First, a quick update about my adventures as a Cave Girl (aka the paleo diet). I’ve lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks, feel super high-energy, am never hungry…and all of that is wonderful. But, I had been in horrible need of a “detox.” And by that I mean despite my very high consumption of vegetables and fruit, the sheer amount of protein I’ve taking in has meant I hadn’t been visiting the bathroom as much as I used to. Or needed to. And, the bathroom and I missed each other. Very much. I’ve tried dandelion tea in the past for this very issue, so I was very intrigued to hear dandelion coffee being discussed on TV earlier this week.
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Oh honey, how I do love my manuka honey! I’ve been using the skincare line for close to a year now, and if one more person tells me I can’t possibly be old enough to have seen the Grateful Dead in concert back when Jerry Garcia was alive, I will promptly kiss them on the lips. Manuka honey is pretty exotic. Unlike those teddy bear filled containers you see at the supermarket, this stuff comes from New Zealand bees that pollinate the manuka bush. I’d always thought of manuka as a skin must-have, but my favorite TV doc was just explaining how it’s great for acid reflux, too. Who knew?
That’s it. I’m going paleo. I’ve been reading about the paleo diet for years, and I’m finally giving it a try. Intuitively, I’ve been gravitating in this direction…I just feel like going back to nature (lean meats, unprocessed foods, healthy fats) is the way to go. I’ve been on the fence because I don’t love meat. But I’ve heard enough about the benefits of this lifestyle to finally give it a go. And I saw a new, very controversial approach to paleo on my favorite TV doc show earlier this week that actually might work with my “pescatarian” palate.
I’m a woman getting to be around the age where I care about my bones. The irony? Lactose intolerance appears to be another milestone that comes with this age! It’s not so bad that I can never have dairy, but let’s just say that if I ever do anything to offend you, you can seek your revenge by sending me an extra-cheese pizza. Recovering from a case of the milk ‘urps from my breakfast latte, in fact, I was very happy to see non-dairy sources of calcium covered on my favorite TV doctor show today.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I hate to sound like some kind of old-fashioned 1950s housewife TV character, but I’m not really sure I’m gonna be in the mood for romance (sorry, sweetie!) because it feels like someone is squishing my head. With pointy pliers. While playing heavy metal music. It’s just not very sexy.
I do a detox cleanse every once in a while, after I’ve been eating out too often and my jeans feel like they’ve shrunk in the wash (when I haven’t actually washed them.) A good detox is an energizing pick-me-up as much as it’s a slim-me-down. But—knock me over with a kale leaf—it turns out that I might not have been doing the best detox for my body type. My favorite TV doc just devoted an entire episode to choosing the right detox based on your body type and cravings, and I have to say it was very enlightening.
I try not to take traditional medicine unless it’s absolutely necessary, as in: I’m on my deathbed, gasping for breath. (And my boyfriend teases me that even if I were on my death bed, I’d ask for a tincture of apple cider vinegar and aloe. But I digress.) Fortunately, I get by pretty well on my own between my healthy habits and knowledge of herbs—like oil of oregano. Boy do I love that stuff when you’re feeling under the weather!
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