny, lively, creative. I realize now that on many occasions I used alcohol as a crutch. I felt that drinking loosened me up, highlighting my more socially enjoyable features. Truthfully, I was disguising a confidence issue: I didn't think I was enough. 

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Eat Fat and End Diets

Eat Fat and End Diets

Like many people in the United States, I spent most of my adult life on a diet. Sometimes the diets would "work" for a little (I would lose weight), but the process sucked. I was always hungry and fixated on my next meal. This lifestyle was so difficult to sustain that I was constantly on the lookout for the true answer to effortless weight maintenance.  Fortunately, in my quest for the next best diet, I found Eat Fat Get Thin and The Primal Blueprint. Thanks to Mark Hyman and Mark Sisson, I learned that fat is actually our body's preferred energy source. The Standard American Diet emphasizes utilizing glucose for energy, which often equates to empty calories that leave you hungry, with your body producing too much insulin. Too much insulin equals inflammation; too much inflammation equals disease. 

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Easing the Sugar Detox with Bling Bombs

Easing the Sugar Detox with Bling Bombs

Tom ran out of healthy food on his week long fishing in Yakutat. Upon his return, he sheepishly reported back to his drill sergeant (me) that he had indulged in junk food and was ready for a detox. He'd noticed a few things during his food free for all: once he started in on the sugar his thoughts became controlled by the greedy bacteria in his gut demanding more sugar. It was difficult to stop once he'd started.

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Cauliflower Hummus

Cauliflower Hummus

If you run in a similar social media circle I'm sure you have heard "Cauliflower is the new kale!" Well, how about, "Cauliflower is the new garbanzo bean!"? Perhaps not quite as catchy, but I will explain why that is my phrase of the day. 

Hummus has been off the table for me since I began my Primal Health Coach certification and I learned more about legumes. While they don't affect everyone in the same way, they can be problematic and they totally unnecessary for optimal health.

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Fiddleheads Five Ways: Part 5

Fiddleheads Five Ways: Part 5

I love red curry. I especially love easy red curry. After transitioning to a primal lifestyle I took a close look at the ingredients of my favorite Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste. This is what I found on the label: Red Chili, Garlic, Lemongrass, Galangal (Thai Ginger), Salt, Onion, Kaffir Lime, Coriander, Pepper. No sugar, no MSG, no fructose high corn syrup, no scary vegetable oils.

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Fiddleheads Five Ways: Part 4 (Cali'flour Pizza!)

Fiddleheads Five Ways: Part 4 (Cali'flour Pizza!)

The pre-primal me (see My Story) never would have eaten pizza: too high in calories, too high in fat, too high in guilt. Fortunately the primal me doesn't give a damn about calories and consumes healthy fat with wild abandon and pleasure. And life is really too short not to eat pizza. My digestive system really enjoys the grain free life, so figuring out the pizza crust situation involved experimentation.

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Fiddleheads Five Ways: Part 2

Fiddleheads Five Ways: Part 2

Today I am sharing my favorite fiddlehead recipe: pesto! I used toasted pumpkin seeds, but feel free to substitute whatever you have on hand (pinenuts, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc). Remember to begin by blanching your fiddleheads in boiling water for about two minutes, followed by an ice bath. 

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Olive and Caribou Marrow Tapenade

Olive and Caribou Marrow Tapenade

I roast quite a bit of wild game bones for our weekly dose of broth, which means I am often swimming in marrow. Marrow is decadent: rich, creamy and flavorful, so I usually enjoy it by the small spoonful. A little goes a long way!  This week I was craving something different. I decided to make tapenade, as I thought the tang of olives, lemon juice and capers might jive nicely with the earthy, creamy caribou marrow.

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Moose Burgers and Sweetener-Free Ketchup

Moose Burgers and Sweetener-Free Ketchup

One of Alaska’s primal perks is the abundance of clean, beautiful, wild game.  Many Alaskans have extra freezers in which they store a year’s supply of moose, caribou and salmon. While spring is an amazing time of year up north, it also coincides with diminishing vacuum-sealed freezer goodness. I currently find myself both hoarding what meat we have left and day dreaming about eating it every night- particularly in the form of moose burgers.

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Giving up Sugar ≠ Giving up Dessert

Giving up Sugar ≠ Giving up Dessert

I love that Tom (or “The Star of the Blog”, as he likes to call himself) has joined me on my primal adventure.When I first suggested we try giving up sweeteners altogether, in an attempt to conquer our sugar cravings, he balked at the idea. Dessert had traditionally been his favorite meal. I knew I had to keep him happy with the sweetener-free plan so I created my version of a primal friendly Fat Bomb: a dessert that tastes indulgent and yet fits the objective of giving up sugar. 

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